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.

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):

June 5, 2019

Ah Guan Kopitiam 源滿楼 @Taman BDC, Kuching

Address: No. 946, GF, Jalan Stampin, Taman BDC, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak
Business hours: Monday - Sunday 7:30am - 2:00pm, 5:30pm - 10:00pm (Thursday off)

These days I always settle my meals at BDC. I became a regular customer of this coffee shop. They have assorted toast breakfast sets, kolo mee, and fried dishes such as fried kway tiaw, fried rice, fried noodles, etc.

I usually have kolo kueh tiaw / kway tiaw for breakfast. It costs RM3.00 and comes with a small bowl of clear soup. You can notice the deep-fried lard bits on top. It's really flavourful, the best part is that it is not greasy. I am very particular about the thickness of kueh tiaw, and this vendor uses the right thickness of kueh tiaw that is perfect for kolo method (boiled and tossed).

KL Hokkien Mee (RM6.00). It's authentic to the Hokkien Mee in KL so the taste is slightly sweet.

Penang Wok Fried Kway Tiaw with Duck Egg (RM6.00). This is one of their signature dishes. The portion is bigger than my expectation, and it's only RM6.00. But somehow it's still lack of something which I can't justify. Too dry?

Big Breakfast Set RM18.50. Their breakfast sets are slightly pricey. But the taste is good and they are very hygienic. I usually order their egg or chicken breast sandwich. It's worth to give it a try.

Oh yeah, they also serve Western food in the evening. I haven't tried it yet. The Western food menu looks appealing. Should pay a visit next time.

The map to Ah Guan Kopitiam 源滿楼:

May 28, 2019

Chun Yang Taiwan Black Tea 春陽茶事@Emporium Kuching, Kuching

Address: G1, Ground Floor, Emporium No. 9, Jalan Tun Jugah, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak.
Business hours: Monday - Sunday 11:00 AM - 11:45 PM

There are total 3 cafes at Emporium selling pearl milk tea. Chun Yang 春陽茶事 is the one at the entrance. The design of the storefront and logo look very "Taiwanese". It reminds me of Chun Shui Tang 春水堂, the restaurant in Taiwan whose staff invented the pearl milk tea.

The interior design looks good, but.. as we entered, the strong smell of herbs was quite unbearable.  I didn't know what they were brewing in the pot. Honestly, the scent was not so pleasant.

I had the one in the middle called Brown Sugar Pearl with Fresh Milk RM12.90. It tastes good, the sweetness can't be customised. But it was just nice, not as sweet as I thought it would be. The pearls were very chewy, it was nicer as compared to what I had at HiCaa.

The map to Chun Yang Tea:

May 16, 2019

HiCaa 贺茶 @Vivacity Megamall, Kuching

Address: G065AS & G065BS, Ground Floor, Vivacity Megamall, Jalan Wan Alwi, 93350 Kuching, Malaysia

Lately there are many bubble tea shops opened in Kuching. This business expansion of HiCaa is quite aggressive as well, 3 outlets in total and 1 outlet in Miri. I visited the one at Vivacity Megamall. The interior design of this outlet is attractive, it's a good place to hang out with friends.

Black Pearl Milk Tea, Strawberry Milkshake, and Signature Cocoa Cream Milk Tea.

The drinks itself was good but not the black pearls, it's slightly hard not chewy enough.

Map to HiCaa 贺茶 @Vivacity Megamall:

May 11, 2019

Himawari Ramen Bar @Padungan, Kuching

Address: 179, Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak
Business hours: Thursday - Tuesday 9:00am - 3:00pm (Closed on Wednesday)

Some time ago I drove passed Padungan road, noticed this unimposing shop with the unattractive banner. But the two words "RAMEN BAR" caught my eye. There is no big signboard but it definitely has caught a lot of attention.

Weeks ago, I finally recalled this place and made my first visit there.

It's not air-conditioned, equipped with an open kitchen. The owner was really welcoming and friendly.

Nam Manglak (RM3.90)

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Lime Mohito (RM4.90), very refreshing drinks.

Steamed Rice Water Cake / Chwee Kueh (RM1.10 per piece)

Rich Creamy Tori Paitan Ramen (RM16.90), also called "chickens in the garden".  The chicken boxing wings are very flavourful.

Gyuniku Shoyu Ramen Hikari (RM10.90), the owner used Australian beef. The meat is very tender, chewy noodles, and thick broth. 

Gyuniku Aruba Soba Hikari (RM12.90), the dry version of Gyuniku Shoyu Ramen Hikari. The chili sauce is hot, very shiok.

The map to Himawari Ramen Bar:

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