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Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck · Orchard Road Singapore

Kaki kaki jio-ed (invited) me to Imperial Treasures Super Peking Duck at Paragon Shopping Centre level 5.

Restaurant name: Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck

Address: 290 Orchard Road, #05 - 42 / 45, Singapore 238859 (inside Paragon Shopping Centre)

Nearest MRT: 10 minutes walk from Orchard or Somerset station

Tel: 6732 7838

Hours: 11:30 am - 2:45 pm | 6pm - 10 pm

San Shu Gong Private Dining @ 135 Geylang · Teochew Cuisine

Aunty Judy invited me for dinner at San Shu Gong Private Dining. It's a nice evening of good Teochew cuisine and great company.

Restaurant name: San Shu Gong Private Dining 三叔公私房菜

Address: 135 Geylang Road, #01-01, Singapore 389226

Nearest MRT: 5 minutes walk from Kallang station

Tel: 6741 0344

Hours: 12:00 noon - 2:30 pm | 6pm - 11 pm

Who Were the Cholas? Did they Leave Legacies beyond Stone Monuments?

The Chola dynasty lasted 1,500 years from 300 BC to 1279 - making it the longest lasting dynasty in history.

During this time, the Cholas achieved a lot, not only in India but also in Southeast Asia, all the way to China's doorstep.

The Cholas left some majestic monuments which remind us of their golden age but little else remains (or so it seems). I suggest that the Cholas also left edible monuments i.e. their cuisine throughout Southeast Asia. These edible artefacts could provide another window of insights into the Cholas which stone monuments didn't.

Golden Mile Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken & Wantons with Tobiko! 香港豉油鸡

Buddy Marcus enthused about a relatively new Hong Kong soya sauce chicken and wanton noodle stall at Golden Mile Food Centre.

Stall name: 香港豉油鸡 Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken

Address: 505 Beach Road, unit #B1-56, Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583 (near to the ATM machines)

Nearest MRT: Five minute walk from Lavender station 

Hours: 10am - 6pm

Origin of Kuih Karas · Keukarah · Kue Sarang Semut & Sri Lankan Aasmi · Legacy of Ancient Indian Traders

During my recent trip to Kedah, I tried kuih karas, the northern Malaysian state's food icon. Kuih karas is a tiny fan shaped biscuit, fried till golden brown. It is brittlely crispy, wiry, crunchy and tastes mainly sweet. 

The snack is mainly found in Kedah though it has spread all over the Malaysia through the centuries. Mainly known as kuih karas in Malaysia, it is also called kuih sarang semut (ant nest cake) and kuih jala (net cake).

SEORAE Korean BBQ Singapore · Good Value · Tasty Food · Great Locations


When Ben jio-ed (invited) me to catch up at Seorae at Northpoint City in Yishun, I was looking forward to the meet up as I have not seen buddy for some time. As for the venue, truth be told, I am usually not overly eager to go to no chef, own self cook places like BBQs (and steamboats), especially if they are expensive. I mean, pay so much, still got to cook ourselves meh.... ?

But, Seorae turned out to be a pleasant experience which I don't mind going back to.

Restaurant name: Seorae Korean Charcoal BBQ (Northpoint City)

Address: 930 Yishun Ave 2, B1-37 Northpoint City (North Wing, Singapore 769098

Nearest MRT: At Yishun station

Tel: 83803200

Hours: 11:30am - 10pm

Pekan Rabu Soul of Alor Setar ● Historic Wednesday Market that Opens Everyday

Coming to Alor Setar, a stop at Pekan Rabu or literally the Wednesday Market is a must. I lost count of the number of times I've been here. Pekan Rabu has a sort of sentiment heart tugging pull as it is the heart soul of the city. I said soul because heart may connote location while soul refers to spirit which is closer to what I mean to say.

Pekan Rabu Alor Setar

Address: Kompleks Pekan Rabu, Jalan Tunku Ibrahim, 05000 Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

Tel: +604 733 5929

Hours: 10am - 8pm daily

Lao Yang Cafe 老楊 Kopi 店 ● Pig Friend Dog Buddy Curry Rice 猪朋狗友咖喱饭 ● Miri Sarawak

We needed to catch some quick breakfast before getting on our flight from Miri to Singapore.

Restaurant name: Lao Yang Cafe 老楊 Kopi 店 

Address: Jalan Krokop 2, 98000 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia

Tel: +6014 991 9817

Hours: 6am - 2pm

Sing Chiong Restaurant Bekenu ● Famous Live Wild Soon Hock (Tutu Fish) & River Prawns 勲漳茶餐室

The little town of Bekenu between Miri and Niah has Sing Chiong Restaurant which is well known for their live wild Soon Hock fish and giant river prawn dishes.

Restaurant name: Sing Chiong Restaurant

Address:  Lot 214, 215 Bekenu Bazaar, Sibuti, Sarawak, Malaysia

Tel: +608 571 9196

Hours: 7am - 4pm (Weds off)

Nancy Harriss Homestay Bario Sarawak ● Twin Pioneer Aircraft Wreck & Milky Way

We spent two wonderful nights at Nancy Harris Homestay / Guesthouse (not enough 😬). We love the food, activities, facilities, environment, and people here. This is a good base for your extraordinary (literally speaking) holiday in Bario, Sarawak.

How to Take Public Bus to Changi Airport Budget Terminal T4?

Take bus 24, 27, 34, 36, 53, 110, or 858 to Changi Airport T2 basement bus stop. Take the lift to level 1 and take the T4 shuttle bus (from the bus stop located beside the T2 multi-storey carpark). The T4 shuttle bus runs round the clock. This service between T2 and T4 is complimentary (free of charge).

Step by step details.

Origins of Vietnamese Phin & Indian Drip Filter Coffee ● The French Connection


I am a big fan of Vietnamese drip filter coffee since my first taste of it in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. Yeah, many of us had our first taste of things Vietnam through its diaspora.

Fell in love with it with the first sip - the robust, deep bitter sweet taste and the sharp caffeine kick that jolted us back to life from the long flight from Singapore. It was like jump starting flat batteries.

94 Toa Payoh Prawn Noodle @ Yi Hao Coffee Shop ● Low Profile Neighbourhood Favourite

Passing by the block 94 corner coffee shop after lunch at block 92, I noticed this prawn noodle stall had a long queue. So I marked this stall down for a future visit 😁

Stall name: 94 Toa Payoh Prawn Noodle

Address: Lor 4 Toa Payoh, Block 94, Singapore 310094 (stall inside Yi Hao coffee shop)

Nearest MRT: 5 minutes walk from Braddell station

Hours: 7am - 2pm (Sun off)

One Night at Talula Hill Farm Resort in Kluang ● Terraces at Gunung Lambak Foothills

Spent a night at Talula Hill Farm Resort during my recent excursion in Kluang. Social media is abuzz with the newest destination in Kluang.

Talula Hill Farm Resort Kluang

Address: PTD 40612, Jalan Padang Tembak, 86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia

Tel: +6019 375 5818

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Kedah Royal Museum · Insights into the Kedah Sultanate

One of my favourite places to visit when I am in Alor Setar is the Kedah Royal Museum housed in a former palace built in 1736 in the heart of the city.

I have a firm conviction that knowing the history of a place makes the food tastes more delicious 😋

Yum Yum Food & Beverage in Kluang ● Under the Radar Tze Char

Evonne brought us to this nondescript coffee shop which we would have passed by without noticing had she not picked this shop for our first lunch for this Kluang excursion.

Restauran name: Yum Yum Food & Beverage (formerly Restoran Xiang Hong)

Address: 50, Jalan Haji Manap Nordin, Taman Kluang Baru, 86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia (at intersection with Jalan Tan Kim Seck)

Tel: +6016 770 9532

Hours: 11am - 2pm | 5pm - 9pm (Fri off)

Hua Heng Kuey Teow Johor Jaya ● Famous for their Wild Caught Fish 樺興粿條湯

Was in Johor Jaya to run errands this sunny morning. (Forgot my jockey cap 🥵 ) Stumbled upon a "new" neighbourhood shop with customers spilling over to the five foot way.

Restaurant name: 樺興粿條湯 Hua Heng Kuey Teow

Address: 9, Jalan Dedap 16, Johor Jaya, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Tel: +6019 795 7337

Hours: 7am - 3pm (Thurs off)

Tin Dredger TT5 Museum Tanjung Tualang Perak ● What to do in Ipoh

The historic Tanjung Tualang TT5 tin dredger is a majestic sight you should not miss when you go to Ipoh for food. I always wondered what is and what goes on inside a tin dredger, so yeah.... so glad to be able to visit this unique, fascinating museum. 

Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge No. 5

Address: 9th KM, Jalan Tanjung Tualang, 31000 Batu Gajah, Malaysia

Tel: +6014 904 3255

Hours: 9am - 5pm (Sun closed)

Opera Food Court @ Ion Orchard ● Song Fa Kway Chap & Braised Duck

We arranged to meet for lunch at the Song Fa Kway Chap outlet at Food Opera at Ion Orchard.

Stall name: Song Fa Kway Chap

Address: 2 Orchard Turn B4-03/04 Stall, #14, S238801 (mini restaurant inside Food Opera food court in Ion Orchard)

Nearest MRT: At Orchard station (at station, exit to Ion Orchard and proceed by escalator down to basement 4)

Hours: 10am - 10pm