This is Benjo 3rd time eating the porridge steamboat since introduced by her friend. It is situated in Johor Bahru somewhere near the Sutera Mall area. Despite the haze (it was quite bad when Benjo was there, the exchange rate of Singapore Dollar to Malaysia Ringgits is too tempting to go over for a meal or two.)
The restaurant as seem from outside. There are lots of car parking lots so you do not need to worry about the carpark if you are driving over there. Alternatively, you can walk along the shelter pathway from Sutera Mall, thereafter cut through the shophouses and you will find it.
Apparently, you are able to see a lot of news articles and recommendations pasted on the wall of the restaurant, they served cooked dishes too, in case you can’t wait for the steamboat and want to munch on something.
The menu include set meals and ala carte order. There are quite a variety of selection for you to choose from, if you are a big eater or going with a group of friends, you can order the set meals and top up with the ala carte.
When I first heard of steamboat porridge, my impression was Huh? Nice or not sia..and I was not very keen to go all the way to JB just to have the porridge. But after trying it, it was amazing! The porridge is a great match with vegetables and seafood!
Address: 42, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor
Opening Hours: 12pm-11pm
Phone: +60 07554 9952
There is always a gem hidden in the neighbourhood.
Shi Wei Xian is a popular Hong Kong style tim sum stall situated in a coffee shop at Aljunied. It was first introduced by Benjo’s 6th Aunt, bringing her to eat after her wisdom tooth extraction. The coffee shop is packed with people in the morning having tim sum as their breakfast.
(From Top left: Bean Sauce Chicken Feet ($2.80) , Mango Banana Fritters ($3.00), Bean Sauce Pork Ribs ($2.80), Steamed Dumplings ($2.80))
Mango Banana Fritters. ($3.00) The combination of fresh prawn with mango and banana really activate your taste butt to have more food.
Shark’s Fin Dumplings ($3.20) (Don’t ask me is it real shark fin- I’m not sure)
Scallop Dumplings ($3.20)
Fresh scallops and prawns are used. For every bite, you are able to taste the freshness of the scallops and prawns.
Crystal Pau ($2.80) – Have it hot!
Of course other than these, there are Chee Cheong Fun, various type of steamed rice dishes, deep fried tim sum, porridge. Personally, I find it quite affordable and more delicious as compare to Tim Ho Wan (I had it the next day after Shi Wei Xian).
Advise to go before 12 noon to avoid disappointment.
Address: Blk 119 Aljunied Crescent #01-06 Singapore 380119
Tel: 8111 4950
This is a long outdated post. Didn’t have much time to upload all these trips. So beware of this space, more countries update to come!
Arrived in Hong Kong in March 2013.
I booked my stay at Evergreen Hotel, it is near to Jordan station and is a walking distance to Temple Street Night Market, Jade Market etc. I personally feel that it is quite a good location ( 7-11 is just beside the hotel, and lots of restaurants opposite it, but it is also near the mahjong game house and there is always police officers patrolling the area. If you are travelling as a single female tourist you might want to think twice to stay at that area)
As Benjo’s Daddy was very tired after lunch, we went back to the hotel for a nap before begin our tour.
But by the time we woke up, it is time for dinner. Took a walk around Jordan and settled down at one small cafeteria.
*It is also known as rice noodle roll, Chee Cheong mean pig intestine and Fun mean noodle. As the thin layer of noodle is rolled tightly which actually resemble the pig intestine.
Night tour around the area.
Breakfast! This is at a stall along the shophouses. The cost of our breakfast was actually quite cheap. The plain porridge cost like 50 cents or SG$1.00? Cannot remember the price clearly, but the price is around that range.
Chee Cheong Fun
(Okay don’t be confused by the Chee Cheong Fun at the top, it is just a different cooking method. This Chee Cheong Fun is more like the typical cantonese style which usually serve as snack or as a variety of dim sum.)
There is a morning market in the amidst of the modern high rise building. You can buy fresh flowers, clothes, buttons and much more.. We found a stall selling recycle bags (Those kind you can fold and keep in your bag and/or carry and go market or shopping) at a cost about SG$1 for one. Beautiful and quite lasting (it had been 2 years and I still had them with me for shopping)
Since it was just for fun, we get down after a few stops and continue exploring the area.
Outside SOGO Shopping mall. Another demonstration against Fa Lun Gong.
After all the walking, we managed to find the Peak Tram. It was a looooooooong queue. But the view is worth it.
We started queuing around evening time and by the time we reached the Peak, the sun is setting.
Managed to get some night view shots
Hui Lau Shan Dessert (许留山）
We saw this dessert shops almost everywhere we go, so decided to went in and have a try.
It was quite worth our money for there is a promotion going on, free dim sum for every dessert purchased.
So here we ordered some simple food to kickstart our day.
Police officers everywhere
Up next, we are heading to Tai Yu Shan to see the famous Big Buddha Statue. We took the MRT at Jordon Station to Tung Chung MRT Station and get a ticket to Ngo Ping 360.
It was about a 15 minute cable ride, the cosy sunshine and the aircon in the cable car make the journey very comfortable. It brighten the mood of everyone.
Well wishing cards
The ultimate loonnnng staircase
By the way, there is no tax for purchases in Hong Kong. Went to buy a len (must ask for international warranty) which is cheaper than in Singapore.
Sham Shui Po is traditionally working class neighbourhood marketplace where you can find alot of wholesale items there. Some street photography taken over there.
Had dinner at 49 seats Blk 49 Kreta Ayer Road last Friday. It has an old-school style of utensil used in the cafe. Metal cups, plates. Oh ya, it is situated beside the famous ” Ya Dong (亚东)” building. They have another outlet in Orchard too.
Tom Yum Seafood Pasta (SGD14.90)
Ok, this cafe is very generous in their clams, there were ALOT of clams in the pasta. The sauce is not too spicy and have a very refreshing taste.
Not a big fan of creamy pasta as I always get sick of the creamy taste after eating but I managed to finish the whole plate.
Kreta Ayer Road
Monday – Thursday: 18:00 – 02:00
Friday – Saturday: 18:00 – 05:30
As Marriot Cafe is having 1 for 1 promotion for its High Tea Buffet, Benjo with her 3 friends went for a feast! Initially thought that the high tea buffet might only consist of cakes, sandwiches and some sweet desserts, but it turn up to have a wide range of food available in the cafe.
There are breads and sandwiches sections. Did not take the sandwiches as Carbo make Benjo eat lesser food. It Is a BUFFET, you know!
Wine section, as Benjo do not want to be drunkard pork, so let’s move on…
This is the BEST! Chilli Crab sauce (with Crab meats), took a small bowl of it for the deep fry bun and later dip with the fresh prawns.
Someone mentioned that the prawn is one of the highlights in Marriot Cafe, and indeed they are very fresh and sweet tasting!
Chicken satays were tender, got to be fast hand fast legs to get them as they finished fast.
Not many variety of pastries, only tried a small piece pizza.
Nonya Kuehs were also available in the buffet.
The cheesy meatballs have to be eaten with caution, as the cheese will burst out when you take a bite of it. There is also a small section of sushi available. Some local hawker delicacies like Yong Tau Foo, Laksa are cook on the spot. Hokkien Mee Fried Oyster Omelette (Orh Luah), stir fried noodle, biryani, various types of curry like beef curry, green curry, prata can also be found there.
How can a buffet have no salmon! There is a section of raw and smoked salmon available near the entrance door too!
For the health conscious peers, there is a salad bar too, Benjo don’t like salad much so did not bother to take a picture of it =p.
After all the food, there is always a space for dessert..
After all the eating, Benjo feel that it is quite worth the price, the nice ambient, delicious food and good service. But, Benjo is not too sure for not being observant enough or there is really only coffee and tea available for the customers.
320 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6831 4605
High Tea Buffet
Monday to Friday / Saturday & Sunday:
Adult $39.00++ / $42.00++
Child $22.00++ / $28.00++ (Age: 5 to 12 years old)
As this was my second time going to Melaka, decided to pop by the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum to have a look of the Nyonya culture. It is actually a walking distance from the red Gereja Christ Church area. You may book a coach online and travel from Singapore to Malacca. It’s about 4 hours coach ride. (without traffic jam)
There was a guided tour to bring you around, explaining the culture in details.
Ancestor worship Hall
The friendly tour guide from the museum
Address: 48-50, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-283 1273
Daily Tour Times:
10am – 1:00pm (last morning tour 12noon)
2pm – 5:00pm (last evening tour 4pm)
Extended Hour on Weekends:
Friday – Sunday (last evening tour 5:00pm)
Children (5-12 years old): 11RM
Took this on the bus when the sun was about to set. (宜兰太原)
We reached the farm after sunset.
After getting our keys to our rooms, we had to assemble at the cafeteria for our BBQ Dinner!~
Forgot what is this, is either rice dumpling or the balls u ate in bubble tea
We get to learn how to make our own Kong Ming Lantern.
Our master Design =p
We get to write our wishes on the bamboo and hang it up onto the tree for well wishes.
The next morning, we got to get up earlier to tour around the farm. The tour guide from the farm named himself Johor Bahru cause I think his Chinese name is Xin Shan which is the Chinese name for JB, a very interesting and humorous guide.
There were fruits for us to pluck for free and they were very fresh and sweet. No insecticide applied so we were able to eat on the spot. [ Saw an aunty plucked 1 whole handbag of the fruits [=.=]
Ok, next trip was to Yehliu Geopark All these was formed naturally by erosion . I like how nature create wonderful and spectacular things. =D
*Famous attraction* The Queen head (女王头)
Heard from the tour guide that this was one of the attraction spot for tourists. The Queen head is slowly eroding year by year.
We had our lunch at Jiu Fen (九份 ）. There is a bus stop outside the street so I think it is quite accessible to go. Jiu Fen have custom-made wooden clogs shop, there’s why there is another name called 木屐街 (Clogs street) I Think.
Wooden Clog keychains ( So cute but didn’t buy any of them)
Chou Tofu again (yum yum)
Didn’t buy from this stall but the shop owner really does attract my attention
Fried Ice cream wrapped with popiah skin
The Famous Meatball soup
Ma Jiang Mian (麻酱面) Seseame Noodle
This is 1 famous beef noodle stall there.
Bought the drunkard chicken to have it on the bus back to Taipei. CT and I were the powerful one, everyone was sleeping on the bus while we were busy eating.
Our next stop is 士林宫邸 and just so happened they were having chrysanthemum flowers exhibition.
My fault again, busy snapping pictures and lost the tour group again. =x CT and I were searching for them for quite sometime >_<
We are moving to the East side of Taiwan. Our first stop is to 鹅銮 (luan)鼻公园及灯塔 . The park was very windy on that day, the higher we climbed, the more windy it was.
Along the pathway up, there were a few stalls selling souvenirs, from what I heard mostly were hand-made.
Preserved Puffer fish. According to our tour guide who bought 1 few years back, it is still as firm as new.
It is winter, the wind is cold, the hot spring is outdoor. Only a few people went for it. The rest of us just stay under the tent and chit chat till the time passed.
The most thrilling part for CT, our final stop of the day – Master Bear Resort (小熊度假村） We had our diner at the canteen in the resort, thereafter we got our keys to our room. As our resort have no lift, we the ‘youngsters’ have to stay at the upper level as the tour guide do not want the elderly to climb up and down the stairs.
Our living room at ground floor.
After the dance and games, we got to set up our Kong Ming Deng （孔明灯）. We were told to write down our wishes on the lantern and set it up to the heavenly gods.
First stop of the day is Sasiantai (三仙台) .
It is actually a protected scenery area in East of Taiwan. If you want to see nice nature scenery, Taidong is a good place for scenery viewing, they have mountains, ocean etc…
Bought some snacks to eat on the bus. Deep fried small crabs and shrimps
Deep Fried Flying fish ( I didn’t buy this)
(Our snack! Sorry for the blur image, the bus was shaking badly )
One of the pictures that I like that was taken on the bus, despite it is actually a graveyard.
After traveling for about an hour we reached our next destination – Ba Xian Dong （八仙洞）. But I did not see the 8 immortals statues over there. Eventually what I saw most was the Goddess of Mercy.
Find this statue quite interesting, how many of us are able to sit together and whispering to each other ears till old age?
*TaDah* AMei Cultural Village Hualien
We had our lunch at a worker’s canteen look alike place. Their food were authentic Taiwanese style food. I love the Hakka food the most! And based on the emptiness of the plates, it is not hard to guess how hungry we were.
My hand was the one nearer to the camera. The calf seem like not eaten for day, the way it drank the milk like it was going to swallow the whole milk bottle.
Fierce fight for food
We took this cute little train to tour around the farm
Scenery taken on the train
Was shocked that the phones actually work! And I thought the kids were making the sound effect and playing on their own!
And and and, I finally get to taste the legendary Jiang Mu Tea (姜母茶）！ It taste great, especially after staying in the cold wind for sometime.
After that we went to our nex stop- Kaohsiung Xin Qu Jiang (高雄 新屈 江）to do a 1 hour shopping. I only remember that the tour guide said that the first sausage stall that you see near the entrance of the shopping lane, that’s the nicest sausage stall around the area. So I bought a stick and it really does taste very nice!
Up next, we have to settle our dinner at Kaohsiung’s Liuho Night Market (高雄六合夜市）. This time round we have 1 and a half hour to eat and shop, we learn our lesson so our mission of the day was buy as much food as we can and ate at 1 go!
The unique style of Chou tofu
They are actually sweet potatoes! (Cute stall helpers)
Quite rare to see duck meat in Taiwan, ordered 1 to share. It was actually meat wrapped with the popiah skin.
It was really live prawns, the cook took out the live prawns and BBQ them.
Another dish of Chou Tofu, but which 1 was deep fried with bread. I am not a fan of deep fried bread so don’t really like it.
This milk shake stall was so popular that if you enlarge the picture you could see the signature of Taiwan current president – Ma Ying Jiu.
Big, fresh crabs! Very hot and spicy! Delicacy =D~~
After our dinner at Liuho, we went to our hotel to put our luggage and began our next tour ( on our own) at Rui Feng Night Market (瑞丰夜市）. We shared a cab with 2 ladies in the tour and went our separate way at Rui Feng. Ct and I went to the Night market while the 2 ladies went to the shopping malls.
The Food Square have alot stalls of chou tofu, so we also bought 1 bowl to share. Having a bowl of spicy, hot chou tofu soup during winter there is only one word to describe – Shiok!
Cimbing up the stairs in the temple was a very tiring job for me…
Took a picture of the street outside the hotel. It was very windy and cold in the morning. But very nice scenery view and fresh air. Love the cool air, love the clear blue sky ^_^
The school that I work in,was having a kite making and flying session to celebrate this year International Friendship Day.
It was so cute to see the kids flew their kites, especially the one in the comic.
Well, the school managed to break the record of Singapore of the highest number of kites displayed in one location.
Total kites displayed : 1150