Monday, December 10, 2018

[Travel/ Food Guide] Itinerary to Phnom Penh (金边), Cambodia (柬埔寨) 2018.

The capital of Cambodia- Phnom Penh sits at the junction of Mekong River and Tonle Sap... has recently experienced rapid expansion and developments due to a great influx of foreign direct investments. Being the most populous city in the nation, Phnom Penh is a melting pot for culture; tourists get to experience its vast and diversified culinary offerings... seeing both urban and developing sides of the nation. The place is happening but not as worth-visiting as compared to Siem Reap... the historical city that houses Angkor Wat, one of the seven wonders of the world. If you are planning to visit, we'd recommend a 4 Day 3 Night trip would be more than suffice. Check out our write up about Angkor Wat few years ago here

Moving Around in Phnom Penh:

Tuk-Tuk or taxis are widely used in Phnom Penh but to prevent any unhappy moments dealing with the drivers, it is best to use ride-hailing apps... for fairly charged fare as well as exact pin-point location without going through the hassle of explaining the location to the drivers (most local drivers are English-illiterate). While Grab is widely used by most tourists, the locals use PassApp. I was using Grab throughout my entire journey- certain locations might be hard to pin point and the exact location turned out to be a little different from the pick up point.

1) Royal Palace of Phnom Penh
Address: Samdach Sothearos Blvd (3), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Business Hours: 8 am to 5 pm. Opens Daily.
Admission Fee: USD $10

Friday, December 7, 2018

Dear Dino Cafe @ Penang Road, Georgetown, Penang.

Conveniently located in the heart of Georgetown... along the bustling Penang Road, Dear Dino Cafe serves the Georgetown crowd with healthy treats like cold-pressed fruit juices, smoothie bowls and yogurt parfaits. You will need to pay a little attention to look for this new kid in town... the place does not carry eye-catching signage but once you have stepped inside, the modern simplicity sort of elegance will take your breath away; every corner offers a picturesque spot. But it does not necessarily offer healthy juices, the Fries are equally popular; though I'd skip on the Sandwiches and some of their Potato-dishes. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

[Hotel Review] Aerotel- Airport Transit Hotel @ KLIA2, Selangor.

KLIA2 is one of the busiest airports in Malaysia and the main hub for Air Asia, one of the best low-cost carriers in the world. The KLIA2 is unlike any other airports in Malaysia... thanks to the combined retail space next to the airport- Gateway @ KLIA2 Mall. There are plenty of services available at KLIA2 and one of the latest additions to the airport is Aerotel Kuala Lumpur... an international airport transit hotel brand proudly brought in by Plaza Premium Group. Strategically located at the landside of Terminal KLIA2 and within the airport mall, the hotel has close proximity to the departure and arrival halls, offering easy access for travelers who need some shut-eye. The hotel is designed and developed accommodate the needs of all travelers- comforting private resting areas, shower facility with full amenities or recharge over a meal. Room rates start from RM98 for an hour at the Solo Plus Room.

Many Thanks to Plaza Premium Group for hosting us.

Monday, December 3, 2018

姓氏 Mia Cafe @ Kek Chuan Road, Georgetown, Penang.

Housed in an old clans association along Kek Chuan Road, Mia Cafe's debut is greatly associated with the viral, extremely realistic puppy cake. The name "Mia" refers to "Name" in Hokkien dialect; once you step in the cafe, you will find a Chinese screen with close to hundred of Chinese surnames. If you are a Chinese, chances that your surname listed over there are high. The interior decor remains as it is... with wooden flooring on the first floor and old-school tiles on the walls. The cafe does not offer mains... but a series of sweet treats including Waffles, Toasts and Cakes; a point to note is that the cafe carries Fatbaby Ice Cream, a popular Ice Cream brand from Klang Valley. Worth checking out if you are up for some Waffles/Toasts over delicious Ice Cream. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Corner Keng (角头间) @ Precinct 10, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

If you have visited Precinct 10 lately, you would have noticed that there is a new, curious restaurant... next to KFC. The restaurant is covered with greens and plants... with some wooden tables and chairs. You will need to walk into the greens before you can even locate the entrance; the restaurant is in fact a Chinese restaurant with a Chinese-focused menu, though the place is also a drinking place in the evenings. On the menu, expect to find a variety of Chinese Noodles, Congee, Rice and Chinese stir-fry dishes. The interior decor however, speaks otherwise. It sure looks like a hipster hangout place with bold industrial elements... adorned with plants. Foods are reasonably priced but the service could be more attentive. Our wait was excruciating... 35 min-wait for less than 3 tables of customers; certainly not a positive dining experience.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Azumino Ikeda Japanese Sake Fair @ Oriental Red Seafood Market, Jelutong, Penang.

Representatives from Azumino Ikeda 信州安曇野 Town Council (Nagano Prefecture) Japan hosted a Japanese Sake dinner in collaboration with Oriental Red Seafood Market Penang last week. Ikeda Town is famous for its superior quality Rice known for Sake-brewing and thus, the event showcased 7 types of premium Japanese Sake specially brought from Japan paired with meticulously prepared Japanese 5-course dinner from Oriental Red Seafood Market.

About Nagano Prefecture 長野県:

2 hours by Train and north of Tokyo, Nagono Prefecture is a place known for its natural resources and beauty. The hot springs and ski resorts are especially popular amongst Japanese and international visitors. The north-western area of Nagano Prefecture is where Ikeda Town located; a place blessed with rich natural resources for agriculture. The quality Rice makes an important ingredient for the 2 Japanese Sake breweries in Ikeda Town. If you are a fan of flowers, the place is known for its Cherry Blossoms, Chamomiles, Lavenders and Maple Trees (depending on seasons).

Many Thanks to Ikeda Town Council and Oriental Red Seafood Market for hosting us that evening.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Barry's Cafe @ Bishop Street, Georgetown, Penang.

The retro-sleek design of Barry's Cafe vies for attention, especially when the cafe is surrounded by heaps of financial institutions and offices. While the contrast certainly appeals to the public, the menu is equally interesting. The usual cafe fare is part of the menu but amusingly, there are some Oriental options like Penang Char Koay Teow or stir-fried Japanese Udon as well. On weekdays' lunch, the cafe offers "Set Lunch" at the price of "ala-carte"... though the offer is only valid for orders of Western mains (no Set Lunch for you if you are ordering Char Koay Teow). In the evenings or weekends, the "ala-carte" remains "ala-carte", no Set package would be offered.  New place with plenty of food options, the Set Lunch promotion yields great values; worth checking out if you are in the vicinity.

Monday, November 26, 2018

London Duck (伦敦烤鸭) @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

Gurney Plaza gets "quackier" with the opening of London Duck... a Duck specialist that offers a great variety of Chinese delights. The newly opened restaurant on third floor draws great crowd on the first opening week... partly due to its attractive opening promotion followed by its family-friendly Chinese menu. While the name might hint on its specialty, the menu is not quite Duck-focused. London Duck makes a fine family restaurant... regardless of your age group, there will be something suitable for you. Not exactly the best food around but given the comfortable dining space and family-friendly menu, the place is worth a look.

Friday, November 23, 2018

[Travel/ Food Guide] Itinerary to Hua Hin (华欣), Thailand (泰国) 2018.

Hua Hin needs no further introduction, the place is especially popular for Malaysian tourists travelling to Bangkok; it is now accessible directly from Kuala Lumpur by flight or Penang by train. But the popular way is to the beach town is to travel by road... from Bangkok. It's easy to find a travel agencies which offer such services, or any Taxi drivers would be able to offer a day trip there. It typically takes 4 hours to reach Hua Hin from Bangkok. There are plenty things to see and places to visit but our recent trip there was rather hectic and we did not get to explore much. Below is the list of places that we have been to (for a 2D1N trip):

1) Santorini Park Cha-Am
Address: 555 Moo 3 Khao Yai, Cha-Am, Petchaburi, 76120, Thailand.
Business Hours: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm on weekdays, 9 am to 6:30 pm on weekends.. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: +66 32 772 955
Admission Fee: THB 150 with 1 complimentary Game

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Have A Seat Cafe (坐坐吧) @ The Landmark, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

A new tenant at The Landmark, one of the latest commercial buildings along Tanjung Tokong; Have A Seat Cafe boasts over its comfortable, homey atmosphere with an array of its home-made Cakes. Manned by Taiwanese, the friendly proprietor speaks fluent Mandarin with Taiwanese accent. When asked for recommendations, she enthusiastically introduced her products. The mains include a series of Pasta dishes and some Sandwich choices; some familiar combinations and some quirky, playful variants. Prices are on the higher side but the place feels more like a place for casual meet ups in lieu of proper meals.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Y Food Box Restaurant (谢谢李潮州粥饭) @ All Seasons Place, Farlim, Penang.

Y Food Box Restaurant, a brand hailed from Ipoh, has recently expanded its business operations up north to Penang. The branch at All Seasons Place is the brand's 4th outlet (5th outlet opening at Gurney Drive); though the English name does not right a bell but the mandarin name of this place gives a better picture. It offers Teo Chew dishes like braised meat, Teo Chew Porridge and some stir-fried dishes. Prices are of middle range but the air-conditioned restaurant has the comfortable setting and appropriate menu for any casual family dining occasions. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Club J Restaurant @ Leandros Lane, Georgetown, Penang.

Leandros Lane's (Pulau Tikus) Bella Marina has been given a second restaurant chance; the new comer... a French-inspired Asian casual dining "Club J Restaurant" is now on site. Helmed by Chef Sean, a young and talented Chef whom had working experiences with various established restaurants in Malaysia and Singapore; the restaurant offers a diversified range of choices with prix fixe menu (meatless options available). Set in a bungalow off Kelawei Road, the place is easily accessible either from Kelawei Road or Burmah Road; on the outside, visitors may park their cars at the entrance while inside, it's a simple, modern but cozy dining space without being ostentatious (private dining rooms available). Both lunch and dinner menus available but note-worthy is the "Book The Chef" menu... an array of specially crafted dishes that would require advance booking of 48 hours. It is also possible for you to customize your own dish, do check with the Chef.

Many Thanks to Club J Restaurant for hosting us that evening.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Restro Uwong Palembang @ Elit Avenue, Bayan Baru, Penang.

Step in this restaurant and you know you are in an Indonesian restaurant... the unique Indonesian Batik-styled table cloth and wallpapers tell you everything. The menu features an array of basic, traditional Indonesian cooking, including Gado Gado and Lontong but beyond the classic dishes, Restro Uwong Palembang churns out a signature Palembang delicacy.... Pempek, a type of Indonesian savory Fishcake (something like Keropok Lekor). While Indonesian dishes are rather off-the-beaten track, this place offers authentic Indonesian food manned by local Indonesians; one of the few places that you get to enjoy South Sumatra delicacies and dining in comfortable atmosphere without putting a dent on the wallet. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Brew House @ Anson Cube, Georgetown, Penang.

Having 6 branches across Klang Valley, the name- The Brew House is certainly not new to those who frequent Klang Valley's pubs but for those who have yet to try their offering, you have the opportunity to do so in Penang. The Penang branch is housed within the newly built Anson Cube, a commercial building along the lively Anson Road. Not only a pub but the kitchen churns out a great variety of food choices... span across Asian and Western delights, though the menu is pretty Pork-focused. Budget-watchers would be delighted to know that the place offers value-for-money Set Lunch menu, featuring some of their specialties with unbeatable prices. The space is casual with a relaxed atmosphere; except for the lackluster service, the place is worth a look.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Texas Chicken Malaysia's New Big Deals 2018

Stretch your Ringgit further now at Texas Chicken Malaysia as the Chicken specialist rolls out its "New Big Deals" with prices starting from RM 3.80 (to RM 5.80). A tactical shift from its core product, the "New Big Deals" introduced by Texas Chicken Malaysia features Asian delights in Texas Chicken's unique way- a range of meals consists of 6 light dishes. The "New Big Deals" provides great return; dishes are offered in 3 main categories- Rice Bowls, Porridge and Mash Bowls... with familiar flavors from Thailand, Japan and Korea. This is especially appropriate to satisfy your Asian palates or simply act as supplementary items to complete your meals. The latest Texas Chicken "New Big Deals" is now available at nationwide Texas Chicken branches.

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