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Lindt Swiss Chocolate (Dark Collection)

What would make a PerutBesi-an happy? Mmm…certainly food! But what makes us even more delighted are chocolates! Even more, good chocolates!! 😛

I had the pleasure to receive a box of dark chocolates from my friend, Nat, who just came back from Australia for a semester break. Wow… the chocolates that I received were wonderful! Certainly I can’t compare Lindt Chocolates with Godiva Chocolatiers, but this collection is certainly gooood… thank you SO much, Nat!! 😀

Named, Lindt Swiss Chocolate (Dark Collection), I found out that this collection costs almost RM70! *faints* There are only 14 chocolates in the gold-coloured box, which looks extremely classy, & I found it very difficult to move the chocolates from its comfort zone…haha…

(taken with my housemate’s camera phone)
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I believe very strongly that such chocolates are to be slowly enjoyed. Not everyone knows how to enjoy such yummilicious chocolates, especially when it’s dark chocolates. (I know for sure that my housemate can’t appreciate such stuff) Eating such chocolates sure reminds me that life is indeed ‘bitter sweet’ & I like it that way 😉

– Ruth

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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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PerutBesi in Singapore

I was in Singapore from the 14th-16th of Sept, just last weekend. The trip was a very fulfilling one, & I indeed had an awesome time there. Didn’t spend much, really- thanks to friends working in Spore who gave myself treat after treats! 😛

I was actually there for a ‘mission’- to give a surprise birthday bash to my best friend, Gloria. Her bf was the one who thought of this plan & asked if I was interested to be a part of it 😀 Definitely!

To cut things short:

I arrived in Spore on Friday night around 11.30pm, & YH picked me up from the bus terminal before heading to his house for a night’s rest. So, I was ‘hiding’ in his house all along, without the knowledge of Gloria. Wakaka. To get ourselves into her house, he purposely left his MP3 in her house the night before & asked for her house keys the next day to retrieve it. When we got the key, we duplicated it & I was in her house half the afternoon on Saturday to decorate the place & set up the surprise. 😀

At 6pm,PA & RY arrived at Gloria’s house & waited til she came home. YH went to pick her up from church & he sent a ‘signal’ to me when they were downstairs. Coolness. We got the cake ready, turned off all the lights & fan, & stood still, with PA holding the cake. Haha…very funny. 😆

When Gloria opened the door, we started singing “Happy Birthday” & she screamed, standing still at the door. She screamed not once, but TWICE! #1. she thought her house was broken into, #2. she saw that it was me, PA, & RY, 3 church friends of her’s back in Msia! *rofl* I laughed so much til I can’t sing the song properly d. 😛

Anyways, we had the delicious chocolate cake from Bengawan Solo, & headed to The Villa’ge for dinner.

The chocolate cake from Bengawan Solo Cake House, a very famous Singaporean brand:
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The Villa’ge (Orchard Road) is something like Marche’s. The concept is the same, just that the name’s different. The place is like a market with many stall selling food, & diners are given a card with a bar code to be scanned, each time we order any food from any stall. At the end of the meal, all the cards will be presented at the cashier & the cashier will scan from the bar code the amount to be paid. There were 5 of us for the dinner & we sure had a lot of food & a lot of fun as well! Food was good, fellowship better, & ambiance, great!

The Villa’ge:
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Rosti withsunny-side-up egg & cheese pork sausage:
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What we had for dinner (clockwise)- rosti, fried dory fish fillet & potato wedges, deep fried squid rings, deep fried soft shell crabs, Caesar salad, & pizza (not in pic):
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My drink- kiwi + cucumber + apple (good for skin):
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Crepe with chocolate ice cream & banana slices:
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The gang:
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After The Villa’ge, we went to Max Brenner Chocolate Bar at the Esplanade 😀 Glorious chocolate! This is like a chocolate cafe (like Starbucks), & they serve EVERYTHING chocolate! Yummilicious! The price is also like the usual coffee cafes, dollar to dollar, in SGD. Worth going there once in a while. Really. Excellent choc delights!

Here’s what we had:

The café/ bar:
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The menu:
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Chocolate fondue:
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1. Let the chocolate melt nicely
2. Pick up a piece of fruit or marshmallow with the special ‘fork’
3. Dip the fruit/marshmallow in the chocolate
4. Enjoy it bit by bit!

Dark chocolate suckao:
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1. Pick up the chocolate pellets with the special spoon cum straw
2. Pour in some milk to make the chocolate melt faster & smoother
3. Stir the concoction & allow the chocolate to melt to perfection
4. Either suck the choco or eat it with the spoon! *yums*

Hot dark chocolate with orchid oil in a hug mug:
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1. Hold the cup with both hands like you’re hugging it
2. Slowly sip the chocolate & enjoy the aromatic orchid oil

Dripping milk chocolate from the marshmallow:
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All for the photo:
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At the Esplanade/ Merlion:
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By the time we arrived home, it was past midnight already. All of us were very tired, but no doubt, we had a lot of fun & enjoyed each other’s company! Although my trip to Singapore was a very short one (I left for KL at 2.30pm the next day), I felt that it was a worth-while trip 😉 Oh yeah, before I left Singapore, I had lunch at this Japanese restaurant in Novena Square. The food isn’t too bad (can’t recall the name of the restaurant though).

Fried prawns with mayonnaise:
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Pai Ku Ramen:
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Ajishou Ramen (I think that’s the name):
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– Ruth

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Penang Hokkien Mee

This is one of the best Penang Hokkien Mee (a.k.a. prawn mee) I’ve ever tasted. Each bowl of this noodles costs at least RM10! Yeah man, it’s no joke! 😆

My friend’s aunt was the cook behind this fabulous dish 😉 In it were noodles, pork slices, small prawns, large prawns, squid slices, hard-boiled eggs slices, kangkung, beansprout, pork ribs, chilli sambal, & fried shallots! *yums* You can’t get it anywhere else man…but her house! Hahahaha… 😆

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p/s: Readers who want the recipe, drop a comment & we’ll see if we could get it for u from her aunt 😛

– Ruth

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Taman Tun’s own Ipoh

Last Friday, 3 colleagues & I had lunch at this Chinese coffee shop in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI). Apparently, the hor fun there is good wor, so we went there to try it out 😛 (I love it when my colleagues are SO into food like me! :lol:) Furthermore, it’s claimed to be the famous Ipoh Chicken Rice in TTDI! 😉

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I dare say that the food there is pretty good! Hmm..can give it a 7.5/10 for now…keke. The chicken is nicely done & I like the gravy that comes with the chicken. The tauge is also the authentic Ipoh kind!! Fat & short!! *yums* They had the prawn dumplings, which is pretty good as well…hmm…I think it’s better than the one in Subang that I recently had 😀

Here are some pics that I took:

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“White” chicken
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Beansprout
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Prawn dumpling in ‘choy sum’ soup
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Price list
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Check it out for yourselves someday!

p/s: It’s opposite the TTDI wet market.

– Ruth

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