Archive for October, 2007

Trip Back to Kuantan, 20-23 October 2007

Anne & I were back in Kuantan last weekend for our industrial training presentation. The trip back was a very refreshing one, despite the minor load of the presentation 🙂 It was a pity that Anne couldn’t join some friends & I on a short holiday prior to our presentation as she was not feeling well at that time. We were in Bentong, Kuantan, Kemaman (Terengganu), & Karak for the 4days 3nights trip 😛

Below are snap shots of our little trip:

Day 1, 20th October 2007
– Stopped by at Bentong around lunch time for the famous ice kacang. This little coffee shop is situated at the main road of Bentong, opposite the Bentong bus terminal. A bowl of ‘ice kacang special’ costs RM3.50. The ice cream is ‘home-made’! Really delicious! 😛

Bentong Ice Kacang
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– Stayed at Holiday Villa on our first night at Cherating. The chalet that we stayed in was cosy & it was directly facing the swimming pool!!

Outside our chalet: Joey, Yo, Ruth
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– The weather on our 1st day was nice 🙂 We had a lot of fun at the beach!

Ruth, Wen, Joey
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– We drove to a place called Pantai Cherating, about 20 minutes from Holiday Villa, for dinner that night. The name of the restaurant is ‘Can’t Forget Seafood Restaurant’. Interesting name, eh? Indeed, the yummy food there is something that we won’t forget! 😆 After dinner, we actually did something quite interesting 😀 We went on a trip to see the fireflies. The fee/person was RM15 for a one-hour boat ride…*wah* It was kinda fun, but the mosquito bites were really something that we didn’t enjoy at all!

Directions to Can’t Forget Restaurant from Holiday Villa:
1. Holiday Villa on your right, go straight for about 10-15 min.
2. When you see a sign that reads ‘Pantai Cherating’ on your left, take the first right turning immediately.
3. Go all the way straight. You’ll see Cherating Bay Resort on your right & Residence Inn on your left. Keep going straight. You’ll pass a horse ranch on your left.
4. Take the right turning after the horse ranch. You’ll see a lot of small restaurants on both sides of the road. Keep going straight.
5. Almost to the end of the road, you’ll see the ‘Can’t Forget Seafood Restaurant’ on your right!

Menu
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Seafood Tom Yam (~ RM15)
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Marmite Prawns (~ RM15)
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Kam Heong Style Crabs (RM17 for ½ kg)
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Stir-fried Choy Sum with Salted Fish (~ RM8)
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Fried Squid Rings (~ RM10)
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Joey, promoting the restaurant
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Yo & I in front of the restaurant
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Boat trips available
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Activities available at the beach area
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Day 2, 21st October 2007
– I woke up early to catch the sunrise before heading off to the nearby Malay stall for some good nasi dagang 😛 The view of the sunrise was pretty! If I had woken up earlier, I would have caught an even nicer view…

Sunrise
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Lovely Waves at Cherating
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Nasi Dagang
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– While I went out to church that day, the rest went to Kemaman. They visited the famous Hai Peng Kopitiam, went to a very beautiful beach called Pantai Teluk Mak Nik, & even had the chance to see how batik is made!

Vietnamese Coffee at Hai Peng, Kemaman
(This is how the coffee is brewed. The coffee beans are grinded & placed on a special filter, while the coffee slower trickles into the cup. Professionally, the cup should be transparent, but this is a typical kopitiam… 😆 )
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Pantai Teluk Mak Nik
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– After church, I had a taste of the famous cendol in Kuantan. This stall is parked outside a row of shops along Jalan Beserah. It’s not that difficult to locate it, but you just have to be observant to spot this stall 😉 The prices are very reasonable, so no worries!

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Cendol Campur (RM1.20/bowl): shaved ice in coconut milk & brown sugar, served with green cendol, jelly bits, soft red beans, sweet corn, & peanuts.
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Cendol Campur Pulut (RM1.50/bowl): shaved ice in coconut milk & brown sugar, served with green cendol, jelly bits, soft red beans, sweet corn, peanuts, & baked glutinous rice
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Day 3, 22nd October 2007
– Before checking in to the next hotel, Vistana Hotel, Kuantan, 3 of us friends headed to Hai Peng Kopitiam, Kuantan, for some coffee. Hai Peng, Kuantan, is situated opposite Public Bank & Am Bank in Kuantan. I can’t recall the road name, but it’s a road apart (parallel) from Jalan Besar. According to Joey, this branch of Hai Peng serves better toast & somewhat more fragrant coffee as compared to the Kemaman branch.

Hai Peng’s Ice Coffee
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Toast bread (lightly wholemeal) with Butter and Kaya
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Half-boiled Eggs
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Delicious bread & coffee!
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– In the evening, we went to Teluk Cempedak (TC) for a stroll & supposedly to climb some rocks, but the weather didn’t permit us to do so in the end *aww*

Joey & Ruth at TC
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Ruth & Yo on top of some rocks
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– We had dinner at a cozy restaurant called ‘The Cottage’, on the row of shops before Public Bank & Am Bank. Joey wanted to have the petai fried beehoon, which is only available in Kuantan in 2 places, Meng Yang coffee shop (closed that night), & The Cottage.

Petai Fried Rice (yeah, she changed her mind)
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Claypot Loh Shu Fun
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Seafood Tom Yam (the one at Can’t Forget Seafood Restaurant is still much better)
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Day 4, 22nd October 2007
– Before heading back to uni for our presentation, we made our final food-stop, roti canai at Kubang Buaya. This stall is a really humble Malay stall & no one would have ever known of its existence, but I assure you that it serves pretty delicious roti canai at just RM0.70! The stall is located at Jalan Kubang Buaya 56.

Roti Canai (RM0.70/piece)
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Roti Telur (RM1.30/piece)
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The Roti Canai Stall
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– After our presentation, which was in the late afternoon, we spent some time with some friends at the cafeteria before heading back to Petaling Jaya. The journey home was a very peaceful one & the entire 4days 3nights was certainly a trip that we’ll cherish for a long, long time.

The journey home…
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– Ruth

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Japanase Lunch at Sushi Zanmai

Located on the 3rd floor of The Gardens Shopping Mall, Mid Valley City, is a Japanese restaurant called Sushi Zanmai. Three of my high school friends, my Korean friend, & I were there for the 1st time to check out the food available at the restaurant. My 1st impression of the eatery is that it’s classy & cozy 😉

The menu looked impressive, but it didn’t have that much of a variety for its patrons to indulge in. Yet, despite the lack of variety, Sushi Zanmai still has a steady flow of patrons, entering its grounds & enjoying every bit of the food offered there. I can say that overall, the food is good. The price is alright, like the usual Japanese restaurants’ price.

Sushi Zanmai offers not only sushi, but noodles (ramen, soba, & udon), rice (don), & other side dishes. Most of its main course dishes come in 2 sizes, small & large, with prices ranging from RM8.80 to about RM20+ for the large portions. Green tea costs RM1.00/glass & is refillable, while their wet tissue provided in the set costs RM0.20/pack.

Here are some of the foods offered at Sushi Zanmai:

Tempura Soba てんぷら そば(small): RM10.80
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– A type of Japanese noodles in miso みそsoup

Sakura Chirashi Don さくら ちらしどん(small): RM10.80
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– Mixed seafood slices with rice

Yakiudon やき うどん(small): RM8.80
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– Fried Udon with Chicken & some Seafood

Soft Shell Crab Maki (RM6.00), Mini California Maki (RM4.80 each), & Salmon Maki (RM3.80)
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Una Tama うな たま(RM4.80 each), Inari Kani Ebikko いなりかにえびっこ (RM3.80), & Inari Ebikkoいなり えびっこ(RM3.80)
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Do check this place out for yourselves. It is pretty good, really. I feel that it’s a good place to gather with friends, chit-chat, while enjoying a good meal together. 😛

Sushi Zanmai
T-217, 3rd Floor, The Gardens,
Mid Valley City.
Tel: 03-22821160

Ruth

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Korean Dinner Madness

Ah, it’s been a very long while since we last posted anything on this site. Very sorry, our dear faithful readers. We’ve been very, very busy with work and the industrial training report, and our next job awaits us in November. Both Anne & I will enter the work-world for ‘real’ in November! *faints*

Here’s something to share with all of you:

I had a really good dinner 3 weeks ago, on the last day of my industrial training. A couple of friends (ex-colleagues now) & I went all the way to this small Korean restaurant, near Ampang Point shopping complex after work. This restaurant is situated upstairs a mamak restaurant, situated at the row of shops on the left of Ampang Point’s main entrance (I can’t recall the name of the restaurant 😦 )

The price of food there is really worth paying for. The taste is good, the place is cozy, & the service there amazes me! I think all the soup & appetizers there are refillable!! *gasps* In total, we paid only around RM15/person for a super-duper meal & we sure had a great time there!

Here’s introducing the food that we had that night:

Appetizers (all FREE & refillable!!)
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Dokbokgi (애ㅏ ㅠㅐㅏ 햐): RM10
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This dish consists of rice cake (‘tube-like’ dough that resembles the ‘chee cheong fun’) cooked with special chilli sauce (or kimchi ㅏㅑㅡ 초ㅑ sauce), onions, & garlic leaves. I find this dish pretty delicious & it brought back fond memories of my trip to Korea mid this year.

Maeuntang (ㅡㅁ뎌ㅜㅅ뭏): RM35
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Overflowing with oysters, clams/lala, prawns, & squid, served in spicy kimchi soup, onions, spring onions, & assorted vegetables, this dish (seafood soup) is a must have when you’re there! There are at least 6 large oysters, 30 clams, 8 prawns, & squid swimming all over. The soup is refillable & reheat-able too!! *waaaaahhh!!* 😀

Samgeopsal (ㄴ므 ㅎ대ㅔ ㄴ미 ): RM25/serving
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‘Samgeopsal’ means 3-layers meat. Pieces of meat (in this case pork…you can also order beef slices) are barbequed on an electronic pit & eaten with Chinese lettuce, garlic slice, chilli slice, and sauce. Below are pictures on ‘how to prepare the Samgeopsal’:

1. Place bbq-ed meat on the lettuce leaf
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2. Add a slice of garlic
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3. Add a slice of green chilli
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4. Add pickled vegie (onions & spring onions)
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5. Wrap the ingredients in the lettuce leaf & dip into the special sauce. Yummy!
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Do drop by that place should you feel like having a Korean meal!

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To get there by public transport, you can just take the Putra LRT to KLCC station, walk up the K-Avenue building to Jalan Ampang, get a bus to Ampang Point or take a cab there, & you’ll be able to find this restaurant.

Contact Number: 03-42704952
* The owners speak simple English & the lady boss speaks Mandarin too.

Ruth

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Taking a Break

We’re very very sorry to all our readers. We’ve been extremely busy of late & haven’t been going out for any nice food to recommend. We’ll try our very best to keep this site alive. Sorry!

Ruth & Anne

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