Dec 23, 2019

Bentong 1 Day Food Trip

The idea of traveling to Pahang for a day just for food might sound tedious. But Bentong is actually an hour away from Kuala Lumpur (or less than that on days with lesser traffic). If you are planning for a longer trip, there are plenty of places to discover, such as the Chamang Waterfall. However, in this post, I'm just going to talk about food.
There are plenty of places for good food in Bentong, but for a day trip, this is as much as I can cramp in:

#1 - Ichiban Best

When we arrived, it was just about time for breakfast. We couldn't miss the long queue of beehun stall next to the Ichiban Best Restaurant. It was the locals who queue up for the food, even the old folks were joining the line, so we went with the flow. It turns out, the simple dish as fried beehun was so delicious. It is suitable for vegetarian too. Sorry, no photo of the beehun, because it was a struggle to stand at the road side to eat and take photo at the same time. 

Location: Jalan Wayang, 28700 Bentong, Pahang
Business hour: Morning, no specific time
Price: Below RM5

#2 - Thong Kee Coffee Shop

The famous dish here is the wonton noodle soup. The noodle is packed with homemade goodness. The noodle is handmade and it has a special texture that holds the sauce, unlike another wonton noodle that you've eaten. If you're not a fan of the wonton noodle, there are typical breakfast set served here as well

Location: Jalan Chui Yin, Bentong, Pahang
Business hour: 6am - 3pm, Closed on Mondays
Price: Below RM10

#3 - Cafe Kow Po Ice Cream 

This place brings back happy childhood memories with its 1980's interior that retained from the past. In between meals, it is nice to have a dessert at Kow Po. All the ice creams are handmade and they have all the classics on their menu such as sundae, banana boat, cendol with ice cream, etc. 
Location: 2, Lorong Utama Bentong Height 4, 28700 Bentong, Pahang
Business hour: 11am - 6:30pm
Price: Below RM10

#4 - Kwong Sen Coffee Shop

This restaurant is another local favourite. It is located right next to Thong Kee Coffee Shop. You can't miss it because the pavement is crowded with locals waiting to grab a table. The chicken rice is the best-seller stall here. We skipped the chicken and went for the roasted pork and BBQ pork rice. The BBQ pork is homemade and has no artificial colouring, while the roasted pork (siu yok) has a thin crispy layer on the outside. 

Location: Jalan Chui Yin, Bentong, Pahang
Business hour: Uncertain
Price: Less than RM8

#5 - Purple Cane Restaurant

We took a short drive out of the Bentong town and came to the foothill of Janda Baik. There's an amazing tea house here managed by Purple Cane. If you don't know, Purple Cane is one of the largest tea distributor in Asia, hence their decision to open a restaurant at Janda Baik was quite appropriate. They serve high-quality tea and foods made with tea ingredients. We ordered the burger, tea jelly and lots of tea to try. I really love this restaurant because it promotes clean food and also the environment is so calming. 
Location: C1, Jalan Tanarimba Pine, Tanarimba Janda Baik, Bukit Tinggi, 28750 Bentong, Pahang
Business hour: 10am - 7pm
Price: Each meal approximately RM20, tea would cost around RM15
I think we didn't eat too much on the trip because it was actually a half-day trip instead of a full day. When we went there it was during festive season, the roads are packed with no place to park our car, so that limits our time. Some other places that on our list were:

  • Hooi Kee Tan Noodles
  • Mr. Crocodile
  • Yik Hang
  • Bentong Durian House (Unfortunately it wasn't durian season when we went)
Since it is only an hour drive from KL, we are pretty sure we will be going back there. 'Til the next time.

1 comment

Daisy Goddard said...

Sounds like an amazing trip, thank you for sharing it with us.
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