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    Jersey Boys’ See & Stay Deal at Vistana Hotel Kuala Lumpur Titiwangsa

    April 18th, 2014

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    For those broadway musical fans out there, we’re pretty sure you’ve been waiting to watch one of the most exciting & inspiring journey of The Four Seasons from the mean streets of Newark, New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, Kuala Lumpur has welcomed one of the most successful multi-award winning musicals in the history of Broadway productions, Jersey Boys, when this musical phenomenon rocks its way into Istana Budaya Auditorium from 15 till 27 April 2014!

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    Some might say, “The ticket price alone doesn’t come cheap”
    What if you’re offered……

    Jersey Boys’ See & Stay Deal!
    @ RM600 nett per room per night on the 18th or 22nd April 2014

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    As the official hotel for the Jersey Boys, Vistana Kuala Lumpur Titiwangsa is offering fans exclusive See & Stay package for a memorable musical journey to catch the boys in town.

    Includes:

    • Daily breakfast for 2 persons
    • Executive Deluxe Room stay for 2 persons
    • Jersey Boys’ VIP tickets at Istana Budaya for 2 persons (VIP tickets alone is worth more than RM500 per ticket)
    • Return car transfers between Istana Budaya and Vistana Kuala Lumpur Titiwangsa
    • Late check-out at 3pm

    Booking Period:
    Now until 24-hours before dates of performance

    Stay & Performance Date:
    18th or 22nd April 2014

    Terms & Conditions

    • Prior reservations are required. Subject to availability at the time of booking.
    • This package is only applicable for check-in on 18th or 22nd April 2014.
    • This package is for performances on 18th April and 22nd April 2014 only. Stays for other performance dates are not available.
    • Rates quoted are inclusive of taxes.
    • This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other promotions.
    • Full pre-payment is required to confirm reservations.
    • Additional nights will be chargeable at Best Available Rates and subject to room availability.
    • Terms and conditions are subject to change without prior notice.

     

    We’ll be watching tonight! Can’t wait to share our experience :)

    You’re still in time to catch the deal on 22nd April 2014!
    Book Now at http://www.vistanahotels.com/KualaLumpur/titiwangsa/value.aspx

    Vistana Kuala Lumpur Titiwangsa: the Official Hotel for the Jersey Boys
    9 Jalan Lumut, Off Jalan Ipoh,
    50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    Tel: +60 3 4042 8000
    Email: [email protected]
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    Ippudo @ Bangsar Shopping Centre

    April 15th, 2014

    From Hakata or Kyushu-style tonkotsu made with long-simmered rich, milky, pork-bone tonkotsu broth, to simple soy sauce based soup, we’ve seen a spate of ramen joints open in Klang Valley. And as to find authentic Japanese flavours with a little bit of innovation, we would have to agree that Ippudo has set quite a standard above.
    Needless to mention their influential profile as it might take a while to read, check out our first visit to their very first outlet in Pavilion KL HERE.
    Opening their doors to the 3rd outlet just last month at Bangsar Shopping Centre (2nd outlet at The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley), Ippudo, that specialized in tonkotsu ramen & with bowls filled with bouncy noodles, has expanded their menu widely with a rather different concept compared to their Pavilion & The Gardens Mall outlet.

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    Besides the normal dining area, they also accommodated a bar area with a hanging booze cabinet & pretty martini glasses hanging. More of an outdoor dining & drinking area best suited for patrons who like a cocktail after work or quench their thirst on some fresh draughts for happy hours, paired with Ippudo’s nibbles & ramen of course! Yes, you can definitely pair ramen with cocktail. Read about it HERE!
    Also an area where you can date your football friends to watch a match together too. A rather new & modern concept for a ramen joint we thought :)

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    It’s almost a norm for us to order Ocha (green tea) whenever we’re dining in a Japanese restaurant. However at Ippudo, smoothie is one of their specialty. Try them! Very rich & refreshing :)

    Kiwi Smoothie – RM18
    Kiwi,cucumber & orange juice

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    Strawberry Smoothie – RM18
    Strawberry & Avocado

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    Pomegranate Smoothie – RM18
    Pomegranate, Blueberry & Banana

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    They are also offering Lunch Set which is quite a deal comparing to have just a bowl of ramen alone.
    Lunch Set A: Ramen of your choice + Crispy pork salad + drink : RM30
    Lunch Set B: Ramen of your choice + Lunch Box + drink :RM35

    Choose 1 Ramen of your choice from the 4 selections: Akamaru Sinaji (with miso paste), Karakamen (with special spicy miso) , Ippudo Kuro (only available at Ippudo BSC), Shiromaru Motoaji (original)

    Ippudo Kuro
    Thick, chewy noodles served in Tonkotsu broth, topped with BBQ pork, flavoured black fungus, spring onions, spicy blended miso paste & fragrant garlic. FYI, this preparation is only available at Ippudo Bangsar Shopping Centre, making it a specialty and must order when you visit this outlet. The noodles are thicker with more texture & the broth is more intense with a fragrant spicy kick. For ramen lovers who loves mega flavours, this would be your new favourite.

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    Shiromaru Motoaji
    Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth served with ultra-thin noodles, pork loin, bean sprouts, kikurage & spring onions. Still my personal favourite classic Hakata-style ramen :) Light, tasty & creamy too!

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    Choose 1 Side Dish
    Crispy pork salad
    Grilled romaine lettuce with crispy bacon & Caesar dressing. The crispy bacon really added the extra crunchy texture as well as the awakening fragrant smell to this salad.

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    Lunch Box
    A petite wooden bento box with rice topped with diced salmon, grilled eel, salmon roe, egg and diced cucumber. So cute & yummy!

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    & finally Choose 1 drink: Iced / Hot green tea or Soft drinks

    Ippudo Pork Bun – RM7
    One of the most ordered signature dish, the steamed soft bun is enclosed with a piece of “melt-in-your-mouth” braised pork drenched in Ippudo’s homemade sauce.

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    Sweet Crispy Corn – RM13
    One tasty nibble that we love, the deep fried spherical corn is coated with a little chilli powder for the extra flavours too.

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    Seared Salmon Roe with Mentaiko – RM28
    Would never say no to the spicy cod roe (mentaiko) that has a well balanced flavours with the fresh salmon. Once assembled, they are then glazed with their special sauce.

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    Deep Fried Chicken Wings – RM13
    Being skeptical, I was a little puzzled with Ippudo’s chicken wings being one of their signature dish. All along I thought fried chicken was a Korean specialty instead :)
    Take a bite and you’ll be amazed with its crispiness & juiciness no joke. For a different flavour, take a dip into their special chilli powder for an extra kick!

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    Cheesebaked Potato Salad with Tobiko (flying fish roe) – RM19

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    Waffle Cake with Blueberry Puree – RM14
    Our sweet ending. Waffle and ice cream, always perfectly married.

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    **Non- Halal**
    Ippudo
    Lot G110 Ground Floor,
    Bangsar Shopping Centre,
    Jalan Maarof,
    59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
    Tel: +603 2011 6238

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    Estilo Spanish Tapas Bar & Charcoal Grill @ Publika, KL

    March 30th, 2014

    What wonders the kitchen works with the simple red bliss potatoes that it transforms into patatas bravas, a dish that is beloved at bars and restaurants throughout Spain. Crispy and creamy, patatas bravas: angry potatoes, because they are also spicy & are much more exciting than French fries.
    Well this is just one tapas that we’re talking about.

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    Established just barely a year in May 2013, Estilo Spanish Tapas Bar & Charcoal Grill is a vibrant restaurant and bar offering a wide variety of Spanish tapas. Their comfortable and charming space is the perfect place to relax with others with a delicious glass of sangria, or enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive menu. Estilo is located in between Elegantology & Silver Spoon right opposite the open centre stage in Publika, KL. More of a a friendly neighbourhood Bar & Restaurant serving authentic Spanish Tapas, charcoal grill specials & paella in a relaxed and casual setting.

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    Both of us love tapas and have very strong feelings for Spanish cuisine ever since we nominated Barcelona as our favourite city. Haha.
    What we thought about tapas?
    Small on plates, Big in taste!
    Just love how tapas offers an extraordinary shared dining experience.

    Since there was a group of us, we decided to mix & match a little between their affordable set lunch menu with the tapas selection & paella from the extensive ala carte menu.

    During lunch hours, they serve:
    Tapas for Two – RM49 nett with 2 glasses of citrus twist
    Choose 3 tapas for a selection that they provide:
    * All served with crusty bread & we could choose between homemade fries, Mediterranean rice or salad.

    Champinones
    Saute mushrooms in garlic & cream. Tasty & creamy at the right concoction. Not over satiated.

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    Aubergine Caviar
    Chilled aubergine caviar with toast. First time having mashed aubergine in olive oil and this tasted very decent. Served chilled, it was just perfect to be spread on the hot toast.

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    Paella Pan Pizza
    Rustic pizza in a pan with chorizo & pineapple. Served in a mini paella pan. Too cute.

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    We also had 2 additional orders of tapas from their ala carte menu :)

    Gambas al Ajilo – RM22
    Prawns in garlic & chilli, garlic chips. Highly recommended by the staffs, this was definitely worth to order. Prawns were fresh and the chilli garlic combination was just right.

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    Escargots – RM24
    Escargots with leeks & cream sauce on breaded tomato. First time ever having escargots out of their shell and this turns out impressing us all too. The combination of flavours and crunchy texture from the breaded tomatoes was cleverly matched.

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    Estilo also offers two-course lunch during weekdays :)
    2-Course Lunch – RM29 nett with a glass of citrus twist
    Soup of the day with homemade bread – We had prawn bisque

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    and a main :)
    We chose:
    Grilled Chicken Guacamole Salad
    Layered with grilled chicken, guacamole, tomato & grated egg, rocket salad & aubergine crisp. This had to be one of the best salad I’ve had as the portion and flavours combination was very healthy!

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    Paella Mariscos – RM118 (Large)
    With mussels, squids, clams, prawns & deep sea snapper in rich seafood & chicken stock.
    Last but not least, we finishes off with a huge plate of Seafood Paella. Enriched with flavours from the seafood and stock itself, this serving was pretty good but still can’t beat Cava’s. Just a personal thought. A bit too enriching if you were to eat more.

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    Estilo Tapas Bar & Charcoal Grill
    No 34, Level G2 Block C5,
    Publika Solaris Dutamas,
    Jln Dutamas 1,
    50480, Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: +603 6203 9883

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    Hua Hin Hills Vineyard

    March 21st, 2014

    If you’re still not sure where Hua Hin is or How to Get to Hua Hin, please refer to our Transportation Guide HERE :)

    During our visit to Hua Hin, we decided to make it up the hills to experience the different side of Thailand through a vineyard. Yes! You might be surprise that Thailand has vineyards too and one of them is in Hua Hin. If you followed our itinerary, we rented a van to take us around Hua Hin so it’s not a problem to travel up to Hua Hin Hills too.
    If you do not travel in a group via rented van, you could also visit Hua Hin Hills Vineyard by their shuttle service at THB 300 per person.
    You can make your booking HERE

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    Hua Hin Hills Vineyard is built on a former elephant corral, a sublime place where wild Asian elephants were domesticated. The whole terrain, mostly comprises of loamy-sand and slate, this place about 40-210 meters above sea level is great for cultivation of grapes providing the seaside resort town of Hua Hin with its first boutique vineyard. Today, all visitors are welcome to explore New Latitude Wines at the Sala Wine Bar & Bistro as well as learning more about wines & grapes while touring around the vineyard.

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    We’ve been hearing so much about the New World & Old World Wines, but what about New Latitude Wines?
    Like Thailand & India, located closer to the equator, the severe climate and much lower light intensity allow only a few grape varietals to be grown in Thailand whilst India, being upper North, can experiment with more different varietals since the light intensity is longer. It takes much more effort to get the fruit to set and ripe at the same time. Basically a New Latitude producer is doing everything twice in the vineyard due to the monsoon season & extreme dry weather, but harvesting only once, consequently twice the hardship.

    You could also experience a guided tour through the vineyard & learn how vines grows in their tropical climate via a jeep tour. The complimentary tour happens everyday at 1pm and 4pm.

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    Our jeep tour guide :)

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    There are a total of about over 1,400 rai (560 acres) in this vineyard currently. The harvest month is between mid February to March, said the tour guide.

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    They have an inspiring range of grape varieties for palates excitation & that include Colombard, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and eating grapes. According to our vineyard tour guide, the Shiraz grape was grown as part of the Royal Research Project under His Majesty the King’s patronage at Huay Sai & bottled as “Bin 9 Royal Reserve Shiraz, 2005″.

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    Stopped halfway for pictures! :)

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    Like we said earlier, Hua Hin Hills Vineyard was previously an elephant corral, and actually previously they provide elephant ride tour! However, the elephant ride service is currently not available as they are working on a new contract till further notice.

    After the jeep tour, we went back to The Sala for lunch. We were also served with their fresh grape juices! The Sala is an enchanting Thai-inspired pavilion that serves as a platform to provide information for visitors, a wine bar & bistro, retail shop, wine cellar, and a meeting facility. It is housed within is a trove of information on new latitude wines waiting to be explored. While dining and drinking on the Sala, one can enjoy the scenic views of the vineyard too, offering visitors a soothing and enlightening experience!

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    At their retail shop, we manage to buy some souvenirs back. This include their hand-made products from grape, which have been delicately handled to preserve the vitamins and antioxidants such as a package of juices, jams, essence & grape seed oil!

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    During lunch time, we chose over the wine pairing menu as we get to try some of their well-known wines as well as pairing it with tapas :) Definitely a great experience. Having wine and tapas by the balcony overlooking the vineyard…

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    Wine Pairing with Tapas
    Grand Tasting Set – THB 1730 (RM176)

    • Monsoon Valley Colombard with Chilled Crab Meat Apple Timbale
    • Monsoon Valley Curvee de Siam Blanc with Foie Gras Terrine
    • Monsoon Valley White Shiraz with Lobster with Frozen Red Curry
    • Monsoon Valley Shiraz with Smoked Duck Breast
    • Monsoon Valley Curvee de Siam Rouge with Cocoa Lamb Chop

    **Pouring size is 75ml

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    The Sala
    Open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Kitchen serves food from 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

    Hua Hin Hills Vineyard
    1 Moo 9, Baan Khork Chang Patana,
    Nong Plup, Hua Hin,
    Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110 Thailand
    Cell: +66 (0)81 701 0222 Tel: +66 (0) 81 701 0444
    Opening hours: Daily from 8.30 am – 6.30 pm

    For the detailed Hua Hin travel itinerary, CLICK BELOW:
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    Yamagoya Ramen @ SetiaWalk, Puchong

    March 17th, 2014

    Are you a Ramen lover? Slurp!
    At its most basic, ramen consists of broth and noodles, and it’s much more. When done right, the broth conveys deep flavours and almost a clear essence of the source ingredient. In the best versions, the wheat-flour noodles are pulled by hand and have a slightly springy quality to them. What’s your favourite ramen joint by far in Kuala Lumpur?
    It’s not easy to find the good bowl of ramen in the city as there are many around with different customer perceptions tastewise, and the variations on the dish are actually vast.
    From Ippudo, Santouka, Menya Musashi, Marutama and many more contenders around, our next stop was at Yamagoya to the comforting effects of a steaming bowl of ramen soup.

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    What do you find most in your favourite bowl of ramen?
    Fresh, toothsome noodles swimming in rich, restorative broth and topped with meat and vegetables.
    Yamagoya Ramen now has four branches at Solaris Dutamas, SetiaWalk in Puchong, Fahrenheit 88 and Kota Kinabalu. Their Setia Walk outlet in Puchong has the typical ramen house ambiance which we’re not complaining. In fact, we liked it. Nice and simple.

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    Mukashi Special Ramen – RM24
    A piping hot bowl of everything with the house made noodles. Topped with Cha Siu, shredded black wood ear, braised bamboo shoot, seaweed, blanched bean sprouts, scallion and soy sauced egg, all these are nicely arranged in a bowl of cloudy rich broth boiled for hours with pork bones.
    However, I would still prefer my soy sauced egg to be in whole rather than they halved it as the yolk wouldn’t mix with the original broth served. That’s my preference though. Haha.

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    Miso Ramen – RM24
    For those who loved miso :) We thought this serving was a little salty the addition of the miso paste but some find the flavours comforting from its fermented bean paste.

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    Korean Kimchi Ramen – RM22
    Calling out kimchi lovers, you can have your favourite swimming in the bowl of intense tangy soup. The broth was tangy with hints of spiciness that one could tolerate.

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    Pork Okonomiyaki – RM16
    Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients and mainly pork as main, drizzled with finger licking good sauce and bonito flakes dancing on top.

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    Yamagoya would be our saviour to ramen cravings when the emergency call drops by as it’s pretty near to us, but we both personally still favours Menya Musashi if you ask us. Hehe.

    NON-HALAL
    Yamagoya Ramen
    C-08-G, Block C,
    Setiawalk, Persiaran Wawasan,
    Pusat Bandar Puchong,
    47160 Puchong, Selangor.
    Tel: +603 5879 1022
    Business Hours:
    Mon – Thurs: 12-10pm (4-6pm break)
    Fri-Sat: 12-12pm (4-6pm break)
    Sun: 12-10pm (4-6pm break)

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    With Locals: Connecting travellers with locals through food and experiences

    March 15th, 2014

    What do you think would be one of the most exciting things to do when you travel?
    When we travel, one of the easiest and most meaningful things we thought of doing is meet the locals. We personally thought, to the best of your ability, no matter what the language barriers, one should strike up a conversation. Find out their story, their culture, their way of life. Traveling via pre-arranged tour groups or even plan your on travel itinerary would somehow lack the experience originality if you were to discover more about the different culture, activities and food from different countries.
    Locals tell you about their favourite spots and things you shouldn’t miss with a purpose to provide cultural enrichment, education and a good time!

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    Good that we’ve found a platform that would allow us to connect with the local folks from different Asian countries, connect with curious and savvy travellers from all over the world. Nothing is better than the bond you share doing something you care about with new and different people.

    With Locals: Find the ultimate experience
    “Connecting travellers with locals through food and experiences”

    Love their tagline. Just by logging into http://www.withlocals.com/ , they would connect locals directly with travellers through food and experiences from their website. As easy as that. With this, travellers like us would be able to taste the real culture and really connect with the local family.

    #1 Log into http://www.withlocals.com/

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    #2 Select a country that you’ve planned to travel to. Right now they have opened up to some options in Asia, e.g Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Nepal and Malaysia. FYI, you could too become a host for your country if you wish too. Bet it would an incredible experience!

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    #3 You would then discover a list of locals offering a huge variety of experiences from private dinners in the family home to food tours in Singapore or Malaysia and also tea picking on a Sri Lanka hill plantation!

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    Chris and I have previously been to Hanoi, Vietnam with an itinerary that we came out with ourselves and joined local tours to Halong Bay but haven’t really experience the real local tradition. More often the tourist ones. Now, we don’t mind travelling to Vietnam again with the experiences and activities offered by With Locals!

    Some of the activities that we would love to do in Vietnam!

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    Pho is one the must-haves in Vietnam. Imagine having this in a local Vietnamese home :)

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    Only while at Halong Bay, we joined the local tours, having meals on the private boat, went shopping for seafood at water platforms sold by the locals. This was also pre-arranged by some Vietnam friends. Now, we know where to look for!

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    With Locals aims to allow travellers to experience the real local tradition and not the tourist ones, and give local people the possibility to earn money with things they are good at!
    Check out the amazing experience With Locals. Enjoy the thrill of introducing a new place or experience to someone for the first time & enrich yourself with different cultures in return. This would definitely help shape how we experience and perceive our community and culture. Great job you guys!

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    Mamak Panjang & Curry Chee Cheung Fun @ Batu 11, Cheras

    March 9th, 2014

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    It was until recently that we were introduced to a nearby mamak in Cheras Batu 11. Didn’t even expected much, we thought it was just another mamak down the road when the cousins asked us along for supper. Used to pass by this shop many times but didn’t even think of stopping by for a quick meal. Call us unadventurous? or skeptical? cos the shop doesn’t have a signboard. LOL. Plain excuse.
    Smack forehead for being uninteresting.
    Nevermind, now that we know, this shop by the corner is located at Batu 11, very near to the Kong Meng Badminton Court & the famous “Tua Pui Kia” (Fatty’s Stall). Though they don’t have a signboard, they are easily spotted as they have table & chairs across the shop arranged. Very obvious it’s a mamak, so no worries :)

    By the way, it’s named “Mamak Panjang” by the local folks.

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    Why? Because the owner is tall and the local folks named him “Panjang”. Thus the name Mamak Panjang :D
    By the way, the Indians who worked here can speak Mandarin very well, so don’t be surprised.

    Teh Tarik kurang manis boss!

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    This place can get very crowded the later it gets! What draws the crowd?
    Their crispy Roti Kosong! Sorry for the poor picture quality as these were just taken with our iPhone LOL. These picture definitely didn’t do them justice as they don’t look as yummy as they seemed to be. No fancy plates and whole piece of flat roti canai. But it was really crispy and the roti are cut in pieces when served.

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    While having roti canai, you can also take away some Chee Cheung Fun (CCF) from a lorry stall nearby! Selling at RM0.80 per pcs, we have always fancied CCF from lorry or motorbike stalls :) This CCF at Batu 11, is populated & surrounded by Cheras Batu 11 folks even at 12am! Busy busy man.

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    When asked for Curry Chee Cheung Fun, we were recommended to add in some sweet sauce as well.
    “It’s popular to be eaten like this here”, ensured the boss.

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    When Chris asked for permission to take photos of the boss’s CCF and himself, there goes the hilarious conversation in Hakka:
    “Why everyone like to take photos of me??”
    Chris answered, “Cos your CCF delicious. Wanna share on the internet!”
    “Hah! Later I became famous, cut chee cheung fun until my hands are handicapped!!” laughed the boss
    Well, good things are supposed to be shared we thought. Hehe.

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    For Kajang/ Cheras folks, if you’re looking for a good piece of roti canai for breakfast, you could still proceed to Gerai Roti Canai 17 @ Kajang. For supper, it’s Mamak Panjang you can rely on :)

    Mamak Panjang & Curry Chee Cheung Fun
    Jalan Indah
    Cheras
    From dinner till late


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    Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft @ Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar

    March 6th, 2014

    We have always thought Malaysian diners love their Italian cuisine & so do we, but is it best to go to a tiny hole-in-the-wall and enjoy inexpensive plates of pasta, or throw down hundreds of ringgits for a fixed-price menu from a celebrity chef instead? This round, we decided to go for an ala carte menu right here at Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft :)

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    Located on the first and second floor, Leonardo’s is well known for serving good fresh food with a grace, along with a spirit which Leonardo da Vinci’s intellectual curiosity employed, with a selection of delicious dishes, mostly swine (pork) related if you notice closely on the menu :)
    Offering a contemporary Italian menu of fine porky dishes, crafted to work with the seasons, in a warm & stylish setting. Leonard’s ambiance is cosily romantic, down to earth with contented finishings of earthy brick walls and dining table with that white table cloths touch creating a posh, clean & exquisite setting.

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    And let our pork feast begin :)
    Roasted Pork Belly – RM32
    We started off with an order of roasted pork belly as the cravings for the crunchy bite dropped by. Crispy skin, with good amounts of fats and lean meat, best dipped into the chili & mustard served :) But these were not the best we’ve had. Can skip if we were to revisit.

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    Grilled Pork Neck – RM26
    This was lovelier. Almost resembles the bacon strips, the pork neck were fragrantly grilled with a bit of sweetness aftertaste. Perfect match with the spicy mango & cilantro salsa.

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    Spanish Iberico Black Pig Shoulder Loin Steak – RM75
    Served medium done with truffle oil mashed potatoes & vegetables. The pink meat was really tender, soft and moist. Drenched in some sauce served alongside with the loin steak, it did more magic :) Very tasty and addictive.

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    Fried Hokkien Noodles – RM27
    It was quite an experience having Hokkien Mee in a classy restaurant like this but why not? It was good! Pricey but definitely worth a try. At least once! Haha.
    Loaded with lotsa “wok hei”, this plate of “black beauty” is tasty and topped generously with pork lards (chu yau char)! Omg, so sinful yet so good! LOL.

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    Chocolate Volcano – RM28
    served with a scoop of Haagen Dasz Vanilla ice cream. Like Opus, we love this dessert to bits, but Opus’s version is more molten. Also have the slightly crusty edges and soft centred, this dessert will ooze out melted chocolate when cut into half. However our chocolate at Leonardo’s was slightly hardened without the oozing effect. Yikes.

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    Nonetheless, our visit to Leonardo’s was meant to celebrate our BFF Citygal’s birthday! Actual day tomorrow! Happy Birthday dear!

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    Citygal with her husband Kampungboy :)

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    Girls group photo :) With Ivy :)

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    Bromance strikes with couple T :) LOL

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    Leonardo’s Dining Room and Wine Loft
    61-1 & 61-2,
    Jalan Bangkung,
    Bukit Bandaraya, 59100
    Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: +603 2096 2226 or or +6017-2650133
    Opening Hours: 5pm to 1am Daily

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    Yikee Seafood Bak Kut Teh 裕记海鲜肉骨茶 @ Tanjung Sepat

    March 3rd, 2014

    **Photos below taken with iPhone5

    We recently made a trip down to Tanjung Sepat with our family for our sister’s wedding. For those who have yet to know, Tanjung Sepat is a well-known fishing town just 18km south-east of Morib town. Situated between Banting and Sepang in Selangor, those craving for a taste of fresh catch must not pass up the chance to partake of theirs signature offerings. Our previous Tanjung Sepat Discovery trip was a few years back indulging on local produce such as fishballs, the famous Hai Yew Heng Paus as well as seafood! Read more HERE :)

    Another main point you should remember about Tanjung Sepat, besides Kopi-O & Preserved Vegetable (Mui Choy) Paus, one of the local attractions is YiKee Seafood Bak Kut Teh. All about food :)
    When it comes to Tanjung Sepat, Seafood and Bak Kut Teh are the synonyms. Famed for Bak Kut Teh, Klang is perhaps the best place for it in Selangor. However, seafood bak kut teh is a total different culinary game. Tanjung Sepat being close in proximity with Sungai Pelek – the key supply of pork hub in the state has the edge over the former town. Coupled with freshest catch from sea, a wonderful broth was born. Must try!

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    YiKee Seafood Bak Kut Teh

    Located at the intersection of Jalan Besar and Lorong 7, this quaint restaurant was certainly a crowd puller judging by the morning crowd we’ve met. Flooded with local & visiting patrons, be sure to reach here earlier to avoid the long waiting line & the sold out disappointment.

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    Hustle bustle with the orders taken

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    The pork parts, be it belly, ribs or intestines, they were fresh! Not forgetting the fresh catch from the sea as well.

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    We noticed the next table drizzled their fragrant white rice with some black soy sauce. And so we decided to follow the locals. Haha. Please don’t mind the fishball. We bought from the lady in motorbike who travels around :)

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    Seafood Hotpot a.k.a Seafood Bak Kut Teh
    Combined in a claypot, seafood includes prawns, fish paste & fish roes are cooked together. The sweetness of the seafood flavour really makes the broth tasty. In contrast to the pork-ful pot of Bak Kut Teh, it tasted lighter but filled with sweet taste from the seafood. We kept drinking the soup while enjoying the fresh prawns & fish paste. Good stuff :)

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    Bak Kut Teh
    Apart from the seafood Bak Kut Teh, YiKee does sell pork based Bak Kut Teh as well. Unlike Klang’s pork rib tea, this pot featured a reasonable portion of meaty pork, potentially pork belly and less pungent spices thus gives it a close similarity Braised Pork Belly instead. Haha. Enjoyed the soup to the last bit too though this concoction was not as thick as Klang’s :)

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    The total bill came up to about RM130++ for 12 persons! Very affordable & reasonable with regards to the generous amount of seafood & pork in those flavoursome claypots.
    Will definitely revisit if we drop by Tanjung Sepat again, not forgetting to try the famous Ah Hock Bak Kut Teh which is also not far away.

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    Restoran YiKee Seafood Bak Kut Teh 裕记海鲜肉骨茶
    No. 247B, Jalan Besar
    42800 Tanjung Sepat
    Selangor Darul Ehsan
    Tel: +603 3197 4907 / +6019 351 8448
    Business Hours: 6am – 11am Daily

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    Mamas Korean Restaurant @ Sunway Giza, PJ

    February 25th, 2014

    What do you find most in Korean food?
    We used to visit Korean restaurants, ended up ordering more or less the same items most of the times somehow. BBQ items, bibimbap, pancakes, etc. But as our palates gained points on the Korean tasty delicacies, we soon find that it’s fun to search for more independent Korean restaurants that provide different settings as well as the a different style of food preparation. And we agreed that the most distinguishing feature of the Korean food is the spice. The basic seasonings like red pepper,onion, soy sauce,bean paste, garlic, ginger, sesame, mustard, vinegar, wine have been combined in various ways to enhance Korean foods. Not forgetting the fresh ingredients as well of course.

    We certainly can assure that you would find satisfaction in terms of ingredients freshness as well as the flavoursome balanced taste at:

    Mamas Korean Restaurant

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    Mamas, a cosy family themed restaurant is set to deliver “Mama’s cooking” (mom’s cooking) from home. Manned by a Korean chef behind the kitchen, a Korean lady owner and a Malaysian man whom we both presumed they were a couple as we didn’t detailed them. Haha. Very loving.
    What’s so homely about Mamas?
    Like your mom’s cooking, their dishes are all served without adding any MSG as they believe in their traditional & natural cooking method that would augment the true flavours from the ingredients and spices they used :)

    Mamas is located behind Public Bank at Giza Mall, above Tokyo Kitchen. Use the elevator on the side of the building to enter Mamas Korean Restaurant located on the 1st Floor.

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    As we enter the restaurant, we were greeted by a bright, spacious & clean interior. Wooden floorings, wooden tables & chairs with nice brick walls near the kitchen on one side. As well as another side with organized shelves.

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    It was pretty early when we arrived so it looks empty and great for photos :) The crowd pours in right after.

    Matching aprons for patrons. Cute right? :)

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    We were served with corn tea also known as oksusu cha – RM 1 (refillable), which is a mild, light tea that can be enjoyed with meals or by itself. It’s good for digestion and intestinal health. The owners & their staffs were friendly and we just gotta praise their attentive services.

    They even make their own Banchan (Side Dishes) and we absolutely love them all. Their homemade kimchi has a very balance flavour of sour & tanginess. This delicious spicy mix of hot pepper flakes, garlic, chives, onion, pear juice, and more with the cabbages contains amounts of good nutritions such as vitamin C and fiber.

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    These white gelatinous pieces is a type of firm jelly appetizer made of water chestnut flour.

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    One of the most beautiful banchan on the table – Sweet pumpkin with red date. Sweet & appetizing! Love the mushy soft texture of the pumpkin.

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    Complimentary steamed egg was perfect too. Every spoonful we took Chris exclaimed “Yum” :)

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    Table for 2? Look at the spread! :)

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    Dakgalbi Set 닭갈비 – RM100
    Comes with dakgalbi that is enough for 2-3pax, with additional sari of ramen & fried rice as well as Samgyetang, the Korean Ginseng chicken soup. We decided to check out their Dakgalbi set instead of other BBQ items as there were only 2 of us and we can’t really try much variety. So we decided to leave it to our next visit. Haha.
    Advise: better come in a group of at least 4-5 to try more varieties.
    Generous portion of marinated chicken slices in their special spicy sauce, tossed & stir-fry together with sliced cabbage, sweet potatoes, scallions, onions, tteokbokki & ramen. The sauce is only a little spicy but it is also very sweet and packed with an immense amount of flavour. The spiciness is cut by the long cylindrical rice cakes which, when cooked, become chewy and soft. A rather different version to Uncle Jang’s and we find this version cleaner :)

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    It also comes together with this plate of fresh greens platter. 3 types of greens for you to choose from :)

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    Fried rice from the dakgalbi set. The lady owner is very thoughtful and sprinkled more dried seaweed for us, for the extra texture and flavour.

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    Samgyetang 삼계탕 (Korean Ginseng chicken soup) – comes together with the set.
    This large bowl consists of a whole young chicken and Korean ginseng of course :) Samgyetang is traditionally served in the summer for its supposed nutrients. This whole young chicken is boiled in a broth of Korean ginseng, red dates, garlic, ginger and other herbs. The chicken soup tastes refreshing with the sweetness of chicken. Pretty nice stuff with great taste and aroma; if you like oriental herbs (or chicken soup) you’ll love this for sure.

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    Concentrating. Haha :)

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    Also we can’t take our eyes off this beautiful portion of pork belly off our eyes. Will definitely be back for more :)

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    Mamas also offer a variety of great lunch deal which is pretty affordable. So if you’re around Kota Damansara, be sure to look out for Mamas :)

    Mamas Korean Restaurant
    C-1-1, Sunway Giza Mall,
    Jalan PJU 5/14, PJU 5,
    47810 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
    Tel: +603 6151 1816
    BusinessHours:
    Weekdays: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm,
    Weekend and Eve of Public Holidays 11.00 am – 1.00 am
    *Located behind Public Bank at Giza Mall, above Tokyo Kitchen. Use the elevator on the side of the building to enter Mamas Korean Restaurant located on the 1st Floor.

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    Som Moo Joom / Jek Be-Ak Seafood Restaurant @ Hua Hin, Thailand

    February 20th, 2014

    If you’re still not sure where Hua Hin is or How to Get to Hua Hin, please refer to our Transportation Guide HERE :)

    Our visit to Hua Hin have made us favourited a local seafood restaurant in town! We bet most of you would too!
    Forget about those tourist hangouts or avoid falling into those tourist traps and remember to ask around for Som Moo Joom in the morning or Jek Be-Ak as the night pours in. We somehow find that even the locals find the name Som Moo Joom more familiar as we were asking for Jek Be-Ak, they looked kinda confused but when mentioned Som Moo Joom, they felt more relived. So on the safe side, better mention Soo Moo Joom if you are asking for directions :) Please reminded that there will be no English signboard around so just look out for an old wooden house, which is a corner shoplot right opposite 7-Eleven or a souvenir shop named Mata Pita.

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    Som Moo Joom and Jek Be-Ak
    An old wooden house on Dechanuchit Road across Hua Hin night market, these are two separate business operating in the same premises. Som Moo Joom opens from 6am to 2pm while Jek Be-Ak starts operating early evening from 530pm and closes closes by 8.30pm!
    Jek Be-Ak is an exceptionally popular soup and hotpot restaurant that draws the long queues and huge crowd, especially visiting Thais over the weekends. This restaurant of aluminium tables and plastic seats is definitely one hidden gem that you as a tourist should discover and eat with the locals.
    We were there for dinner so it was Jek Be-Ak that was operating.
    There are about 60 seats and are usually full not later that 6pm, and then the waiting begins. However, their service is fast & efficient so the table turn is pretty fast. Do not worry about the ordering part as their menu has English too :)

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    It’s not possible to book in advance so just wait outside until a table becomes available. While waiting, you could do your ordering already. And perhaps get some Singha beer to cool you down? :)

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    Soup Sukiyaki style (Mixed- Seafood & Pork set) – 180Baht (RM18.2)
    Their soup is served in a hotpot over a stove of charcoal. Enough for 2-3 person as there are other dishes to order as well. Love the experience of sitting beside the streets of Hua Hin enjoying this Thai hotpot. Their soup is clear and as its cooked along with the meat, seafood and vegetable it became sweet and flavoursome. Very tasty!

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    Don’t forget their spicy sourish chilli! Sweating while eating this by the roadside. So kicking! :)

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    Steamed fish with chilli & lemon – 250Baht (RM25.3)
    Spicy, sour you have my vote. It’s Thailand :) The fish was fresh too. That’s an advantage for being so close to the coast.

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    Steamed Glass Noodles with Prawns – 150Baht (RM15.2)
    Another must order here besides the sukiyaki hotpot would be this pot of sweetheart. The glass noodles were well cooked and not too soft & it absorb all the sweetness, essence & great flavours from the sauce they cooked as well as from the prawns itself. Very addictive and we can’t stop somehow. Haha.

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    Steamed Glass Noodles with Crab – 150Baht (RM15.2)
    Same version as above but this is with the crabs instead. We personally prefer the glass noodles with prawns.

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    Fried Crab with Chilli paste – 170Baht (RM17.2)
    The crabs here were kinda small but they have thoughtfully removed parts of the shells so that we can eat them easily. The sauce were spicy with a hint of sweetness.

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    Deep fried crab sausages – 100Baht (RM10)

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    Plain Omelette – 30Baht (RM3)

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    Stir-fry Mixed Vegetables

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    Pork Satay – 5Baht per stick (RM0.50)
    I know most of you wouldn’t fancy this version of satay as they contain zero fat! Would you look at these! We realize Thais are pretty health conscious compared to our fellow Malaysians :) I don’t mind having more sticks and feel guilty! Haha.

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    Well, they really do close at 8.30pm sharp! Look at the bunch of us outside still eating and their shop is closed already! Haha. But they won’t chase you away no worries, they are kind enough to let you finish your meal :)

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    Jek Be-Ak?
    Mouthwatering seafood specials such as spicy crab, crab cakes are exceptional, and do not forget their hotpot sukiyaki as well as the delicious seafood glass noodles! Prices are very reasonable too! Must go if you’re in Hua Hin :)

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    Restaurants Som Moo Joom and Jeck Be-Ak
    51/6 Dechanuchit Road,
    Hua Hin, Prachuabkirikhan,
    Thailand 77110
    Hours: Som Moo Joom: 6.00am – 2pm. Jek Be-Ak: 5.30pm – 8.30pm
    Note: There are no signs in English so you might need some detective work to find this restaurant. Best way, just ask around, the locals are very friendly & they will be willing to help. Again, just look out for an old wooden house, which is a corner shoplot right opposite 7-Eleven or a souvenir shop named Mata Pita on Dechanuchit Road across Hua Hin night market.

     

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    Paniya Korean Restaurant @ Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur

    February 15th, 2014

    A Korean friend recommended a Korean restaurant for us to try and the besties suggested that I should check the place out on my birthday. Yes, it was my birthday and they decided to throw me a birthday celebration right here at the Paniya Korean Restaurant :)

    Paniya is easily located as its located right above above Ravi’s at Solaris Mont Kiara. As you drive in the Solaris Mont Kiara area heading towards SOHO KL, you would definitely be about to spot Paniya on your right; an orange signboard with cheerful & colourful wordings that reads PANIYA :)
    Located on the first floor like most Korean restaurants around that area: Little Korea & Gangnam 88, we are about to find out whether we would have a new favourite neighbourhood Korean restaurants or not.
    Unlike other Korean BBQ or Teppanyaki restaurants, no hanging ventilators are in sight & they just utilize the air-cond to blow the odours away :(

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    Pa Jeon – RM25
    We love the Pa Jeon served here. Batter not too thick, great flavours and well spread out with seafood. However, there’s a bit of inconsistency when we ordered the second one as it was a bit too wet for the later order.

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    Kimchi Jeon – RM25
    Korean pancakes at Paniya is recommended and not many places offer good pancakes. But I still prefer the kimchi pancake form Gangnam88 :)

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    Ban-Chan!

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    Kong Sam – RM23
    Pork belly slices & bean sprouts on griddle. One of the most ordered items on many tables, Kong Sam is also a recommendation from our Korean friend :) Tender & juicy pork belly slices that compliments the sweet taste from the pile of bean sprouts.

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    Dak Galbi – RM20
    Pan fried chicken, rice cake with cabbage in a little wok, this dak galbi was not tossed with enough taste though. Still can’t be compared to the maga flavours version from Uncle Jang’s Dak Galbi.

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    Soondae – RM20
    Pan fried soondae with mixed vegetables. One of the must order of you love intestines!
    Soondae or Sundae, is a famous Korean dish made generally by boiling or steaming cow or pig’s intestines that are stuffed with various ingredients. It resembles our Chinese “lap cheong” or “yun cheong”. Imagine a plate full of flavoursome intestines & other ingredients drenched and pan fried with their special sauces.

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    Fried Chicken – RM45
    Mixed fried boneless chicken (sweet & spicy). Too sweet to our liking :(

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    Still not our favourite Korean restaurant yet, but it was lovely to savour Soondae & Kong Sam for the very first time :)

    Some birthday highlights that was supposed to be posted earlier :)

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    No.1-1 Jalan Solaris 2, Solaris Mont Kiara
    50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Tel: +603 6203 0068

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    C ♥ C Be My Valentine: Top 12 Dining Picks!

    February 10th, 2014

    “Whenever I’m weary from the battles that rage in my head
    You make sense of madness when my sanity hangs by a thread
    I lose my way but still you seem to understand
    Now and forever I will be your man…”
    – Richard Marx’s Now and Forever

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    This would be my favourite song as Valentine’s Day is nearing every year. Why? ‘Cos Chris sang this during his proposal on 12.2! :) And thus, we would tend to celebrate our V-Day on 12 instead. Haha.
    What’s your plan for Valentine’s this year?
    Love is in the air as the city prepares for Valentine’s Day. We’re sure many restaurants all across are coming up with their amour-themed specials that both you and your Valentine are sure to love. Got your date? Let’s go! as at the heart of every Valentine’s Day, is a good meal.
    Here are 12 dining suggestions that both of us picked (places that we dined before), which we personally thought they are romantic, divine and of course, we love the food.
    They are categorized accordingly to Cafes, Japanese & Fine Dining as these 3 groups are somehow our most asked / requested categories.

     

    CAFES

    Coffee 5 Cups @ Plaza Damas 3, KL
    This cosy little cafe is manned by a husband and wife team; Jo Hann & Kayo (a Japanese from Hokkaido) and that explains the bear mascot at their cafe (a Hokkaido Bear). Jo Hann is the man behind the kitchen while his lovely wife Kayo play her role as the barista as well as the desserts chef! Tucked at Plaza Damas at Sr Hartamas they have ample space for you to dine romantically, as Coffee 5 Cups could provide their open patio with a view of the King’s new palace just right outside the cafe.

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    Coffee 5 Cups
    No B-0-17,
    Plaza Damas 3,
    Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
    50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Tel: +603 6206 5451
    Opening Hours:
    Monday (closed)
    Tuesday – Friday (11am – 7pm)
    Saturday – Sunday (11am – 9pm)

     

    Le Moon’s Eatery. Bakery. Zakka @ Jade Hills, Kajang
    Kajang folks & friends who are staying nearby! THERE’S A NEW CAFE IN TOWN!
    For Kajang folks, you should know where Jade Hill is :) As this Eatery, Bakery & Zakka Cafe is nestled right inside the Jade Hill township. . The 3-storey minty building has their dining area on the ground floor, with a comfortably layout of chilling corner that is occupied with sofa seats and wooden & cushioned chairs. The occasional bossa nova/ jazz music and ample seating added warmth to the space. A cute coffee house that are hoping not only to have more “to-die-for” beans near future (they are serving Illy now), but extra-cozy settings that will have you buzzing with delight—and, of course, good old-fashioned caffeine. Great to know that they will be open for Valentine’s Day dinner session too, as they usually close at 6pm on other days.

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    This Valentine’s Day, they have come up with their special set lunch and also dinner sets to welcome the lovebirds!

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    Read more on: http://www.broughtup2share.com/2014/01/le-moons-eatery-bakery-zakka-jade-hills-kajang/

    Le Moon’s Eatery Bakery Zakka
    18-G, Persiaran Jade Hills Utama 1/1, Kajang
    Tel: +6012 620 3638 or +6010 289 9585

     

    Croisette Café @ Bangsar
    Croisette Café is located at Cascadium Condominium, Bangsar that serves French-influenced cuisine. It might be small be definitely comfortable to be in. You can now enjoy some romantic French delicacies in a homely setting.

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    This year’s V-Day Menu:

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    Croisette Café
    Level 3 (Pool House)
    Cascadium Condominium
    28, Jalan Penaga,
    Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar.
    Contacts/Reservations: 016- 330 4477 (Michelle) / 014-665 7944 (Pierre)

     

    JAPANESE

    Kampachi by Equatorial: Plaza@Jaya33, Pavilion or Troika KL
    All Kampachi outlet has an illustrious interior and stylishly decorated luxurious environment :)
    Compensating the loss of its KL Equatorial venue, Kampachi has opened another new outlet in Petaling Jaya, allowing most PJ families who are not so willing to drive all the way to KL’s Kampachi at Troika or Pavilion for some scrumptious Japanese treats. We would say that everytime we visit Kampachi, we would have another reassurance visit as their food quality & service standards were buckled up to tremendous level still.

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    Read more on: http://www.broughtup2share.com/2013/07/kampachi-by-equatorial-plazajaya33/

    Kampachi by Equatorial
    1st Floor, Plaza@Jaya33,
    1 Jalan Kemajuan, Seksyen 13,
    46100 Petaling Jaya,
    Selangor Darul Ehsan,
    Malaysia
    Tel: +60 3 7931 6938

    Lot G-3, The Troika,
    19 Persiaran KLCC,
    50450 Kuala Lumpur.
    Malaysia.
    Tel: +60 3 2181 2282
    Fax: +60 3 2181 6698

    Lot 6.09.00, Level 6,
    Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
    168 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
    55100 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia.
    Tel: +60 3 2148 9608
    Fax: +60 3 2148 2608

     

    Ishin Japanese Dining @ Off Jalan Kelang Lama
    Nestled at off Jalan Kelang Lama, it’s a bungalow-like Japanese restaurant situated by the road with a modern interior and yet displaying their sophisticated traditional & spherical sushi bar. We were impressed by their notions of serving genuine Japanese and Kaiseki style cuisines that are cooked to order. Fresh seafood and ingredients, air-flown from Japan every week :)

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    Ishin Japanese Dining
    No. 202, Persiaran Klang
    Batu 3 3/4
    Off Jalan Kelang Lama
    58000 Kuala Lumpur
    Tel : +60 3 7980 8228
    Fax: +60 3 7981 0011
    Business hours:
    Lunch 12pm – 3pm
    Dinner 6pm – 10.30pm

     

    Senya Izakaya 鲜家 @ Jalan P.Ramlee: Sushi & Grill Bar
    What about Izakaya?
    In Japan, they are actually drinking houses with a menu of small dishes for snacking. Literally, it means “stay sake shop” so traditionally this was a place where you could sit and drink on the premises. Today’s Izakayas has improvised where you can order food & drinks while chilling out with your friends, or even your Valentine date! :)

    At Senya, it’s all about casual Japanese dining ala Izakaya style. Added with their specialty of charcoal grilled items, other Japanese fares like sushi, sashimis, rice set, noodles like ramen are also available. You can opt to sit outdoors where they too provide a small al fresco dining area and at the same time with the perfect Petronas Twin Tower view :) Else, sitting indoors would allow you to enjoy cosy plus a modern hip ambiance.

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    Senya Izakaya 鲜家
    No.18 Jalan P.Ramlee,
    50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Tel: +603 2181 4099
    Business Hours:
    Mon – Sat: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm – 2:00 am
    Sun: 5:30 pm – 2:00 am

     

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    Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar @ The Gardens, Mid Valley City
    Located on the 6th floor of The Gardens Hotel & Residences, just next to Vertigo. You’ll feel Sage is like more of like a standalone as it’s location is kinda secluded but fret not, it’s easily found. Upon entering the huge glass doors, you will be greeted by friendly staffs that would usher you to your table passing by the dark timber floors, wooden finishings, private dining area, Japanese paintings and to your cream leather chairs. An additional sophisticated ambiance with their floor-to-ceiling windows and also the soft music playing at the perfect decibel. From our seat, we could also watch Chef Daniel and his team in action through the restaurant’s semi-open kitchen. Bringing the best of both worlds, this fusion of Japanese & French concept definitely had us going :) Bet you would feel the same too :)

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    Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar
    The Gardens Residences Level 6,
    The Gardens, Mid Valley City,
    Lingkaran Syed Putra,
    59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Tel: +603 2268 1328
    Fax: +603 2287 2189
    Email: [email protected]
    Lunch (Mon-Fri): 12pm-2pm
    Dinner (Mon-Sat): 6pm-10.30pm
    Closed on Sunday

     

    Maison Francaise @ Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, KL
    It speaks well for itself as it is really nestled in a house. A mansion that guaranteed an in awe moment as the waiter pulls open its doors to greet you. Laid with a spacious dining area, Maison Francaise also allow their patrons to experience al fresco dining too if they love outdoors. Simple decorations with wall paintings, chandeliers, fresh flowers. but resulted a 5-star dining ambiance generally.

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    Read more on: http://www.broughtup2share.com/2013/06/sunday-brunch-maison-francaise-jalan-changkat-kia-peng-kl/
    or
    http://www.broughtup2share.com/2013/06/sunday-brunch-maison-francaise-jalan-changkat-kia-peng-kl/

    Maison Francaise
    5 Jalan Changkat Kia Peng
    50450 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
    Tel: +603 2144 1474
    Monday to Sunday DAILY: 11.00am – 11.30pm (last order)

     

    Thirty8 @ Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
    This chic venue is located on the 38th floor at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, comprising a spacious and posh settings of an area with the 360-degree KL city view. The ambiance was very thoughtful, allowing patrons to be heightened with live cooking show with their open kitchen concept. The kitchen top are adorned with different cooking ingredients, from east to west, including planting their own chili. This could depict that they emphasized on fresh ingredients very much.

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    Thirty8
    Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
    12 Jalan Pinang
    50450 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Tel: +60 3 2182 1234 (EXT 2340)
    Fax: +60 3 2182 1288

     

    Villa Danieli @ Sheraton Imperial, KL
    Talk about rustic Italian dining; an interior with rough finishing that is instilled with the typical Italian villa ambiance. Stone pillars standing majestically surrounding the colourful mural near the ceiling was very nice to look at while enjoying the spread. Neat bar counters and not to mention the posh seats layout as well, with an enchanted firewood pizza oven. And we just love their hand painted ceramic tabletops! This is a place where you can enjoy a menu which is a reflection of what true Italian recipes are all about; beautified by handmade pasta, use of natural ingredients like the aromatic herbs as well as some lip smacking main dishes.

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    Read more on: http://www.broughtup2share.com/2012/06/villa-danieli-sheraton-imperial-new-menu-by-chef-alessandro/
    or
    http://www.broughtup2share.com/2013/11/villa-danieli-sheraton-imperial-wine-cheese-pairing/
    or
    http://www.broughtup2share.com/2011/07/villa-danieli-sheraton-imperial-hotel-kuala-lumpur/

    Villa Danieli
    Sheraton Imperial Hotel Kuala Lumpur
    129 Jalan Sultan Ismail,50250 Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: +603 2717 9900
    Open Weekdays 12pm-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm
    Sat 6:30pm-10:30pm

     

    Cava Restaurant and Bar @ Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar
    Cava, being the place for authentic Spain & Mediterranean cuisine has once allowed us to discover the treasures of the New World that boasts such a variety of delicious flavours through their cuisine. Importing fresh ingredients from Spain, method of cooking as well as the combination of flavours, we are able to enjoy the delectable selection of tapas, paella and steaks, which are the very best of Spanish cuisine!

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    Read more on: http://www.broughtup2share.com/2013/07/cava-restaurant-and-bar-jalan-bangkung-bangsar-relaunch-of-spanish-tapas/

    Cava Restaurant and Bar
    71, Jalan Bangkung,
    Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar
    59100 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia
    Tel: +603 2093 6637
    Business Hours:
    Mon – Sat: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
    Sun: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am

     

    Nathalie’s Gourmet Studio @ Solaris Dutamas, KL
    As you may know, Nathalie’s menu of fine French cuisine is seasonal: Different dishes every month! So you know when to drop by when you’re ready to splurge and give yourself a little indulgence!
    Their sleek menu, modern and warm deco – laid with high tables and chairs to a matching counter and not to forget their open kitchen letting you enjoy and watch the chefs in action.
    You could proceed to the other side of the restaurant if you wish to be seated nearby the dessert kitchen.

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    Read more on: http://www.broughtup2share.com/2011/07/nathalies-gourmet-studio-solaris-dutamas-kl/

    Nathalie’s Gourmet Studio
    Unit A4-1-5 Solaris Dutamas
    Jalan Dutamas
    50480 Kuala Lumpur
    contact@nathaliegourmetstudio
    Tel: +603 6207 9572
    Opening Hours :
    Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Tea :
    9am-6pm (Tuesday – Saturday)
    Dinner :
    6pm- 11pm (Thursday – Saturday)
    T: +603 6207 9572

    And that concludes our Top 12 Picks :)

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    辉记港式竹升面 Fai Kee Bamboo Wanton Noodles @ Happy Garden, KL

    February 8th, 2014

    **Photos below were taken with iPhone 5

    A recent visit to Happy Garden a.k.a Taman Gembira near OUG was planned to check out a stall that has its name captivated us as we passed by the Jalan Lazat road earlier.

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    In case you do not know how to read, the direct translation would be Fai Kee Bamboo Wanton Noodles. However, you wouldn’t be able to spot the name “Fai Kee”, as it’s written solely in Chinese, including the menu at their stall. Thank god I have Chris LOL.
    If you’ve been to Happy Garden, you would have heard of Jalan Lazat, also well known as their “Wai Sik Gai”, lined up with different choices of food on their row of shops along it and also the extended stalls opposite them. This is where Fai Kee Bamboo Wanton Noodles 辉记港式竹升面 are stationed. Opened around May last year, this little stall have drew many local crowds over, leaving the nearby Meng Kee Char Siew / Wanton Noodle shop behind we both agreed. Fai Kee have set a way higher par for the earlier competitor around, we personally thought so :)

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    Here’s how the stall looks like in case you don’t know how to read 辉记港式竹升面 in Chinese like me :)

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    Bamboo noodles. Literally a direct translation from Chinese 港式 that reads “Jook-sing” noodles that is traditionally made with duck egg. Historically, the chef would ride on a bamboo log to press the eggs, flour, and other ingredients together, kneading the dough, creating the very fine and wirey noodles that were then cooked perfectly to a bouncy texture.
    Thus at Fai Kee, you’ll find one of the best bowl of Bamboo wanton noodles that has the tooth-y springy bite!

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    香港虾子面 Hong Kong Prawn Roe Noodles – RM6
    Because Hong Kong/ Macau is very famous for Prawn Roe Noodles, thus the name :)
    This version at Fai Kee is has more ‘slurps’ texture compared to the ones at HK/ Macau as they added some gravy to blend with it, and not just toss em’ with prawn roe alone which would be kinda dry. Love the little bite-y texture from the prawn roe. Well, not to mention the ever-so-springy bamboo noodles again :)

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    冬菇鸡脚面 Braised Mushroom & Chicken Feet Noodle – RM6
    Soft chicken feet that was the perfect complement to the tasty mushroom. Chris loves his ‘phoenix claws’ with his favourite noodles :)

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    Wanton & Dumplings
    Another must try besides their noodles are their signature wantons & “sui gao”. Generously filled with pork & prawns with the right amount of seasonings. Yummy!

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    We often frequent this street for their famous Phang Kee Dim Sum, but now, we have another reason for revisits! Even better than Nippy Noodle Restaurant at Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park nearby :) We felt so :)

     

    辉记港式竹升面 Fai Kee Bamboo Wanton Noodles
    Jalan Lazat, Happy Garden (Taman Gembira)
    58200 Kuala Lumpur
    *This street is also known as “Wai Sik Gai” in Happy Garden.
    Business hours: 8.00am – 5pm

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    Le Moon’s Eatery. Bakery. Zakka @ Jade Hills, Kajang

    January 30th, 2014

    When one got to know to we reside in Kajang, most would pat us on the back, saying bravo for beating the distance to eat around & hunt coffee places very far from home.
    “Wow, you came all the way from Kajang!?”
    Well, actually Kajang is not that far you know. LOL
    It’s life’s little pleasures that we seek out, perhaps none more so than what we find in the independent coffee shops. Comfort food & caffeine satisfaction. These beacons of hope are usually centralized around KL and PJ, commandeered by young upstarts as riddled with enthusiasm as they are with caffeine.

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    What if we say, Kajang has a new cute & cosy cafe that is worth a visit?
    Kajang folks & friends who are staying nearby! THERE’S A NEW CAFE IN TOWN!
    For Kajang folks, you should know where Jade Hill is :) As this Eatery, Bakery & Zakka Cafe is nestled right inside the Jade Hill township.
    Just before you enter the Jade Hill Residences, you can easily spot Le Moon’s on the row of shop as it’s painted in bright mint colour.

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    Le Moon’s Eatery. Bakery. Zakka

    The cafe’s name is derived from the brand of Le Moon’s durian moon cake, where the owner decides to nurture & expand on a F&B business. A family owned restaurant, it is primarily run by Pey Pey and her team of friendly & enthusiastic staffs greeting, and serving you attentively. Also, their kitchen team is led by Chef Steven, a South African chef that once worked at Romanza in Terrace At Hock Choon prior to that.

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    The exterior of the building itself is already very welcoming and as you enter their original space is bright and community-engaged. The 3-storey minty building has their dining area on the ground floor, with a comfortably layout of chilling corner that is occupied with sofa seats and wooden & cushioned chairs. Kitchen is located on the 1st floor with more seats available too.

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    Since they have huge spaces, it’s perfect to host events on their 1st and 2nd floors. If you have a themed party in mind, feel free to ring them up and enquire as they have their own event planner in case you need for decorations :)

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    They were setting up a Halloween themed party for a sweet 16 birthday at night during our visit :)

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    Le Moon’s also housed a Play Area on the top floor. A very children friendly restaurant :)

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    The occasional bossa nova/ jazz music and ample seating added warmth to the space. A cute coffee house that are hoping not only to have more “to-die-for” beans near future (they are serving Illy now), but extra-cozy settings that will have you buzzing with delight—and, of course, good old-fashioned caffeine.

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    If you noticed besides eatery & bakery, they also came up with the idea of having a little Zakka store in the house. Zakka, in Japanese, it means “many things” & Zakka store is aimed at promoting a simple, sustainable, happy lifestyle with some of their cute goodies, stationaries & other contemporary handicrafts.

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    They also encourage everyone to activate their green fingers and plant a tree! Being creative and innovative, the staffs decided to use empty milk boxes to fill in Coffee Cake which can be used as fertilizers. Customers can take them home for free!

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    They are also a bakery and the kids from the international school nearby love having their baked goods! Here are just some of their cakes and pastries. More will be available soon.

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    Latte – RM10

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    Breakfast Set: Available from 8am to 11.30am daily

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    Scrambled Egg – RM18
    Creamy scrambled egg on whole bran toast finished with salmon roses and topped with spring onions & cottage cheese. I love whole bran toast!

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    Breakfast Wrap – RM19
    All the great things breakfast has to offer all in one wrap. Scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, caramelized onions and cheese.
    Simple comfort food that they manage to execute pretty well. The scrambled eggs are very buttery and we love the breakfast wrap :) Very complementing ingredients and blending taste :)

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    NOTE: Le Moon’s has just opened its doors in November 2013. And due to their commitment in catering for events & they are rather new, they sometimes close their kitchen during lunch hours as they need to prepare for their event at night. To avoid disappointment, call them beforehand to ask of they are open for lunch or not (Though they normally do). And they are currently closed during dinner time. (Might extend dining hours later)

    As Le Moon’s says: This is a place where you can cherish and celebrate all the blissful moments. Our breakfast experience was great though limited choices at the moment, coffee meets the expectation and love their personalized services. Would return again for their lunch menu which is far more spoilt with choices :)

    Blissful Moments 。拥抱小确幸。

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    Here’s the cute barista-to-be Sammy and the very helpful Phoebe :) Thanks girls!

    Le Moon’s Eatery Bakery Zakka
    18-G, Persiaran Jade Hills Utama 1/1, Kajang
    Business hours: Tuesday -Sunday : 8am-6pm (kitchen closes 4pm).
    *Not open for dinner now. Will extend hours for dinner later
    Tel: +6012 620 3638 or +6010 289 9585
    FB page: https://www.facebook.com/lemoons.eatery

    For event space & party planning enquiry:
    Contact Ms June: +6016 441 2127

     

    Here’s wishing all our dear readers and friends:

    Happy Chinese New Year!
    Here’s a Chinese New Year wish of seeing everyone happy, joyous, prosperous, successful, and merry throughout the year of the horse!! Yee-Hah!

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    Dancing Fish Malay-Indo Cuisine @ Setia City Mall, Shah Alam

    January 26th, 2014

    **Photos below taken with iPhone5
    It’s been a while since we last treated ourselves with Indonesian influenced meals. Since we’re at the Setia City Mall for a walk and learning that Dancing Fish is nestled right there, we wouldn’t wanna miss it :)
    Been missing the authenticity of having the Malay-Indo cuisine since our Bali visit as we love their use of native spices in their food.
    Dancing Fish was actually listed in the 2013 Top 500 Asia’s Finest Restaurants by The Miele Guide and shortlisted for Asia’s Top 20! Their first outlet is located at Bangsar Village.

    At Dancing fish, be prepared to be tantalized by their Indonesian cuisine as they are richly flavoured with spices, herbs, and other seasonings, and is guaranteed to awaken your tastebuds. Its also a very healthy cuisine, relying on a wide range of nutrient rich ingredients including vegetables, grains, fruits, nuts, legumes and fish.
    Their Setia City Mall outlet is furnished in a more modern and sleek way with simple clean furnishings. The staffs there were very friendly and accommodating too. After seating us both and offering us the menu, we were offered with Emping (one of their well known snacks).

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    Emping with Sambal Terasi – RM5
    Made 100% from the Melinjo nuts. A nutty slighty bitter taste that is perfectly balanced by our famous Sambal Terasi. Very addictive till we nibbled to the very last bite. Even better when dipped into the sourish and spicy sambal terasi. Must have! You can opt not order this if you’re ordering their set menu as they come together with the set.

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    Dancing Fish (Nila Goreng) With Mango Kerabu – RM45.90
    When you’re dining at Dancing Fish, you must have Dancing Fish! :)
    They expertly unfolds the fish in the most graceful manner and deep fried it, holding it in that dancing position. A very beautiful and crispy dish indeed. Totally crispy on the outside but remain soft, sweet and juicy on the inside. We chose to drench our fish with the Mango Kerabu sauce which is sweet, sour and spicy. You could also opt for other sauces like Sambal Terasi and Kicap or Masam Kedondong Pedas.

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    Panggang Goreng Laut Set – RM30.90
    BBQ squid and BBQ prawns in special sauce. Served with white rice, Emping, Sambal, 2 salads/vegetable of the day and Tauhu Tempe. Since there were only 2 of us, we ordered one set for sharing as their set is quite huge. You could add rice if you think you’re still hungry :) The BBQ squids and prawns were fresh and tasty! Love how they grill their seafood with kicap manis! Brings the extra sweetness out of the seafood.

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    Dancing Fish Malay-Indo Cuisine
    Lot UG30, Setia City Mall
    No 7 Persiaran Setia Dagang
    Bandar Setia Alam
    Seksyen U13
    40170 Shah Alam, Selangor
    Tel: +603 3345 6881
    Opening Hours:
    Monday – Sunday
    11.30am till 11pm

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    Afternoon Tea @ The Lounge, Hilton KL

    January 21st, 2014

    “Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage”
    – Catherine Douzel

    Although somehow a loyal coffee drinker (you can definitely tell with so many coffee related posts lately), one of my favourite things to do in the world is have afternoon tea! With those darling pots of tea and cute scones and treats, who could resist the little bites of savoury and sweet goodness.
    Yes, I’m a huge fan of afternoon tea – and I don’t mean a tea bag in a mug with a biscuit. Though I often tend to have these at my office. Haha. I’m talking about five different kinds of beautiful little finger sandwiches, a tea bread with melted butter, fresh buttermilk scones and wonderful homemade cakes. To Tea and Beyond!
    This time round, together with mommy dearest and the BFF who is also madly in love with afternoon tea Ivy, we decided to have a kinda “tai-tai” outing, checking out another hi tea place in KL. A casual and modern lounge that serves Ronnefeldt Tea. The last time we sipped on Ronnefeldt was at The Lobby Lounge, Ritz Carlton KL.
    Ronnefeldt, a trusted and distinguished brand since 1823, is driven by the devotion to create the best cup of premium tea they claimed. And we can’t wait to savour our tea with great delights from Hilton.

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    The Lounge is located right the middle of the main hotel lobby, an open up area that would be a great place for a casual drink and snacks. It is newly refurbished with a stylish, modern touch of urban park feel, it offers a formal but comfortable space for social occasions & meetings. In fact, we felt that it is almost too formal for an afternoon tea session. People around us are mostly executives seated for business talks or meetings. We’re like the only casual ones there dressed up a little themed English & vintage. LOL.

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    Yes, the day was meant for tea, but we were there too early for that so we started with some coffee first. Very nice coffee not just because of the price. Haha.
    Cappuccino – RM20++

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    Flat White – RM20++

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    We were actually there for the once available French-inspired Hi Tea Set but sad to say, it is no longer available now. This includes their Malaysian Hi Tea Set too and only English Hi Tea is available now at the Lounge as of January 2014. Wonder if they will surprise us back with more upcoming inspirational afternoon tea experience in later months or not.

    English Hi Tea
    RM69++ per set
    Starts from 2.30pm
    *Note: French inspired Hi Tea Set & Malaysian Hi Tea Set – not available now as of Jan 2014

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    We ordered 2 sets for 3 pax and this is more than enough :)

    One set will come with: (*MENU might differ a little)

    • Raisin Scone with jam and clotted cream French Madeleine
    • Crab meat with salmon roe on buckwheat pancake Chicken and mushroom pie
    • Rare roasted beef with horseradish mayonnaise Roasted turkey breast with cranberry
    • Eggplant and Zucchini roll with pesto oil
    • Strawberry sort bread Passion fruit fudge caramel Rich dark chocolate torte Salted caramel macaroon Chocolate praline
    • and a pot of Ronnefeldt Tea.

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    Since mom wanted Ronnefeldt Black Tea, I cant’t resist ordering my favourite Traditional Tea. And so we had their:
    Earl Grey

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    Chamomile

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    For me, a good cup of tea has to be perfectly brewed using loose tea and served in china cups and saucers. But at Hilton KL, they serve in normal coffee cups :(
    Trust me, tea really does taste better out of a china cup and it looks so much prettier. In contrast to The Lobby Lounge, Ritz Carlton KL & Tea Lounge at The Majestic Hotel, KL, they uses teapots and teacups are that are stately fine china with a nice touch of the teapot warmers beneath to keep the tea warm and this definitely maintained the delightful tea aromas (cleverly thoughtful idea by Ritz Carlton).

    Our personal afternoon tea experience was just passable I would say. Desserts & savouries were just OK with nothing much to rave about, The Lounge was a little too formal for a pretty session of hi tea & not much focus of creating darling pots & saucers to match the English hi tea set.
    Afternoon tea is supposed to be a pretty, sweet & buttery affair. Not just pretty but delicious too!

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    The Lounge
    Hilton Kuala Lumpur
    3, Jalan Stesen Sentral,
    Kuala Lumpur
    50470 Malaysia
    Dining Reservations: +603 2264 2592 or 2596

    Opening Hours:
    Monday to Thursday : 8.00 am – 1.00 am
    Friday and Saturday : 8.00 am – 2.00 am
    Sunday : 8.00 am – 1.00 am

     

    To view the list of Afternoon Tea places that we’ve visited, click below:
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    Hello Hua Hin: Swiss Sheep Farm & Chom Ta Lay Beach Restaurant

    January 16th, 2014

    If you’re still not sure where Hua Hin is or How to Get to Hua Hin, please refer to our Transportation Guide HERE :)

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    During our arrival and before checking in into our resort at Hua Hin, we decided to make a pit stop at the Cha Am district which is located quite near to the Hua Hin town by car/ van.
    To differentiate between Cha-Am and Hua Hin again.
    Both are beach destinations located on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Cha Am is a district in Phetchaburi province, while Hua Hin is a district in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, about 2-3 hours drive from Bangkok by car, bus or train

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    On our way to Hua Hin, we stopped by Cha Am for a cute setting or recreation place that many Thais would visit as a photography pit stop:
    Swiss Sheep Farm @ Cha-Am
    A cute atmosphere setting of a farm in a valley surrounded by the touches of styles from European country.
    This farm was open since June 2012, thus it’s still fairly new. Along with the Santorini Park, the Swiss Sheep Farm has been the other major attraction to recently open in Cha Am.
    A herd of New Zealand sheep, a Dutch windmill, an English telephone booth or even a love lock bridge! Even if they are lacking in a bit of true authenticity, Thais absolutely love them, still they are cute to look at, and of course, many pictures opportunities!

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    This is a new kind of entertainment theme park that over recent years has become incredibly popular in Thailand. Santorini is another example of one such park, and the newly opened Venezia in Hua Hin (but we don’t fancy Venezia; elaborations later).
    They are filled with a myriad of photo opportunities with scenic settings, floral displays and other purpose built areas that you can stand in front of and have your picture taken. In fact, Hua Hin itself has lotsa places like this, even on a floating market!

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    The Swiss Sheep Farm has become popular with Thai newlyweds, to have their wedding pictures taken in the Valley of Love. We also joined in the fun, except this time it’s not for wedding photoshoot. Haha :)

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    Apart from taking photos, perhaps the main attractions are to feed some of the sheep, an activity that the kids will love, or go for a ride in a horse and cart. Located more or less opposite Santorini Park, just before the Cha Am beach intersection, the Swiss Sheep Farm could be a good half-day activity for those staying in Cha Am with young children. It’s like Greece and Switzerland is 1 minute away from each other! Even if you’re going to Hua Hin from Bangkok, you will be passing by this route, so might as well join in the fun for a while! A quick stop at the sheep farm could be a good way of breaking up the journey, giving the little ones a chance to stretch their legs, like us :)
    Besides, the admission fees are pretty reasonable too: 120 Baht for adults and 60 Baht for children.

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    Oh, it was near Christmas, hence the huge snowman! and the pile of giant presents! :D

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    Trying to act he’s eating it LOL

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    Cute toilet/ washrooms signs!

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    Time for souvenirs!

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    One-foot-up signature pose LOL

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    Swiss Sheep Farm
    Petchburi Thailand 76120
    Tel. 032-772495 Email : [email protected]
    Opening Time
    Monday – Friday : 10am – 7pm
    Saturday – Sunday : 9am – 7pm

     

    LUNCH TIME
    Located along Phetkasem Road, also in Phetchaburi, there lies Chom Talay Restaurant, a beach restaurant which is very well known among tourists as well as the local folks themselves. The location is right on the seafront and the breeze at night is quite pleasant as you dine and enjoy the company of friends and family. This huge restaurant has quite a giant seafood menu, but the prices are a little high for Thailand. It’s not the best seafood restaurant we’ve ever been but it is a very good Restaurant by Hua Hin standards. Love the breezy atmosphere & sceneries while enjoying our meal.

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    Deep fried fish served with spicy mango salad.
    You can opt to drench their special spicy & sourish sauce on top of the fish or nibble the crisp while dipping it.

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    Stir fried squid with salted egg yolk
    This dish may look simple & soaked but the salted egg yolk was coating the squid perfectly. Very tasty.

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    Deep fried chicken wings marinated in fish sauce
    First time having our chicken wings in fish sauce! Feels like having the “Nam Yu” (preserved beancurd) version.

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    Fresh Grilled Prawns
    Sweet & fresh, finger licking good :)

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    Artery-clogging! Haha

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    Stir fried scallops with spicy herbs
    Well infused with the appetizing sauce, yet still retaining the fresh sweet flavour.

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    Fried rice with shrimps

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    Stir fry kangkung

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    Chom Talay Hua hin Restaurant
    1341/10 Phetkasem Road,
    Cha Am District, Phetchaburi, Thailand
    Opens Daily: 11am – 10pm

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    Chicago Rib House @ 1 Utama: CNY Joy Luck Set!

    January 10th, 2014

    Sending the auspicious Snake off soon, there’s only about 20 days left to welcome the Year of the Horse!
    When Christmas and New Year were just over, now we’re talking about CNY!
    We love CNY. Auspicious celebrations with the families, reunions & so many get-togethers to look forward to! It’s definitely a tradition to visit major Chinese restaurants during this festive season for “Lou Sang” & “Yam Seng”. Have you ever thought of celebrating CNY with your friends and family in an American diner styled restaurant instead?
    Tell me about it.

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    Chicago Rib House

    Would you opt for a little change to your typical Chinese menu at this western themed restaurant? You might like a east meets west meal :) Let’s do it the “porky” way!

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    You may think this modern & hip American diner styled restaurant is only famous for their all time American BBQ favourites like the pork ribs like us, there are actually more finger licking offerings coming up. If you’ve not been to Chicago Rib House before, you would be wanting to check out their ribs that are smothered in flavoursome homemade sauces & the extensive mojito selection from their Mojito bar to complete your all-American experience.
    To welcome the Year of Horse this year, they are creating cutting-edge American cuisine, with superb pairings of basic flavours from Western and Eastern traditions; the Porkalicious Joy Luck Set!

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    Jade Empress – RM23.80 per jug
    Freshen up yourself with the Jade Empress which is a refreshingly cool and lightly spiced mocktail. Non, alcoholic, even the kids would love this too. Blended with green apple, cranberry syrup, cranberry juice, soda water, cinnamon powder and garnished with green apple & orange cubes. Love the cinnamon taste!
    Great alternative to alcoholic beverages for “Yum Seng” :)

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    Here’s the Porkalicious Joy Luck Set
    Available from 18th Jan to 14th Feb. Prices range from RM88.80 (for 2 pax) to RM168.80 (for 4 pax).

    Porkalicious Joy Luck Set (4 pax)

     

    Yee Sang
    Each set menu comes with complimentary Yee Sang consisting Norwegian Salmon, shredded mango, carrots, red cabbage, white radish, cucumber, cilantro, spring onion, sesame seeds, crackers and served with Chicago Rib House’s specially made in-house Plum Sauce. Let’s toss our way to a better year!

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    Signature Platter
    Brimmed auspiciously with juicy spare ribs, 2 varieties of pork sausages, grilled fresh water prawns, grilled mussels, vegetable sticks served with creamy cheese dip.
    *Available for individual order from 9th January onwards at RM39.90

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    Braised Pork Belly
    This pork belly is braised for hours & is coated with the infusion of Asian-inspired tangy sweet sauce of passion fruit, spices and wine. The meat was soft, tender with a melt-in-your mouth finish. But I personally do not fancy the fatty parts of the pork too much.

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    Baby Back Ribs
    Chicago Rib House is famous for their well-love range of sauces that paired perfectly with their ribs.
    For this Chinese New Year, their team has specially crafted their version of the Chinese-style plum sauce, which will be served up with the famous baby back ribs. The tender baby back ribs chargrilled with Plum Sauce are served with 2 side dishes.

    Baby Back Ribs with Plum Sauce (4 pax)

     

    You could also opt to add on the “Drunken Prawns”, which are the white wine steamed prawns, flambéed with brandy for RM 68.80. In Cantonese sayings & tradition, having prawns during this festive season brings joy & happiness; pronouncing prawns in Cantonese: “Ha”. Thus repeating it would be “Ha Ha” that represents laughter :) Dashed with flaming brandy, this would bring prosperity! (Haha, I added this myself LOL)

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    Chicago Ribs CNY treats:

    • Porkalicious Joy Luck Set: Available from 18th January to 14th February. Prices range from RM88.80 (for 2 pax) to RM168.80 (for 4 pax)
    • Signature Platter: Available for individual order from 9th January onwards at RM39.90
    • Add on: Drunken Prawns for RM 68.80
    • Ang Pow Dip for customer: For every order of the Porkalicious Joy Luck Set (2 pax), customers are entitled to one lucky dip, and 2 dips for every order for 4 pax. For à la carte, customers are entitled to 1 lucky dip for RM100 spend and 2 lucky dips for RM200 spend. While stocks last.

     

    **NON-HALAL
    Chicago Rib House
    Lot F346, First Floor,
    1 Utama Shopping Centre (New Wing),
    1 Persiaran Bandar Utama,
    47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
    Tel: +603 7727 3210

    Other outlets:
    L2-52, Level 2, Cheras Leisure Mall,
    Jalan Manis 6, Taman Segar, Cheras,
    56100, Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: +603 9134 6120

    170-G-43, Gurney Plaza,
    Persiaran Gurney, 10250,
    Penang
    Tel: +604 2290 763

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    How to get to Hua Hin from Bangkok?

    January 6th, 2014

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    Hua Hin is the closest beach resort of Bangkok, located just 281 kms away. This makes it an ideal weekend getaway for locals and tourists visiting Bangkok.

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    A favourite getaway for Bangkok residents, Hua Hin is a pretty beachside town. A rather different city unlike Bangkok, it lacks the all-night partying and seedier aspects; more family friendly & relaxed. Once a small fishing village, it was transformed into a royal resort, and it’s these close links with Thai royalty that ensure Hua Hin won’t become overdeveloped or lose its small-town vibe.

    Getting to Hua Hin from Bangkok is easy. All options for transport are available in this route – bus, van, car and train. One of our favorite places to visit in Thailand is Hua Hin now. Only around 3 hours from Bangkok, Hua Hin is an extremely popular beach resort for Thais and tourists alike.

    1. Airport Transfers
    New Shared Transfer Service between “Suvarnabhumi Airport – Hua Hin” and “Hua Hin – Suvarnabhumi Airport” with only 24 Seats. Thus, advance reservation is recommended and can be reserved via the website HERE.

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    Some brief detail when traveling from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Hua Hin via this airport transfer:
    Coach Schedule: 07:30 / 09:30 / 13:30 / 16:30 / 18:30
    Meeting location: At “Hua Hin” counter on Level 1 at Gate no. 8
    Fare:  305 baht /person (~ RM30.4)
    Drop-off point: 1. Hua Hin Bus Station or 2. Bus Stop in front of Bangkok Bank at Cha-am intersection
    Terms & Conditions:
    1. It is operated by RoongReaung Coach Co., Ltd (RRC). Bell only provides advance booking channel for customers.
    2. All tickets are not refundable. Customers please presents the service voucher or confirmation e-mail to our staff at HuaHin counter in order to issue ticket and luggage tag before boarding.
    3. RRC reserves right to allow only customer with the same booking name on board.
    4. There is no pick-up service from your hotel.
    5. If you miss your coach departure time, your ticket is expired.
    6. The boarding will generally start 10 to 15 minutes before coach departure time.
    Additional detailed info can be viewed HERE

     

    2. Train From Bangkok to Hua Hin
    A wonderful way to get from Bangkok to Hua Hin is by train. Their trains are well-known to be clean and fun to travel in, although this is not always the fastest or most efficient form of transportation. The train from Bangkok to Hua Hin travels several times a day.
    The train trip could take up to 4 to 5 hours, which is longer than driving or taking the bus/ van.
    If you’re looking for a cheaper mode of transportation, taking the train to Hua Hin is highly recommended as it’s really cheap (price range from 44 baht to 200 baht; RM4.4 – RM19.90) depending on if you go first, second or third class, and the scenery along the way is lovely. However, this is more time consuming.

     

    3. Bus From Bangkok to Hua Hin
    An efficient and cheap way to get from Bangkok to Hua Hin (around 155 baht each way’ RM15.4)
    Journey is about 3 hours from Bangkok to Hua Hin and the bus arrives right in the middle of Hua Hin town.
    However, you would need to travel to the Southern bus station in Bangkok, which is on Borommarat Chonnani Road close to Pinklao Bridge. Best way to get there is to take a taxi, but there were some reviews we’ve read saying most taxi drivers didn’t know where they were going as they do not really understand what tourists are saying and they have to write the name of the Southern Bus Station, in Thai.

     

    4. Van to Hua Hin
    Convenient and very cheap too.
    We would say this is the best choice of transportation to Hua Hin among all.
    Just go to Victory Monument by sky train and find one of the many mini buses or van going to Hua Hin & make sure you get a direct van to Hua Hin. It’s only about 180 baht (~RM17.9) and the vans leave approximately every 15 minutes, depending on how fast the van fills up & they will leave as soon as it’s full.
    Journey is about 3 hours.
    And as for us, as we travelled in a group of 8, we engaged with a transport agency named Toey Member, which was pretty reasonable. The 4D3N trip costs about 1500 baht per pax inclusive of petrol & tolls (approximately RM149.4). We just need to tell the driver where to go and he will take us there. He too will recommend places to eat & interesting place to visit.
    Contact info:
    https://www.facebook.com/Toeymember.team (Most information in Thai. Better to contact via email)
    Email: [email protected]

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    Our spacious Van

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    5. Taxi to Hua Hin
    Hiring a taxi from Bangkok to Hua Hin is very easy. You can either book a taxi through your hotel or, often, can just flag one down by the side of the road anywhere in Bangkok and most of them will take you. The cost is quite expensive, compared to the bus or the train. It could cost around 2,000 to 2,800 baht depending on how good your negotiation skills are: RM199 – RM279). Would advise to take Van instead.

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    If you’re in Bangkok on business or holiday, don’t miss going to Hua Hin if possible. It’s a lovely beachside resort with many excellent restaurants, cafes, resorts & great night markets too. At only around 3 hours from Bangkok, Hua Hin is very easy to get to. Plus, the people in Hua Hin are very friendly too :)
    Must visit!

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