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Uzbek Cuisine – Rubai Restaurant

Kazan – Republic of Tatarstan






Uzbek traditional costume


Rubai Shish Kebab(lamb fillet)


Ferghana Pilaf – Traditional Uzbek lamb Pilaf –  is a dish in which rice is cooked in a seasoned broth. In some cases, the rice may also attain its brown colour by being stirred with pieces of cooked onion, as well as a mix of spices and meat.



Manty(dumplings) with veal and onions served with sour cream and greens

All dishes are prepared according to ancient oriental recipes and the most outstanding dish we had was the Ferghana Pilaf which was totally mesmerizing. Full of flavors.

Rubai Restaurant 

Profsoyuznaya 16,


Republic of Tatarstan



Russian Cuisine – Stolovaya No. 57

Moscow – Russia

When you come to Moscow, you definitely want to try true Russian cuisine. Of course, you can do it in most restaurants, but there’s a more authentic variant. And it’s cheaper, too! Highly recommended by our walking tour guide.

Moscow GUM (Glavnyi Universalnyi Magazin; it may literally be translated as “the main universal store”) is situated in the center of the city and it faces the Red Square. In English this huge shopping mall is usually called “State Department Store”.


There are a variety of places where you can have a meal. But the most unusual is Soviet Style Restaurant #57. Actually, it is not a restaurant; it is a so called “stolovaya”.


It is notable for its self-service and traditional Russian food. Most items are charged by the weight. A canteen style restaurant where you start from the beginning and pick the food you want and put them on your tray and move on to the cashier and make your payment.


Moreover, the interior design reflects an atmosphere similar to that in Soviet times. Even tableware and tablecloths are made the Soviet way.


All the dishes are prepared according to the traditions of Russia’s cuisine. There are plenty of different dishes. Some of them are classic (like Russian salad, borsch, pelmeni, stewed fruits), and some of them are less popular. Even so, there is always something new and appetizing.


No doubt, this place attracts tourists, but Russians like to eat here, too. The good thing is not having to wait – everything is ready, you just pick what you like. And the second reason is, of course, tasty food!

Moscow GUM

Red square,



Trans-Siberian Railway Adventures

My friend Chai Chin has been talking about this adventure 2 years ago and only recently that we decided to make it a reality. We opted for the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian routes starting from Moscow and ends in Beijing.

Trans Siberian Railway Facts

Trans-Siberian railway or Transsib is the longest railway in the world (about 8000 km) and takes about 6 days to cross from Moscow to Vladivostok. A branch of this railway that goes from Chita to Beijing through Ulan-Bataar (in Mongolia) is called Trans-Mongolian and the other branch that goes around Mongolia straight to China is called Trans Manchurian railway. The whole journey from Moscow to Beijing also takes about 6 days.

The railway line, spanning eight time zones and travelling across two continents continues to beguile as a vital artery linking together the largest nation on earth.
But beyond the classic sites of Lake Baikal, the Kremlin and Vladivostok, there’s a wealth of lesser-known corners and detours on this epic journey.

The best way to travel along Transsib is to take trains between the major cities staying a few days in each, so you don’t have have to spend several days in the same train compartment. The more interesting places to stop along the way are Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk (2 days by train from Moscow – from there you can go to Altay mountains for trekking and rafting), Krasnoyarsk (3 days from Moscow – the climbing mecca and a great city), Irkutsk (4 days from Moscow – Baikal lake), Ulan-Ude (4.5 days – the first “Asian” city in Russia along the way), Vladivostok (6 days). Of course, Ulan-Bataar (5 days from Moscow) in Mongolia and Beijing in China also if you’re traveling in that direction.

The logistics are hard to organise on your own. It takes a lot of planning for this trip as sometimes it’s quite tricky buying the train tickets online but Chai Chin did a good job with it on his own. “Syabas”

In order to get a Russian visa, the first thing we need is an invitation (also known as visa support letter) which can be obtain online with a minimal fee.  Only after getting the invitation we can start applying directly for the Russian visa online and when completed we need to bring all the documents to the Russian Embassy with our passports and also making a payment of RM200.00 via a local bank near the embassy. It takes about 20 days for them to process the visa. And as for the China visa it’s very straight forward. Go directly to their processing centre in KL personally with all relevant documents and it takes 4 days. The cost is RM88.30

Travelling dates:

August 7 to September 5, 2016




Our journey was a combination of Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian Railway routes. The most popular by far.

9 St Basil's Cathedral - the 1st place we visited

Our first destination St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow.

0 Trans-Siberian Railway with Chai Chin - Aug 7 to Sep 5, 2016

for the complete journey experiences from day 1 in Moscow till day 30 in Beijing with more pictures and description click on the racket below to explore…