Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bali 2017 - Water Blow, Pandawa & Padang Padang Beach & Uluwatu Temple

Our 1st location for 2nd day is Nusa Dua's Water Blow. Did not managed to captured a good picture of the blow, but you have to see it to believe it.

It was when a strong waves hit in between the limestone edges which created a powerful burst/blow of water.

You can google 'water blow bali' to get a feel of how it looks like.

Nusa Dua Water Blow
Semenanjung Nusa DuaNusa Dua, Bali 80517Indonesia
Entrance fee: Free

Next, our driver drove us to Pandawa beach with clear blue sea.

We also went kayak-ing at Pandawa Beach, we reached around noon and the sun was shining brightly.

There were a lot of stalls at Pandawa beach, and we settled at one random stall for lunch. They were all selling the same types of foods - Bakso, Nasi Campur, Mie Goreng, Nasi Goreng & Gado Gado.

Pandawa Beach
Jl. Pantai Pandawa, Nusa Dua, Kutuh, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia

We moved to Padang Padang Beach with a full tummy. And according to the BIL, the sate babi (pork satay) at Padang Padang parking lot is yums, but our tummy were too full. 

So, off we go to the beach to chill. We have to go down a flight of narrow stairs in between the limestone cliff face to reach the beach area. The beach is famous or surfing, but we ended up just lying around under the shade snapping photos (typical Malaysians).

Padang Padang Beach
Padang Padang Beach, Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Our final location is Uluwatu Temple, we went there around 5-is, so we did not managed to catch the sunset. But we took tonnes of poser shots.

The traffic was bad on our way back to Kuta, so our driver stopped by one of the street stall, to get one of the famous Indonesian street food - Martabak (it is similar to our Murtabak here, but it is wrapped with a thin layer of fried dough with generous savoury fillings). 

The picture is not doing the Martabak any justice, but I swear it was so good, crunchy on the inside with the right amount of savoury filling inside. We did not get the Terang Bulan (sweet version, similar to our thick apam balik, but alot more guilty, as the outer layer is coated with a generous amount of butter/margerine).

For dinner, we walked to a street located at the back of Legian for local food, Nasi Tempong at the famous Ibu Sri. The sambal was so good but spicy at the same time, the hubby was sweating a river of water.

Good food with affordable prices. If you are there, do remember to try the tempe, it was so good. Tip: try to go with a local, as the place is frequented mostly by locals only, to ease communication.

Ibu Sri
Jl. Mataram No.48, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bali 2017 - Ubud Day Trip

Just got back from a 8-days long trip to Bali. It was my 2nd time to Bali and I am still loving the place alot.

Photo taken at the lobby of our Kuta accomodation, Bounty Hotel. The hotel is located at Legian, Kuta. A party hotel with good location, whereby they host the Rasa Sayang Party every Friday, we missed it during our stay.

If you love parties and drinking, this will be the right place for you, but if you are looking at comfort and nice hotel, you may want to look else where.

A double room per night costed about MYR 120+, comes with buffet breakfast (everyday) and buffet dinner (on certain days only).

We had some Pork Satay (Sate Babi Bawah Pohon), recommended by a local friend. And it was very good, served with rice cakes (lemang in our language). You can also opt for white rice. The sate was very meaty and the charcoal bits and meat is just nice.

Location:Jl. Patih Jelantik, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Opening hours: 0900-1700

Price range: 20k Indonesian Rupiah (about MYR6, depending on exchange rate)

Some snacks we bought from Beachwalk Bali, an open concept shopping mall located less than 5 mins from Bounty Hotel. There is a supermarket, located on the lower ground floor of the mall.

A picture of us with Tegenungan Waterfall at Ubud

After taking tons of pictures, we went to fill our hungry tummy with Bebek at Warung Dewa Malen, recommended by our tour guide.  

The view from the restaurant.

A table full of food. We had Bebek Goreng & Bebek Betutu and a Hawaiian Pizza and we ordered some drinks, and the bill came up to about 600k INR (about MYR180) for 4 pax.

The service was slow and the food was just okay but our tummy is filled though.

Location: Kemenuh, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia

To our next destination, Pura Tirta Empul, simply translates to 'holy water spring', according to source, it's best to inform your tour guide if you are interested to participate in the bathing ritual. 

At the entrance to the temple, with 'kamen' wrapped plus a sash.

We did not get wet but we managed to took tons of pictures again...

People performing the bathing ritual, it was crowded the day we went.

Clear holy spring water, and the Koi fish was huge~ee!

We went to Kintamani, inactive volcano, to take in some cool air, as it is located in the highland area.

Last but not least, we went to Tegallalang Rice Terrace, and took some pictures again before we went back to our hotel for the complimentary buffet dinner. No pictures as they served simple rice and noodle with some local dishes.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Anniversary foodie trip PENANG

We travelled up-north for our 12th anniversary. Although we are legally married for 3 years now, we still celebrate our dating anniversary.

We booked One Pacific Hotel through Agoda for our 2 nights stay. Total was RM 340 for a standard room, decent size located at Jln Macalister Georgetown (close to Ghee Hiang, about 2mins drive).

Room was clean and new but we have to drive out everytime we need to fill our tummy.

1st meal that we had when we reached, *drums roll*

Lorong Selamat Char Kuey Teow (fried flat noodle) 
Location: 82, Lorong Selamat, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Priced at RM12, with 3 huge prawns and chinese sausage (lap cheong). Perfectly seasoned and full of wok hei. We went there at about 1pm, but there isn't any crowd, we got our plate after 5 mins.

We felt thirsty after the flavourful plate of CKT, too much salt/msg, maybe.

We also had the Fried Oyster Egg, RM 14 or was it 16?

It was from a kopitiam nearby, they came and asked if we want a plate, being oyster-lover, we can't say no. Plenty of oysters but the egg was a bit dry. The one in Muar - wai sek kai is still the best.

We went to Ferringhi Garden for our anniversary dinner. The place serves Western and seafood.

Went there twice and still in love with the garden settings. We went at 5.30pm before the crowd.

Seafood Platter for 2

The platter consists of grilled seafood- 1 lobster, clams, tiger prawn, fish fillet and crab meat. Too much for 2 small eater.
We ordered a glass of house wine and total bill came up to RM440!! Gotta work harder to earn back!

34, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Kampung Batu Feringgi, 11050 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Parking is available at the back of the restaurant.

Since we had early dinner, we went for a stroll at Ferringhi beach (located just at the back of the restaurant-a street away) to catch the sunset.

We then drove to Lebuh Chulia for wanton mee. Hubs favourite.

We tapau-ed and ate in the hotel. Just Google
lebuh chulia (or chulia street wanton mee).

The stall is located on Lebuh Chulia around the corner of Lebuh Carnavon. Look out for a queue and you will know you have come to the right place. The stall is usually open around 6 pm.

Other than wanton mee, there is also curry mee, penang lobak and Satay.

The next day, we went to another wanton mee place, recommended by Henry's colleagues.

The noodles is smooth as theu added Cantonese style (wat tan hor) gravy over the noodles. With generous serving of fried wanton, shredded chicken and mushroom, it was priced at RM9 for a large plate.

The place is quite famous among locals.

Location: Wanton Mee house Pulau Tikus (located next to Swee Kong Kopitiam)

Opening hours: 7.30am-3pm, closed on Thur

We then went for Air Itam Asam laksa, not a fan but I felt that it was too diluted compared to the last time I was here, about 7 years ago.

Hui Kee At Larut Road for Fish Head Hot Pot

Perfect comfort food to warm the tummy. Fish fillets, yam cubed, white tofu with sourish hot soup to warm the soul. We also ordered a pork rib, and total bill was RM56+

The hotpot was priced at RM30+, perfect for 3 pax.

Location: 1, Larut Road, Georgetown, Penang.
Opens daily, 5.30pm to 10pm.

We were lucky cos they had this when we went there, my bro went there the other day, and they did not have it.

Last meal before we leave Penang was at Joo Hooi cafe Georgetown.

We had the famous trio - char kuey teow, chendol and Asam laksa. The laksa here is way better than the one at air itam.

After that, we ordered another round of chendol and some tidbits, popiah, nyonya kueh and yam cake.

The chendol here is to die for. Glad that we came here on weekday, ordering was a breeze and no problem getting a table. 

Location:475, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

We left Penang with a happy tummy and a few hundreds poorer. We'll definitely meet again, when we have another ckt, laksa and chendol cravings.

All photos taken with huawei p10 plus. Thanks for the annv gift, I loved it very much :3

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Our Food Diary in Korea

Just got back from our 2nd honeymoon from the cold and dry Korea. Wanted to celebrate 2017 New Year over there, but we were too old for that kind of thing.

So we ended up using most of our time & money for food.

We had Udon with various fish cakes nearby our Airbnb stay (near Sindang station). Price is at 7,000won (approx.RM28). Perfect for the cold weather.

At the same restaurant, we also ordered the Potato pancake. It was huge and expensive, 12,000 won for 2 pieces. But it was good, similar to Rosti back home.

Next, we had spring onion & seafood jeon (pancake) at Tosokchon

The satisfying Samgyetang (chicken ginseng soup) at Tosokchon. Came here 3 times and it never disappoints me :)

After a few days of korean food, the hubby needed some pork fix, hence we dropped by Hong Dae and went into on of the hippie restaurant and ordered the bacon-like pork meat with seasoned vegetable. This plate here costed us 19,000 won. But the portion is huge though.

And I ordered the beef patties with cheese, tasted so-so but it was crazy spicy. Priced at 19,000won. We had this on NYE, so we splurged as it was the last meal for 2016. Total spent for this meal was almost RM80!

We also had Jeonbokjuk (Abalone Porridge) at Jeju shi. We did not know which restaurant to go to, hence we used foursquare for recommendations. This restaurant is located about 10mins drive from Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, Jeju. I think the price was 10,000 won.)

The porridge was flavorful with abalone sweetness, but it was a little bit bland. Goes well with the banchan.

One night at Jeju, nearby our hotel area, Jungmun, I was craving for Korean Streetfood, hence we walked into this humble shop selling the above combo - Gimbap, Mandu, Teokbokki & Eomuk - it is basically stir-fried rice roll, rice cake, dumpling and fish cake with an extra serving of egg. It was priced at 6,000won. So satisfying, but I think i gained 2kg after finishing this :)

Top view of my satisfying korean street food all-in-one plate and hubs stir fried pork.

We chanced upon a restaurant serving noodle with a lot of korean nearby Yeongmeori Coast. We had the Pork Broth Noodle and Egg Noodle. Portion was huge and each bowl costed 10,000 won. We wanted to try the Sashimi Noodle (dry noodle with generous servings of vegetables and sashimi), but the owner informed us that it will be very spicy, hence no sashimi noodle for us. But most of the tables did order the 'super spicy' noodle and we regretted not ordering :(

On our last day, we had huge scallop for dinner.

It is a huge pot of shellfish - scallop, oyster, lala (clams), octopus, abalone, tiger prawn with the price of 59,000 won (approx. RM240). Do take note that this is not hot-pot, no soup whatsoever, as the seafoods are steamed. And the lalas come in all diffrent sizes. Seafood was fresh, but we did not managed to finish it all. And after the meal, we are afraid with the sight of clams for some period of time :(

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