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
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
During our first visit to Melaka many years ago, we had tried dim sum at a famous restaurant, and had good memories about it. This time, we wanted to try another dim sum restaurant, and De Ocean Restaurant 大洋點心 had pretty good online reviews.
Since we were still quite full from breakfast, we had a scaled-down lunch.
The way dim sum was served here was that the staff would bring a tray of available dim sums for us to select. Erm… we gotta say, we were quite disappointed with the dim sum here 😦 The most unique one was the fried prawn dumpling, because the skin had banana flavours to it. Many times, we enjoyed the dim sum experience not because the dim sum was of very high quality, but because of the buzzing atmosphere. Alas, we did not experience this here as well.
Dim sum prices ranged from RM3.50, RM4, to RM5, and Pu-Er tea was RM1.60 per pax. We supposed it could be an option if you needed air-conditioning. Of note, if you do come here, maybe you would like to try the buns, which had pretty good online reviews. However, we were not really bun lovers and usually preferred to try other types of dim sum.
- Location: 174, Ground Floor, Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia (Google Maps)
- Website: Facebook
- Hrs: 7am – 2pm (Wed-Mon)
Boy, it was difficult to find this place! Google Maps took us through tiny lanes and all to reach here 😮
A rustic place literally under a huge tree, this place was famous for its Teochew-style braised duck. Not only did we order the braised duck meat, we also tried braised duck head, braised pig trotter, intestines, giblets, braised egg, beancurd skin and kway tiao soup (total RM 88.50 for 4 pax). Basically whatever that was still available since we arrived way past lunch time (scroll through the IG post for more photos).
We totally enjoyed this hearty meal, especially the duck and kway tiao soup! The broth and gravy had a delightful herbal flavour 🙂 Also, I think this was our first time trying duck head, and it was quite flavourful.
Definitely our best meal for this trip 🙂
- Location: 1B, Jalan Skudai Batu 8 1/2 (near Lee Pineapple Factory), Skudai 81300 Johor Bahru (国光小学后面） (Google Maps)
- Direction: 18 min drive from Johor Bahru CIQ Complex
- Website: www.paradigmmall.com.my/jb
- Hrs: 8:30am – 4pm
Ms K brought us to a place where she used to frequent, and we were glad that she did 🙂 Here was what we tried.
Restoran Kah Kah Loke
- Bitter Gourd Soup: A simple bowl of goodness with a generous amount of bitter gourd and liver. The bitter gourd were just mildly bitter, and the liver was fresh and not over-cooked. The soup was also sweetened to balance out the bitterness.
- Deep Fried Pork: Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, we enjoyed this very much!
- Big Intestines: The intestines were cleaned properly, and there was a nice bite to it. We kept trying to encourage Ms. K to try, haha!
- Sambal Sweet Potato Leaves (RM5.80): Something to balance out the meal, this was not bad too.
- Location: 62, Jalan Bakawali 39, Johor Jaya, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (Google Maps)
- Direction: 21 min drive from Johor Bahru CIQ Complex
- Website: Facebook
- Hrs: 8am – 10pm (Tue-Sun)
Our hotel staff recommended going to 華陰街 Huaying Street area for lunch, and we must say, it was a great recommendation!
We had been here during our previous trip, and unfortunately, the 麻醬涼麵 Sesame Cold Noodle stall had already closed down. So we kept walking, till we saw 2 long queues side-by-side, one for 脆皮鮮奶甜甜圈 Crispy Fresh Donuts (Taiwanese donuts that was apparently even better than the big brands), and the other for 三多屋爸爸嘴 Sando House, a place selling value-for-money sashimi.
This was our most adventurous meal of the trip, for we travelled entirely by bus (big and small) to reach this place 😛
There were quite a few restaurants selling roast goose, but we had our minds set on this place 深井裕記.
So many choices, but not enough stomach space, so we had to settled:
- Regular lower (i.e. drumstick portion, HK$165)
- Poached Goose Giblets (HK$90)
- Poached Chinese Cabbage and Jinhua Ham with Chicken Broth Soup in Casserole (HK$88)
Gotta say that the the long trip down was worth it! The goose meat was tender and the skin crispy, and the Chinese cabbage was really sweet!
- Location: 9 Sham Hong Road, Sham Tseng, New Territories, Hong Kong 香港新界深井深康路九號 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Tsuen Wan Line Tsuen Wan Station 荃灣綫荃灣站 (Take Green Bus 96 or 96M)
- Website: yuekee.com.hk (Facebook)
- Hrs: 11am – 11pm
With the warning of upcoming typhoon, we ended up at the Canal City Hakata again. We were walking around for lunch inspiration and we were attracted by the huge anago!
We opted for 対馬産大穴子天丼 Tsushima Large Anago Tendon (¥1700) and 季节の天ぷら定食 Seasonal Tempura Set Meal (¥1400).
Deep frying everything a la order and by hand
Unlimited Tsukemono Pickled Cabbage and Takao’s specialty, Konbu Mentai, or Kelp and Cod Roe
対馬産大穴子天丼 Tsushima Large Anago Tendon
季节の天ぷら定食 Seasonal Tempura Set Meal
The huge anago was awesomely delicious! We also liked that they were not overly generous with the sauce 🙂 For the tempura set meal, each tempura was freshly deep fried in front of us, and served piece by piece as we ate, ensuring that each piece was fresh and hot. The batter was also quite light without being overly oily.
We were really glad that we came here for lunch 🙂
- Location: 〒812-0018 福岡県福岡市博多区住吉1丁目2−1 キャナルシティ博多4階, 1 Chome−2−1, Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken, Japan (Google Maps)
- Directions: Level 4 of Canal City Hakata
- Website: tempura-takao.jp
- Hrs: 11am – 11pm
Hubby said that we absolutely gotta go queue for this famous udon!
Since we were staying quite near the place, we figured we would be rather early… NOT 😛
We arrived just before 11.30am, to find a long queue outside, and we did not manage to get in the first seating. However, being a fuss-free place, customers did not linger and after 20 minutes, we were in!
After a long train ride from Kumamoto to Hakata, and dropping our luggage at our hotel, we went in search for lunch.
We still recalled the very nice もつ鍋 Motsu Nabe which we had tried at a yatai stall in Fukuoka years ago. So when we saw this restaurant specialising in Motsu Nabe, we went in without hesitation.
We ordered the Motsu Nabe Set Meal for 2 pax (¥2560), where we could opt for either rice or Champon noodles. The set also included sides such as Hakata Spicy Cod Roe (raw), Okyuto (seaweed jelly), and pickles (citron radish).
We enjoyed the side dishes, but the Motsu Nabe was quite a disappointment with very little offals… There was probably much more tofu than anything else 😦 The soup and noodles were not bad though.
Note: Menu was available in English, Korean, and Chinese, so it was fairly easy to order.