Jalan-Jalan & Makan-makan @Petaling Street, KL

How is everyone? I hope everyone is doing well.

So sorry for the long overdue post. I actually made this trip end of last year, but didn’t have the time or mood to write. 🙂

On end of December 2019, in conjunction to Christmas celebration I had a short 3D2N gateway in KL with my family. On day 2 we skipped the hotel’s breakfast and decided to go Petaling Street for makan-makan and jalan-jalan. We have not been to Petaling Street for so many years! Oh my….. LOL!

To avoid the traffic and car park problem, I decided to use Grab, e-hailing to go to Petaling Street. Hehe….

Now with roofing over, at least not so hot. Stalls were still handled by foreigners and most of the stalls are selling the almost similar stuffs…imitation branded bags, sport shoes, watches, clothing and also souvenirs. Most of the stalls will be open by 10am.

Hon Kee Porridge Petaling Street,

was our first stop for breakfast. It is one of the oldest porridge stall here. Located nearby the famous Air Mata Kucing.

varieties of porridge are available here at an affordable price.

 

 

We ordered Pork & Fried Intestine Porridge and Raw Fish Porridge for sharing. They are served hot! Both are great. But I personally like the Raw Fish Porridge…which I felt nostalgic and rare. It is undeniable that their porridge texture is smooth.

Other than porridge, Chee Cheong Fun (steamed rice roll) is also available here.

I am not really a fan of Chee Cheong Fun. But their chee cheong fun is quite nice. Not only the texture is smooth…the sauce also is quite special. Its different from the usual chee cheong fun sauce.

Bored of common chee cheong fun with sauce? Tried something different here. Fried chee cheong fun with egg and minced pork. 🙂

Address: 93, Jalan Hang Lekir, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Operation Hours: 4AM – 2.30pm

 

Right in front of the porridge stall, there is a small stall selling these freshly fried Sweet Potato Balls.

 

As we walk along the Petaling Street, we also spotted a friendly lady selling Mua Chee. Her version comes with variety flavors.

Mua Chee is the Chinese version of ‘mochi’. It is made of steamed glutinous rice then coated with fine peanuts. It’s a popular street snack. You can give it a try…but I personally don’t quite like this texture , because the texture is tougher. I preferred the goey version. hehe….

Next, we came over this cart selling Roasted Duck. Saw few people was waiting for their turn to buy. Hence we decided to buy 1/2 duck to try. Mom said the duck tasted good. (roast duck is one of mom’s favorite)

As we walked further, we came along a street selling flowers….fresh flowers. I heard friends been saying fresh flowers are selling at reasonable price at Petaling Street. (In pic, uncle was unpacking the fresh Gerberras. Do you like Gerberra?)

We were hunting for Hawker Chan for our next makan stop. Then we passed by this beautiful temple called, “Kuan Ti Temple“. This temple is listed as one of the “5 Must-Visit Chinese Temples in KL”.

“Kuan Ti Temple is a 121 year-old Taoist temple located along Jalan Tun HS Lee. An easily recognisable building with a bright orange façade, it is dedicated to Guandi, the Taoist God of War and Literature; there is a red-faced, long beard statue of Guandi at the rear of the temple.”

Kuan Ti Temple

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 07:00 – 19:00 (opening hours may vary, so please check with the temple keeper)
  • Location: Right across the street from Popular Bookstore, and just opposite Sri Mahamariamman Temple.
  • Address: Along Jalan Tun H. S. Lee

Found it! We came to

Hawker Chan, Petaling Street

for lunch. We wanted to try the chicken rice here. Apparently it is Singapore’s Michelin-starred chicken rice. (Hawker Chan was awarded one Michelin star by the Michelin Guide Singapore in 2016.)

Known for “cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world”, Hawker Chan is famous for their soy sauce chicken rice.

Self service ordering system. Just like fast food. The environment is good and clean with air-conditioned.

Simple 1 page menu. Prices considered reasonable for this location.

Soya Sauce Chicken Rice (RM8.60), doesn’t look appealing. 😦
Sorry to say Chicken looked dry and rice not quite aromatic either.  Nothing to shout about tho.

Char Siew Rice (RM9.80). Char Siew was one better side. Lean and tender.

The chili sauce, as you can see its quite watery….

Instead, we liked the Papaya Tea Soup with Pork Rib (RM7). It was nourishing and flavorful.

 

Have you tried Hawker Chan KL? Some of my friends who have tried the original stall in Singapore said it tasted good. Probably when something is franchised or managed by outsiders…the taste will be off.

Address: 135, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operation hours:- Open daily from 10.30am – 9pm

Phone: 016-564 6787

Bunn Choon Egg Tarts, Petaling Street

I read that Bunn Choon Egg Tarts are nice. So, we decided to buy some.

The 2-storey vintage building painted in vibrant yellow and blue color attracted many visitors. It is easily sighted next to Kwai Chai Hong.

There are also table and chairs for customers who wants to dine in.

One of the best egg tart in KL. Apparently the egg tart recipe was passed down since their establishment in 1893.

You can smell the aromatic of these freshly baked pastries.

We decided to try both skin flavors of egg tarts and also the char siew sou.

We love both egg tarts and char siew sou.

Address: No.8 Lorong Pangung, 50000 Kuala Lumpur (Opposite Pasar Seni MRT Station, about 5 minutes walk)

Operation hours: 7am – 3pm

After buying the egg tarts, we came to

Kwai Chai Hong, Petaling Street

which is just next to Bunn Choon.

how to get to Kwai Chai Hong

 

 

 

Although this area is not big, but the artist fully utilized the walls with beautiful murals and setup to bring visitors a  journey back in time to the 1960s golden era of KL Chinatown. Now, in conjunction to Mid-Autumn festival, they’ve put up some beautiful lanterns with Rabbit theme. (https://www.kwaichaihong.com/)

We only managed to cover half day trip. I hope we have bigger space for our stomach to fill more food. Perhaps next trip.

*Coming post will blog about a fail proof cake.
For lazy people like me. 😀

 

Tea Break @Midorie x The Owls Cafe, MyTOWN Shopping Centre KL

I’ve missed out this post. I thought I should blog about this place because I felt there’s something nice to share about this cafe.

End of December 2019, we went shopping at MyTOWN Shopping Centre in KL.

We also visited IKEA Cheras, connected via MyTOWN Shopping Centre. We strolled around and goofed around too 😉

 

Then, when it comes to tea break I decided to try out Midorie x The Owls Cafe. This cafe was put in KIV list during my previous visit to the mall. Hence I decided to dine here this round.

Midorie x The Owls Cafe, is often crowded over the weekends. Thus I was put in waiting list to wait for a vacant table. Luckily the waiting time was quick. In less than 10 minutes, they called me.

The dining area is considered small compared to the other outlets.

*Photo by Midorie x The Owls Cafe

This cafe’s signature item has to be the WAFFLE. If you are a fan of waffle… I ensured that you will have tough choice. Whether you like it sweet or savory. I couldn’t decide. I wished there were more people to share with me so that I can order more. LOL. :-p

 

Although it was crowded, but food were served quite fast.

Milo Dinosaur – RM15

Milo never goes wrong with anything. The waffle has a nice texture and not overly sweet batter. Crispy outside and fluffy inside. Topped with dark chocolate ice cream, koko krunch, marshmallow, and milo powder.

Iced Latte – RM12

*photo by Midorie x The Owls Cafe

They even have kids menu! wow….

Junior Red Bolog (RM10) , Macaroni chicken bolognese, topped with torched cheese.

Macaroni was cooked al-dente, whilst evenly coated with chicken bolognese sauce. It was so flavorful and well-balanced.

Chicky Bites (RM8) Fried Chicken Nuggets and homemade chicken bites.

Crispy yet tender chicken bites and the nuggets that I was eating consists of real chicken meat. Unlike some fast food joint.

Besides that, I felt that portion of kids meals were quite generous too.

All in all, the waffle was just like how I wanted it to be, the thick kind. Therefore, when I have a chance I will definitely revisit to try more waffles 🙂

p/s: I saw people around me were all having different kind of dishes, and it looked yummy. :-p

Midorie x The Owls Cafe

Address: Lot G-048, Level Ground Floor, MyTOWN Shopping Centre, No.6, Jalan Cochrane, Seksyen 90, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Phone: 017-977 7518

*solely based on writer's own opinion*

 

 

 

Hainan Food @森美兰海南会馆, NEGERI SEMBILAN HAINAN ASSOCIATION

Recently the hall area of 森美兰海南会馆, Hainan Association Negeri Sembilan has turned into a makan place for public. Serving Hainan food and Hainan Coffee.

Social media news spread faster than newspaper. I only knew about this hidden place after some of my friends shared it on Facebook.

I was not working on one of the weekday, so I told my mom that I’m bringing her to this new place for breakfast.

After dropping Jet at kindergarten, we went straight here with the help of waze navigation and arrived at around 9am.

How can one not try the Hainan Coffee. It was prepared by an elderly man. We had Kopi-C served in this old-school cup. Feeling so nostalgic. The coffee was rich and aromatic.

Not forgetting also the Hainan Toast with butter and kaya spread. Both drinks and toast from the same stall. Total was RM5.30.

Food and drinks were mend by different owner.

The 1 page menu were printed in purely Chinese. LOL!! 😀 😀

The kind boy whom took our food order read one by one to us.

Mom had Hainan Mee (RM6). Noodles were cooked al-dente and flavorful. You can spot some choy sum, sliced fishcake and pork.

I had Hainan Chicken Chop (RM12). It looks just like the traditional version of Hainan Chicken Chop, slab of fried deboned chicken thigh with generous brown sauce. Chicken was tender and sauce was not too salty or too watery. Nowadays, its rare to get nice Hainan Chicken Chop. At price of only RM12, I would say ‘what’s more to complain’?
(Based on recent update, September 2020:- Several friends commented that their Hainan Chicken Chop not nice. Inconsistent)

While eating, I also noticed quite many people ordered the Wat Tan Hor. Perhaps, I should try that in future and update it here.
(September 2020 Update:- The Wat Tan Hor and Hainan Chicken Rice was nice to eat)

Furthermore there is one Hainan Chicken Rice stall. Wanted to dapao after smelling the aromatic boiling rice. But was told the rice still not ready. 😦 😦

Honestly, I preferred such breakfast over some overpriced cafe breakfast. Typical Asian? Well, everyone has their own choice. 🙂

森美兰海南会馆
NEGERI SEMBILAN HAINAN ASSOCIATION

Address: No. 30-31,Jalan Datuk Abdul Malek,
70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Open daily (7.30am – 4.00pm) Closed on Mondays

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

Kakigōri @ MyKori Dessert Cafe, Seremban 2

These days, the weather is so hot and sunny!
It would be nice to have an icy drink or icy dessert to cool down.

Those days, icy dessert would be ABC. But nowadays we have more choices, we called it ATAS ABC (because nicer environment, price also double)hehe…. But there’s a proper name to it…which is Kakigori or Ais Kepal Jepun. 🙂

“Kakigōri (かき氷) is a Japanese shaved ice dessert flavored with syrup and a sweetener. The origins of kakigōri date back to the 11th century, when blocks of ice saved during the colder months would be shaved and served with sweet syrup to Japanese aristocracy during the summer. Kakigōri became more accessible in the 19th century, when ice became more widely available to the public during the summertime. “

For Seremban folks, you can hoop over to MyKori Dessert Cafe for this Japanese shaved ice dessert. Located at Centrio Seremban 2 (opposite Mydin S2).

MyKori has been growing rapidly over the years since the first outlet at Puchong Jaya in year 2016. It has now over 60 outlets throughout Malaysia. (WOW! Amazing!) MyKori Dessert Cafe is a place suitable for young and old.

 

 

Types of desserts available here.   Serving not just shaved ice, but also drinks, toast and Croissant Taiyaki (a unique Japanese pastry, a fish shaped snack, made of croissant with varied sweet and savoury fillings).

Their Kakogori comes in 2 sizes. Large and Mini. I chose mini because I wanted to try more flavors. The mini is ideal for 1-2 sharing.

Above are Mango Yogurt Kakigori (made from yogurt ice, mango puree, mango cubes) and Mont Mauve Kakigōri (Made with mix berry ice, fresh strawberries, blueberries & raspberry. Topped up with whipped cream and kuriaro rose powder.)

Red Melon Kakigori (RM26) only comes in one size. Too bad that they no longer serve in watermelon shell. Hence the serving looked smaller. (Made with milk ice, watermelon, nata de coco as well as lychee).

If you are a fruits person, the above choices are quite refreshing.

Left – Chocoreo Kakigori (Made with milk ice, real oreo biscuits, oreo crumbs and chocolate sauce). I don’t really fancy this one because not much taste, more like eating oreo biscuits with ice.

Right – Popcorn Kakigori (With milk ice, kuromitsu jelly, premium caramel popcorn as well as caramel toffee sauce).

The ice is quite fine and smooth.

Other than kakigori, I also tried the Chocolate Banana Toast (RM19)

Thick toast with generous chocolate sauce, topped with 2 scoops of ice cream and served with slices of bananas. For ice cream, I chose chocolate & Thai Tea flavor. Thai Tea flavor ice cream tasted weird. Regretted choosing that flavor. 😦

As for the toast, the bread texture was quite nice. Smooth and not dry.

Jet will be very happy whenever I mentioned coming here for dessert. Above are compiled in several visits. 😀 😀

Will try more flavors in future.

MyKori Dessert Cafe

Address: 17-G, Jalan S2 B15, Centrio, Seremban 2, 70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Open daily from 2pm – 11pm

Phone: 018-281 4508

Full list of MENU, https://mykori.my/full-menu/menu/

*solely based on writer's own opinion*

 

 

 

AYAM GEPUK PAK GEMBUS @Seremban 2

BEHOLD! Its gonna be a spicy and fiery post!

Do you like eating Ayam Penyet? Similar to Ayam Penyet, Ayam Gepuk Pak Gembus is available in Seremban 2. (for Seremban readers, there is another outlet located at Senawang) Both are popular dish in Indonesia.

Both Ayam Penyet and Ayam Gepuk are quite similar. But the main difference will be the chili.

Read the difference HERE

Ayam Gepuk Pak Gembus originally from Jogjakarta since year 2013, opened its first outlet here in Malaysia on 31st August 2017.

Feeling curious about this bright lighted shop. Hence I decided to step into the store to check out what is their specialty.

The one page menu was simple and very straight forward. Looks like they only serve 1 dish. Their signature Ayam Gebuk. Ya…only this ayam.

You can choose the level of spiciness. On the menu shows the numbers of red cili padi used on each spicy level. Usually they will serve the pounded chili on top of the fried 1/4 chicken. But you can request to put aside.

Price start from RM8.90 for basic Set A which consist 1/4 chicken, raw cabbage, cucumber & white rice, while Set D comes with additional fried cabbage, gizzard, fried tofu and fried tempe (a traditional Indonesian soy product, that is made from fermented soybeans).

I ordered Normal & Spicy.

Before you begin to dig in, add on some kicap manis (sweet soy sauce) to enhance the flavors.

Tagline: Tentukan Sendiri Pedasmu, Anda Pedas, Kami Puas!

(Define Your Own Spiciness, You feel spicy, We’re Satisfied!)

Please do not underestimate the ‘Normal’ spicy level. Although I could take spicy food, I still felt the burning feeling in my mouth. Apart from the whole new level of spiciness, the chili and chicken tasted good too. Jet enjoyed eating the chicken with only white rice & kicap manis.

If you are dining in, feel free to add rice and sambal without extra charge.

What’s so special about the chili (sambal) here? I was told that the sambal is  freshly made and was prepared in batches. Mixture of chili, garlic, chili oil are done on a stone mortar dish. On far left of photo, the light brown color is cashew nut sauce. Both chili and cashew nut sauce will be combined in the sambal.

 

Verdict : Chicken was tasty and succulent. The sambal was really nice and spicy! Only downside is that, no other food choice except ayam gebuk+rice.

So, are you ready for the spicy challenge? 😉 😉

Click HERE to read more.

 

AYAM GEPUK PAK GEMBUS @Seremban 2

13, Jalan S2 B17, Seremban 2, 70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Operation Hours : 11am – 10pm (Saturday – Thursday)

                                3pm – 10pm (Friday)

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

Breakfast @Wong Fook Kopitiam•旺福咖啡店, Seremban

My late grandfather loves Butter Coffee very much. Instead of adding the traditional creamer or condensed milk into the cup of hot black coffee, he added a slice of butter. I can’t brain how good it was when I was just a teenage girl then.

Lately, I got to know about this new kopitiam in Seremban old town after my friend shared about his meal there. Apparently their signature coffee is ‘butter coffee’. Without much hesitation, I paid a visit there for breakfast together with my mom.

Located along the busy road of Jalan Dato Bandar Tunggal, opposite HSBC Bank.

From front till the back of premise, there were total around 20 tables. Quite ample of seats.

A one page menu showing list of food and beverages available here.

Signature Butter Coffee

A slice of butter was added to this cup of hot coffee. Stir the aromatic coffee when its hot and drink it while its still hot. The butter naturally gives a smooth finish and creamy mouthfeel to the coffee. This drink definitely reminds me of my late grandfather.

Apart from the coffee, I also tried the Ham Egg Toast. However I don’t quite like to overdone egg yolk. Perhaps I shall request for well done yolk. 😀

Whilst a stall here selling Yong Tau Foo, Chee Cheong Fun, Nasi Lemak and Fried Bihun.

Yong Tau Foo – RM1.50 per piece

Fishball – RM1.30 per piece

Chee Cheong Fun – RM1.00 per piece

I was eyeing on this plate of Nasi Lemak with Minced Pork for RM5. Instead of pairing with fried chicken, minced pork as condiment works well too. It is very rare to see such combination.

Besides the nasi lemak, the chee cheong fun with curry gravy was quite good. Chee Cheong Fun has smooth texture, while the curry gravy was tasty. We mixed sweet sauce and curry gravy, mom said its tastier and balanced flavor this way. Meanwhile, the yong tau fu filling has mixture of fish & pork paste.

Apart from the above, steamed pao and some traditional steamed dim sum are available here too. Dim Sum selections were quite limited.

Some instagramable spots at Wong Fook Kopitiam.

Instead of modern cafes, its nice to see an old shop turned into a vintage kopitiam, drawing people of all ages.

For your info, I parked my car along Jalan Dato Lee Fong Yee and walked over. (Distance around 100m)

 

Wong Fook Kopitiam•旺福咖啡店

118, Jalan Dato Bandar Tunggal, Bandar Seremban, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Business Hour:-

Thursday 7:30am–3pm
Friday 7:30am–3pm
Saturday 8am–2pm
Sunday 8am–2pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday 7:30am–3pm
Wednesday 7:30am–3pm

Phone: 011-2643 8831

 

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

			

3D2N Staycation @Hilton Garden Inn Puchong

During the mid-year school holidays, we planned for a short 3D2N staycation at Hilton Garden Inn Puchong. I knew about this hotel through a blogger friend of mine. Apparently it is a new hotel commenced from October 2018 located at Puchong Perdana.

It wasn’t difficult to locate this hotel with the help of Waze 🙂

Ample of car park for guests and its free.

 

*photo by Hilton*

*photo by Hilton*

Hilton Garden Inn was attached to a mall named M Square Mall owned by Parkson. Somehow it couldn’t made it and has closed down this year. 😦

At the Hotel Lobby for check-in, the process was alright.

The new hotel comprises 255 well-furnished guest rooms and suites of different sizes with an option of either a city or lake view.

24-hour Pavillion Pantry convenience mart, located at Level 6 same level as the Hotel Lobby.

Outdoor salt water swimming pool with heated jacuzzi.

(Adult pool, Kids pool & Jacuzzi)

I would suggest you to join Hilton Honors, a loyalty program to enjoy more benefits like, better room rate, earn points from every stay under hotels managed by Hilton group. Its very simple and free of charge by just signing up via https://www.hilton.com/en/hilton-honors/

Accumulated points will be rewarded with hotel stay.

I booked the King Deluxe Room at a good rate of RM2XX inclusive of breakfast. It was really a good deal. Do check it out yourself.

Room size, 36 sq.m./388 sq.ft with comfortable mattress and pillows.

View from our room.

55-inch HDTV in bedroom and spacious desk with ergonomic chair! Complimentary Wifi in the room too. Hence it is quite suitable for family or business travelers.

Mini Fridge is also available in the room.

Little pantry that comes with kettle, bottled water, sachet tea and coffee.

Safe box, iron, ironing board are found in the wardrobe.

Bathroom with Separate Bathtub

Hands up if you too like big mirrors with good lighting! 😀

Bathroom toiletries.

I read from their website that the hotel provides “Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries”. But not sure why we only got the above. May be ran out of stock. Hmmm……

Since it was raining the noon we check-in, so Jet settled with Bath Tub first la.

We settled our dinner here at The Garden Grille restaurant during the first night.

The Garden Grille; al-fresco dining or indoor dining located at level 6 same floor as lobby. Offering both Asian & Western food.

If you want to opt for room dining, it is available from 7pm to 10pm.

But since we were the hotel guest, we were given 20% discount off bill.

Pizza

Thin and crispy crust pizza just like how we liked it this way.

Nasi Goreng Kampung

Seafood Tom Yam

The 1 page ala-carte food menu is quite simple. These few dishes we had were quite good. I would say the portion was generous for the price.

We had a good sleep , recharged and ready for the buffet breakfast! 🙂

Breakfast was at Garden Grille. As we enter the dining room, on the left hand side was the cold section. Of fruits, salad, ham, cheese, yogurt and fruit juice.

Selections of fruit juice.

Food were placed in these sexy red cast iron cookware.

F&B Manager (in dark blue coat) was quite friendly and attentive towards the guests.

Cereal and Bread corner

Porridge & condiments

Make your own Waffle here.

 

I like peanut butter + chocolate spread 🙂

The breakfast here was just average. Food varieties wasn’t that much. But I must compliment their croissant. It was so good! Crisp and buttery pastry.

 

After the breakfast, I took a drive to Sunway Pyramid which was about 10km away.

Vacation will not be complete without spending time at the swimming pool.

Jet had fun playing at the pool.

*Playdoh time & Snack time.

Staycation means no house chores! HAHA! 😀

We literally just laze around,  to relax our mind and body. You may think that I am silly. But I think its workable.

We really enjoyed our stay here at Hilton Garden Inn Puchong.

Other facilities available here are gym room, meeting room and laundry.

Make your reservation at their website:-

https://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/

Hilton Garden Inn Puchong

Address: Jalan DM2, Desa Millennia, 47150 Puchong, Selangor

Phone: 03-8084 1299

 

If you are fan of Chinese Dim Sum, there are quite varieties of them at Puchong. I drove to Foo Hing Dim Sum House , about 4km away (open daily from 7am to 3pm) at Bandar Puteri Puchong.

Address: 1st Flr, No. 31, 33, 35-G, Jalan Puteri 2/6, Bandar Puteri Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Phone: 03-8060 0546

As we arrived around 1pm, the restaurant was quite crowded. But we were given a number and waited for the staff to call out our number. Although it was crowded, but the waiting time was around 15 minutes.

We seated at the air-conditioned room. You will see staff carrying tray filled with dim sum be it steam or fried. Just raise your hand they will come over to you. Besides that, you can also order certain dim sum from the menu.

 

At Foo Hing Dim Sum House, the Portuguese Egg Tart is a MUST order. It was very nice and freshly baked. Crispy layered crust with smooth egg custard filling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Hours Tour in Penang with KLOOK

If you are a local Malaysian, you can either drive or take a public transport to Penang.

But what if you are taking a public transport like bus or airplane to Penang? How are you going to move around the island?

You can either rent a car with or without a driver, a bus or uses the e-hailing service.

When I traveled with my family to Penang earlier this year, I decided to book a private chartered car by KLOOK. I booked an 8 hours tour, so that we can travel in a group without hassle. This private service has all the bases covered including fuel costs and highway tolls.

In this case, you can either plan your itinerary or get suggestions from the professional driver. The driver contacted me a day before the travel date to know about my travel plans. Therefore we could plan our journey smoothly.

 

Driver was very punctual with the given time. We planned to start our journey at 10am. Driver arrived at 9.45am with Toyota Hiace which could easily fit up to 10 person. Other than that, the vehicle was clean and comfortable.

1) Kek Lok Si Temple

We decided to go Kek Lok Si Temple as our first stop because it is located further away from Georgetown. Distance was about 10km but traveling time may take about 30minutes depending on the road traffic.

Kek Lok Si Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.

Above is the landscape view of a 30m height pagoda tiers with combination of Burmese, Thai and Chinese architectural style.

Kek Lok Si Temple is divided into 3 zones. Ground, Mid Section and Hilltop where you can see the tall statue of God of Mercy, Kuan Yin.

Driver drove us directly to mid section.

The mid section of the temple comprised of temples, gardens, the pagoda and the four heavenly kings pavilion

I wished for Health and Happiness.

If you are tired or have difficulty in climbing the steps, you can use the Incline Lift to Hilltop, the statue of Kuan Yin.

Ticket price for Incline Lift – RM3 per way (Adult), RM1.50 per way (Children below age 12).

The inclined lift moves gradually uphill. We enjoyed the ride which could also admire the beautiful view.

Indeed very beautiful. The 99ft bronze Kuan Yin statue with octagonal pavilion supported by 16 columns. It is the tallest Guanyin statue in the world.

A pond filled with Koi fishes.

The garden at hilltop here is breathtaking and relaxing…………..

…………….but the weather was too scorching hot.

There were also statues and benches resembles the 12 Chinese Zodiac.

(traveling downhill via inclined lift)

Kek Lok Si has changed so much (in a positive way) compared to the last time we came here.

Kek Lok Si Temple ,

11500 Ayer Itam, Penang

Contact No.: 04-8283317

2) Ayer Itam Assam Laksa

After Kek Lok Si Temple, we stop over Ayer Itam for the famous Assam Laksa. Same spot, same stall, same owner over the decades. You will never skip Assam Laksa when you come to Penang.

Although the flavors may not be as good as those early days, but still a satisfying bowl of Assam Laksa.

Clikc HERE to read in detail about Ayer Itam Assam Laksa.

Ayer Itam Assam Laksa
Jalan Pasar, Paya Terubong,
11500 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Operating Hours: Daily, 10.30am – 7pm

3) Teddyville Museum Penang

From Ayer Itam, we moved on to Teddyville Museum which is located at Batu Feringgi.

Distance was about 16km from Ayer Itam (approx. 30 minutes drive)

The adorable teddy bear museum which showcases Penang’s famous tourist destinations, food culture, historical events and things about Penang

Read my full review about Teddyville Museum HERE 🙂

Address: 56, Jalan Low Yat, Puncak Ria, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang

Open Daily from 9am-6pm

4) Cecil Street Market 七条路巴刹

We wanted some authentic local Penang food. Hence the driver suggested this place.

I do understand that we had very little time in Penang. But this hawker centre has most of the local Penang food under one roof. Therefore it allows us to try varies dish. Furthermore this place is less tourist, affordable price and the food tasted good too.

Read from my earlier post HERE 🙂

Address: 40-48, Lebuh Cecil, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Open Daily from 7.30am – 7pm

 

5) Chew Jetty

“Clan Jetties form part of the Penang Heritage Trail. There used to be seven jetties until one was demolished by fire and now six remain. Billed as one of the last bastions of old Chinese settlements on the island, this waterfront society is home to houses on stilts of various Chinese clans. Located straight down from Lebuh Chulia (beside the Kapitan Kling Mosque) at Pengkalan Weld (Weld Quay), these water villages are over a century old. Each jetty is named after a Chinese clan – the Chew Jetty is the most tourist-friendly with the most stilt-houses.” (source from http://www.penang.ws/penang-attractions/clan-jetties.htm?cid=ch:OTH:001)

Along the wooden jetty, there are wooden houses on both left and right side. Small stalls are setup by house owners in front of their house.

Items sold here are mostly souvenirs, handmade crafts and little food.

There is this shop that sells Big Bowl Noodles. I’m quite interested to try, but all of us were still so full after makan at Cecil Street Market.

Spotted some interesting wall mural here.

The above mural themed ‘Folklore by the Sea’ painted based on the resident’s lifestyle during those days.

Walk towards the end, you will see the jetty. Boat ride service is available here.

It was quite interesting and a good experience. You could spend maybe around 1 hour here, stroll, take photos, and look see the environment here.

People suggested to come here during sunset for a beautiful view.

To read more information and history about Chew Jetty, click HERE.

 

Chew Jetty was our last destination before we ended our 8 hours tour. It was a fruitful day without having to rush.

Would you like to share where will you go in 8 hours?

 

 

3D2N @Maritime Suite Penang and Food Nearby

During the first term of school break this year, we made a family trip to Penang by plane. It was just a short 3 days 2 nights trip. My mom has been wanting to visit Penang because the last trip she went was many years back when we were still teenagers.

I came across friends recommending this place, Maritime Suite Penang which is located at Georgetown, Penang. This property is quite new actually. Okay, the main reason of me choosing here instead of hotel….is that everyone could fit into 1 unit. Otherwise we’ll need to book few rooms to fit all of us.

Above photo is the ground floor of the apartment. There are Food & Beverage Shops, Convenient Stores (7 Eleven & MyNews).

List of shops:- https://automall.com.my/#

Distance from Penang International Airport = 14km

Well, there’s always pros and cons in everything. We are only allowed to go into our respective apartment unit about 2pm because they need to do cleaning. Unlike hotels, we can leave our luggage/belongings at the lobby.

Hence, this was our first stop before its time to check in to the apartment.

Yes! It is the famous Teo Chew Cendol at Penang Road. We were lucky to be early to beat the queue. You can have the cendol either in a bowl or a plastic cup for take away. Well, I personally felt the cendol is just average. The kidney bean was nice, but the gula melaka wasn’t strong enough for me. Perhaps I’ve put high expectation to it since it is so popular. Anyway, it is just my personal opinion. You may think otherwise.

Next, we came to Tean Ean Local Products to buy some local confectionery and not forgetting the freshly made Tau Sar Pheah (baked flaky pastry biscuits filled with a sweet or savoury filling made from grounded mung bean).

There are many big brands here in Penang but Tean Ean is one of the recommended ones by the local. It has more varieties of products.

 

Ok lar, tired already…woke up so early in the morning to travel. Time to get some rest in the apartment.

Before that, we settled our lunch at Iyara Thai Cuisine. Price was on higher side, but taste wise was good.

View from our apartment.

Love the high window, would love to sit at this spot to enjoy the seaview. However it might be quite hot in the afternoon due to the direct sun.

Room size : 93 m²

2 Bedrooms with 3 Queen Sized Bed

2 Bathrooms

A key card is required to enter the premise. So, I assumed its quite safe lar.

There’s also an average sized swimming pool, but didn’t get chance to use it. Not enough time 😀

Mom was happily checking out the kitchen.

There’s microwave, plates and utensils, electric portable stove, pot, electric kettle, refrigerator.

Includes Free Wifi

Master Bedroom at Loft with 2 Queen Sized Bed

with En-Suite Bathroom.

Bedroom 2 with 1 Queen Sized Bed and a common sharing bathroom.

Jet was very excited to know that there’s a claw machine shop downstairs.

Luckily I managed to get one from the machine. These machines are tough man!

There’s this new food court quite a short distance from Maritime. Its called “Fisherman’s Wharf Food Corner Penang”. Varieties of food offered here. Prices are slightly on high side compared to hawker stalls in town.

槟城渔人码头 Fisherman’s Wharf Food Corner Penang

Open Daily 11am – 1am

Other than that, we also visited Cecil Street Market for lunch and breakfast before we leave Penang. Reason we chose Cecil Street Market because it was recommended by the local and it is just 2km away from where we stayed. We eventually skipped Gurney Drive because the local people told us it is overrated and expensive.

9 Awesome Food To Try At Cecil Street Market

shared by Penang Foodie blogger.

We didn’t try all the above, but had what we felt attracts us.

Wantan Mee stall, was seen working non stop serving plates of wantan mee.

Nyonya Kuih

Popiah (non-fried version)

Filled with sauce and main ingredient was stir fried turnip. A simple and yummy snack.

The Pancake (Ban Chien Kuih) from this stall was nice. Its crispy when its eaten hot. Filled with corn and crushed peanuts.

Pasembur

A Malaysian version of salad. Filled with cucumber, bean sprout,  turnip, fried bean curd, prawn fritters then drenched with sweet spicy peanut sauce.

Mee Jawa, a traditional Javanese style noodle, it is from Indonesia and also popular in Malaysia. The dish is made of yellow noodle, chicken, vegetables, egg and spices. I noticed that not all places having the same flavors.

Penang Fried Radish Cake. The flavors are very similar to Char Kuey Teow. A simple dish which main ingredients are steamed radish cake, bean sprout, egg, dark soy sauce and seasoning.

Penang White Curry Mee (with pig blood)

The White Curry Mee here was good especially the broth. And its not too spicy.

Duck Meat Kuey Teow Th’ng

Duck meat were thinly sliced, served with kuey teow and soup. The duck meat and soup were the 2 main important items.

Nasi Lemak with Sambal Ikan Bilis

Maggi Goreng, a popular noodle in Malaysia. Using instant noodle (Maggi) as the main ingredient. Followed with bean sprout, fried beancurd and spices. A simple and delicious dish.

Cecil Street Market 七条路巴刹

Open Daily from 7.30am – 7pm

Difference between Fisherman’s Wharf Food Corner Penang and Cecil Street Market, Fisherman’s Wharf Food Corner is more towards fusion food. They served local, Japanese, Western, Korean food. Unlike Cecil Street Market, served mostly authentic local Penang food.

3D2N ended too quick. We enjoyed the accommodation here. Made us feels like a home.

How did we move around in Penang?

I uses both MULA and Grab E-Hailing App.

 

 

Staycation at Dorsett KL Hotel & Hi-Tea at Majestic Hotel KL

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2018 marked our 10th Anniversary. A decade old of friendship.

We started off as virtual friends through a wedding forum called Malaysia Brides. Back then we were all doing preparations for our wedding. 10 years later we are now busy with our own children. 😀

Although we do not meet each other that often now, but we still keep in touch via social media. Thus our life is not as carefree as before, but celebrating our 10 years Anniversary is in our MUST DO list.

Choosing KL as the destination would be more convenient and easily achieved.

Dorsett KL3

We looked forward for the day to come. Because its gonna be a kid-free day for 3 of us. Thanks to Ashley who did all the reservation!

The agenda was Hotel Stay, Hi-Tea, Shopping, Makan and tidur. 😀

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Our one night staycation at Dorsett Kuala Lumpur. It is located at the heart of KL Golden Triangle. Nearest shopping mall is Pavilion KL which is about 5-10 minutes walk.

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The Deluxe Premier room size: 38m2 /409 sq. ft. is spacious.

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However the en-suite bathroom walk-in rain shower is kinda small.

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Nice packaging of a complete set of bath toiletries.

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After getting a quick rest in our room, we proceeded to our planned hi-tea. Using the e-hailing service, we went for hi-tea at The Majestic Hotel KL. There are several rooms allowing you to have hi-tea with different kind of atmosphere. We chose the ‘Drawing Room’. The interior of Drawing Room has a taste of English +Colonial ambiance.

Dorsett KL2

While waiting for the Waiter to bring our tea set, and the room was still vacant, why not take some nice photos here.

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The Hi-Tea set priced at RM85 per pax includes one English Tea.

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Tray No. 1

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Tray No. 2. The 3 tier tray was filled with desserts, pastries, sandwiches and scones.

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Whilst hot savory items were served in a separate metal box.

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Mini desserts

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Scones served with cream and jam. Their scones texture is different from scones I’ve tried before. Its not crumbly type. But more towards doughy type.

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Thanks to the Hotel staff for taking this nice photo of us. Felt like a rich tai tai enjoying hi-tea session. I like the ambiance. I like the service. But I felt the food were just average.

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That night, the gals decided to surprise me with a birthday gift. Their plan was to leave it on the white bedspread bed so that I would notice it after I came out from bathroom. But being a short sighted person without spectacle, all images are blur. I continue chit chatting with them as though nothing was around me. To cut a long story short, all of us burst out laughing and more laughter at the end. LOL!

Thank you for pampering me on my birthday!!

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We woke up early the next morning and went for the hotel’s breakfast. Guess which plate belongs to me? hehe…Of course the bigger amount one lor. The breakfast selections was alright. I felt the Nasi Lemak was quite nice.

Dorsett KL1

Before time for check-out, kill time with more wefie . 😀

In the early days, we named ourselves as Powerpuff Girls. That was during the time when we don’t have kids yet. Then later we changed to “Danger! Poison Inside!” mainly because we like to poison each other with online shopping, offers & etc. We shop anything from tupperware, pots, food, clothing. Hence we often ended up with small and big bags of loots purchased on behalf 😀

Dear Ashley & Wanyi,

I treasure our friendship.

Although I do not rant much nor talk about my problems, but when I need to speak out, you girls will be my first listener.

I miss our carefree life. But we can’t turn back time. We laughed alot when we spend time during holidays.

Besides that, you all are my translator when I need to read Chinese characters. 😀
Hope our friendship will remain till we grow old with white hair.