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Malacca (Malaysia): Hoe Kee Chicken Rice

Posted in Malacca, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on June 6, 2010

We had an early lunch at Hoe Kee Chicken Rice in Jonker Walk.  We wanted to try Chung Wah 100 metres away but the queue was too long, the sun was scorching hot and it was too small a place to accommodate 11 of us.

Nonetheless, Hoe Kee was not bad.  The service was fast, pleasant, the garlic chilli was awesome, and the food delicious.  In particular, the Asam fish!

Location: 4, 6, 8 Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200, Melaka

If you are interested and not hungry, read thehungrybunnie as there is a write up of the 3 more renown Chicken Rice stalls in Malacca, namely Hoe Kee, Chung Wah and Famosa.

Malacca (Malaysia): Restoran Peranakan

Posted in Malacca, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on June 5, 2010

After we finished exploring the night market along Jonker Walk, we “barged” into Restoran Peranakan on the next street.  It is located on a “red light street” where the shophouses are all lit up with red lanterns, but it is not a sleezy place.

Location: Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200, Melaka, Malaysia (Next To Jonker Walk)

The kitchen was closing but the manager was so nice to accommodate the 11 of us who were hungry, tired and craving for Peranakan food.  However, we were unable to order via the menu so the cashier told us what the kitchen could cook out for us.  It was a simple meal and it filled our tummy.

The asam fish was the best way to end our night in the heart of Melaka.

Malacca (Malaysia): Lorong Bukit Cina

Posted in Malacca, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on June 5, 2010

Our first meal in Malacca was Satay Celup!

There was a queue when we arrived at 5.15pm so we headed across the road to get some Black soy milk to quench our thirst.

Back to the queue at Capitol Satay Celup Restaurant… A stand alone branch by itself, with no “sisters, brothers or branches in Malacca or anywhere else”.

Address:
41 Lorong Bukit Cina,
75100 Melaka,
Malaysia
Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday, from 5pm (Closed on Monday)

We finally managed to get a seat at 5.45pm and we went straight for the food selection section.

Each stick is priced at RM0.80 and there are coloured plates (like your sushi conveyor belt plates) that are priced differently. They also have “mystery gifts” and we had big prawns, scallops, abalone that were at a promotional price at RM0.80 (same price as the usual sticks).  It was delicious!

The third generation owner, Mr Low Yong Cheng personally came to serve us and concoct our satay sauce.

Satay Celup aka Steamboat Satay

What goes into that steaming hot pot of sauce?!

Behind the scenes in the kitchen, lay individual pots of satay sauce.  At least we know each table gets a fresh pot of satay sauce!

Johor Bahru (Malaysia): OTWC, PRAC, Mahkota Hotel

Posted in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on June 5, 2010

After crossing the Woodlands checkpoint, we had our breakfast at Old Town White Coffee (OTWC) in Johor Bahru City Square.

We ordered toast, their signature Ipoh white coffee and sampled some of their classic dishes, Old Town Nasi Lemak Special and the Old Town Ipoh Chicken Hor Fun.

Thereafter, we attempted to walk to the Terminal Bas Central Kotoraya, Johor Bahru to pick up our rented cars from PRAC.  Alternatively, SBS bus 160, 170 or 950 brings you directly there.

I HATE PRAC.

Their service is terribly slow. We waited 1.5 hours to get our 3 rental cars. Why?

1. The lady took 30 minutes to do the paperwork for each car. Ridiculous.

2. One of our cars was blocked by a car owned by another shop and they were rude.

3. With the expectation that we were coming to collect our cars on that day, I do not see why our 3 cars were not ready for our collection.

4. An ang moh couple received their car within 15 minutes from HERTZ.

It took us 3 hours to drive up from Johor to Malacca. However, we were stuck in a jam for about 1 hour to get into the main town in Malacca and to our hotel. We finally checked-in into our 3 bedroom apartment in Mahkota Hotel Melaka at 4.30pm (behind schedule thanks to the inefficient and slow PRAC minah and the traffic jam).

Address: No. 16 Jalan Sayed Abdul Aziz, 75000 Melaka

(Credits: mahkotahotel)

(Credits: mahkotahotel)

Our apartment resembled the picture from mahkotahotel and it was clean, value for money.

Cost: MYR549 for 11 persons = approximate S$22 per person a night.

We were given a room with a breath-taking view from our balcony.

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Cheras, Dim Sum

Posted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on December 21, 2009

Day 3: Last day!

On Monday morning, we were whisked off to an eatery called Kedai Kopi dan Makan Seong Kee located at Taman Connaught for breakfast.  The service was good, fast and they give you hot water to sterilise your tea cups if you wish.  The range of dim sum dishes that they offer was pretty wide and the staff will come with trays of plates of dim sum for you to choose or you can order offhand if you speak Cantonese or know the menu.

What a way to end off our trip to KL and we couldn’t have enjoyed it more if not for the help of the bf’s cousins and savings by staying at his big aunt’s residence at Cheras.

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Fong Lye, Chinatown

Posted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on December 20, 2009

Day 2: continuation

We were warmly treated to a scrumptious dinner at Fong Lye Taiwan Restaurant located at No.94, Jalan Imbi, 55100 KL.  We had to wait for about 30 minutes before we could get two tables as this outlet is very small with only a capacity of about 50 customers.

Behold the gigantic pot of fried fish served with soup that was filled to the brim with meatballs, crabsticks, tofu, yam and cartoonish fishcakes.  The food is fantastic, the Basil chicken is so delicious and they serve complimentary shot glasses of lime plum juice and a plate of fruits per table.

The traffic jam in KL is terrible.  We spent almost an hour travelling from Jalan Imbi to Petaling Street in Chinatown after dinner.  If you enjoy alfresco shopping and plan to get last minute souvenirs or you are eyeing the latest (fake) fashion clothes and accessories (e.g. Polo Ralph polo tees, Longchamp Pliage bags, LV, Gucci, Rayban shades), don’t forget to bargain!

Highly recommended by the bf’s extended family, if you are ever in Chinatown, don’t miss the chance to try the famous Air Mata Kucing or “Cat’s eyes drink”, a combination of dried longan, Luo Han Guo and winter melon pieces with rock sugar.  A thirst quencher on a humid hot day!

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Petaling Jaya, Bangsar

Posted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on December 20, 2009

Day 2:

The bf’s big aunt’s family drove us to a nearby food market (unfortunately I do not know the exact location) for breakfast. It was a heartwarming pig out session with his family, his aunt, uncle, older cousins, nephew and niece. The food they ordered for us were so good, from sliced Chicken noodles, to Penang Char Kway Tiao to Malaysian Kolo Mee!


The day was very rushed as we squeezed several places in the afternoon before we had dinner with the bf’s big aunt’s family.  We walked around for about 2 hours at 1 Utama Shopping Centre in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya which was of course not enough as it consists of two wings connected directly to each other over a wide road.  I spent a tiny bomb at The Face Shop as the nail polishes were on sale and so much cheaper than Singapore.  Bought almost 30 bottles as Christmas gifts for my colleagues and myself!

Thereafter, we did a quick exploration in Mid Valley Megamall for another 2 hours and shopped at the F.O.S. before we cabbed down to Bangsar area.

Hello BANGSAR!!  The place to be if you like to people watch, you can spot expats and the chic young Malaysians in this area.  Somewhat similar to Singapore’s Holland Village with a mix of restaurants, pubs, bars, grills, bistros, cafes, fast-food joints.  I read so much about the quaint shops in this area so this was a MUST-GO place on the to-do list.  The boutiques were such an eye-pleaser and the prices for the trendy fashion was awesome thanks to the Malaysian Mega Sale that was on-going around Malaysia.


Along the Jalan Telawi Streets, there are numerous quaint boutiques such as Mooie, Blueberry, Shoes, Shoes, Shoes and Little Black Book on the ground floor as well as on the 2nd levels of the shophouses.

We were thrilled to “chance” upon a Pasar Malam in the area!  The food was decadent! We didn’t manage to try FatMan Steamboat (till next time) but we gobbled down the freshly fried Ham Ji Pang, Butterfly and savoury Asam Laksa.


It was starting to drizzle and the sky was turning dark so we headed to Bangsar Village and shopped around the quiet mall that had Zara, pretty cafes and gorgeous Christmas decor.

Hong Kong: Mongkok at night

Posted in Hong Kong, Travel by happyhighfashion on November 7, 2009

Hungry for food, we walked and walked and we finally found an Itamae Sushi outlet located on 56 Dundas Street, Gala Place (Mongkok MRT, Exit E2).

We took our queue number and went window shopping.  It was only after about 40 minutes before we sat down to have our meal! It is very popular…  The conveyor belt is very organised and there are labels for the respective section and type of sushi available.

The prices at Itamae Sushi in Hong Kong is similar to Singapore’s Ichiban Sushi or Sushi Tei, but I would say that Itamae Sushi is cheaper for some of the sushi items because the fish servings are generous.  The rice are all hand-mounded in front of you and the fish covers the whole rice.

The salmon sushi was priced at a promotion for HK$3 each, the eel sushi was hot and you can hardly see the rice as the eel covers it.  The soy sauce salmon was also on promotion of only HK$4.50 for a pair.

Delicious, value for money and worth the long wait!

Mongkok’s night scene on a weekend is tremendously crowded and packed with street performances.  You can find alot of second hand branded shops around Hong Kong such as Milan Station and ISA Boutique among many others.
“Please do not put in $, otherwise I will sing…”
We went camera lens and accessories hunting down Sai Yeung Choi Street such as Wing Shing Photo Supplies Co, Citicall and Broadway.

Hong Kong: Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Posted in Hong Kong, Travel by happyhighfashion on November 7, 2009

Our 3rd day in Hong Kong was dedicated to Tsim Sha Tsui.

First road stop: Cameron Road

We had our brunch at Charlie Brown Cafe located on G/F-1/F, 58-60 Cameron Road (Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station, Exit B2).  As we walked up the flight of stairs, we were greeted with lots of figurines, say hello to Charlie, Woodstock and Snoopy!  See more pictures from travelingape of the cafe’s interior.

We each ordered a Happy Breakfast Set A which includes a Croissant or English Muffin or Toast (with Jam and Butter) and Omelette with (Ham/Cheese/Onion/Tomato/Mushroom – choose two), served with Fruit Juice/Tea/12oz Americano/Espresso for HK$36.  The food was edible but definitely not savoury.  It is a beautifully decorated place to chill but other than surfing the free wi-fi and picture taking, its only worth going for the kids and if you are a big fan of Charlie Brown!

Second road stop: Granville Road

There are many independent boutiques and stores selling inexpensive slightly flawed or outlet clothing.  If you turn into Granville Circuit at 52A Granville Road, you will find Rise Shopping Arcade with lots of local designer shops and imported fashions.

There was a long queue at Chocoolate and we had no clue why…


Chanced upon this shop, Chapel’ selling affordable cool footwear, accessories and clothes.

Bonjour is one of the beauty shops with many outlets around Hong Kong and it is similar to Mannings and SaSa.

There was this lingerie shop (I am unable to remember the name) which had bra-cup sizes on display from A, B, C, D………… all the way to I !!!!

SamaZama located on G/F, 35A Granville Road stocks top brand limited-edition sneakers sourced from Japan, Europe and US. Young designers of Japan, Europe and Hong Kong partnered to create their own stylish clothing brand.  They have a Facebook page here.

Here are some random shots of the shops along Granville Road.

Third road stop: back to Cameron Road

We had planned to come to Initial Cafe located on 48 Cameron Road for brunch but as it wasn’t opened, we went to Charlie Brown Cafe (as seen above).  After exploring Granville, we decided to have a break and share something to munch on here.

This super hip cafe in TST is in a store but is still really cute nonetheless. Featuring high ceilings, polished concrete floors and an ecelctic array of vintage looking-chairs in earth tones, this cafe is a soothing place to escape from the hectic streets of TST. Bring your laptop, order a coffee, pasta or dessert and enjoy the free wireless connection.

Here is our plate of Crème brûlée (also known as the trinity cream)!

Fourth road stop: Carnarvon Road

We headed to Tin Cheung Camera Company located on Shop 5 Friends House, 6B Carnarvon Road to get my Lensbaby Composer Lens for my DSLR.  Here are some test shots!  The first picture is using the Composer Lens alone.  The second picture had a Wide Angle Lens mounted on top of the Composer Lens.  I didn’t like the effect of the latter so I purchased with the Composer Lens and the Creative Aperture Kit.  The people at Tin Cheung were very friendly and their customer service was excellent.  They were patient despite us asking so many questions and checking prices.

Hong Kong: Langham Place, Mongkok

Posted in Hong Kong, Travel by happyhighfashion on November 6, 2009

After all the shopping, we offloaded our loot in the hotel and headed out to Mongkok, Kowloon.

We wanted to check out the H&M outlet at Langham Place on 8 Argyle Street (Mongkok MTR station Exit 1) but found it paling in comparison to the Central outlet.  We came across Honeymoon Desserts located at Shop 23 on Level 10, recommended to us by our colleague and we decided to try it.

All the desserts come in squarish yellow bowls so its easily recognisable from afar if you are looking for Honeymoon desserts.

Their selection of durian desserts is well known along with their mango series. We tried their durian pancake which was heavenly good!

Their mango series is the hot seller, especially with their famous “Yeung Chi Kam Lo”. It is a popular dessert made of mango, grapefruit, sago, coconut milk, carnation and sugar.  Delicious!