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Who is not a fan of Japanese Green tea or even Japanese Hojicha? This is actually quite interesting as Honyama Hojicha is a Japanese Premium Hoji Cha from Shizuoka Prefecture or Shizuoka Prefecture actually has a long history of producing high quality green tea and is one of the largest tea producing regions in Japan.

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The prefecture easily covering over 40% of the country’s overall tea production. They have the most ideal ideal climate of 14-16 degree in diverse topography. Most tea farms in Shizuoka are family-owned and harvest are still done by hand, ensuring only the best tea leaves are picked and sent for processing. .

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I am also a big fan of Genmaicha or Hoji Cha. A popular method of processing is through roasting of the tea leaves to produce a distinct toasty flavour, or some burnt after taste.

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The production of Hoji Cha is a precise process requiring the tea leaves to be roasted at a very high temperature to bring out the umami flavour of the tea. This part of the tea processing, heating, and packaging is usually done by a wholesaler rather than the tea farmers, who prefers to focus on the tea cultivation and harvesting.

As we know, Japanese certainly fully emphasis on their quality of nearly all their products. To ensure the best quality being produces, the expertise required for this process takes many years to perfect and thus, there are not many Hoji Cha manufacturers. So yah, the prefecture itself, the are about only 15 producers that specialize it and only around 50 companies in whole Japan.

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Just look at the colour of the tea leaves after being roasted that gives us the umami flavour that we want. Even in powder form, there are many things that we can do with it.

As we know, Green tea is actually good for healthy and there are tons of articles that mention about it but little did I know that Hoji Cha actually do have its own health benefit, which I though it is the same.

If were to compare, HojiCha has lower calories compared to green tea and coffee.
1. As the tea is roasted at a very high temperature, it increases the level of pyrazine, a chemical found in tea which helps improves blood circulation and keeps you warm and relaxed.
2. It has low caffeine content making it an ideal drink to have before going to bed. This would be perfect for those who cant really take strong tea or even caffeine. Maybe this could be a good option.

If you are looking to buy this Premium Hojicha click here as not only Tea they do sell alot of other Japanese Products.

https://bit.ly/Hojicha

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The classic, we usually take the powder form to produce a classic foamy Hojicha Latte that is love by many. This round, I am a bit adventurous and to test this umami flavour of Hojicha. I am making it with 2 recipe.

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Blueberry Honey Hojicha smoothie

  1. 30 g fresh blueberries
  2. 50 g ice
  3. 40 g Greek Yogurt
  4. 15-20 ml water
  5.  2 tbls Local Honey
  6. 20-30 ml water
  7. 3g Hoji cha Powder

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Let the blender grind till it is all crushed and here you have the Smoothie. Taste is actually very unique as never tried any where in the market or local cafe. It is acceptable and if in a cafe menu, if there are such thing, I would definitely give it a try. Our mind is always filled with green tea but with Hoji Cha, this is actually acceptable.

Hint of honey, mild Hojicha , strong berries flavors and after sourish taste which is from the yogurt. Please adjust the recipe to your liking. If you like strong Hojicha flavour, do increase the “g” but do add by 2g / 2g as they are a strong element.

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Next I am doing this Smoothie Bowl, as I do miss this kind of combination when I was in Bali.

I name this : Yellow & Green

  1. 2 local banana (those that is perfect for Pisang Goreng)
  2. 2 table spoon yogurt
  3. 30g crush ice
  4. 20ml milk
  5. 10ml coconut water
  6. 3g hojicha powder
  7. 30g Granola – I use Matcha Green Tea Granola from Big Nuts (gram depends on your liking how filling you like it to go)
  8. Final fresh banana slices spread on top

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This is actually very good. It was gone in seconds after I finish shooting. Nice mouthful crunch from granola with bits and pieces, yet smoothie is smooth, fragrant with Hojicha which is not overpowering yet it is very refreshing. The sweetness of banana is just nice and the slices on top do enhance the taste. both taste of Hojicha and Banana is actually quite prominent.

I did want to add coconut slices on top but then the meat is not available.

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Final, with its fresh fragrant Hoji cha leaf, of course to make a pippin hot tea and pair with cake, apple pie or even drink as it is, is just perfect. Going to be my drink while I am working for next few months.

Love the light burnt after taste, and back of my mind, I believe it would make a good Hojicha Sponge cake!

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I do have a tea filter as I drink tea quite often.  If you are looking to buy this Premium Hojicha click here as not only Tea they do sell alot of other Japanese Products.

https://bit.ly/Hojicha

Year end and favorite festive season Christmas is just around the corner. It is all about gathering and celebration. How can we not have liquor on the table. It gets better with too as you might Stand a Chance to WIN IPhone XS with MC Classic.

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there are quite number of whisky which are my favourite and you can double up your chances when your purchase the Auchentoshan Three Wood, Auchentoshan 12 years, Citta Suntory whisky, and Roku Gin. (one of a Japanese gin that many of my friends like, especially they can mix it at home for their own version of cocktail)

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And winner can stand a chance to win attractive prizes includes the latest iPhone XS, following by a Samsung 49in TV, iPad 9.7in, and 10 consolation prizes of one bottle of our bestselling Auchentoshan Three Wood.

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Follow these steps below to win the prizes!
1.Purchase the Liquor from MC Classis’s listed outlet
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The winner will be announced on 3rd January 2019
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Vietjet will soon welcome its latest route addition linking Hanoi with Osaka, Japan. Starting 8 November, the route will be operational on a daily basis with a flight time of 4 hours per leg.

Although located 3,269 kilometres apart, the French-colonial city of Hanoi and port city of Osaka shares many common traits. Boasting stupendous scenery, rich culture and diversity, both destinations are lively dynamic cities that are rapidly emerging as two of the latest hotspots of Asia.

Here we highlight reasons why Hanoi and Osaka warrant a spot on your travel bucket list.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Located on the western bank of the Red River in northern Vietnam, the high-octane capital city of Vietnam is a combination of old-world charm and modern development brought on by a recent surge in tourism.

The city best described as the cultural heart of Vietnam has much to offer visitors, from lovely parks and museums to street-side restaurants, tree-fringed boulevards and fine colonial architecture.

While in Hanoi, a visit to the historic Hoan Kiem District (the Old Quarter) is a must. Dive into the backstreets and weave through alleyways on foot to discover boutique stores, cafes and local shops for a truly authentic experience of the city. Don’t be alarmed by the commotion of blaring horns from scooters vying for right of way as this is quintessentially Hanoi.

Hanoi’s understated charm also lies in its eclectic mix of foreign influences. Traces of the city’s French colonial past are deeply etched in its culture from the architecture, language spoken, right down to its famous Vietnamese drip filter coffee which is a reinvention of the French press.

A city with a thousand year history, culture vultures will also be delighted by the many historical sights Hanoi has to offer such as the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Hoa Lo Prison and the Hanoi Imperial Citadel.

Osaka, Japan

Despite being commonly overlooked in comparison to the popular neighbouring cities, the cosmopolitan city of Osaka is fast becoming a rising contender as a perennial favourite among repeat visitors who have tasted and seen what the city has to offer.

Home to tourist favourites such as Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, the bustling city of Osaka packs quite a punch when it comes to local attractions and world-class dining.

A culinary mecca, food lovers will be spoilt for choice with Osaka’s unrivalled epicurean delights ranging from street side takoyaki and okonomiyaki to Michelin-starred establishments. Take a stroll along Dotonbori – the neon-lit commercial street lined with an enormous selection of restaurants, street vendors and bars and savour some of the best cuisines Osaka has to offer.

From shopping arcades to flea markets, Osaka is also a shopaholic’s haven. Some must-visit marketplaces include Shintennoji Temple market, Kuromon Ichiba market, Amemura and Shinsaibashi-suji – the 600m long shopping avenue located in the heart of the Minami district.

These are merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many attractions the two cities has to offer.

In celebration of Vietjet’s new route, the airline is offering 700,000 tickets priced from only RM0* from the period of 4 – 6 July 2018 during the golden hours of 1 – 3pm daily. These hot promotional tickets are applicable on Vietjet’s entire flight network including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia – and yes that’s right, Hanoi and Osaka! So what are you waiting for?

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Shopping online is getting easier and easier nowdays. You even can get oranges send to your door step. With more online stores coming up and of course I prefer a portal that can get all my preferred items together. More like a specialty stores. Koyara Online Store is one of them to shop for healthy products. .

Specially for this festive season, Koyara has prepared 7 types of healthy Chinese New Year hampers or other CNY Hampers which are great for both young and old. Got myself one of it as to prepare after CNY to start some healthy eating habits.

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As the trend are moving to more healthy lifestyle, hence at Koyara Online store you can shop most of your items in here with some of the brands are homegrown brands that are pretty good. Pretty huge range too under their Organic Food section, as they have good brands of honey, superfood and instant breakfast. This section would definitely fit one of my friend very well as she is quite a superfood freak.

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For health-conscious folks, this would suites you best.

An online store health store selling Organic Food and Natural Personal Care products. They are looking to expand in to Supplements, Vitamins, Sports Nutrition and even Traditional Chinese Medicine in the future. I am a person whom always look for traditional Chinese prescription when comes to healthy products or even when I am sick. Hopefully they will have a basic introduction list with symptoms and what it is best for.

There are a lot of great brands to hit on such as Dr.Bronners which I know is famous for their soap products, Earth Living organics that is well known for their honey series, the classic healthy product brand that is known by many is Himalaya Herbals and of course there are many other categories for you to choose from, as below.

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Variety of catagory for you to choose from and of course Organic food will be my section. However, I did hear good reviews on their baby product under Mom/Baby too from some of my friends whom purchase thru here before.

For some of my friends that prefer products with HALAL certifications, do check their category out as they are slowly expending in there too.

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You can start checking out Koyara as mark them as one of the largest product offering store with more than 3000 products for you to hunt. Every brand you find in here is curated by the team to offer you the best product range available in the market at the lowest price.

Great news is that, there are many discounts going on at the moment and any purchase of RM 100 and above, you get free delivery which could be easily achieve in here.

Get RM8 Off for Orders RM150 and Above PROMO CODE: ANGPAO8

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Prefer a driver during peak hours or food hunt? Well, driving in kl during peak hours is indeed testing your patient level. Most of us will have our first shocking experience at Federal Highway or MRR2 which is the signature highway for crazy traffic. Stress level is high and it hit the roof when it is Friday and raining!

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After settling with that, next is a very challenging situation when you would want to hunt for your favorite food and some location is always filled with very limited parking.

One of the most common issues with some area that is lack of parking, you will encounter on the double parkers!

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Issue with double park is most of them just park there and dissapear for hours. Standing there under the hot sun, honking like mad person and cursing all the way for those not considerate peeps whom never leave their numbers at dashboard. The whole neighbourhood is annoyed at this situation! Only then the driver realise their car is blocking you or slowly strolling out after their meals.

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There are few places of restaurant that I like but rarely head over cuz of crazy parking situation. Whenever I thought of Burgertory or Outdark, next thing came into my mind is parking! Or other places like Ss2 or Bangsar for Hong Kong Hotpot is like have to think twice.

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Limited parking space also gives me a second thought where, to head for a review to places like Uptown Damsara will have to think twice as the amount of time to look for a spot can be estimated 10-20 minutes depending on luck. Dislike being late but this is one of the causes!

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One or my big no no when my friend “jio” to yum cha at SS15 or Puchong area. It is a big no no to me.

Not too sure is that what you guys feel or having the same thought as me. What are your favourite eatery area that you love and always have to think twice when comes to this problem.

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“According to Uber Malaysia (tag Uber FB) research says that we Malaysians each spends 152 hours a year finding parking, don’t you want those hours back to do something better? – Imagine what you could do with 152 hours!!! Watch 75 movies maybe. . .

Weekend is just around the corner and to those of you who do not have plans, maybe you would want to consider to party at this new place that had been recently just establish. Madhouse KL is located at Taman Maluri which is just not too far from city center. This would be another great sisha place to be as the ambiance looks pretty cool.

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Asahi Live Band Tour has been going around Malaysia and they are making their stopat Madhouse KL this Saturday 21st May from 8pm till late.

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Come and join us if you are around the corner. There are live performances, great promotions and stand a chance to win cash prizes on that night too.

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To those of you who drinks, as on that night, Asahi promotion are:

Big Bottle (FREE snack with promotional orders)
3 @ RM60
6 @ RM110
9 @ RM150

 

Mad House x Asahi

Madhouse KL offers happy hour beer price all day, everyday, with a wide range of finger food and great shisha. Fun activities such as darts, foosball, pool and their very special football pool are available as well.

Location:
Madhouse KL 
Jalan Nicholas
Taman Maluri
Cheras
56100 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

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