A long, long time ago, in the heydays of my youth, I heard of this place in a God forsaken area. To get there was an adventure in itself, and then the food was said to be out of this world! Caution was given to those who went before that it is best to arrive before the sun sets or else.....
My life begs for mysteries around the bend of the road. Literally. I am always curious where a certain road leads to. The revelation at the end can be the greatest surprise or can be the start of a new discovery. So, I was greatly intrigued.
Then life took its toll.
bring up kids
Fast forward to 1 Nov 2014. What a way to start a new month!
Road trip and foody buddies Simon and WY decided to go to Pulau Ketam. However, due to Christopher's swimming class (which he had already skipped for 2 weeks and I seriously didn't want to pay RM150 just for 1 lesson that month), Pulau Ketam was not to be.
So, Mr and Mrs decided to go to Fish Farm Thai Restaurant. Note that the signboard indicating the turnoff to the restaurant includes Veg(e) in the front. Reason being this place grows and supplies vege as well.
Waze is a marvelous app, I tell you! Not only does it get you to places as vague as KM4 Jalan Ampang, it also gives you shortcuts through back alleys behind the real world! So, our journey to the restaurant was a blur to me as Mr drove through village roads where steel and wooden bungalows are common!
And then lleeaaannnning left and right up the hill, we came to the point of turnoff into a dirt road! Waze goes "in 200 metres, turn left" and we were like "here? here? here?" After all it was bushes, bushes, bushes....ahhh....road, road, turn now! I am exaggerating!
Down the twisty slope, we are welcomed by the sight of rows and rows of vege and tucked at the far end, a fairly large pond surrounded by a single-storey wooden structure. It was a breath of fresh air!
"Don't park near the gas tanks...right at the end next to the Myvi would be good". We have arrived.
I have to say this now. Coming down was a relieve, keeping in mind we went through a maze and the sight that beheld us was calm. After dinner going back up the slope was another story. Keeping in mind we were full and heavier, Mr kept the air con off and even allowed another car to go before us to 'light' the way! Waze went "Turn left" and we were like left where? It was hilarious but this segment of the journey made the dinner into a road trip. This and Look out Point/Path.
We toured the place before obediently following the waiter to our table. Keeping in mind we are sitting by the pond, I had trouble enough keeping my 2 monkeys from bending over too far into the pond. There were several heart attack moments and I was just dealing with 2 monkeys! There were not many mosquitoes actually which was kinda great. Service was fast. Food was good and given what we had, it was not expensive. It has been a long time since I had oyster with lemon and tabasco.
The restaurant is Thai. So how can you do Thai without desert!
We finished dinner at 7+. On the way down, we stopped by Lookout Point, more like standing beside the road, but the view was great. It has been a long time since I had a view of the city lights. In some remote area someone was releasing fireworks and there is something different about watching it from above. Imagine my view of just one city, what more God's view of the earth and everything in it. As insignificant as anyone below me was, in God's eyes, we are far from insignificant.
The night was young. We decided to stop for ice cream @ Inside Scoop, Damansara Jaya. I got to say the waffles were pretty good. And I love the laid back concept of the shop where the kids got to play on swings and there were bean bags to hang out. I agree that is the way eating ice cream should be - FUN!
Due to my sudden intestinal pain, we had to cut the 'roadtrip' short after 4 and a half hours later.
Pulau Ketam never was, but Hulu Langat turned out to be quite a roadtrip too!