Sunday, October 26, 2008

Hot Springs @ Sungai Klah,Sungkai

My day started at an ungodly hour of 7.30am when Mum woke me up for our day trip to the hot springs in Sungkai. Before heading for the hot springs, we first have to make a detour to the Sunday morning market in Taipan -_-
Aunt Helena was at the market as well for some marketing chores.

After Mum got her weekly dose of morning market, we went to meet Aunt Serene and Melaine for our gals day trip. As usual, before anything else happens, we have to get food =)

Yippee...bak kut teh for breakfast. My favourite bak kut teh shop in Subang Jaya. Among my friends, this is known as "Leng Chai Bak Kut Teh". You have to go eat there to find out why ;P

They serve generous portions of food. Always must have enoki mushrooms in my bak kut teh =)

Yau char kuey...definitely a must-have as well.

Vege to make the sinful meal seem healthier =D

After getting our stomach satisfied and a little bloated, we hit the road. About 1 hour and 30 minutes later, we arrived at our destination.

It's RM10 for adults. They really should proofread their signboard if they want to make this a tourist destination. It's so embarrassing that they can't even spell "Entrance" correctly.

A little chaotic at the ticket counter. So far, the place is giving me a really bad impression.

We got our tickets and made our way on a wooden bridge towards the hot springs.

And we saw some guys boiling eggs in the small stream.

They offered to sell us the eggs at RM2 each...we declined and left them to tend to their eggs.

We found it.

The skies were blue...
The water is not!

To avoid vision damage, don't look around either 0_o

Soaking your feet in the water is very popular here.

This beautiful butterfly can't resist dipping it's feet in the water too =)

This place even have an egg boiling area.

Don't worry if you forgot to bring any eggs. There are plenty for sale.

This is where eggs are boiled. It's not a pretty sight.

People are very creative when it comes to eggs. You can cook it in a basket, in plastic bags or even with a towel. Foreigners must think we are really hard up for our eggs in Malaysia.

I find this guy's method of getting his eggs cooked the most innovative of all =P

Watching people boiling eggs can be very boring and we were hot and sweaty in the hot weather. So we headed to the cafeteria =)

We suck on some refreshing ice-cream to cool us down.

Lots of people at the small cafeteria. See the fan on the right? Well, it's the one of the two miserable fans available there -_-

Despite having a roof, this family still needed an umbrella =P

After a much needed rest at the cafeteria, we decided to try our hands at boiling eggs. It can't be that hard right? So we got ourselves some eggs and found a nice spot to boil it.

It's very easy to cook your eggs in a hot spring. Just put your eggs in the water and make sure it doesn't get carried away by the current. The water is very hot at 90-100 degress Celcius. Don't touch the water or you'll be sorry.

After about 5 minutes, the eggs are cooked!

Not too bad eh?

I'm trying to take a bite of the egg...

... but it's so freaking hot!

I finally got to taste the egg and it's yummy. Just wished we brought soy sauce and pepper along.

The eggs were so yummy, we went to get more! This time we cooked it at a different spot where the water was bubbling away...

The water is very hot so me and Melaine have to use sticks to cook our eggs.

Even though we look like pro hot spring egg cooks here, it actually takes a lot of skills okay. It's very dangerous...the ground is wet and slippery and if you fall in the water, you'll know how the eggs feel like sitting in the water.

After all that hard work, we were famished. So we left the hot springs and went hunting for food =)
We decided on Garden Seafood in Tg. Malim for an early dinner.

Apple juice with sour plum.
Singapore style fried vermicelli.

Our roasted chicken which is very tasty.

I think they took out the chicken meat, make it into a paste and then stuffed it back into the chicken skin.

This is called the "Four Heavenly Kings" vege. Despite is grand name, it's a simple dish made up of long beans, brinjals, lady's fingers and also pungent petai.

Thai style fried Garoupa fish.

This is the restaurant's signature beancurd dish recommended by the waitress.

Really smooth beancurd...we all love this dish

Crispy fried honey squid.

It's a fun filled day eventhough the hot springs pool is a real letdown. The water is so dirty and also people there wade into the water in full attire. Some kids are even playing in the water in their underwear -_- Sightings of balding pot bellied uncles in tight swimming trunks scared us as well. The idea that there's no clorine to kill any germs in the water is enough to keep me out of the water too. Though I'll gladly risk my life if a hot Christiano Ronaldo look-alike is in the water ;P

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