Jan 25, 2011

Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant, Ipoh

Finally persuaded my parents to come over since the our very last family visit many years ago when Foh San was still in the old restaurant. Gave an assurance that time it had improved. We avoided here most of the time due to the crowd. Difficult to enjoy the good food that time, as customers were waiting beside, indicating you to leave as soon as possible after you eat so that they can have a seat too. Waiters and waitresses were too busy to serve as well.

This time we came during the weekday so it was less crowded. We enjoyed our meal with minimum fuss. My parents absolutely loved it. It was cosy and calm as we sat near the man made water fountain/water fall. Looks cleaner and more hygienic as well. Usually, it would be crowded here in the weekends. Come very early in the morning to avoid the crowd, maybe around 6.30am - 7.30am. Customers will be queuing even before 8 am.

We ordered our all time favourite dim sum dishes. Generally the dim sum was quite good, very authentic and traditional. They are many choices to choose from. The Har Gao (Prawn Dumpling) was the best. Super translucent dumpling skin that didn't break easily. Fresh big shrimps. Sadly, don't have a picture here. All of it disappeared right before our very eyes before I have the chance to take a photo...(giggles)..

Steamed fish ball.

*Based on Personal Opinion, the author did not received any form of monetary or non-monetary compensation. 

Restoran Foh San Sdn. Bhd.
Address: 51 Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 30300 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia
Tel: (605) 254 0308
Fax: (605) 253 5432


*Map obtained from Foh San Website.*

Jan 17, 2011

Bubba Gump Shrimp, The Curve

Our first dining experience in Bubba Gump Shrimp was last year. Great ambiance, good service and food were words to describe our gastronomical feast. Hence, we decided to celebrate the new year in Bubba Gump Shrimp.That day was crowded. The restaurant was fully booked. Luckily we arrived early, we were placed on a waiting list but got our seat after a 15 minutes wait. The inside was full, so this time we sat outside. At the top floor, we enjoyed the soft and relaxing jazz music from ground floor. 

Something that we must not missed are the their restaurant specialty - Shrimps!. We ordered a Set Dinner from the Festive Menu. At RM 69.90, it consist of a drink (Naughty and Nice Margarita), starter (Pear and Berry Salad), main course (Roasted Turkey), and dessert (Special Christmas Dessert). We got a few choices combination to choose from. 

Naughty and Nice Margarita 

My first taste of Margarita. Served chilled with salt at the brim of the glass. It was awesome! A little sweet and slightly sour at the same time. 

Pear and Berry Salad - Fresh Greens, Strawberries, Pears, and grazed Pecans tossed in Raspberry Vinagrette. 

We enjoy our salad very much, especially myself, who's a vege lover. It was really fresh and light, served with delicious salad dressing. 

Bubba's Roasted Turkey Breast

The Turkey was okay but we didn't really enjoy the sweet gravy though. 

Special Christmas Dessert

By the time the dessert arrive, we were really stuffed already! Hardly enough space for more. The Special Christmas Dessert served with strawberries, strawberry sauce, cream, ice-cream and pastry. 

"......Of Course We Have Scampi!" RM 31.90 - Tender Shrimp Sautéed with capers in lemon - Garlic Butter served over a bed of Linguini. 

*Based on Personal Opinion, the author did not received any form of monetary or non-monetary compensation. 

Subjected to 10% Service Charge and 5% Government Tax

The Curve, Lot 145, 1st Floor, 
No. 6, Jalan PJU 7/3
Mutiara Damansara,
 47800, Petaling Jaya, 
Selangor Darul Ehsan. 
Telephone No: 03-7710 9862 and 03-77109863
Fax No: 03-7710 9864

Jan 13, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Ampang Lookout Point, KL City Night View

We were at Ampang for dinner in the Korean village. It was an impromptu decision to make a trip to Ampang Lookout Point, the place for the view of the entire Kuala Lumpur city. 

We parked our car halfway of the hill and climbed all the way up. It was a short distance, we managed to reach the top after for only about 10 minutes. Once there, It was mesmerizing. A breathtaking sight that I could never forget.  

"Always have the camera by side" .. . and it did paid well. Unfortunately, we forgot the tripod! It was quite a daunting task taking a photo in darkness. Having little to stabilize the shot with slow shutter release, we used the edge of the fence or pillar for support. 

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Jan 11, 2011

A day in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur @ Pasar Seni/Petaling Street

Bright, colourful and bustling are some of the words to describe this vibrant town. Also known as "Chee Cheong Kai" as fondly called by the Malaysian Chinese. It is an area which never sleeps at the heart of the city, Kuala Lumpur. Being a photography enthusiast, I've took a journey down town to photograph the people and the culture at the streets. We took an lrt to the Pasar Seni station and had a strolled around the streets. It was just like we had imagined it, a town deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history. 

A tree that grow in between stalls! 

Ever wonder why the street is called "Chee Cheong Kai" by some of us? Looking back at history, the name originated to its roots as a tapioca-producing district. Undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia, it is filled with people from all walks of life, different countries and of course the Chinese. 

With Chinese New Year (CNY) just around the corner (February 3rd 2011), stores are quickly filled with red, and other bright and colourful auspicious decorative goods. Streets had just begun the CNY decorations of bright red lanterns. We stopped by one of these stores to stock up decorative items our house in time to usher in the new year. 

All the new year decorative items at Chinatown

More and more creative lanterns this year. Traditionally back then was simple lanterns in red with auspicious idioms or words to blessed the family with happiness, wealth and good health for a wholesome and prosperous, new year. Wording were calligraphy or painted art or maybe printed. Something different this year in some of the lanterns, saw a lantern with peonies and mandarin oranges decorated on it as well as flower prints. 


Peonies are the symbol of love and romance for the Chinese. It is one of the purest flowers, the queen of all flowers. 

Love this purple one, it's so vibrant, and huge!

After the new year shopping, we walked further down to the main street of Chinatown.... And it was truly a gastronomic feast! We found so many delicious, authentic Chinese Hawker food and finger foods. We will definitely find time to make a trip down here again. 

Our first stop, Restoren Zhing Kong along Jalan Kasturi. Missing an "I" here at the street signs. The place for the famous and awesome beef noodles as well as other good food. 

Not to forget is the stall we must come every time we go to Chinatown. The chee cheong fan served with the finest homemade, red coloured sauce. 

We came across an old lady selling "mua chi" (mochi). This friendly "poh poh" (grandma) who passion in making these delicious glutinous rice dessert with peanuts had been selling for many years and vow to never retire.  

We bought mixed flavours. Slightly larger than the ones we usually buy from "pasar malam". 

Another delight here is the "Air Mata Kuching", great to quench the thirst and a remedy for heat due to the hot climate here. 

The roasting of chestnuts. 

 Chinese candies. 

Our trip was short but memorable. There's definitely more to Chinatown and its food, recipes of hundreds of years passed on from generations to generations. Unfortunately, we got to make a trip home and cut this journey short. 

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Jan 10, 2011

Fried Chicken, Yu Yu Ice @ Kedai Yao Yao Ping & Ayam Goreng

I stumbled across this restaurant while I was collecting information for my university assignment, a research about  Pandamaran. It was told to me by a local friend that this is one of the best and most famous fried chicken and yu yu ice ("yao yao bing") in town. Situated opposite of SJK (C) Pandamaran B, it has a strikingly large and eye catching signboard. 

Greeting us upon entry is the "kitchen" where the chickens were fried and yu yu ice was sold. Owner frying the delicious fried chickens (bottom). 

 "Bungkus? Makan?", asked the worker. 

The fried chicken arrive hot on our tables. It's so crispy. Yum! Juicy and tender meat. Very similar to the conventional fried chicken you found in "pasar malam" (night market) and fast food chains. Harder flesh on certain parts for those who ordered chicken breast. Nevertheless, this is still among the best for casual snacks or tea time.

It was almost dinner, but we couldn't resist to order for more. There also have ayam percik here (malay style roasted chicken). Price depending on which part of the chicken, was around RM 2.50 per piece. 

Yao Yao Ping was from RM 1.30. 

It's like an extremely fine ice blended drink, lighter than ice cream. An instant relive from the hot weather! Ahhhh... .. Reminds me of the days chasing after the uncle in motorcycle who sells this. Flavours include Cendol, Red Bean, Sour Plum, Bubur Cha Cha, Mango, Lychee, Watermelon, etc. I tried the bubur cha cha and red bean at first was rather too sweet for me. Prefer mochana of all the flavours. If you love sour taste, try Sour Plum flavour, it's really so, so, so, so sour.. 

Contact Number: 
012-299 9029 / 012-282 2099

Business Hours: 
12 pm - 7pm.
Closed on Mondays. 

1503B, Jalan Young, 
41200 Klang, 
Selangor Darul Ehsan. 

Jan 7, 2011

Skywatch Friday - An Evening at Portuguese Settlement, Malacca

Took a photo of the evening scenery while on the way for the National Christmas Celebration at Portuguese Settlement, Malacca. 

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Jan 6, 2011

Wondrous Mille Crepe at Nadeje Café Sdn. Bhd.

I've been craving for cakes a long, long time. This was my second visit here and I can't help myself from satisfying my sweet tooth at Nadeje Sdn. Bhd, famous for its mille crepe or also known as "thousand layers cakes". Mille Crepe is a French cake made of many crepe layers. “Mille” means “a thousand” in French, implying the many layers of crepe used. 

My first cake there was the Original Mille Crepe. The origin of Nadeje Mille Crepe, a cake made of custard cream with Tahitian Vanilla Beans mix with Fresh Cream. The layers worked wonders, with each melting smoothly in your mouth once you take a bite. The only thing that stays was the rich taste and aroma of the cakes. 

I prefer Tiramisu and the original Mille Crepe the most. It's light and creamy, as light as feather. 

Tiramisu  - Rich profound taste of high quality Mascarpone cheese of Galbani, Italy. 

Cafe - Moderately sweet and aromatic taste of roasted Italian Coffee cake. 

Cheese - Freshness of New Zealand Cream cheese and home made Lemon Jam. 

Chocolate Banana Cheese Cake - Harmony of home made banana jam and New Zealand cream cheese.  

The drinks and beverages were said to made from fresh ingredient without any artificial colourings. There are a wide variety of drinks for you to choose from soft drinks, teas (strawberry, berry berry, apple, etc), matcha milk, ginger ale, milkshake, yakult drinks, fresh juices,etc. 

This was my favourite of the drinks we ordered. 

This is not really of my liking. However, my friend prefers this though, it's fizzy, rather like Soda. Great for those who love soft drinks. 

It felt great trying their salad udon after eating so much of strong spices and thick gravy in the past few days. Something light for the taste buds. 

The Salad Udon - It's so fresh, love the vegetables, and light taste with mayonnaise as well as a little bit of tuna on top. 

The food was okay and the prices were affordable. Quite similar to those other chain stores and branches of cake houses or cafes.  

You'll need an ice box for take aways if you live far from the cake house. Bring it from home, or otherwise you can get it from the cake house. The cakes were priced at RM 8.50 per slice and RM 65.00 for a whole cake if I was not mistaken. 

For cake ordering, you need to place your order early, 3-6 working days are required to process your order. 

Business Hours: 
Closed on Mondays. 

Nadeje Sdn. Bhd. (733133-M)
G - 23 & 25, Jalan PM4, 
Plaza Mahkota,
75 000 Melaka. 
06-283 8750

Nadeje Café Sdn. Bhd. (792825 - D)
Lot No. UB051, 052 & 053
Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall, 
Jalan Merdeka, 
75000 Bandar Hilir Melaka
06 - 284 3469


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