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After much anticipation from the first food hunt trail Hennessy X.O with Chef Micheal Han at the beginning of the month (click here), I was counting days to this much finale event. Keep wondering for the past 3 weeks how is the chef gonna deconstruct our Penang street food. As last round we get to know that the chef is amaze with some of the dishes especially the oh,chien. On my thought, it just would not jive along what is going to be serve tonight.

All of us are here again, truly honour to be invited again by both G2 and MHD to this exclusive event. Tonight we will be dining along with Chef creation on how he had deconstruct all our beloved Penang food to another level to pair along with Hennessy X.O.

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As we were ask to gather around lobby at 7.30pm and guess what? Infront of G-Hotel, we were ferry by trishaws to our dinner location and its just another great level of experience that so many security blocking the road and all the trishaw uncle paddling their way there thru busy traffic in Gurney Drive.

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Just right about 2 blocks away we had reach our dinner destination St Joseph’s Novitiate, a heritage building that had restore and being center of lime light under new¬†construction Gurney Paragon.

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I am amazed that they had transform the whole place into Hennessy X.O stuff with red carpet being roll out. For the first time felt like VIP. ūüėÄ

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As right after registration, we were usher up to this wooden stair case that lit along with candles like, follow the light, you wont be lost.

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Right at the entrance I saw Will Quah, of course will be the official Emcee for the night.

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Time is still pretty early, and as early as 7.30pm we are all enjoying our glass of Hennessy X.O already.

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Select your drinks sir, would you like it to be –¬†neat, on the rocks, or with water

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They will be moving around to ensure that your glass doesnt run dry.

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I further venture around then there is this quartet serenades guests upon arrival. It reminds me of all those rich doing a high end charity like what you seen in the Hollywood movie with us chatting around and enjoying the soft music background.

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Just love this area, its cozy, fitted with dark comfy sofa and just plunge yourself onto it will stuck there for a while.

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upon drinking on my glass, I starred at the glass momentarily then only I realise the uniqueness of the glass, right at the bottom there is all the wordings. Love mine with little water and a cube of ice to just make it slightly chill.

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With yeng kor Cheng Yi – Fatboybakes, leng chai Robert from G2, Anna – annna.net and me

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As the time hit, we were ask to enter to the dining hall and my oh my, it instantly reminds me of Harry Potter movie dinning scene. With long tables that every one is seated and I thought, if every one in classic dressing like Harry Potter movie then it will be super cool. Nevertheless the most important is, the presence of Hennessy X.O drink with us all night long. ūüėÄ

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Found my seating and greeted with a cool folded napkins in tuxedo style along with menu being clip in between..

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Everyone is just so busy taking pictures along with cameras exchanging here and there.

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This is what happen when camera are being exchange as I also do want to be in the picture. I do not have the tux so I borrowed it to look smart.

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The whole event started off with Will Quah introducing and welcoming all of us.

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A glimpse on Chef Han to those who have not seen him in person.

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Menu for the night, it blows me away as what we sampling around on early month, it came out 90%. What a great challenge for the chef and just cant wait to get a bit on all those wonderful creation.

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We set sail on our first dish of the night. Pie Tee –¬†Chutoro and Ginger

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It was presented on a huge cube of wood standing tall is this 2 pai tee that does not look much different from our local scene and one thing for sure, ingredient inside looks solid. Blends of eggs with fatty tuna mix with herbed mayonnaise, tarragon, parsley, chives and chervil, taste is light and I pop the whole thing in one mouth bite, then end with sip of Hennessy. Blends well in my thought.

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Then every one started to chat about the dish, what do you think? Its like good, and lets continue to drink!

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Then I manage to peek into the kitchen, that chef and his team are so busy preparing our second dish.

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Here comes our Penang famous Rojak –¬†¬†Violets and Carambola Flowers

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Being deconstructed in a way that its too pretty to be eaten.¬†Colorful¬†to my eyes and start to wonder what is those mini roll. It is a mixture of fruits and vegetable, being cut finely then curl along with straws to make the size even. Add on with prawn paste, end with sprinkles of crunchy peanut, garnish along with edible flowers. Each plate are being serve with 30 cylinders. Every roll is crunchy and ‘heh kor’ is not too strong, just light enough to pair along with the vegetable and fruits. I find it goes better with neat rather than with some water.

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Halfway thru our dinner, we were greeted with this amazing voice that most of us turn our attention to her. Soft sweet voice that sings all classic songs with a few piece of classical instruments is the right blend that had been missing out.

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As my attention was to that sweet voice but huge bowl and good expression by Ciki pull me back to my food. Next up on our table is Assam Laksa.  Two plump seared  scallops from Froya, garnished with herbs, and the most unique part of all is a 50ml bottle of stock in a medicine bottle. In first sight I thought what is that bottle all about that looks like cough syrup. Then we were told by the chef its actually the soup to be add on.

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Just on my own thought, – how did the chef come out with all this idea. Just one of its kind on how to present Laksa in different level. The soup on the bottle is serve in room temperature as if its pippin hot we wont be able to hold it. If its served cold, the taste will not be perfect therefore room temperature was the perfect combination

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After pouring all the soup, and the strong smell of the soup just float into the air, smells as good as the original laksa.

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Putting first sip of soup base by tasting it, I pause for a while same to the rest, is the soup cold? Well, room temperature as we totally forgot about it whereby we are so used in eating laksa with its soup pippin hot. It would even taste better if the soup is warm, yet if the soup saltiness slightly tone down then its perfect. Never the less, the scallop is amazingly juicy, soft  and huge.

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Laksa turns out to be my favorite dish of the night as many commented its too salty yet I still like it as it pairs well with my neat Hennessy X.O

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Then Karen with the rest of MHD team members share their delights on how the whole process of engagement and how all of us enjoy the food.

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We will never stop take pictures when alcohol keep flowing down . .:D

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Or Chien –¬†with Duck Eggs and Smoked Oil.

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pre cooked in buttermilk, adding to its creamy texture, deep fried Panko (Japanese bread crumbs), to add onto that crispy texture, chives and the edible kelp, Kombu are place on top. Right after Anna finish this oyster, she starred at mine as I am still busy taking pictures of this then  I have to place both hands protecting it from being stolen.

I put the whole oyster in and only understand why she stared at the oyster.

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Hokkien Mee – Sakura Ebi and XO Sauce.

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Noodle was soft as the main ingredients in it is sakura ebi that I try to eat every bite with it that create a slight saltiness yet spicy just that its too oily.

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When I saw the menu he have Nasi Kandar cook, I was totally amaze and really looking forward to it as our last food hunt with chef, he also fell inlove with the taste of spices. Amazingly, it took chef 3 days to marinate along with rendance saunce onto this awesome piece of  Wagyu Cheeks, Onions and Ash.

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The tenderness and softness  of the wagyu cannot be describe as I found myself eating for the first time a meat that being marinate for 3 days. Apparently all this process have to be done in Singapore then air flew in as some of the ingredients he wants are unable to be located

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ABC @ Horseradish, Hibiscus and Rose Hips

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Ice Kacang turns out to be a whole new experience to be that condiments, such as rose hip, horseradish, and hibiscus will be a unique combination to me.

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Right at the end of the dinner, Chef Micheal Han and team came out and I must say what a amazing experience that you have give to us. Really out of our imagination on the ingredients that you use that manage to pull it near to our favourite Penang street food yet to prepare dishes for so many guess on the night its absolutely amazing.

Next day, we were then gathered for a Q&A Session with Chef and Karen¬†Marketing Director of Mo√ęt Hennessy Diageo Malaysia. Dinner for appreciation Grows are meant to be injected with new ideas, concepts and venue is one of a important factor for all their¬†exclusive¬†dining. By choosing some one who can relate onto their brand is a challenge yet cannot deny that,¬†scouting¬†chef talent is one of their expertise that Chef Micheal Han really able to come out with all the food into a new dimension. Its¬†truly¬†a new dining experience to me as the previous dinner on Hennessy X.O Appreciation night with Chef Edward Lee is totally different.

I am already looking forward for next installment. Can’t wait.

Continuing my food hunt in Jakarta that my friend bring me along to a few nice places. One of it is this Paulaner Bräuhaus that I have heard my Indonesia friends talk about it alot last round and here am I, hunting for this place. It is located next to Grand Indonesia, right below Hotel Indonesia Kempinski.

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Night landscape of the hotel is very nice with multi colored Led lighting around that  building that constantly changing colors. This are the main entrance to the restaurant.

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For those of you who loves German food, this outlet certainly will impress you as it had emerge as Jakarta’s most popular German restaurant and micro-brewery for both visitors and locals.

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As I step into the outlet, I am blown away as it looks like a classic mini beer factory and my friend told me that, it used to be a beer brewery that serve fresh beer to customers and due to some issue, it is no longer producing here.

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Interior here are just so nice, that makes it a perfect place for friends and family to hang out.

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This is what I mean that it used to be mini brewery with all the necessary tools are being install.

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They have live band performing on weekends like Friday and Saturday.

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Asparagus Soup @ RP65,000 is some how a bit tasteless.

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Sausage Pork @ RP 90,000

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Sausage pork is grill to perfection by maintaining its juiciness and its soft. Potato salad with pork ham if I am not mistaken that make it not too creamy and just to my liking.

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In Indonesia, every one just love their food to be spicy and Heinz come out with Sambal Pedas.

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Order the classic Paulaner and Mango flavour Paulaner beer. Girls would love the mango flavor beer as it have sweet after taste.

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most of the staff here wore classic German clothing as I have seen in many of German restaurant.

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This is another entrance to the restaurant or I would say the back way from the mall or hotel.

Overall, this place is certainly a great place to hang out and it is constantly full or pack with crowd over the weekend.

Location:
Paulaner Bräuhaus Jakarta
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski
Jakarta, Jl. MH Thamrin No.1,
10310 Jakarta
INDONESIA

Tel.: +62 21 2358 3871

E-Mail: [email protected]

Opening Hours
Monday-Thursay: 11.30am – 0.30am
Friday/Saturday: 11.30am – 01.30am
Sunday: 11.30am – 0.30am

Sometimes, when you want to hunt for food, every state also got their own popular food. As for last round long weekend holiday, some friend brought me to his hometown for Ipoh Food Hunt to eat some great food which is nearby Ipoh called Pusing (click here). After that, we head back to Ipoh town to hit on some great food recommended by them.

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There is this one particular little stall hidden under this huge tree. Some called it Under the tree Chee Cheong Fun. Its so famous that in a day he do only a few hours business. Not because he is lansi, just that alot people hunt for his food.

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This uncle a humble and cheerful guy had been running this little stall for more than 10 years and it had gain popularity among the locals.

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One of the different style compare to Penang is, he have created his own special sauce.

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And there are 2 types of chee cheong fun, one which is plain and one which is with mince meat if I am not mistaken.

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So its pair up with another family run little coffee shop and both of them make the whole place packed up within minutes.

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This is what is so different from Penang style as Penang we use ‘heh koh’ (prawn paste).

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But in Ipoh, this uncle had created his own special gravy that shower upon the chee chong fun and according to my friend the gravy is made of pork bones and other great ingredients that make it so rich and sweet in taste. Add on with spicy green chili, brown sauce and some chili sauce just makes it perfect for afternoon tea time. RM2.50 per plate

Some people like my friend will need to have 2 plates at least to satisfy their crave. I would say, if you have not given it a try, it is certainly worth to try, consider this is one of the most famous Chee Cheong Fun in Ipoh.

Remark: you might like it or don like it. More like a love – hate relationship.

Operating hours: 2.30pm till finish (means while stock last)

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Also I notice alot people order White Coffee here, find out that its a bit strong, foamy on the top and just nice to go for afternoon tea. RM2 if I am not mistaken.

Location:
Lahat Lane,
Ipoh, Perak

 

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Next is we have to go for what Ipoh is famous for where how white coffee started. Of course I was introduce by one of the best white coffee in Ipoh is located inside this coffee shop, Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Foong.

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A normal coffee shop that is packed with many people that usually comes here for breakfast, besides that, the Chee Cheong Fun I mention above, he will operate in this kopitiam in the morning from 8.30am till finish. (where usually finish around 11am)

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Usually my friend will come here for breakfast and this coffee shop was recommended by 2 of my Ipoh friend already. Guess that it should be good!

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This is the super star of all White Coffee, as it is in robust coffee that many of our locals will love, a bit thick in texture and for many coffee lovers, you will fall in love with this white coffee. I certainly would love to have 2 glass of this, but surely will hang over later as in yawn and fall asleep. – Recommneded!!!!!

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This is what my friend will have for breakfast, hot white coffee and with this half boil egg with toast. .

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Soft break like using the (bakery head brand) where you can find in pasar malam, toast to perfection and topple with this 2 half boil egg.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 10/10, Highly Recommended for its white coffee~

-Stamped‚ÄĒWarning‚Äď This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Foong
Jalan Tun Sambanthan,
Ipoh, Perak

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Besides all those white coffee, Ipoh also famous for its Ipoh Chicken Rice, as this is my very first shop I have visited when I first came to Ipoh is Restaurant Onn Kee. One of the reason last time my friend introduce me this shop was because many celebrities came by to this outlet to eat and that’s how I ended up here.

This is not only the restaurant avail as in this stretch of street there are 3 giant players in the area and this restaurant is one of it. Every one prefer different outlet and it really depends on your taste.

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The crowd pour in non stop and the chef just non stop chopping on the chicken.

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This is how busy the shop can be during long weekend. All shops are super crowded.

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You will never want to miss the bean sprout in Ipoh as they are grown differently. According to my friend they are grown by using mineral water, therefore the bean spout in Ipoh is fat and juicy.

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This is the Ipoh White Chicken (cantonese – Ipoh Nga Choi Kai).

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Homemade pork and fish balls.

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Silky smooth koay teow .. . .

Among 3 restaurant available in the area, this shop is my last choice, as the chicken texture and koay teow I do not really like it, but my friend prefer this shop.

Well, it depends on your individual taste as I prefer the one next to this shop. After your Chicken Rice, please do not miss one of the best Soya Bean (Funny Mountain Soya Bean – click here) which is just on the next street which is about 3 minutes walk. Total Damage was around RM 40 if I am not mistaken for a pax of 4

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 5/10, i find it so so only . .nothing to boast about~

-Stamped‚ÄĒWarning‚Äď This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Restoran Onn Kee (Ayam Taugeh),
51, Jalan Yau Tet Sin,30300 Ipoh,
Perak Darul Ridzuan, MALAYSIA

Road trip for food is¬†definitely¬†fun, especially when you go with a bunch of all hungry eaters that are responsible to eat and pay only, as on the way up north to Penang, we decided to do a little food hunt in Ipoh for early breakfast at Foh San (ŚĮĆŚĪĪ), and I have dine before at Ming Court Dim Sum which is quite¬†disappointing¬†¬†. .This round, we all agree to try out the famous Foh San Dim Sum which I heard so much over other bloggers or they rate it as best dim sum in Ipoh.

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We reach around 11am and there are still strong crowd inside the restaurant, with many people waiting for tables, as I have heard that strong crowd will pour into this outlet as early as 7am-9am which is the  most peak. .

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They used to operate in a smaller building as their business boom that had attracted many people from near and far, this is the new restaurant outlook which had expanded to 2 times bigger compare to their old outlet according to my friend.

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Modern tea house with nice floor titles, wooden chairs and marble and wooden tables are all well place around the restaurant. Now in order to get tables for pax of 10 person, all of us spread out equally into 4 sections, 2 at the bottom left and right and upper floor left and right. It really depends on your observation and luck to get a table, as you have to monitor your table closely with other public customer around too. . .

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If you come at 11am, quite a number of items are sold out, which is some of their signature item . .  will come back again for next round . .

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As all hungry eaters are ready to hunt for food and this plate I do not know what’s the name, its like a pao and sprinkle with pork floss, taste a bit dry and not my choice of item . .

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‘Malaikou’ is one of the best I had so far, super soft and spongy, and great in aroma . . have to eat it while its hot.

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Water-chestnut cake a bit more like jelly and slices water chestnut inside is fresh and something to eat after your hearty dim sum meal as closing ..

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A simple delight that must not miss is Siew Mai, Har Kau then followed by some corn pork dim sum . .

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Pai Kuat

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Chicken Feet

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 Lai Ngau Pau Рis pronounce something like that, which is a must eat item! this was the last piece I manage to get as the pork meat melts in your mouth and the gravy inside is just nice to make it perfect! highly Recommended. . .

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Loh Mai Kai

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Porridge is also one of their signature which is also a must have item to try, as the texture of it silky smooth, mild in taste and just add a bit of soy sauce is just perfect. Highly recommended

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Fried loh pak kou, not many restaurant can fried this evenly and nice, as this restaurant is exceptional that fried till some edges are a bit crispy, not too big piece and got wok hei . .

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Their Egg Tart turns out to be impressive too, crispy side soft egg yolk spread in the middle. .

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By the end of the day, we were all very satisfied with this meal as we rate this one of the best Dim Sum so far we have come across, fresh, and not only that, the most important is their price which turns out to be pretty cheap, as we paid only around RM18 per pax for alot of dish!

Now only I understand why so many people flock to this restaurant, even I did a road trip down to Ipoh just to eat this dum sum and they like it, and ask when shall we drive down again. No doubt that this is one of my recommended Dim Sum place if you do pass by Ipoh.

*NON-HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10, Very Good..highly recommneded -Stamped-

‚ÄďWarning‚Äď This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Restoran Foh San Ipoh:
51 Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: (605) 254-0308
Fax: (605) 253-5432
N4 35.815 E101 05.168

http://www.fohsan.com.my/


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Since I started blogging not long ago, I have heard this famous shop for its millie crepes in Melaka for quite some time already not till few months back I get to visit this shop which is like, Finally! I am here.. that I have to thank to Ken to bring us here. Nadeje Cafe

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My friend told me that they previously started off with a shoplot then they gain their popularity very fast with its first of its kind to offer multi layer thin cakes in chill that had attracted alot local and inter states crowd, then they have took over another outlet that now people can dine in too.

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People only come here for their cakes, which is in the version of millie crepes which made bythe owner which is from Japan if I am not mistaken. Crepes means a very thin pancake that made from flour top with many layers ontop which is origins from French. Since then, the crepes had evolve to suits local taste of each countries with the chef creativity.

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The cafe is always jam pack with people from most of their operating hours. . .

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this is what they are famous for.

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This is what we ordered with 6 version of crepes to be enjoyed

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Mocha @ RM 8.50

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Mocha Slice @ RM 8.50

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Mango Yogurt @ RM 9

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Original @ RM 8.50

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Strawberry @ RM 9.50

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Double Chocolate @ RM 9

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This is what I mean with the crepes with very thin layer in between with cream and crepes, cream and crepes, that just melts in your mouth ..

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We all had fun . . with our food hunt in Melaka

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Ester in da house . ..

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and of course me, enjoying my every bite of the crepes. The best I would recommend is Original, Double Choco and Cheeze slice. . .

of course you can tapau back to KL as they do sell ice bag for additional RM 5 for 1 bag and some dry ice which can last for 3 hours.

Ps: it really depends on individual taste some find it milky and some find it nice.. for me I find it a bit milky but still nice. Also note on their service as it might be slow ..

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, quite good, i don mind to come again~ -Stamped-

‚ÄďWarning‚Äď This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Nadeje Cafe – Millie Crepes
G-23 & 25, Jln PM4,
Plaza Mahkota,
75000 Melaka.

Tel : 06 – 283 8750

 


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Continue our food hunt, as direct after the Wan Tan Mee (click here), then our next station that Jasonmumbles rarely miss when he is back to Melaka is one of his favorite stall, Hajjah Mona Asam Pedas which he rate one of the best Asam Pedas that he come across so many stalls which Asam Pedas also know as one of Melaka delicacies.

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As I have been to the famous Jonker Street (from Donald and Lily’s Restaurant)¬†and I did not know that by walking distance of around 5 ‚Äď 10 minutes you are able to reach this stall which is located to the newly build hotel by the river if I am not mistaken.

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This place is damm pack with alot of people with its famous asam pedas that attracts many outstation customer also.

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The Asam Pedas is prepared fresh daily to cater for their demanding crowd. . .

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Then you just choose what type of fish you want and choose the extra side dish like egg, chicken, fried fish and others.

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This would be the normal set that every one would order, asam pedas with a plate of white rice and smack with a fried egg.

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Of course I always prefer mine with salty duck egg . ..

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Famous for Asam Pedas with their mild curry which is not so spicy yet a bit fragrant and perfect to eat with rice.

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According to Jason, their taste is not consistent as usually he would usually order a plate of Asam pedas to try first as if the taste for the night is at the best, he would order more. . and if the taste is not on par, he would just finish just one plate, and on that night we had, he said that their quality was not at their best so had just only one order.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, not my taste but Jason Loves it alot . .u can try it out ~-Stamped-

‚ÄďWarning‚Äď This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

*Halal

Location:
Hajjah Mona Asam Pedas
No.6, Jalan Laksamana,
Taman Kota Laksamana,
75200, Melaka
(a corner unit and located infront of newly constructed Hotel – just walk from Jonker Stret bout 5 -10 minutes)

GPS : N2 11.625 E102 14.730 (Marked as Assam Pedas in Malfreemaps.com)

Tel: +6012 – 601 3672 / 3676
Operating Hours : 5pm to 5am Daily


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