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One of the place that me and my friends had been talking for ages is to come to this very old classic for breakfast. It was on the long weekend when I was back to Penang and I got drag by a few of them to hunt for this place and finally we are here. Toh Soon Cafe operates in a small ally at Campbell Street that this place is one of a favourite hang out place during my grandparents time.

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It was those good old times whereby you can see alot of people sitting here enjoying their coffee while reading newspaper as this place serve Hainanese breakfast, that operate by an old couple.

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Cannot deny that this place is pretty well known now by many people, thanks to blog and Facebook had sligltly popularize this place. AS it is long weekend, definately you will see alot of tourist in this cafe.

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Please do have patients in this cafe while waiting for your toast and coffee as it is handle by these old couple and help of friends.

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Many people came here just for the classic breakfast, which is toast, steam bread, half boil egg with coffee.

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Keke, you will never get to see this super classic toaster, that is modified from oil barrel burn with charcoal at the bottom as at the deepest level, there is where your bread are toast and head further up, there is where your hot water is being boiled. 2 in 1.

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Toh Soon Singature drink, Kopi  . .. Not so bitter compare to the others, slightly robust in coffee and I always prefer mine with milk. My friend ended up having 2 glass of this.

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I still prefer mine in hot for breakfast.

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another signature here I would say is their steam bun. Its soft near to cotton that spread with simple kaya and butter. Definitely they are more generous in their ingredients compare to any franchise chain.

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To eat it in more classic, I usually will dip it into my kopi as taught by my grandfather. To be even more classic, you can pour your coffee onto the base plate and drink it from there.

Toast bread range:

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This is one of a unique one as the bread had slight chocolate taste and toast then spread with kaya and butter. Nice.

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so this is how I enjoy my simple classic breakfast over the morning. Just perfect. Nothing much to shout about as only one thing that you must not miss is their steam bread. Loving it.

Parking here can be  a pain in the ass as its very limited. Therefore you can try  Lorong Kampung Malabar (next to Lebuh Campbell) where there’s a lot of parking always available and just walk into the lane only about 50m away.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, ~  just normal classic breakfast -Stamped-

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

Location:
Toh Soon Cafe 多春茶座
Campbell Street, Off Penang Road,
George Town, 10100 Penang
Tel : 04 2613754

GPS Coordinates: N5 25.118 E100 19.916
Map: http://wikimapia.org/#lat=5.4187637&lon=100.3320032&z=18&l=0&m=s&v=9

Business hour: 8am to 6pm (Closed on Sundays)

Heee, as some of you might have seen my previous post on Famous Yew Char Kuih & Ham Chi Peng that is located next to them, is actually related as I went on the same day. Lets head to next door which is the famous Zi Wei Yuen Steamboat Restaurant which is very famous in Raja Uda. One of the reason they are famous is because of the soup base, which is the only super important ingredient for steamboat.

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I have been talking with my family and friends to come and dine at this restaurant for like bout 1 n half years already till date it was all wrong timing and since this round I am quite free and my friends love this restaurant, the agreed without any hesitation since its their favorite also.

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To make an efford here, it is highly advise to reach here before 7pm or after 9pm as during peak dinner hours, you have to fight with  many families to get a spot in the area as its super pack.

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This is what I mean as those who are standing are hunting for a table, so you better disperse your family members or friends to get a spot.

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We lazy to order what is in the menu therefore we go for their set dinner, my friends opted for the most expensive set RM220 that consist of at least 10-14 items if I am not mistaken.

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All the hungry people are ready in action . .

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One of the thing that they are famous for is their special signature Fish Head Steamboat that available in two version, with fried fish head or the steam type. We choose the steam type then another attraction is that their soup base is milky version that you cant really find that in Penang and mostly I would say its the KL version.

Not only that, they use charcoal steamboat version to make it more nice. I only have charcoal steamboat when I went back to my grandmother’s village at some where deep in mainland only get to enjoy it.

 

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This is what happen when the pour everything inside and waiting for it to boil as charcoal takes time to make it cook.

Find that the soup base is aromatic and sweet, as you can taste that they really take something to boil it long time to make it there and milky version of soup just make it look interesting. As you refill the soup many times then the soup gets more salty towards the end and the base.

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Another thing that best pair with the steamboat is their own homemade chili sauce, that dip along with the ingredient is just perfect.

After a while after the dinner most of us gets very thirsty and I guess that they have added on alot of MSG to make us drink lots of water after that. No doubt that the soup base is good that we drank alot of the soup and just need to drink alot of water hours later. 😀

Its pretty good and worth to try. . .

*NON-HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7.5/10 pretty good . . -stamped-

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

Location:
Zi Wei Yuan Steam Boat
紫薇園魚頭火炭爐
No. 6525, Jalan Raja Uda
12300 Butterworth
Penang

Tel: 04-331 2736 / 012-452 4741

Biz Hour: 6pm to 11pm, off every Wednesday

Pass here many times, whenever I dine nearby and there is this rustic kopitiam that always draw my attention that tug in the middle of the whole stretch of shop lot. It does not look like a place fully pack with people just that the ambiance and a few chicken that hanging right outside the shop always have the urge to make me go in. You will be suprise on Restaurant Soo Kee.

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After Google out about this place only realise that they serve pretty authentic Ipoh koey Teow Soup that many of my boss like it also, as its more like a neighbourhood business. According to our boss, this place is one that serve authentic recepi from the family compare to the others available and do not really use MSG in the food, that’s how he is one of the regular there as he is sensitive towards MSG. As he told us, this place is also run by the whole family. .

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What is written on the stall are all their signature.

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Just look at this guy how he eat with his expression . . priceless. . 😀

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One of the signature Prawn Wantan that serve in a bowl with easily there are 8 pieces along. Love the texture of the wantan as its not too solid yet can chew the whole prawn yet not too big. Soup base is a bit strong with peppery as if it is slightly less then would be just nice.

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When the Steam Chicken is serve, it look so silky smooth and the special sauce that they have is just aromatic that trails through my nose. Undenieable that the first bite of the chicken automate me continuous to pick up 2nd piece, 3rd pieces as one of the smoothest chicken that I have come accross, best of all, its boneless. Every piece can just smack right into your mouth and usually chicken breast part is pretty dry and solid, as I guess Soo Kee have their own style of making it juicy yet smooth.

After check back my pictures only I realise that I forgot to take picture on the smooth koey teow soup. Its actually like you go MacD ordering a set, its the same as Soo Kee that when you come here you need to order their signature set that serve Steam Chicken, Wantan and Koey Teow Soup then that’s the perfect combo of all for this shop.

If you are asking me are they the best, I have no idea. I can say one of the best steam chicken that I have come accross, surely will come back again as its pretty near my office.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10  quite good ah . . -stamped-

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

Location:
Restaurant Soo Kee
33 Jalan 21/17,
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.109781, 101.622012

Business hours : 8.30am – 2.30pm
Closed on certain Wednesdays.
Tel: 03-7876 7736

In heritage trail Penang, there are many hidden gems with many nice cafes and restaurant. There are one especially are quite well known or no stranger to many locals, even this humble restaurant had manage to attract many local and foreign tourist to flock in. Tek Sen Restaurant 徳成飯店 that had been establish since 45 years ago and now had past to its 2nd generation and its growing, that quality and taste is still well maintain and consistent.

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This restaurant had move to its new premises to provide more comfy experience in classic dining, that tuck in one of busy area, Carnavon Street.

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Tek Sen Restaurant offer delicious Chinese cuisine, featuring a mix wide range of authentic Cantonese, Teowchew, Hakka and Peranakan delights with many years of experience by recipe passing down and improve.

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On its new premises offer bigger and more comfort dining experience for customer yet the whole interior still have a touch of old Tek Sen restaurant that used to operate few doors away.

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Start off with Fish Maw Soup @ RM 20 a bland mixture of many ingredient that during CNY this is one of the soup that many people ordered. Clear in taste that makes it a perfect soup to start off with.

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Every restaurant has its signature item and in Tek Sen, this Fried Roast Pork is one of their best seller that many customers will have to order if they dine here. Fried till a bit crips on the head, a bit spicy with chili padi, caramelize coated on the meat and usually we had 2 plates of this. RM 28highly recommended~

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Followed by Inchi Kai Bin @ RM 14

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This big juicy prawns is Asam Prawns.  The flavor of tamarind is there, well coated along the prawns that every bite of the prawn is juicy yet the flavor is well balance.  RM 49

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Not many people like this dish, Bitter gourd fried along with salty duck egg and mince meat, as the bitterness of it had prevent many people on liking it including me, I used to dislike this dish yet I have been tought on how to enjoy it. Since then, I do order it when I have the change. A dish that fried simple that bitterness of the vegetable is not too strong and mix well with the taste of salty duck [email protected] RM 12

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Another one of their signature range is their curry. So we ordered on their Curry Fish (sting Ray) @ RM 23, As I like how my Asam fish is sourness is stronger and after taste of it is a bit spicy at the end. Curry gravy is not too thick and to mix with your rice to eat along is just perfect~ – Recommended

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One of my friend always dine here and he never miss this dish which is 3 steam egg. Different types of egg which is (century, duck and normal egg) to steam on it. A dish which is very simple, fragrant as just add on some garlic oil on top then add on some soy sauce, you will enjoy this simple dish alot~ @ RM 6

At Tek Sen, which is a restaurant that many of my friends love to dine and no doubt too that they have gain international popularity from a few types of magazine came by to feature them. A place to hunt if you are looking for nice homecook meal without disappointing.

On the set back about this place is there are very limited parking space available around the area and no matter during lunch or dinner its always super pack! It is advise to go early to enjoy full range of their food list as the later you went, there will be some dish sold out.

another recommended restaurant in Penang.

-= 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:
Tek Sen Restaurant
Ground Floor of No.18 & 20
Carnarvon Street
Georgetown, 10100 Penang

Tel: +6012 493 9424

GPS Coordinates:
N 5.41749
E 100.33596

Opening Hours:
Lunch – 12:00 to 2:30pm
Dinner – 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Closed on every Tuesday! 😉

When you visit Bangkok, one of the place that you must go is their Floating Market. Previously we did have in plan to visit Bangkok Floating Market and it was scrap because that we are heading to Pattaya, they have another one too, but the floating market in Pattaya is man made market while the one in Bangkok is the original and natural place.

After we had our lovely breakfast at famous French Bakery (click here) then head to this floating market. This post is more picture than write up . ..

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It was sardin pack with lots of people, and we were drop off by our driver.

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It was burning hot morning and humid as we were walking we can feel the heat penetrating to our bone.

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Looking at the map, its a huge man made floating market .. . .

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To tour around the whole market by using the boat, it can be hired at a price. .

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Do tell me who is not a fan of Bak Kut Teh? I am a big fan of Bak Kut Teh, just that whenever people mention this, where is the best, first location always pop out in people’s mind is Klang Lahhhhh, but Klang you want to hunt for good 1, always have to be in early morning. . .what bout if you crave for Bak Kut teh then its at night? One of the places that also with the word Klang, is Old Klang Road, and when you mention Bak Kut Teh, alot people first’s response is ‘Under the bridge 1 ah’? Old Klang Road Bak Kut Teh, under the bridge. Ah Wang Bak Kut Teh

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Well, what can I say, Murphy and his cousin bring me to this famous Ah Wang Bak Kut Teh shop at Old Klang Road where most of the time its always filled with lots of people especially during dinner. Here is not only famous for Bak Kut Teh as they are very well known for their signature Steam Fish . . . . .

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For side dishes, its always ‘Tu Ka Chor’ (Pigs Trotter Vinegar) is one of the additional that I would order. For this stall, its highly recommended by me as I don always like the texture of it, as for this stall, it was nicely steamed till it was very soft and one bite of the fats into the mouth it nearly melts on tongue, with its thick aromatci sauce cook with a bit of herbs and their very own style is one of the bowl that I finish it by myself. The thick sauce goes very well with rice!

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This stall Bak Kut Teh served very mild taste of herbs that most of the people in KL would prefer and add on with some spare parts.

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Vegetable is good too .. .

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This is what people meant that Bak Kut Ten Under the bridge which is located directly below. . . This direction is from Old Klang Road heading to Mid Valley as the stall would be on your left.

This stall nothing to boast about just that they had made their name and very famous among all the neighbourhood and if you do come here, their Tu Kar Chor is not to be missed! Will try on the steam fish next round .. . .

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 6.5/10, not bad lah~ -Stamped-

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

Location:
Ah Wang Bak Kut teh
Batu 4 1/2 Jalan Kelang Lama
Kuala Lumpur

H/p: 013-2282288/016-2341319

GPS Coordinate : N3 05.622 E101 40.497


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