August 18, 2017

Kuching Festival Fair 2017 (II) 古晋美食节

Counting down to the last 3 days of Kuching Festival Fair 2017. Last night we revisited to try out the food we missed out. This time we tried Taiwan minced pork rice, Korean pork and smoked duck, and oysters pancake. Reached there around 9:30pm, some stalls we plan to try out were closed earlier.

We found out this Taiwan minced pork rice was not bad. My bro has tried it two times. Big bowl RM7, small bowl RM5. Advise to take the small bowl as you would need to try out other dishes too. My bro greedily bought the big bowl, in the end his stomach was over-bloated.

I wanted to try out the smoked duck meat. We also bought the pork meat, it was quite nice to have it with pickled cucumber. The taste could be better if it is served hot and with dipping sauce.

My bro wanted to have the lamb skewer, RM12 per piece. Average 10 pieces per skewer, a piece RM1.20. One piece even over-burnt.

This is the oyster omelette I took the video in IG. The oysters are real big, slightly bigger than my thumb size and it is juicily fresh (feel like having it raw!). BUT, the average waiting time is 45 minutes. My turn took about an hour.

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We got that pandan chickent from stall 2xx (forgot the number). The vendor kept pestering us to get one set pack at RM10. It's rather small size, we asked for 3 pcs at RM4 instead. Turned out it's a wise decision because we overate. Nevertheless the taste of pandan chicken was nice actually.

The RM12 lamb skewer.

The oyster omelette that took me an hour. Hmmm.... anyhow, the taste worths the wait. The only one that you won't regret to get (if you don't mind the waiting time). I reheat it for brunch, the taste was still good.

Good news! It's a bargain to get Shandy 4 cans at RM6 here. Bad news! Please be informed, you must consume it before the expiry date.

I was planning to get the peanut ice cream. When we got there, the stalls selling peanut ice cream sold out earlier than expected. Heart broken... started to crave for yogurt ice cream now. Slurp...

August 15, 2017

Kuching Festival Fair 2017 (I) 古晋美食节

Kuching Festival has came back again on 28th July, and too bad it is going to end on 20th August. Have you visited yet? I went there last week with my mum as she never been to Kuching food fair. It was raining earlier, luckily the rain stopped after 5 something. We were able to go without umbrella. We arrived there at 6:30pm. The crowd already started to build up.

This year a lot of disputes on the food variety too. Majority of the menus is from Taiwan, such as oyster mee sua 阿宗面线, squid or chicken wing with rice content 鱿鱼/鸡翅包饭, potato cheese, deep-fried chicken chop and so on. Well, Taiwan is undeniably a great source of ideas when comes to creative menus.

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The main entrance to Kuching Festival Fair. I'll not provide description of the pictures below, please just enjoy the pictures.

Total damage, below RM70 this time. Bought a pack of the longest french fries RM12, squid with rice RM15 (free one chicken wing with rice and one stick of squid arms),  4 sticks of yaki-toki (RM5 - 6 per stick),  3 cans of carbonated drinks, and coconut ice cream. My verdict, don't get the RM15 squid with rice. The taste wasn't great, too hard to chew and overpriced too. Actually nothing is cheap here. But the yaki-tori was good. And I was so tempted to get the oyster pancake too! The size of oyster is bigger than my thumb. Looks so juicy, many queued up for it.

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This peanut coconut ice cream is my favourite. There are 2 or 3 stalls selling peanut coconut ice cream, taste equally the same. They spread the ground peanut on popiah skin, 3 small scoops of coconut ice cream, then wrap. Taste creamy and delicious, seriously must try.

The map to Kuching Festival Fair:

August 5, 2017

Li Garden 梨苑酒家 @Hock Lee Centre, Kuching

Address: Hock Lee Centre, L2-11, Jalan Datuk Abang Abdul Rahim, 93450 Kuching, Sarawak
Business Hours: Monday - Sunday 11:30am - 2pm, 6pm - 10pm

Last April, I made a reservation at Li Garden to host my future sister-in-law's family. I asked for an individual room for better privacy since it's important event to meet the parents. The manager told me I need to spend at least RM300 for the room. Hmm, first thought came into my mind, do I look like a cheapskate?

The manager gave me these menus to choose from, rate starts from RM368 - RM1099. I didn't follow the exact dishes. Decided to go for a la carte, we have Hot and Cold Deluxe as starter. Against shark fins, we have Sea Cucumber Soup. Peking Duck is a must as it's their signature dish. Then I also get Crispy Pork Leg as it is one of my dad's favourites. Teo Chew Style Steamed Grouper, this dish will have to order earlier so that they can get the freshest fish for you. My parents are very picky with fish, they forbid frozen fish. Next, we have Braised Sea Cucumber with Broccoli and Shredded Chicken Noodle. After all these dishes, still feeling half full. I ordered an extra dish, Salted Egg and Sweet & Sour Prawns.

The starter, Hot and Cold Deluxe

Braised Sea Cucumber with Broccoli

Peking Duck, served with the pancakes, spring onion, cucumber and sweet bean sauce. They loved it, the portion was not really sufficient to share with 10 pax.

Teo Chew Style Steamed Grouper. The broth was appetizing, luckily with the help of the manager, we could have the fresh grouper.

Crispy Pork Leg 德国猪手. This dish is nice too, every one forked the crispy pork skin.

Salted Egg and Sweet & Sour Prawns. This dish is the most disappointing dish. The prawns were not fresh, the texture was quite slimy. Even though the prawns were not fresh, but the seasoning was quite tasty.

I didn't take snapshot the Sea Cucumber Soup and Shredded Chicken Noodle. Oh yeah, we also have the seasonal fruit platter. The billed amount is quite fair, RM697.80 for 10 pax.

Li Garden is suitable venue to host for birthday party for elderly or full moon occasions. Advise to call them to check on availability (Tel: 082-340 785), just in case they are full house for special occasion.

The map to Li Garden:

July 29, 2017

Mala Noodles 八点地麻辣面 @Kampung Stutong Baru, Kuching

Address: Kampung Stutong Baru, Jalan Stampin Baru, Kuching
Business hours: 6:30am - 11:00am; 4:00pm - 10:00pm Thursday - Tuesday (Off on Wednesday)

If you ever been to the famous fried wanton at Kampung Stutong Baru, then you should have passed by this Mala noodles stall with noticeable banner stated "麻辣面". It's in between 1 Plus 1 Kitchen and the fried wanton stall. Mala (麻辣 in Chinese) is the numbing spicy sauce. If you like spicy food, then this is the right place for you. We went there few times in a roll, addicted to its fried kueh tiaw. Lately we stopped patronizing as afraid of getting sore throat.

There are two stalls here, the mother is specialised in kolo mee. The son is in charge of the fried noodles. First time here, we ordered both: mala kolo mee and mala fried kueh tiaw.

At the fried noodles stall, they also have tomato fried wanton kueh tiaw, Foochow fried noodles and Cantonese fried noodles too.

The contact and business hours for your information.

The mala fried kueh tiaw, RM6.50. They have three levels of spiciness: low, medium and high. We are not an avid fan of spicy food, we normally go for the low spiciness. Its spiciness is just right, we could feel the slight numbness of our lips too.

The mala kolo mee, I wanted to try out the texture of the noodles. This one tastes surprisingly nice too. But in comparison, we still prefer the fried kueh tiaw.

This one is called QQ noodles, the noodles made of tapioca or sweet potato starch.

The following week, we came here for the fried kueh tiaw again. It becomes our first choice for fried kueh tiaw whenever we crave for it.

The map to Kampung Stutong Baru Mala Mian 八点地麻辣面:

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