Archive for November 14th, 2010

Zenxin Organic Park Lunch

After the scary start to the morning which caused us to only commence our tour nearly 1 hour late (details to come later), we did not have time for a breakfast pit stop. So we opted to have lunch immediately upon arrival at Zenxin. Lunch was served in the VIP room. Wonder if we were given the VIP room after the morning scare, because it seems despite there being other tour groups, none others used the VIP room. The VIP room is just a private room with no other frills except that it is air-conditioned. Nonetheless, it was appreciated.

For lunch, we were served 8 dishes + rice. If I am not wrong, all the food served was organic.

Zenxin - Pumpkin Fritters

Pumpkin Fritters – This was one of my favourites! Pieces of pumpkin enveloped in a super crispy crust. I think the black dots are dragon fruit seeds. It was really nice.

Zenxin Lunch - Egg and fried seaweed

Fried puffy egg with ultra fried seaweed thingy – This was my favourite dish of all. I love egg as you all know. The crispy green vegetable tasted like seaweed. I had heaps of those, although it seems like the other people didn’t. Or maybe the dish was conveniently located nearest to lucky me. Went really well with the rice.

Zenxin Lunch - Sweet and sour fish

Sweet and sour fish – Sweet and sour sauce was nice but the fish was too dry.

Zenxin Lunch - Mushroom, vegetable and tofu

Green gourd looking vegetable with enoki mushrooms and tofu – This was a nice light dish. Tofu was very tasty.

Zenxin Lunch - Steamed egg

Empty plate……From my angle, I wondered why on earth the waitress set down an empty plate on the table. Only when somebody asked what it was did I realise that there was steamed egg in that dish. It looked so smooth I thought the surface of the egg was the bottom of the plate! Egg tasted a little on the bland side and had a powdery feel to it, despite looking so smooth.

There were also 3 other dishes I did not take pictures of:- Sweet and sour chicken, Broccoli soup and a last one I can’t remember.

On the whole, I thought some dishes were really good while some were below average. The other tables polished off everything they were served. For me, my 2 favourite dishes were the pumpkin fritters and the seaweed egg thing. I hate to say this but I thought some of the dishes were too bland for me. I wonder if food in Singapore has been so over seasoned and salted that I’ve become accustomed to all these bad things? I certainly don’t want to give the impression that organic food is bland. In any case, bland or not, I believe that we should all strive to eat more natural and wholesome foods, and we will eventually adapt to the taste. Taste is just a matter of habit, which is why we often like the foods we grew up with.

Read about the rest of my Zenxin Organic Park Tour activities.

Kluang Railway Station

As part of the Zenxin Organic Farm tour we were on, the tour guide brought us to Kluang Railway Station to sample the national tea-time favourite snack and beverage of Singaporeans and Malaysians. Kopi/Teh Tarik and Kaya Toast!

Having been to the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in Singapore many times for Nasi Beriyani and Teh Tarik, I can now add Kluang Railway Station to the list of Railway stations I’ve dined at before. The Kluang Railway Station is nowhere as big as the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station because it’s not a terminus nor an interchange. Still, that doesn’t make having a cuppa here less rustic and enjoyable.

I love how laid back the whole place looks. Even though it may be uncomfortable sitting on hard plastic red chairs in the heat of the day, and even though the roads are riddled with potholes containing yesterday’s rain, I want places like these to still exist because they are so full of character and history. Too bad you can hardly find such places in Singapore anymore, but luckily, I now know where to go if I need a dose of nostalgia. Apparently this coffee shop has been in existence since the early 1930s. It seems they now have franchise branches, that serve a larger variety of meals, but this is the original one.

Kluang is about 1.5 hrs drive from the Malaysian Checkpoint. Or you can take the KTM trains. It’s the 4th station from Singapore.

Kluang Railway Station (2)

See from this angle, you can’t even tell it’s a train station.

Kluang Railway Station - Diners

It was crowded when we got there at 3.30pm.

Kluang Railway Station - Diners (2)

No outside food allowed….who brought in those sushi? Wait a minute, those are donuts dressed to look like sushi!

Kluang Railway Station - Kaya Toast (2)

Kaya toast, or Roti Bakar with Butter and Kaya as how they would say it in Malay. Only 1 ringgit. They also have the square toast too.

Kluang Railway Station - Kaya Toast

Teh Susu (Milk tea) RM$1.20 – Tasted quite good. It isn’t as sweet as the ones we get in Singapore, which is not a bad thing considering how much we ate that day.

Kluang Railway Station - Mee Siam and Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak RM0.70 and Mee Siam RM0.70 – These are placed on every table and you just help yourself if you want one. The mee siam here is the dry version. I’ve no idea this version existed until yesterday.

Kluang Railway Station - Kopi Menu (2)

You can also get Coffee Powder, Kaya and even yogurt.

Kluang Railway Station - Kopi Menu

Kluang Railway Station - Indoor Seating

The inner seating area

Kluang Railway Station - Railway  Tracks (3)

Kluang Railway Station - Railway  Tracks

Kluang Railway Station - Railway  Tracks (2)

Commuters waiting for the next train

 

Read about my other Zenxin Organic Farm Tour activities.

 

Kluang Railway Station

Kampung Masjid Lama, 86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia

Operating hours: 6.30am-12.30pm, and 2.30pm-6.30pm daily except Tuesdays.

Directions to Kluang Railway Station

Read about my post on Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in Singapore

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