October 22, 2018

樂叔老西關名小食 @宝华路 Guangzhou, China

Address: 宝华路59号侧十五甫三巷


I went to Guangzhou again not long ago. That's the reason I was absent from my blog. Honestly speaking, visiting China during festive seasons (Mid Autumn Festival + China National Day) is really a bad idea. The MRT will be very crowded, the sightseeing places will be packed with tourists too.

I was planning to bring my friend to try out the famous fish skin dish from 陳添記 at 上下九街. I got quite stunned to see the long queues at each branch. Starved and we just randomly chose one to dine in. We got a seat at this 樂叔老西關名小食.




The congee 艇仔粥 is a must have in Guangzhou. The one we had here also not bad. And they have the fish skin dish 爽鱼皮 too. The texture is crunchy as well, no fishy smell at all. But the look might be a bit gross, it looks like snake skin to me. I got very nostalgic to see this glass bottle coke. Coca-Cola in glass bottle always tastes better than the ones in aluminium can and PVC bottle.




The fish skin dish costs RMB25 and congee RMB10. The food price in China is quite high. Generally MYR15 above, even at hawker stalls. Compared to my visit to Guangzhou two years ago, they are getting more advanced now. The cashless payment is very prevalent. All vendors are using Alipay and WeChat pay. I hope we can adapt to the change in Malaysia too. I just started to use Boost app last week. 
 

October 16, 2018

Hakka Lei Cha @Green Road 海南村客家擂茶, Kuching

Address: 149, Jalan Pisang Barat, Sin Sin Park, 93150 Kuching, Sarawak
Business hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm (Sunday off)


I have not been here for long long time.. as it's quite far from my place. But I always remember this place is where the first time I had leicha in my life. And I started to enjoy eating leicha after the first encounter. My mother started to appreciate leicha not long ago so I brought her here to try out the one in my top list of leicha in Kuching.











The ingredients are freshly prepared. I had the big bowl, seriously love its green soup. The taste was still great as usual. Usually the vendor will ask you if you want bitter taste or less. I personally prefer the bitter version of soup. 







The map to Hakka lei cha @Green Road:




October 5, 2018

Sushi Mentai 寿司明太 @Saradise, Kuching

Address: Level 1, Lot 14 & 15, Block B1 Saradise, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak
Business hours: Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 9:30pm; Saturday & Sunday 11:30am - 10:00pm


My bro brought me to have Sushi Mentai. Sushi Mentai is a Japanese restaurant equipped with conveyor belt. It has been a craze in Kuching when it was newly opened. We waited months later until the craze has faded.

The menu of Sushi Mentai. They just revised the price after SST implemented. Have no idea it has increased price or decreased.
















My bro ordered Tori Katsu Curry Rice, RM13.80




Salmon sushi, one blue plate costs RM3.70. The day we visited, only this blue plate that worth to have and it's repeatedly the same dish on the conveyor belt. Lack of variety and quite boring.




Shiro Ramen, RM12.80




Salmon Wrap, RM11.40




The bill, 10% service charge and 6% SST. What do you think?




The map to Sushi Mentai:




September 28, 2018

Pudu Glutton Street Night Market 半山芭為食街 @Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

Address: Jalan Sayur, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Business hours: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm - 11:00pm


Visited this night market last month. Located at Pudu, we took a Grab car to get here.  We got there around 5:40pm. Many stalls were still closed. We planned to try out the Tai Bu Mee, unfortunately it was not open that day.






This fried chicken 四眼仔炸鸡 stall is famous. We bought chicken wings, chicken feet and bishop nose to try.




We were disappointed with its taste. Probably it had turned cold when served? Nothing to brag about. We have much decent fried chicken wings than this in Kuching. 




This porridge was really plain. Not tasty and zero impression. Not worth to pay for.




Apam balik is also in our pocket list. The stall owner was just arrived to start business when we were having our fried chicken and porridge. My friend asked me, one piece at RM1.50, is it the whole big piece or cut into small piece. In Kuching, you can get RM3 for the whole big piece. I thought my friend brought me the news that the whole piece only RM1.50.  We both were excitedly waiting for this. And soon we got disappointed when the small piece was handed to us. The taste wise, we were really disappointed. The apam balik was not aromatic, plain and tasteless because no margarine was used.  It may be the healthier version of apam balik but seriously...  apam balik without Planta margarine, will that entice you buy?




I would like to try out the Tai Bu Mee next time. It looks like Kuching kolo mee, with char siew and minced meat on top. Another one which I would be interested to try is the sup kambing (mutton soup).


The map to Pudu Glutton Street Night Market:





September 21, 2018

Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee 建記辣椒板麵 @Lot 10 Hutong 十號胡同, Kuala Lumpur

Recent trip to KL, I brought my friend to try out my favourite food in KL, Kin Kin Chili Pan Mee at Chow Kit. Obviously she enjoyed it as well.

If you are lazy to mobilise, tell you a good news. It's available at Lot 10 Hutong now. I have no idea when they set up at stall here. I accidentally found it when I entered the food court through the other entrance which I hardly used.

Lot 10 Hutong is like a maze. This section which Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee located is quite hidden.




The stall is manned by foreign workers without the owner's supervision. So the quality is different from the main branch. The noodle and the soup were not steamily hot. I still prefer the noodle texture by the main branch.




The map to Lot 10 Hutong:





September 19, 2018

Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa 徳普路真善美砂煲叻沙 @Alexandra Village Food Centre, Singapore

Address: Alexandra Village Food Centre, 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #0-75 Singapore 151120
Business hours: Monday - Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm, closed on Sunday


Last month, travelled to Singapore for a day to visit my friend. She brought me this place for claypot laksa. I had been reluctantly taking laksa for sometime. Especially having laksa in the morning is really too heavy for me.




When it was my turn, I learnt that the stall is one of the Michelin Bib Gourmand Award Winners. Small bowl S$4, medium bowl S$5, and big bowl S$6. Extra noodle / gravy, charge $0.50. Additional ingredients chicken / fish cake / tau pok / prawn, extra charge S$1 and cockle, charge S$2.  It stated "our laksa is spicy".




I ordered the medium size S$5. And, it was really spicy. The gravy was thick and flavourful. The ingredients portion was pretty generous. However, after a few scoops I hardly could finish it.




My friend ordered this seafood soup from 炎記海鲜湯. The soup base was also flavourful, it was really tasty and the prawn was fresh. But. Its taste is unforgettably thick, it will be good to have it once in a while.




My friend's husband ordered this plate from Lau Phua Chay Authentic Roasted Delicacies 老半齋燒臘. The dark sauce is a good match to the meat, it's sweet though. The meat was surprisingly tender.




The map to Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa:




September 15, 2018

Foochow Gong Pia 福州光餅 @Hak Ek Trading 合益饼家, Bintulu

Address: Lot G, 212, Jalan Masjid, Pusat Taman Sri Dagang, Shahida Commercial Centre, 97000 Bintulu, Sarawak.


There are many Foochow in Bintulu, if not mistaken there are only two shops selling gong pia. This is one that has longer history and we have patronized it since kids. The size of gong pia was also getting smaller throughout the years. Nevertheless it is still delicious when it's freshly out of oven. Crunchy skin and full of sesame aroma.




Last time, it was RM0.20 per piece. Now 3 pieces at RM1.




They also sell variety of pastries.







Bintulu Google map is incomplete. Hak Ek Trading is located at same block with Ming Hung Cafe.




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