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West Coast Malaysia Travel Diary (Dec & Jan 2018)


Georgetown Penang & Ipoh

FOOD ADVENTURES

  • Wed Br - jackfruit and gula melaka yoghurt at mugshot cafe. Nice.
  • Wed Lu - Char Kway Teoy by left handed street hawker on Lebuh Keng Kwee. Meh.
  • Wed Di - Unkle Kim's Chili Pan Mee. Meh.
  • Thu Br - Lobak from Kheng Pin Kopitiam (fried prawn & pork in a batter). Heavy bits for breakie. Meh.
  • Thu Br - Orange Juice at the very modern Mews Cafe (slightly westernised but some nice local variation). Nice. Must come back for the sago gula melaka.
  • Thu Br - Legendary Penang roti canai from Roti Canai Transfer Road. Tasty. Chicken curry had a lovely paprika flavour.
  • Thu Lu - Tropical fruit buffet (rose Apple, jackfruit) and nutmeg & pineapple fruit juice
  • Thur Di - Fried pancake w red bean, Steamed coconut cake, fried sesame seed glutinous balls with coconut filling. Last one was the yummiest.
  • Thur Di - Wantan Mee - Chulia St Hawkers. No Moto? Delish but wantons seemed cold.
  • Thur Di - Apom Crepes - 1 crunchy crepe snack
  • Thur Di - Pandan Muah Chee. Glutinous Rice Balls. Very tasty treat with sugar and ground peanuts.
  • Fri Br-Lu
  • Nasi Kandar (Old Merlin Hotel) - Indian Muslim. Beef curry with squid and fish curry mixed in, amazing. Turmeric cabbage. Onion turmeric omelette (the latter not so crazy about). Drink: coffee tea condense milk Cham (chahm)
  • Roti Canai (restauran sejahtera muhibah) Ceylon tea + ginger powder or fresh + condensed milk
  • Top Hats, nutmeg drink (syrup based), Assam laksa (sour vs curry laksa), Kuih (sweets with gelatinous flour). @ Moh Teng Pheow Nonya Koay Canteen (restaurant). All dishes excellent!
  • Fri Di TekSen Restaurant. Fried pork belly with sticky soy chili sauce. Assim fish, a delicious fish yellow curry.
  • Sat Br - Sri Weld Outdoor Foodcourt. Nasi Lemak. Made to order. 1.80 ringgits. Less than 10 cents.
  • Sat Br - Sri Weld Outdoor Foodcourt. Jackfruit donuts. 2 for 1.60. Jackfruit is expensive.
  • Sat Snack - Custard puffs at Chew jetty... durian (nope still) and matcha (nice but runny).
  • Sat Treat - Pandan Sago Gula Melaka at Mews Cafe.
  • Sat Lu - Japanese Salad (yum!), Nutmeg drink, Cempecek Crumble (Jackfruit) at Passion Heart Cafe.
  • Sat Di - Metissier Patisserie Nutmeg Sweet (nutmeg jam, nutmeg almond, nutmeg mousse, lychee, sablé). Very nice combo of nutmeg and lychee.
  • Sat Di - Beef Briyani and Tandoori Chicken. @Hamideeyah Restaurant on Campbell Street. Are with my hands like everyone else. Chicken was tough to eat one handed. Deeelish.
  • Sat Di - Safe Room Cafe. Nutella Latte (yum) and a liquid nitrogen popcorn kernel or two.
  • Sun Br - Canistel Yellow Sapote, Mediterranean Figs (wow totally different), Sapote. Great start to the day. Loved #1 and #3. Still not crazy about fresh figs but this one’s def better!
  • Sun Lu - Cecil Road Market food court - a lot of food options there. Popiah (savoury pancake rolls with daikon and bits of meat) and Chee Cheong Fan (chopped rolled noodles with garlic and hoisin sauce). Yum!!
  • Sun Lu - 3D Coffee @ Coffee on the table
  • Sun Di - Eastern European & Georgian Restaurant Vkusno Dom. Kachapuri (tasty cheese but overall a little bland) and Khinkali with Georgian Sauce (tasty sauce and kinkhali too which had little chunks of lamb but was unfort a little undercooked - owners went out of their way though to give me a free desert (very caramelised apples) and free Khinkali & Pelmeni the next day. Very kind.
  • Mon Br & Lu - Cooking school tour. Nasi Lemak for breakie. Tried sweet popiah with peanut candy, sweet apom with peanut & sugar, fresh water chestnut (OMG!), made Char Koay Teow (tasty!), chicken curry, sweet potato donuts with crystallised glazing (1 tbsp water & 1.5 tbsp sugar, once boiling, coat the donuts and raise them in the air to dry and throw them back on the pan), pancake nets (very interesting - would be awesome over fried eggs!).
  • Mon Di - 2 Potato donuts & Khinkali from Restaurant.
  • Tues 26 Br - Ipoh. Wan Tan Mee. Not bad. Three colour coffee drink. Tasty!
  • Tue Lu - Restaurant Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau. Best chicken rice in Malaysia. Big yellow sign. Poached Chicken with cucumber in sweet soy + Big beautiful soybeans in sweet soy + chicken flavoured rice. Yum yum!
  • Tue Lu - Chinese Pastries @ Lam Fong. Egg tart, yam treat, kaya pastry, sweet savoury pastry (char siew?!), etc. Yum!
  • Tu Di - Not that hungry so just had the remaining 1.5 pastries from Lam Fong.
  • Wed Br - Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum. Top Dim sum spot in Ipoh city. Har gow prawn dumplings, Eggplant & fish ball, beancurd & prawn rolls, molasses cake. Met Seng and family. Very friendly. Missed out on the original Ipoh old town coffee.

FUTURE FOOD & DRINKS ADVENTURES

  • Koay Teow Th’ng Soup noodle
  • Nasi Padang - malayi food
  • Putu Mayong (string hoppers dessert)
  • Ais Kacung
  • Dumpling house
  • Kebaya dining, opulent, Asian fusion

ACTIVITIES

  • Wed - Walk around town & shopping centres, 2 hour bad massage
  • Thurs - Tropical Fruit Farm
  • Fri - Penang & Harmony St Food Tour, Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple (one of the largest in Southeast Asia. Thai, Burmese and Chinese architectural styles. Hi ), Bought cookbooks (The Star pitt st)
  • Sat - Campbell st markets (tiny!). Walk to Clan Jetties and Hean Boo Thean Kuan Yin Temple. 1.5 hour good massage.
  • Sun - Cecil St Markets (huge and so much food!). Pop up market! Bus station prep : Komtar bus terminal.
  • Mon - Guided Market Tour (2 Markets: Campbell and ChaRasta) + Cooking Class, rich nonya & baba mansion (Pinang Peranakan Mansion), wow but had to cut the tour short due to running out of time. Bus to Ipoh. Chulia Mansion Hotel highly recommended.
  • Tues 26 - Ipoh. Family Skype session. Went to bank. Went to food centre of Ipoh @Jalan Yau Tet Shin.
  • Wed - Bus from Ipoh to Malacca. Z Hotel not recommended (artsy but cold showers).

FUTURE OTHER ADVENTURES

  • New world park
  • Kapitan Keling Mosque, largest historical mosque in town (1801).
  • Long Beach eclectic hawker vibe (Batu Ferringhi). Great food!
  • White sands of Batu Ferringhi Beach for a leisurely stroll, bike or azure sea swim
  • Watch Batik Artwork using wax and dyes.
  • Fishing village
  • Traditional Malaysian village
  • Famous snake temple built in 1850.
  • Ipoh : Chinese bat cave temple (Perak Tong), Hot spring, Kelly castle
  • Perak - With some of the best beaches on this side of the Malay Peninsula, the laidback island of PULAU PANGKOR, though barely 10km long, makes a thoroughly pleasant place to spend a weekend, and an increasingly popular retreat with Malaysian families
  • Perak - KUALA KANGSAR - epic royal palace
  • Perak - Matang Mangrove Reserve is reckoned to be a model of environmental protection. Extensive boardwalks lead above the black mud through a forest of tall, thin trunks and mangrove ferns; keep eyes peeled for monkeys, wild pigs and swimming snakes.
  • Langkawi
    rent JetSki to explore the archipelago's bizarre rock formations
    Skytrex Outdoor adventure park. Climb, swing, crawl and glide.
    Jungle tours/treks to try to spot the flying five (snakes, squirrels, foxes, dragons, lemurs)!
    night markets at Pantai centag and Kuah. Grilled seafood, juices, samosas and sweet pancakes.
    the gulai house (@the datai Langkawi). Alfresco dining overlooking the rainforest. Candle lit alcoves. Traditional village house.
    Underwater world (eagle Rays!)
    Cable car to the top of Mt Machinchang beautiful birds eye views of surrounding islands



Melaka City

FOOD ADVENTURES

  • Wed Di - Otak Otak Steamed Fish Cake with chilli oil from Ma Ma Taste in jonker st area. Not bad.
  • Wed Di - Rum & Raisin Milles Feuilles Pancake Cake from Nadeje Patisserie. Very tasty.
  • Wed Di - Chicken Rice Balls & stir fried green veggies from Restoran Famosa Chicken Rice Ball. Not bad.
  • Wed Di - Johor Kopi (Coffee) from Calanthe Art Cafe. Meh.
  • Thu Br - Roti Canai at spot near my hotel. Meh.
  • Thu Br - Pandan pancake with Gula Melaka and fried rice by Food Tourism House (Os and Hesna).
  • Thu Lu - Street food snack Putu Piring (Jonker St). It’s ok.
  • Thu Lu - Cendol @ East & West Rendezvous. Great flavour. Wish there was more toppings.
  • Thu Lu - East & West Rendezvous: Nyonya Chang (Nyonya Rice Dumpling). Really tasty!
  • Thu Snack - Soursop Icecream @ Gelato Fruity, the ground floor of Mahkota Parade. Very nice!
  • Thu Di - Yam Abacus seeds with mushrooms + old cucumber dried squid soup. @ Soupy licious restaurant.
  • Fri Br - Loh Yong Moh Restaurant: Salted Egg Custard Buns and Tim Sum
  • Fri Lu - Satay Chicken & Pork, Otak-Otak fish paste with chili with Kopi (coffee w condensed milk) @ Xiang Ji Satay House. Fantastic.
  • Fri Snack - Ondeh-ondeh (green glutinous rice balls with Gula Melaka inside and covered in shredded dried coconut. Meh.
  • Fri Di - Nancy’s Kitchen was ok (four angle beans w belachan / fermented shrimp & chili was good). Then Jonker St for candied fruit sticks (Meh). Finally passionfruit juice... they added too much sugar but did have the fresh seeds and pulp.
  • Sat Br & Lu - Food Tourism House cooking session (Os & Hesna)
    1. IKAN ASSAM PEDAS: This Spicy Sour Fish is the most popular dish in Malacca and also in every state in Malaysia.
    2 KARI AYAM: Malaya Chicken Curry is another main national dish.
    3. NASI LEMAK is also another option for vegetarians; it is cooked with fresh ginger, fresh coconut milk, panadan leaves, onions, ginger and lemon grass.
    4. TERUNG DAN UBI GORENG BERLADA: This FRIED EGGPLANT AND POTATOs is very delicious in thick but rich moderately spiced sauce. It is a vegetarian dish.
    5. STIR FRY MIXED GREEN VEGETABLES AND SHRIMPS: Combination of various green vegetables and fresh shrimps, all in stir fried.
    6. PINEAPPLE AND CUCUMBER SALAD: True Malaysian salad good for steamy weather.
    7. PINGAT PISANG DAN UBI: A traditional dessert from sweet potatoes, bananas and sago all are fresh and good for health.
    8. TRADITIONAL SAMBAL: Is good for appetizing, it is not a dish but very hot sauce freshly made from a mixture of variety of chili peppers with other ingredients such as, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, palm sugar, lime juice, and rice vinegar or any white vinegar. It is good to use teaspoon and put little on any food while eating.
  • Sat Di - Restauran Tong Sheng. (Cheese prawns / bee hoon - meh, string beans / peas with fried shrimp, lime/calamansi w plum drink - yum!, Sweet vinegar gui hua fish - beautiful and delish).
  • Sun Br - none. Too full from the prev night.
  • Sun Lu - Aunty Koh: Gula Melaka Cendol before 12:30. Address: 5113, Jalan Batang Tiga, Kampung Bukit Rambai, 75250 Malacca, Malaysia. Nooh, it’s closed! 😢
  • Sun Lu - Tofu Rojak @ Lineclear KG. Jawa.
  • Sun Lu - Kaya toast and white coffee @ Old Town Coffee in Makhota Parade
  • Sun Di - Amy’s Heritage Nonya Restauran. Mee Rojak was ok, noodles and sauce with a very small portion of spicy pineapple cucumber salad. Ikan Assam Reebus (Fish - Sour - Curry) - Curry was really delicious, fish was good but had too many random bones, made me nervous eating. Barley drink, nice and simple.
  • Mon Br - Nonya Assam Laksa @ Jonker88 cafe. Delicious, good kick of spice for breakfast though. 😂
  • Mon Br - Little warm coconut cookies from stall on Jonker st. Nice and simple taste. Good to offset all the spice. Hehe.
  • Mon Di - Restauran Capital Satay - Satay Celup, satay soup for dipping a range of vegetables. OMG so good. One of my fave spots on the trip.
  • Tue Br - Daily Fix Cafe - pandan pancakes w Gula Melaka. It was ok, not bad but not amazing either.

FUTURE FOOD & DRINKS ADVENTURES

  • Assam Pedas
  • Cockle stall on Jalan Bunga Raya (longkang Siham)
  • AIS Kacang at Jonker 88
  • Batu Huang Chang - Chicken Rice Balls
  • Donald & Lilly’s (try rojak)
  • Sun May Hiong Satay House (Satay sauce made w pineapples)

ACTIVITIES

  • Wed - Wandered around Jonker Street tourist area.
  • Thu - Wandered more around Jonker Street tourist area and nearby. Bought cookbooks.
  • Fri - Oceanarium. Jonker St Night Markets.
  • Sat - Cooking class. Os - Foodtourismhouse@gmail.com
  • Sun 31 - More wandering by the river. NYE party at the top of the Hatten Hotel’s Sky Bar (level 22).
  • Mon - Morning - Visit supermarkets with Os and learn to make chapati flatbread.
  • Tues - Go to KL


Kuala Lumpur

FOOD ADVENTURES

  • Wed Br - Chilli Pan Mee @ Restoran Kin Kin (Chinese) - 40 Ground Floor, Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman 1, Off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Chow Kit. 8myr for lunch! Amazing!!
  • Wed Lu - Kuih Lapis (pink layered kuih), Binga Ubi (yellow kuih) & Tea Tahrek @La Cucur Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Meh.
  • Wed Lu - AIS Kecang - Ah Keong’s ais kacang stall in front of 7-Eleven, in Brickfields (along Jalan Padang Belia), Little India. Very nice!
  • Wed Di - Hokkien Mee @ Kim Liam Kee, Lot 10 Hutong. Meh not much flavour, but the little bits of fried pork are tasty.
  • Thurs Br & Lu - KL Food Tour w Simply Enak. First stop : roti canai w dhal. Nice. Savoury Potato Donuts & lentil patties. Ok. Chinese dumplings... sticky rice and char siew bao. Help make peanut sugar dumpling snacks. Yum! Sweet potato balls - meh. Merchant Lane hipster cafe! Nice!!
  • Thurs Di - Dining in the dark! Dining In The Dark KL, 50A, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang. Amazing experience!!

FUTURE FOOD & DRINKS ADVENTURES

  • Ps150 hipster bar with unique cocktails
  • Ikan Bakar - Baked Fish
  • Sambal Hijau Restaurant
  • Bahulu - Malay mini sponge cakes
  • Petaling Night Market
  • Spring Golden - Char siew pork

ACTIVITIES

  • Wed - Wandered around the city starting in Kampung Baru. Walked to KL City Centre, then back to Bukit Bitang, passing by Lot 10 Hutong (!!!).

FUTURE OTHER ADVENTURES

  • KL Forest Eco Park rainforest in the middle of the city (9.3ha large), canopy walk
  • Perdana Botanical Garden & ASEAN Sculpture Garden. Impressive sculptures.
  • Science museum Petrosains Discovery Centre. Interactive.
  • KL Bird Park has largest walk-in aviary in the world.
  • Drink: Marini's (classy, birds eye view, cocktails), Pisco Bar (hip, Latin, cosy chic, dancing), No Black Tie (jazz ***)
  • Street eats start at Chinatown, progress on Petaling Street (sweet potato ball)
  • City buildings : Petronas Twin Towers, Handicraft Centre, Cocoa Boutique, King's Palace, National Monument, National Mosque, Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
  • Just outside of KL : Batu caves, 272 stairs!!
  • Casino has an outdoor and indoor theme park - roller coasters, etc
  • Sunway lagoon theme park tour



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