Restaurant Tom Yam, Serendah

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I was being brought to this place where it’s known as Serendah Tom Yam or Serendah 桥头 Tom Yam (桥头 = bridgehead). The place itself does not have a signboard. It’s kitchen is right in front of the restaurant while the outdoor seatings are at the side.

It was up to my friend to recommend the dishes with just very simple names with a delicious complex taste.

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Six-taste soup 六味汤
On a hot sunny day, let’s start with a refreshing six-taste soup. It can have it hot or cold. It’s a bowl of black grass jelly, with syrup jelly, and cendol (for those I can see). A nice bowl of herbal soup that is not very herbal-ish. I don’t think it’s meant to taste herbal-ish, though.

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Tom yam 
The famous dish of the day, Tom Yam. It’s a spicy tomyam but not spicy enough for some of my friends (that depends on your spiciness tolerance level) and it’s not the sour-ish type. It’s still good with rice. It’s cooked with 2 types of squid (white and brown), prawns, and some chicken meats.

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Foo Yong Egg 芙蓉蛋
Don’t let the plain old brownish fried egg fool you. It’s the brownish parts that makes it’s fragrantly delicious with a generous amount of sliced onions. I love the crispy sides.

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Fried chicken
This chicken is a quick snatch among us. Don’t be intimidated by the burned sides. It’s taste is well marinated and fried to a nice fragrant. The texture is not hard, although it looks so. This is like Chinese popcorn chicken. Once you pop, you can’t stop.

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Fried fish
The crispy top with a soft and tender meat inside, topped with some minced sauce. The minced sauce has a sweet and herbs taste that goes well with the fish or your plain rice. I enjoyed nibbling through the side fins as you can still get the sauce taste after most of it has gone once you flip over the fish.

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Stir-fried kangkung
Stir-fried kangkung at the right texture that is still crunchy. It’s cooked with garlic and dried shrimps. Nice!

For all these, it costs about RM100.

Overall rating: 8/10

Location:
Off Jalan Batu Arang (Main trunk road #1)

GPS coordinates: 3.368337, 101.606927

Tel: +6012 619 0887

Operating hours:
12.00pm – 8.00pm (Closed on Wednesdays, Open on public holidays)

Teng Wun Bakery & Confectionery, Kuala Kubu Bharu

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When you’re at Kuala Kubu Bharu or even just pass-by, drop-by this bakery shop. It has delicious Durian cake and Kaya puff. The other pastries that they also sell are butter sponge cake, egg battered cake, egg tart, peanut cake, kaya roll, and wedding biscuits.

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We came for the Durian cake and Kaya puff.

Durian cake is cream and flower decorated covered over sliced sponge cake with durian paste. The durian taste is so pungent and tasty (especially for durian lover, like me). You will need to pre-order in advance as you can’t get any if you walk in. It comes in 2 sizes, 0.5kg for RM28 and 1kg for RM56.

Kaya puff has a crunchy and fragrant skin over a nice kaya. Careful with the flakes from the skin. It would be best taken warm. It’s RM1.20 per piece.

Butter sponge cake does not have a heavy buttery taste that you can get from those condensed butter cake. This is a soft sponge cake with that you can add with jam or any other toppings you like. I love the burned top that gives a nice smell to it. It’s RM9.00 for a cake.

Overall rating: 8/10

Location:

15, Jalan Dato Muda Jaafar,

44000 Kuala Kubu Bharu,

Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: +603 6064 1586

Operating hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm

Kampung “Adidas”

What is Kampung “Adidas”? A new “Adidas” shoe model? Nope, it’s not. It’s rubber shoes made in Malaysia.

“Kampung” means village in Malay. Many villagers and now, many people who hike in Malaysia knows or wears this. Why “Adidas”? I was told that the shoe design used to have 3 lines like Adidas. Hence, the combination of Kampung “Adidas”.

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Nowadays, it does not only sells the most convenient design (just slip-on) like the one shown in the photo above but there are other designs with shoelace and knobs on the soles, and more feminine design for woman.

This shoe is suitable for hiking, especially going through streams or muddy terrains. You won’t need to worry about the soggy feeling of your sneakers nor your sneakers will smell after a long walk nor headache of cleaning your sneakers from wet or dried mud. Just a rinse and wipe or let dry and you are good to go again. It’s sole grip on land and rocks is good, then especially when it’s new. After getting used to it, you will have more confidence stepping on wet rocks around streams (except those smooth or algae covered rocks, you will still need to becareful or avoid).

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Here is where I got my pair at Serendah, a stop-by for breakfast before heading to Sungai Chilling, Kuala Kubu Bharu. It is priced at RM8.50 per pair but our bulk purchase got us RM0.50 discount each.

Fook Hing Loong
3, Lorong Kampung Dato Harun,
Serendah, Selangor, Malaysia.

Sam Hing Restaurant, Serendah

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We stopped by Serendah for breakfast before heading to Kuala Kubu Bharu. This plain looking shop along the busy road of the Serendah town area, sells some delicious noodles.

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Tan Ngan Lo Herbal Tea 单眼佬凉茶
I was welcomed surprisingly with this herbal tea in glass bottles. It is a rare view to see drinks selling in tall glass bottles. I love it! It is served chilled in bottles or your can request for hot ones.

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Wan Tan Soup 云吞汤
It’s a nice clear soup with boiled and fried wanton, and vegetables. Simple, yet delicious. The soup doesn’t taste oily nor too pepper-ish.

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Fried Wan Tan Mee (Signature noodle) 福建面 细面 (招牌面)
The english name does not represent fully what I expected. It’s fried hokkien-style noodle using noodle that used to make wanton noodle dish. They are handmade noodle. To me, the noodle tasted like thin pan mee noodle. It’s fried with squid, pork and vegetables. It’s strong hokkien mee flavour keeps me wanting more, especially when I’m hungry.

They also sell other noodles such as fried mee hoon, loh mee, cantonese fried noodle, etc. Each dish comes in 3 sizes – Small at RM5.50, Medium RM11.00, and Big for RM15.00.

Overall rating: 8/10

Location:
47, Lorong Kampung Dato Harun,
Serendah, Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: +603 6081 1804

Operating hours: 9.00am – 4.30pm

Differences: Alishan Fencihu ginger tea vs Black Gold Legend ginger tea

There are many brands selling around Taiwan. Some sells only the original and some sells it with various flavours. For this time, I have tried this. How is it different from the more famous brand, Black Gold Legend?

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At first look, they are both main in Taiwan. From the main ingredients of ginger 老薑 and brown sugar 黑糖, Fencihu’s (left) ginger is from Taiwan but sugar is from Okinawa, Japan and Black Gold Legend’s (right) both ingredients are from Taiwan.

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Inside the pack, both cube sizes are different. Fencihu (left) ginger tea cubes are cut in different sizes with recommended water required is about 400-600cc. So, sometimes it’s rather hard to estimate the amount of water you need for the size that you took. So, you can start with less water and then add more to your taste. Something you need to adjust everytime. As for Black Gold Legend (right), they are additionally packed into small cubes of the same size with recommended water required is about 400cc. You can get back to about the same taste each time.

After making both into drinks, they look the same – Black.

Taste – different. I didn’t previously like anything with ginger but Black Gold Legend helped me adapted to the taste because it has the taste of the brown sugar and spiciness of the ginger. I don’t taste the ginger more than the sweetness of the sugar but still spicy. It contains many small little pieces of ginger that you can eat if you want.

When I first tried Fencihu, it tasted different. Then, I soon realised that they blended the ginger and mixed it with the brown sugar. So, you will taste more of the blended ginger than the sweetness. You will need to stir your cup everytime before you drink. Otherwise, you will feel like you are drinking blended ginger rather than a normal drink at the end. As such, you only get 2-3 thin slices of ginger left in your cup.

My personal preference: Black Gold Legend.

For a not-s0-big-fan-of-ginger person and for the goodness of ginger, I prefer the Black Gold Legend because it does not have the blended ginger taste and it’s convenient to carry around 1-2 pieces when I travel.

Oh well, like all food and drinks, you will need to try it to know your preference. Enjoy!

If you need more information of any of the product:

Alishan Fencihu ginger tea 
There is no official website to share. You can google more about it or call +886 05 256 1566 or +886 929 075 006.

Black Gold Legend ginger tea
You can read more on the following pages:

Black Gold Legend official facebook page

Buying brown sugar ginger tea in Taipei

Where to buy brown sugar ginger tea in Malaysia and Singapore