Saturday, July 12, 2014

Remember 126 Restaurant @ Bukit Tinggi, Bentong.

Bukit Tinggi Bentong seemed to be one of our favorite destination for food because we kept going back for more. I trust I have done write ups on a couple of restaurants there earlier which have received good page views and feedback.

Indeed there are lot's of restaurants there simply because this is a tourist spot as it is located not far away from Genting Sempah 'the entrance and exit' point of Genting Highlands. And also it is not far away from KL and people are willing to make a short trip to Bukit Tinggi just for lunch or for dinner.

Our introduction today is a restaurant with a fancy name to it called 'Remember 126 Restaurant'. This is directly translated from the Cantonese dialect. There are two different meaning to the numbers '126'. The first would mean that the owner have no problem in making a good living. And the second means patrons found a place for a meal. There is no right or wrong just a perception or interpretation from a different point of view.

This place can be very crowded during weekends and holidays. So be prepared to travel early to avoid disappointment. We made this trip on a weekday and we were surprised as it was quite crowded.

Once arrived and seated we immediately put in our orders ....kiasu mah. The wait was quite lengthy and one of my ex-colleague was so kind and thoughtful that we bought some 'mangka' from a nearby stall to keep us busy. LOL.

This restaurant is famous for it's 'claypot fish' or 'sarpou yue' and this is one dish you have to order if you are dining there. There are few choices of fish you can choose for this dish and we decided to go with 'red talapia' since this sarpou dish comes with an aromatic delicious sauce. Not necessary to chose an expensive fish like 'sek pan' or 'hong chou' unless it is steamed with clear sauce.
'Sar Pou Yue' or 'Claypot Fish'
The best I have eaten so far and no other restaurant does it better than 126. Red Talapia fish in general does not have any sweet taste to it and that was why we chose this fish for this preparation. Fish was done perfectly, not too overcook nor undercook. Just perfect. This 'claypot fish' was indeed amazing and delicious. Highly recommended
Cheong Ching Fish

The other Red Talapia fish dish which we ordered was cooked in bean sauce or 'cheong ching'. Nothing spectacular about this dish but it was ok lah! A very safe dish to order as their 'cheong' or sauce was pretty good. Goes very well with white rice. But this time the fish was slightly overcooked and we didn't like the texture of the meat due to this.

Stir Fry Baby French Beans with Crunchy Shrimp
Stir Fry Watercress
We ordered two different types of vegetables. Stir fry baby french beans with crunchy shrimp was good but jut a tad too salty. And the crunchy shrimp was too hard and it was really a pain to chew and eat em.. Just don't know why they had to make it so overly crunchy. Beware! those with dentures please eat with caution!

The latter vege dish 'stir fry watercress' was a beauty and delight. It was fried with garlic .... as clear as possible ..... but still a tad too salty. We really wonder why again..... a simple dish that was killed by the chef.

Marmite Pork Spare Ribs
What is wrong with the chef!!! Yeah, it was again a tad too salty. Aiyayaya........ someone have to tell them not to use too much salt. Otherwise this dish scores pretty well in terms of it's taste but the meat was rather 'hard' as it had to be fried to a certain degree before it was cooked with the sauce. A let down, indeed.
Fried Sotong / Squid
Last but not least this fried squids was good and delicious. It was served with some chilli sauce for dipping and it does goes well with it. No doubt this is not a very healthy dish as long you do not consume it too often.

Conclusion :  Overall was ok. It would have been great if not for the chef of overusing salt for his dishes. The 'claypot fish' was a bomb and highly recommended. Service was reasonably good  but don't expect it to be good during the peak seasons

Reasonably priced BUT remember NOT to order the expensive type of fish and tiger prawns otherwise the bill can be skyhigh.

Overall I would give a rating of 3.5/5 but an exception for the claypot fish it scores a 5/5. And this is non-halal restaurant.


Remember 126 Restaurant
PT3347, Kampung Bukit Tinggi,
Bentong, Pahang
Tel : 012 225 1894

Note : The above review was purely based on my personal opinion.

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