東港華橋市場 Donggang Seafood Market @ Kaoshiung, Taiwan

IMG20180713121557Once we arrived at 東港 Donggang from 小琉球 Xiao Liu Qiu Island, we went to explore the 東港華橋市場 Donggang Seafood Market. While we had read online that the Donggang Seafood Market was closed on Fridays, at least half the stalls were opened when we were there, including some stalls selling raw chicken and fish.

There were plenty of stalls selling sashimi and seafood, so we picked one that appeared to slice their fish only upon orders. The sashimi was fresh, and we particularly enjoyed the toro and swordfish. The normal tuna was not bad too. We have had better salmon before, and would recommend that instead of ordering the generic Moriawase Mixed Platter (we paid NT500 for our platter), just pick the fish marked as signature, or the seasonal specials.

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Overnight stay at 小琉球 Xiao Liu Qiu Island @Taiwan

IMG20180712104057We were finally going on a trip again!

This side-trip to 小琉球 Xiao Liu Qiu Island was definitely one of the highlights of our Kaohsiung trip, and we were so looking forward to it!

We had decided to stay overnight at 小琉球 Xiao Liu Qiu Island as we could only reach the island past noon and wanted to spend more time here in 小琉球 Xiao Liu Qiu Island.

Our flight was scheduled to touch down 高雄 Kaohsiung at 10:40am, and it would take more than an hour to reach 東港码头 Donggang Ferry Terminal (entrance to 小琉球 Xiao Liu Qiu Island) by bus, and we wanted to do the 潮间带 inter-tidal zone tour (scheduled to take place at 1 pm) so it meant that we must make it for the 12noon (or earlier) 25-minute ferry ride. We figured that the timeline would be rather tight, so we decided to hire a driver to bring us to the ferry terminal instead and arrived at the ferry terminal within 45 minutes! After obtaining our return ferry tickets, we made it just in time for the additional ferry service at 11:30am.

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Day trip to Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

IMG20180118144347So, Ms. T heard all about our funny road trip to Johor Bahru the last time, and she wanted to join in the fun.

We decided to make another trip in before Lunar New Year, before the crowds descend into Johor Bahru for Lunar New Year shopping. This time, we would explore more of Skudai area.

Ms. T was like, “So we meet around 10am and go JB for lunch?”… And was quite stunned when we said we should be having our second meal by 10am *LOL just kidding*

We met up at 8am, and the jam wasn’t too bad… so we managed to cover quite a few things today 🙂

Our itinerary:

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San Low Seafood Restaurant 三楼海鲜园 @Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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 😮

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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… 😡

Contact:

  • 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
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JWC The Bear and Fish @Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

We definitely needed some drinks by now 😛

The Classic Cold Brew (RM16) was really aromatic and the lingering taste after a sip was quite heavenly. The Mixed Fruit Tea (RM17.90) was quite refreshing, and the Cornpuccino (RM15) was interesting, but we thought the Cold Brew was the best! We also shared a sesame cheesecake which was not bad.

We liked the space here and chilled for a while before going for more shopping at the nearby Sutera Mall.

Contact:

  • Location: 65, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia (Google Maps)
  • Direction: 22 min drive from Johor Bahru CIQ Complex
  • Website: Facebook
  • Hrs: 1pm – 1am
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Restoran Wah Cai 3-in-1 Chinese Cake 华仔三合一招牌年糕 @Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

We were really full but that didn’t stop us from having some local snacks 😛

In addition to deep fried Chinese New Year Cake 年糕, Restoran Wah Cai 3-in-1 Chinese Cake 华仔三合一招牌年糕 also sells a variety of fried snacks including cempedak, tapioca, sweet potatoes, yam, green bean, bananas and durians. Price ranges from RM 2 to RM 4.50 per piece.

We tried the Chinese New Year Cake 年糕 (yam and green bean flavours) and they were yummy! The batter was really crisp and didn’t feel too oily. I felt that the yam was really fragrant 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: 86, Jalan Pahlawan 2, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia (Google Maps)
  • Direction: 20 min drive from Johor Bahru CIQ Complex
  • Website: Facebook
  • Hrs: 10am – 4pm (Thu-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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Paradigm Mall @Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru is really big and spacious! We spent about 3 hours here but only covered a few shops 😛 This was also where we found this really comfy t-shirt which all 3 ladies ended buying 😀

In between shopping, we found time for drinks at TRDLO (Lot K02, Level 1). Drinks were not bad, and our friends were really interested in the Lunar New Year goodies on display 😛

Hubby and I also had to try Isaac Toast when we discovered a stall here (Lot K12J, Level 3)!

It tasted way better in Seoul… maybe because of the weather?

Contact:

  • Location: Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, Taman Bukit Mewah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor (Google Maps)
  • Direction: 17 min drive from Johor Bahru CIQ Complex
  • Website: www.paradigmmall.com.my/jb
  • Hrs: 10am – 10pm
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Tasixi Hong Kong Dim Sum 大四喜香港点心 @Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

We managed to reach our breakfast joint just past 9am and we were hungry! So many choices, so little stomach space. In the end, we managed to try 11 items and tea for RM66.

Items that we enjoyed included the herbal siew mai, herbal chicken feet, otah (aka otak-otak) and red meat roll. I also thought that the xiao long bao was not bad, but our friends preferred the Ding Tai Feng version 😛 The prawn in the har gaw was very fresh too 🙂

Ms T also enjoyed the small meat bun which she said the skin was quite stretchy and not dry… she had the skin while we had the fillings 😛

The rest were pretty standard, but the fishball was a tad too fishy for our liking.

We enjoyed the buzzing atmosphere of this place and the staff was pretty friendly. A lovely way to kick start our day trip 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: 11, Jalan Camar 1/3, Taman Perling, 81200 Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia (Google Maps)
  • Direction: 17 min drive from Johor Bahru CIQ Complex
  • Website: Facebook
  • Hrs: 6:30am – 4:30pm
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Day Trip to Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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AEON Tebrau City

After our maiden trip together to Johor Bahru using public transport, Ms. K volunteered to drive in so that we could explore further places 🙂

Our itinerary for the day:

It was a hilarious trip, as we kept missing exits and kept finding ourselves doing unexpected u-turns on the expressways (isn’t it expensive to build flyover u-turns?), or hubby as navigator said to turn left, and Ms. K immediately turned right. My contribution in the car was… Endless laughter, LOL!

Still, being a relaxed trip, we had a lot of fun getting lost and seeing different parts of Johor Bahru 🙂 And yes, we plan to drive in again!

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