Lunch @Hovin Coffee & Bakers, Seremban

When Hovin Coffee & Bakers formerly located at Seremban town (near Public Bank), I couldn’t get the chance to pay a visit. Reason because I rarely go to town and also due to the limited parking space over there.

Now that Hovin Coffee & Bakers has moved to this new location, it gives me the opportunity to pay a visit during lunch hour. This new location of their cafe would be nearer to my work place. Precisely, it is located opposite to Asia Laksa, Senawang. Nearby to Senawang Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC).

photo by Hovin Coffee

Hovin Coffee & Bakers is a simple cafe that offers good coffee and food at a reasonable price. Despite the price, staffs are friendly too.

Often cafes serves pasta, sandwiches. But at Hovin Coffee & Bakers, they also served rice. I’m glad they did, because I’m a rice person. ๐Ÿ˜€

I was told they have some newly added dishes which are not shown on their menu booklet. Perhaps they should have a simple printout copy showing what are their latest added dishes. I saw the lunch deal on their chalkboard written:-

ย 

photo by Hovin Coffee

I chose Curry Chicken Rice set, that come with a drumstick, curry potatoes, slices of cucumber and a bull’s eye egg topped on the rice. The curry chicken rice was delicious, I felt.

When I’m in a cafe, I would definitely prefer a cuppa coffee over juices or sodas. Therefore I requested for Hot Latte with an additional RM2 to upgrade my drink. Barista must be in a good mood today. Hence he made a nice coffee art on my drink. What does it resemble? It looked like a smiling plant.

You can also check out the counter for bake of the day. (cakes, muffins, pies)

I am delighted to know they serve Salted Egg Yolk Croissant (RM7.90) here. Look at the oozing salted egg yolk lava upon cutting the flaky and buttery croissant. It was awesome! There was also Matcha Croissant which I’m keen to try. I wonder if there’s lava in it too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hovin Coffee & Bakers

24, Jalan Cattleya 11, Pusat perniagaan Senawang Jaya 2
Seremban.
Operation Hours:

9:00AM – 7:00PM
(Closed on Tuesdays)
Contact Number: 017-229 9638

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hovincoffee

*solely based on writer's own opinion*
*cash term*
*pork free*
Advertisements

Dinosaurs Alive in Kuala Lumpur 2017

Do you still remember the movie Jurrasic Park at year 1993 directed by Steven Spielberg? I watched it when I was a kid. I felt it was the best movie that I’ve ever watched those days.

Last month, my Unimate Jeanly mentioned about “Dinosaurs Alive in KL”. Without hesitation, we ended up with gathering cum dinosaurs tour. On the other hand, Siew Sian was so sporting to even book train tickets to travel from Butterworth to KL together with her children to make this gathering happen.

A week before the meeting date, I told Jet that mummy is bringing you to watch dinosaurs. He hooray-ed with excitement. But I think I am more excited than him. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Located at Malaysia Tourism Centre (Matic) in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur is where they gonna homed these dinosaurs. This exhibition was held from 14 July 2017 for 6 months period.

A sight of T-Rex with roaring sound was placed above the tent, with buildings of KL as background. “T-Rex Takes Over KL”!
Ticket Price:-
Adult: RM75
Adult MyKad: RM50

Child (3 โ€“ 12 years): RM45

Child MyKad (3 โ€“ 12 years): RM30
Child Under 3 years: Free

Seniors (Over 60 years): RM50
Seniors MyKad (Over 60 years): RM40

Special Needs: RM25
Special Needs Carer: RM25
Groups (10 or more): 10% Discount
School Groupsย (20 or more): RM25
For Malaysians with MyKad, you could enjoy the special rate.

As we entered the hall, we were greeted by the huge T-Rex and Sauropod, with much roaring sound. The hall looks like Avatar world. LOL! With neon lights, forest like surroundings and crickets sound.

In an air-conditioned big tent, there’s over 40 life-size, primordial creatures with life-like reptilian skin. They roar, breathe and stomp.

If you begin from the right side, there’s an inflatable playground for the kids to have fun.

There were total of 3 inflatable playground here.

A typical Sauropod had a large barrel-shaped body, a long neck, a small head, and a long, powerful tail. It stood on four tree-trunk like legs.

Information about the species of dinosaur is shown here too.

There were some games with prize. But each game was priced at RM10.

This game is RM10 for 3 balls. You gotto aim the balls into the dinosaur mouth in order to win prize. However if you failed to aim any, you will still get a stalk of toy flower. ๐Ÿ™‚

Play the role of paleontologist at price of RM10.

Special outfit and tools are provided. Then you get to bring home the mini size fossil.

A glimpse of Ceratopsians (Horned, Frilled Dinosaurs).

Velociraptor(Meat Eater) and Iguanodon(Plant Eater).

For some light refreshment, there’s also some food stalls with seating tables and chairs.

Other than that, you can also watch the video documentary. (on the right of picture)

Pick your lucky dinosaur game at RM10. Every dinosaur will have a number under its feet. The numbers will indicate the prize.

Jet chose the green dinosaur. Let’s see what he got.

Jet’s number fall into the group of ‘7, 9 , 11’. Therefore he got a ball! ๐Ÿ˜€

Although there’s a fee of RM10 for each of the above mentioned game and activities, but this sand art activity is free of charge. Hence you see the crowd here.

There were only 3 designs to choose. All the designs are of dinosaurs which is related to this exhibition.

Jet did the sand art by himself with some guidance from me.

He proudly showed his completed art work.

Stegosauria was a group of armored dinosaurs that had rows bony of plates running along their backs.

Hadrosaurids are also known as โ€˜duck-billedโ€™ dinosaurs on account of their wide mouth parts. Many Hadrosaurids were able to walk on both two and four feet, using all four feet when grazing, but using two feet to run.

Gifts and Souvenirs counter, so that you will not go home empty handed. Goodie bag at price RM70 with dinosaurs merchandises ๐Ÿ˜€

A group photo with Jeanly & Siew Sian, together with our children.

I didn’t get the chance on the assembling dinosaur bone wood craft which was free too (the crowd area at the background) because Jet starting to fuss.

Verdict:

Toilet facility is available here.

We parked our car at the car park area opposite to (Matic) for RM2 (weekend). Total spending time was about 2+ hours. This dinosaur exhibition has draw much crowd from families with children. The curiosity and excitement to watch huge size dinosaurs, also a good introduction towards Jurassic world. Quite fun also lar, when you watches the macho T-Rex roaring. Staffs are quite friendly and attentive. However I felt that the price is abit high. Would love that if the price is inclusive of all activities inside. Imagine if you have a big family. That would be a big sum.

Address: The Lanai, Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC), Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

Time: 10 am to 10 pm daily

Ticket Hotline: 03-2170 6333

Website :

www.dinosaursalive.asia

background information

A short video I made about the dinosaurs. Hope you enjoy watching it. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Japanese Buffet @Haruta, dโ€™Tempat Country Club Seremban

I came across this promo through the Facebook page of dโ€™Tempat Country Club.ย 

I am a fan of Japanese food. Upon seeing such good deal, I am overwhelmed. Thus, without much hesitation, I called up to make a reservation in order to avoid disappointment. (in case of full house)

As we seated, we were given this copy of ‘made-to-order’, selection of main course which is not available at the buffet table. Each visitor is entitled for one main course, choose only 1 from the choice of 5 dishes. There were 4 of us. Therefore we were able to choose 4 types.

Grilled Salmon with Teriyaki Sauce (Shake Teriyaki)

Pan-fried salmon then glazed with a sweetened soy sauce (teriyaki).

Grilled Mackerel with Salt (Saba Shio)

This piece of grilled mackarel with salt tasted good. It was not dry nor overcooked, and the saltiness was just nice.

Fried Battered Seafood (Tempura Mori)

The tempura batter was crispy and light. Only consists of 2 prawns, a piece of mushroom and an eggplant.

Teppanyaki Style Chicken (Tori Teppanyaki)

Chicken in teppanyaki style. I felt that the chicken cutlets were too big. I preferred it to be in smaller cube, so that its easier for the meat to absorb the flavors.

For starter, there were salad with choice of dressing.

Edamame beans

Also available was Chuka Kurage (Seasoned Jellyfish) & Chuka Wakame (Seasoned Sesame Seaweed) as appetizer.

Miso Soup

Takoyaki

Round shaped, a Japanese snack made of wheat flour-based batter with a piece of octopus inside. However the filling was too little.

Move on to the sushi counter, a glimpse of the busy chef preparing sushi.

Colorful Maki-sushi (Roll Sushi)

Choice of Nigiri Sushi

My favorite Salmon Sushi.

*both Nigiri & Maki can be re-ordered.

Other than sushi, they also served fried rice. But the rice was kinda mushy I felt.

Chicken & Vegetables in Japanese Stock

As for dessert, they served slices of cakes,

cut fruits,

puddings,

japanese mochi with different fillings (red bean, peanut, black sesame, pandan). I love having Japanese mochi because I like the gooey texture.

and ice cream.

Black Sesame & Green Tea ice cream would be my favorite combination. A must have in Japanese food.

 

*Do take note that the desserts may varies all the time.

If you think the dishes are insufficient, here’s a list of additional add ons dishes for extra RM4 (nett) per item.

The buffet is only available on Saturday (dinner) and Sunday (lunch).

Saturday (6.30pm – 10.00pm)
Sunday (12.00pm – 3.00pm)

Although it stated “All You Can Eat Sushi”, but they served more than just sushi. Overall, I felt that paying RM38 nett for the above dishes in a Japanese restaurant is worth eating.

Haruta ,dโ€™Tempat Country Club

PT 12653, Jalan Pusat Dagangan Sendayan 1, 71950 Bandar Sri Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, 71950 Seremban

06-7922688

Last but not least, I like the gentle reminder of not to waste food. Please take food according to your needs. Do not be greedy and end up wasting food. Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

*solely based on writer's own opinion*

Margaret. T Private Dining Place @Uptown Avenue Seremban 2

Meat lovers will gonna love this place!

Put aside eateries from big city like KL. How often do you come across western food restaurant in Seremban that have pork in their menu. Quite rare isn’t it? To be honest, I love eating pork ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

I was delighted to discoverย Margaret. T Private Dining Place located at Uptown Avenue, Seremban 2 . This new restaurant is set up by group of food enthusiast who are passionate about great food.

“We love food and would love to share the nice food we hadย  to people in Seremban,” said both Goh and Hayden, the important people behind this dining place.

Its not about crisp white table cloths, waiters in tuxedo. But Margaret. T Private Dining Place will ensure that the food will not let you down.

Margaret. T Private Dining Place is a casual yet classy restaurant, that emphasized on freshest ingredients, non frozen meat. Apart from that, most the meat source are from Australia. Hence, all meat are well taken care to ensure good quality meat is served.

Selections of sausages and marinated meat (pork, chicken, lamb, beef, salmon) on display. What you see here are available on the menu.

Lets begin with a protein salad, Grilled Beef Salad – RM17.90.

Grilled Australian Beef served with Baby Romaine, onion, tomato cherry, then tossed with Balsamic Dressing and garnished with Grated Parmesan Cheese.

Salmon Marooned – RM17.90

Home Cured Norwegian Salmon using Beetroot, Brandy and Lemon, served with lemon dressing, onion, tomato cherry, lettuce and finished with dash of Grated Parmesan Cheese.

It was an interesting preparation method of the salmon. I love the vibrant color of this salad. No doubt the salmon tasted fresh and so does the crispy lettuce. Both salad was a good start to our meal.

Wild Mushroom Soup – RM11.90

Prepared with Button Mushrooms, Fresh Shitake & Fresh Grey Abalone Mushroom, Onions and Leek.

Using homegrown mushrooms to prepare such rich and hearty wild mushroom soup. Not just creamy but in every spoonful is filled with mushroom bits. One of the best mushroom soup that I ever had.

Spice Roasted Pork Pasta is a fusion pasta (spaghetti). It was cooked in aglio olio method. Thus I love the combination of this pasta with roasted pork. I am so into it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Apple Glazed Pork – RM29.90

Grilled Pork Shoulder with hints of Apple Cider served with Stir Fry Vegetables and Roasted Baby Potatoes.

A cut section of the grilled pork shoulder. It was nicely grilled and the meat was tender with hint of sweetish from the apple cider.

Prime Norwegian Salmon – RM29.90

Grilled Fresh Salmon, accompanied with Stir Fry Vegetables and Baby Roasted Potatoes then finished with Homemade Japanese Unagi Sauce.

Grilled salmon tasted good on its own. It is well seasoned and not overcooked. Furthermore the salmon skin was crispy too. And I believed it requires some good skills.

Rosemary Lamb Rack

The nicely seasoned Lamb Rack was well executed. It was a delicious lamb rack with lovely pinkish tone.

Wagyu Ribeye Marble 6 – RM199

Grilled Australian Wagyu Ribeye 6 with Stir Fry Vegetables and Roasted Potatoes served with homemade sauce.

This slab of Wagyu was a starlight of the day. It was perfectly grilled. Despite tasty, the meat was tender, juicy and smooth. The marble fats create buttery like texture. It literally melts in the mouth. So yummy!

 

Apart from all the above, Cajun Chicken is one of the recommended dish here.

At Margaret. T Private Dining Place, there are selections of wine and liquor to compliment your meal.

Margaret. T, a place to satisfy your pork craving and it is worth checking out. Do checkout their menu of the month on their chalkboard or FB page. You may not find it on the menu. Make your reservation by callingย 012-638 5967 to avoid disappointment.

 

Margaret. T Private Dining Place

366, Jalan S2 B15, Seksyen B, Uptown Avenue, Seremban 2, 70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.
Contact Number : 012-638 5967
Operation Hours: 6pm – 11pm
*solely based on writer's own opinion*

Siam Siam Boat Noodle @Seremban Gateway

Siam Siam Boat Noodles located at Seremban Gateway (1st floor) , is opened since January 2017. Nevertheless it is a pork free restaurant.

Spacious dining room with air-conditioned, made a comfortable hangout place.

Boat noodlesย  is a Thai style noodle dish.

“Boat noodles have been served since the period of Plaek Phibunsongkhram in 1942, and were original served from boats that traversed Bangkok’s canals.

In the past, a merchant who sold boat noodles would have been the only person working on a small boat, and would have had to do everything by himself from paddle a boat, scald the noodles, season the soup, serve the dish, handle money and wash the dishes. If the bowl was too big, it would be difficult to hand over to the customer on the land and might be easily spilled. This is the reason why the boat noodleโ€™s bowl is small, for the convenience and safety of the merchant.”

Siam Siam Boat Noodles offering you Thai Boat Noodle with a Malaysian Twist! There are 4 types of noodles for you to choose from; Bihun, Yellow Noodle, Kuey Teow, Loh She Fun. The options do not stop here. There are 4 types of soup to go with these noodles; Chicken Soup, Spicy Soup, Tom Yam Soup, Dry Curry.

These little bowl of noodles are topped with minced chicken, a fishball and sprinkled with spring onions.

It is an open kitchen concept, hence you can view the working staffs in the kitchen preparing the food.

In Thai food, I’ll make sure that Thai Iced Tea is in my order list! It is a drink that you must not miss.

We started off with something appetizing, the Papaya Salad or we called it Kerabu Betik. It is quite thoughtful of them to separate the peanuts from the salad, just in case there are people who is allergy to nuts.

Fishball Noodle in Chicken Soup is non spicy which is suitable for children.

Bihun in Spicy Soup

Kuey Teow in Tom Yam Soup

Dry Curry Noodle

My choice of soup would be dry curry, tom yam soup & spicy soup. Because I am a spicy person… I meant I like spicy food!

Krapow Gai Rice (RM11.90)

Krapow Gai Rice is a rice dish. Minced chicken, chili, onion and basil were cooked in Thai flavors. Its really a spicy and flavorful dish. Topped with a beautiful bull’s eye egg on rice.

Spicy Gai Tod (RM10.90) is another rice dish. The yellow turmeric rice complimented with curry gravy and a piece of fried chicken marinated with spices.

Chicken Wings (5pcs/RM16) were fried to perfection. Crispy skin, well marinated and tender meat.

After the savory meal, I would like to have some dessert. We started with a warm dessert which was Waffle. It is new on their menu. The waffle comes with choice of single or double scoop coconut ice cream. While the choice of topping would be Pandan Coconut, Peanut Butter, Strawberry or Chocolate. I made a choice of Peanut Butter. Because its my favorite. ๐Ÿ˜€ The waffle has a good texture and I like the thickness of it. Besides that, its is slightly crispy on the outside, but fluffy on the inside. The warm waffle goes really well with ice cream + peanut butter. It is a lovely snack!

Mango is a common fruit in Thai food. Here we had Mango Pudding Ice Cream (RM14.90). 3 different kind of texture in one serving.

To feel a lil more refreshing on a hot afternoon, we had Mango Sago (RM7.90). Siam Siam Boat Noodles served a few types of shaved ice dessert.

Grass Jelly Sago Snow (RM5.90) is one of the favorite pick.

Oreo Snow (RM7.90)

If you like something simple, Coconut Milk Snow (RM5.90) would be a good choice. Shaved ice topped with a scoop of coconut ice cream and gula melaka glazing. There were some jellies beneath the shaved ice.

Siam Siam Boat Noodles

No. 5-L1, Seremban Gateway, Off Jalan Sungai Ujong
Seremban
Operation hours: 11am – 10pm (closed on Mondays except Public Holidays)
Contact No. : 012-601 3908
So, how many bowls can you stack up? ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
*solely based on writer's own opinion*

Half Day Trip to Port Dickson (Pantai Cahaya Negeri, Wan Loong Chinese Temple & Pusat Ikan Hiasan)

The kids were longing to go to the beach.

When are we going to the beach, mummy?

Well, Port Dickson would be an ideal and nearest beach to go. It is just 30-40 minutes drive from Seremban. We decided to go early in the morning to have our breakfast at the beach. Yay!

1) Pantai Cahaya Negeri

There are many stops along Port Dickson beach. However I chose Pantai Cahaya Negeri because I felt it is cleaner and less crowd. Furthermore, there’s ample of parking lots here.

Despite cleaner beach, I also like that there’s a public toilet & bathroom here. It will be convenient for beach goers to wash up. There’s a fee of RM0.50 (for usage of toilet), RM1 (for usage of bathroom). I wouldn’t say its very clean, but still acceptable.

 

We were so lucky, that morning was quite cloudy after the heavy rain at dawn. Moreover the beach was really empty. Probably due to the fasting month. It was really nice to stroll along the beach with such nice weather.

 

Pantai Cahaya Negeri is a popular beachside destination between 5th and 6th mile of Port Dickson, served by a considerable number of resorts, hotels and apartments perched along its coastal strip. Some claim this to be PD’s best beach – balancing natural beauty, tranquility and public facilities. The sea waters here are also quite clean, reflecting bluish green with good visibility. Meanwhile, the soft, powdery sand here is notably inviting, gleaming white when lit by the afternoon sun. A recreational park occupies a small cape at the eastern edge, with panoramic views of sea along its perimeter, and a wooden bridge that leads to a small mangrove island (Pulau Burung) off the coast.

We chose a nice spot under the tree to have our picnic! ๐Ÿ˜€

Hahaha! We bought some packets of Nasi Lemak, Fried Bihun, Steamed Pao, Steamed Siew Mai and drinks before we head to the beach.

The kids were so excited about the picnic and play at the beach. Although this was not the first time, but it is a rare occasion.

Spending time with your child is what every parent should do. Because they grow up really fast without you realizing it.

We didn’t walk across the lengthy wooden bridge. But if you have spare time… why not?

Tip: If you go to the beach and you need to wash off the sand before getting into the car, use talcum powder. It washes off effectively. Ya…its faster than water too. ๐Ÿ™‚

2) Wan Loong Chinese Temple

Kampung Teluk Kemang, 71050 Si Rusa, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

We left the beach as its getting hot. We head over to Wan Loong Chinese temple to pray. Wan Loong Chinese Temple is a Buddhist temple. It is nice temple located at a slope by the roadside. Visible from the roundabout.

Wan Loong Temple is located along the 7th mile of the Port Dickson coastal road, just opposite the PD World Marina Resort. This Chinese temple, with its opulent architecture and imposing fortress walls, is hard to miss at left along the main road, if coming south towards Malacca from PD town. The temple name means ‘Dragon of the Clouds’, but it pays homage to several oriental deities, including Kuan Yi (goddess of mercy) and the Monkey King.

A pond filled with tortoises.

3) Pusat Ikan Hiasan Port Dickson

Jalan Kemang 8, Kampung Baharu, 71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Operation Hours:

8.30am – 4.30pm (Monday ~ Friday)

10am – 4pm (Saturday & Sunday)

Contact Number: 06-6621089

This research centre is now open for public viewing. Comprised of varieties colorful ocean fishes and corals that are well kept in tanks.

They recently set up this Turtle Conservation Centre.

Research on the turtle eggs hatching method.

This was the first time I get to see a real turtle. An up close one! As you know, the turtles are very precious. I was so thrilled ๐Ÿ˜€

Turtles of different ages and species are put in different water tubs.

Don’t you think that these baby turtles are so cute!! I believed there are people who cannot tahan the cuteness and start putting their hands in or probably catch it. I hope you would not do that ya.

The activities of reproduction and conservation of coral species from the sea (Port Dickson) is done here. I could see some beautiful corals, sea horse, clown fish (nemo).

 

This is a nice and educational place for children and adult. Although it is not big, but I like how well they maintained the place. “Protecting fisheries resources and ensuring national treasures are preserved for future generations”

Clown Fish (Nemo) is one of the popular fish here.

Visitors get the chance to touch starfish & sea cucumber too.

Pantai Cahaya Negeri โ†’ (5 min.) Wan Loong Chinese Temple โ†’ (5 min.) Pusat Ikan Hiasan PD, are all linked together in a same route. Therefore, it is quite convenient.

4) Restaurant Yit Hin

Medan Selera Bandar Port Dickson
Jalan Pasar Lama, 71000 Port Dickson

Operation Hours: 10.30 am to 4.30 pm daily, closed on Tuesdays

For lunch, we drove to PD town (about 15 minutes drive from Pusat Ikan) for chicken rice which claimed to be best Hainan Chicken Rice in Port Dickson. I kinda agree on that. The fragrantful rice is abit oily but its fluffy. Steamed chicken is firm yet smooth. I like the ginger sauce to compliment the chicken and rice. Besides that, I felt the chili sauce is rather different from others. Apparently, they uses free range chicken or we usually called it ayam kampung.

The stall and dining place may not look appealing. But the chicken rice is good!

 

It was a well spent day. And what matters most are all the mentioned destination are free. No admission fee required. Isn’t that great!

Another destination that I would like to recommend is the Army Museum Port Dickson. Yes, it is free too. ๐Ÿ™‚

*archived photo*

Day Trip to Tanjung Sepat, Selangor

Mom & I have not been to Tanjung Sepat before. Traveling to Tanjung Sepat from Seremban only requires about 1 hour driving journey, via Sepang route. I must thank the person who created ‘waze’. It really helps me to explore new places.

Since it is just an hour drive, therefore a day trip is doable. Furthermore Tanjung Sepat is just a small town.

Tanjung Sepat is a town in Kuala Langat district in Selangor, Malaysia. To give you a brief idea on whereabout, it is actually in between Sepang and Pantai Morib. Tanjung Sepat is primarily a fishing town.

Printing out the Map would be helpful to anyone of us.

I assumed dragon fruits are grown widely at Tanjung Sepat because we saw some dragon fruits plantation farm on both directions of road as we were approaching the town. You can also visit the farm (Multi-rich Pitaya Dragon Fruit Farm).

We arrived Tanjung Sepat at 10+am for an early Bak Kut Teh. I was told that it could finished before 12 or sometimes by 11am.

1) Ah Hock Seafood Bak Kut Teh

Lot 2260, Jalan Besar, Lorong 7, Selangor, 45300 Tanjung Sepat, Malaysia.

Operation hours:- 8am – 12pm

Contact Number:- 012-682 6626

Ah Hock Seafood Bak Kut Teh is the wooden hut on the right of the photo. It is quite near the wet market. Roads are pretty narrow here although its a 2 way road. There is a small vacant lot for car park, but it was full. Therefore I parked slightly further, and walked over.

The restaurant was filled with patrons when we were there before 11am. However we managed to get a seat too. Food was served pretty fast too. I read that majority people recommended the Seafood Bak Kut Teh. It is their specialty. We were left with no choice pork (kut). We were told that pork has sold out when the staff was taking our order. Therefore our pot of bak kut teh is filled with seafood! ๐Ÿ˜€

A claypot bak kut teh filled with medium size prawns, squids and chunks of fish meat. The soup was flavorful and the seafood was really fresh, especially the prawns…that it jumped off my spoon and landed on the ground ….*dangggg…. ๐Ÿ˜€

Another dish we ordered was the Pig Innards & Fish Paste in Salted Mustard Soup. All of us actually enjoyed this pot of dish more than the bak kut teh. The hearty soup was rich in flavors and has generous ingredients in it.

We also had rice, a plate of stir fry vege and tea. Our total bill came up to be RM69, which I felt its quite reasonable.

Tanjung Sepat is a small town. And that day was so sunny! *hot die*


It was just a 2 minutes walk from Ah Hock Bak Kut Teh to Pau Hai Yew Heng. So, I thought may be we could buy some pau first and coffee powder.

2) Perniagaan Pau Hai Yew Heng

405, Jalan Pasar, Tanjung Sepat, Kuala Langat, 42800, Tanjong Sepat

Operation hours: 1pm – 6pm

Contact Number: +60 3-3197 4144

We arrived the pau shop about 12pm. This shop is famous for its homemade pau.

I read that you must not miss the Mui Choy (Preserved Mustard) Pao here.

In the making of pork pau. Price of these pau are at RM2.80 each.

Pau that are ready for steaming.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to buy any pau at 12pm, because I was told that the pau are not ready yet. I was told to come over to buy before leaving home. Furthermore I was told no need to place early order. And when I return at 4pm, most of the pau are sold out. My favorite peanut pau was sold out! Really disappointed lor… say lar if you don’t allowed customers to book. Attitude also more like…you buy what’s left lar. May be because fames edi kut ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The “mui choy’ pau is special, because it is not a common pau. However its not the best I’ve eaten so far.

Sis bought some roasted coffee from Kwo Zha B Coffee, which is just few doors away from the pau shop. They gave out some sampling too. Sis claimed that it tasted good.

These ol-skool Popsicles reminds me of school days! But price has grown 10 folds. Those days I bought it at RM0.10. Now, I’m buying it at RM1. Grrrr…..

Assam Boi flavor is one of the best seller. I remember I used to buy red bean, milo and assam boi flavor.

Jet enjoyed the ice popsicle that mummy used to buy during school days ๐Ÿ™‚

Mom bought some fish cakes and bahulu from this friendly uncle, while I bought some passion fruits sold in packs.

3) Qiao Local Products Shop

(nearby the lover’s bridge)

At this local product shop which is just nearby the Tanjung Sepat Lover’s bridge, there are many deco here which worth taking photos.

a wishing well

This street has the Chinese New Year atmosphere. With oldies song played loudly from the shop.

hahahaha! The copy, print and paste version of Penang’s wall mural.

Stacking up the traditional wine jars to form a Twin Tower. Tanjung Sepat Twin Tower I suppose ๐Ÿ™‚

There are varieties of dried ingredients sold at this local product shop. Mom bought some anchovies, dried scallops, dried oysters and keropok. Price wise doesn’t differ much from our town. But it looks fresher here.

Quench our thirst on a sunny day with a cup of cold sugar cane drink.

4) Tanjung Sepat Lovers Bridge

Tanjung Sepat Lovers Bridge once captured many visitors heart. Many visitor came over for this bridge. Why is it called lover’s bridge? Apparently its called lovers bridge because many couples seem to come to the bridge to enjoy the beautiful sunset. Unfortunately part of the bridge which made of wood collapsed sometime ago since year 2013.

Before this, visitors can still walk stand on part of the bridge (the concrete part). However it is totally closed now ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

This is the scene at the Lovers Bridge.

5) Ganofarm Homestay

700, Jalan Laut Membiru, Taman Pelangi, 42800 Tanjong Sepat, Selangor, Malaysia
Contact Number: 03-3197 2393
(GanoFarm is not open for public during weekdays.)

It was just some 4 minutes drive from Lovers Bridge to Ganofarm.

GanoFarm Homestay provides more than just accommodation, it is also an important Malaysian based mushroom research company that cultivates, researches and develops, manufactures, markets fresh mushrooms and mushroom- based products. Oyster Mushroom, Monkey Head Mushroom, Lingzhi Mushroom, Black Jelly Mushroom. For those who are interested in learning more about the mushroom, GanoFarm is a good choice! You can read up quite a lot information about different types of mushrooms in the mushroom viewing and briefing corridor, resting corridor and a mushroom product gallery.

The Multipurpose Hall

Mushroom viewing & briefing corridor.

Mushroom-based Product Gallery

We bought some ‘black jelly mushroom’ home to cook. Eventually it tasted quite nice.

These are Ling Zhi drinks in bottle. I was reluctant to try. I think it tasted bitter? Anyone tried before?

We saw this bridge behind Ganofarm. There were also benches. You can sit down to enjoy the view and listen to the sound of waves.

6) Kuan Wellness Eco Park

408, Tanjung Layang, Kampung Batu Lapan, 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Selangor, Malaysia.

Operation hours: 9am – 5pm

Contact Number: 03-3148 1126

From Ganofarm to Kuan Wellness Eco Park took us about 12 minutes to reach. It was around 10km in distance.

The ecology park consists of a 3ยฝ storey swiftlet house and a visitor centre, surrounded by palm oil plantations and tropical fruit farms which provide plenty of insects, the swiftlet’s favourite food source.

There’s a smoke free cafe here. One can savor the bird nest drinks here. We didn’t bother to try any. Because my reason to be here is to bring the kids to the mini zoo. ๐Ÿ˜€

Admission is at RM5 per person as a token of donation to the park.

You can buy the packet carrots or fish food at price of RM2 and RM3.

Hello lil cutie. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rabbits are allowed to hoop freely behind the fence.

You can feed these fishes with the purchased fish pallets. I noticed there were few different fish species in the tank. Oh ya…there’s Empurau too. ๐Ÿ˜€

Nevertheless, the kids enjoyed feeding the animals and fishes. I think we spent around 45 minutes here.

7) Lover Bridge Restaurant

At about 2+pm, we had our late lunch here. We only ordered some simple dishes here to fill our tummy ๐Ÿ™‚

Fried Bihun with Clams (Lala) was tasty with some good wok hei in it. Although the lala was quite tiny but the quantity was quite okay.

Fried Omelet with Oysters. Jet called this as ‘pizza’. HAHAHA! Unfortunately the oysters were very small. Otherwise it could taste better.

Seafood Beancurd soup in claypot was a comfort dish. Added some black vinegar to the soup to enhance the flavor.

The price was quite affordable.

This was our dining view. Blue sky and dust. HAHA! Apparently this was our final meal here. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I was sadden by the recent news that the local council has demolished both the restaurants here to give way for development. *Sigh* ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

8) Mr. Black

No. 7 , Jalan Bawal, Taman Mutiara, 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Selangor.

Operation hours: 10am – 6pm

While on our way home, we drove pass Mr. Black. It is another handmade pau. Without hesitation, we made a pitstop to purchase some of the pau here.

Mr. Black offers better service. The pau content is quite unique unlike the common pau that we usually eat. We tried the Salted Fish Pau & Yellow Wine Chicken Pau. Surprisingly both of it tasted good! The pau dough is nice too.

 

Last but not least, we also bought some dragon fruit as we were leaving Tanjung Sepat. RM10 for 3. Price may varies according to sizes. I wouldn’t say it is cheaper here. But the fruit is fresh, sweet and juicy.

 

Bangkok Day 1 (My Hotel, Platinum Fashion Mall, Talad Neon Night Market)

On beginning of April 2017, my friend Wei Chi & I we both traveled to Bangkok for a short 4D3N trip. It was our girl trip of the year.

During the MATTA fair, Wei Chi bought the ground package from our local travel agency which includes hotel stay, transport to & fro airport & 1/2 day tour in Bangkok.

Our travel time from Kuala Lumpur (KLIA2) was around 11am. But ee arrived the airport earlier due to the enforced ruling of hand luggage weight. Hence, an early breakfast we had at the airport before we depart.

Early breakfast at Family Mart. (located at the departure floor)

I made an advanced purchase of sim card for my mobile phone in order to stay connected when I’m in Bangkok. It will be cheaper to get a local sim card rather than using the roaming service. I bought it through Klook. It is a reliable travel website. Why did I buy it here instead of buying from Bangkok airport? Buying through the web, is slightly cheaper and most importantly it save the hassles of waiting or queuing (in case there’s any).

Pick Up:

The telco provider from AIS is one of the most recommended one. I do agree on this because my phone line was at 4G throughout my entire trip.

We were transferred to our hotel at Pratunam via vehicle arranged by the local agent. Nevertheless, it is also very convenient to hire a meter taxi from airport to the city. With bulky luggage, I preferred to go by car instead of train. The traveling time from airport to Pratunam, took at least 1 hour due to the heavy traffic in Bangkok. Traffic jam is something common in Bangkok.

Don Mueang Airport โ†’ My Hotel Pratunam:-

Please go to Basement 1 of the Airport and take a city line to drop yourself off at Phayathai station. The cost of city line 15 โ€“ 45 Baht /ride depending ten distance ( The fare to myhotel should be 45 Baht/ride). Then may I suggest you to take a meter taxi to myhotel Bangkok within cost around 50 Baht. And now you can check in all luggage at Makkasan station to the Airport. ~info extract from my hotel web.

The check-in process was quite fast. Staffs were quite friendly. Apart from that, the hotel offers complimentary tuk tuk service to main road. Because the walking distance from this hotel to main road may take around 5 minutes.

My Hotel Pratunam is located in the heart of Pratunam shopping district. There are convenient stores like 7-11 and Family Mart within 2 minutes walk.

My Hotel is a simple boutique hotel suitable for light travelers or travelers who do not intend to spend much time in the room. We were in a ‘Standard Room’.

  • Electronic room keycard
  • Fully air conditioned
  • Refrigerator
  • Built-in desk
  • LCD television
  • Bathroom with shower and water heater
  • Set of coffee and tea with electric boil water.
  • Complimentary mineral water
  • Free Wifi (but unstable connectivity)
  • Complimentary breakfast (do not have high expectation ya)

We were so hungry by the time we arrived our hotel, because it has past lunch time. So hungry that we made a choice of room dining.

The food prices were quite reasonable. We had Rice Topped with Stir-fry Pork & Basil (50 baht) & Tom Yam with Milk (Dory Fish) (39 baht). The rice was good but the tom yam was just average.

We took the hotel’s tuk tuk service to main road and from there we still need to walk around 10 minutes to Platinum Fashion Mall, our first stop of the day.

We saw some sort of flea market in front of Platinum Fashion Mall. But I wasn’t sure if this is permanent or just temporary.

We walked into Platinum Fashion Mall for more cooling shopping spree.

Platinum Fashion Mall is like an indoor version of the Chatuchak Weekend Market. It specializes in wholesale fashion clothing and accessories, with floors of shopping space, packed with some 2788 shops. Youโ€™ll save more buying in larger quantities.

We began at 5th floor where the children wear is.

I then stumbled upon this shop named Sun Star located at 222/1238-42, Zone 2, Soi ORCHARD, 5F

This place made me go gaga! Looking at all the cute stuffs…I just couldn’t decide what I want. For 3 items & above (with same code number), you are entitled for wholesale price which made quite a big difference in price.

I was walking around this children clothing floor to search for pajamas. They have nice children pajamas here. Price around 250 baht/set, may cost more if the size is bigger.

Our early dinner at Yum Saap located at Floor 6F, Zone 2, Soi WALL STREET, Room 222. We had Tom Yam Mama Noodle & Green Curry Rice. The food here is not bad. (Shopping Complex price). There’s also a food court at the same floor.

At Platinum Fashion Mall, you can really spend hours shopping here. Do not hesitate to buy when you see something that you like otherwise you may not find it again. Some shops allow bargaining especially if you buy 3 or more pieces.

Operation Hours:-

SAT, SUN, WED : 08.00 – 20.00
MON, TUE, THU, FRI : 09.00 – 20.00

Website: www.platinumfashionmall.com

A free tuk tuk ride from Platinum Fashion Mall to Talad Neon Night Market. The ride is only available from Wednesday to Sunday (7-9m) . (there’s a counter at side entrance of the mall, towards the pedestrian bridge)

Otherwise the walking distance from Platinum Fashion Mall to Talad Neon will be around 10 minutes (550m).

Talad Neon is a new night market opened since December 2016. The place is brightly lit. Comprising stalls of homeware, clothing, food & beverages. Mostly mend by the youngsters.

Wow….a hippy haircut at a night market?

There wasn’t much clothing during my visit. But I do noticed that there are varieties of handmade stuffs.

HAHAHA….interesting drinks!

Talad Neon is only open from Wednesday to Sunday. (5pm-12am)

For more info:- www.facebook.com/taladneon

Tuk tuk ride back to Platinum Fashion Mall. This was my first tuk tuk ride experience although it was my second time traveling to Bangkok. But indeed a good experience! You really must try once to experience the ride lar… ๐Ÿ˜€

Walking from Platinum Fashion Mall back to hotel took around 15 minutes.

While walking back, we spotted some street paddlers. We couldn’t resist these good looking grilled prawns. They looked so tempting. So, we bought one for supper. It was really fresh & crunchy. We also bought Mango, which tasted so sweet and juicy.

There goes our Day 1 trip.

Dinner @Ticklish Ribs & ‘Wiches, The Gardens Mall

Welcome….. Oink Oink Oink.

That’s how we were greeted that night.

Last month, in conjunction to Mother’s Day celebration, I brought my mom, my sister to celebrate our Mother’s Day at Ticklish Ribs & ‘Wiches, The Gardens Mall. This is their second outlet after the first outlet at Sea Park, PJ.


To play safe, I called to make a reservation for 7pm. The dining hall was already 3/4 occupied when we arrived *phew*.
Apart from that, the dining hall is very colorful and looked interesting too.


You know you are in serious PIG mode when you noticed the whole load of pigs surrounding you…

Not forgetting the tagline; “Confirm Gila Babi” which I find it hilarious. ๐Ÿ˜€

We spent some reading time due to the extensive Menu, consist of rice, pasta, salad, sandwiches.

This place is all about pork pork pork and more pork. Bring it on, the gila babi!

We started off with the Signature BBQ Pork Ribs (Full-6 ribs) RM45. I opted for non spicy because the kids can’t take spicy.


Caramelized, tender and juicy pork ribs I got here! Even, my home *Gordon Ramsay gave an approval on this ๐Ÿ˜€

Curry Sloppy Fries RM10

Curry Sloppy Fries was really good! Very special I felt. French fries topped with rich curry minced pork sauce & melted cheese. Ohhh, so sinful….but so memorable ๐Ÿ˜€

Ham Tan (salted egg) lover = Happily Ham Sup ^_^

Salted Egg Fried Pasta (got balls) RM18


Ohh, I love balls. I meant pork balls. The al-dente pasta was nicely coated with salted egg. Not too much of salted egg but just nice. As for the pork balls, it was tasty and meaty.

Hoi Lam Ting (Rice)ย  RM20

There’s rice, pork cutlets, gravy (sauce), salad as side.
I’m a gravy person. I poured in the gravy and stirred it well before eating the rice. I am an Asian. I am a Tong Nasi. I definitely love rice..LOL!

Upon ordering the (Full-6pcs) ribs, we are entitled for the “Kids Eat For Free” dish. Choice of dish for the “Kids Eat for Free” was quite limited. Thus we chose Rice Vice.

The portion is of full size. It has generous gravy on rice, topped with an egg and slices of fried chicken cutlet which was tender too. Every mouthful of rice was so flavorful due to the gravy. The kids like it too.
Rice Vice look quite similar to Katsudon. I actually preferred this over Hoi Lam Ting ๐Ÿ™‚

 

In conjunction to Mother’s Day, for every RM100 spent, we got a complimentary Lazy Bones Wrap. Too much food to handle, we gotto take home this wrap.

I think mom enjoyed the food here. Happy Mother’s day mummy ๐Ÿ™‚

The face of kena forced to take photo >.<

I felt the dishes served here are quite family friendly. They have spicy, non-spicy, rice or pasta to cater for both children & the elderly. Furthermore the twist of Asian~Western flavors suited our local taste very well. Apart from that, if you dislike pork, there’s a small selection of fish & chicken dishes on the menu.

Ticklish Ribs & ‘Wiches, The Gardens Mall (near Sushi Zanmai)

Lot T216B, 3rd Floor, The Gardens Mall, Midvalley City,ย 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +6012ย 567 2216
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 10am โ€“ 10pm

Website: www.ticklishribs.com

*solely based on writer's own opinion*
*imposed 10% service charge*

Chili Fighter @Uptown Avenue, Seremban 2

source from Chili Fighter

Chili Fighter, a new restaurant is opened at Uptown Avenue, Seremban 2. But what do they serve? Looking by its name, I could sensed something flaming there ๐Ÿ˜€

Let’s check it out.

The modern and sophisticated interior. Furthermore, it is cosy and air conditioned giving you the comfortability of dining experience with family and friends.

At Chili Fighter, its a whole new dining experience in Seremban. Bringing to you the Sichuan flavors all the way from China.

Where did you get the inspiration to open this restaurant in Seremban?

During my trip to China, I tasted the food there which I felt it was delicious. This is one of the popular food there. Hence it gave me the inspiration to start up one here in Seremban. I made several trips there; for the recipe, the ingredients. Apart from that, my chefs were sent there for training to ensure the flavors and taste are alike, replied Mr. Ang the owner of Chili Fighter.

A simple menu showing how to place an order.

Step 1: Select Vegetable/Meat

Step 2: Select Flavor (different types of chili flavor)

Step 3: Select the level of spiciness (super spicy,spicy, average or mild)

Although the menu is only printed in Chinese, but the staffs may assist you upon ordering.
(By the way, they are in the midst of preparing the English menu)

Ingredients are nicely arranged in trays in the refrigerator to retain its freshness.

The non-cooked ingredients are of assorted vegetables, meat & seafood.


Helen, helping herself to pick her choice of ingredients to be cook by the chef later on.

One of the staff there trying to explain to Helen, that for ingredients that are weighed above 500gram, you can choose to cook it in 2 different flavors.

Price is determined by its weight.Hence, you can see that the ingredients that we’ve picked is been weighed.
Sichuan cuisine, from Sichuan Province, is famous for its particularly “mรกlร ” numbingย (้บป) and spicyย (่พฃ)ย  taste resulting from liberal use of garlic and chili peppers, as well as the unique numbing flavor of Sichuan peppercorn.

We were recommended with the Crystal Fish (fish price varies from RM70 to RM90 depending on type of fish). Price is inclusive of ingredients as shown in photo. You may have some additional add on orders from the menu. i.e: extra lotus roots, vegetables, & etc. The fish dish portion is quite big. Above is “mรกlร ” flavor. I can take spicy food. But with ‘average spicy’ level is already sufficient to me.

So, why is it called Crystal Fish? Its called crystal fish because of the transparent like serving tray. Fish and necessary ingredients were all placed on the transparent tray then bring to boil on an induction cooker. This is cook at your dining table. Therefore you could experience the slowly simmer process.

We were also served with a different flavor called ‘Hot & Sour’ (้…ธ่พฃ).

When its started to boil, means its ready to dig in! ๐Ÿ˜€

ย check out the bright red color soup base and the amount of dried chilies. I could feel the mild numbness on my tongue. But I wanted more. Because it is very ‘shiok’. The broth was flavorsome and spicy too.

The stir fry ็”ฐ้›ž (“field chicken”) with lotsa onions and long beans has milder spiciness. I do like the taste of its meat. It was tasty and tender.

 

Remember the ingredients we’ve picked earlier? The above 2 dishes were cooked in 2 different flavors. 2 different types of chili were used.

And one of the highlight was this chili used in the above dish.

These dishes are best to be eaten with a bowl of rice.


You can’t leave without having these drinks to chill you. ๐Ÿ˜€

Can you tolerate the spiciness? Dare to challenge yourself with more spicy food at Chili Fighter?

What’s more…Chili Fighter is offering 20% discount during the Grand Opening Day on 31 May 2017 .

Chili Fighter

Address: No. 197 & 198, Jalan S2 B14
70300 Seremban.

Operation Hours:

11:00AM – 3:00PM, 6:00PM – 11:00PM
Contact No. : 012-616 6428
ย