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Usually when I am back Penang, a week before I will bug my friend to bring me nice places to eat or their latest discover, (sounds like I am a foreigner or outstation guest). Restaurant Hock Chuan Heong is one of the place that they usually will pop by for lunch is this traditional Hokkien dishes in Macallum Street here.(I used to stay here for 7 years, didnt know such shop existed.)

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For those who are not familiar around the area, it would be tricky to locate it as its hidden behind a row of shop house that Pos Office Malaysia would be the landmark.

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This place its famous for its authentic Hokkien dishes especially on their Oyster series. Its super pack during lunch time and it is advisable to do early lunch.

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All the dish serve up pretty fast and this is what happen when you have 2 girls very hungry and cant wait for me to complete taking the picture first by snapping some of it first.. ūüėÄ

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One of the dishes that must have is their classic Fried Oyster (Oh chien) . In most of the version that we have is either crispy or starchy and back to traditional its starchy. Fried to aromatic and dipping with their special chili sauce that makes it taste even better.

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I cannot remember when is the last time I had this dish, that it was too long ago, that it used to be one of my grandma’s¬†favorite¬†dish. Found back the authenticity place for it, Oh Mee (Oyster Noodle) comes with generous ingredients and the gravy is slightly mild and find that noodle is over cook that make it too soft. Overall its not bad that many old people will sure love this taste.

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This is Tau Kua Suan Na dish is fried and cooked with lots of leeks, added with little 5 spices powder to bring up the taste a little more. Gravy is nice and pour it onto rice, is good~

If you are looking for some authentic food then this is one of the place to hunt for. One of the set back of this location is limitation of Parking and best to park around Post Office area and walk towards behind it, or residential around that area.

Remark: The owner is a quite lansi (arrogant) 

*NON-HALAL

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 8/10 , nicee, ! -Stamped-

-WARNING ‚ÄďThis is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Hock Chuan Heong
(Gat Lebuh Cecil)
344-G-5 Pengkalan Weld
10300 Penang

Tel : 04 2611004  (don’t expect a reply as they discourage phone-reservations)

Business Hours : 12pm ‚Äď 6.00pm

Closed on Sunday

GPS Coordinates : N05 40549   E100 33124

[Update: 1/5/2016 – now have move to SS2)

Damansara Uptown is famous for a eatery place whereby we can hunt a few nice place to eat with a great mix. One of the latest addition outlet to the area is this Private Kitchen that I have been told that they started off with small little privite dining and its popularity had grown then they have to operate into a shop. Hence Private Kitchen was the name and now is available in bigger space  with both ground floor and first floor (more for private functions or family gathering).

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I have travel to Hong Kong a few times and yet find something similar here. Hong Kong food is definately must not miss. Well this new discovery,Private Kitchen is no ordinary shop like those restaurant in shopping mall as they are offering more authentic home cook Hong Kong Cuisine. The man behind the master creation is Chef Lam with experience of more than 20 years on him. Being in Malaysia for less than 18 months, he had creatively come out with many unique dish to impress.

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A cosy dining area with wooden chairs with many pictures that resemble on Hong Kong that certainly makes you think you are in Hong Kong Restaurant.

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Chicken wings are well deep fried to golden brown, crisps on all edges, with mild spicy and salty at the end. A great way to start off our dinner.

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Follow by this delicious Smoke Duck with Mango. Juicy and chewy slice of smoke duck which is aromatic and blend well with light sour sweet mango, perfect! ‚Äď recommended

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I love my meal to start off with soup, and this double boil soup.

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Is just a great way to make our stomach warm. Boil along with pumpkin, pork and some other ingredient makes the soup sweet enough just as I like or its just me that love soup, any kind of soup is tasty to me. ūüôā

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As we all had the introduction of the meal, then we head to the next meal section which is their set lunch menu that I am totally jealous with most of the office worker working around the area. Set lunch start off with as low as RM 7.90 and below are some of the items can be found.

Hong Kong style steamed chicken in sand ginger powder noodle soup @ RM 9.50

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Finely chop ginger slices is one of the extra condiments that you must not miss out to pair with the chicken. I finish it and asked for another additional. Not too spicy ginger taste which had tone down and suits many people I think. Well, if you are not a ginger person its worth for you to give it a try.

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This is no ordinary steam white chicken. Been perfectly marinated and bath with ginger serve along with hot soup noodle is one of the way to satisfy your lunch. Soft tender chicken meat, with slightly fragrant sauce that blends well with the noodle soup. If I drink the sauce it will be too salty as it is not meant to drink that way. I pour the gravy into the soup it made it extra flavorful.

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 noodle in the soup to pair with the chicken

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Noodles with mince meat & fried egg in tomato soup @ RM 7.50

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This is no ordinary instant noodle. Well, I often got scolded for ordering instant noodle at restaurant because of the pricing and its easy to cook. Sometimes I just crave for it and cant help it. This here is a must try. It look pretty ordinary or simple yet the hidden ingredient why I love it so much is they cook their own soup base with tomato and pork that makes it sweet enough (something like ‚ÄėLoh Shun Tong‚Äô) filled with mince meat and a simple sunny side up. Love the soup as its slightly sour tomato base and we just finish it within seconds as the instant noodle cook to springy. ‚Äď highly recommended

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If you love to have some pork, then you can opt for this Typhoon shelter noodles with Pork Chop in Chili and Garlic Soup @ RM 15

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Comes with deep fried pork as the side dish and noodle, perfect for raining weather at this moment.

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Stir Fried Pork Ribs with Rice @ RM 12.90

Sweet and soup pork ribs might looks ordinary, but this is a well balance taste, mild sweet and more pineapple sour taste as they cook along where you can buy chunks of pinapple. Deep fried pork are in cubes and soft that pairs well with the rice.

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Fried Rice Portuguese Style with braised pork belly & Seafood @ RM 16 is filled with wok hei and too bad that they don have sambal or chili oil to pair with. If not it would make it more outstanding.

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Private Kitchen Stir Fried Prime Beef Fillet with Strawberry Pepper Sauce @ RM28 

Now lets head to more of its ala-carte menu. Begins with this is pretty unique dish with me, as strawberry is being used to cook along in this dish.Cook till the gravy is well coated onto the beef, tender soft and juicy with mild pepper spicy after taste makes it a great dish for me.

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Something creamy and palatable then go for this one of my favorite for the night, Deep Fried Pork Ribs with Special Salad Sauce @ RM32. Me and Ken just enjoying this dish by just munching it half a plate with it well coated salad sauce, sweet and slightly creamy that make it appetizing.

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Creating your taste bud dancing, Stir Fried Squids with vermicelli   in Special Chili Sauce is next to hunt for. YOu have to eat it pretty fast and if not, the vermicelli will soak the soup pretty instantly. Soup taste of it is pretty amazing lime, sour spicy and squid is just fresh, chewy bouncy as I like. RM 28

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oh oh, this dish is pretty Hong Kong style as Portuguese Style Baked Chicken Chop @ RM 18. Slightly can taste on powdery ginger curry taste which definitely relates back to HOng Kong dish as the chef hvae slightly change the ingredient as he mention the ingredient here is pretty good and the base of it is potato is amazing. -Recommended when you have your rice.

Some of you might find the curry slightly powdery but that is what Hong Kong curry taste like. ūüėČ

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I know I am being called taufulou, yet this is another amazing by the chef. Crispy fried Tofu with Salt & Pepper @ RM 16

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The chef have made the toufu so delicately soft that nearly melts on your tongue  with crispy base outside with light after taste of pepper and the bite of it taste as soft as taufufa. Is the chef special mixture to make it outstanding. If you have beer on your side, this would be the best option!

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another dish that was gone within seconds as the aroma of the spicy garlic trail on our nose that make it so tempting. Private Kitchen Typhoon Shelter Prawns with Chili & Garlic @ seasonal price. Huge succulent prawn being deep fried along with chili and garlic make this dish simple and nice.

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Any vegetable with pork, I am up for it. Private Kitchen Sautéed Chinese Chives with Dried Shrimp and Shredded Dried Cuttlefish @ RM18 is a well balance vegetable that comes with me, and the best part is the small little salted fish is crispy and the saltiness that bite after it with the vegie and pork.. ooo so hard to resit!

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End with this healthy herbal jelly. Not many people will like it but its something unique to end off with. I am okay with it and I believe my parents would love it.

I must say, this is one of the most impressive Hong Kong Restaurant that I have come accross and you do not know where to dine, this is one of a highly recommended restaurant in my list for Hong Kong Cuisine. 

*NON-Halal

all pictures are taken by Samsung NX210

Location:
Private Kitchen Hong Kong Cuisine
103 Jalan SS21/37
Damansara Utama (Uptown)
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
(same stretch as HSBC or nearby Ryokan Hostel)

GPS: 3.13451, 101.62378

Tel: 03-7728 8399
Hours: 11:30 am ‚Äď 3 pm, 6 pm ‚Äď 10 pm, closed on Monday

 

 

One of my favourite place that I used to hang out in Jakarta when I was based there quite a while is Menteng. Supper spot there is like those few particular place that must drop by or my friend often feed me along as they know I just love their food.

Menteng is slightly off from Jakarta City it self, not too far yet is about 15 minutes away only for night drive. If you are talking about day time traffic easily 30-45 minutes?

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Menteng street food or hawker center is rather famous to the locals yet slightly commercialize too as its located not too far from the city and offer variety of local hawker food that I love. Its actually one of my favourite hawker area for night spot in Jakarta

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Of course while you are seating in this busy hawker center, please beware on your personal belongings. . .

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Variety of local food you can hunt for as I always eat those usuals. ..

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Their local hawker food with cute little cart all stack by side by side and people here are very harmony, as they help each other in their business and lend a helping hand to serve and order.

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My bakso soup.

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If you want some challenge in your food, add in their super spicy chili sauce as only a 2 spoon full is enough to make me drench in sweat.

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Nasi Goreng Gila – (direct translation – Crazy Fried Rice) as they have lots of ingredient, whereby it means, what ever ingredient they have on their cart, they just cook everything along in it. One of my favourite too. RP7000 – RM 2.30

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Then my sate that I will not miss which is totally different from Malaysia version especially with the seasoning and the gravy that added on.

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Sate Kicap (Soy Sate)  is usually my favourite and add on with their local sambal. slightly sweet as on their soy sauce, thick in gravy with their own mixture and sambal kicks the flavour up on spicy side. I usually order in mutton.

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My all time favourite is roti bakar with cheeze and chocolate rice. Just awesome as some of you might find it sweet, yet this is one of the best toast I come accross, heavy for supper? NOpe as you will fall in love with it.

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You will have a street band playing for you, as they go around tables. You can just tip them any amount you wish.

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If you do get a chance to visit Jakarta, Drop by this hakwer center

Location:

Jalan HOS Cokroaminoto No.79
Menteng
10310 DKI JAKARTA
INDONESIA

Operating hours: 8pm onwards

(the hawker center is next to Hotel Formula 1)

Although I don really come to Desa Park City, it certainly is one of a nice neighborhood place to chill in. Everything seems so calm and peaceful, with people jogging around, playing tai chi, taking their dogs for a stroll and just feel nice to be here. –¬†Soi Thai Restaurant

[UPdate РNO Longer in Operation] 

Not only that, as Desa Park City also have a little eatery place that smack right in the middle of the field and host quite a number of restaurant. One of the restaurant that I previously went that serve pretty nice food is a Italian restaurant right at the corner. Now, dropping by here again is a new Thai restaurant that open its door since last year October and heard quite good feedback on it.

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Soi Thai Restaurant its like a hidden gem in this neighborhood that serve nice authentic Thai Food. I got lost when I first look for this restaurant as it always appears in my mind that all restaurant are only on ground floor, as this restaurant is located on the first floor.

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Soi Thai offer very pleasent dining experience with simple interior and their staff is very helpful

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Price wise are very reasonable and there are quite a range to choose from.

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Pandan Leaf and Lemon Grass Drink, Thai Ice Tea,

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Started off with usual Thai dining with kerabu, Green Papaya Salad with Dried Shrimp and Peanuts. I just love the taste of it, sourish which is good for stomach before heading to main course and its quite spicy with little chili padi being  mix along, and a bit of salty cuttle fish just blend the taste well.

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Soi Thai Combo

This is a combination of pandan chicken, fish cake, thai wantan and croquette platter.

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One thing to hunt for in this plate is the Pandan chicken. Well marinated and fried to perfection as the meat is ginger pale yellowish with a bit hard crust on the edge and its soft yet aromatic.

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We ended up order another Thai Style Otak-otak as it is so good that each of us took 2. Steam to its softness like near eating jelly to my likings, and some prefer it to be harden abit. For me, I am okay with either version.

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Thai Green Curry Chicken pairs well with rice.

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Steamed Siakap with Lime and Chili Sauce sourish with lime base and we drank it like soup. Spicy yet its good till my tears nearly drip.

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Something that you must not miss is their Signature Fire Pot with Seafood Tom Yam (4 to 5 persons). By the smells of it already thrill us to drink in asap with its sourish spicy smell that poke thru our nose is something that we can wait to put our hands on. To our delight, the taste is as good as what we smell. Spicy yet the soup is filled with seafood taste and sourish after taste. Just a perfect pot of Tomyam. – REcommended~

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This is something worth to recommend Thai Red Curry Roasted Duck mild in curry taste, with duck meat is quite soft.

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According to my friend, this is a very rare receipi that not many restaurant in Klang Valley able to cook this dish РChoo Chee Deep Fried Fish, is actually one of a signature dish in the restaurant. Deep fried fish shower with mild spicy flavor and skin is crispy with soft meat filling. РREcommended

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Pineapple Fried Rice

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Thai Style Kicap prawns

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One of my favourite dish that I would not miss to try out is Authentic Pad Thai. Turns out to be good as the glass noodle is thin and small which it is suppose to be and fried with ‘wok hei’ covered with¬†omelet. Mix all up is exactly the taste I have in Bangkok. ¬†Just that Malaysia version do not add sugar. Recommended

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Coconut and lemongrass jelly with passion fruit

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Water Chestnuts and jackfruits in coconut milk (Thub Thim Krob)

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Black Sticky Rice with coconut milk

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Mango Sticky Rice topped with coconut milk

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Sweet Tapioca served in coconut milk

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Steamed sweet banana topped with Vanilla Ice Cream

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At the end of the meal, since we are few days ahead and decided to celebrate Ken’s Bday along. ūüėÄ

Cannot deny that, this Thai restaurant is quite good around the neigbourhood and its worth to try as we are quite surpise with the taste that they can offer. Certainly will come back again, along if you ask me where to hunt for nice Thai food, this restaurant will falls into one of my recommendation list. ūüôā

Soi Thai Restaurant 
FF-26,¬†The [email protected]
No 5, Persiaran Residen
Desa Park City
52200 Kuala Lumpur

Tel:   +603-6280 7059

For the year 2012, one of the way to kick start or to enjoy great time by starting off with celebration of St.Particks day and the month-long GUINNESS¬ģ St Patrick‚Äôs celebrations has gone full throttle with parties happening at Jarrod & Rawlins last week. All of us having great time and were treated to a myriad of fun games, exciting entertainment and side splitting comedy that had us laughing in stitches on a few sessions!

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after a long week on work, here we are to enjoy the pre celebration and also best of all that one thing we shall not miss is the beer. . .

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Fresh Guinness draft that is perfect to start off with. . .

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some of us do get personalize mug cuz come in a group and those who pay of course got it, 1 Bucket of Gunnness or 4 pints of Stout will entitle you a personalize mug.

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Some of the pretty girls in charge of different sections and these two are in charge of gaming. The trick is the most bottom cup with a big red tap sticker and just stack all the cups from bottom to top within 60 seconds till the red sticker cup appear back and win a prize.

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Here are some of the signature dish for St.Patrick, everything is in green as its the official colour. .

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I did not know that its chicken breast till one of them told me, as I thought it were capsicum. The chicken breast is juicy and moist suprisingly and perfect to dip along with the green mayo and some chili sauce.

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This is how happy every one is when have a pint of Guinness on their hand and cheers to every one~

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The event started with a bang with performers coming out cheerfully with music blend into it that make the atmosphere even better.

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I just love these few character as they are just so attractive

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Crowd dancing and singing along .. .

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I just love these 2 character, as they are just so good in doing their act, dancing, robot dancing, laughing and some silly act

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This year, Malaysia GUINNESS¬ģ St Patrick‚Äôs will be the biggest St Patrick‚Äôs celebration in ASIA. We are holding over 20 big parties in major cities all over the country throughout the month of March including the return of the famous Changkat Bukit Bintang street party. So if you have miss out the previous party and watch out for their line up with the list below and do catch out their big bang street party happening this weekend on 17th and 18th at Changkat Bukit Bintang.

Delaney’s, Bukit Bintang                                              15th March 2012

SOULed OUT, Sri Hartamas                                        8th, 15th, 22nd and 28th March 2012

Bulldog , Sri Hartamas                                                  16th March 2012

The Social, Bangsar                                                        22nd March 2012

Backyard Pub, Sri Hartamas                                      29th March 2012

To all of you, Happy St. Patricks Day!!~!~!~

For me, whenever I travel or I know I have a friend in that country, the first thing I always will ask them is what is the best food you would recommend me to eat? I would want to have famous local food, then go to your favourite place to eat. . . Ra-Men Bankara

One thing that I have in common with Goft is our taste bud pretty much the same and by far what ever she recommend the food so far all of us are very satisfied! When we were back from Pattaya we head to Chatuchak Market  where the most famous market in Bangkok, after that, then she recommend that we MUST try out this place which is very famous for ramen is known as Ra-Men Bankara which she rate the best ramen in Bangkok so far in her preference list.

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Bankara Ramen is also known as a famous franchise chain from Tokyo that very well known for its soup base that available in 4 different types.

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I love the whole concept of this outlet, as the ambiance gives you a tradition of Japanese Culture on how those what we seen in the Japanese movie.

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They also have private seating area more like a group of 6. . .. .

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Or a bit more open dining area . . .

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One of the unique thing is that this ramen shop provide you fresh garlic and the equipment for you to squash your garlic onto the noodle. . .

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and this is what I call a Ramen shop that have sesame, chili oil and 2 other sauce ready for you to add onto your bowl of ramen to bring it up to your own preference taste.

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Its a very simple menu that they have, then with the mini side bar there is those add on ingredients.

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All of us having headache on what to order and it seems like every thing looks good!

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Therefore we leave our dinner faith to Goft based on her recommendation.

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