Dinner @ JB

As Singaporeans, we all know that it is mandatory to fill in immigration embarkation card before entering Malaysia. Though it was not required on and after 20 January 2008, the Malaysian government re-instated the process on 15 August 2008. What a hassle.
Settling down at a table in the void deck, Dad & I were busy filling in the blanks and referring to the passport for information at times, just to be sure. Uncle Ham helped by ticking those boxes. Mom looked on.

Uncle Ham treated the entire family to dinner tonight. Not in Singapore, but beyond the boundaries of Singapore. Jumped up and down when Dad rang me up this afternoon.

Sitting in his 3-year-old Honda, we set off for dinner at Johor Bahru.

1935 Drive-in to SPC Service Station to pump petrol. Half tank will suffice. According to Uncle Ham, his car consumes 30+ litres of petrol for a journey from Bedok to Woodlands Checkpoint and 50 litres from Bedok to Tuas Checkpoint.

Uncle Ham chose to travel on East Coast Parkway Expressway (ECP) instead of  Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), saying that there’s bound to a traffic jam at PIE.

1943 Electronic Signboard: Jam after Marina to Clementi
Well, Man proposes, God disposes. Uncle Ham makes a switch to Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE).

A quick information update while travelling along PIE (Tuas).
Electronic Signboard: Heavy Traffic to BKE after Thomson; Massive Jam to Clementi

Seeing plenty of vehicles on the road makes me wonder, do measures such as Electronic Road Pricing (ERP), Certificate of Entitlement (COE), etc work? Despite the jam, I was glad that the car managed to move, accumulating distance as time passed.

2029 Almost an hour later, we reached Tuas Checkpoint. The immigration officer literally stared at Dad’s passport (the very first that he checks) for a long moment before proceeding to settle the remaining three. Uncle Ham joked about my Dad having a “WANTED” face. Duh~

A 10 minutes drive brought us to Restoran Pearl 珍珠访美食阁. Please pardon me for the lack of photos as I was famished by then. My lunch for the day was a small Fillet-o-fish and I didn’t eat anything after that as I expected the traffic to be smooth sailing.

Restoran Pearl 珍珠访美食阁

First, we ordered drinks. It seems that they do not serve soft drinks. So, it’s 2 cups of Kopi, a cup of tea and a cup of herbal tea for the quartet. Uncle Ham ordered another iced Momordica Fruit tea (Luo Han Guo). Is he too heaty?

Sharing is a great way to try out more dishes. The list goes, Nasi Lemak, Nasi Briyani, Fried Oyster, Ngoh Hiang (not ngoh hiang rolls but assorted fried items), Chicken Claypot Rice with Salted Fish and Cuttlefish Kang Kong.

Cuttlefish Kang Kong

Usually, my family of three will have our dinner at around 1730, which is quite early as compared to other people’s norm. And today, my tummy says the 6 dishes were insufficient.

Btw, Uncle Ham says that the the small stall next to Restoran Pearl which sells bread makes perfect Kaya Toast. A saying which Dad opposes. Maybe you could try it for yourself.

Next stop, Hook Sang Food Court. Herbal tea for the four of us. Hokkien Mee (KL-styled = really black yet yummy noodles), Fried Salted Egg Crayfish and Mutton Satay.

Crayfish was too salty for my liking. My taste buds say the saltiness is not wholly due to the salted egg. It got packed as supper for Uncle Ham.

Uncle Ham asked if I wanted to continue eating. I nodded my head without thinking. He tempted me with Whitefin wolf-herring (西刀鱼) Fishball noodles, and only for him to say he’s only kidding. Argh!

2330 Home. Sweet dreams~

This is Uncle Ham, or more accurately known as Uncle Terence.


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