August 18, 2019

Kuching Festival Fair 2019 古晋美食节

Time flies, Kuching Festival Fair 2019 is going to end today, 18th Aug 2019.  I only managed to visit once this year.  However, this year I was lack of motivation to go.  I didn't manage to visit every stall too because I had my baby nephew with me. 

This stall was quite popular for its scallion pancake last year.

My sister-in-law bought their durian balls. Not bad too, but the ball was rather small in size.

I found something special at this stall, selling Kürtőskalács which I ever had it in Prague. They have two versions, sweet version is with ice cream on top, and salty version is stuffed with beef goulash. For more details, remember to watch the video clip attached below.

I had the craving for something sweet so I bought the ice cream version, sprinkled with Oreo powder. Cost RM11. The ice cream was great, the pastry was coated with chocolate so the texture was quite hard.

I forgot to snapshot a picture of the yakitori I bought. My bro asked me to get this curry fishball for him. Waited few minutes for my turn, decided to buy their three layer pork yakitori as well. Cost RM3 per stick. It turned out its taste was surprisingly great and the meat was juicy, this worth your time to queue up for.  I would definitely go back for it again next year.

Saw these interesting things, apple fries and mee goreng cheese toastie. But we didn't get it.

This Swedish meatballs from Stall 190A is highly recommended as well.

We had this Duck Egg Fried Kueh Tiaw last year and its taste was delicious. This year my bro bought it again, but it was disappointing us. The taste was below par. According to my bro, it was fried by different lady this year.

Salted Egg York Chicken from Stall 81.

My bro never missed out his favourite Taiwanese minced pork rice.

White Rabbit Milk Tea is another hot item at Kuching festival fair this year.

Here is the compilation of my videos taken at Kuching Festival Fair 2019:

Goodbye Kuching Festival Fair 2019, I'll see you next year!

The map to Kuching Festival Fair:

August 13, 2019

Breakfast @New Imbi Market, ICC Pudu, KL

Address: Jalan Kijang, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: Tuesday - Sunday 6:00am - 2:00pm; Closed on Monday

My friend drove me to ICC Pudu for breakfast before sending me off to KL Sentral. This was my first visit, but I'm sure I'll come back to explore further.

This Ah Weng Koh occupied the biggest space with prime location at ICC Pudu. I assume this must be famous and nice. However, customers are only allowed to dine within their area. No outside food and drinks allowed. Meaning to say, you can't have other food from other stalls at their space.

My friend highly recommended Ah Fook Yong TauFu CheongFun 阿福酿豆腐肠粉. She went to order the food so I asked to be seated and wait for her to bring me the food she recommended.

My friend asked me to buy this Bunn Choon egg tart home. I was keen to try the charcoal egg tart. Unfortunately, I was told by the girl that the egg tarts would only be ready at 8:30am. Too bad. I definitely will buy it next visit. I just found out Bunn Choon is also available at Petaling Street.

My friend bought Ah Fook Yong TauFu CheongFun too. Weird thing, it was not served on a plate but in a plastic bag. So I was not able to take a photo of the dish. I thought it's the soup type of yong taufu. The thing she brought to me is the dry version with thick curry gravy.

Then she also bought this nasi lemak. The taste was moderate, but the paste was rather too spicy.

My friend ordered Hainanese coffee for me and she had Teh C. The coffee was superb thick, not too sweet. We also had Hainanese toast. Honestly, Hainanese toast is not my cup of tea. I don't like to eat toast with unmelted butter.

Due to time constraint, we didn't linger long at this place. I learned this place for some time, always wanted to pay a visit. But whenever I traveled to KL, I failed to recall it. It's good to save it in my Google Map so that I know where to hunt good food next time.

The map to ICC Pudu:

July 31, 2019

Levain Boulangerie & Patisserie @Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

Address: 7, Jalan Delima, Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Business hours: Monday - Sunday 7:30am - 9:00pm

My friend brought me here for early dinner before sending me back to hotel. This place is located at Imbi but not within walking distance of Imbi monorail station. According to my friend, this cafe usually is tough to get a parking in the am for breakfast. We arrived at this cafe around 6:30pm, there were plenty of parking lots available.

They are famous for its breads and pastries too. My friend let me try its chocolate log bread. It's soft and tastes good too. But their cupcakes are quite disappointing, not recommended.

My cup of cappuccino.

I like their mushroom soup, very thick aroma of mushroom and flavourful.

We ordered carbonara spaghetti. Not bad too, creamy and springy noodles with loads of cheese on top.

We also ordered one of their signature, the thin crust pizza. We tried its half & half pizza. It's the combination of margherita & cream based seafood pizza. The crust was awesome. Its crunchiness didn't disappoint me. And, I superb like the sourness of margherita flavour.

The map to Levain Boulangerie & Patisserie:

July 24, 2019

Black Market Restaurant & Lounge @Kg Pandan, Kuala Lumpur

Address: No. 16, Jalan Kampung Pandan, 55000 Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm & 5:30pm - 12:30am

I went to KL in June for a getaway trip. My friend brought me to Black Market Restaurant for late dinner in conjunction to celebrate our birthdays.

We ordered three dishes in total. Crispy Pork Bacon Caesar Salad, RM26. The crispy pork was good, the pork skin was crunchy.

The main dish, we had this "Presa & Collar" (RM69), air-flown Spanish Iberico pork neck and collar grilled to "medium" doneness. We asked for well-done instead of medium-rare. Judging from the picture in the menu, we thought it's a big portion. But when it was served, we both just smiled at each other. Glad that the taste was good though. I specifically liked the dipping sauce, tastes slightly sour. Matched well with the grilled pork slices. A set of this comes with a small bowl of salad too.

This is highlighted as the top seller in their menu, called Pull Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread (RM24). We waited quite long for this, I thought the waiter has forgotten about it. Nearly finished our two dishes before this. I quite liked this too but the size was quite big, we were barely able to finish it. My friend joked that the leftover would cost half of the price. So slowly we managed to clear it by force.

The service of this restaurant was good. The parking is expensive if you don't have the parking coupon. The parking coupons will be given to dine-in customers after payment, and it has no expiration. It's worth to visit again.

The map to Black Market at Kampung Pandan:

July 19, 2019

Coollala Avocado Juice @CityOne MegaMall, Kuching

Address: #G5, Ground Floor, Mall 2, CityONE Megamall, No. 1, Jalan Song, 93350 Kuching
Business hours: Monday - Sunday 11am - 11pm

Coollala was used to sell coconut ice cream. In 2017, they started to sell juices. Juice made fresh with tangerine, mango, sweet purple potatoes, and grapes. The variety of juice got extended, now they have avocado as their signature menu, strawberry, raspberry, passion fruits, taro, etc. All the fruits are imported. They even have milk tea with pearls.

I bought their signature avocado juice. Too bad it only comes in one size, the volume is really too much for me. The avocado juice with fresh milk is really thick and concentrated. After consuming half,  I started to get tired of it. Nevertheless, the price RM14 for this tall cup is acceptable due to the higher cost of imported fruits.

If I go to CityOne again, I would like to try out their different juices. It's quite a dilemma to decide which to buy when you wish to try it all.

Revisit on 22/07, my mum had Sweet Potato Fresh Milk RM14. She liked it. 

I had this Strawberry Yakult, also RM14. Not the type of thick juice, it's more refreshing. Good thing is that they accept payment via Boost, Sarawak Pay, Alipay and WeChat pay too.

The map to Coollala Avocado Juice:

July 9, 2019

Teo Seafood 張海鮮廳 @Jalan Kampung Buntal, Santubong, Kuching

Address: 787, Jalan Kampung Buntal, 93010 Kuching, Sarawak
Business hours: Monday 5:30-9:30pm, Tuesday - Sunday 10:30am – 2pm, 3:30pm – 9:30pm

I brought my parents to Damai on the third day of Raya last month. After a long drive, we came here for lunch. As I have introduced Buntal 88 Seafood Centre before, this time I chose to dine at Teo Seafood. Next time I will try out the other two restaurants along the same road.

I have been to Teo Seafood before too. The service was good, and food serving time was quite fast too. The environment is breezy, quite a relaxed place for lunch and dinner.

Due to Raya holidays, the choices in the menus were limited. No clams, no fresh coconut. I ordered steamed prawns, sea cucumber soup, fried kangkong, curry bamboo clams, Teochew-style steamed fish.

The seafood was all fresh and I like every dish they served, especially the steamed prawns. It's my personal liking to eat prawns with plain taste. I don't like to eat prawns with flavours like salted eggs, butter style, etc. Steamed prawns with a dipping sauce like belacan or chili sauce are the best match to go with rice.

This is the small portion of sea cucumber soup. We have 3 pax, this portion is more than sufficient. The soup texture is thick, very flavourful.

Stir-fried kangkong with garlic. A vegetable dish is a must. At some restaurants, the kangkong would turn black after cooked, theirs was still greeny.

Curry bamboo clams. They have removed the clam shells for you. Very thoughtful.

My parents like to eat fish. The fish meat was smooth and tender. Taste sour because it's Teochew style, the broth goes well with rice too.

The map to Teo Seafood:

After lunch, brought my parents to Damai Central for a walk. It was my first visit too. Not much of attraction and the building is not well-maintained as well.

June 17, 2019

Jay Chou's 粮全其美 LIANG Sandwich bar @The Spring Shopping Mall, Kuching

Address: Lot No. B04, Basement Floor, The Spring Shopping Mall, 93300 Kuching, Sarawak.
Business hours: 10AM - 10PM

Have you tried LIANG Sandwich Bar yet? It has newly opened this end of April at The Spring Shopping Mall in Kuching. I had no clue about it until my sister-in-law asked for it. I used to be a fan of Jay Chou donkey years ago, his first two albums were my favourite. Now I seldom get up-to-date about his new albums nor news.

Back to the topic, its so-called sandwich is made of what we have best known as "Roti Canai" and combined the recipe with Taiwan's scallion pancake. Interestingly, they make it a sandwich with different types of ingredients such as satay chicken, sambal ikan bilis, black pepper chicken, mushroom & egg, cheese & egg, etc.

They have two best sellers: Satay Chicken Sandwich and LIANG Chicken Sandwich.

I had LIANG Chicken Sandwich, RM10.90.

The pancake is crispy, tastes good which is out of my surprise. I didn't hold any expectation beforehand.

The portion of its ingredients is acceptable for the price you paid (RM10.90). Contained egg, smoked chicken breast meat, lettuce, and hoisin sauce.

Despite its good taste, I still deem it's slightly overpriced. I have the hesitation to order its add-on, a slice of cheese RM3, an egg RM3, a chicken patty RM6.

The map to LIANG Sandwich Bar at The Spring Shopping Mall (Please take note that the location indicated herein is incorrect, it's located at Basement, not Ground Floor):

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