29 June 2017

Formosa Chang 鬍鬚張 (Taipei)

With over 50 outlets in Taiwan and 2 outlets in Japan, Formosa Chang was founded in 1960 by 張炎泉先生 (Mr. Chang Yan Quan). Due to Mr. Chang's busy schedule, he didn't shave his beard and slowly, his customers started calling him "Hu Xu Chang" (鬍鬚張). That's how the name came about.
We went to the outlet near Xiaonanmen station as it was on our way to Carrefour.
Ordered the minced pork stew with rice (Lu Rou Fan/魯肉飯), pork slices with garlic & ginger (蒜泥白肉) and stewed cabbage (櫻花蝦白菜魯).
How to get there?
Address: No. 161 Yanping South Road, Jhongjheng District, Taipei City 10065, Taiwan
Tel: +886 02 2371 3356
Check out the outlets at Formosa Chang website - www.fmsc.com.tw

Opening hours
Daily from 10am to 11pm

Nearest MRT Station: Xiaonanmen

26 June 2017

Katto (One-North)

Katto serves sashimi fish, grilled flaked salmon and others, with their sides in convenient sashimi boxes. Their sides consist of wafu tomatoes, pickled cucumbers, pickled mushrooms, roasted edamame, miso butter corn and seaweed salad.
You can choose the main size (S$12.90) with two sides or mini size (S$7.90) with one side, together with white, brown rice or salad base.

Combination - Sesame & Sunshine
Creamy Goma Tuna, California Unrolled Salmon, Wafu Tomatoes & Seaweed salad with white rice base
Combination - The S.E.A
Tangy Thai Tuna, Chicken rice Chilli Salmon, Miso Butter Corn & Pickled Cucumber with white rice base
 Yakitori Chicken with mushroom and onsen egg
How to get there?
Address: 1 Fusionopolis Place, Galaxis #01-21 Singapore 138522 (Opposite of Breadyard)
Katto Facebook - www.facebook.com/kattosingapore

Opening hours
Mon to Fri: 11am to 2pm / 5.30pm to 8pm (Except Wed)
Closed on Wed, Sat & Sun

Nearest MRT Station: One-North (Exit D)

By Car -
  • Along Portsdown Road, turn into Fusionopolis Place to the entrance of basement carpark

By Bus -
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 18051 (One-North Stn) - Bus No. 91
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 18159 (One-North Stn/Galaxis) - Bus No. 191

22 June 2017

Tian Wai Tian Hotpot 天外天精緻火鍋 昆明店 (Taipei)

Eat till your heart's content hotpot buffet! 吃到饱 無限自助 火锅!
Choose from 8 soup bases (八種口味的汤底)
Mongolia Tensyan & Spicy Hotpot (天香麻辣锅)
A wide array of food items for hotpot
有蔬菜, 海鲜, 肉类, 等等
Fish & squid paste
Customise your own sauce (自調酱料)
Free flow of beer, calpis, milk tea, vinegar drinks, etc
無限供应啤酒, 可爾必思, 奶茶, 醋饮料, 等等
Chicken and pork slices; they also provide beef and lamb.
Still not full yet? They serve braised minced pork (滷肉) and curry beef (咖喱牛肉) with rice.
Braised minced pork with rice (滷肉飯)
Last but not least, free flow of Haagen Dazs ice cream
How to get there?
Address: No. 76 Level 2 Kunming Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Tel: +886 02 2314 0018
Website - tianwaitian.com.tw

Opening hours
Daily from 11.30am to 3am

Nearest MRT Station: Ximen (Exit 6)

19 June 2017

Face to Face Noodle House 面对面 (Bukit Indah)

The founder of Face to Face Noodle House (面对面) inherited the unique noodle-making technique from his great-grandfather and sincerely believes in face to face connection with his customers, which then inspired the name of his restaurant. Now, the restaurant serves a variety of noodles.
Choose the type of noodles
Write down the item number on the order slip
 Chilli to go along with your noodles
Curry Chicken Pan Mee
Sichuan Piquant Pan Mee
Chef's Specialty Fried Dumplings
How to get there?
Address: 12 Jalan Indah 15/3, Taman Bukit Indah 79100 Nusajaya, Johor
Tel: 07-239 5646 / 016-322 5690
Opening hours
Mon to Sat: 11am to 9.30pm
Sun: 10am to 9pm

Read AEON Bukit Indah Shopping Centre post about getting to Bukit Indah from Singapore.
Where else have I been in Bukit Indah?

15 June 2017

Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh 顺發肉骨茶 (新山 Johor Bahru)

Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh is located along Jalan Serigala, right opposite of KSL City Mall. We placed our order for them to prepare while we wait for our seats. Choose from a variety of food items which you want in your Bak Kut Teh claypot such as the pork ribs, pork balls, pork kidneys, pork liver, mushroom, etc. They'll inform you once the table is ready.
Must order their salted vegetables "Mei Cai" 梅菜. Delish!
Our "customised" Bak Kut Teh!
with braised pig trotters
How to get there?
Address: No. 43 Jalan Serigala, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor Malaysia
Tel: +60 19 756 3972 (Yoon Choy)

Opening hours
Daily from 9am to 8pm except on alternate Tuesdays
Closed on alternate Tuesdays

  • There's free Shuttle bus service from KSL City Mall to Johor Bahru Sentral.
  • You can also take the public bus (S1 bus, IM17) from Johor Bahru Sentral (bus interchange is below the JB customs and right opposite of Johor Bahru City Square) to KSL City Mall. If in doubt, check with the bus driver.
  • Or, take the taxi at about RM8 to RM12 from Johor Bahru Sentral to KSL City Mall. 

12 June 2017

iSTEAKS Diner (Holland Village)

Hearty portion of the grill specialties (beef, poultry, pork, lamb, fish) which includes two complements (choose from onion rings, macaroni & cheese, mashed potato, french beans, country baked beans, baked olive rice, spinach & sesame salad, crunchy potato salad, etc).
Cream of mushroom with garlic bread at S$3.50
Ice lemon tea or water chestnut at S$1.50
Lemon pepper chicken with macaroni & cheese and spinach & sesame salad
Mushroom chicken with crunchy potato and coleslaw salad
 Fried fish fillet with cauliflower cheese and onion rings (onion rings were served separately).
 Fried chicken with baked potato and onion rings (onion rings were served separately).
How to get there?
Address: 17A Lor Liput Singapore 277731
Tel: +65 6463 3165

Opening hours
Sun to Thurs & PH: 11am to 11pm
Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: 11am to 12am

By Car -
  • Along Holland Avenue, turn into Lor Liput towards the open carpark
By Bus -
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 11419 / 11401 (Holland Village Stn Exit A / Exit C) - Bus No. 48, 61, 106, 970
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 11261 (Holland Village) - Bus No. 7, 61, 75, 77, 95, 165, 970

Nearest MRT Station: Holland Village

07 June 2017

Starbucks at Taipei101 (星巴克 台北101大樓內35樓)

Enjoy your coffee with an amazing view at Taipei 101 Level 35!
How to get there?
Address: 35th Floor, No. 7 Xinyi Road Section 5, Xinyi District, Taipei City 110, Taiwan
Tel: +886 2 8101 0701
Starbucks Taiwan website - www.starbucks.com.tw

  • Importantly, call Starbucks Taipei101 at least one day in advance. They'll take reservation up to one week in advance. Take note of the instructions that they provide you.
  • You'll need to reach 10 minutes before the reserved time slot.
  • Time limit is 90 minutes with minimum spending of NT$200 per person.
  • No slippers or shorts allowed in the building.
  • Last reservation slot is 90 minutes before the closing time.

Opening hours
Mon to Fri: 7.30am to 8pm
Sat & Sun: 9am to 7.30pm

Nearest MRT Station: Taipei101/World Trade Center
From the MRT Station, walk towards Exit 4
From Exit 4, take the escalator up and you'll see Taipei 101 entrance.
 Wait at the lobby where the Starbucks standing signage is.
Queue and wait for the staff to bring you up to Level 35.
The admission fee to 89th floor of Taipei 101 observatory will cost you NT$600 whereas you can have your coffee at Starbucks Level 35 with a minimum spending of NT$200 per person.
 Having my breakfast with dark mocha frappuccino, croissant, sandwich and matcha strawberry swiss roll. Hmmm~