These two eateries were just a few steps away from each other, and since this was our last night in Shanghai, we decided to have two dinners 😮
We tried 四喜烤麸, 油爆虾 and 熏鱼 at 老兴隆 (total ¥141), and 香肠酱油饭 (¥16) and 白灼生菜 (¥10) at 老街小食, and wow, the food at both places were very delicious!
What a perfect way to end our last night here 🙂
- Location: 上海市黄浦区天津路528号 (Baidu Maps)
- Hrs: 10:30am – 9:30pm
- Location: 上海市黄浦区天津路502号 (Baidu Maps)
- Hrs: 10am – 9pm
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 love trying out Peranakan food (aka Nonya food) whenever we are in Malacca 🙂
For this trip, we decided to check out SamFu Restaurant in Mimosa Hotel. Ms K’s dad joined us for dinner too 🙂 We were glad that we had made reservations a day in advance, for the restaurant was packed with customers during dinner time.
Just across the road opposite the entrance to Longkang Siham, was this very empty satey celup place. Perhaps because it was away from the main tourist area, but we decided to give it a shot, as we were not feeling up to long queues tonight.
This place advertised itself as using Kangen water, which is alkaline water and supposedly have some health benefits. They also claimed that they make their soup bases from scratch, and did not recycle their soup base, which was definitely one up in the hygiene level. With dual soup base, this place also caters to kids and customers who do not take spicy or peanuts. There was a minimum order of 15 sticks, which amounted to RM15.
We were pleasantly surprised by the freshness of the seafood, especially the prawns and blood cockles! The meat items were less impressive. The satay soup base, while not the super thick type, was still pretty good and satisfying. The chicken soup base was not bad too.
They also sell freshly baked castella cakes here. Seemed like an odd combination for satay celup, but we did see quite a few customers buying take-aways.
- Location: No.145, Jalan Bunga Raya, Kampung Jawa, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia
- Hrs: 3pm – 11pm (Thu-Tue)
Despite the relatively short trip, we managed to cover three night markets in 高雄 Kaohsiung 🙂
瑞豐夜市 Ruifeng Night Market
Since we were quite near 瑞豐夜市 Ruifeng Night Market, it naturally became our first night market to visit.
It has been many years since our last visit, and there were some changes to the variety of food available.
We sampled 厨窗卤味 where we ordered a variety of braised vegetables and meat items for NT195. The braised sauce was quite light and the items were not bad.
We had a late dinner because we were really too full from this trip, and also because we waited a while for seats at this place and another 1 hour for the food to be served 😮
Tried the famed San Low Bee Hoon, along with black pepper chicken, beancurd with minced meat, and sweet potato leaves with fermented beancurd (RM75.65 for 4 pax, including drinks). Gotta say the food was really just so-so… 😡
- Location: Jalan Merah 1, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (Google Maps)
- Direction: 8 min drive from Johor Bahru CIQ Complex
- Website: Facebook
- Hrs: 4:30pm – 1am
We were filled to the brim after dinner!
But we had parked in KSL Mall, and I recalled that I had tried a very yummy assam laksa in the mall before.
After much cajoling, Ms. K declared that she would just take one bite, so that we would not regret not trying it 😛
D’Laksa in KSL Mall
D’Laksa in KSL Mall
We ordered a bowl (RM6) to share. It was an addictive combination of sweet, sour and spicy… and Ms. K definitely had more than a bite! I felt a sense of achievement, LOL!
- Location: 64, KSL City Mall, LG-63, 33, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (Google Maps)
- Direction: 11 min drive from Johor Bahru CIQ Complex
- Website: Homepage (Facebook)
- Hrs: 10:30am – 10pm