Bukit Mertajam 大山脚 – 环山是宝
I planned for a stopover at Bukit Mertajam to visit an old friend.
We arrived 2 hours earlier than our dinner appointment, so we made a ‘round-hill-tour’. Bukit Mertajam has a nicely reserved park where the locals exercise during morning and afternoon hours. I really like the tea spa at the foot hill. We sat down and tasted the tea egg (RM1.20) but no time for an hour leisure tea spa.
I am impressed by the establishment of St. Anne Catholic Church.
There is another old abandoned church near the cemetery on the way to Mengkuang Dam. The place reminds me about Angkor Wat ruins.
We stopped by a Chinese Temple with striking red performance stage.
We saw the Spring Garden Restaurant and paid a visit to this serene eatery.
This is the view where I parked my car.
It has been drizzling the whole day. There were plenty of joggers and wedding outdoor photographing groups at the Mengkuang Dam.
The sky was getting dark and we skip the tour to the Siamese temple. When we visited the wood museum, it was closed. Hint for next visit.
I plan to visit Bukit Mertajam again for 2 large festivals: ghost festival and St. Anne’s festival.
We made a detour to visit the market (Jalan Pasar) on our way back to Kuala Lumpur.
We had a good breakfast in front of the temple.
I never sit so near to a Taoist Temple and eat non-vegetarian foods.
We waited for 30 minutes for the pork-rice-noodle as the first batch was sold out. The wanton mee took even longer time (45 minutes).
We also tried the fried Kuey Teow, banana apom, bahulu, and rojak. We were so full that we couldn’t eat the Mee Jawa and Hokkien Mee. There are 3 stalls selling rojak with interesting names: black man, white man and black-white man. Next time I shall visit another market to meet the master rojak (the original black man rojak).
On the way out, we couldn’t resist and stop for the yam rice. The stall was full house and we have to wait for another 30 minutes. I would say the yam rice is the must-try cuisine at Bukit Mertajam. 2 pax with meat ball and pork meat, cost RM13.
I believe the market have eateries open 24 hours around the temple. Next time I should visit Bukit Mertajam again to other interesting sites and tasty foods.