Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bariani Power House @ Ramadan Bazaar SS18/6, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Date: 28 July 2012
Place: Bariani Power House @ Ramadan Bazaar SS18/6, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Dish: Nasi Beriani Gam Kambing (RM10), Lemang & Rendang (RM6), Fresh Orange Juice (RM3)
Price:  RM19

Residents in Subang Jaya are blessed to have a Ramadan Bazaar nearby, located in SS18/6. Every year without fail, like many other families in Subang Jaya, we will pay an annual visit to the bazaar to pack our dinner, or simply buy some local pastries for tea time. I am quite sure the Ramadan Bazaar at SS18/6 is one of the more successful ones in the Klang Valley. In spite of the ongoing LRT works carried out parallel to the bazaar, the bazaar continued to be in operation although at a smaller scale with reduced number of stalls. It did not come as a surprise when this bazaar was included in the top 10 list of Ramadan Bazaar in the Klang Valley by MalaysianDigest.com, which is quite telling on its popularity.

I think everyone has his or her own favourite food at this bazaar, but for me as well as the rest in the family, a must buy is the Nasi Beriani Gam Kambing at Bariani Power House. Every year, we will be looking out for this stall and religiously wait in line for our order. My personal favourite is the Nasi Beriani Kambing which cost RM10 per pack and could easily be shared by 2 persons :-) The rice is very tasty, and so is the "kambing" (mutton) which taste so juicy and yummy. Just writing about it now is enough to make me drool. Nasi Beriani is essentially rice cooked with spices and meat. There are many varieties of Nasi Beriani and no doubt the one served at Bariani Power House is one of my favourite!

Another one of my favourite in the Ramadan Bazaar is the Lemang. Lemang is made of glutinous rice and coconut milk, and is cooked in a hollowed bamboo stick. It is usually served with Rendang, a spicy meat gravy. To quench our thirst, we went for a stall selling fresh orange juice.There are many other foodstuff that you can try at the bazaar e.g. Ayam Golek, Cucur Udang, Kebab, Satay, and lots more!

If you are looking to sample some Ramadhan food and happen to be in Subang Jaya, you should really drop by this bazaar and head straight for the Nasi Beriani Gam Kambing from Bariani Power House, and the Lemang from the Lemang stall :-)

Bon Appetite!

Bariani Power House
Nasi Beriani Gam Kambing from Bariani Power house (Must Try!)
Lemang & Rendang (Must Try!)

Ayam Golek

Ayam Golek Stall

Fried Chicken Wings Stall

A traditional Malay delicacy stall

Kebab Stall

A drink stall selling 'Lin Chee Kang'

Cucur Udang and other Traditional Malay Kuihs

Fresh Fruit Juices
The crowd at Ramadan Bazaar SS18

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Chinese Lunch @ Dian Xiao Er, Vivo City, Singapore

Date: 21 July 2012
Place: Dian Xiao Er, Vivo City, Singapore
Dish: Herbal Duck, Baby 'Kailan', Claypot Tofu, Steamed Cod Fish

We were going to board the bus (via Aeroline) back to KL from Vivo City Singapore, and we were treated to lunch at Dian Xiao Er that was famous for its Duck dishes, which is cooked in chinese herbal ingredients.

We ordered the restaurant's signature Herbal Duck, Claypot Tofu, Baby 'Kailan'. and Steamed Cod Fish. Loved the Herbal Duck the best. The meat is so tender and juicy, and the absence of the very strong taste that is very often present in most duck dishes (which is why duck do not rank very high on my favourite food list) makes this one of the best meat dishes that I ever tasted! I am already thinking to eat this on my return to Singapore.

We have a very nice view of Sentosa Island from the restaurant, which was just across Vivo City. I like the ambience of the restaurant too, as it brings you back in time, like dining in some traditional chinese restaurant in Taiwan/ China.

This restaurant is an absolute must try. Check out their website (link at the bottom of the page) for more info..I must thank the really wonderful family of Mr and Mrs Liew for treating both mom and me to this really yummy lunch! :-D




Herbal Duck

Baby Kailan

Claypot Tofu

Steamed Cod Fish


Address: 
#02-137/8 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 6376 9786

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Chinese Dinner @ Peach Garden, Supertree Dining, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Date: 20 July 2012
Dish: Steamed Chicken, Roasted Duck, Roasted Pork, Stir-Fried Long Beans in Sambal, Brinjal with minced pork in Claypot, Stewed Sea Cucumber in Claypot, Squid fried in salted egg, Claypot Tofu.

After a day of walking at the Gardens by the Bay, it was already near dinner time, and we were quite hungry by then. We decided to dine at Supertree Dining, located inside the Gardens by the Bay.
There was a long queue, and we waited for about half an hour before we finally got to be seated.

It did not take long for the dishes to arrive after our order was taken. Of all the dishes ordered, I loved the stewed sea cucumber and roasted pork meat the best, though the rest tasted very good as well.

One comment though, our order for the dessert took a little long to arrive. Overall the food is good. Apart from the waiting time to be seated, I have no other complaints :-)

After finishing our dinner, we went out to admire the night scene of the Gardens, and took a few photos before we headed back. It did not take me long before I doze off that night, dreaming of the beautiful flowers I saw at the Gardens by the Bay....ahhhhhhh...












Address: 
Peach Garden, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Tel: +65 62529833
Website: http://www.peachgarden.com.sg

Tea Time @ Cafe Crema, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Date: 20 July 2012
Place: Cafe Crema, Gardens by the Bay,Singapore
Dish & Price: See below

After our tour of the Cloud Forest in Gardens by the Bay, we were already quite tired, as the place is rather huge. Walking into the Cloud Forest gives you the feeling of walking into a real forest, complete with waterfalls, and nature singing along the way. Simply superb! Gardens by the Bay just opened at the end of June 2012, hence we were very lucky to visit this beautiful place not too long after its opening. Nevertheless, we needed to wait about 45 minutes before we finally got our tickets to the 2 conservatories due to the long queue of visitors!

The place is simply amazing. I really recommend every tourist to Singapore (and locals alike!) to drop by this place.  The time spent here will be well worth it. Lovers of nature, plants, and flowers will be lost in a wonderland of flowers and plants from all parts of the world! The Flower Dome was the other conservatory which we visited, and we were speechless when we saw the many varieties of beautiful plants and flowers on display. Walking in the conservatories is very pleasant as the temperature is quite cool. Check out their website at http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg.

For dining, there are several choices as well (you can check out their website for more info). We stopped for teatime at an Italian-styled cafe known as Cafe Crema to enjoy their gourmet coffee and signature breads and pastries. The brioche, cranberry swirl, croissant, and apricot danish (not shown below) tasted really fresh and yummy. In short, it is really a great place to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. Once we were well rested and energized, we proceeded our walk to the next dome. I just couldn't hide my excitement on our way to the second dome...



Cranberry Raisin Swirl (SGD5.50)

Hot Chocolate (SGD5.50)

Long Black (SGD4.50)

Buttery Croissant (SGD3.50)

Brioche (SGD2)



Address: 
Cafe Crema, Gardens by th eBay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore
Tel:
+65 6604 8826

Friday, July 20, 2012

Lunch at the Singapore Food Trail @ Singapore Flyer, Singapore

Date: 19 July 2012
Place: The Singapore Food Trail, Singapore Flyer, Singapore
Dish: High Street Tai Wah Pork Noodles, 'Rojak', and 'Lobak'
Price: Average SGD5 per plate

The ride on the Singapore Flyer was really great, and we had a fantastic view of the city of Singapore (which included the newly opened Marina Bay Sands Hotel, and the Gardens by the Bay) despite the drizzle. They say that the view is better at night, but unfortunately for us, we had other plans during the night. Nevertheless, we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly :-)

Did you know that the Singapore Flyer is the world's largest giant observation wheel? You can even have a full butler sky dining experience on the flyer while enjoying a four-course fine dining menu! For more info on the tickets, service offerings and prices information, check out their website at -->http://www.singaporeflyer.com/.

So back to the food.The Singapore Flyer is also home to a host of eateries where you can wine and dine. We settled on the Singapore Food Trail for lunch, as it is a one-stop place to sample Singapore's variety of hawker food. Did you know that the Singapore Food Trail is Singapore's first and only 1960s-themed food street. Here you will find Singapore's famous heritage hawkers and local delights.

I tried the High Street Tai Wah Pork Noodles which is the top 3 must try food at the Singapore Flyer. Absolutely delicious and I just love it! We also tried the 'Rojak', and 'Lobak'. Each plate cost on average SGD5, which I think is good value for money. I think this place is great for tourists and locals alike. Do come if you have not been here before! :-).


High Street Tai Wah Pork Noodles

Rojak

Lobak

A stall selling drinks



High Street Tai Wah Pork Noodles Stall

Address:
 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803
 Website: 
 http://www.singaporeflyer.com

Thursday, July 19, 2012

First dining experience in JB @ Restoran Pekin, Johor Bahru, Johor,Malaysia

Date: 18 July 2012
Place: Restoran Pekin, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Dish: Steamed "Flower" Crab in Rice Wine, Braised Sea Cucumber with Brocolli, Steamed Red Snapper in Soya Sauce, Stir-Fried 'Ching Lung Chai', 'Siew Pak Choy'
Price:  RM243 (price includes rice and chinese tea for 6 persons)

We were stopping over in Johor Bahru enroute to Singapore. After visiting my grandaunt's home, we were invited to Pekin restaurant, which is quite a famous eatery among the locals here.

Pekin restaurant is particularly famous for its fresh seafood ingredients, you name it- fishes, crabs, oysters, sea cucumber, and lots lots more!

We ordered steamed 'Flower' crab in rice wine, steamed red snapper, braised sea cucumber, 'Ching Lung Chai', and 'Siew Pak Choy'.

It was hard for me to say which dish tasted better, but being a meat and seafood lover, my decision of what taste best would tend to be biased towards the meat and seafood dishes, haha. The crab meat was really sweet and juicy, and I drank the rice wine gravy like how one would drink their soup, so it must really tell on how nice the gravy must have been! Another dish that I thoroughly enjoyed was the braised sea cucumber dish. The sea cucumber was cooked just right, not too hard nor too soft, and tasted absolutely delicious. As for the red snapper, it was not overcooked, and the meat was so fresh and yummy. The vegetable dishes i.e. the stir-fried 'Ching Lung Chai' and 'Siew Pak Choy' is really fresh and tasty too.

My first dining experience in Johor Bahru is such a good one! This restaurant is as good, if not better than many of the seafood restaurants in Klang Valley. With good service, a clean environment, and nice ambience, what more can one ask for. I have no qualms recommending this place to anyone  for food. Bon Appetite!

Braised Sea Cucumber with Brocolli

'Siew Pak Choy'

Stir-Fried 'Ching Lung Chai'

Steamed Red Snapper in Soya Sauce

Steamed "Flower" Crab in Rice Wine

Address:
2&4 Jalan Molek 1/9,Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Tel : +607 356 0739/356 0740