Food

ラー麺ずんどう屋 心斎橋 Ramen Zundou-ya Shinsaibashi @大阪 Osaka, Japan

We reached the ramen place around 18:30 and there was already at least 10 people hanging outside waiting. We placed our names in the waiting list, and proceeded to order from the vending machine. The Japanese menu had more options (e.g. 2 options for noodle type) compared to the English menu. We opted for the Thin noodles with everything all in (¥1220) and a Grilled Gyoza (¥410). It was a quick 5-minute wait and we were ushered to the counter seats. The staff was kind enough to give us an empty bowl for sharing without us having to ask 🙂 The ramen was awesome! I particularly enjoyed thin noodles, so I could be a little biased 😛 The noodles were springy with a nice bite. The char siew was so tender that the fats literally melted in our mouths! The soup was flavourful and the saltiness was balanced out by the spicy oil. Overall, we were very satisfied with the ramen! The gyoza was quite juicy but we felt that the fillings were a bit too finely minced. We were done before 7pm. Noticed that the crowd is on and off, but the turnaround is pretty fast.
Contact:
  • Location: 1 Chome−5−7 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Japan 〒542-0085 大阪府大阪市中央区心斎橋筋1丁目5-7 セーナビル1F (周防町通り) (Google Maps)
  • Nearest Station: Subway Midosuji Line/Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line Shinsaibashi Station 地下鉄御堂筋線/長堀鶴見緑地線 心斎橋駅 (4 min walk)
  • Websitewww.zundouya.com
  • Hrs: 24 hours (Tue-Sat), 12am – 5am (Sun), 11am – 12am (Mon)
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浪速割烹 喜川/㐂川 Naniwa Kappo Kigawa @大阪 Osaka, Japan

IMG_3104IMG_3103We had tried to ask our hotel to help us with the reservations, but they were unable to, due to some reservations policy. Nonetheless, we decided to try our luck walking in. Turned out that we were the very first customers at 12 noon when we arrived.

There were 3 lunch menu, and the difference between the ¥8,000 and ¥6,000 menu was an additional main dish of grilled wagyu beef. We didn’t get to see what was in the ¥15,000 menu, but anyway we opted for the ¥6,000 one, knowing that we would be eating lots during the trip 😅

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Manis J Nyonya Restaurant @Melaka, Malaysia

Our last stop in Malacca, and we were still quite determined to try Peranakan food 😛

Our favourite was the Assam Fish (RM50 for medium)! The fish was fresh, and the tamarind sauce had a good balance of sweet, sour and spicy 🙂 We also liked the Cili Garam Terung (RM18), which was fried eggplant in chilli gravy. Unfortunately, we found some of the braised chicken pieces in the Ayam Tempra (RM28) a bit too tough, while the Telur Cincaluk (RM18) was like a normal omelette and we could barely taste the fermented shrimps of the cincaluk.

Chendol (RM5) was the recommended dessert, and Dr K gave it thumbs-up 🙂 We had a taste of the gula melaka on its own, and thought it was pretty good.

Contact:

  • Location: 167, Jalan Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia (Google Maps)
  • Website: Facebook
  • Hrs: 8am – 3pm (closed on Tue)
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The Daily Fix @Melaka, Malaysia

This was the cafe that we wanted to check out during our previous trip, but it was full house when we were there. This time, we went there at 9am, and it was already more than half-full!

Since we already had breakfast, we only tried the Local Pandan Pancakes (RM13 + 6% Service Tax), which was pretty good! For drinks, we had a double shot Cafe Latte (RM10+) and Matcha Latte (RM11+). Both were not bad.

Contact:

  • Location: 55, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia (Google Maps)
  • Website: Facebook
  • Hrs: 10am – 6pm
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Restoran Nancy’s Kitchen @Melaka, Malaysia

IMG_1071Restoran Nancy’s Kitchen had been on our radar since our maiden trip to Malacca, but we had never quite made it there for all our previous trips. 😦

Despite reading mixed reviews about this place recently, we thought that we would still want to give it a try, and it was relatively closer to our next stop 🙂

We arrived at 5pm, and the place was rather quiet, though it was quite crowded by the time we finished our meal. And for the first time, we used Grab to travel around Melaka, haha! Continue reading

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Locahouz @Melaka, Malaysia

This cafe served a list of interesting specialty coffee, but when we enquired further, all except one had some form of syrup used. So we opted for a Homemade Orange Lemon Beer (RM12.50 + 5% Service Charge) and two Chrysanthemum Lattes (RM13+ for hot; RM15+ for cold). We also got ourselves some Homemade Coffee Marinated Pork Belly with Pumpkin Bao (RM20.90+), Hot Sauce Pork Belly with Pumpkin Bao (RM20.50+), and Banana Cheese Cake (RM9.90+) to share.

The Baos (or burgers) were yummy, though the hot sauce version was a tad too spicy for hubby and I. The cheese cake was not overly sweet and it was a lovely finish to the meal. Drinks-wise, the lattes were pretty good, and while the alcoholic content for the beer was rather low, for a non-drinker, I certainly felt a bit high drinking it, haha! I really enjoyed the tangy sweet and bitter drink, and it was an interesting alternative to the other non coffee options 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: 8, Jalan Bukit Cina, Kampung Bukit China, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia (Google Maps)
  • Website: Facebook
  • Hrs: 10:30am – 6pm (closed on Wed)
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元延原创永平正宗西刀鱼圓 Yuan Yean Fishball Eating House @Yong Peng, Malaysia

We drove passed a few shops selling fishball during our stopover at Yong Peng 永平, and could not resist trying this Foochow 福州 delight.

Making another pit stop before driving to Malacca, we decided to check out one of the fishball places, since small fishballs seemed quite popular at Yong Peng. The bowl of Fishball Soup 鱼圆汤 (RM4.80 + 6% Service Tax for 6 pieces) were pretty decent, but we could not differentiate if the Fuzhou Fishballs 福州鱼圆 (RM5+ for 5 pieces) were hand-made or factory-made 😛 The Fried Fuzuk 炸腐竹 (RM6+ for 5 pieces) was just oh-so-salty….

The Soursop Juice (RM3.50+) and Passionfruit Juice (RM3.50+) were definitely refreshing and much needed on such a hot day though 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: 122A-123, Main Rd, Taman Selatan, 83700 Yong Peng, Johor, Malaysia (Google Maps)
  • Website: Facebook
  • Hrs: 7.30am to 7.30pm
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榕树下粿条仔 Restoran Rong Shu Xia @Johor Bahru, Malaysia

This was our first stop for the day after clearing customs 🙂 Originally a stall inside a coffee shop, this place has since then expanded to own a full shop front next door. We randomly ordered a few items such as 大肠头,大肠,卤蛋,猪血,三层肉,瘦肉,as well as two bowls of kway tiao 粿条。

The herbal broth was quite light, making the silky kway tiao an easy slurp. The pig’s blood was more like beancurd with a strong herbal taste. The intestines were very clean and even Ms. K was willing to try some!

And what really impressed us was the freshly deep fried shallots, which made everything so much more addictive! 油葱炸得好香!

Contact:

  • Location: 24, Jalan Maju, Taman Maju Jaya, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (Google Maps)
  • Hrs: 8am – 12:30pm (closed on Wed)
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Cafes in 上海 Shanghai, China

IMG_0681Shanghai has no less of its share of cafes and we managed to visit quite a few during our short stay.

We typically interspersed our cafe hopping in between meals and shopping/walking. And sometimes we just happened to see some interestingly-looking cafes and just decided to try. 🙂 Such is the luxury of vacation…

In general, the cafes in Shanghai are decent but not exceptional, compared to places like Melbourne, London or even Hong Kong. Nevertheless it was still a great experience to taste the coffee in Shanghai and enjoy the great weather, atmosphere and most importantly, the company! 🙂

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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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