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Hainanese Chicken Rice – Restoran Hiong Kee

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what is Chicken rice without the thick dark soy sauce – distinctively Klang style

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The Siew Yoke with crispy skin, the meat was tender, juicy and well spiced, it will be much better if you top it up with some Siew Yoke sauce for more flavour.

The chicken was smooth and tender.

 

Restoran Hiong Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice

59-0, Lorong Batu Nilam 5,

Bandar Bukit Tinggi 1,

41200 Klang

Selangor

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Curry Laksa – Restaurant Cathay Laksa Klang

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The famous Restaurant Cathay Laksa at their new location in Klang town.

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Very appetizing Curry Laksa

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Side orders

Restoran Cathay Laksa Klang

18, Lorong Tapah,

off Jalan Goh Hock Huat,

41400 Klang

Selangor

Chinese Seafood Pulau Ketam Cuisine – Jin Sheng restaurant

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This restaurant only opens for lunch on weekdays and dinner on weekends. This is a non air condition place so it can get kinda hot during lunch time, not to mention, packed! Serves very authentic Chinese Pulau Ketam style of cooking. A good place to have brunch.

  • Closed on Mondays
  • 8:00am – 3:30pm (Tue-Sat)
  • 5:30pm – 9:30pm (Sun)

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Ginger wine chicken… Love this dish! Kampung chicken cooked with some mushrooms, ginger and Chinese wine. The ginger garnish is fried till crisp.

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Fish meat, fish ball and prawns all steamed in a special oil sauce.

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Soft Eggplant with dried shrimp – heavenly!

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Steamed Lala

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Jin Sheng Restaurant

3-A, Lorong Sentosa 4,

Taman Bayu Tinggi,

41200 Klang

Hainanese Chicken Rice – Restoran Nasi Ayam Kam Kee

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This shop is located on Jalan Sultan, in Chinatown, KL. From the outside the shop looks ordinary but they serve one of the best chicken rice in the city.

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Good food, affordable but always packed. Go early if you want to try their tasty Kampung chicken, delicious char siew and other side dishes like the assam taste mustard plant. This restaurant is only available for lunch.

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With plastics seats and tables set up on the footpath plus the woks set up outside this is as basic as it gets. But put aside any qualms that you may have, pull up a stool and peruse the menu (with pictures which helps) as this proved to one of the most enjoyable dining experiences of our time in KL. The service is unsmiling and somewhat dismissive but the speed of delivery of food and drinks was excellent and the flavor and freshness of the food was outstanding.

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A restaurant that serve good chicken steamed rice aka Hainanese Chicken Rice. Go for drumstick or thigh in stead of breast meat. Do sample their red chili and ginger paste as it will not be too hot. Also, personally I will recommend on their chicken spare parts.

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The 3 most important sauces for a good chicken rice meal.

 

Restoran Nasi Ayam Kam Kee

42, Jalan Sultan,

City Centre,

50000 Kuala Lumpur,

Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Home Cooking Style – William’s Kitchen

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William’s Kitchen is situated in Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2 which is very close to Aeon Mall and relatively new in the business.

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Full house

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Since they were new in the business their menu was not ready for us so the supervisor recommended their dishes and we ended up ordering 11 dishes for dinner. We were all hungry and eager to try out their food which was very good and we completely forgotten to take pictures until the last dish which was the deep fried crispy fish skin with sweet and sour onion sauce.

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Their main attraction was the fish meat(selection) mixed with other seafood drenched with their special broth and always on the stove to keep it warm. Extremely good!

  The poached chicken rice which we ordered one day in advance(Tel: 0167899222). All was wonderfully done the chicken, the aromatic and fragrant rice and the chilly and ginger dippings was all great.

If you decide to try out William’s Kitchen be sure to order this 2 dishes.

We will be there again to try out their other dishes.

William’s Kitchen

No. 19-21, Lorong Batu Nilam 20A,

Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2,

41200 Klang

 

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Two of the many host cities for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup – Moscow and Yekaterinburg.

Back in 2016 when Michael Chan and I were doing the Trans Siberian Railway adventure, Moscow and Yekaterinburg was one of the many stops that we made.

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Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow under refurbishment for the world cup 2018.

The opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia will be played here on June 14, 18:00 and finals on July 15, 18:00

The above picture was taken during our boat cruise on Moscow river.

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Luzhniki Stadium after completion.

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I took the above picture when we were in Yekaterinburg.

Ekaterinburg’s Tsentralny Stadium, the largest sports facility in the capital of the Urals and home of the local FC Ural, is temporarily getting a new name, Ekaterinburg Arena, for the duration of the 2018 World Cup.

Tsentralny Stadium was built in 1953-1957. Its Soviet neoclassical façade is on the cultural heritage list. The eastern and western entrance gates are porticos with columns, adorned with statues of a milling machine operator, a skier, a marksman, a footballer, a female athlete with a torch, and a steel founder. The ticket office buildings outside the entrances are shaped as pylons. Yekaterinburg Arena is sited in the central Verkh-Isetskiy District, between Ulitsa Repina and Ulitsa Pirogova, across from the 1860 John the Baptist Cathedral on the other side of Ulitsa Repina.  The historical look of the building was preserved intact during the reconstruction. In fact, the architecture of the new parts of the building’s façade is intentionally neutral. They are only a backdrop, underscoring the merit of the historical parts. Following the reconstruction, completed in December 2017, the stadium now has a seating capacity of 35,000. It will be reduced to 23,000 post-World Cup.

Each stadium for the competition has to have a minimum capacity of 35,000, which was becoming an issue for the Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, expanding two of the stands beyond the limits of the stadium.

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Among all the venue stadiums in Russia Ekateringburg Arena Stadium is the most unique and famous of all.

The 2018 World Cup venue Ekaterinburg Arena has odd new stands at either end of the pitch. The stands at either end (left and right) have been partially constructed outside of the stadium to hit a 45,000 capacity

Upcoming matches in Ekaturinburg Arena Stadium:

  1. Friday, 15 June 17:00 Egypt – Uruguay
  2. Thursday, 21 June 20:00 France – Peru
  3. Sunday, 24 June 20:00 Japan – Senegal
  4. Wednesday, 27 June 19:00 Mexico – Sweden

 

Here are some of the many attractions in Yekaterinburg.

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Obelisk Europe-Asia Border

I’m standing on the left which is the Europe side and Michael on the right which is the Asia side.

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The Church on the Blood

The events, which took place on the night of June, 17 1918, when the Tsar’s family were executed in the house of the military engineer Ipatiev in Yekaterinburg.

However, at the beginning of the 2000th it was decided to build the Church on Blood on the site of the Ipatiev House where the Romanov family were killed.

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Ganina Yama Monastery

Ganina Yama Monastery stands on the site where the bodies of the last Russian Tsar and his family were thrown after their execution by the Bolsheviks.

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Our young Russian tour guide from the municipal council who speaks fluent English with his old faithful Russian made car Lada which took us around Yekaterinburg.

 

Foochow Cuisine – Yuan Yean Fishball Eating House

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Yong Peng 永平 is an ideal stopover between KL and JB/Singapore as the town is just 5 minutes drive after exiting the toll gate (Exit 241/ Exit 242) and there are a number of interesting eateries. As the population in Yong Peng is mainly Foochow 福州 , it is an opportunity to try out unique Foochow cuisine.

Yuan Yean is now run by Thomas, the second generation owner. Thomas’s dad was the first to introduction the fish ball business in Yong Peng. After more fish ball restaurants opened in Yong Peng, the small town became famous for this speciality and every corner of the town selling fishball and such.

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Plenty of variations from soup to dry and many types of noodles.

Yuan Yean’s claim to fame is their hand made 100% Ikan Parang fish balls with no MSG or preservatives. Tender, bouncy with a nice fresh fish aroma.

Besides the fish balls, another Must Try is the old school Foochow fish balls.

Foochow fish ball is unique as it is like wanton except that the minced pork is warped in fish paste instead of wanton skin. Foochow fish ball is a blend of fish and pork flavours with an interesting mouth feel. Not commonly found except in places where the Foochow people live.

The fried tofu skin and fried fish cake. Both were crispy and the fish cake has a soft inside with a nice fish aroma.

Muar otak otak is really good stuff. Compact, dense with fresh Ikan Tenggiri meat and held together with coconut milk and aromatic mildly hot spices. Yuan Yean got this from a leading otak otak maker in Muar  – steamed and served on order.

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Totally awesome meal!

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Yuan Yean Fishball Eating House 元延正宗永平西刀鱼丸

123, Main Road,

83700 Yong Peng,

Johor

Masakan Melayu – Restoran Seri Has

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Restoran Seri Has

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Terlalu banyak pilihan makanan dan minuman.

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Paru paru dan perut lembu

Nasi berlauk diatas dan dibawah adalah pilihan saya pada hari itu.

Ikan Panggang

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Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng

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Lontong

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Restoran Seri Has ini terletak berhadapan dengan Pasar Besar Klang yang terletak di Jalan Meru dan lebih tepat lagi betul betul berhadapan dengan RT Pastry House menyeberangi jalanraya besar. Restoran yang dimiliki oleh bumiputera ini dibuka 24 jam dan tujuh hari seminggu. Kadang kadang ada tutup juga.
Di sini ada macam-macam makanan yang mampu membangkitkan selera seseorang. Anda harus berada disini untuk melihat sendiri menu yang panjang lebar dan yang tak ada dalam menu juga. Pendek kata semua yang tak tahu apa nak makan tentu ada sesuatu yang diingini ada dijual di sini.
Dalam banyak-banyak makanan yang ada dijual di sini, pilihan saya selalunya kepada Lontong, Nasi Lemak dan Nasi berlauk dimana saya ada pilihan untuk memilih lauk bergantung kepada mood saya pada masa itu. Sedap juga makanan disini.
Hari minggu selalu nya penuh dengan pelanggan oleh itu jikalau nak cuba makanan restoran Seri Has sila datang pada hari kerja.
Restoran Seri Has
Jalan Sentosa 41 (off Jalan Meru)
41050 Klang,
Selangor

tbwl in Perhentian Island #3 – 2018

This is the 3rd time to Perhentian Island for me and I remembered the first time back in 2013 when I took my whole family here where my 2 sons attended the PADI Open Water Diver Course by Turtle Bay Divers. The Open Water Course is PADI’s leading SCUBA Course. This certification is recognised world-wide and upon completion, you will be certified to dive to a maximum depth of 18metres with a ‘buddy’. You will learn how to dive, alongside your instructor, who will teach you the everything from equipment care to buoyancy control and much much more!

Subsequently in 2015 I took 6 members of the tbwl group for the Padi Open Water Diver Course by Turtle Bay Divers.

For this year I took another group of 4 from tbwl, one attended the Padi Open Water Diver Course by Turtle Bay Divers and the others for refresher course, fun dives and snorkeling.

 

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Sunrise between the small and big island of Perhentian.

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Long Beach

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All certified PADI Open Water Divers

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At Sugar Wreck dive spot.

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Snorkeling in Batu Nisan

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Rawa Island snorkeling adventures

 

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Kopitiam – Restaurant Swee Hing

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Restaurant Swee Hing was formally in Overseas Union Garden in Old Klang Road but was forced to vacate when the owner wanted to turn the existing coffee shop into an office block hence the relocation into the new premises in Sri Petaling which became more popular than before.

 

Two of my favorite stalls the Loh Mee and Prawn Mee

 

This popular Loh Mee stall serves 2 version of noodles which is the homemade Mee and Yee Mee and when you eat this don’t forget to add some Chinese vinegar.

And as for the Prawn Mee the broth is so flavorful and even taste better when it’s piping hot.

These are some of the other food that can be found here in RSH which taste good as well.

 

Wanton Mee, Pan Mee, Prok Noodle, Char Kueh Teow, Yong Tau Fu, Fish Ball Noodle, Curry Mee, Chinese Nasi Lemak, Siew Pau and many more

 

Restoran Swee Hing (瑞兴茶餐室)

No. 28, Jalan 14/149L, Zone P

Bandar Seri Petaling

57000 Kuala Lumpur.