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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tai Zhi Wei Formosa Noodle House 台之味台湾麵馆 at Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai - Johor Bahru.

This Tai Zhi Wei Formosa Noodle House 台之味台湾麵馆 (N1.51609 E103.67048) is located at the corner shop lot unit of Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai - Johor Bahru. The corner lot is the 'foot reflexology centre' and this cafe is just situated beside it. The area is well ventilated but it can be warm sometimes during the hot humid weather of Malaysia.

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Tai Zhi Wei Formosa Noodle House 台之味台湾麵馆

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The well ventilated dining area of the cafe

The owner of the cafe was friendly and he introduced some of their authentic Taiwanese dishes for us...

*  Taiwanese scallion pancake - 蔥油饼
*  Braised pork rice - 控肉饭 (recommended)
*  Taiwanese beef noodle - 台湾红烧牛肉麵
*  Chicken chop rice - 鸡扒饭
*  Taiwanese minced pork homemade noodles - 卤肉手工麵 (recommended)
*  Pot sticker - 锅贴 (recommended)
*  Rainbow dumplings - 七彩水饺 (recommended)

Really appreciated for the recommendation, we like some of the dishes very much! But some were mediocre...

The Taiwanese scallion pancake - 蔥油饼 was served slightly dry and the scallion was too little, but the sauce was nice.

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Taiwanese scallion pancake - 蔥油饼

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The braised pork rice 控肉饭 was one of our favorite! The pork were braised to perfection! It was tender, succulent and tasty! I love it!
Must try if you are pork lover!

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Braised pork rice - 控肉饭

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The beef noodle 台湾红烧牛肉麵 was taste average, but the homemade noodle was nice and springy. Strongly recommended on the noodle.

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Taiwanese beef noodle - 台湾红烧牛肉麵

The chicken chop rice 鸡扒饭 served with vegetables. If the chicken chop serve in more moist then it will be perfect...

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Chicken chop rice - 鸡扒饭

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The taste of the minced pork homemade noodle 卤肉手工麵 was 'authentic' and delicious! It served the similar taste that I had in Taipei, oh...this noodle really made me missed my days in Taipei...

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Taiwanese minced pork homemade noodles - 卤肉手工麵

The pot sticker - 锅贴 (or Chinese pan fried dumplings) was served in juicy and tasty! It was not too dried, we all like it! Another recommended!

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Pot sticker - 锅贴

Rainbow dumplings 七彩水饺 was Perfect! Each of dumpling skin was not artificial colouring but it was from the natural resources...natural, seaweed, yam, pandan and others. The fillings were fragrant and fresh, some with minced pork and some with chives or seasonal vegetables.
Each of them had different taste where you can enjoy the delicious dumplings one-by-one slowly...
Recommended and must try!
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Rainbow dumplings 七彩水饺

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Overall, the foods were nice and tasty. Some of them need some adjustment to suit the public taste, or it just my personal opinions. But the bottom line is...the price is very reasonable! You may say, it's cheap and good! Go and try it out yourself with all these affordable Taiwanese Cuisines at Tai Zhi Wei 台之味, Taman Sutera Utama.

Beside the foods, I would like to highlight the lemon juice. The lemon they use was not the local normal lemon, the taste was super refreshing! It's a good way to cool you down under the hot weather.

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Tai Zhi Wei Formosa Noodle House 台之味台湾麵馆
134, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3,
Taman Sutera Utama,
Skudai, Johor Bahru.
Tel : +6016-2956676
Business hour : 11am - 10pm (daily)
GPS Coordinates : N1.51609 E103.67048

Location map of Tai Zhi Wei Formosa Noodle House 台之味台湾麵馆 at Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai - Johor Bahru.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Al-Hamra Restaurant at Mataram - Capital of Lombok Island

After a long distance traveling from the jetty of Gili Nanggu, we reached the capital of Lombok Island - Mataram. Our driver directly drive us to the restaurant for dinner, yes...we were hungry!

Al-Hamra Restaurant (Arabian cuisine) (S8.58223 E116.10534),  we reached the destination in the perfect timing! Because power failure! The whole restaurant was lighted with candles and looks romantic in the way...haha!

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Al-Hamra Restaurant, Mataram

There were candles lighted in every corner in the restaurant, and all us were waiting in the room...for dinner.

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Patiently waiting...

Fortunately the electricity resume in about 15 minutes...smile on everyone face instantly! Haha!

And I started to snap around...the restaurant is decorated in Arabian way...cozy, relax and comfort in every corner.

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Different deco in different corner of the restaurant

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One of our tour mate is a vegetarian, and her dish was the first on our table...well, no comment on it.

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The vegetarian dish of that evening

After a while, everyone food was served on table, pretty fast! Everyone has same dish which was the chicken soup, followed by their signature grilled lamb.

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Chicken soup

The soup was tasty, and somehow a bit unique of the taste. I quite like it.

The grilled lamb was well marinated, but not tender enough...maybe due to the power failure...maybe...but we enjoyed the lamb very much!
It taste differently compare with Arab cuisine in Malaysia, I believe all because of the different herbs and spices were use to prepared.

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The grilled lamb from Al-Hamra Restaurant

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Everyone was served for the Arabian fried rice after the lamb. We like the special taste of it, went well with the sambal chili. Excellent!

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Arabian fried rice

I'm not good to verdict in Arabian cuisine, but our dinner was taste above average. It's worth to try if you are happen in Mataram, Lombok Island.

The restaurant has ample parking lot, even for express bus...we realized it after the electricity resume.

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After our dinner, we had another 45 minutes on road traveling back to Senggigi beach where our resort located...let's rockz!

Related post for Lombok island trip :-
Airasia media FAM trip to Lombok Island - Indonesia on July 2014

Location of Al-Hamra Restaurant at Mataram, Capital of Lombok Island - Indonesia.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Star fish spotted along the beach on our way back from Gili Nanggu and Sudak - Lombok island

A lot of fun activities at Gili Nanggu, satisfied lunch at Gili Sudak...while on the way back to the jetty, another surprised! Star fish spotted! (S8.74618 E116.01814)

It was low tide while we were back, and we had to stop at the other site of the jetty and walking back to the jetty where we parked our party van. There were many star fishes along the beach, every 5 steps...you will see one star fish laying on the beach...
Everyone couldn't resist to taking photos with the colourful star fish!

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Star fish

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This was also my first time holding the wild star fish in my hand! Not from the aquarium but from the ocean...
We were curiously hold, touch it and having photo with it then put all of them back to the beach...

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The star fish

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Our friend - Tony almost want to bite it...haha!

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Beside the star fish, there were also mudskipper, sea urchin were found along the beach. I really like to stroll along the beach, too bad we had no enough time...

We were going on the long journey again to Mataram - the capital of Lombok for our dinner.

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Related post for Lombok island trip :-
Airasia media FAM trip to Lombok Island - Indonesia on July 2014

Location map of the Tawun beach at Lombok island