The past 2 years have been hard on everyone due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only there was no travelling, there was even a Circuit Breaker (aka lock down) in Singapore from Apr 2020 to Jun 2020 where we were only able to go out of our house for essential stuff. This global pandemic has changed the way we work, the way we live and everything… It has been pretty hard for everyone, but light is now finally visible at the end of the tunnel…
After more than 2 years of non-travelling, border restrictions have finally relaxed and we decided to test water and visited our neighbouring country! The exchange rate we gotten from Lucky Plaza was S$1 to RM3.12.
We set off at 6:30am and cleared customs in Woodlands around 7am with hardly any other cars seen. A smooth 40-min drive later, we reached Skudai!
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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.
- Location: 167, Jalan Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia (Google Maps)
- Website: Facebook
- Hrs: 8am – 3pm (closed on Tue)
Restoran 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 🙂
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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
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
Surprise, surprise! We found 板橋湳雅夜市 Banqiao Nanya Night Market, which we had never been to before 😛 Mainly because it was not so accessible via the metro and was not too near to where we usually stay, but there was a direct bus from 三峽老街 Sanxia Old Street, where we would be earlier in the day, so this was the perfect opportunity to check out this night market!
First stop was 蚵仔之家 House of Oysters, where we tried the 蚵仔餃 Fried Oyster Dumpling (NT60 for 4 pieces), and 蚵仔麵線 Oyster Mee Sua (NT90). The oyster dumplings were huge and juicy, with the juice just bursting out when we took the first bite 😮 The mixture of minced meat and oyster was very flavourful 🙂 The very generous amount of oysters made every mouthful of vermicelli a real treat 😀
麻油雞 Sesame Oil Chicken and 麻油麵線 Sesame Oil Mee Sua
蚵仔麵線 Oyster Mee Sua
Whole pot of sesame oil chicken
Next stop was 板橋(王)好吃麻油雞 Wang’s Delicious Sesame Oil Chicken. That huge pot of sesame chicken looked really appetising, so we decided to try some 麻油雞 Sesame Oil Chicken (NT100) and 麻油麵線 Sesame Oil Mee Sua (NT30). While the vermicelli was quite standard, the chicken was quite juicy and tender.
We walked around some more, but were really too full to try anything else. Gotta come back some time to try out the other food 🙂
- Location: 220新北市板橋區南雅東路79號 No. 79, Nanya East Road, Banqiao District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 220 (Google Maps)
- Direction: 9 minutes walk from Bannan Line Fuzhong Station 捷運板南線府中站
- Hrs: 3pm – 2:30am (Fri-Wed)
- Location: 220新北市板橋區南雅東路8號 No. 8, Nanya East Road, Banqiao District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 220 (Google Maps)
- Direction: 8 minutes walk from Bannan Line Fuzhong Station 捷運板南線府中站
- Website: Facebook
- Hrs: 6pm – 1am
It is said that チキン南蛮 Chicken Nanban, originated from 延岡市 Nobeoka City in 宮崎県 Miyazaki Prefecture. More precisely, it all started from 直ちゃん Naochan, a small restaurant which serves its fried chicken breast marinated with Nanban vinegar, without tartar sauce. Nowadays, there are also restaurants that use chicken thigh meat instead, as it is more juicy and tender.
The first restaurant that started serving this dish with tartar sauce was said to be おぐら Ogura, within 宮崎市 Miyazaki City. So it seemed fitting that our first dinner in Miyazaki would be here 🙂
We headed for おぐら本店 Ogura Honten, which was located in a little alley. The restaurant looked like a little cottage, and it was fairly quiet at 6.30pm on a Sunday (and soon we realised that Miyazaki was basically rather quiet all the time throughout our stay :P)
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While we have yet to try out the 유가네닭갈비 Yoogane Dak-Galbi 柳氏家鐵板雞專門店 in Singapore, it is certainly not to be missed when in Busan, since this is where this popular Chicken Galbi brand first started out.
We got ourselves a medium 치즈퐁~닭 Fresh Cheese Chicken Galbi 新鮮的芝士雞排 (₩19,500) and a side order of 라면사라 Ramyeon 拉麵 (₩1,500).
Though the medium Chicken Galbi was meant for 2 to 3 pax, and the large Chicken Galbi (₩28,500) was meant for 3 to 4 pax, 4 of us could barely finish the medium portion, probably because we had eaten so much at Jinhae 😛
It was really thoughtful of them to give us aprons, so that we did not have to worry about getting our clothes dirty. We were almost about to attack our food after the staff brought the ingredients over and left our table, but the lady at the next table quickly stopped us, and gestured that the staff would help us with the cooking. How nice of her! Shortly after, the staff returned and did the cooking for us, while we tried to control our excitement.
Once ready, we picked up our chopsticks and attacked! The cheese was gooey and stretchy, and definitely enhanced the flavours of the spicy and tender chicken pieces. All I could say was that it was really quite addictive, and of course we were all fighting over the ramen too 😛
It was truly a fun and filling meal!
- Location: 부산광역시 부산진구 부전2동 242-21 242-21, Bujeon 2-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan
- Website: www.yoogane.co.kr/en/
- Directions: Walk along Seomyeon-ro at Exit 7 of Seomyeon Station
- Hrs: 11am – 12am
We had made reservations via Chope after seeing the menu on the Chope website, but it turned out that the restaurant had already updated their menu quite a while ago 😦
Nonetheless, we decided try out some of the food, since we were here already (plus we were hungryyyyyyyy):
- 极品和牛包 Goubuli Buns with Wagyu Filling ($3.90++ per piece): This was served cold. What a waste of the beef!! 😦 Utter disappointment for what was meant to be the highlight of the restaurant.
- 三鲜猪肉包 Goubuli Buns with Pork and Seafood Filling ($3++ per piece): Served lukewarm, this was definitely better than the Wagyu version. Still, we have had better buns before.
- 口水鸡 Steamed Chicken with Szechuan Chilli Oil ($14.80++): Only 1-chilli rating, but it was definitely too spicy for us, haha!
- 脆皮烧肉拼叉烧 Crackling Pork Belly & Honey Glazed Barbecued Pork ($32++ for small): The pork belly skin was really crispy, and indeed crackling when we bit into it, and the meat was quite tender. The barbecued pork paled in comparison, but was still not bad.
- 咸鱼茄子豆腐煲 Eggplants and Tofu in Salted Fish Sauce ($22++ for small): The pot of aromatic goodness was pretty addictive, without being overly salty.
- 天津栗子鸡煲 Tianjin Style Claypot Stewed Chicken with Chestnuts ($22++ for small): This was pretty average.
Overall, we thought it was rather pricey, and very disappointing that the buns were so below standard.
- Location: 2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands, Canal Level B2-02 S(018792)
- Website: www.9goubuli.com (Reservations)
- Hrs: 11am – 11pm
We came by the area to purchase my favourite 大排档 Dai Pai Dong 2-in-1 milk tea, so it seemed rather fitting that we should have dinner at the nearby dai pai dong 盛記 Sing Kee. There were many customers having seafood here, but we did not dare to try. Instead, we had:
- 時菜豬什 Assorted Pig Offal & Seasonal Vegetables (HK$48): The choi sum was not bad, and the pig offals were quite tender.
- 嘟嘟雞煲 Sizzling Chicken in Pot (HK$59): Oooh, this was quite addictive and the chicken pieces were quite tender.
- 干炒牛河 Stir-fry Beef Hor Fun (HK$50): Unfortunately, this was missing a little wok hei, and a tad too salty and oily. The beef slices were quite tender though.
- Location: 中環士丹利街82號舖 82 Stanley Street, Central (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Hong Kong Station 港島綫香港站 (Take Exit C and walk 6 mins)
- Hrs: 11am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 11pm (Mon-Sat, alt Sun)