Kiat Lim Vegetarian Food, Kallang

I was being introduced to this place recently, hearing good comments of food here.

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It is located beside a famous Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee. From the first look, comparing to the neighbour, the shop looks quiet, with only 1 customer inside when we entered. We were welcomed by a straight looking uncle but soon become very jovial and friendly.

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Wolfberry soup (SGD4.00 for small)
This soup gave us a big question mark. Where is the wolfberry? You don’t see it but the soup is sweet with it, cooking with very fresh and sweet vegetables, corn, tomato and fried beancurd slices. The small portion is enough to share for 2.

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Fried mee sua (SGD4.50 for small)
I like this dish. It’s mee sua is just right with tasty sauce, stir-fried with at least 4 types of vegetables. The taste became more refreshing with a squeeze of lime juice.

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Vegetables with Bailin (SGD10.00 for small)
Bailin mushroom presented with Chinese cabbage, wolfberries and moss. Looking at the soup and then to this dish, had the wolfberries came here instead? ^_^ The mushroom is sliced very thinly making easy to eat. The Chinese cabbage is fresh and crunchy. The sauce is also nice to pour over some rice.

My overall rating: 6.5/10

Location:
4, Jalan Ayer,
Singapore, 389142
(Opposite Kallang MRT)

Tel: +65 8333 1955

Operating hours:
11.30am – 3.00pm (Last order 2.45pm)
4.00pm – 10.00pm (Last order 9.45pm)
Close on Tuesdays

Loving Heart Vegetarian Restaurant, Bandar Mahkota Cheras

There are many vegetarian restaurants around Bandar Mahkota Cheras. This time let’s try this one!

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This shop is located opposite Aeon, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, with a green decoration inside the shop presenting a green living environment. It’s a colour comfortable to the eyes.

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Veggie Bak Kut Tea (RM11.00)
A warm herbal soup that keeps you warm especially during rainy days. The bak kut teh soup is cooked with beancurd slices, mushrooms, toupok, and vegetarian pork. The vegetarian pork has a nice chew to it, a little like the real pork. The soup is also accompanied by a plate of lettuce and slices of you tiao and a bowl of rice.

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Chuk San Wan Yee Soup 竹生云耳汤 (RM12.00)
The main ingredient of this soup is black fungus, together with many other ingredients such as carrots, wolfberries, and vegetarian fishball. A hot and filling soup to the tummy.

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Hokkien fried hakka noodle (RM8.50)

I, sometimes, have the craving of some “black” noodle. This dish met satisfied my cravings. Hakka noodle stir-fried with alot of vegetables such as carrot, Chinese cabbage, mushroom, vegetarian char siew, and beancurd slices. A delicious dish.

My overall rating : 6.5/10

Location:
33, Jalan Temenggung 21/9,
Seksyen 9, Bandar Mahkota Cheras,
43200 Cheras, Selangor.

Tel: +603 9074 6661

Operating hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm

Enjoy!

Padi House, Bandar Mahkota Cheras

A recent new restaurant open at Bandar Mahkota Cheras. Had my first try, although they already have many outlets around such as Setia Walk, Sri Petaling, and Putrajaya.

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“Padi” means rice in Malay which gave me the first thought that they should be selling local cuisine. To my surprise they even sell pasta, western, cakes and cookies.

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It is a corner shop along with Pappa Rich and next to Nando’s but it’s easily noticeable. It has ample parking space in the front and side of the shop as this area is rather new.

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A 2 level shop renovated to a comfortable ambience for gatherings, family meals or just chill our for some coffee and desserts. It is was a busy Saturday on the day we went but managed to get a table.

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What most attracted me was the various cakes presented at the chiller near the entrance. Some of the choices are Vanilla cheesecake, Oreo cheesecake, Macadamia cheesecake, Choc moist and many more. They sell in mini square or round cake, slices from a whole and whole cake.

Now, to the food…

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Cheese baked vegetarian pasta (RM13.90)
Spaghetti cooked with mushroom, long bean, carrot, cauliflower topped with cheese. I love the tomato based sauce that is quite concentrated but salty. It tasted little like the Prego brand traditional Italian tomato sauce. I’m not sure though how Padi made or what brand they use for the sauce.

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Caesar Salad (RM9.50)
A typical caesar salad of lettuce, egg, croutons, cheese flakes with salad dressing. Fresh and crunchy lettuce and croutons but don’t leave the croutons too long, it goes soft.

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Macadamia Cheese (RM11.50)
A original cheesecake topped with macadamia nuts and glaze. The combination is delicious. If you happily finish the macadamia first, you will feel that the cheesecake is just normal and plain. The cheesecake is not too sweet for my liking.

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They currently have this deal of getting a 50% discount on Cappuccino, Cafe Latte or Green Tea Latter with a purchase of every cheesecake.

My overall rating: 7/10

Location:
5 & 5-1, Jalan Temenggung 23/9,
Seksyen 9, Bandar Mahkota Cheras,
43200 Cheras, Selangor

Tel: +603 8933 9238

Operating hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm

Enjoy!

Xiaowulai Skywalk 小乌来天空步道

A little exploration to Xiaowulai skywalk, a 11 meter extended glass platform at a 70 meter height above the bottom of the waterfall located at Taoyuan Fuhsing Township. The glass platform is with a view of the waterfall right below your feet. The skywalk can withstand total weight of 4 ton, about 100 people. This is the first of its kind in Taiwan.

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Journey starts out from taking the Metro to Taipei Main Station 台北车站. Take the exit towards Taipei Station ground floor. Follow the M3 exit towards a sign that says Station main floor.

Taipei Station Ground Floor

Taipei Station Ground Floor

A normal train ticket at TWD66 per way gets you to Taoyuan Train Station 桃园火车站. They may tell you that you may need to stand after certain station. You can decide whether to proceed with the transaction. The trip is about 30 minutes.

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Upon arrival at Taoyuan Train Station, exit and turn right, following the pedestrian walkway towards FE21 (Far East Departmental Store 远东百货). If there are not too many people, you can spot this sign that guides you.

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Before reaching the entrance of the Store, take the underground walkway on your right. It has a name called Yan Ping Underground Walkway 延平地下道. There may be people selling things in the underground and you may notice that there are many foreigners.

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Exit the underground walkway and go straight. You’ll be surprised that you see many non-Taiwanese shops along that road. It’s like a indochina area. Continue straight until you see Taoyuan Bus Station 桃園客運總站. There’s where you want to go!

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Enter the terminal and look for the pillar with a label that says “502 Xiaowulai Shuttle Bus – Ticket Office (502 小烏來線 - 售票處)” and get your ticket at TWD150 each.

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After you purchased your ticket, when it’s about time or when you see there are many people already queuing, queue in front of the Xiaowulai sign.

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Your ticket allows you to do unlimited travel for the whole day along the whole Xiaowulai line. What we did was to go straight to Xiaowulai without stopping, while the bus driver will briefly explain what each stop has to see. You can then decide later at which stop you would like to alight to explore more when you return. You may interchange with some other line at some stations. You cannot hop on to that other line’s bus other than the Xiaowulai line that you bought.

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Request a time schedule from the ticket counter. Otherwise, check out the brief time schedule at each stop and plan your time. This only shows the time of departure from the first and last station. You can also see the detailed time schedule for each stop in the bus or ask the bus driver. The first bus departs from Taoyuan is 8.30 am and last bus departs from Xiaowulai is 5.10 pm.

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Once you arrived at Xiaowulai, follow the sign to the ticket counter. At the same time you can start enjoying and exploring the place. There are people selling fruits, food and drinks along the way. Prices may vary about TWD5 for the same item.

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Alongside of the wooden walkway is a very clear river with bluish green colour. It’s a refreshing walk.

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Upon arriving at the ticket office, check your timing. If there’s is not too many people, you can get your tickets and enter rightaway. Otherwise, you will need to wait for the next time slot.

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Admission ticket is TWD50, if no discount and non group. The operating hours is basically from 8am to 5pm with lunch break from 12pm to 1pm, everyday except Monday. Time slot allocation is dependent on number of people.

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Entering to the skywalk, you are welcome by the bridge arch. The view surrounding the place is beautiful.

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Walk on the skywalk and you see waterfall beneath you. Very cool! The structure of the skywalk is very strong. So, you won’t feel any movement, if you’re nervous being on the platform. We could not get nice pictures of the waterfall through the glass platform because of the sun reflection. Otherwise, you can see clearly the amazing view below.

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The water is very rapid and scary when you look over the skywalk. This is the time when my legs got a little weaker. So, don’t look over for too long…

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Food at Xiaowulai

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Macau Sausage 馬告香腸 (TWD35)
Macau is a local black pepper. The meat is pork. So, it’s black pepper pork sausage. Quite nice.

You can see many stalls selling this sausage when you walk around the place. The prices ranges from TWD35 – TWD40.

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 On the right : Roselle Flower Tea 洛神花茶 (TWD60)
It’s a sweet flower tea which is quite tasty and the flower can be eaten. It’s taste a little like eating white fungus with a sweet taste. I like it.

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On the left : Macau honey tea 馬告密茶 (TWD50) 
You must be wondering black pepper tea? Surprising, it’s nice! It has a little spiciness like the ginger but not a very strong pepper taste that will choke your throat. Maybe it’s smooth out by the honey.

You can get both of these drinks from Tayal Kitchen 泰雅神話部落廚房 by the Tayal ethnic.

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Location: about 20 meters before the skywalk

Operating hours: 9am – 5pm

Face cleansing brush from Japan

These face cleansing brush is to exfoliate your face to reduce your blocked pores, especially blackhead on your nose, and smoothen your face from dry skins.

In Singapore, I saw Alty face cleansing brush selling for SGD70 (smallest size) by Hands at Isetan, Wisma Atria. In Taipei, there are also Hands outlets, selling the same at TWD1,791 (slightly cheaper than Singapore).

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Alty face cleansing brush (TWD1,791)

Material: High quality acrylic fibre

Test on hand: Its brush is dense and baby soft to touch when dry. When cleansing, the brush is mild on the hand without the feeling that you are using a brush. After cleaned and dried, the hand feels smooth without any dry skin or rough texture.

Alternative cheaper version available at the same shop. It is slightly smaller than Alty’s smallest brush.

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Tsururi face cleansing brush (TWD422)

Material: Acrylic

Test on hand: Touching the brush when dry is soft but it’s not too bad, better than sponges. When the brush is wet, its fibre does not retain its density as you see when it’s dry. During cleansing, you can feel the cleansing but not rough on the hand. After cleaned and dried, the hand feels the same, smooth without any dry skin or rough and uneven texture.

Summary

Overall, Alty wins over Tsururi of its quality and density of the material of the brush and how it feels on your skin while cleansing but Tsururi would also not too bad. If you have a sensitive skin or very dry skin, you may want to use Tsururi softly on your skin, otherwise you may feel a little tingling pain. Good quality products comes with a price.

Location of Hands Tailung in Taiwan

For more information, click this link (only available in Chinese, with minimal English headers).

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