Karak is a common stop for those using the Karak highway heading north east to the east coast. We were recommended this place by a local whilst pumping petrol at Petronas (which is the landmark to find this place).
The main dishes sold here is freshwater fish, mostly the ones obtainable in Pahang state. Famous fishes like empurau etc are also available, but upon request.
We decided to go for the ikan tapah (鲶鱼) which is also known as the catfish. Steamed with ginger shreds and topped with sauteed garlic, it was fresh and delighful. I have always wondered where to buy the light soy sauce that restaurants use to steam their fish with… very addictive.
One of their signature dishes was the steamed kampung chicken with abundance of minced ginger. I am not the biggest ginger fan but still, the firm texture of the chicken does make up for it.
To balance all the meat we had, they recommended the stir fried baby french beans (鬼豆苗). It was very crisp and sweet, which only showed how fresh the greens were.
A worthy stop if you need to take a break and fill your tummy after the winding turns of Karak highway.
Restoran Ching Kie 正记冷气酒家
Lot P7&8, Jalan Utama,
Taman Karak Indah,
Tel : 09 231 2626
Directions : From the toll booth, turn left and drive straight until you spot a Petronas petrol station on your left. Turn left into the row of shops after Petronas and you’ll be able to spot Ching Kie on your left.