August 16, 2018

Kuching Food Festival 2018 古晋美食节 (II)

Last Tuesday we went to Kuching Food Festival again to try out some food as recommended on Facebook. First stop, we queued for this onion pancake. Ordered the original version with egg, RM5. Quite expensive though.

The taste of this onion pancake was quite predictable. But it's not really like the Taiwan version. Not crispy, its taste is more similar to roti canai.

Souffle´ pancake, RM8. I ordered the salted cheese flavour, had to wait 30 minutes.

I didn't really have high expectation on this but it surprised me as it was really soft and fluffy.

This is potato cheese ball. We didn't finish it. The price at RM10 for 3 pieces is not really worth it. I guess it tastes better when served hot?

Hokkaido Cheese Toast, we would recommend this.

My bro is not the type of person who likes toast and bun. Surprisingly, he liked this. The cheese can pull really long.

As we were waiting for cheese toast, we noticed there were customers lining up for this. Out of curiousity, we also joined the queue.

The price is a bit pricey, RM8 for a fried kueh tiaw with duck egg. The portion is little. Luckily the taste was good.

My bro bought this Taiwan minced pork rice 嘉一台湾卤肉饭 again. Add-on braised pork skin. This time the rice was well-cooked. 

My bro bought this pork satays. I had no idea which stall he got it from. It was really good taste, juicy and tender. Dip it with chilli sauce, it should goes well with rice, slurp! Highly recommended.

This is my bro's favourite, curry fish balls.

I wanted to try out the 24K Gold ice cream. When I walked up to the stall and saw the price, I turned rational and withdrew. RM18! What a rip-off.

Then I intended to try out this watermelon ice cream too. If the price is between RM8 - RM10, I can still accept the price. Walked toward to the stall, saw the price on menu RM12. Okay, turned and walked away. For me, most of the food price at Kuching Food Festival is not so friendly.

Kuching Food Festival will end on 19/08/2018. If you have not visited the place, please be fast.

August 8, 2018

Kuching Food Festival 2018 古晋美食节 (I)

Anyone here has been to Kuching Food Festival 2018? I went there with family last week. Too bad it rained when the crowd started to flow in, we had to quickly browse and randomly picked the food to buy. The variety of food was good, less duplication this year.

I don't understand why this fish (whitespotted wedgefish) is placed in the middle of the walkway. Is this appropriate? Clueless the purpose of displaying it.

I'm quite tempted to try this cone ice cream.

Not sure if this is the same vendor I bought the oyster pancake last year. The guy mentioned the waiting time was 30 minutes, I decided not to waste my time to wait.

If not mistaken, there are two stalls selling Souffle pancake. It's quite a new thing in Kuching.

We patronized this stall last year. This year we bought from them again, however... I got quite let down with the undercooked rice.

I bought oyster pancake from this stall. The oysters were not as juicy, the size of oyster is less than a thumb size. Overall the taste was good. We had to queue in the rain.

The can drinks were on stock clearance offer, I can't recall how much my bro has paid for it. RM10 for 5 cans? Its expiry date is August 2018 though. Total we have spent for all the food below was about RM100.

I might visit again to try out different food. Will blog it if any. Click HERE to view all my posts of Kuching Food Festival.

August 2, 2018

Hainanese Chicken Rice 理想海南鸡饭 @New King Wood Cafe 新金屋茶室, Bintulu

Address: No. 46, Ground Floor, Jln Abang Galau, New Commercial Centre, Sarawak, 97000 Bintulu, Sarawak (Next to Mastama Inn)

I was back to Bintulu my hometown last month. In Bintulu, you can find nice kampua and Foochow fried noodles. Limited food choice for lunch, and this Hainanese chicken rice is my brothers' favourite. They say it's the best chicken rice they ever had. The previous vendor has sold his secret recipe to the existing vendor, so the taste still remained the same. I have been there before, but I'm not really a fan of chicken rice so to be honest..  I can't tell the difference, except the chicken rice in Bangkok.

Overall the chicken rice was taste great. The meat was moist and medium soft, a plus point with a small bowl of soup. You can only order stir-fried vegetables so at least you will have a balanced meal.

The map to New King Wood Cafe:

July 25, 2018

Suukee The Original Hainanese Chicken Rice @Jalan Song, Kuching

Address: Lot 11376, Jalan Song, Tabuan Height Phase 7, Tabuan Heights, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak
Business hours: Monday - Sunday 8:00am - 9:00pm

Suukee The Original Hainanese Chicken Rice is located behind Top 10 Food Court at Jalan Song. Every time passed by the restaurant, the business seemed good. That day we didn't really have choice since it was late noon, so we patronized the chicken rice shop.

The menu. The price is slightly on the high side because of the atmosphere.

I ordered the original Hainan steamed chicken rice, RM8.80. The chicken meat appeared bloody, apparently it was undercooked.

My bro had the signature Hainan curry rice with roasted chicken. Same price at RM8.80. I thought the original chicken rice should be cheaper?

Also ordered a set of kaya butter toast, RM3.80.

When we were in the restaurant, the noise made mostly by the staffs who played and joked around. It's good that their relationship among colleague is maintained friendly but not appropriate to make noise in front of the customers. The girl (who assisted as the senior cashier was away) was really bad at math, even a simple calculation. Be watchful, have to double check if your change is correct.

The map to Suukee The Original Hainanese Chicken Rice:

July 17, 2018

319 Chin Siang Seafood @Hock Kui Commercial Centre, Kuching

Address: 3125 - 3126, Lrg Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce 20, Hock Kui Commercial Centre, 93150 Kuching, Sarawak
Business hours: Wednesday - Monday 10:30am - 10:00pm (Every Tuesday off)

The day landed in Kuching from Taiwan trip, my bro brought us here for dinner. The location is not so noticeable because its location is not facing main road. It's quite risky to open a restaurant here though. Unless someone has spread the word and recommended it, otherwise I don't think I would ever find out there's a restaurant there.

Butter prawns, this one was good. The butter sauce was thick enough and flavourful.

Sea cucumber soup, this is usually the soup we would order whenever we dine out.

Stir-fried kangkung (water spinach) with garlic. This was good, usually we get the kangkung stir-fried with garlic, and they have this deep-fried garlic on top. Awesome.

This is my bro's favourite, crabs with egg. I like crabs too but not as much as him. Usually it takes me long time to extract the crab meat and end up I lost appetite to finish my bowl of rice.

The first visit was good, and I got quite impressed with the food quality here. However, the second visit we got a let down. The steamed grouper fish smelled so fishy and too rough in texture. Usually the boss will be honest with you if the fish is fresh or not ok. But for some reasons, that grouper fish was really not ok for us. Price wise, quite reasonable. The service was good, served the food fast. It's a good place to bring big family or guests here for lunch or dinner.

The map to 319 Chin Siang Seafood:

July 7, 2018

Sarawak Laksa @Jia Yan Cafe 佳燕美食坊, Jln Simpang Tiga, Kuching

Location: Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kampung Kenyalang Park, 93300 Kuching, Sarawak (Opposite The Spring Shopping Mall, behind ST3)

The other day I overheard someone commented that the laksa at Jia Yan Cafe is the best laksa in Kuching. That really made me curious, so I made a visit on purpose.

The mentioned laksa stall. There's a typo here: Your "Preffered" Laksa. Small bowl RM5, big bowl RM6, special RM8.

I ordered a small bowl of laksa. The taste was quite good actually, slightly salty. The shrimps were fresh and the portion was acceptable for the price of RM5.

The next visit, I ordered black vinegar kolo mee from the kolo mee stall. The texture is not to my liking. The seasonings was not evenly mixed, and the taste was rather bland. However, my mum commented that their kampua was nice.

There's a stall selling variety of sandwiches too. Unfortunately they don't have the traditional toast.

The coffee shop was formerly known as Top One Food Court. The map of Jia Yan Cafe:

July 3, 2018

Fun Taiwan Day 9: Taipei (Fuhang Soy Milk 阜杭豆浆, Emanuel Fish Soup 以馬內利鮮魚湯 & Ximending 西門町)

It comes to the end of our Taiwan trip. Tuesday morning, finally got chance to buy breakfast at Fuhang Soy Milk again. The queue line during weekend morning is very ridiculously long every time. I ever tried to go after 6am, still got frightened off because of the queue. Back in 2010 and 2011, Fuhang was not that famous yet. I didn't have to queue, could still find a seat at window side and enjoy breakfast.

As I was impressed with the good taste of its thick bread with egg many years ago, I wanted my mum to have a bite of it too. Fuhang is closed on Monday. So Tuesday we went there to try our luck. Lucky enough, the queue was not long. Didn't have to queue at the staircase. They are very efficient, except some customers take long pause to order. The process is to order and pay to the assigned staff, then collect at the end of the counter.

The menu and pricing. The price is still reasonable. Refer back to the picture I took in 2010, they have increased price NT$5 for every item.

The menu board in 2010.

Thick bread with egg (厚餅夾蛋) NT$40,  soy milk (豆漿) NT$30, total NT$70.

I had it in 2010.

And I had it too in 2011.

My verdict, I was quite disappointed with the taste now. Its thickness was thinner, and the aroma of the bread wasn't fragrant like I had it in 2010 and 2011. The taste pretty ordinary, nothing is worth to brag about. Perhaps, it's due to the result of mass production? Nevertheless, their soy milk still remained good. Anyway, I don't think I'll revisit again after this visit.

Map to Fuhang Soy Milk:

After my breakfast at Fuhang Soy Milk, time to hunt food for my mum. I used Google map to search the food nearby with good review ratings. And found this dish that my mum would be interested to try, fish soup 鮮魚湯. The little food stall is located in a street alley. There are a row of food stalls here selling different dishes. This stall named Emanuel (以馬內利) has higher review rating though.

This is one of the best food I had in Taiwan during this trip. The fish is fresh enough so you don't find the soup with fishy smell. The soup base is clear but flavourful because of the strong aroma of basil leaves. My mum loves it, me too.

Ordered this fried rice vermicelli for my mum, she liked it too. She finished it all alone.

The map to Emanuel Fish Soup 以馬內利鮮魚湯:

Every trip I made to Taiwan, I never skipped to have Formosa Chang's minced pork rice. Despite I was superb full, I still ordered one small bowl of minced pork rice 魯肉飯 (NT$39) and reluctantly ordered another plate of bean curd 老皮嫩肉 (NT$29). As it might look not so right to pay only one dish NT$39 for two diners.

Next destination, we went to Ximending 西門町. The weather was hot, we just walked aimlessly.

Stopped by at Ujiemon 宇治右衛門 for matcha soft ice cream.

The matcha was strong in flavour, not bad. A nice retreat on a hot day.

I have tried this Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle on my first Taiwan trip in 2010. The thick gravy was too salty for me. I don't fond on this flavour.

In 2010, they were still using plastic bowl. Now it's served in disposable paper bowl. Something remained the same, we have to stand and savour it outside the shop.

Evening time, we took MRT to Taipei City Hall station again. Attracted to this croquant chou zakuzaku 棒棒泡芙.

A stick of ZAKUZAKU棒棒泡芙 costs NT$88. Even though quite pricey, but the taste was good.

The end of our Taiwan trip. The next morning we took the earliest MRT to Taipei main station, from there and we took the MRT to Taoyuan airport. Managed to catch our flight at 9:55am.

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