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Desa Jaya Johor Bahru Char Kway Teow 新叶记咖啡店 JK1447

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We followed this 22 Mar 2016 full page Sin Chew article to 新叶记 coffee shop in Taman Desa Jaya for a local favourite of simple fried noodles.

看报找吃。新葉記是 Desa Jaya, Jalan Danau 2 街方, 熟客所爱。 有很多种类的炒面。 您在附近的时候, 可以试试看, 和当地居民一起用餐。

Restoran Local Best Roast Pork Sio Bak Char Siew Desa Jaya Johor Bahru JK1446

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We were food spotting around Taman Desa Jaya (near Jusco Tebrau) when we were stopped in our tracks by this huge eye catching slab of golden siew yok (roast pork belly or sio bak) at Local Best coffee shop 本地好美食天地.

位于新山 Desa Jaya, Jalan Danau 1 的"本地好烧腊"烧肉脆皮, 肉嫩, 油香. 叉烧也好吃. 值得一试.

Zheng Wei Duck Rice Singapore Bukit Panjang Fuyuan Canshi 正味福园餐室 JK1445

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Went down to Bukit Panjang (Singapore) today for errands followed by food spotting the most primitive way - hunting for queues. Spotted this queue at 正味 Duck Rice stall and so stopped to give it a try. 正味 (pronounced Zheng Wei) has no English name but translates roughly as "True Flavours".

Jin Ji Braised Duck & Kway Chap Chinatown Singapore 金记潮州卤鸭

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Dropped by Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck & Kway Chap 金记潮州卤鸭 at Chinatown Complex, one of Singapore's oldest hawker centres. 

金记是一个立于新加坡牛车水传统潮州卤鸭档。在30多年前创金记直到今天仍然使用原来的30多年所有的精华给金记卤鸭一种独 的特别香味。

Bangkok Food Tour Itinerary Nang Leong Market Victory Monument Yaowarat JK1441



I am going on a Trekking and Food Trip in Bangkok hosted by Simon of Travelled Paths. We are going to climb the 1,350 metre high Khaoluang Prachuab Khiri Khan which is located about 350 km south of Bangkok. Our reward for the two day, one night trekking and camping trip is the mesmerizing sunset and sunrise at the magnificent Huay Yang National Park -  followed by a one day Bangkok food trail to recover the calories we lost and to get fed fat again :-D

Did you Kill Singapore's Hawker Food Culture?

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Yes, you.

Let's face it. Singapore's heritage hawker food is heading towards more serious trouble.

Because of you.

Ollella Sweets and Savories with The Pourover Bar

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Raphael and Karen invited me over to (soon to open) Ollella Sweets and Savories for a private get together. Raphael's Pourover Bar is located with Ollella in Residences@Somme at Petain Road, Singapore.

Hai Di Lao Pudong Shanghai 海底捞火锅

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Since arriving in Shanghai, Mary has been wanting to show us Hai Di Lao 海底捞火锅, the famous Chinese hot pot (known as steamboat in Singapore/ Malaysia) chain here. Founded in 1994 in Sichuan, there are now over 250 Hai Di Lao outlets around the world including two in Singapore. This was my first time in a Hai Di Lao restaurant.

Future of Singapore Hawker Food Culture Interview (NUS USP)

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Could you share with us your story on why you decided to go into food blogging?  

When I retired, I didn't have much resources except for my passion for photography, writing and eating :-D I also love travel and meeting people.  I asked myself what is the most good that I can do with the little that I have.

Founder Bak Kut Teh Singapore 发起人肉骨茶

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Founder Bak Kut Teh has a huge reputation. It's among the most recognized brands in Singapore F and B, and not just in BKT only. Their signature is their peppery savoury broth and top quality fresh pork.

成立于1978, 发起人肉骨茶在新加坡的美食业里有巨大的声誉。新加坡美食最知名的品牌之一。发起人的招牌是他们的辣咸肉汤和高品质新鲜猪肉。发起人的招牌是非不可

Zhen Wei Seafood Johor Bahru Setia Indah 珍味阁海鲜

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In Johor Bahru, we can find little chef owned restaurants that serve premium dishes, expertly executed, provide comfortable environment and charge reasonable prices. These restaurants' main clientele are families and are located in residential areas. Zhen Wei 珍味阁海鲜 in Setia Indah is near to Jusco Tebrau shopping centre and Austin Heights Golf and Country Club.

Restaurant name: Restoran Zhen Wei 珍味阁海鲜


Address: 1, Jalan Setia 7/18, Taman Setia Indah, 81100 Johor Bahru


Tel: 016 710 9085


Hours: 12:30pm - 9:30pm

MOVED Wanton Mee Noodle @ Restoran No Signboard Maju Jaya JB

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MOVED. Reader J.S. recommended me his favourite wanton noodle stall in JB. It's the wanton mee stall at Restoran No Signboard along Jalan Maju or 報紙街 newspaper street as the locals know it due to the number of newspapers and publishers located along this old street.

Good Family (Ho Ho) Steamboat Johor Bahru JB Molek 好一家海鲜火锅餐厅

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At Good Family Steamboat, it's simple, no frills, no gimmicks, no pretense, just good, top quality, wholesome fresh food for the whole family in a clean, informal, comfortable environment. (Formerly Ho Ho Steamboat 好好火锅.)

Shoon Huat Famous Bak Kut Teh Johor Bahru JB Sentosa 顺发肉骨茶

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Johor Bahru has many bak kut teh shops (more than in Singapore perhaps because it's a bigger part of people's diet here than south of the Causeway). There are many bak kut teh brand names and the best known one in JB is probably 顺发 (Soon Huat spelt various ways) with over twenty branches all over the city.

Hj Wahid Baidali Mee Rebus at Larkin Bus Station Food Centre

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Hj Wahid mee rebus is the most famous name in the world of Johor Bahru mee rebus. There are several branches everywhere and Hj Wahid's is always mentioned when we ask for mee rebus recommendations.

Tropical Garden Restaurant Kulai Johor 新嘉宾酒楼

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One of the pleasures of a trip to Johor for Singapore visitors is the opportunity to enjoy quality old school food at comfortable banquet halls at Singapore kopitiam zhi char prices. More important, many of the delicious traditional banquet dishes are seldom found in Singapore nowadays.

San Lou Kway Teow Kia Stulang JB Johor Bahru 三楼粿條仔

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Back at San Lou kway teow kia stall after four years (2016) - food hunting far and wide kept me away before I came full circle. San Lou KTK is still at the same quaint location and the food is still as good as ever.

Sang Heng Noodles at JB Johor Bahru Tan Hiok Nee 甡兴茶餐室 (Update: Uncle Seng deceased on 17 Dec 2016)

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(Uncle Seng passed away on 17 Dec 2016.) I missed Uncle Ah Seng's old style Teochew noodles at his little stall at Sang Heng kopitiam at Jalan Tan Hiok Nee in old downtown JB.

Amphawa Boat Noodle JB Johor Bahru

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Boat noodles are traditional and unique Thai "street food" when canals were the main streets around old Bangkok. The noodles are served in tiny two mouthful bowls as the street boat hawkers plied the canals. Customers stood by the banks, ate their noodles in a jiffy and handed the little bowls back to the boat hawker. Thai style boat noodles appeared in Malaysia and Singapore recently. Amphawa Boat Noodle pioneered the Thai tradition in Johor Bahru nearly 2 years ago.

Takagi Ramen AMK Ang Mo Kio Singapore

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We were at Takagi Ramen stall at the corner coffee shop of Block 721 AMK Central which is just a short walk from Ang Mo Kio MRT station (walk in the direction of Yio Chu Kang after alighting). Excited by raving reviews, we ordered two bowls - the Black Tonkotsu and the Chashu-men.

Nasi Campur at Desa Terbrau Sri Lanang Johor Bahru

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We were food spotting in Taman Desa Terbrau when we stumbled upon this little street side nasi campur stall at the Sri Lanang public housing flats, at the foot of Block J.

Plan your Retirement Early and Retire Happy

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Good old Benjamin Franklin, inventor and US statesman, once said "nothing in this world is certain, except death and taxes".

Well, growing old and retirement are also certain - it's just that retirement could be a dream come true or a nightmare.

The difference lies in having a retirement plan or have not.

15 Top Shopping Malls in KL Kuala Lumpur - Tourism Malaysia Shopping Hunt 2016

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Woohoo!! I love the thrill of treasure hunts and had a great time taking part in the Tourism Malaysia Shopping Hunt 2016 on 1 Mar. Twenty two teams with participants from 11 countries took part in the shopping hunt frenzy across KL :-D

AMAH Ali, Muthu, Ah Hock at Petaling Street KL Kuala Lumpur JK1418

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Aspalisa, Nava and Ah Seng (Tony's Chinese name) were discussing what to eat for lunch in Kuala Lumpur. We were famish and the numerous possibilities we discussed only made us more hungry.

Too much choice can be paralyzing ;-p

Beauty World Hong Wen Mutton Soup Singapore 紅炆羊肉湯

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Hong Weng Mutton Soup have been a fixture here at the level 4 food court of Beauty World Centre for as long as I can remember. I used to live and work near here, so Beauty World was my regular food haunt.

Stall name: Hong Wen Mutton Soup


Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, stall #04-20, Singapore 588177 (Beauty World Centre Food Court)


Nearest MRT: Doorstep of Beauty World station


Hours: 11:00am - 3:00pm (Mon off)

Tiger Jit Singh Chapati in Pudu Kuala Lumpur KL

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Hungry in Kuala Lumpur, Nava suggested that we drop by Tiger Jit Singh Capati since we were shopping in Pudu. Nava said that even guests visiting from India, specifically said they want to eat at Tiger Jit's chapati stall. Needless to say, I was thrilled by Nava's idea ;-D