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 β†’ 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 – 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. You’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… πŸ˜€

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.

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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. πŸ˜€

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 πŸ˜€

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 πŸ˜€

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)Β  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 πŸ™‚

 

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 πŸ™‚

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,Β 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +6012Β 567 2216
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 10am – 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 πŸ˜€

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 “mΓ‘lΓ ” numbingΒ (ιΊ») and spicyΒ (θΎ£)Β  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 “mΓ‘lΓ ” 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’ (ι…ΈθΎ£).

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

Β 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 η”°ι›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. πŸ˜€

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
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Dazzling Cafe @Midvalley Megamall

The spot of for Gardens Lifestyle Cafe has been replaced by a well known cafe originate from Taiwan.

Dazzling Cafe is the name.

As quoted by Dazzling Cafe, it has been named one of the most famous cafes in Taiwan. Hence it is commonly frequented by celebrities and socialites and has been crowned as “A Celebrity Hotspot.”

Not only famous for its media personalities, but it is also renowned for its chic and classy interior decor.

I do agree that this cafe looks elegant and classy yet trendy. I guessed it also attracts much attention from shoppers because it is located near the link bridge connecting both Midvalley Megamall and The Gardens Mall. The bunny ears chairs looked catchy.

Turquoise & Grey color decorative flowers covering the wall and handrail towards the loaf area making it a nice backdrop for photo shooting.

Dazzling Cafe also serves All Day Breakfast

There wasn’t much choice of ‘main course’ dish. I was told that the Honey Toast is good and its their popular dessert here. Hmmm….that makes me think, most likely people come here for their dessert or during tea break.

We started off with Mentaiko Spaghetti with Cream Sauce RM29.90. It is a recommended dish shown on the menu. Mentaiko is Pollock Roe, tossed in the al-dente creamy spaghetti topped with nori seaweed. A few scallops were added to it. I like the crunchy roe texture on every bite of my spaghetti.

We also ordered a set of All day Breakfast. We chose Classic Big Breakfast RM25, which consist of grilled sausage, beef bacon, baked beans, sauteed mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, and scrambled eggs. The big breakfast was just alright. Quite normal I felt.

For the main course, we also ordered a Oven Roasted Whole Chicken Leg RM30.90. Roasted chicken paired with garlic cream spinach, sauteed mushroom. The chicken was tasty and tender. I do like the garlic cream spinach sauce eaten with the chicken. However I find the sauce abit salty.

Last but not least, we end our meal with the signature toast, Dazzling Classic Honey Toast RM20.90. Cubes of thick toast were stacked up in 2 layers, then topped with a scoop ofΒ  HΓ€agen-Dazs ice cream and dripping strawberry sauce. The toast was slightly warm, a lil crust on the outer layer but fluffy and soft inside. I could taste the hint butter in it too. Was the yellow creamy thing, some sort of custard? Because it tasted like custard to me. πŸ™‚ Anyway, the toast was very nice to be eaten with ice cream.

We wrapped up the meal with a lovely group photo taken here at Dazzling Cafe.

Verdict: Dazzling Cafe has nice ambiance. A nice dining place with friends and family. Food prices are on the high side. The only thing that I would love to re-visit is for the Honey Toast.

Dazzling Cafe
F-001, Midvalley Megamall
75, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

*solely based on writer's own opinion*
*price stated exclude 10% service charge 6% GST*

Dine & Shop at Hello Kitty House Bangkok

Hands up if you are one of the Hello Kitty fan πŸ™‚

Hello Kitty is an official Sanrio character. I adore Hello Kitty for its cuteness. I believed everyone has an inner child in them. hehe….

Hello Kitty Gourmet Cafe at Sunway Pyramid, I didn’t get the chance to visit. But during my recent travel to Bangkok, I tried to insert Hello Kitty House into my itinerary. There are many theme cafes at Bangkok now.

I was told that Hello Kitty House Bangkok is a cafe cum shop cum spa place.

Hello Kitty House is opened at Siam Square One. It is a multi storey building located along a busy road. Besides that, it is strategically located near BTS Siam Station. Its just a walking distance.

 

Jeng jeng jeng….we were here at Hello Kitty House Bangkok for a tea break.

The dining hall is furnished with pink pastal color chairs, walls and warm lighting making it looked so sweet & lovely.

The staff lead us to our seats. But as soon as I sat down and quickly placed an order, I couldn’t stop taking photos. LOL! Every angle and corners are worth taking photos. Its just too lovely.

Assorted cakes of the day were displayed here.

I also went upstairs. As I walked up the bright white color staircase leading up to the following floor ………………

I reached the upper floor which look grandeur and romantic! The upper floor is much brighter due to the tall windows surrounding the hall.

Apart from that, the chairs, the windows…..all are of Hello Kitty. Literally melts. I wonder if anyone throw a wedding reception here. Feels so romantic lar.

Hello Kitty & Dear Daniel β™₯

The colorful menu.

I ordered the sandwich set which comes with a drink for 250 baht.

Ham & Cheese Kitty Sandwich

For drink, I chose Hot Chocolate with a kitty face. Aiyohh….how to drink la….must admire kao kao first before damaging it.

My friend chose the Hello Kitty Tumbler set for 399 baht from the monthly promo. I assumed the monthly promo may varies each month. The set comes with a Fries, a drink filled in the hello kitty tumbler. There were choice of 3 designs.

the cute tumbler that filled with Iced Milk Tea.

Everything is about Hello Kitty here…even the theme song that is constantly repeating, I could still remember and hum the song. Tell me about it…I know it can be annoying to some people. πŸ˜€

More posing πŸ˜€

After done with our light tea break & photo taking, we went downstairs at lower ground floor for more hello kitty merchandises.

very nice to see, but not so nice for my wallet. Because the prices were not cheap…moreover with out poor currency 😦

This is a very nice place even if you are not a hello kitty fan. Furthermore, I think this place is meant to attract girls… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ mainly for the ambiance and the hello kitty character…but not really about the food. Hello Kitty is main, food is secondary.

 

Hello Kitty House Bangkok
Address: 388 Siam Square One Building, LG, 1st & 2nd Floor, Siam Square Soi (Alley) 7, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand.
Contact: +662 115 1335
Business Hours: 10.00am-10.00pm

 

 

Kidzoona is now opened at Aeon Mall Seremban 2

The Journey of Junior AM

Malaysia weather is often sunny or rain. Instead of playing at home, sometimes I just want Jet to spend some time outdoor. Other than going to the parks, I would like to bring him to indoor playgrounds. Where it is fully air conditioned. hehe…..Don’t have to worry it is rain or shine.

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Kidzoona at Aeon Seremban 2 is opened on 29 April 2017.
At the moment, indoor playgrounds we have in Seremban are lollipop, at NSK and now the newest Kidzoona. Kidzoona has several outlets in KL.

IMG_20170512_142420 I got a voucher during their mascot walkabout day. Offering 50% discount to children age between 3-5 years old. Making use of the voucher, I brought Jet here early in the morning after his Kindermusik class. Jet was so happy and excited. But we made a deal, that we must leave when mummy said so, okay? Jet replied ok without hesitation. We often…

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Nostalgia Ramadan @Klana Resort Seremban

Indulge with all you can eat buffet during this coming Ramadan at Klana Resort Seremban with an affordable price of RM75 nett. While children and senior citizen priced at RM38 nett.

During the holy month in the Islamic calender known as Ramadan, Klana Resort Seremban invites you with your family and friends to partake in the celebrations.

 

Due to the overwhelming response they received last year, this year we will berbuka puasa in style and grandeur which will be held at the Grand Klana Ballroom with a ‘Nostalgia’ theme setting and some performances on stage.

Besides that, Klana Resort is bringing you with masakan kampung. Hence the highlight would be Masakan Tradisi Negeri Sembilan. As you know, masakan Negeri Sembilan is well influenced by the tradition of Minangkabau. Among the masakan Negeri Sembilan, masak lemak cili padi is one of my favorite dish.

So, during this Ramadan, you will be expecting some delicious local delicacies serve at Klana Resort Seremban.

There would be stalls or gerai makan comprising of appetisers, soups, main dishes, drinks and desserts specially prepared by Executive Chef, Abdul Razak and his team.

There are total of over 100 dishes throughout the Ramadan period. Chef also ensured that different dishes are served on every weekend.

The serving for this year’s Ramadan include Satay Kajang, Murtabak & Roti Canai, Roti John, Roasted Lamb with black pepper & mint yogurt sauce, Nasi Ayam, Char Kuey Teow, Pulut Panggang, Otak-Otak & Sata and assorted stir fry dishes.

Besides that, there are also kuih muih, assorted cut fruits, ABC & Cendol, Lempeng & Kirai, Bubur Koner – lambuk & manis, Air Balang.

Ulam

Acar

Lemang Buluh


Beef Rendang

Telur Itik Masak Lemak

Ayam Masak Lemak Cili Padi

Satay Kajang with condiments and Grilled Prawns

Cheese Tart & Cakes

Varieties of kuih muih and cakes

Last but not least, Klana Resort is giving out free bubur lambuk on 19 May 2017 (Friday). The distribution will begin at 4pm.

So, lets gather family and friends to be part of this sensational buka puasa buffet from 27 May – 24 June 2017

Nostalgia Ramadan Buffet RM75 nett (adult), RM 38 nett (senior citizen & children)

Early bird vouchers are also available for purchase at RM60 nett (adult), RM 30 nett (senior citizen & children) ~ while stocks last.

 

 

Please do your early reservation.

For more information; kindly contact:-

Tel : 06-7667888 (ext. 3222/3181)

Address: PT 4388, Jalan Penghulu Cantik, Taman Tasik Seremban, 70100 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus.

Website: www.klana-resort.com.my

Visit Hokkaido – Day 3

Continuing from Day 2 of my Hokkaido trip which I’ve dragged so long…

On third (3rd) day, we’ve insert Curb Market into our itinerary. One would think about ‘market’ when it comes to freshness of ingredients/ seafood.

The Curb Market, which opens at 6AM, is comprised of approximately 60 stores selling a variety of items ranging from fruits to fresh and dried fish. It also offers sushi and other restaurants serving reasonably priced dishes made with fresh seasonal ingredients from the market. Products are made available at the Curb Market as soon as the bidding ends at the Wholesale Market.

From Susukino Station Namboku Lineε„εœAsabu 2 min (non-stop) ,  Odori Station Tozai Lineε„εœMiyanosawa 9 min (5 stops)  Nijuyonken Station. Walk About 8 min , 700 m to Curb Market

Cost: Β₯250

Upon arrived Nijuyonken Station, we asked one of the working staff to give us directions to walk to Curb Market. As we walk, we passed by a post office along the road. We thought it would be a good idea to post a postcard back home in Malaysia.

Spectacles are provided for people with eye sight problem.

I chose the famous clock tower to post back home. If I’m not mistaken, the total price for postcard+postage(stamp) was around RM10. I received the postcard within 1-2 weeks time.

The post box where we dropped our mail. πŸ™‚

Scenery along the way. The road is less busy compared to Susukino or Sapporo.

Stores line up the market offering fresh fish, vegetables and fruits, meat, Hokkaido confectionery. Most fish stores come with a dining hall, so you may taste crabs and other seafood that you choose right on the spot. Operation hours from 6am to 5pm. But the restaurants usually operates after 7am.

Ashley & I randomly pick a restaurant and sat in for our lunch. Looking at the menu, its definitely not as cheap as Otaru, the one we had the day before. (Day 2).

of sushi & sashimi

Crab meat rice (donburi)

Our authentic Japanese lunch meal.

Not forgetting the huge scallop (using Ashley’s palm as comparison). The scallop was lightly grilled. So delicious and juicy because it was very fresh.

Japanese Rock Melon for sale.

After the lunch, each of us bought a slice of Japanese melon which cost Β₯200 each. It may be abit costly due to our poor currency, but left no regrets. Because it is so sweet and juicy.Β 

We left Curb Market and back to Sapporo Station.

Everyday also so many steps. Seriously if you wanna slim down…can consider traveling to Japan. πŸ˜€

At the Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Walk, we spent some shopping time at Pole Town.

Pole Town is a long hall featuring many unique Japanese clothing and accessory brands, often very well priced, and ranging from traditional kimono style to hip-and-trendy fad stores. Also underground (with escalators leading up to the Tanukikoji Shopping Street), the thoroughfare features bakeries and cafes, too.

Kindly refer HERE for floor guide.

At this Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Walk, we felt like there’s no end. Endless walk! At this moment, we couldn’t take it anymore. Hence we needed a break.

We stumbled upon this place and had a tea break at Afternoon Tea @Sapporo Mitsukoshi. Its a Cafe cum Bakery.

Assorted freshly baked buns. I could smell the aroma of it.

I think this was the most luxurious tea break throughout the trip. LOL!

Ashley had the Tea Set for Β₯1407 which comes with a pot of tea and selection of cakes. The cakes were delicious!

I, on the other hand would like to have something savory. I ordered a salad with tomato soup which comes together with their freshly baked bun for Β₯1296 and a glass of drink for Β₯92. Nevertheless, the food was good.

After we settled our meal, we walked to BIC CAMERA Sapporo Store which is located at Sapporo Esta JR Tower. (About 15 minutes walk from Afternoon Tea @Sapporo Mitsukoshi.

BIC CAMERA Sapporo Store occupying from floor 1-4, housed wide selections of electrical items, mobile phones, cameras, toys, household items, cosmetics at a competitive price. The business hour is from 10am-9pm.

How to get there.

The store is quite well organized. Ashley and I spent hours at 2nd and 4th floor. πŸ˜€

We literally “WOW” (dropped jaw) upon entering the store.

Some additional info for shoppers to get some rebates.

If you have extra time, do drop by the 100 yen shop at Level B2 and Uniqlo at Level 5. The outlet is big and has a wide range of items.

Ashley was eyeing on these corn snacks that she said ‘we must buy this’!. We bought them at 100 yen shop.

Shops start closing by 9pm (very punctual). From there we took the train from JR station, Sapporo back to Susukino Β₯200

On our way walking back to our hotel, we stopped by this small restaurant for our late dinner. They only serve soba (buckwheat noodle).

**There were some conversation problem when we were at the restaurant. We wanted to order ‘take away’. Because the staffs only speak Japanese and don’t understand English. We ended up having a good laugh! πŸ˜€ :-D…later we were told not allowed to take away, because the noodle will be soggy.

Ashley had the soba with tempura. She said the the tempura (prawn) was good.

Myself had the soba with egg

Soba was al-dente topped with fluffy egg and tasty soup. It was simple and so delicious. Moreover the portion is big too. If I’m not mistaken it was less than 1000 yen. That night was quite chilling, therefore nothing beats a bowl of warm noodle. It feels so comforting.

Sometimes I feel that small or not popular restaurant may serve some nice and delicious food too. Perhaps some luck too. πŸ™‚

Arabic Food at Restoran Belqis, Centrio Seremban 2

Recently, I had a good introduction of Arabian food at Restoran Belqis. Honestly, it was my first experience of trying out Arabic food.

To give you a clearer picture of Arabic food, the Arabic food is mainly a combination of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Indian food. It has been affected by the mingling of Arab and non-Arabs over the centuries.

The common herbs and spices used in Arabic food are; sesame, saffron, black pepper, allspice, turmeric, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, parsley and coriander. While for meat, chicken or lamb are used in most of the dishes.

Restoran Belqis is located at Centrio, Seremban 2 next to Soong Sisters Boutique. This restaurant is facing the main road.

A leftlet printed with their specialty dishes.

Chefs and servers are of Yemeni, offering you an authentic Arabic food.

Nothing too fancy but simple decorations with lamps and wall arts also the Arabian music played on background…you are definitely sure the purpose of you here. πŸ˜€

We started off with Hot Arabic Tea, one of the favorite hot tea in Arabic cuisine. It is black tea brewed with cardamom, clove and mint. If you like the milk tea version, then evaporated milk and cube sugar will be added to it.

Tabbouleh

is a vegetarian dish/salad made with finely chopped tomatoes, parsley and onions, seasoned with lime juice and olive oil.

Mix Grill

A combination of lamb shish kebab and chicken kebab, served with fries and greens. As for the dipping sauce, chili sauce and garlic cream sauce were given.

Shish kebab is a dish consisting of small cubes of meat or fish threaded on a skewer and grilled.

Salta

Salta is considered the national dish of Yemen.

The base is a brown meat stew called maraq, a dollop of fenugreek froth, and sahawiq or sahowqa (a mixture of chillies, tomatoes, garlic, and herbs ground into a salsa). Rice, potatoes, scrambled eggs, and vegetables are common additions to salta. It is eaten traditionally with Yemeni flat bread, which serves as a utensil to scoop up the food.

You are required to stir the dish before eating. The above is the result of after stirring. Now you can use their signature flat bread to scoop them up and eaten with it.

I must say that the combination was awesome! The thin and lightly crisp buttery flatbread goes perfectly with the salta.

Yemeni flatbread is eaten with bean dishes, scrambled eggs, and many other Yemeni savory dishes. It is made much like pizza dough with water, yeast, salt, and flour. Then, it is kneaded very well and set to rise and later cut to large rounds. Each round is then stretched, and warm ghee is spread over the stretched dough, it is folded over and more ghee is applied, and this process is repeated 1-3 times. All sides are pinched together to form a neat ball. After a few minutes of sitting, the round is stretched into a flat circular shape and placed on a makhbaza that is used in placing the dough on the wall of a hot taboon much like the tandoor. It is then glazed withΒ  ghee and baked until the bottom is brown and with some browning on top.

Ta Daa…this rice platter was star of the day. Sufficient to serve a family or a group of friends. Combination of 4 different kind of rice.

Hanith Chicken/Lamb – is a type of dish where the lamb or chicken are wrapped in an aluminium foil with Arabian spices.

Kabsa Chicken/Lamb – is a type of rice which is served with chicken or lamb that are boiled using Arabian spices.

The rice was fluffy and not oily. It can be eaten with the light curry gravy or the rather appetizing (parsley+onion+tomatoes+olive oil+lime juice) gravy.

Hanith Lamb

Hanith dish can be served with any type of rice but preferable with mandhi rice. Hence, Mandhi is a traditional dish from Yemen. Mandhi is usually made from basmati rice, meat (lamb or chicken), and a mixture of spices. The meat used is usually a young and small sized lamb to enhance the taste further.

So, its a Yay or Nay? Why not pay a visit and determine it yourself. πŸ™‚


Restoran Belqis

No. 165, Jalan S2 B22, Pusat Dagangan Seremban 2, 70300 Seremban.

Tel: 012-2913170 / 06-6014002

Operation Hours : 12pm – 12am (daily)

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/restoranbelqis/

*solely based on writer's own opinion*
*cash term*

Food Trucks in Seremban 2

This post is written to share about the food trucks I’ve tried at Seremban 2. Why only Seremban 2? Because there’s where I live ma. :-p

 

What is food truck?

A food truck is a large vehicle equipped to cook and sell food. Some, including ice cream trucks, sell frozen or prepackaged food; others have on-board kitchens and prepare food from scratch. Sandwiches, hamburgers, french fries, and other regional fast food fare is common.

People these days haven taken one step forward on food truck business. Those days, what we often see are pisang goreng, keropok lekor or the Chinese luk luk truck. (I’m referring to Malaysia of course). However those are less ‘glamour’, but still has its crowd.

I am delighted that food trucks in Seremban is slowly gaining its popularity. Unlike in KL, the choices could be more.

1) Quickie Food Truck.

source from Quickie FB page

(source from Quickie FB page)

Quickie’s specialty has to be the fusion spaghetti. Which is my favorite too. I came to try their spaghetti when it was newly open since October 2016. Each order is cook & prepare on the spot. The spaghetti comes in 2 sizes, small (RM6) big (RM9). What I like about their spaghetti is the flavors. Something I have not come across yet. They have Rendang spaghetti, Devil’s Curry spaghetti, Sambal spaghetti and Green Chili spaghetti, Satay Sauce and Butter Milk Chicken. Mutton Curry is available only on weekends. Don’t you think that the flavors are so Malaysian? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

(above is Mutton Curry Spaghetti, Buttermilk Chicken Spaghetti & Hotdog bun with Satay Sauce)

Note: Only minced chicken is used in the spaghetti.

If you like something fiery/spicy…try out the Devil’s Curry add on bull’s eye egg & hotdog. I was told that Rendang Spaghetti is the current’s bestseller. My favorite pick has to be Devil’s Curry & Green Chili. πŸ™‚

Besides spaghetti, hotdog burger, the above is called Booty Burger. It consists of 2 pieces of chicken patties wrapped with omelette and sandwiched with nacho chips. A pair of hand gloves was given free with it in order to avoid dirty hands. :-p

They also serve this dessert called Mellow Brownie which is our Malaysian kek batik.

This is where you can locate Quickie Food Truck. Located at Jalan S2 B8, in front of Otheroom. Business hour (Monday-Saturday) 7pm-12am. Closed on Sundays. There are tables and chairs for dining customers too. But I chose to dapao all the time πŸ™‚

Follow their FB page to get the latest updates.

2) Food Trucks Behind of Mydin Seremban 2

Scene of all 3 food trucks lined up in a row along Jalan S2 B20, setting up tables and chairs.

This truck is owned by Hunger Food Truck Official

I was told that their specialty is the spaghetti. To be precise, it is Spicy Aglio Olio and Chicken Spaghetti.

This is Nasi Lemak with Lemon Butter Chicken which comes with pickled vegetables.

Here comes the menu of ‘white truck’.

The Assam Laksa. While I was waiting for my food, there are cars stopping by just to pack their Assam Laksa. No doubt it was delicious!

Dishes that are worth trying from the white truck are Nasi Ayam Penyet & Nasi Lemak. Both are good. (sorry no pic to show)

Move on to the school bus. That’s a good idea isn’t it. Definitely caught one’s attention.

I saw people ordering the Chicken Chop

But I ordered the Chicken Schnitzel Burger with black pepper sauce which was alright.

Located at Jalan S2 B20 nearby Mydin S2. Business hour (7pm till late night). Closed on Mondays.

*solely based on writer's own opinion*
*cash term