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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)

Penang is already famous for its street food and many other hawkers center are famous to outstation crowd and some are famous among the locals, as once the word spread, the hawker center will enjoy brisk business. One of the hidden gem for Hokkien Mee that I have been hunting for the past few months that often close and now they have reopen back is this 888 Hokkien Mee Stall which is located on Lebuh Presgrave (Sah Tiau Loh – in hokkien means 3rd street) which is one of a famous hokkien mee (prawn noodle) stall among the locals.

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This street is very near to 1st Avenue mall which is like 2-3 streets away from the mall that if you plan to walk here from 1st Avenue, it takes about 10 minutes walk. This hawker center area is located the same street with Kwang Hwa newspaper factory.

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This is the street hawker center of Sah Tiau Loh (三条路小贩中心) which many kind of food to offer with the corner shop is a coffee shop that host many hakwer stalls and those that spill over to the road side. Some of the street hawker food unable to serve food into the coffee shop due to some conflict. It is best you ask them before you order if you are seated inside the coffeeshop.

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Well, anyone of you heard about the recent competition of Hokkien Mee in Penang? It was held at Times Square on December 2011 that  Penang Best Hokkien Mee stalls in the state were spotted and came by to compete to emerge the best as these were voted by the public.  888 Hokkien Mee emerge as crowd favorites and won the best in this catagory (click here for The Star News also to spot top 3 hokkien mee stalls in Penang) I am not sure that the winner of 888 hokkien mee is the same as this or not as they mention near Sunshine Square. and this is at Town area but to me still the same name and take it as another branch. 😀

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Before the wont this category, this stall had already been very famous among neighborhood and since when I was a kid I came by to eat with my grandfather and recently been craving for it so bad and manage to get my satisfaction. In the order you can choose to add on some ingredient like pork ribs, intestine, and others.

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You can add on some ‘siew Yuk’ too but the siew yuk for the day not so nice.

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This is how cramp the place look like that solely sole for Hokkien Mee only. To get a spot is pretty fast as the turn over per table is quite quick.

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This is my order of Hokkien Mee @ RM 3

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Why is it one of my favorite is definitely because of the soup base, its sweet with prawn taste and know that its cook along with prawn shells also, not only that its also cook along with pork bones and meat that make it so nice. It is serve along with small prawns that cook inside the soup for long time and some pork. I wanted to add on some pork ribs and other ingredient was sold out.

It is best advise to go before 10.30pm as most of their add on ingredients get sold out very very fast.

Pricing of add ons:

Normal Noodle @ RM3

Mee @ RM0.60
Egg @ RM0.60
Fish Ball @ RM0.60
Pig Guts @ RM0.60
Pork Belly (烧肉) @ RM1.60
Pork Ribs (排骨) @ RM1.60
Pig Trotter (猪脚) @ RM1.60

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In front of the Hokkien Mee stall comes this very busy Wan Tan Mee Stall also. I see alot of people flock on this stall and decided to give it a try too . . .

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I was sitting there for 45 minutes, and this guy was so busy for 45 minutes and its non stop action. I forgot to take the picture of Wan Tan Mee but I find it nothing much to shout about as the unique is the noodle which is just a bit springy as I have better ones in other coffee shop in Penang.

Overall, if you are in Penang to hunt for very nice Hokkien Mee (prawn Noodle) this is one of the stall highly recommended by me, as during CNY holiday I came here 3 times. . 😀

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 10/10,very good, highly recommended Hokkien Mee!!~ -Stamped-

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

Location:
Presgrave Street Hawker Centre
Lebuh Presgrave

*NON-HALAL

Closed on Thursday
Daily 4.30pm-12.00am


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A place that I used to come often when I was a kid with my grandparents, that I cant event remember when was the last time I been here. At this field at the end of the corner, there is one place that host many food. One of the reason, most people are here during lunch to tea time is for Lok Lok. This food court that have 2 different sessions that on the left side as where you see now is selling lok lok, char koey teow, and a few other stuff and during night, you will see another different version at CKLam’s Blog. Padang Brown(click here)

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This place is no longer famous to only local crowds, whereby now it had attracted alot of people from other states and for so many havent been here, decided to take my KL friends to visit this place. I am quite surprise that its super pack that so many people are hunting for tables. Of course when you are talking about, holiday in Penang, most of the hawker center will be packed with people.

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Types of lok lok that you can choose from, frozen food, to fresh meats and of course this were not only the option as the full option can filled up the whole table, as we ask the auntie remove those that we are not interested, and when we wanted, we can just head to their stalls and grab back to our table.

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In this area, there are about 3-6 lok lok stalls and I guess their difference is their satay sauce. Usually I mix all in, as the smaller bowl is to add in more spicy, that I can even sweat after having a few sticks.

Of course one of the reason that many people are here is that, Padang Brown Lok Lok are consider one of the cheapest rate, whereby my KL friends also got shock on their pricing.

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Next I was hunting for other food beside Lok Lok then I saw this stall located at the very far corner are packed with people, is this little Yong Tau Fu stall. Of course when you mention that Yong Tau Fu, mostly will relate back to Ampang, but Penang version of Yong Tau Fu is very much different compare to the KL version.

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So I decide to join the crowd and wanted to test how nice is this stall since its packed with elderly also, and I guess its something healthy? :p Price is very reasonable as its stated up in the board.

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and I can tell you that, all those ‘kiasu’ uncle and auntie is like rushing in clipping the choices of food they want, whereby its like a closing down sale!

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So you queue up in one end, take a bowl and chopsticks, then with all the choices available on the table like pig intestine, pork ball, taiwan sausages, homemade fish ball, bean curd, that many more to offer, then you just pass your bowl to the owner and let him cut.

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After 25 minutes in the queue, finally, this is my super big bowl of Yong Tau Fu filled with lots of ingredient, that I bring over to the table, the rest of the 4 of them their jaw dropped and ask me why so big bowl! Cuz I find it cheap and only cost me RM17 for this whole bowl.

Once I put down, they whole bowl starting to get drained out, the soup taste so good and sweet, that they keep drinking on the soup till the last drop and, homemade fish ball is superb, bouncy and soft, their own homemade items, I guess its a must take item that all make it very nice!

No wonder the queue is so long as this is one of a nice Yong Tau Fu stall that I have miss those kind of taste~

Its a highly Recommended stall if you do drop by at this area!

*NON-HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, good place to hunt for food!~Recommended~ ~-Stamped-

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

Location:
Padang Brown Food Court
Corner of Perak Road and Anson Road
Penang.

GPS coordinates : N05.414249 E100.316611


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Often my friend asked me, where is the best cheap place to stay in Penang and I always have issues in recommending that as to find something really nice like what offers in Taiwan is hard to find, but not until recently there is one new Ryokan Chic Hostel that opened up that offers a very good rate especially to those who travels in group.

Cannot deny that this Ryokan Chic Hostel is one of the place that I would be recommending to all travelers if you are looking for somewhere comfy, clean environment and looking to make some new friends while travelling and with its cheap rates at backpackers price for a 3 star hotel stay,this would certainly can accommodate all types of travelers. Best even to backpackers looking for budget place to stay or travelers looking for a budget stay over the weekend for a place that offers Japanese Theme accommodation.

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Ryokan Chic Hostel is smack in the middle  Unesco World Heritage territory, surrounded by rustic architecture buildings and cultural sites, as there are also a few other operating rustic and classic cafes operating around it.

Besides that, for party animal, this place is just 5 minutes walk to a large Hawker center called Red Garden and 10 minutes walk to Penang most happening place which is Upper Penang road that filled with Bar and Clubs, also 10 minutes walk to famous Nasi Kandar Line Clear.

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At the main entrance welcomes you the modern style of baba n Nyonya concept as what I feel . .

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and I love the interior which is very simple and nice place to hang out, as the counter sited right in front is their check-in counter for your rooms.

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You are able to rent towels and other basic necessities you need.

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They have a mini bar to cater for their inhouse guest and at the moment which is not fully operational yet . .

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Dining place for your breakfast, lunch and dinner n also they have high speed wifi for you to use. Just incase you would want to connect to your love ones or keep in touch with your friends.

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They have 2 types of rooms available which is Suites Room that offer at the rate of RM 68 and I didnt manage to view this room as it was fully occupied but you can view it at their website (click here)

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Very nice walkway with a bit of garden concept and white lamps placed right in front of their rooms.

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Then other facilities for other rooms do not have toilet build in it and its a shared toilet available at the back of the hostel. Washing area. . .

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and 6 toilets available

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Let’s head up to their dorm room and you evolve from as you climb up the stairs. . .

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Before you head to their dorm you are required to put all your shoes in this shelves which is available upper section called The Loft,

6 Bed Dorm

The Sunrise, 6 Bed Dorm

The Classic, 4 Bed Dorm

The Chic, 4 Bed Dorm

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this is the 4 Chic room dorm which are only meant for female only  . . . . that RM38 per bed for a night.

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chic room also get a huge Hollywood glass frame to do their dressing up and putting on  make up.

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Each traveller will have a individual locker each to put in their stuff. .

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If you are bored in the room they have area Chillax Corner that filled with bean bags. .

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The rooms do not have tv and they include this super comfy area filled with bean bags too is this little entertainment area. . .

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They also have Reading Corner to do some leisure reading or while waiting for your friend to get ready you can browse thru some magazine.

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This are the rates on all the item including the room rates for you to check out and cannot deny that this is surely one of a good cheap accomodation to be highly recommended to travelers around the world if you do visit Penang also for its attractive location located UNESCO heritage zone and surrounding food they can go after. .

One thing to note is that, there are very LIMITED parking space available. .

Hopefully there will be more budget hotel or clean nice backpackers Hostel available in the future.

For more info or reservation you can check at their website: MyRyokan

Location:

Ryokan @ Muntri Street
62 Jalan Muntri
Georgetown
Penang
10200
Malaysia

Tel: 04-2500287

MAP click here

As most of us know that Penang is really famous for its hawker food, and one of the place that I have nearly forgeten which is really famous for hawker food during afternoon among the locals under the very hot atap which is located at this Cecil Street Market or known as 7th Street market (Chit Tiau Loh Market in Hokkien), one of the busiest market in Penang filled with lots of fresh variety of ingredients also which is sardine packed with lots of nice hawker food. Can say that majority of the hawker here are old school that had pass to their kids now. Cecil Street Market

This hawker center is at peak during lunch hour and tea time that visited by a lot of people from offices and neighborhood. Do prepare to soak in sweat as the place is very hot under our hot sunny days.

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Well, in Penang there are two types of Pasembor, one which is the Chinese version which adds on with a bit of jelly fish and pretty similar to the Indian version.

As for the indian version is also known as Pasembor or another word is Rojak Mamak that is also used in KL with the term known as Rojak, that actually fills with shereded cucumber, potatoes, beancurd, bean sprouts, and prawn fritters as for seafood like spicy fried crab, fried octopus or others are all optional, served along with sweet and spicy nut sauce.

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One of my favourite stall in this area is this Pasembur that I had eat since when I was a kid and now the younger generations had took over from their parents. This stall is one of the famous stall in the hawker center.

Most of the time I have been here, this stall never stop working or never once I have seen them free. . Constantly chopping off the ingredient to meet the customer’s demand.

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One of their secret is that the gravy.

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This is one of my favourite Pasembor as the gravy is a bit sweet and spicy that blends very well with shredded mengkuang, cucumber and little mouse (as what i called in hokkien by translation). Then the unique in this stall is that they do add shredded jelly fish . . RM2.80

I would say one of my favourite pasembor and if you do visit Penang and in the afternoon, this hot place is one of the place you would want to consider for hawker food. Recommended~

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8.5/10, recommended~ ~-Stamped-

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

*Non-Halal
Location:
Cecil Street Market
Lebuh Cecil, Georgetown
10300, Penang


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I guess that most of us have our favorite restaurant or hawker center when comes to dining or when you crave for it. No doubt that California Kitchen is one of my favorite restaurants that I dine quite often in their KLCC outlet (click here) as with the quality of food being served is definitely there. With that, now they had spread its wings to the latest outlet which is located at the newly build mall, Fahrenheit 88 which is seated in between StarHill and Lot10.

[NO Longer in operation]

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With their new interior design is similar with their outlet in KLCC and one of the difference is the window seat panel.

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Cozy environment which certainly nice to hang out with friends.

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With their window panel seat you will get to enjoy the view of the busy district Bukit Bintang.

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