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Cafe Cross-Legged @ Petaling Jaya @ Malaysia

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Cafe Cross-Legged in Kota Damansara, PJ, is a fusion cafe, serving original recipes with a twist and with a thought for the health conscious. Starting with my favorite dish, the smoke chicken rice is not your usual gingery, soy sauce Hainanese chicken rice, but it is succulent chicken breast smoked to tender with a uniqe woody taste topped with a dash of black pepper. The rice is a bit of a surprise as it is fluffy and fragrant with mixed herbs.

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Cameron Highlands Steamboat @ Kwan Kee

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We ate at Kwan Kee  steamboat restaurant (坤记) for dinner in Brinchang.  Eating steamboat is one of the best things you can do in Cameron Highlands. And it is not just any steamboat, it is CHARCOAL steamboat, something that seems to be very popular in Cameron Highlands compared to the electric counterparts on lower ground.  Brinchang is flooded with steamboat restaurants to choose from.   Continue reading

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Ipoh Malaysia

Double Boiled Soup @ Best Restaurant Ipoh (靓靓煲汤)

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The Best Restaurant (靓靓煲汤) in Ipoh specializes in double-boiled soup.  While it has an ambitious name, I think it does have a multitude of choices of double boiled soups.  Ranging from the opulent “Buddha Jumps Over the Wall” (佛跳墙) , the exquisite abalone & shark-fin soup, mid-ranged herbal soups and the every-day soups like old cucumber soup and lotus soup.   All the soups are prepared with specific ingredients for specific health benefits,  such as anti aging, or for the well being of the heart.   Continue reading

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Taipei Taiwan

Authentic Taiwanese Cuisine : Sky Turns Red Restaurant, Taipei, Taiwan.

My friend Alice recommended this authentic Taiwanese restaurant which has no English name, so I am just going to translate it as “Sky Turns Red Restaurant” ( 紅翻天).  Alice insisted that the dishes are small, so she went on an order frenzy and ordered 14 dishes for the 4 of us!!!  Being gluttons like my friends and I, we managed to eat almost everything without too much left over.  We were totally stuffed.  But honestly, for 4 people, I think 8 dishes should be more than enough.

When we were at the restaurant, it was about 90% filled with people.  Yet the dishes came out as if the chef was only cooking for 2 tables of people.   Most of the dishes were between NTD 100 to NTD 150.  The steam boat dishes which we did not  order were NTD 400.  With the speedy service and unbeatable price, I  would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to get an authentic taste of Taiwanese cuisine.  (Take note that restaurant does not accept credit card, so bring enough cash along).

Here is what we ate:

Grilled Fish.  The fish was grilled until crisp on the outside yet juicy on the inside.  The fish had minimal seasoning of salt, with white pepper and lime on the side, but that was all the fish really needed.  A little more seasoning than that would hide the true freshness of the fish.

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