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UK Loh Restaurant, Kuantan

>> Friday, November 25, 2011

Venue: Off Jalan Beserah, Kuantan
Overall comment: Pretty decent rice & noodles served with assortment of white/roast chicken, barbecue pork (char siew), roast pork (siew yoke), & roast duck. The best thing there, in my opinion, is the "siew yoke" - crispy skin & tender, flavourful meat! :)
Halal: No

I've passed by this place quite a number of times, but have never tried it before 'til my church friends in Kuantan brought me here. As I don't have a car here, I usually depend on the mercy of those with wheels to introduce me to good food places around town...hahaha.

UK Loh is a relatively new place in a pretty new commercial shoplots (probably a year old or less?). Occupancy in these shoplots are not even 100%, I think. But UK Loh sure created waves with its roast duck & roast pork ("siew yoke"), where many have claimed that it's one of the best in town!

As you can see, this small corner restaurant is packed to the brim & at that particular lunch hour, there were even people standing around to wait for seats/table! I was impressed, no doubt. It's apparently a very popular restaurant of late & people often have to wait for a seat during peak hours.

Prices of food is actually quite reasonable, considering the place is air-conditioned with good ventilation. You won't smell of roast pork/oil when you walk out of the restaurant.

On that particular lunch hour, we were fortunate to have found a table for 6 persons to satisfy our palatte. Here's what we had & my personal review on the dishes ordered/served:

Chrysanthemum Tea (RM2.00/cup), Barley (RM1.50/cup)
I enjoyed the chrysanthemum tea here although it was quite light. At least it's not loaded with sugar & it was fragrant ;)

Large Special Combo 3 (RM30.00/serving)
There's nothing spectacular about their steamed/white chicken nor their barbecue pork ("chy char siew"), but their roast pork ("siew yoke") is commendable :) Crispy skin topped on a juicy chunk of fragrantly marinated pork, especially at the bottom, just made my day. Their roast duck is apparently good as well, but I still think that the roast duck (a different variant, apparently) at Golden Lucky Restaurant is by far the best in Kuantan.

Noodles (RM1.60/serving)
It's just egg noodles with dark soya sauce. The noodles were okay; texture was slightly springy, but the sauce lacks fragrance. Golden Lucky's is still my choice even though I haven't been back there for ages to see if the quality of food is still the same.

Taugeh (RM4.00/serving)
Nothing beats the fat & stout beansprout from Ipoh! This taugeh was alright. At least it wasn't over-cooked & soggy...

Prawn Wantan (RM6.50/serving)
Yums! A pair of fresh, 'crunchy' prawns (what the Chinese call as "chui/song hao") wrapped with generous amount of minced pork & some veggie (I think there was turnip/carrot in it...I can't recall) in silky smooth "wan tan" skin. Each serving has 5-6 dumplings along with a handful of "choy sum".

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I won't mind heading there again for their "siew yoke" rice/noodles. If it's char siew in Kuantan, nothing, certainly nothing, beats Bee Hiong's at Jalan Gambang. I haven't had such delectable "char siew" even in PJ/KL! 

Ah, good food...Malaysians are truly blessed with talented & skilful cooks (and loads of ruthless eaters in the making as well, I'm sure!!).

UK Loh
B-124, Lorong Galing 2
Off Jalan Beserah
25300 Kuantan
Pahang Darul Makmur
Note: Opposite SK Galing school. It's opened for lunch & I think dinner as well.

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