Monday, 14 December 2009

Portugese egg tart in Macau

I have written about the famous portugese egg tart in Macau before. The other famous shop that sells tasty portugese egg tart in Macau is Margaret O Nata's.

Margaret's Cafe portugese egg tart is comparable to Lord Stow's bakery in Macau, Coloanne. Which is better? It is difficult to choose between the two but I find Margaret's 'pou tart' ( that's what they would say in Cantonese) is a bit more crispier!
In terms of location, Margaret's Cafe e Nata is located in Macau main island so definitely more convenient for tourists. If you are having trouble finding it, it is near the Grand Emperor Hotel and close to Casino Lisboa approximately 10 minutes walk from there. If you see the jewellery shop called Chow Tai Fook near Casino Lisboa, it is behind this shop located in a small lane.
Margaret's Cafe e Nata
Edificio Kam Loi

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Dry style curry mee

Have you tried the dry style curry mee? This type of curry noodles is quite unique as most places in Malaysia does not sell the dry style curry noodles.

So if you do drop by Ipoh, you might want to try this curry noodles which is famous in Ipoh. It taste good and the curry is not too spicy. It is certainly worth giving it a try if you have some spare time around Ipoh.

The little coffee shop in Ipoh is

Kedai Yee Fatt
39, Jalan Kampar
Near the MGS Girls School( at the roundabout)
Price- Cheap
Taste- 7/10
P.s this shop also sells the herbal tea with egg which is pretty popular!

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Beef noodles in Ipoh

Do you fancy eating 'ngau yuk fan' (beef ball noodles)? There are many varities of this noodle soup and there is one famous stall in Ipoh that is for you to try.
This stall is actually famous for beef brisket (ngau lam) noodles but since I am not a fan of beef brisket I opt for the usual safe option of beef ball instead of the briskets.
The beef ball is nice and springy and the soup clear and tasty. And not to forget the chilly sauce is special. Not too spicy but just right and tasty.
Feeling hungry?
Go to
Cheong Kee Beef Noodles ( Two sisters )
At 'Wai Sik Kai'
Near Sam Tet School
Jalan Sultan Idris
Price: Cheap

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Tau fu fah

Tau fu fah ( bean curd dessert) is a dessert sold in many places and well liked by many. However, to find good ones is not easy. Most of the time, you would find the tau fu fah too lumpy and thick.

In Ipoh, there is a nice little stall that sells good tau fu fah. It is pretty famous in Ipoh and most people would know it. I even saw tours buses stopping by and looks like it is a tourist attraction.

The tau fu fah is soft and silky. The texture is smooth. The tau cheung( soya bean drink) is nice as well. However, be fore-warned the tau fu fah 's portion is small. Maybe you will need to eat 2 bowls to fulfil your taste-buds.
Funny Mountain SoyaBean/ Tau fu fah Stall
49 Jalan Theatre
( near Lou Wong and Yee Hup Biscuit Shop)
Price- cheap

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Wat tan hor ipoh style

Besides being famous for Ipoh sar hor fun, there is a little gem in Ipoh to be discovered. If you like 'wat tan hor',( fried noodle with egg gravy) this shop is for you to try.
The 'wat tan hor' is bit different from the ones you find elsewhere. The version of this dish has more gravy than the usual. The 'sar hor fun' noodles in this dish is ultra ' silky and soft'. The gravy is ultra nice as well. Very very tasty!
The other thing this shop is famous for is the wait for the noodles to be served. Minimum wait is 45 minutes for the dish to be served. But well worth the wait I must say!
This shop is open at night.
Kedai Sun Seng Fatt
Near Lau Ek Ching Street
Price: Cheap, RM 5.00 per person

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Dim sum back to the olden days

If you are in Macau, there is a nice place for dim sum that you might want to visit. What is special in this dim sum place is the well -preserved interior which brings you back to the olden days of 1960's.

Yes, this dim sum place is about 40 years ago and I don't think the interior has changed much since it has been opened. There is a nice exhibition of paintings, calligraphies and antiques for you to view in this place and they are pretty old.

Oh, the dim sum is pretty nice too. Although the selection is limited, you could get the authentic char siew pau( pork bun), gai geok( chicken feet) and siew mai ( pork dumpling). The portions are a bit bigger than the usual ones you get. And the tea is stored in big jars which you could choose from. The speciality in this shop is also the tea!
Long Wa Tea House
Rua Norte de Mercado Almirante Lacerda,
Open: morning to noon
Price : Moderate
This place is featured in the film Look for a star ( 2009) - featuring Andy Lau and Shu Qi
Opposite the Red market ( hung gai si)
Try it lah!

Monday, 21 September 2009

Pork chop bun to savour

Pork chop bun also known as ' ju pa pau' in Cantonese is one speciality in Macau for visitors to try.
It is self explanatory from the name. The pork chop is often very crispy and not oily sandwiched in a soft bun. The unique thing about this is the pork chop is deep fried but the oil does not soak into the bun. I have not eaten this elsewhere and I wonder why most places do not serve this but only in Macau.
There are many places in Macau that sells this. The most famous is Tai Lei Loi Kei in Taipa but this photo of the pork chop bun is from another shop. This shop sells pork chop bun which is as good.
Where can you find this?
It's at :
Cafe Kam Ma Lon
50 Rua De Mescadores
Near Senado square, ask around where you are there
Price- cheap
Try it lah!

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Mega big won - ton

Have you tried a mega big won ton ?

The size of this won-ton is about the size of ping pong ball, actually it is a bit bigger than that. The filling of the won-ton is filled with prawns and it is really crunchy when you take a bite. There are won-ton noodles served with it of course but the best part is not the noodle but the won-ton.
Where is this place?
It's at:
Tsim Tsai Kee
98 Wellington Street
Hong kong
Just opposite Mak's noodles, same street with Yung Kee
Price- Moderate

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Korean coldbuckwheat noodle

How about some cold noodle soup in Summer?

Have you tried this special korean noodle 'naeng myeon?'

I had a chance to visit korea and tried this special dish. This dish is made of noodle in icey cold soup served with boiled egg and some raw vegetables. Yes, it is very different from the usual hot soup with noodles in Oriental dishes. It is mostly served in summer in Korea to cool the hot weather. It was originally derived in North Korea.

This dish is very popular among the Koreans and I think that it is an acquired taste. I did not fancy it but if you have not tried it you might as well give it a go to see it you share the same opinion as me or not. It is available in many Korean restaurants.

Location : Lotte World, Seoul

Taste: 5/10

Price : Moderately expensive

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

I love yum cha

Dim sum or yum cha is well known in every corner of the world . It is originated from Hongkong and Southern China and these chinese cuisine has quickly spread all over the world.

One of the places that serve nice dim sum is in London, ( although I don't think HK dim sum could be beaten from serving the best dim sum)
Okay if you do visit London, one of the recommended place to dine is at Royal China which serves nice dim sum.
The varities include the usual suspects - har gau ( prawn dumplings), siu mai ( pork dumplings), tan tart( egg tart), cheong fun ( try the cha leung ), char siu bau ( pork bun) and etc...
The dim sum is indeed nice and tasty. So if do visit London, try out :
Royal China ( Queensway branch),
13 Queensway,W2 4QJ
(Take the tube to Queensway) , the restaurant is a stone throw from Queensway
Taste- 8/10
Price- Expensive
Taste it lah!

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Bidor herbal duck noodle

I am sure you have heard of the famous 'ngap dui mien' ( duck thigh noodle) in direct translation.
Many people would stop by the Little Bidor town on the way from K.L to Ipoh to savour this noodle soup.

This noodle soup is made of herbs served with duck and has a nice aroma to it. However, I have noted lately that the portion has shrunk and the soup a bit more diluted than it used to be. It could be the economy crisis that ingredients are getting a bit more expensive! Nevertheless, it still taste good and worth a stopover.

Location: Kedai Pun Chun
Address :38-40 Jalan Besar, Bidor town, at the mainroad( you can't miss it)
Taste: 6/10
Price- Moderate

P.S- the dried noodle style is better than the soupy one!

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

The original portugese egg tart in Lisbon

Since we have been talking about portugese egg tart, I would have to mention that the original portugese egg tart is found in Belem, Lisbon. It was discovered since 1837( yes the year is correct)

Well, if you ask me, I actually like the improvised version that you could find in Asia. The original version is more bland and the taste less strong compared with the ones you could find from Macau/Asia. Nevertheless, it is a must try if you do visit Lisbon.

Location: Casa Pasteis De Belem,
Rua de Belem 84, Lisbon
Taste- 6/10
Price- Moderate you could check out the website- all in portugese)

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Portugese egg tart for you?

Macau is famous for it's portugese egg tart. There are 2 famous ones that sells the portugese egg tart in Macau and most people would know it. Unfortunately, I didn't get to take photos from one of them, so I will just post one of the ones that I have tried.

This portugese egg tart ' pou tart ' is located in Coloane village ( Lo wan ). It has a fancy name , Lord Stow bakery. It sells like 3000 egg tarts a day.

The portugese egg tart is nice and fresh. The egg tart is of considerable size. The egg tart is not too 'eggy' and not too rich. There is a nice cinnamon topping on it. I have tasted the egg tarts at Margaret's and to be honest I do not know which one is better. You could let me know.

Besides Coloane is a nice village to visit. Small and peaceful, lovely for a stroll and 'digest' the air of Macau. So worth a visit if you are there in Macau.

Location: Lord Stow Bakery
Address: 1 Rua de Tassara,
Coloane Village, Macau

Taste- 7/10
Price- Moderate, 6MOP( about RM 3.00)

Try it lah!

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Lovely Curry Laksa in small town Ipoh!
This is one of the best curry noodles that I have tasted. It is not the lemak curry noodles as it is more like the Sarawak style curry noodles with no lemak but with plenty of spice.
The taste is absolutely great and the spice will tantalise your taste buds once you take a bite.
So, if you do stop by Ipoh, this is a must try! This shop is easy to find near the Ipoh police station.


Kedai Xin Quan Fang
Jalan Sultan Iskandar( Hugh Low Street)

Price: Moderate

Try it Lah

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Chicken feet for you?

Chicken feet on sale in one of the hypermarkets in Zhuhai, China..
I do not personally fancy this dish myself but am sure some of you do...

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Do you fancy some roast goose?

Have you tried to famous roast goose?

Well, if you do stop by Hk for a visit, one of the many places that is worth a visit would be to try the famous roast goose.

HK is famous for roast and roast goose is one of the speciality of the city. In K.L, there are not many places that sells roast goose so I have taken the opportunity to try this speciality recommended by many.
The taste is good but I would not rave about it as much as I have done is some other food that I have eaten.
It is indeed worth a try as every single person in HK knows this place. It is chosen as one of the top 15 restaurants in the world by Fortune magazine once. Wikepedia says it use to be a 'dai pai dong'.
Yung Kee Restaurant,
32- 40 Wellington Street,
Central, HK
Price: Expensive
Taste : 7/10
Near MRT , so pretty convenient, ask around when you reach the Central station.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Hongkong - try the ' pei tan ' congee

Hongkong is know for the never-ending night life, exciting shopping and of course food!

One of the many good food that you could find in Hongkong is 'pei tan juk'. Okay in English, it is called thousand egg congee/porridge.

This congee could not be found in Malaysia. Yes, you will have to fly all the way to Hongkong and try this congee. Of course, you could find this version in Malaysia but what I mean is the taste.

Well, the reason why I rave about this is because in Hongkong, this shop in particular you could taste the thousand egg in the congee itself and it is just not when you bite the egg. I always wonder what the secret recipe is and I don't think I could find the answer unless the chef tells me.

And also the porridge is cooked just right and is sizzling hot!

So if you do go to Hongkong, do make this a stop to :

Ho Hung Kee Congee and Noodle Shop,

2 Sharp Street East,

Causeway Bay

(2 minutes walk from Times Square)

Taste- 9/10

Price- Moderate
Try it lah!

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Hakka noodles to die for?

Ipoh is one of my favourite town in Malaysia to visit. To be honest, I have not been to many towns in Malaysia and my holidays have always been spent going to Ipoh for a foodie hunt.

One of my favourite noodle shop sells Hakka noodles. This is one of the best in town that I have tasted. The noodles is nicely cooked with a nice topping of fried mince pork. The chilli blends well with the noodles and you could choose the different types of meat balls, squid balls to go with it!

The service is pretty quick as well. Rumour has it that this stall is more than 50 years old.

Okay, the name of the shop is :

Kedai Yin Yau Kui (previously)/ Kedai Paris (moved to)

Jalan Sultan Iskandar,



Price- cheap

Try it lah!

Monday, 3 August 2009

Ipoh Sliced bean sprouts chicken - the best in town?

Love this?

Next stop if you visit Ipoh, is to have a taste of the super yummy delicious Ipoh 'nga choi gai' ( Ipoh bean sprouts sliced chicken).

For those of you unfamiliar with Malaysian food, this is one dish to try. It is basically a combination of flat noodles in clear soup served with boiled chicken in soya sauce. And there is a plate of bean sprouts in soya sauce to go with it.
The simplicity of this dish does not mean that you could cook this dish at home. It looks simple but if you ask around for the recipe, it never taste like the one you get from this shop. The chicken is just nicely done, the texture of the meat is just nice. Not too soft and not too hard. And perhaps the best is the soya-sauce based juice. You could have a bite on the chicken and the juice soaks into the chicken meat just right!
The bean sprouts that accompany the dish is super crunchy. And the size certainly is comparatively bigger than the usual bean-sprouts that you could find in some places.
The shop I am referring to is :-
Kedai Cowan Street
Ayam Tauge and Koitiau ( Yes it is spelt that way)
Jalan Ekram
Price- Moderate( a tad pricier than the usual , just a little)
Taste- 8/10
Opening times- at nights only
By the way, this is the shop recommended by the usual Ipoh folks, I think this shop is more authentic than some popularise shops selling the same dish in Ipoh.
Try it lah!

Sunday, 2 August 2009

In the sweltering heat- how about a glass of Ipoh Ice White Coffee

In Malaysia, where the sweltering heat overwhelms any fellow Malaysians, nothing beats a quick fix of an icey cold drink! How about a glass of Ipoh Ice White Coffee ?

There's a constant battle on where is the best Ipoh White Coffee in town. Some say it is Suan Yuan Foong others say it's Suan Yuan Loong. And Nam Heong is another name constantly mentioned by bloggers and fellow Malaysians.

But there's a coffee shop that I think serves the best coffee in town. I have a few relatives who lives in Ipoh and they brought me there and indeed it tastes great. The coffee aroma is strong and the coffee is milky which I love. It is not too sweet and there is enough ice to make it icey cold!! Perfect for the humid weather. This is a must stop for visitors to Ipoh. Maybe for coffee lovers you could go around tasting which serves the best ice coffee. There are all located in close vicinity around each other. Okay, the parking is a bit difficult especially during peak hours.

Whoops! I forgot to mention the coffee shop I am referring to. It's-

Kedai Kopi Ah Chow

Same row as Suan Yuan Foong coffee shop

Jalan Bandar Timah

Ipoh Old town

Taste- 8/10

Price- cheap , i think around RM 1.60

Try it lah !

Saturday, 1 August 2009

The famous assam laksa

I have decided to put my first post on the malaysian food I love most. If you are Malaysian, you either love it of hate it.. I think most people don't. But I'm one of those who goes crazy over the smell of this dish, has constant craving for it at least once a week and never fails to choose this dish whenever I see it being sold in the hawker stalls.

To any assam laksa lover, perhaps it is a mission to try and find the best assam laksa in town. I went on a mission and so far I think the award goes to :

Ayer Itam market, next to Kek Lok Si Temple

Price: Cheap

Taste: 9/10

Hmm, this assam laksa award simply for the taste. You can hunt down every single pasar malam in Malaysia and still do not find the similar taste to this stall. The soup is delicious and one taste of it makes you wanna drink the whole bowl of soup. And the noodles is cooked to al-dente , not too soft and still springy with one bite on it. And if you look around the tables, you could see that the whole bowl of soup is empty , ravished to the last bit !

And the price is really cheap .. I think it is RM 2.20, that's a while ago it might have been pricier one .. sorry I don't live in Penang, maybe some of you could update me on it.

To find the place, just follow the signs to Kek Lok Si temple, and you can't miss it, the stall is located in the market and if you get lost please ask around and I doubt that anyone would not know it .

Try it lah!