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September 4, 2008

Penang Popiah, The Old Way

Filed under: Kitchen,Travel — agnes @ 8:24 am


Image source: The Star

Fried spring roll or locally known as popiah, is made from rice flour is normally store bought. Fresh popiah is normally available through word of mouth in Kuala Lumpur. In Penang, there are some fresh popiah wrapper available, purchase by weight of 800g or 1 katty. Read about the family in Penang that makes popiah wraps daily from here

May 7, 2008

Hong Kong & Macau Gastronomy Memories

Filed under: Eating Out,Travel — agnes @ 3:37 am


April 21, 2008

Hang Zhou Cuisine in Hong Kong

Filed under: Eating Out,Travel — agnes @ 4:23 am




April 13, 2008

Penang Food

Filed under: Eating Out,Travel — agnes @ 6:00 am


There is nothing special in Penang food ingredients. It is the same ingredients you would get in Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Singapore. The only difference is some magical skills are required to achieve Penang food quality.

Freshest ingredients-time to deliver from source to consumer, patience-time to pick, clean and prepare, care-manage raw carefully in the hot weather which even the roadside hawker would and superb cooking skill-time, heat and moisture are common traits of Penang food. Penangite often have individual palates to satisfy, each nurtured from young by loving family background irregardless of race nor religion.

I cannot compare Char Koay Teow(left) and Chee Cheong Fun(middle) in Penang and anywhere else I have been too.
My only comment – Speechless.

Penang Road’s TeoChew Chendol(right)-Icekachang also sell my childhood favourite, giant ice ball drenched with sarsaparilla and rose syrup. Selamat Makan!!!

April 12, 2008

Chicken Rice Lunch at Ayer Hitam

Filed under: Eating Out,Travel — agnes @ 3:08 am


Can you taste from looking at the pictures? Yes, the roasted meat, chicken, duck and pork are great. Let me introduce the chicken rice too, it is a star in its own. We almost had rice alone. Forget about asking me where this location exactly is. We passed by Sunshine Farlim, LonePine Condominiums (not the Lone Pine at Feringghi) and this is by the busy road. Our funny local friend, Kang Herng mentioned a haunted house on the Penang Hill, visibly blue or green in color (too sunny to see clearly). I hope you can figure where it is.


April 11, 2008

Weekend In Penang

Filed under: Travel — Tags: — agnes @ 5:30 am


It was a beautiful cloudy day when we were on Penang bridge. Awesome blue and grey colours accompanied by cool wind, hint of thunderstorm and downpour approaching. It has been too long since the last time to be in this beautiful moment. Trapped in air conditioned office, home and concrete jungle.


The rain came and left. By the time we reach Park Royal, sunny blue sky were already there to welcome us. I love to lie under the coconut tree all day, reading, napping and let the breeze run all over while the sun bake a roast of me.

May 14, 2007

Kuching’s Must Try Unique Dishes

Filed under: Eating Out,Travel — agnes @ 12:50 pm

Mee Kolo
Mee Kolo Kuching is just as healthy as Pansor Manuk. The locally produced springy and chewy noodle is fine and served generously in quantity. Watch out for soya sauce condiment that accompanies Mee Kolo. I tried a few version of Mee Kolo, some soya sauce is very hot.

Kuching’s Must Try Unique Dishes

Filed under: Eating Out,Travel — agnes @ 12:45 pm

Rice Noodle in Tomato Gravy
Noodle or rice noodle in tomato gravy is simple and easy to digest in hot weather. Surprisingly this dish is not found in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. In Kuching, noodle or rice noodle in tomato gravy is a normal dish in any local café. This is an appetizing dish that suits all ages.


Chicken fever in Kuching

Filed under: Eating Out,Travel — agnes @ 12:36 pm

I love chicken dishes in Kuching. Besides Pansoh Manuk, my favourites are also fluffy Nasi Beriyani with fried chicken at Bukhari, Jalan Satok. Chinese chicken rice at a chicken rice shop in front of Grand Continental Hotel.



May 12, 2007

Kuching International Kite Exhibition 2007

Filed under: Travel — agnes @ 6:37 am

Sarawak Kites Association (PEWASA)
Kuching International Kite Exhibition
Date: May 12 – 13 2007
Venue:Kuching Family Park in Jalan Sultan Tengah
Event: Wau Saok and Wau Ciptaan competitions
Contact: Bakeri Mohamad Ali at 08-244 6688, ext 132.
Closing date for entries: May 11, 2007

May 9, 2007

Kuching’s Pansoh Manuk

Filed under: Eating Out,Travel — agnes @ 3:48 pm

I had Pansoh Manuk (bamboo chicken with fragrant rice) for lunch at hotel. I didn’t bring my camera, what a waste. Back to Pansoh Manuk. Healthy as it is high in protein and little fat as chicken cooked in adequate amount of water boiled together with  local fresh herbs. Side dishes such as Acar Sayur whets appetite and Milin stir fried with Belachan. Bario rice is served with Pansoh Manuk, is less starchy than Thai fragrant rice but twice the price. I managed to find few links on Pansoh Manuk.

Hilton Kuching

Fascinating Malaysia

Kokkieblanda (is this Dutch?)


I heard this in Kuching

Filed under: Kitchen,Travel — agnes @ 3:34 pm

A local friend told me there are 2 types of popular edible fern (is it a type of fern?) here. Cheaper and bigger one is Pucuk Paku and the other twice expensive and finer is Milin (Mandarin: Mei Ling). Pucuk Paku is fibrous and obvious “greenish” after taste. Milin on the other hand is crispy, sweet and tender.



Kuching’s Images Part 1

Filed under: Travel — agnes @ 5:40 am

Aerial view, airport and river side view.

Satok weekend market
It was such an amazing experience at Satok weekend market. Sarawakians are very clean and neat Malaysians. Satok market is such a clean place to do marketing. It is a good example for open wet markets in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur. I has a wonderful time savoring the visual feast of local produce. Take time to enjoy Satok pictures.







May 5, 2007

Byebye KL, Hello Kuching.

Filed under: Travel — agnes @ 1:31 pm

I’m packing my stuffs leaving for Kuching to rest for a week. I need to have a week of contemplating, day dreaming, read books, write nonsense and draw some silly ideas. Meanwhile I’ll get around Kuching to snoop. List of stuffs to look out for:

Beads and beadwork
Local books
Local textile

November 22, 2006


Filed under: Travel — tanling @ 4:42 pm

I like to stay at the beginning of Orchard Road which is more accessible by all means of transport, especially to River Valley, Chinatown, Little India and City Hall. There is also a bus #36 to Changi airport.

Preferred accomodation
*Hotel Rendezvous 
4-star hotel. If you don’t like to walk to much, this is a nice location. Map
*Hangout Hotel
No Frills like Air Asia. Book online-it’s cheaper. Map
*YMCA Hostel 
Youth hostel. Map

November 14, 2006

Penang 2 Days Makan Marathon

Filed under: Eating Out,Travel — tanling @ 2:02 pm

Went to Penang by car from Kuala Lumpur for 2 days of work. I took all the oppurtunities available to eat, eat and eat. Especially had most of the Ais Kacang I craved. Visited one shop recommended by Flavours Magazine to shop for tableware. I am soooooooo happy. Like haven’t been ‘home’ for 2 years. I love you Penang!!!!

Lorong Selamat: Yummy Oyster Omelette

Lorong Selamat: Prawn Noodle

Lorong Selamat: Air Batu Campur with creamy ice cream and great beans.

Swatow Lane: Air Batu Campur

Lorong 100 Tahun: Curry Noodle

Lorong 100 Tahun: Local coffee is GOOD too...

Penang Chee Cheong Fun or Penang Steamed Rice Noodle

Kek Seng: Our first order - Durian Ice Cream

Kek Seng: Pie Tee or Top Hats

Kek Seng: Asam Laksa

Kek Seng: Penang Lor Bak and Air Batu Campur

Kek Seng: Air Batu Campur close up

October 12, 2006

City Scoops

Filed under: Travel — agnes @ 3:26 am

Best surprise in this trip

Singapore Scoops 2nd Edition

Hot off the printers!!! I have Singapore CityScoops 1st Edition which is indenspensible for preparing what to do, see, should-have in Singapore. Important info such as web link, contact number, location map, operating hours, days are detailed in both books. Interesting part is places mentioned were actually visited by the Singapore CityScoops team. No advertisting supports it publication.

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Day 1: Holland Village & Shaw House


Provence bakery at Holland Village is our must visit on the first day. Its coffee, daily baked bread and pastries are unique and most of them are not available in other local bakery. Next door is a bead shop which is well stocked for serious beader where findings are plenty of choices. Price $$ Food 4/5 Ambience 1/5


The purple cabbage on a flower bouquet looks good to eat. Window shopped in Shaw House at Orchard Road for late evening and ended up at a pork fritter specialist Japanese restaurant, Ton Kichi. I have never been to a proper Tonkatsu restaurant – normally had Tonkatsu at food court. I was too hungry to walk to Takashimaya food court.


Ordered 2 sets – the food portion is much for 2 persons. Each set costs below S$20 before tax and can feed 2 persons. Tonkatsu portion is huge that is solid 1″ thick, drizzled with sauce and mustard, on the side – finely fresh cut cabbage with seaweed vinegar dressing – very japanese style. Udon is chewey, soaked in hot flavourful shoyu soup.


The other set difference is – cold noodle, instead of udon in soup. The jellyfish topping is delicious on its own as appetizer. Price $$ Food 4/5 Ambience 3/5


Day 2: Gone mad with Ton Kichi over dinner

Lunch Green curry

Lunch’s iced lemon tea at food court was great to cool down brain heat. Lemon scent and sourness is balanced for cleansing the after taste of Thai food. Olive rice, creamy green curry, stir fried chicken in black pepper and another in sweet and spicy were not too hot, but the more were consumed, it all became fiery on the tongue.

Olive rice Chicken

We went mad about Ton Kichi and had dinner there. Kimchi salad is something you would like to indulge on your own. This time I ordered Udon in Tonjiru soup, basically have strips of pork in vegetable and pork soup.

Kimchi salad Tonjiru Udon

Day 3: Cartier exhibition at Singapore National Museum

Singapore National Museum

This is my personal main objective to visit Singapore. After the Cartier exhibition ends, the collection will be return to Geneva. The heaviest and biggest diamond necklace was owned by a Maharajah. Pieces shown on catalog and media are more impressive in real. The National Museum have just finished renovated. It is a nice and peaceful place for creative work and probably quiet moment of meditation. The building were redesigned and built to bring the outdoor into the building. Not much can be seen from the front but at the side and back of the building.  Pictures of the building can be seen here. Cartier exhibited some of the most memorable pieces that set record in the past. Went to Cartier shop at Takashimaya to find the Trinity de Cartier ring costs about S$1390. Cartier is said to be jewellery for lovers. I am thinking of asking my boyfriend if he loves me…

Trinity de Cartier

After a long walk and wandering around, lunch at Suntec was comforting. Steamed minced pork meat with salted fish; carp fish slices and lean pork double boil soup with both types of chinese almonds, chinese sweet date; Pork belly stewed with preserved mustard. All fulfilling after a hot long walk.

dscn7216.JPG Fish Meat Almond Double Boil Soup Preserved veggie steamed with meat

Spent next half day in CarreFour at Suntec. More french or CarreFour products here than Malaysia. We went to Plaza Singapura for dinner at Crystal Jade with Moon and discovered Daiso, a japanese S$2 item shop. Fantastic!!

Blanched fish skin, fried wanton, rice noodle, claypot beef brisket and claypot aubergine were delicious.

Fish Skin

Fried wanton Rice noodle

October 10, 2006

Skudai day trip

Filed under: Eating Out,Travel — tanling @ 2:41 pm

Arrived at Skudai at 8.30am. Looked like not much to eat. Fortunately found a coffeeshop with decent crowd. Only few stores operating. Walking around, inspecting what patrons have on their table – bowl, leftover, drinks, I decided to have laksa and my travel partner wanted to have chee cheong fun. It reminded me of primary school days. Soft tofu on the right, fresh flat rice noodle, bouncy fish balls, fish cake slices and beans sprout were nostalgic. Even the slightly spicy coconut soup tasted the same.

School canteen laksa noodle

My travel partner had his chee cheong fun or steamed flat rice with sweet bean sauce and toasted sesame seeds.

Price $$ Food 2/5 Ambience 1/5


On our way back to Klang Valley, the  haze was still around but tolerable for driving. Fortunately the weather was cool and good to sleep all the way home.


October 1, 2006

Toa Payoh Wet Market Food Court

Filed under: Eating Out,Travel — tanling @ 11:12 am


Found my ultimate southern chinese comfort food at Toa Payoh Wet Market Food Court. It’s sliced fish meat in preserved salted mustard leave(harm choy), tomato,  chinese celery and toasted left flounder meat, cooked in fish bone soup.

Another is mini Teochew chinese dumpling and Siew Mai by a 60 over years in business stall. Pop one dumpling into your mouth, taste its juicy and tender meat.

Then you keep eating non-stop.

Price $ Food 4/5 Ambience 2/5


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September 30, 2006

Korean restaurant – Jeju in Singapore

Filed under: Eating Out,Travel — tanling @ 2:33 pm


 Jeju is a Korean family run restaurant situated behind Raffles Hotel, Singapore. Don’t expect fancy Korean interior but superb and value added food. Go in a group for fun and noise is alright. After a day’s work, I am glad we found a homely place to unwind. Price $$ Food 4/5 Ambience 3/5



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