Another blog-worthy incident happened during my trip to Kuantan.
We were on our way to Kuantan, winding through the old palm and rubber estates, passing by beautiful sceneries. It was 1.30pm, and we were very hungry. The driver stopped at this one and only petrol station cum rest point cum restaurant, some 15 minutes before Bentong toll. If we were to persevere, it would be another one and a half hours to reach Kuantan.
After refreshing ourselves, we went in to this restaurant: D'Paya Serai.
Lot's of choices, from varieties of grilled and fried seafood, to beef, chicken and vegies. I took a kembung (fish), half scoop of peria goreng (stir fried bitter gourd), kacang panjang (long beans) and a glass of barley drink.
Went to the counter, and the cashier punched a few keys on the keyboard...........
TERKEJUT GORILA Josh.....
" Sepuluh ringgit lima puluh sen, Cik" awek montel tu kata.
"......(mata terbeliak, pandang awek tu dan diam)......"
" Sepuluh ringgit lima puluh sen." the awek repeated matter of factly.
"Ikan tu berapa, dik?"
"Empat setengah, yg lain singgit setengah setiap satu..."
I finished up the whole plate, right to the very last grain of rice and very last drop of what ever gravy I saw. Munched the fish to the the bone without any bit of meat left.
The most expensive NASI CAMPUR i ever had.