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I have always been a fan of Vietnamese food, as I had alot nice one when I was at oversea. Well, still nothing to be compared. When this shop open few years back, I have heard much good feedback from my ex colleague when they went to dine there with clients. One of the set back was, its a bit pricey to dine there then timing was right a while ago as they were doing promo and decided to stop by with a group of friends.

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Sao Nam is easily located at LG of Empire Shopping Mall.

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For a Vietnamese Food, they really offer quite a unique range of food compare to any other restaurant that I have been too.

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Of course when you are in this shop, Prawn Spring Roll (6pcs) @ RM 18 its pretty classic item to order or one of the dish that represent Vietnamese food. Roll up pretty well with the sauce to dip along and prawn is fresh~

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I am not sure I put this name on the correct picture or not as Banana Flower & Chicken @ RM 20 its one of a good appetizer to start off with. It was gone within seconds as it has a bit of sourish, and sweet end. Just perfect.

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I read many review, this is one of a dish that highly recommended by many people and same goes to me. Mangosteen & Prawn Salad @ RM 32 is a very unique salad that I have come across, they used Mangosteen to pair it as we thought it was weird at first then, the flavour is sour with their special sauce make it very good to go along with the prawn.

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Vietnamese Pancake @ RM 26

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When this is serve, it looks and smells good but taste differently. Part of it is with the dressing that they have in there. I do not really like it but some of my friends love it.

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Rice Rolls Lotus Leaf (6pcs) @ RM 21

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If you are having rice and Lamb Curry @ Rm 34 is a must order. Thick in curry gravy with lamb cubes are cook till soft. A bit sweet and spicy and those of you do not like the taste of lamb do not order this. Its quite strong even you can smell it, according to my friend.

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Chicken Lemongrass @ RM 20 is another dish that you can consider even ordering. The soup that cook along is fragrant with mild lemongrass taste that I would rate it like Steam Chinese Wine chicken but this is Vietnamese version.

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Imperial Lotus Leaf Rice @ RM 18

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Sweet Potato Leaves @ RM 12

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Friend Tofu @ RM 22

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In Vietnamaese Food, of course we must try out their Hue Beef Noodle Soup @ RM 18, soup is sweet with thin noodle and few beef slices to go along. Pretty good though.

No doubht that this place do provide nice Vietnamese Food, and if you are willing to pay a bit more, you can even consider this place for dining.

*Pork-Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, pretty good -Stamped-

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

Location:
Sao Nam
LG28 Lower Ground,
Empire Shopping Gallery,
Jalan SS 16/1, Subang Jaya.

Tel: 03 6201 0225 / 03 5635 9818

When comes to Penang hawker food, its pretty hard to resist it. I believe during this holiday season many of you are up in the north to hunt for all these street food. One of my favourite area is this little street that have some variety for you to choose from is this Chulia Street Hawker.

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A place that many food hunters spread that the Wan Tan Mee, Curry Mee and Stir fried (Char Hor Fun, Ee Foo Mee) to die for. Its been a long time since I last came here and decided to drop by again to do a blog post.

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I was so hungry that I order Koay Teow Th’ng and I finish it only remember I have to capture the picture. The soup base is sweet from hours of boiling with bones and the uncle use duck meat that comes to my liking with added little cubes of garlic and pork lard. Perfect.

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I walk further down abit at the little junction then saw this Char Kuih Kak.

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Love mine to add extra bean sprout and ‘Chai Poh’ (salted Turnip) to make it extra umph fried it itn small pieces upon request.

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This is the classic packaging of take away Kuih Kak.

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The smell and look of it wasnt impressive as its not fried dark enough with dark soy sauce, added dark egg suppose to be extra kick turns out to be mild. Not so good as I expected.

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This is good, the stir fried stall next to a fruit juice stall. Need to wait a while for it and its filled with wok hei. I only eat Ee Foo Mee in Penang as the noodle texture in KL are slightly different and the starchy base is also much better in Penang. Added an egg would have been perfect as its semi cook, that mine the uncle forgot to add in.

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Hearsay Curry Mee here are quite good, but I prefer mine that the soup base is slightly stronger and chili paste is in fiery red and much spicier. The taste of soup base here is slightly more mild but definitely have their own regular crowd. You have to wait at least 20 minutes for a bowl.

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Char Koey Teow here is not the best but would not recommend to order.

On that day, more famous Wan Tan Mee stall did not open so didnt try it out as there are 2 stalls here. The better ones are next to the Fruit Juice stall. Average waiting time for a plate is 30mins – 45 minutes. Do have patience when you dine around the area as its one of a famous hawker spot for local Penangnites.

Enjoy street food on next upcoming holiday season.

Location:
Chulia Street

GPS Coordinates : 5.418146 100.336584

I have walk pass this shop many times and I just do not have the heart to go in to try out, as the interior and the outlook of the outlet definitely look nice, yet I guess it just doesnt attract me, not till recently my friend plan to treat me eat Fruuze Frozen yogurt as its one of her favourite so well, free yogurt why not? 😀

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A place that usually filled with families. . .

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There are step 1  which to choose the size of the cup, step 2 to choose types of yogurt and step 3 to choose your toppings which is very similar to Tutti Frutti I had years back. (click here)

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There are 4 flavours available. .

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Choose your toppings

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I tried original filled with Longan, almond flakes and mango cubes. . [email protected] RM 13.50 medium size

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My friend she had chocolate flavour, cornflakes and chocolate cubes. [email protected] RM 9, small

Overall, this would not be my preference as on the downside, find it quite expensive as the same as all other yogurt, as Penang doesnt have much choice in Yogurt still J.Co yogurt stand out more in terms of taste and pricing followed by Tutti Frutti.

In KL my all time favourite yogurt is MooCow which I had alot of times and didnt blog yet, I guess shall blog about them next round.

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 5.5/10 , So so lah -Stamped-

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

Location:
Fruuze Frozen yogurt
3A-G-22, Straits Quay,
Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang,
10470 , Penang, Malaysia.
(Opp Papa Rich)

Sometimes, a company will go thru some make over in certain area, can be either outlook of the company or some minor changes. This round, KL Hilton is doing some changes to their website and will be introducing new look and feel for it. As we were invited to this special event for their lauching of its website we were pamper with Hilton nice food and best of all is free flow, mocktail, cocktail and prosecco.

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We were very lucky to have our drink to be done by one of the finest cocktail master from the hotel itself.

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This mocktail was very good, not too sweet yet its chilled with cubes of ice, a bit sour in taste because of lemon, and I would rate a perfect drink start off with after long day of work,. (ops, I forgot what is the name of it)

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The cocktail do not have strong taste of alcohol indeed it was mix perfectly with its overall taste.

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Who can deny prosecco.

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Then let the official event beings and the night filled with laughter was hosted by this very funny Emcee DJ Terry from Red FM.

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There are several games were play for the night and one of the interesting game is to ask the girl to roll an egg from the chef’s pants and the funny section is one guy involve and its very funny.

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Next interesting game is tie stocking and put egg in it, use your waiste and swing the egg to hit on a bottle on a distance. If your ballss is not heavy enougy,justs add more eggs. Very funny game!

Highlight for the night is the new website of Hilton KL which is life.hiltonkl.com is one of very easy nagivate website for most of the user out there. Easy search of most of the area with special tab create on the top right with Restaurants, Bar& Loungue, Weddings and Spa and gyms are very easy to navigatehilton (12)

In conjunction of lauching this website, KL Hilton is very generous by giving away prizes worth over RM5000. Just by answering 8 simple questions, and you could win yourself a stay in this Executive suits, dining vouvhers in their signature restaurants.

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So what you waiting for, just log on into life.hiltonkl.com and just answer that 8 simple questions. The contest starts from  April 25th  and ends May 31st 2011 .

One of the thing that we are looking forward to after a long stroll at the Aborigines Park in Taiwan(click here), we were told that Tina and Eva had already book a very nice restaurant for dinner which served their specializing hot and spicy Sichuan cuisine. Kiki Restaurant is rated one of the best around the area.

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As I was told by Tina that this famous restaurant chain is own by their famous local celebrity Singer and TV host Lan Xin Mei that can only be found in Taipei District. Tina had book this restaurant few days ahead to ensure we get a place in this restaurant which RESERVATION is a must before you head here.

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This building had 3 story and the whole building is fully packed with people. Shows that they do have a serious good business. Their contemporary design with unfancy orangy lighting with wooden and nice chairs to make all of us comfy to dine in the restaurant.

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While we were at Sun Moon Lake we saw this great souvenir to get and give to this 2 great new friends Tina and Eva to thank them for spending so much time with us while we are there. We gave them a token of appreciation of NT 1 mil that shared by me and Pak .. .hahaha. . . .

 

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3 of them are just as funny as they are, we had good laughter and crap all the way.

Last weekend, I had a very short trip back to Penang to help my friend photo shoot on his new range of food that going to promote for the next 6 months which I have previously blog about it (click here to view) and while I was there, I manage to think back to find a place that it had been long time have never dine there. Kedai Kopi Chip Heng

When I was a kid, my dad used to bring me here, that I used to bugged him on weekends, as it was quite a distance from Penang to mainland to hunt for this meal and at that time I was addicted to their soup taste, sour veggie.

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When I reach there, I remember one of the shop used to be my favourite but I could not remember which is the one as there are 2 shops side by side selling the same thing but different taste, as I lost my memory, I just chin chai entered one of the shop which turns to be Kedai Kopi Chip Heng.

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What they sell is called, Yam Rice (one of their main selling item) to go along with soup that filled with mixture of pig’s spare part.

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You can choose the parts that want to be added in into your bowl or mix everything ( I love it to be mix of everything) in the small bowl boil it for a while till its cook, then they will add the soup after that.

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This is ‘Salted Vegetable Soup with Pork Innards’ with one of their special taste was the soup base, which is created much from salted veggie (Kiam Chai – in hokkien) and it had been quite some time since I last taste it and find it another feel like sour plum which happens to be quite strong which me and my friend find it quite weird but as I remember the when I was a kid it doesn’t taste like that (more on sour veggie).

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Then the auntie introduce us their ‘Tau Yew Bak’ that had been stew for quite some time till the pork intestine its very soft and a bit chewy and if the meat would have been softer a bit it would have been perfect. I just love the taste of the Tau Yew as it similar to my grandma’s cooking that I had long missed. We just finish this bowl within seconds.

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If you are in this coffee shop and ordered white rice it would be just very weird (would be more like ordering Wan Tan Mee without Wantan) as they are famous for their ‘Yam Rice’.

Love the Yam Rice that have diced yam cubes are deep – fried to a crisp, add in sauteed dried shrimps to cook with the rice till its not too dry is just delicious to go along with the soup.

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The best part is all the pig spare part must dip with their special ‘In house Chili’ to add in the kick of it.

After finishing the meal, I am still not satisfied that it doesn’t give me the umph of it then went to the next stall to tap au back their taste and while I was at home after reheat it again, I just found out that that’s the shop I wanted to go with its strong taste of sour veggie. Both shop also had their own customer with different taste wise, hence for me, I love the one next to this shop and as I remember, my cousin loves this shop compare to the one I like. (depends on your taste bud)

Total damage for 2 pax is RM15 including drinks which we find it very cheap.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, good ah~ -Stamped-

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

Location:
Kedai Kopi Chip Heng
45, Lebuh Kurau Satu, Chai Leng Park,
Seberang Perai, Butterworth
(Opposite Chai Leng Park Wet Market)

Contact No : 012-429 3567

Business Hour : 12.00pm to 4pm. Off day unsure


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