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I travel to Bandung last month and alot of my friends told me that town is not only famous for factory outlet is also a food paradise. I felt that there is like Penang where Bandung Street Food is also one of a must to do. Most of their hawker on the street are very nice. Simple just dip into one of the road side hawker then get the taste of it. Our first stop for the day while we were shopping at Dago area, we try out Durian Ice Cream which cost RM3.50 for a cup with durian meat in there.

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A few scoop of ice cream. . .

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and add on their local brand Indomilk Susu Kental Manis Cokelat and carnation on the topings.

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The ice-cream is soft and it taste like the one I had when I was a kid, not too sweet and the durian meat flavour was not strong enough as I like. . .Overall its quite a good catch for RM3.50. . . You can just find it any where along most of the streets . ..

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As we walk further up nearby Citibank there are a few Warong located next to the bank and we were already very hungry as walk n shop the whole morning. . . try out de Robi Batagor with Kuah Kering. . .

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Indo version of fried wanton and fried taufu mix along with peanut sauce and sweet sauce. Freshly fried dip with the sauce is not bad lah` ID 6500 . ..

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Usually in Indonesia, Baso is one of the food that I would not miss. I just love their chili that added into the soup.

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The ingredient steam first then added their very own style of soup.

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This is Baso Soup with Bee Hoon and Mee added. Added with lots of their chili to make the whole bowl spicy in taste. Just that this soup sold by this guy did not meet my expecatation.

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Then head to next area while we were shopping at House of Mode, Setiabudi area. . We try out ES Campur Special that added many ingredient inside like coconut, sago jelly, cincau, lychee and some others. To me, if it is less sweet abit then it would be perfect.

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Next to House of Mode, Batagor Riri is one of the stall that highly recommended by a few blogger from Indonesia. Batagor means (Fried Taufu) which is originate from Bandung and it had been so famous till spread to many places in Bandung.

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As the lady saw me doing some photoshoot, the offer let me take pic of the taufu before fried.

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This is after freshly fried and you must eat it while it is hot. Fried Taufu and Siew Mai squeeze with lime and a bit add on with the stall special chili, is just nice, crispy on the edge and the peanut sauce is thick and nice.

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Then when we saw a Warung filled with many people which is the Mie Ayam Pangsit Special.

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Its is filled with half bowl of soup and chili sauce with another type of local special sauce to add in the kick of it and after mix it till all the chili coated onto the mee as what others do. . .The noodle is a bit springy and for a local taste like that I would say it taste pretty good for just ID 5000.

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Next to it Den Han Klappertaart is another one of a famous brand in Bandung.

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A few flavour is available.

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Use bread to baked with huge slices of coconut yet have to eat it warm as if eating custard.

This street snacks I had it at Setiabudi (next to House of Mode) . . .

Part 2 of street food is coming soon .. .

Genting Highlands is known to us by its entertainment industry that had attracted a lot people around Asia to this great destination. Not only that, Genting had cater food for a lot visitor that F&N industry had served more than 20million people over the years. Cafe Terrace is one of them.

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What they have done so far over their F&B industry is amazing and with a new theme, ‘Resort World Genting is Moutain of Food’ that simply will be the new theme carry by them and I am truly amaze by it as a foodie.

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To kick-start Moutain of Food, the resort is offering Penang Hawker Food Festival from now till 23rd January at Coffee Terrace, Maxims Genting Hotel Lobby. For all Penang food lovers, the resort had specially brought in famous Chefs whom have made themselves popular serving all the Penang signature food such as, Char Koey Teow, Roti Canai, Curry Noodle, Har Mee, Fried Oyster, Parsembur, Lobak and many Penang food speciall for this Penang festival.

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Its a buffett style serving. . . Apart from the delectable Penang hawker food selection, we also can buy signature Penang goodies such as famous Tau Sar Pneah, nutmeg, belacan, Penang’s Kun Kee Coffee and more.

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Who ever that been to Hong Kong will always aim for their food and desert that is very hard to resist, in that country is consider one of the food paradise too that offer many nice food on the street to restaurant. Lucky Desert – 發記甜品

When comes to desert, who could ever resist it.[No Longer in Operation]

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It was the very first Hong Kong outlet , which Lucky Desert that served original Hong Kong Fine Desert that had lately arrive on our very own shore of Malaysia, which is located one of the upcoming location Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara.

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This shop will create a fine place for passionate desert fan that they only serve purely desert on their menu. So what can you expect for is fine fresh quality that been blend in daily to bring out the best to serve all of us. So the big headache is the menu offer more than 100 deserts for you to choose from.

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The founder of Lucky desert and the new business partner from Malaysia joint together to bring us this great desert shop.

Here I am, getting all excited and been waiting for the past 9 months been very torturing as I bought my flight ticket on Airasia during zero fair promo some year year 2009 end of the year, and I was very jealous those who make their journey to one of the food paradise Taiwan by capturing a lot of nice scenery too. Hence me and my friends feeling good travelling there as there are some pre-arrangements. 😉

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Our flight there was the AirAsia-x which I thought that it was their smaller flight with those compact places and I was so worrying that what will happen to me after my 4 hours flight in that cramp seat. To my surprise that, the seats are eventually bigger and something similar to MAS economy class seats which I am happy off. The only difference is that there are no cabin crews serving us with free flow of beverage and in flight entertainment. The only thing is that, we need to pay what you want to eat including water. So be prepared to bring some Malaysia currencies and also it is advisable to bring your own gadgets like i-phone with games app, PSP or anything to keep you entertain during the journey. If not will be like us, growing mushroom and BORED to death! I guess this is one way of Budget airline goes.

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my window view while the air plane is flying at 30,000 feet above sea level.

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Finally, after 4 hours of bored to death journey and I cant sleep, we had reach our destination.

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Please TAKE NOTE All travelers below 30 years old, are entitle to apply for the ‘youthtravel card’ which benefits most of us that do free and easy tour or especially to a group of friends to entitle us greater savings on mode of transportation or entry to a park.

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It was a long queue under international travel lane but it took less than 5 mins to clear us off at the immigration, as this show efficiency.

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Currency Changes is RM1 –> NT 10

As travelling from airport to Taipei city, we only have to choices that we known on that day, either you take a public bus which takes about 70-90 minutes depending on traffic and by Taxi is about half that time. We were in the hurry that day, so we opted to take Taxi and trust me, it doesn’t comes cheap as 1 taxi to our destination is NT1200 = RM120. 3 of us in a car so it was 2 taxi.

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This trip we were on budget so, the arrangement that my friend had arrange was home stay that a lot of my friends say that we can go for Motel, which is cheap, nice and clean. Home stay would be like a risk to go after. What can I say, that home stay would be a good experience as this is our first time staying in this option.

Taipei Home Stay was the choice as it was recommend by one of the friend there, with its convenience to a subway LRT 1 minutes walk away, 7-11 3 mins walk away and 1 train stop away from Taipei Main Station.

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Upon our arrival there, we were surprise to be greeted by the landlord herself and with her friendly character had make us feel that we had made the right choice.

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When I see my room, I was astonish to see how nice my room and how cozy it feels like. It feels exactly like home with a mini kitchen, filled with a queen size bed and 2 optional sofas cum bed. Actually our room is to accommodate 4 pax and my brother and housemate last minutes cancel their trip due to work, so we are occupying the whole place for ourselves.

The room all the rooms are equip with cable TV with more than 80 channels to watch, wireless connection and basic necessities in the toilet. It cost us NT1100 per night, as extra pax will charge NT 200 each, therefore is NT 1300 per night. I cannot remember what is the TYPE of my room and advisable to copy and paste to let the onwer see.

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Our Cosy bed to ly on as what we were told by the landlord lady, our room is quite brand new that just newly renovated by her compare with other rooms, this would be one of the good ones.

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Toilet with basic necessity (soap and shampoo), please take note that they DO NOT PROVIDE TOWELS. Therefore you have to bring your own towels or buy it at the night market.

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After we had settle down and take a quite bath, she asked us are we hungry and she insisted to bring us to one of the best Fried Chicken around the area which is definitely much better than the one in Shilin Night Market. When it comes to food, I was the first one to agree.


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Penang being a wonderful place for food hunting especially on hawker and street food but Sticks Fire Bistro is one of the latest edition into Penang food paradise. Being in town for so many days I grab the opportunity to visit this place with my best friend as we were out of idea what to eat around Queensbay.

When we reach there, my friend got totally excited over the newly build up place and I was quite impress with it too. A stand alone Bistro.

A very catchy and nice environment they have.

 

Filled with a bar that serves cocktail, mock tail, beers and liquor.

The restaurant remains open concept which is quite a nice choice that I have seen one in Klang area. This place surely have the kick for it.

If you feel that outdoor is hot for you, then they do have indoor too. Cozy mosaic floor with nicely lit lights in it.

I have always like to sit some where higher like a mini bar bench area. This would be a great place to be.

The restaurant also practise open concept kitchen.
For the very first time, we were quite surprise to see what they have to offer in the menu, not many choices but felt that the price is right with the environment they build up and comes the friendly waitress that start to take up our order and ask what is nice in the menu, and recommended all those in chili sign is the chef recommended which I also can see that.
Then this name caught my attention to order it ‘Tamarind with Longan-Iced’ RM3.90 and honestly I do not know how to enjoy this drink, sour with longan sweet that I felt do not go along very well yet with a few pieces of ice cubes is not chill enough, requested extra ice cubes to make it more chilled.
My best friend ordered ‘Spicy Waikiki Sardine’ and with the spiciness level is there yet there is nothing much to boost about yet this is a chef recommendation. We felt its way very plain just like spaghetti and added on can sardine with own spice.. RM13.80

Then the food start to turn’s ugly with this serving of ‘Traditional Meat & Mash Potato’ that this mash potato was serve to us cold. I was a little bit shock at first and thought it was suppose to be like that and after eat the base also cold I ask the waiter to help me ask on it. They took it away and help me reheat on it. After came back the base in it is a lil warm yet can still taste some coldness in certain part and I did not mind. As I ate half of the pie and I am getting more frustrated as I did not eat any meat pieces or chunks in the pie with its written meat in it and ask my friend to help me try out and also agree that its more like vegetable pie instead of meat pie. FINE!
When my portion was served, I really got a surprise that ‘Tender Lamb Cubes with Pine’ is totally out of my expectation, what the hell, its still cubes but on sticks more like satay Kebab with such a small portion and plain yet the best part is my LAMB CUBES IS COLD. Again another dish is served cold. Requested the waiter to help me change and they change a brand new stick for me.
Guess what, my second stick of lamb is full of veins and its hard to bite or chew. I never careless about it any more with such food quality yet with the dipping sauce added on it taste not bad but RM19.80 I would say its very expensive for the portion and quality.

While I am walking around to take pictures, this guy request me to take picture for him. They are seriously nice guys as I get to know the first guy in light blue shirt is the manager for TGI Fridays in Queensbay mall which was introduce to me moments ago.
Till while we were waiting for our bill and one of the floor lady manager came to us and ask us how is the food and services. As I told her, the service is good and the food is way below average for the price we are paying and complain bout the lamb too. Guess what is her response…. and what she said I would say she is killing the business:
” I know that our Lamb got veins and the quality is not there, when we went for the food review on the supplier, the lamb was the best even better than the Beef that is why we choose the lamb but when the supplier send us the stock, it was not as what we have tried. You know ah, if a supplier send this kind of quality to us ah..how are we going to use back them, not sincere at all and on my hand I got handful list of supplier, not this supplier I can find another better supplier.”

When I heard this, what am I suppose to say yet came to a conclusion that, you did the same thing, pushing all those bad lamb with veins for us to eat and isint that this is the way you killing your business? What a good explanation you have yet no discount was given, or replacement and just agree with my statement and added yours. Its truly disappointing for food experience that I have to go grab a ramlee burger to eat after that as the portion was small and I still felt hungry after that. I guess I was one of the unlucky customer that had a bad experience on their food serving but service was good.

I just would want to say that, if you would want to try out the food, just give them 1 more month to get organise their kitchen and food quality. Since the day I am visiting was last weekend which is their only first few days of operating but I cannot deny more that, the restaurant is sure a great place to drink in Penang. Hopefully they will improve during my next visit which I think they derserve a second chance.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 3/10, DAMM BAD for the day!!!!~-Stamped-

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

Location:
Sticks Fire Bistro
FD-150, Queensbay Mall
100, Persiaran Bayan Indah,
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
(Located directly outside of Coffee Bean)

It was a rainy day, and also on weekend which I usually dine with my family on sat night or Sunday night then wanted to go a street nearby Campbell street to eat the char koey teow, mana tau did not open..aiii~ so switch to my dad’s favourite area. Northam Beach Cafe whereby a kopitam with East Meet West Meet Local food paradise. This Cafe a.k.a more standard kopitiam, offers variety of food like Western, French, Mexican, Japanese, Italian, German, Pizza and local food. One of a few stalls that must not miss which is the French, Italian, German, Jawa Mee, Char Hor Fun and Hokkien Char.

This are the outlook of the cafe.

This is the place where usually pack with people is because by the sea with not bad view. Cooling compare to the inside.

It is a big hawker offering lots of food. Was raining that day.

My mom was having ‘Hokkien Char’ which is one of her favourite in this hawker center. It is from the same stall as Char Hor Fun as as strong wok taste, not too salty, mix with some sambal given, wow, the taste is just nice, plate licking good.
This is the ‘Char Hor Fun’. Highly recommended. Got the wok taste and got the hor fun feel not like the one in KL a bit different in taste. The soup is thick in taste and the egg is perfectly match the taste in there which is my dad’s favourite.
This is one of the worst food I had in there, a fried potato with, don know what and what as all three pieces is different flavour but turns out to be all the same. Forgot to ask my parents as they said that they food on that stall not nice which is just next to the French Food stall.
This is from the Mexican Food stall and it is ‘Mexican Combo’. Well,was told by my dad it is nice so decided to try, before ordering the food, I was standing in front of the stall look at that lady cooking. She seems alright in cooking so decided to order. To my disappointment the food does not taste nice. Maybe I have taste before a better one and this is just not my choice. RM11 for this.
This is the firewood pizza as I order ‘Chicken Hawaiian’. Thin layer for the base, nicely baked in their special oven. Has some herb taste and maybe the pineapple that they use that day a bit sour if sweeter abit, will be very nice piece of pizza which I don mind to recommend.
This is from our favourite stall which we rarely miss. One of their signature is ‘Chicken Pie’ with a chicken and mushroom soup base in there. The soup is not too thick and not too watery, goes along very well with the crust of the pie and they were never ‘kiam siap‘ as inside the soup is rich of ingredient like chicken, mushroom and some vegie. RM9.50 for this.

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 6.5/10 , Good -Stamped-

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

Location:
Opposite Northam Hotel, Penang

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