Lunch

桢记热气羊肉火锅 Zhenji Reqi Mutton Hotpot @上海 Shanghai, China

We wanted brunch, and were the first customers waiting outside this hotpot restaurant 😛

For ¥160, we thought the food was not bad, and the meal became nicer because there was 猪血 Pig’s Blood.. haha!

Contact:

  • Location: 上海市黄浦区宁海东路280号 (Baidu Maps)
  • Hrs: 11am – 3am
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大壶春 Dahuchun @上海 Shanghai, China

上海 Shanghai, here we come~

Called for a car via 滴滴出行 Didi Rider app (¥11) to 杭州火车站 Hangzhou Railway Station to catch the 8+am train to 上海虹桥火车站 Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, followed by a Metro ride to 大世界 Dashijie Station (¥5 per adult).

Made our way to the hotel, dropped our bags and we were off to our first meal in Shanghai!

The flagship store of 大壶春 Dahuchun was just around the corner, and so, we had some really awesome 生煎包 Pan-Fried Pork Buns again!

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We had to order a portion of pork buns and soup each, so we ended up with a plate with 鲜肉 pork fillings (¥8 for 4 pieces), 虾仁 prawn fillings (¥12 for 4 pieces) and 2 bowls of 葱花鱼丸汤 Fishball Soup with Spring Onions (¥8 per bowl).

Compared to the version which we tried in Hangzhou, the buns here had thicker skin, but were meatier. We liked the fluffy top part and the crisp bottom. The overall taste felt homely and hearty. The soup was pretty normal.

Contact: 

  • Location: 上海市黄浦区四川中路136号 (Baidu Maps)
  • Hrs: 6.30am to 7:30pm
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萬香城餐館 Ban Heong Seng Restaurant @Johor, Malaysia

IMG_7626We 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

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Thong Shui House @Melaka, Malaysia

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.,

Contact:

  • Location: No. 86, Jalan CB 1, Taman Cheng Baru, Melaka, 75250 Malacca, Malaysia (Google Maps)
  • Hrs: 12pm – 9:30pm
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De Ocean Restaurant 大洋點心 @Melaka, Malaysia

IMG_7390During 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.

Contact:

  • Location: 174, Ground Floor, Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia (Google Maps)
  • Website: Facebook
  • Hrs: 7am – 2pm (Wed-Mon)
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Taika Huat Teochew Braised Duck 八哩半大家发鸭肉 @Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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 🙂

Contact:

  • 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
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Restoran Kah Kah Loke 佳佳乐苦瓜汤 @Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Ms K brought us to a place where she used to frequent, and we were glad that she did 🙂 Here was what we tried.

  • 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.
Contact:

  • 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)
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三多屋爸爸嘴 Sando House @Taipei

IMG20171101125503Our 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.

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深井裕記燒鵝飯店 Yue Kee Roast Goose Restaurant @Sham Tseng, Hong Kong

img_4388IMG20171013134011This 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!

Contact:

  • 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
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博多天ぷらたかお Hakata Tempura Takao @Hakata, Japan

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).

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 🙂

Contact:

  • 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
  • Websitetempura-takao.jp
  • Hrs: 11am – 11pm
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