Restaurant Tom Yam, Serendah

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I was being brought to this place where it’s known as Serendah Tom Yam or Serendah 桥头 Tom Yam (桥头 = bridgehead). The place itself does not have a signboard. It’s kitchen is right in front of the restaurant while the outdoor seatings are at the side.

It was up to my friend to recommend the dishes with just very simple names with a delicious complex taste.

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Six-taste soup 六味汤
On a hot sunny day, let’s start with a refreshing six-taste soup. It can have it hot or cold. It’s a bowl of black grass jelly, with syrup jelly, and cendol (for those I can see). A nice bowl of herbal soup that is not very herbal-ish. I don’t think it’s meant to taste herbal-ish, though.

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Tom yam 
The famous dish of the day, Tom Yam. It’s a spicy tomyam but not spicy enough for some of my friends (that depends on your spiciness tolerance level) and it’s not the sour-ish type. It’s still good with rice. It’s cooked with 2 types of squid (white and brown), prawns, and some chicken meats.

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Foo Yong Egg 芙蓉蛋
Don’t let the plain old brownish fried egg fool you. It’s the brownish parts that makes it’s fragrantly delicious with a generous amount of sliced onions. I love the crispy sides.

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Fried chicken
This chicken is a quick snatch among us. Don’t be intimidated by the burned sides. It’s taste is well marinated and fried to a nice fragrant. The texture is not hard, although it looks so. This is like Chinese popcorn chicken. Once you pop, you can’t stop.

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Fried fish
The crispy top with a soft and tender meat inside, topped with some minced sauce. The minced sauce has a sweet and herbs taste that goes well with the fish or your plain rice. I enjoyed nibbling through the side fins as you can still get the sauce taste after most of it has gone once you flip over the fish.

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Stir-fried kangkung
Stir-fried kangkung at the right texture that is still crunchy. It’s cooked with garlic and dried shrimps. Nice!

For all these, it costs about RM100.

Overall rating: 8/10

Location:
Off Jalan Batu Arang (Main trunk road #1)

GPS coordinates: 3.368337, 101.606927

Tel: +6012 619 0887

Operating hours:
12.00pm – 8.00pm (Closed on Wednesdays, Open on public holidays)

Kampung “Adidas”

What is Kampung “Adidas”? A new “Adidas” shoe model? Nope, it’s not. It’s rubber shoes made in Malaysia.

“Kampung” means village in Malay. Many villagers and now, many people who hike in Malaysia knows or wears this. Why “Adidas”? I was told that the shoe design used to have 3 lines like Adidas. Hence, the combination of Kampung “Adidas”.

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Nowadays, it does not only sells the most convenient design (just slip-on) like the one shown in the photo above but there are other designs with shoelace and knobs on the soles, and more feminine design for woman.

This shoe is suitable for hiking, especially going through streams or muddy terrains. You won’t need to worry about the soggy feeling of your sneakers nor your sneakers will smell after a long walk nor headache of cleaning your sneakers from wet or dried mud. Just a rinse and wipe or let dry and you are good to go again. It’s sole grip on land and rocks is good, then especially when it’s new. After getting used to it, you will have more confidence stepping on wet rocks around streams (except those smooth or algae covered rocks, you will still need to becareful or avoid).

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Here is where I got my pair at Serendah, a stop-by for breakfast before heading to Sungai Chilling, Kuala Kubu Bharu. It is priced at RM8.50 per pair but our bulk purchase got us RM0.50 discount each.

Fook Hing Loong
3, Lorong Kampung Dato Harun,
Serendah, Selangor, Malaysia.

Sam Hing Restaurant, Serendah

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We stopped by Serendah for breakfast before heading to Kuala Kubu Bharu. This plain looking shop along the busy road of the Serendah town area, sells some delicious noodles.

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Tan Ngan Lo Herbal Tea 单眼佬凉茶
I was welcomed surprisingly with this herbal tea in glass bottles. It is a rare view to see drinks selling in tall glass bottles. I love it! It is served chilled in bottles or your can request for hot ones.

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Wan Tan Soup 云吞汤
It’s a nice clear soup with boiled and fried wanton, and vegetables. Simple, yet delicious. The soup doesn’t taste oily nor too pepper-ish.

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Fried Wan Tan Mee (Signature noodle) 福建面 细面 (招牌面)
The english name does not represent fully what I expected. It’s fried hokkien-style noodle using noodle that used to make wanton noodle dish. They are handmade noodle. To me, the noodle tasted like thin pan mee noodle. It’s fried with squid, pork and vegetables. It’s strong hokkien mee flavour keeps me wanting more, especially when I’m hungry.

They also sell other noodles such as fried mee hoon, loh mee, cantonese fried noodle, etc. Each dish comes in 3 sizes – Small at RM5.50, Medium RM11.00, and Big for RM15.00.

Overall rating: 8/10

Location:
47, Lorong Kampung Dato Harun,
Serendah, Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: +603 6081 1804

Operating hours: 9.00am – 4.30pm