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Taiwan Food Street (台湾小吃街) – Xiamen, China

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First time in Xiamen and totally excited over all the hype I got from my friends and documentaries about the food there. Fact is, because of it’s close proximity to Taiwan, you’ll find many similar food types to Taiwan over here. I was a little skeptical because I’ve been to Taipei and the food there is a little bland to my palate. Maybe also because I’m from Singapore, working in the APAC region for years, I have developed a stronger preference to my taste buds. However that said, I have been on a diet and have been taking lotsa bland foods for this year alone. So how does a foodie go on a diet when he/she loves food so much? The tricks are:

  1. Foodie Friends – Go with people who can eat and love food like you do. Don’t go with friends or girlfriends who can’t eat, seriously they will spoil your food trip!
  2. Small Portions – Order the smallest portion and share! If you’re the only one or with your partner, order small portion still, but skip the carbo! Maybe have a scoop of rice or noodles, but if you wanna go the long mile, discard the rest. Why can’t you tell the food vendor to give lesser rice or noodles in the first place? If you ask that question, you’re obviously NOT a foodie. Reason is, your pictures that you post on your blog must reflect what you paid for. That way, others will flock to that place to try too!
  3. Walk It Out – If you’re on a hunt, walk to the places where you are going to try. Walking aids digestion and will make you ready for the next destination. 🙂 Besides, you may discover more eating places if you walk around! 🙂

The above are some strategies I use when I’m on a food venture. Just for Xiamen alone I walked more than 20km for my 4 days there! Hence it’s great is you can book your hotel near the target areas. See my review on the hotel I stayed here http://wp.me/2BhOI. So after checking in this hotel, I headed with my friends to the famous Taiwan Food Street in Xiamen… by foot of course! Check out the pics below:

The entry to food haven!
Lots of stalls
土笋冻, direct translation is tu sun dong… nah I’m joking… It’s cold earth bamboo … totally not what you think it is… The ‘Earth Bamboo’… are actually sea worms dug from the muddy beach when the tides are low… EEEWWWW… no, never try… ;P
My first stop for something refreshing
Mango dunno what with ice cream on top thing… DAMN AWESOME! For only RMB20 (S$4+)
Very famous chain of baked potato with cheese and your choice of toppings… Didn’t try ‘cos takes up stomach space…
Alishan traditional stone grilled Taiwan Sausages RMB10 for 3. Pretty awesome.
Red bean and cream pancakes RMB10 for 4pcs… Loads of filling but not nice.
Probably the only stall selling beef steaks. Very affordable but didn’t try ‘cos I don’t go Xiamen just to eat beef steaks!
Prata… Cheap and many people crowding around to see an Indian doing his Indian Flying Biscuit… I reckon they think it’s more convincing with an Indian selling that haha
快餐 in direct translation is Fast Food. To the mainlanders, this is fast food. For Singaporeans, this is Chye Peng.
Many lobster stalls like this, just have to choose the one with the most people to ensure fresher seafood
Lobsters going from RMB20 – RMB150.
Scallops 4 for RMB10
Oysters 6 for RMB10
My lobster of RMB60… the flesh not a lot and the garlic so much like its free
This is quite nice, pizza in a cone. They have a machine like a conveyor belt that bakes the cones… interesting concept
The road beside this Taiwan Food Street
So I decided to walk further
Realize that their 卤面 is light broth as compared to Singapore/Malaysia’s versions.
Paranomic shot of the intersection of Da Tong Lu and Hengzhu Lu
On DA Tong Lu I found this lady super nice ask me to try her fried oyster cake.
Full of ingredients inside. Oysters are really cheap in Xiamen.
The Fried Oyster Cake…. Not bad but a little oily for me ‘cos on diet. 🙂
Night wet market on Hengzhu Lu and Kaihe Lu… Be prepared for wet roads and splashing fish water when they are closing around 9pm+
Fruits stall
Fish
Da Zha Xie, crabs with no meat and loads of roe…
I can imagine how big this stingray was…
More fish
So many variety of fish from the sea… I was based in Suzhou, only get fresh water ones and full of bones!

Rating: 4/5. A great outing with friends or eye-candy!!!

Taste: Food taste a lot less bland than those in Taiwan. I reckon it’s because Guangdong Province people like saltier and heavier tasting stuff.

Service: Vendors are very friendly and will not tout you to eat their stuffs.

Ambience: Hot.

Portion: Average.

Price: Very affordable.

RTE: I would if I can find foodie friends to go with!

Location: Renhe Road (福建省厦门思明区人和路)

MQ Coffee Slayer Lab – Shanghai, China

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After reaching Shanghai in the afternoon today, I rushed to check out this cafe which has a roasting factory, 2 cafe outlets and a training center for aspiring baristas. I found them online and know that they roast their own beans. I took the cab and headed to their training center and realized they don’t serve coffees there after I made a call to them. Then I headed to their outlet at fengxian lu which is the only outlet that opens on weekends.

The walk under the 39 deg celsius sun is no joke even though it’s like only 3 blocks away. When I reached the cafe, I was drenched. The cafe is really a very small shop and when I was there there were already some customers there occupying the inside of the shop. So I had to sit the outer area which was serious super warm!

I first ordered the Mandheling which has mild acidity and quite a medium-high body. But tasting the dripped coffee in such a warm space is really uncomfortable.

Shortly after, some of the customers inside left and I moved my ass inside to catch some aircon… And I had to give some lesson on ‘how to adjust the aircon to cool mode’. I then ordered a latte, which was made from the branded Slayer espresso machine. The latte has some acidity, fruity and pretty full body. I found the milk they used is a little on the sweet side like the HL milk in Singapore and Malaysia. Nevertheless, it was a pretty good combination for their House Blend No.5, which is a mix of 3 different beans that I shall not disclose.

The cute thing about the small shop is that they have a vintage typewriter there for customers to type in their greetings! Very innovative!

Rating: 4.5/5. The temperature control in the cafe is very important.

Taste: Great!

Portion: Average.

Service: Excellent. The barista over the counter offered me a cup of water when I came into the cafe, all drenched. And she keeps refilling when I sat inside. Very good conversationalist too!

Ambience: Inside is alright but outside is not cool. Very small space but in a very prime area.

Price: RMB28 for the Mandheling and RMB25 for the latte.

RTE: I don’t mind if I’m in town next.

Location: 2 outlets

Food Loft 福乐食阁 – Suzhou, China

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This is one of the outlets that offers Singapore cuisine. Hence when Singaporeans or Malaysians miss their hometown food, they will come to this place. There is another place opened in a secluded place out of malls like this one, which I have yet to visit. This was my first time here and to be honest, food is not bad, service sucks big time.

Store front
Got nasi lemak, bak kut teh, etc…
Even got fried carrot cake, curry puff
prata, satay, etc
Curry Chicken is pretty awesome RMB42
Sambal Kangkong is quite good too. Can’t remember the price.
Hot plate tofu

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Pretty good. Taste pretty close to back home.

Portion: Average

Service: Really sucks big time. Male captain can stare are me standing at the entrance and after 5 seconds, look away. So many staff, service so slow. They don’t bother to top up water for the customers. Cooking time also very slow for the hot plate tofu. Took more than 30 mins to serve.

Ambience: As it is located in an island of the mall, the aircondition is really bad. But at least they should have fans cooling the place. They don’t. Hence I was uncomfortable throughout.

Price: Quite pricey but as per all Singapore food overseas, they are never cheap. Total bill with drinks around RMB150.

Location: Basement of 久光 mall.

Big Red Strawberry Farm @ Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

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You must be wondering why I’m writing about a strawberry farm right? Reason is, I’m writing for people who are crazy over strawberries (like my mum). We went to Cameron Highlands on the last day from Ipoh for a quick day trip and the cab driver drove us to this Big Red Strawberry Farm cos the entrance unlike many other farms there, is free. They only charge you when you wanna pick strawberries. Really nice place to chill out; cool weather, strawberries galore, flora and fauna.

Signage at the entrance on the way up
View after parking
Before entering the place... with my mum of course.
The Cafe! No, didn't try the salad... cos there are other better stuff to try!
Check out the menu board... even have chocolate fondue for the strawberries!
Scone with strawberry jam, butter and cream. Comes in a set with a pot of strawberry tea.
Waffle with strawberry syrup and ice cream!
Fresh cut strawberries served with whipped cream. They add a little of sugar syrup below which you can ask them not to add. But the berries in CH is not very sweet type so better to have some syrup. 😉
See the strawberries inside.
Strawberry milkshake
There's a shop there selling many strawberry products...
Or you can pick your own strawberries
View of the hypoallergenic veg farm from the cafe
Parsley anyone?
Some veg...

Don't you just love the greens?
Water is running continuously

Rating: 4.5/5. Great place for chillin’ out with friends or family. Kids will love this place.

Taste: If you love strawberries, you will end up ordering everything. But it’s a nice change from regular eating places.

Portion: Average

Price: Didn’t note but pretty affordable.

RTE: I might if I’m back in CH again.

Location: Ask the cab driver!

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Pasar Malam (Night Market) @ Ipoh, Malaysia

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What better way to end my Ipoh food spree with a write up on the night market or Pasar Malam of Ipoh. There are 2 different night markets… one is a lot bigger scale and caters more to the general public and it is at different location daily. The other one will be near Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken, permanently there and cater more for our muslim friends. So obviously I went to the former lah, and if I’m not wrong, they are always at Tesco area on Wednesday nights. Just ask around from the locals, they know which day is at where. 🙂

Entrance...
Lok Lok... cook in the hot water, spread some sauce, and whack... After that they count how many sticks you ate...
Only one bean curd stall and it's very good... Their bean curd all comes with ginger inside.
smooth and nice
RM$2 deep fried chempedak
Many stalls selling tako balls and taiwanese crispy chicken cutlet
Keropok stall with free tasting!! The fish one has loads of fish bits inside. They close quite early cos sell very fast so maybe you wanna be there before 8.30pm.
Paper wrapped chicken! This one is nice.
Siew mai is also very nice. Skip fishball. Big pau is ok.
Taiwnese Crispy Chicken Cutlet... many stalls... taste ok only.
Apom RM$1 for 3 pieces... last time was 4 pieces...
One guy cook, another old man roll with his bare hands... and collect money from the same hands... but still whack lah... don't care!
Asam Laksa has a few stalls... not too bad though.
Fried Carrot Cake look for this guy... he uses a lot of egg and bean sprouts. RM$2.50 only.
Deep fried crabs... never try but looks good...
Mini burgers in bite size like oreos. RM$2.50 I think. Interesting and nice.
Yes they sell these fresh water lobsters for your fish tank and fighting fish and also some other fish too
Yeah hamsters as well...

Rating: 4/5, Cannot eat in comfort but has a big variety of foods.

Taste: Not bad… don’t expect restaurant quality but it’s good fun.

Portion: Average.

Price: Stated in pics.

RTE: Maybe.

Location: Ask the locals. 🙂

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糖水街 @ Ipoh, Malaysia

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糖水街 means Dessert Street in Chinese and this street has a super long history behind it. When you reach there, there are so many stalls and most of them are duplicates; many similar stalls selling Za Guo Bing (Fruits on Ice), Rojak, noodles, etc. Stalls to avoid are the first few stalls for seafood… you will get chopped ‘cos it’s very expensive. The road is only one way so it’s not hard to know which are the first few stalls. Go towards 3/4 of the road, you will find my favourite rojak, dessert and wan ton noodle stalls.

Picture of the Wan Ton Noodle and Dessert Stalls together...
Looks plain but damn tasty... comes with some wan tons for RM$2.70 only... I can have like 5 plates of these... but of course only had one... ;P
Wan Tons have a very nice authentic taste... I can only find this taste in a particular stall in Johor Bahru which I have yet to review on.
Char Siew you have to add another RM$1... Seriously, the char siew not nice. So eat plain noodles is good enough.
Check out the Fruits On Ice (杂果冰)... Loads of fruits and a scoop of ice cream on top... Ice cream depends on what they get on that day... sometimes, strawberry, sometimes vanilla, etc. RM$4.50. Very worth it.
Rojak stall about 2 stalls away on the left side.
Rojak with prawn crackers... awesome! RM$3 or 4 only.
Cuttlefish... roasted over charcoal till crispy and served with the prawn paste dips... omg... I need to get back to Ipoh soon!!! RM$6-8

Rating: 5/5. You can have a very satisfying meal finishing up with lovely desserts. Nice!

Taste: Awesome. Love these authentic local food. I heard the beef noodle stall towards the end of the row is also damn good. But no more stomach space already lah!

Portion: Average.

Price: Stated on the pics.

RTE: Hell yeah!!!

Location: 糖水街… dunno what road… just tell cab driver. If you’re staying at Excelsior or Syuen Hotel, walking distance about 10 mins. Night time more stalls are open. So go after 7pm.

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大树脚 @ Ipoh, Malaysia

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This place is sort of like a make shift hawker centre and got its name from the big trees around the area. Very messy place with movable tables and chairs all over the place. That’s why its popular with locals mainly and at one glance, you might wanna give this place a miss. But I tried… and I love it. That’s why I’m writing about this place. The original place that started is on the right side if you’re facing the food place… cos there’s another competitor came up with the exact same food offerings on the left side.

See for yourself... messy right? But a lot of good food.
Some of the highly recommend drinks and food
Iced Red Bean... awesome drink for RM$2.50
Iced Fruit Drink RM$3.50. This one has a lot of different kinds of fruits... damn good
Poh Piah... Soso only and they spread a layer of chilli suace on the outer skin... weird..
The chicken here is actually quite good...
The Fried Stuff (Zar Ye) here is the best seller... go choose what you want and then choose the type of noodles you want.
Curry hor fun... very nice.

Rating: 5/5. Many choices.

Taste: Very nice and tasty. Can try the Char Kway Teow also to the left side of the food place. Keeps frying non-stop… must be quite good.

Portion: Above average.

Price: Generally very affordable.

RTE: Yes!!!

Location: Just tell cab driver 大树脚 (Dai Xu Keok)  in Cantonese.

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