As we slowly made our way back to our hotel through a maze of lanes, we spotted a cafe still in operations, and so, off we went for some 牛奶咖啡 Latte (¥42), 龙井茶 Dragon Well Tea (¥58) and 蜂蜜柠檬芝士蛋糕 Honey Lemon Cheesecake (¥42).
The coffee was not bad, and I really liked the tea. The cake had a nice balance of sweet and salty, and we really enjoyed the ambience of this cafe.
- Location: 浙江省杭州市上城区开元路38号 (Baidu Maps)
- Hrs: 9.30am to 1am
There were quite a few outlets, and the one we went to was at 高银街 Gao Yin Street.
We shared 生煎双拼 (鮮肉/蝦仁) Pan-fried Pork Buns (Pork / Prawn) (¥10.50) and 家常卤肉拌面 Dry Noodles with Minced Meat (¥19) since we were not particularly hungry.
As this place was similar to a fast food restaurant, we did not have much expectations of the food. Our perception changed when hubby took the first bite into the 生煎包 pan-fried pork bun and sent a spurt of juice towards me *LOL* 的确是咬不得啊！汤汁喷得像火箭! We certainly did not expect the bun to be so juicy, and were very careful about eating it after that 😛
We were very impressed that there was so much juice enveloped by the thin skin. The fried base was also nicely crispy. Overall, we thought it was a very good 生煎包. The noodles was a bit on the salty side though.
- Location: 浙江省杭州市上城区高银街22号 (Baidu Maps)
- Hrs: 6.30am to 11pm
From 西湖 West Lake, we followed instructions by 百度地图 Baidu Maps to 胜利河美食街 Shengli River Food Street by bus route 12 (¥2 per adult) with a bit of walking.
The food street was not long; we walked up and down the full length before picking a restaurant 开化农家菜 that looked quite popular. We had a 柴火鸡 Chicken Stew (¥168) and the staff helped us cook the dish. The chicken dish was awesome! It was addictive and comfortably spicy (we asked for mild spiciness) and the 玉米饼 Corn Bread complemented it really well. It was a perfect choice for such a cold night 🙂
Returning back to our hotel was via bus route 198 (¥2 per adult), where we had a nice stroll back cutting through 南宋御街 Southern Song Imperial Street. This street has some pretty buildings and intersected with 河坊街 Hefang Street.
Note: There was a ¥2 charge for cutlery. There were only public toilets (near the carpark) in this area.
- Location: 浙江省杭州市拱墅区霞湾巷284号 (Baidu Maps)
- Hrs: 5pm – 2am
It was already past 8.30pm by the time we were done with checking into 如家精选酒店 (杭州西湖吴山广场河坊街店) Home Inn Plus (Hangzhou West Lake Wushan Plaza Hefang Street) and freshening up, so we decided to just grab something nearby.
老杭州家常菜 was still opened, so we decided our first proper meal here would be some local delights, including 东坡肉 Braised Pork Belly (¥14) (very tough!) and 西湖醋鱼 West Lake Fish in Vinegar Gravy (¥58). We also ordered 炒油麦 Stir-fried Lettuce (¥18) to balance the meal.
We thought the fish was quite fresh. It was easy to eat as there were little bones. The vegetable was pretty standard. Unfortunately, the braised pork belly was very tough, and we hoped this was just a poor rendition of the very famous dish 😮
After which, we just strolled around 河坊街 Hefang Street (aka Snack Street) and the street parallel to it. That was when we realised there were quite a few 老杭州家常菜… Not sure if they belong to the same chain?
Note: There was a ¥1 charge for cutlery.
- Location: 浙江省杭州市上城区高银街141号 (Baidu Maps)
- Hrs: 9am – 9pm
Gelang Patah is famous for seafood, and there were quite a few restaurants with good reviews. Today, we decided to check out Restoran Chua Kee 蔡記海鮮樓. Looking at the reviews, we made it a point to reach here before 6pm, where it was mostly empty on a Tuesday evening.
Since we were early, we did a quick stroll around the area. There were actually quite a few provision shops here, and some eateries were already closed by this time.
We were back to Taman Sutera Utama 五福城 again! Our gang rather like this place because the Sutera Mall 五福城广场 is definitely less crowded than City Square Mall, and there is this stretch of shops just opposite the mall, for more shopping, and food. Lots of cafe within this vicinity too 🙂
We had tried Just Want Coffee, The Bear and Fish during our previous trip, and today, we decided to check out Maco Cafe & Bakery.
There was a Teatime Combo on weekdays 3pm to 6pm (excluding Public Holidays), where you could choose pair a Mille Crepe (usual price RM9.90) with any coffee beverage (excluding Cafe Brulee series, so usual prices range from RM6.90 to RM11.90) or premium tea selections (usual price RM11.90).
We had wanted to check out this place for the last few trips but it was always closed (because we kept picking the same day to travel 😡). This time, we especially picked a different day, and called in advance to make reservations.
We found the place slightly before 12 noon, and found the metal gates still locked 😮 However, looking through the gates, it seemed that the back door was open, and we figured that we would just take a peep, as we were not too sure if this was the correct place to be, as there were a couple of similarly-named places found in Google Maps.
Boy, were we glad that we went to the back, for we got to see how 叫化鷄 Beggar Chicken was prepared 😀 The owner was preparing the chicken, and explained to us how it was done, hehe! Continue reading
We went on a day trip to Johore again!
And first up was this popular roti canai (or roti prata in Singapore) near the JB custom.
Despite being quite near customs, it took us a little while to find the correct route to this little corner. And it didn’t help that it was raining heavily.
We reached around 10.30am, and split up the work; one went to queue and order, while the rest of us try to secure a table.
We ordered Roti Canai Kosong (RM1 each), and by 10.45am, all roti canai was sold out. We were one of the last few customers, lucky sia!
During our short three day two night trip to Malacca, we still managed to visit 3 cafes 🙂
We had visited a few during our past trips, so we wanted to try out new ones this time.
A quick Google search showed that there were many cafes with good reviews near Jonker Street, so we basically picked based on where was convenient.
Though the place mentioned Thong Shui, which literally meant “sugar water”, or desserts, we were actually here for the Golden Mee Hoon Kuih 黄金金面粉糕 (RM6.60 for small, RM9 for large, option of dry or soup). I seldom have good experiences with such hand torn noodles, as they tend to have different shapes and thickness, and the soup version is usually quite starchy. I had stopped eating this for years after having a rather bad experience with uncooked noodles -_-”
I gotta say this was a rather pleasing bowl of Mee Hoon Kuih (or Mee Hoon Kueh, as spelt in Singapore)! Firstly, the pumpkin dough gave the noodles a pretty colour, and the hand torn noodles were of similar thickness. The noodles were cooked just right, without being too soggy, or having parts that were uncooked. The accompanying ikan bilis (small fried anchovies) were very crispy, and the meat were tender. The noodles tasted slightly sweet, and after mixing in the sambal chilli, the entire bowl of noodles took on an extra layer of flavours 🙂 We really enjoyed this bowl of lovely Mee Hoon Kuih.
We also tried the signature <strong>Thong Shui Fried Bee Hoon with Rendang Chicken 招牌米粉和仁当鸡 (RM8), which was not bad, but paled in comparison to the noodles.,
- Location: No. 86, Jalan CB 1, Taman Cheng Baru, Melaka, 75250 Malacca, Malaysia (Google Maps)
- Hrs: 12pm – 9:30pm