Saturday, 24 May 2014

Lunch at Tat Nasi Ayam, Seksyen 19, Shah Alam

Hello everyone. I think as a Malaysia or Singaporean, having a plate of Nasi Ayam (Chicken Rice) is very common for many of us. I used to enjoy the Nasi Ayam with pear fruits in the soup at Chui Yin Street, Bentong and also had a very nice Nasi Ayam at Paroi Stadium in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

But this time, I would to share about the one that I tried in Shah Alam. The story is, me and my office mate supposedly to have a meeting at Shapadu Berhad and we had arrived earlier than the meeting time. So, we just make a big round in the area and we found this Tat Nasi Ayam restaurant. The restaurant is big and we wondered about what so special about this Tat Nasi Ayam. From some readings on google and reviews from other bloggers, this Tat Nasi Ayam is a franchaise business and very famous in Kedah. Reminder from most bloggers, when you come here, please order chicken rice, not noodles or other stuffs because it tasteless... Hehehe



Referring to the menu below, there are lots of choice for the customers. You can order steam chicken rice, roasted chicken rice, Nasi Burung Puyuh and even other ala carte dishes such as steaks and grills as well as Char Kuey Teow.


So, I ordered a regular Nasi Ayam with roasted chicken and my mate order Nasi Ayam with steam chicken. If u see at the menu, there are Special and Normal. When I ask them, the only different for special and normal is just the amount of rice and chicken. And for your information, even its a normal serving, there were lot of chicken and I think it was more than enough for a person.





Taste wise, both chicken and Nasi Ayam was delicious, but I think the soup on the side need a little bit of salt to taste. So, I you ever been in this area, why don't you give a try for a reasonable RM6.00 per serving chicken rice with clean environment and friendly service. Will definitely come again if I lost in Shah Alam. 

Monday, 19 May 2014

The Amazing Built of U Bein Bridge in Amarapura, Mandalay

Have you ever heard about U Bein Bridge? This bridge is located in Amarapura township of Mandalay, Myanmar. It was built to connect the other side of Taungthaman Lake with length about 1.2km and was claimed as the longest teakwood bridge in the world. 








Historically, this bridge was built around 1850 when the capital of Ava Kingdom moved to Amarapura. The name U Bein was referring to the mayor on that era who built the bridge. Till now, this bridge is a very important passageway for local Burmese as well as a unique tourism attraction in Amarapura. The bridge also is a perfect location for sunset appreciation as well as for photography lovers. 

More info about Amarapura, it is located about 11km south of Mandalay and it is one of Myanmar's former capitals. Other than spending time at U Bein Bridge, you also can visit palaces and the tombs of old kings in Amarapura. There are also stupas in the area such as Kyauktawgyi pagoda and also Maha Gandhayon monastry. 










Saturday, 17 May 2014

A Beautiful Visit to Indein Village of Inle Lake, Myanmar

Hello everyone. If previously I shared about the beauty of Paramount Inle Resort of Inle Lake, Myanmar, this time I would like to share about another charm of this Inle Lake called Indein Village. Yes, this place is very rural for many tourist, but still it is very worth it to add visiting this village in your Inle Lake's itinerary.






Basically, Indein is a small village located on the south-western bank of Inle Lake and there are field of stupas at this village. There are hundreds of old and new stupas in the area and some of those are ruins and hidden besides the overgrown bushes and trees. Not only that, you also can visit the pagoda on the hill and it is a very calm a quiet place and the only thing that you can feel here is the cool breeze from Inle Lake on your face. 

I have to say thank you to my special friend BongBong Wang for the great photo taken in Indein Village. You can see that the sky is blue, and the Inle Lake look so peace with birds flying and people were busy with their daily routine here. There are paddy field, farmers ploughing the land by using buffaloes and kids playing in the water.









Other than that, you also will see a small stream at Indein village which also one of the source of water for the paddy field farmers here. This Indeen small stream is not only for agriculture. The local people here also use this water for daily usage such as bathing and washing cloths. 

Tourist also will have chance to visit the local market here and get some cool local souvenirs. My only advise is, be good when asking for the best price.





Some comments about Indein Village on Tripadvsior: 
  • This place felt more authentic and cultural than the commercialized boat tour of the main lake. A small village scattered with old and new stupas. But be wary also of the ubiquitous sellers prowling and lurking the site.
  • Indein is located in the south-west corner of Inle Lake long a canal (about 45 minutes from the lake proper by boat) and boasts a market as well as a pagoda with a very large, impressive field of stupas about a 20 minute walk away.
  • The market is nice and you get a glimpse of the everyday life there. You can also see people from the different tribes with their special costumes and head covers.
  • Saw locals weaving with fiber produced from lotus plants. Went to a silver shop where locals made jewelry. Saw the floating gardens.

The Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul at Sunway Pyramid

Penang's famous food, Assam Laksa is always on the top favorite list of my housemate, Chris. Whenever we go back to the island, having this meal will be one of the must do activity for us. But this time, we don't have to travel far to Penang because we can enjoy after 10 minutes driving from our home in Puchong, Selangor.




If previously you read about the delicious Cendol and Assam Laksa at Penang Road Teochew Chendul, now you can also have it at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall at Bandar Sunway. We were initially want to find The Loaf Bakery for our afternoon tea, but scrapped the idea after seeing this restaurant. 




The restaurant still with the same green colour as their trademark and really crowded with hungry customers. We order a serving of Assam Laksa (RM7.90) and Penang White Curry noodle (RM7.90) besides a bowl of Chendul (4.50).

Cendol - Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul, Sunway Pyramid

Penang White Curry Noodle - Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul, Sunway Pyramid

Assam Laksa - Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul, Sunway Pyramid


Since Chris is a local Penang guy and Assam Laksa is one of his regular noodle since small, he commented that the taste of the food here is really good and the same as the one in Penang Road. Maybe the price is a bit higher, probably because of the expensive rental here, we are a happy customer and will definitely come again to enjoy a very nice taste of Penang Assam Laksa. 

Monday, 12 May 2014

My Experience at R&R Sungai Perak, PLUS Highway

We were on our way to Penang from Kuala Lumpur via PLUS Highway and we stopped at Sungai Perak R&R area to fuel up our car. But our experience at Sungai Perak R&R doesn't end up at the petrol station only. While making a big round at the area, we found out that the design for this R&R is really unique. Somehow, it was look like a fort by the Perak river (Sungai Perak).


We park our car and climb the escalator to the food court area. FYI, not many R&R area do have escalator and to have one at Sungai Perak R&R really shocked me. The food court area was really happening. There are many stalls selling various kind of foods such as Singapore Chicken Rice, Assam Laksa, Mee Rebus, mixed rice and many more. My eyes keep strolling to those delicious foods, the price is really cheap and the portion was really reasonable.

Curry Mee - Sungai Perak R&R

Nasi Lemak - Sungai Perak R&R


Yum! Roasted Chicken - Sungai Perak R&R

Food stalls at Sungai Perak R&R Food Court
So, we finally decided to order a serving of Assam Laksa, Mee Rebus and Chicken Rice. If I am not wrong, each dish cost us about RM3.50 to RM4.00 per serving. Trust me, all foods that we ordered taste really good. 

Mee Rebus - Sungai Perak R&R

Laksa - Sungai Perak R&R


Chicken Rice - Sungai Perak R&R

Other factor that made me chose Sungai Perak R&R as my favorite rest stop is, most of the sellers here are Malay compared to other R&R (especially in the south parts of PLUS highway) where normally the workers/sellers are Indonesian, Nepalese or Bangla. So, I can say that, the feeling here is very different when I can buy my foods from local people. 

Fruit Stall - Sungai Perak R&R


Other than food court, you also can buy fruits, junk foods or snack before you continue your journey to the north. Not only that, there are other amenities available for you to use here such as toilet and prayer room (surau) too.

So, if you were heading to the north via PLUS Highway, this Sungai Perak R&R is a good spot to fuel up your car as well as your stomach. 

Ho Chiak Melaka: 中华茶室 Chung Wah Chicken Rice at Jonker Street

We used to queue and give up, then we queue again, and give up again for few times. Then, only on this recent visit, we got the chance and patient to queue again and finally we got our table at this Chung Wah Restaurant. 

All these while, we were wondering about what so special about this restaurant. People were queuing in the middle of afternoon, and sometimes during the drizzly day. We went here very ealy around 9.00am for breakfast and yes, lots of people already there waiting to be seated. The restaurant is rather very small with capacity about 50 to 60 pax at one time. 



The only dish at this restaurant is Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball and during our visit, they only drink that available was Barley, hot or cold. There was a standard ordering system here, which is mean, if it is only two person, you need to order half chicken with 5 rice ball for each person.




Without waiting for so long, the whole dishes were served on the table. A good portion of chicken, rice ball with soy sauce and chili on the side. Really a simple dish and as for myself, but its all taste good. The chicken is so tender, you can add some soy sauce to add more flavours and at some chillis if you love it spicy. 

Overall, the whole dish with 2 glasses of Barley ice cost us RM26.40 or averagely RM13.20 per person. Still very reasonable for a nice Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball dishes.

Article by: C.Lim