(Closed) The Friend’s Park Cafe, Bandar Mahkota Cheras

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First try at the Friend’s Park Cafe. Initial impression of this place from the shopfront wasn’t great but thought to try. Its decoration and settings aren’t all fanciful but comfortable enough for me. They have quite a range of food from western to local cuisine. To choose without thinking much, we tried their lunch set for RM9.90.

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Stir-fry noodle mix and fried rice

Their big portion surprised me and the taste, it’s quite nice for my taste. If you’re looking for the “wok fire” taste, it’s not there yet but it is quite well served with many ingredients. For the price, I’m not complaining. I will come back for more!

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The set comes with a cup of iced drink (with few choices such as iced lemon tea, iced green tea) and a scoop of ice cream (either strawberry or yam).

Overall rating: 6/10

 

Location:
3, Jalan Temenggung 23/9, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, 43200 Cheras, Selangor

Tel: +603 8933 9411

Operating hours: 10.00am – 12.00am daily

Mijeong Gugsu 0410, Seoul 미정국수0410

20140531-110432-39872259.jpgFirst time trying this shop. It’s a rather famous shop for its anchovy soup noodle.

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You will first order from the electronic vending machine. Lucky for us, it has english names and pictures. Then, get your plain water, either hot or cold, from the prepared dispenser. Then grab a seat, either at the bar or at the small tables by the wall.

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Remember to keep your receipt. They will call the number on the top of the receipt. You will need to learn a little how the number is called so that you can raise your hand to receive your orders.

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There’s free flow kimchi before you have your main meal. This is a common sight at any restaurants you go in Korea. Side dishes are served and refillable.

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Anchovy Noodle (Myeolchi Gugsu) (KRW3,000)

Thin noodles served in hot and clear anchovy soup. It’s anchovy soup is rather appetising which is light but at the same time has the anchovy taste. Simple yet delicious. You can have it spicy or non spicy.

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Warm noodles with soy sauce (Ganbi Gugsu) (KRW4,000)

Warm thin noodles mixed with minced pork and cooked vegetables in soy sauce. It’s a little like bibimbab but with noodle and not rice. It’s soy sauce is not very salty with sesame oil taste. It’s a delicious dry noodle. You can also have it spicy.

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Dumpling with red chili sauce (Gochugileummul Mandu) (KRW4,000)

Tender pork dumpling in a little chili oil. It’s a little spicy but you will want to dip the chili oil to get a better taste of the dumpling. Otherwise, it’s a little plain to eat on its own, especially after you have the dry noodles. The sesame soy sauce taste will cover the dumpling taste.

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Pork Rice Ball (Gogijumeogbab) (KRW1,500)

Seasoned rice wrapped with some green chili, fried crisp and minced pork, then coated with seaweed slices. It’s a tasty onigiri. However, the minced pork are very few. You could not really bite into them.

They have many outlets but the once we went was at Hongdae area.

Overall rating : 8/10

Location:
486, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
(Near to Metro Line 2, Hongik University Station)

Operating hours : 11.30am – 10.00pm (Preparation time 3-4pm)

Green Tea Restaurant, Hangzhou 绿茶餐厅

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Being in Hangzhou, many local and foreign visitors will visit this famous restaurant many delicious local dishes. This is the first shop at Longjing Road, Hangzhou but has many outlets around Hangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Ningbo.

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As it’s a famous restaurant, be sure to be prepared to queue and wait for 20-40 minutes. You will first need to get your queue number at the entrance. Take a order form and a pencil, then start filling the form with your orders. They have the whole menu on the form and pictures on the wall to help you decide. You can also observe what others order and ask which dish they recommend. Some are actual frequent customers.

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Depends which table you are allocated (you have no options to choose your seats), you may get to enjoy your meal by the small lake beside the wooden structured building. However, as it was crowded, it was a little warm inside. It is best that you could get a table by the window for some fresh air.

Here are what we ordered.

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BBQ Lamb Chop 香烤羊排 (RMB68) [Menu indication: One-star recommended dish]

It smells good when this was served with a nice BBQ smell but it wasn’t a dish that I would want a second bite because of the very pungent meaty taste that lingers in the mouth. In chinese we call it 骚 (sao). However, for those who loves lamb and can take that taste, you will love it.

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Green Tea Crisp Cake 绿茶饼 (RMB12) [Menu indication: Two-star recommended dish]

I love this very much. I can have it again and again without stopping. It’s yam inside layered with green tea crispy cake and topped with roasted sesame. The crisp of the cake and the fragrant sesame go along very well. It was highly recommended by others and now I highly recommended it to you. ^_^

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Bread Temptation 面包诱惑  (RMB28) [Menu indication: Signature dish]

Yes, it looks plain and unattractive but you can see this on many tables. Vanilla ice cream on toasted thick bread. The top and sides were toasted to a fragrant bread smell and crispy too. It’s nice for tea. I prefer the bread skin than the bread itself. ^^

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Ice Peach Pulp 冰镇桃浆 (RMB10) [Menu indication: One-star recommended dish]

On a warm day, a cool dessert is always welcome. Have you tried Aiyu dessert before? It’s similar to that. It’s peach jelly in shaved iced with a few red dates to accompany. It’s another drink option to the rather sweet syrup beverage. Look for this under  “Cold dishes” and not “Dessert”.

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Fish Head Temptation 鱼头诱惑 (RMB55) [Menu indication: Signature dish]

As it’s name says, “Temptation”. This plain steam fish can keep you wanting more, especially the sauce, goes very well with rice. It doesn’t look at all spicy but it quite spicy. It is topped with green chili and also comes with a small plate of noodle, to either dipped it in the sauce before you eat or just add in. Although it’s fish head but there’s rather good portion of meat to share around. However, you will need to be very careful will alot of bones.

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Tofu and Thousand Year-old Eggs 皮蛋豆腐 (RMB10) [Menu indication: Two-star recommended dish]

It’s a multi-layer tofu and century egg. I’m not a fan of century eggs but the tofu is soft. It’s rather normal tofu with soya sauce if it’s not for the century eggs. However, for century eggs lover, there is not much of century eggs taste that you can enjoy. Not an attractive dish on our table.

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Choy-sum Stir Fry 客家小菜心 (RMB18) [Menu indication: One-star recommended dish]

If you are one who normally prefers vegetable leaves to its branch, you will be disappointed, but don’t lose hope. It’s a crunchy pieces of branch. From all the meat you had, you would want to balance your meal with some greens to clear your taste buds.

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Green Tea Roast Pork 绿茶烤肉 (RMB32) [Menu indication: Signature dish]

Meat lover would love this dish. It tasted similar to char siew 叉烧 with a nice roasted fragrant. For girls, the meat is has too much fats. We could enjoy less of the meat, unless you wouldn’t mind high proportion of fats.

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Green Tea Roast Fish 绿茶烤鱼 (RMB28) [Menu indication: Signature dish]

Ah yes, yet another Green Tea roast dish. It does not have the green tea taste but has a nice roast fragrant similar to the other roasted dishes. It has less bones from the other spicy fish but also has less meat. 🙁 Can I have more?

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Tea Tree Mushroom Stir Fry 芭蕉茶树菇 (RMB25) [Menu indication: One-star recommended dish]

Thin long mushroom stir fry with spring onions, dried chili and a little minced meat. It’s a little spicy chewy mushroom but I think the portion is rather little, especially the amount of mushroom you can eat.

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Mussel and Bacon Stew with Bamboo Shoots and Wintermelon 炎菜咸肉笋干煲冬瓜 (RMB18) [Menu indication: One-star recommended dish]

As the name states, it’s all those ingredients’ soup. ;D I love it. The taste is concentrated enough to enjoy with rice or drink it on its own. One more bowl for me please! ^^ However, I didn’t take the bacon. It’s more of fats than meat.

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Fire shrimp 火焰虾 (RMB38) [Menu indication: Two-star recommended dish]

Fire shrimp! Yes! This dish is served with real fire, for demonstration purposes only. The fire is not used to cook the prawns. Inside, is already cooked prawns with a nice grilled fragrant. Many has recommended this dish too.

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Organic Cauliflower Stir Fry 香锅有机花菜 (RMB18) [Menu indication: One-star recommended dish]

Nice crunchy cauliflower stir fry with flavourful spicy spices. I think it’s sitr fry with pork oil that makes it very fragrant. Another enjoyable vegetable dish.

 

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Napoleon 拿破仑 (RMB38) [Menu indication: Signature dish with Two-star recommended dish]

Being a signature dish, also a highly recommended dish and you see it on many tables, won’t you be eager to try? So we did. *haha* It’s cripsy layered puffs with different types of fruits on each layer, there’s mango, kiwi and strawberries. The crispy puffs is so crispy that it just breaks into pieces once you bite it. You won’t have much to bite other than the fruits. Nice to enjoy with tea.

A very satisfied scrumptious meal.

Overall rating: 9/10

Visit them at,

83, Longjing Road, Hangzhou.
杭州市龙井路83号

Tel: +86 571 87888022 / 87998725

Operating hours: 11am – 10pm daily

Vienna cafe, Shanghai

 

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Early Sunday morning started with a little stroll from South Shaanxi Road Metro Station. I was told that there are many cafes around this area but not many opens early.

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It’s a warm European feel of the cafe with indoor lights seating or natural lighting seats. It is a rather small cozy place. If you are going in a group, you can call to make reservation to ensure to get a seat.

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Coincidentally, when we visited, it was Easter day. They had European Style Easter Brunch Buffet for RMB198. As the board says at its entrance, it comes with 1 coffee and a selection of breads, ham, jam, cereals, fruits, etc. Many came with pre-booking. We were lucky to get a seat on that day. We didn’t try the Easter brunch but went for the coffee, toast and cakes.

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They have a wide range of Twinnings tea and coffee. First time being in Vienna Cafe, it’s a normal attraction to try their Vienna Melange, a typical Vienna coffee. It is somewhat similar to cappuccino, where it’s one shot espresso served in large cup topped with milk and milk foam. It’s coffee suit my taste, not too bitter.

 

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There are a varieties of breakfast choices but grilled toast was our choice. Crunchy toast with a choices of cheese and ham, with or without sunny side up. I love the toast.

Being welcome by cakes at the entrance, keep me wanting to try them.

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Cheese cake – A baked soft cheesy cake topped with almond crisps. It’s baked fragrant top brings out the nice taste of the cake. Its butter biscuit base kept the cake taste mild. For me, I prefer the biscuit base to be a slightly more salted biscuits like the Digestives.

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Plum cake – It’s like fruit cake topped with loads of nuts. The plum is not too sweet. A delicious combination, although the first impression when it’s served was a little mashy. You won’t mind the mash after you tasted it.

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Chocolate cake – Chocolaty and not too sweet but I feel it’s a little dry. You will need to have it with the chocolate ganache on top. Otherwise, you will feel dry after 2-3 bites.

Average price range RMB50-RMB100 per person. For more prices, please check out their website below.

Overall rating: 7/10

Location:
25, Shaoxing Road, Shanghai.

Tel: +86 21 6445 2131

Operating hours: 8am – 8pm

Website: http://www.viennashanghai.com/

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)