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Melaka is another state down south is famous for some street food. There is one particular dish which is very famous is Satay Celup in Melaka. It is one of the food that must have. There area few stalls, and Capitol Satay in Melaka is one of the most famous one. Be prepare to queue for at least 1 hour for normal days and if it is long weekend, it could be from 2-4 hours.

This place is only 5 minutes walk from the famous Jonker Street.

famous satay celup

This is my third visit to this stall over past 3 years. It is average about once a year, which is also the longest queue for me by far. I was luck to visit this place during my working trip on weekdays and it takes less than 30 mins to get a seating.  As the picture above, it is on weekend and I reach at 5.30pm. Waited for about 40 minutes for a table.

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Like any other best satay celup in Melaka, you are free to pick any ingredient from the fridge. It is all calculated base on the sticks that you have. Also each stick are painted different colour to indicate the pricing.

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The bread is amahzing. Do grab a plate of it. The rest is up to your liking. It is rather simple for a squence over here. Grab a tray, pick the item/skewers that you like and put it on your tray. You can come back multiple times till you are fully fed.

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For every famous satay celup in Melaka, they got their own secret recipe. For this outlet is their peanut and the last can on the right. That’s their secret mix of spicies powder.

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The will mix a large bowl of the spices and peanut and pour it into the mini pot right infront of you. Do note that on and off there will be some one coming to your table to stir on the pot. This is to prevent the peanut from sticking at the bottom.

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satay Celup

Lets dig in. each stick is from RM 1 onwards. So look at the price board next to the fridge. Average per pax here is about RM 15- RM 20 per head.

Satay Capitol

Satay Celup is consider one of the Top 10 street food in Melaka that need to have if you are here. I second on that. However I find that the quality of this shop, the taste had changed. I felt that year 2018 and before, it taste much better. The fragrant of peanut, spices and others are more prominent.

Another that I used to go is Restaurant Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup. 

*NON-HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7.5/10, One of my top Satay Celup! -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

location:
Restaurant Capitol Satay
41, Lorong Bukit Cina,
Bandar Hilir, 75100 Melaka

Operating Hours: 4pm – 1am

tel: 06-283 5508

First travel of the year that heading to this new route launch by Malindo. My 6 days 5 nights at Da Nang, Vietnam. Indeed one of a preferred airline if got a chance to buy ticket from them. If I am not mistaken, this new route by Malindo started from Jan 2020. This would be my first trip heading into a country without any planning. Which is quite unusual for me.

Direct Flight to Da Nang from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:
1. Air Asia
2. Malindo
Malaysia to Da Nang – 9.30am flight (2 hours 35 minutes flight)
Da Nang to Kuala Lumpur – 12pm

Purchase last minute Return Ticket from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Da Nang, Vietnam is about RM 580 including insurance. Only 10 KG baggage included on return flight. No Meals served unless purchased like Air Asia.

Currently March 2020 – Found a cheaper flight through skyscanner is RM 250 for return ticket:
Malindo : Malaysia to Da Nang – 9.30am flight (2 hours 35 minutes flight)
Air Asia: Da Nang to Kuala Lumpur – 3.45pm

EXCHANGE Rate base on 10th FEB 2020
RM 1 = 5,550 Dong (so I round it up to RM 1 = 5,000 Dong for easy calculation)

Da Nang is 1 hour slower than Malaysia. It is not a big city, which is more like a size of Penang, Malaysia, with estimated population of 1.2 million. This makes them the 5th largest city in Vietnam. However, this city is consider one of a rising star in the country as this state have the luxury of hills, land and seaside which have attracted alot of international hotel chain building into the city.

I was told that Vietnam is quite French influence, however I believe Da Nang is exceptional as I personally felt that it is quite Chinese influence.

There are 4 seasons in Da Nang which is summer and winter:
Spring : March – May is at 26 degree – 35 degree
Summer : May – Aug can be up to 33 – 40 degree [according to many blog, the best time to visit if you love summer]
Autumn : Sept – Nov is at 26 degree – 35 degree
Winter : Nov – Feb : can be as low as 13 degree – 25 degree [with potential rain fall]

Average temperature on the coast is about average 25 degree – 35 degree throughout the year.

for mobile connectivity: You can either use your data roaming, wifi device or their local 4G Sim card

With development of ride hailing app there are two which is quite prominent for international travelers like us.
1. GRAB – take cash only for international traveler
2. G0-Viet (Go-jet with a local player) – not sure

I used GRAB most of the time as upon writing this post, I only just discover about Go-Viet.
Grab Price from Airport to Monarque Hotel (seaside) @ 80,000 Dong / RM 15
Or private transport transfer.

To move around Da Nang, there are 3 options:
1. Using GRAB/Go-Viet Moving around as the fare which is pretty decent compare to taxi
2. Rent a Bike @ 120,000 – 180,000 dong / RM 20 – RM 25 per day. (the best option to move around – Do get international license as the police is pretty strict, where I got caught and fine 1,000,000 Dong / RM 200) – also because my bike got no lights. If not might get away with it.
3. Follow Day tour/ rent a car (do need international license too, and they are left driving)

I did thought of joining a food tour with a chef, however did not join last minute.

Day 1:
Arrive at airport and took GRAB to Monarque Hotel, Danang (click here for map) which is sitting right infront of the beach side. Thought of chilling only around the seaside area on the first day. Chose this hotel because of the amazing rating of 9.3 in Agoda, with tons of superb comment and also from RM 950 a night to a last minute sale of RM 280 a night.

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The price includes, tea buffet, 2 bowls of pho for dinner and buffet breakfast [which I think is a damm good deal]. So this is pretty much my first day meals being taken care of.

As we reach the hotel about 11am and only allow to check in after 2pm we got 3 hours to kill. and headless chicken at the moment, decided to hog into Google map and see what is there for us and walking around the area to check out what is available.

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We stumble upon this cafe that serve Banh Mi which look pretty decent and decided to hit this place for a first stop.

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Banh Mi at this cafe turns out to be better than expected. I think the best I have had so far. Love the crust of the bread which it is crispy on the side and the sauce which makes it taste better.

Location:
89 Hà Bổng, Phước Mỹ, Sơn Trà,
Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
google Map:

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Then we move to the cafe next door, which capture our attention base on its classic heritage look. Decided to try on Coconut Coffee since it is like a must have drink in Da Nang. Turns out not bad.

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Stroll along the street and check out massage over here. Then start doing research on which one to go as it seems that there are plenty of them along the street.

Location:
91 Hà Bổng, Phước Mỹ, Sơn Trà,
Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam

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After check in, we went up to the rooftop pool area for our Tea Time buffet.

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Right after, went to Herbal Spa which is just about 5 minutes way from our hotel and it is rated the top 3 massage place to be in Google Review.. We took 2 hours massage package. The massage style here is totally different as the petite lady that massage me is full with strength. The massage is even better compare to the one in KL that I had.

Location:
Herbal Spa
102 D. Đình Nghệ, An Hải Bắc,
Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Tel: +84 90 182 57 89
Operating hours: 8.30am – 10.30pm
Google Map

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Right after massage was suppose to go eat seafood, then stumble upon this cafe which looks pretty nice and decided to chill here for a while. Love the ambiance.

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Location:
Dâu ngọt café ‘n’ souvenir
92 D. Đình Nghệ,
An Hải Bắc, Sơn Trà,
Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Tel: +84 90 528 88 51
Operating hours: 7.30am – 10pm
Google Map

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This area do seems like little Korea as the whole street is operate by alot of Koreans. Next walking down the street to head back to hotel, stumble upon this Koean BBQ which I cant remember I read in one of the blog. Decided to give it a try since did come across my reading.

This is a very busy outlet operate by local family if I am not mistaken. One of the most famous Korean BBQ among the locals in the area. I find it not too bad but the one right opposite do attract me more and it is full house too.

Location:
Samwon Restaurant (삼원 BBQ)
74 D. Đình Nghệ,
An Hải Bắc, Sơn Trà,
Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 5pm – 12am
Google Map

 

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Back to hotel enjoy the live band for the night and also claiming only 1 bowl of Pho which we are too full from every hour of eating and drinking. Pho is really good too. Noodle is smooth and silky, soup base is just nice yet clear.

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Head to the rooftop bar Chic Land Lounge in Chic Land hotel to chill for the rest of the night.

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Location:
CHICLAND Lounge
210 Võ Nguyên Giáp,
Phước Mỹ, Sơn Trà,
Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Tel: +84 236 2243 888
Operating hours: 5pm-12am

Google Map

got recommended to go for a Hon Viet Traditional Show as it was nearby. However we did not go as was quite tired.

Day 2:

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Without knowing what to do, head up for breakfast buffet then only decide what’s next. Check out after that.

Read about weather forecast for the next 2 days and it forecast raining. Was panicking as there are 2 locations to go that need to spend nearly a day there, as was to decide to go Ba Na Hills for the day or Hoi Ann a beautiful heritage site town.

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Decided to go Hoi Ann instead as it is only 40 minutes car ride over.
Grab pricing average 350,000 – 400,000 VND / RM 65 – RM 75 per way

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Hội An was considered by Chinese and Japanese merchants to be the best destination for trading in all of Southeast Asia, even Asia. Hoi An Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century formerly known as Fai-Fo or Faifoo with its well known as strategic spice trade. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

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Originally, Hai Pho was a divided town with the Japanese settlement across the “Japanese Bridge” (16th-17th century).[citation needed] The bridge (Chùa cầu) is a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist temple attached to one side

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Hội An is known for its diverse and excellent food: a legacy of the many nationalities, including Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese, that lived or traded here. Cars and even motorbikes are banned from the center of Hội An, so the pushbike is king. Most homestay offer bikes to guests, and joining the many cyclists on the roads provides an instant immersion into local life

Left at hotel at 12.30pm and reach at 1.15pm. The area is not huge. Will take you about 2 hours to stroll the whole area without stopping.

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This shop seems like their famous chain Hoi an Roastery Espresso & Coffee house seems like every where in this town. Easily you will find 4-6 outlets within this 3 streets. While resting, checking out what is the best food in this area. It seems alot people recommended Mi Quang – Cao Lau in this shop. We walked there and it is like a back packers joint.

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There are 2 version. Felt that Mi Guang (top) taste much better over Cao Lao even though Cao Lao it is a must eat street food in Hoi An.

Location:
Mì Quảng Ông Hai – Mr. Hai Noodles
6A Trương Minh Lượng,
Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam
560000, Vietnam
Tel: +84 235 3914 406
Operating Hours: 11am – 10pm
Google Map:

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Love the riverbanks. It is so pretty on the whole architecture and indeed the perseverance of this city is pretty amazing. Sun set that makes the whole city golden as it is painted in yellow. Sitting at the river banks is the best.

Most of the classic architecture are with charges of entrance fee. Which then I think Penang should do that too. Set back is travelers font get to see how a nice architecture is.

We also saw like a lot of travelers engage into personal walking tour. We do try to walk side by side with them. 😀

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After a while, we walk to this Madakm Khanh Banh Mi Shop. Seems one of the most famous one in the area. Turns out to be not too bad, but we felt that the random discovery around our hotel, that banh mi taste better.

Remember to add in their house special chili. It taste much better as we finish our meal only discover on the chili.

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Location:
Madam Khanh – The Banh Mi Queen
268 Hùng Vương,
Thanh Hà, Hội An,
Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Tel: +84 708 123 009
Operating Hours: 6:15am–5pm
Google Map
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While waiting for it to turn night, we were seating at a bar and chill while looking at the river banks. Hoi an Night market is a daily affair. Nothing much though as most of the stalls sell pretty much the same thing.

Location:

HoiAn Night Market
Night Market Hoi An
57 Nguyễn Phúc Tần,
Phường Minh An, Hội An,
Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 5pm – 10.30pm
Google Map

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As we walked towards the end, and smell very nice bbq taste and discouver 3 stalls that sells lobster. The price here is pretty decent. 300,000 Dong for 1 piece / RM 60 per piece. It is quite reasonable for such a bargain and believe it is about 800g-1kg. It is very fresh too. So we sat and eat again, while enjoying beer facing the sea.

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Besides that, when it turn dark, Hoi An is famous for releasing a wishing paper lantern. It cost about 5,000 and 10,000/ lantern. / RM 1/RM 2 – You can also sit on a small boat paddling along the river to release the lanterns and admire Hoi An beauty at night with the price 20,000 VND/person.

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Night in Hoi An is a total transformation. A city fille dwith lantern and lights. Indeed a great sight for a heritage site.

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Then we check into our AirBNB for the rest of the stay.

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While strolling around the river banks, we stumble into this bridge by chance as it happens every night 11pm as a showcase that the Cau Song Han bridge is detach to allow shipped to pass by. It is a full closure to prevent traffic from passing by. The whole process takes about 1 hour before traffic or pedestrian allow to walk pass again.

Location:
Cầu Sông Hàn Bridge
112 Cầu Sông Hàn,
An Hải Bắc, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng
550000, Vietnam
Google Map

Day 3:

Last minute book a day tour to Ba Na Hiils which is a classic French village right on the top of the mountain making them a new big hit of tourist attraction especially the bridge with 2 hands. Taking a day trip here turns out to be quite regretful as for the first time of my 10 years travel, followed a day tour and it is quite rushed. It is not too far from Da Nang beach area. An hour ride.

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So this is like Bukit Tinggi but more majestic version. Every corner is like an OOTD corner. So those of you going up here, you will spend alot of times taking pictures from right at the exit of cable car stop to all the top!

Currently, the main area of Ba Na Hills already operating and there are another segment which is under construction.

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Even the cable car station is already being build up with a nice China architecture.

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My day tour cost 1,200,000 VND per person which includes:
Golden Bridge, L’Jardin D’Amour, Tinh Tam Garden, French Stable, Linh Ung Pagoda, Loc Uyen Garden, Quan Am Pavilion wine cellar, cable car return ride + buffet lunch

If you go yourself is estimated : 1,300,000 per person (which you have more time)
GRAB – 320,000 – 400,000 VND / RM 65-RM 75 per way.
Cable Car Ticket which include all the FOC park entrance: 750,000 VND / RM 135
(Golden Bridge, L’Jardin D’Amour, Tinh Tam Garden, French Stable, Linh Ung Pagoda, Loc Uyen Garden, Quan Am Pavilion wine cellar, cable car return ride)

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The famous hand held bridge known as Golden Bridge.

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Flower Garden

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Wine Cellar tour which is more like you walk yourself through the whole entire journey.

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Our tour includes the international buffet which the food is way below standard. Avoid this if you can, as there are food stalls outside the area. Just grab some simple food while tour around.

tip: enjoy your heavy breakfast before you head up :- NO FOOD are allow to bring into the area. You will be block at cable car station.

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There are outdoor show performance every one hour .

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This is the ride I wanted to take as currently the queue is about 1 hour. The set back of joining a tour that you can enjoy this. It is FOC as included in the ticket you had purchase.

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there are 4 levels of indoor theme park.

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The whole place is build up with nice French Architecture and proudly mention that it is build with their local Vietnamese engineering talents. I believe Sunworld is like our Genting Group, which is a big conglomerate.

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the church that sits right in the middle of the park is pretty impressive. The details of it is amazing.

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As you walk to the top of the mountain, you can walk final stretch to visit some temple.

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Impressively, they have 4 different cable lines that transporting you up and down to the area. Imagine that, the amount of tourist that is flocking in. the best part to take OOTD in the golden bridge is after 3.30pm as most of the tour group had left the mountain and it is pretty empty. If you do travel yourself, that is the best moment to take all the pictures you want instead the morning / afternoon. The bridge is pack like ants.

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After heading down, we decided to check out the Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, as only every Saturday/ Sunday 9pm sharp, there is a fire and water performance.

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the love bridge is pretty funny to me as there are love locks at the bridge and only decor with love lanterns. (click here for map)

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While waiting for the fire performance, we took grab over to Lotte Mart in Da Nang (click here) to check out what goods is available here. Apparently, not as interesting as what we seen in Korea.

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We walked to the famous Helio Night Market in Da Nang or Cho Dem Helio (click here for map) / Khu Ẩm thực đêm Helio which is just about 5 minutes walk from Lotte Mart. To our sadness, it is closed for a month due to virus outbreak in other country.

Location:
Khu Ẩm thực đêm Helio
Đường 2 tháng
9 phường Hòa Cường Bắc,
550000, Vietnam

Operating Hours: 5.30pm – 10.30pm

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So we head back to the Dragon Bridge area as this Cho Dem Son Tra (Chợ Đêm Sơn Trà Đà Nẵng) or Son Tra Night Market in Da Nang is the second famous night market in Da Nang for its seafood. Read comments that seafood in this area might be abit pricey and not fresh cause it is the most strategic of all.

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most of them are food stalls and some clothes and accessories vendors around the other street.

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The performance of Dragon Breath at Dragon Bridge is about 5 minutes and there are tons of people flocking the area. There are 2 version. Either you stand far apart to see it or you can stand right below the dragon breath and enjoy the heat of it and also the water spray after that.

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after the show, we went to this Seafood restaurant recommended by the hotel staff, Clara that this is one of her favorite place. Takes about 10 5 minutes Grab ride to this shop from Dragon Bridge. If were to walk it is about 25 minutes. Hai San Bien Man / Hải Sản Biển Mặn (click here for map) serve pretty fresh and reasonable seafood price as it is patron my alot of locals. We were the only foreign tourist here.

Location:
65 Trần Hưng Đạo, Nại Hiên Đông,
Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng 55000, Vietnam

Operating Hours: 9.30am – 11pm
Tel: +84 90 353 23 24

Day 4:
I have always believe Rent a bike – 120,000 VND / RM 22 per day (need to go pump petrol) to see the city. Just that when you got your bike, make sure that you are thought how to operate the bike and all the safety aspect. Was told by the Air BNB owner that police are quite strict at the moment. If you are seen as international traveler that ride a bike, high chance you will be stopped by the police. I got fine 1,000,000 dong / RM 200 for does not obtain international license because of my Bike does not have light in the front. (so MAKE SURE when you rent it, you are being thought that).

Tip: first time driving there, Observe what the local bike driver does.

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Lunch at the most famous Pizza restaurant in Da Nang – Pizza 4P’s Hoang Van Thu (click here for map) . Japanese style pizza with Hand toss pizza + Fresh ingredients. Do make reservation especially for dinner. (+84 28 3622 0500)

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We enjoyed the pizza alot which is half half and SAPPRO Beer here is a must order. It is so cheap that I had 5 glasses. Per glass is 35,000 / RM 7 per glass for draft beer. Easily cost us Rm 35 per glass in KL. Both Pizza and spaghetti is spot on. Recommended!

Location:
8 Đường Hoàng Văn Thụ, Phước Ninh,
Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam

Operating Hours: 10am – 10pm

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After meal – we rode to visit  Chùa Linh Ứng (Guan yin Statue – FOC entrance) – ( click here for map )ride along the river and move around the city (be-careful as alot police around)
Google Map

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Then find this cafe which nicely build up, 43 Factory Coffee Roaster in Da Nang (click here for map) is just about 18 months old. They have some pastries and their croissant is a MUST have. Pretty good as it is crispy and fragrant.

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One of a cafe that you should visit in Da nang.

Address:
Lot 422, Ngô Thi Sỹ, Đà Nẵng, 550000, Vietnam
Google Map:

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Was told that French food is a must have when Visit Vietnam, however we randomly find a French Restaurant Le Rendez Vous. Food here is a bit let down as my beef is undercook yet it is quite chill right in the middle. Told them to cook again.

Food here is below sub par and this is the restaurant cheapest among all. The rest of the French Restaurant in Da Nang are on the high side. Which means about RM 100 per head which is quite similiar to KL.

20 Lý Thường Kiệt, Thạch Thang,
Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Google Map :

Day 5:


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Before we leave, we try this stall Thu Pho which is about 1 year old right infront of our Air BNB place. We wanted to eat a day before but they are close after 10.30am and on our last day, we woke up around 9am before bath.

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This makes them one of the best Pho Noodle I come across in Da Nang. The smell of the broth soup is tempting and the colour of the soup is perfect. Sweet, fragrant and beef cook to perfect! We saw the guy opposite us eat dry noodle and order another one to try.

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This is like Vietnamese Wan Tan Mee. turns out to be good too. If you are in this stall, do order the Pho and this dry noodle. Do communicate with the younger guy there as he knows English. One of the best street food in Da Nang.

Operating Hours; 6am – 9.30am

During long weekend, if you head down to Melaka is gonna be like suicide. Not only you jam all the way in, but also queue for food too. Came back to this famous chicken rice shop in Melaka known as Chung Wah Chicken rice Ball. Well known that on long weekend, the queue can hit till Hard Rock Melaka main entrance. Do prep for an umbrella. chung wah chicken rice ball (1)

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What is so unique about this place? Well, is just that the rice had turn into round shape. Chicken is pretty normal and nothing to shout about.

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Soft and juicy yet soy sauce and sesame oil added is not too bad.

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The best party is not to miss out their homemade chili sauce. We order Half Chicken, and chicken gizzard. 

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Cant remember how much my friend paid for the bill.

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The queue in the pictures are normal weekend.

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Overall, it is a tourist area, and as you walk further down into Jonker Street in Melaka, you can find other similiar chicken rice shop too. Either you want to wait that long or lesser queue. Which would be your favourite Chicken Rice shop in Melaka?

*Pork Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 6.5/10, ok ok la.-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:

Chung Wah Chicken Rice Ball (Kedai Kopi Chung Wah)

18, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka

Operating Hours: 9am – 3pm (or till finish)

This would be the third time to Korea and many of you asked me how is my trip, I guess now I have to dig back my last trip food guide and slowly introduce to all of you as I was here to attend the Ultra Music Festival 2017. After arriving and drop our luggage, the first stop which is just a stone throw away from our hotel is this Myeongdong Kyoja, located right in the heart of Myeongdong, Seoul.

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This is a famous family chain that have a few outlets right in Myeongdong. A a family-owned restaurant that had been operating since 1966. A simple restaurant that offers only four items on the menu. A place that specializes in dumplings and noodle soup.

It is 11am when I am in this queue and will be forever a queue to this outlet. If I am not mistaken they recently had gain an award to be part of Korea Michelin Guide 2019. That shows how good and consistent they are.

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Also they are being nominated with one of the best.

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This is kinda like a scene in Hong Kong eatery where you have to share table in this small cramp area. It is fun.

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Their signature item are all on the menu. Yup only 4.

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Their homemade garlic-laden kimchi is awesome! love it. More toward sourish and hint of garlic that is just  nice.

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Their signature item Steam Dumplings @ 10,000 won (estimated RM 35)

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Steamed to perfection that skin is soft, not so sticky, an alternative of Xiao Long Bao but Korea version. Mince meat not too dence yet fragrant with the veggie had in it. A perfect dish!

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Chopped Noodles @ 8000 Won (estimated RM 28) is quite similiar to our Pan mee. Filled with mince meat and they top with dumpling. Soup punch with flavour, not too salty and little “so called wanton” is spot on.

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Indeed one of a famous and recommended place to eat in Myeongdong for a start and you happen to be in Myeongdong, then do drop by. Perhaps one of the best food in Myeongdong?

Other eatery in Myeongdong that I discover:

  1. Innisfree Green Cafe
  2. Hadongkwan (recommended)
  3. Black Pork at Yuktongryeong 육통령
  4. Issac Toast

Location:
29 Myeongdong 10-gil,
Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu,
Seoul, South Korea

Operating Hours: 10.30am – 9.30pm

tel: +82 2-776-5348

I was off to Alor Setar for Kedah Fashion Week 2019 and of course food hunting comes in the top priority list. Of course not to miss out this famous Chinese Nasi Lemak Ong at Alor Setar. To some KL folks here, you might know this brand in Pavilion as their second branch is located right at level 8, Pavilion Elite, is actually one of my favourite shop too.

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So to us, why is this called Nasi Lemak which it is so similiar to Nasi Kandar. I learn that it is actually their term of calling it. Nasi Lemak in Kedah = Nasi Kandar to us. Hence to me, there is this slight confusion when I see it.

Best of all, Nasi Lemak Ong is quite unique as I got curious and ask the owner himself, how he establish this business. It was just a pure passion of him, as he went to learn from his Indian friends on cooking curries 35 years ago. Since then Nasi Lemak Ong is born and over the years he improvise each of the curries.

I also found out that Nasi Lemak Ong at Pavilion is actually manage by his son. I did also ask him why the taste is different from here. He said sourcing of ingredients is different and more expensive compare to Alor Setar. Now I know why!

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I read up a few post that, we must come here early, or be prepare to queue. I was here at 11am for early brunch. The smell of curry aroma just poke through my nose and was salivating while taking the picture.

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I ask what is his signature, everything is his best. Depending what I like.

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Just look at the colour of the curries. Just loving it.

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so my usual, I pick Salted egg, Cuttlefish, Lamb and veggie @ RM 12. I think the price is decently price as got lamb and cuttlefish. Of course need to drench all mix curries to flood it.

Over here was given an option, spicy or non spicy. Of course will pick the mix of spicy. The mix gravy comes in 6 different types of gravy at the side.

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Love the curries, aromatic, punch with flavour of spices and the spicy is really spicy. I was eating till sweating and need to order another drink after that. Indeed it is quite different from Pavilion outlet as the original outlet of Nasi Lemak Ong on Kedah is definitely top notch.

For KL folks, my personal thought that we can enjoy it as it is about 85% quite similar to the original branch.

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Then uncle also share with me how many local coverage and international coverage he had gotten over the years. So if you are in Alor Setar, I think this is a must drop by as for Chinese Nasi Kandar or a recommended pit stop by me as this uncle pass with flying colours. Also the uncle serve this Pork Free as my Malay friends also can enjoy it. I am not too sure is there any others in the area and if there is do share with me.

*Pork Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10, Lurve it, I like~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Restaurant Nasi Lemak Ong
24, Jalan Putra,
Bandar Alor Setar,
05100 Alor Setar, Kedah

Operating Hours : 10am – 3.30pm
(close Wednesday)

tel: 04-733 7895

Starbucks seems to be making its mark every year by building the biggest roastery or cafe. What I know they had one in Shanghai, China. Then currently, the World Biggest Starbucks Reserve Opens in Tokyo about weeks back.

A roastery that is design by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma (the man behind the main host stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.) , as the 4-story roastery was inspired by the cherry blossom trees that line the nearby Meguro river. Hence the to glass walls and terrace, is design to allow customers to gaze out over the sakura trees when they’re in bloom. Build along with the world’s largest Teavana tea bar, as well as an events lounge. A four floors that will be fill with sensory coffee immersion .

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As you walk into the building, you will be greeted with their singature mermaid logo and a grand tall glass panel door.

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the upscale roastery cafe and store encompasses a whopping 32,000 square feet (2,966 sq. meters)

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The biggest Teavana in the world

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the terrace that will be overlooking Sakura Bloom

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A Willy Wonka-esque system of pipes crisscrosses around the gigantic 17-meter-tall copper coffee cask that dominates the center of the roastery, while 2,100 hand-crafted copper cherry blossoms dangle from the ceiling in homage to the sakura trees that line the Meguro river just outside. (source from ganjinpot.com)

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1st floor: 

The floor design are master piece. Starting off at the Main Bar where customers can witness the art of roasting for themselves and sample original Reserve beverages like the Barrel-Aged Cold Brew. You can also dive into buttery-good Italian offerings from Princi, Starbucks’ partner baker. There are also silos where the beans are stored next to the retail areas which stock exclusive merchandise including mugs, coffee cups, coffee grinders, stationery, and accessories.

2nd floor: 

The world biggest Teavana Bar which pays homage to the culture of Japanese tea, serving exclusive tea beverages and desserts. .

3rd floor:

This third floor is where I will be aiming. This is exciting as this will be Starbucks Japan’s first cocktail bar, Arriviamo. Aside from wine, beer, and spirits, it’s the coffee and tea-inspired cocktails like the Nakameguro Espresso Martini that might mean you’ll end up accidentally getting drunk before work here. During Cherry blossom season, the wide terrace attached will the main attraction area, which to admire the cherry blossoms from above instead of below. The top floor, dubbed the AMU Inspiration Lounge, is the community space for locals to hold events that’s also slated to host barista training and other seminars for coffee professionals in the future.

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Regardless whether you’re a coffee addict or not, you should pay Reserve Roastery Tokyo a visit if you’re in the country. Definitely will be in my bucket list. For a very detail blog posting – (click here)

Location:
Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo,
2-19-23 Aobadai, Meguro.

Opening hours 7am-11pm

For more information, check the official website.

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