Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Desaru Coast Gourmet Series @ Els Club & Stay at Hard Rock Hotel

Desaru Coast Gourmet Series @ Els Club

I had the privilege to experience the inaugural Gourmet Series at The Els Club and also stayed at Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast as a guest of Tourism Malaysia.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood. Where to Eat Chili Crab in Singapore

Singapore Chili Crab

Ban Leong Wah Hoe and the row of eateries at Casuarina Road was one of our favourite hangouts though I've not been back for over two decades. I was glad that tonight's get together let me get reacquainted with one of my old favourite Singapore zhi char places. I like all the dishes we had tonight, especially their rendition of Singapore chili crab.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Makansutra 21st Anniversary Party @ Gluttons Bay at The Esplanade Singapore

Makansutera 21st Anniversary Party @ Gluttons Bay at The Esplanade Singapore

Thank you Makan Guru KF Seetoh for the privilege to celebrate the 21st Anniversary of Makansutra at Gluttons Bay with you, Patricia, your team and friends. I bought your food guides and went on your food tours in the 1990s, tasted many good food stalls you recommended, inspired by many astute insights you shared but never expected to be part of Makansutra's 21st birthday bash 😄

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Cowan Street Ayam Tauge and Koitiau. Popular Ipoh Chicken & Bean Sprouts ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cowan Street Ayam Tauge and Koitiau. Popular Ipoh Chicken & Bean Sprouts

Finally, l got to taste the famous Cowan Street chicken kway teow and taugeh (beansprouts) after missing it a few times on previous Ipoh trips. If you are from out of town and catch Cowan Street Ayam Tauge and Koitiau open during your stay, it's like you struck lottery 😂

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Tried & Tasted 7 Hokkien Mee or Tai Lok Meen in KL and PJ

Tried & Tasted 7 Hokkien Mee or Tai Lok Meen in KL and PJ

The black gooey lardy fat Hokkien mee known as tai lok meen in Cantonese (which is still the lingua franca of KL Chinese) is one of Kuala Lumpur's signature dishes. Every neighbourhood in KL and Petaling Jaya has at least one or two famous Hokkien mee stalls.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Tong Lian Kee Hokkien Mee (Tai Lok Meen) @ Jalan Sarawak in Pudu KL 东莲记福建面 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Tong Lian Kee Hokkien Mee (Tai Lok Meen) @ Jalan Sarawak in Pudu KL 东莲记福建面

It was the end of our whole day food trail from JB to KL, after our fourth meal. Every meal was great but it would not be right if we did not taste a Hokkien mee or tai lok meen when we were in KL. Running through the dozens of popular options, I reminisced about a Hokkien mee stall that operated along the corridor at a side street off Jalan Pudu. We decided to go and check it out, though I actually assumed that it was no longer there (just like the mee hoon kueh stall across the road from it).

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Johor Kaki JB > Kuala Lumpur > Ipoh Food Trail 29 Nov to 4 Dec 2018 "LIVE"

Johor Kaki JB > Kuala Lumpur > Ipoh Food Trail 9 Nov to 4 Dec 2018

I am on a food trail from Johor Bahru 🚙 KL 🚙 Ipoh and back to JB - dates from 29 Nov (Weds) to 4 Dec (Tues). I am updating this post everyday during the road trip - follow this post if you like to know what we are eating and how we like it 😋 (or not ).

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Not the Usual Wanton Mee in Masai Johor Bahru 肆源小炒

Not the Usual Wanton Mee in Masai Johor Bahru 肆源小炒

You know, it's one of those days when all three eateries I planned to try were all closed for the day. I was getting hungry and running out of time for my other commitments when I found myself in Masai. When I am lost for ideas and tired, I fall back on places that I believe won't fail me. In Masai, my comfort food hideout is 肆源小炒 zhi char stall.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Nasi Padang Sukaramai near City Square Mall Johor Bahru

Nasi Padang Sukaramai near City Square Mall Johor Bahru

Nasi Padang Sukaramai inside Senteral coffee shop 中央餐室 just beside City Square mall have been around for decades, yet this family run stall have somehow evaded the social media radar. But, it is popular with downtown office workers who come here for their work day lunch.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Foong Kee Coffee Shop Roasts @ Keong Saik Road 豐記咖啡店

Foong Kee Coffee Shop Roasts @ Keong Saik Road 豐記咖啡店

Chinatown Complex Food Centre was closed for washing today but we didn't worry for even a second because Singapore Chinatown is overflowing with good food options. Just a short walk took us to Foong Kee Coffee Shop 豐記咖啡店 on Keong Saik Road which is famous for their Cantonese roasts and wanton mee.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Nasi Padang near Sultan Mosque Singapore. Warong Nasi Pariaman

Nasi Padang near Sultan Mosque Singapore. Warong Nasi Pariaman

There are about a dozen popular nasi padang shops in Singapore's Kampong Glam area near Sultan Mosque. One of my favourites is Warong Nasi Pariaman.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Granny Lee Sauce @ BE Here Cafe in Golden Wall Centre Singapore

Granny Lee Sauce @ BE Here Cafe in Golden Wall Centre Singapore

My friend Daphne contacted me to visit her newly opened cafe at Golden Wall Centre (just a short walk from Rochor MRT station). She wanted me to try her family's Granny Lee sauce.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Food Sketching with Scenic Rangers at Noodle Place @ Orchard Gateway 猎景骑兵

Food Sketching with Scenic Rangers at Noodle Place @ Orchard Gateway 猎影骑兵

I love to sketch and love to eat (who doesn't?), so I thought combining the two activities would be having the best of both worlds. Today, I watched a prominent Singapore sketching group, Scenic Rangers 猎景骑兵, enjoy both at Noodle Place at Orchard Gateway. (No, I didn't sketch today lah - the thought of sketching, tasting, taking photos, taking notes all at once is still too daunting for me now 😂 )

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Lao Zhong Zhong Five Spice @ Tai Thong Crescent 老中中餐室五香酥虾饼

Lao Zhong Zhong Five Spice @ Tai Thong Crescent 老中中餐室五香酥虾饼

I rarely eat fried ngoh hiang nowadays because of the grease. When I can no longer resist it, I get my ngoh hiang fix at 老中中餐室五香酥虾饼 Lao Zhong Zhong at Tai Thong Crescent in Singapore.

Chef Kang's Noodle House Wanton Mee @ Jackson Square Toa Payoh Lor 3 Singapore

Chef Kang's Noodle House Wanton Mee @ Jackson Square Toa Payoh Lor 3 Singapore

So many of my makan kakis ate and shared about Chef Kang's wanton mee at Jackson Square Cafe, I couldn't wait to check it out myself. (Chef Kang as you know is the chef behind the Singapore One Michelin Star Chef Kang Kitchen.)

Monday, 19 November 2018

Tale of Two Fish Soup Stalls @ Amoy Hawker Centre. Han Kee & Piao Ji

Tale of Two Fish Soup Stalls @ Amoy Hawker Centre. Han Kee & Piao Ji

I had long wanted to try the popular fish soup stalls Han Kee and Piao Ji at Amoy Hawker Centre. Didn't get to taste them until today because the queues were always sooo.... looong. Finally got the chance today because I was in the area early to visit the historic Thian Hock Keng temple (Telok Ayer Street).

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Urban Sketchers Singapore @ Old Tiong Bahru Bak Kut Teh

Urban Sketchers Singapore @ Old Tiong Bahru Bak Kut Teh

Today, I joined Urban Sketchers Singapore during their sketching outing (sketchwalk) at the famous Old Tiong Bahru Bak Kut Teh restaurant in Tiong Bahru. This time I observed and took pictures only lah. Maybe next time, I may actually pick up the brush and sketch 😄

Friday, 16 November 2018

Taman Tasek Hawker Centre in Johor Bahru Malaysia. Untrendy but Cool

Taman Tasek Hawker Centre in Johor Bahru Malaysia. Untrendy but Cool

Johor Bahru Malaysia has numerous public hawker centres, each with its own character. Taman Tasek Hawker Centre set under huge leafy trees and surrounded by fruit trees may be among the smallest, yet it is well loved by its immediate community and visitors from out of town Malaysia and Singapore.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Best Johor Bahru Nasi Lemak List. Mughni Saujana Cafe. Warung Sebelah Rumah Menteri Besar

Best Johor Bahru Nasi Lemak List. Mughni Saujana Cafe. Warung Sebelah Rumah Menteri Besar

We came here two days in a row - Mughni Saujana Cafe is one of the best places for nasi lemak in JB. Many fans call this Warung Sebelah Rumah Menteri Besar because it is just beside the Chief Minister's Residence.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Thian Hock Keng Temple of Heavenly Blessings in Singapore 天福宫

Thian Hock Keng 天福宫 Mazu Temple of Heavenly Blessings in Singapore

Visiting Thian Hock Keng temple 天福宫 (Tianfu temple in Mandarin) will give you insights into Singapore's early Chinese immigrants, especially the Hokkien people who make up about half the Chinese population on the island. THK is the oldest and most important temple of Singapore Hokkiens (who came from China's Fujian province).

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