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Monday, August 31, 2015

Taiphoon Formosa Cuisine Restaurant (台风膳房台湾料理) at Taman Sutera Utama, Johor Bahru.

Taiphoon Formosa Cuisine restaurant 台风膳房台湾料理 (N1.51433 E103.66898) is located exactly same place with Taroko Teppanyaki along Jalan Tanjung Sutera 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, Johor.

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We were there quite early and it was not that crowded. The restaurant cozy and tidy environment remain the same, equipped with air-conditioning and free Wifi services.

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Cozy and tidy setting of the restaurant

The humble and friendly owner - Mr Thomas started to introduced their signature dishes to us once we settled the table. At first, he would like us to try out the imported Taiwan teas which are not easy available in Johor Bahru, as the name of the tea was 'Shan-lin-xi' (杉林溪). Beside this, they also have another 3-4 more imported Taiwan tea in the restaurant.

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Alisan tea 阿里山高山茶

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Highlands tea 高山极品茶

This was my first time tasting the Taiwanese tea, surprisingly...it was not in brown colour...but totally plain and no colour at all. The aroma was spreading around our table once it pour into each small cup, we like it very much!

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Shan-lin-xi Taiwanese tea 杉林溪高山茶

We let Mr Thomas to introduced their signature dishes on the dinner...and the dishes were :-
1)  Taiwanese pork knuckles 台湾猪脚
2)  Shredded pork with mashed garlic 蒜泥白肉
3)  Mapo toufu (stir fried toufu in hot sauce) 麻婆豆腐
4)  Garlic sprout bean curd 蒜苗豆干
5)  Braised intestine 卤大肠
6)  Stir fried Chinese broccoli 清炒芥兰
7)  Meat ball soup 贡丸汤
8)  Chicken cooked with ginger and wine in casserole 三杯鸡
9)  Chives and cabbage dumplings 韭菜和白菜饺子

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Taiwanese pork knuckles 台湾猪脚

The taste of the Taiwanese pork knuckles was slightly different from our local braised pork knuckles, it was mild and not too salty but with a nice aroma. Beside that, the pork knuckles was cooked with peanuts and it went well with a plate of plain rice. Like it!

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Shredded pork with mashed garlic 蒜泥白肉

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This was a popular dish in Taiwan. The sliced pork was boiled and served with the mashed garlic sauce and almost 13 types of ingredients like onion, ginger, soy sauce, rock sugar, anise, Chinese cinnamon, salt and many more...the pork were half lean and fat, and succulent, with all this combination of the ingredients above...resulted this delicious dish on our table.
This was one of the best dish of our dinner! Awesome!

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Mapo toufu (stir fried toufu in hot sauce) 麻婆豆腐

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Mapo toufu (stir fried toufu in hot sauce) 麻婆豆腐

Mapo toufu was nice with a little spicy on the gravy on the smooth bean curd, the taste was above average.

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Garlic sprout bean curd 蒜苗豆干

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The garlic sprouts bean curd available locally too, but fried with certain different local ingredients. Garlic sprouts were just nice with the crunchy bite with a level saltiness.

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Braised intestine 卤大肠 + 卤蛋

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Braised intestine 卤大肠 + 卤蛋

The braised intestines is widely available locally especially at the Koey Teow Kia restaurant, the only different about this dish was the sauce from Taiwanese recipe. It really brought me back to Taipei for few second when I taste on it. Nice!

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Stir fried Chinese broccoli 清炒芥兰

Stir fried Chinese broccoli was average and it was a local dish, not Taiwanese signature.

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Meat ball soup 贡丸汤

Meat ball soup was prepared with meat ball (minced pork) with white radish, the size of the balls were bigger than what we have locally, the soup was tasty and all of us like it.

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Chicken cooked with ginger and wine in casserole 三杯鸡

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The dish above also known as three cup chicken, a popular dish within Taiwan. The chicken cooked with ginger and wine, topped up with basil leafs. Taste was slightly different compare with local clay pot yellow rice wine chicken. Taste above average.

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Chives and cabbage dumplings 韭菜和白菜饺子

Homemade dumplings skin and rich stuffing. Dip into the vinegar and ginger, it was perfect
Based on my personal taste bud, I like their dumplings very much! Chives or cabbage, I grabbed both! This is one of the recommended dumplings you should order!

Beside the dishes above, we did ordered some of the Teppanyaki dishes from the restaurant...chicken, lamb and beef.

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New Zealand beef Teppanyaki

Overall, we like the food over here. I'll be back often for the mashed garlic sliced pork and the dumplings!

The business hour of Taiphoon Formosa Cuisine restaurant is 11am - 10pm, daily. Do drop by if you happen at Taman Sutera Utama area (if you are reading from your smartphone, you can click on the GPS coordinates and launch Google map navigation to the restaurant.)

*  The above food descriptions were based on my personal taste bud.

Taiphoon Formosa Cuisine Restaurant 
99, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2,
Taman Sutera Utama,
Skudai - Johor Bahru.
Open everyday 11am - 10pm

Location of Taiphoon Formosa Cuisine Restaurant 台风膳房台湾料理 at Taman Sutera Utama, Johor Bahru.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

DCODE party in Danga Bay, Johor Bahru (photo sharing)

DCODE party was held at Danga Bay Convention Centre (N1.47505 E103.72410) on 31st July 2015. It was a well organized event from the team and sponsors (I'm not really sure which were the sponsors)
Let me share some photos with you and the happening on that night in the party...

Once everyone registered at the welcome counter, we were proceed to the entrance and the 1st session was a short video introducing the DCODE. Follow by the 2nd session, the area was full of Dunhill promoters who promoting of their cigarettes.
All guest are option to choose RM50 (bottle of DCODE cocktail with unlimited refill) or RM55 with 4 packs of Dunhill cigarettes inclusive a bottle of DCODE cocktail with unlimited refill too. But you are allow to enter the party without taking any of the 2 options above...

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The DCODE cocktail served with 3 flavors - lemon, peachberry and peppermint. I chose the peppermint...taste not bad.

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DECODE cocktail vending machine

Once everyone got their DCODE drinks on the hand, we proceed to 3rd session...which was the party hall!

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DJ Nikki was the popular DJ of the night!

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I love the LED video wall very much!

The hall was packs with peoples while I stepped in!

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Beside the video wall, the lighting was awesome!

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DJ Nikki who brought up the atmosphere of the party!

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DJ Nikki

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The popular DJ Nikki

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DJ in action!

There were promoters walking around the hall, explaining about the lucky draw to everyone...

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After the pop song played by DJ Nikki, the live band performance continue!

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The band boys and the MC of the night

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Then...the Rock song began!

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Hanged around the hall for a while and enjoying the DCODE drink...

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DCODE cocktail drinks of the night

DCODE, see you in the future! 

*  Some of the photos above was taken with Samsung Galaxy S3

Location map of the DCODE Party at Danga Bay Convention Centre, Johor Bahru.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Kaede Ikuza Japanese Restaurant at Taman Molek, Johor Bahru.

Normally those fried chicken widely available around Johor Bahru area are...Malay warong fried chicken, Mamak shop fried chicken, Chinese fried chicken, fast food fried chicken and fried chicken serve with nasi lemak is very common. But now I came across this Japanese fried chicken which is just started at Taman Molek, JB...

Kaede Ikuza Japanese Restaurant (N1.52428 E103.78540) is located along Jalan Molek 1/28, next to the Mama Nyonya Food Restaurant.

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Kaede Ikuza Japanese Restaurant

The setting is as simple as the local 'kopitiam' style, kitchen just next to the dining area. And yes, the prices also follow the 'kopitiam' price.

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As far as I know, this is the 'first' Japanese kopitiam available in Johor Bahru. Most of the Japanese restaurants are well decorated with air-conditioning in Johor Bahru, but this is really something new to the JB market.
The imported fruits from Japan also available from the restaurant, as you can see from the photos below...

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She was holding the big apple and some kind of Japanese melon in her hand

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Looks like the melon (correct me if I'm wrong)

Most of their main course is serve with the fried rice...
We ordered the Karaage chicken (Japanese fried chicken) set, Toriten set (chicken tempura), tomato omelet set, garlic pork set and Ra-so-men.

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 Karaage chicken set 
(Japanese fried chicken 3pcs, rice, salad and soup)

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Tomato omelet set 
(Tomato omelet, Karaage chicken 2pcs, rice, salad and soup)

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Garlic pork set 
(garlic pork, rice, salads and soup)

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Toriten set 
(chicken tempura 3pcs, rice, salads and soup)

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(noodles with Japanese dipping sauce and Karaage chicken 2 pcs)

Beside the main course, we ordered some of their side dish too...
Salads, Spicy cucumber and Combination tempura.

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Spicy cucumber

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Combination tempura 
(chicken, mushroom, pumpkin, kakiage, okura, eggplant and sweet potato)

All foods were tasty!
I like the 'boneless Karaage chicken' very much! Maybe because we already familiar with the fried chicken taste surrounding us, and this was really new and nice! The spicy cucumber got my attention too, the Japanese recipe of the sauce was unique, we all like it!

All the foods serve in this restaurant are having reasonable price, about RM10-20, that means we can enjoy the Japanese food by the Japanese chef with the street food price! No kidding!

The restaurant was operating by 90% of the Japanese, and the kitchen too. This is another new to Johor Bahru, because most of the Japanese restaurants within JB only the chef or the owner are 'Nihonjin'...other are local or foreign workers...I was impressed. We visited on the first day operation of the restaurant, and it was full of Japanese. Great!

The photos of the Chefs (or so called the spirits of the kitchen) on duty!

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And I met a group of cute little boys in the restaurant too...

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I will be back again for the Karaage chicken, and also like to explore more of the 'authentic' Japanese food from this 'Japanese kopitiam'.

Drop by if you happen in Taman Molek!

Kaede Ikuzo Japanese Restaurant
10, Jalan Molek 1/28,
Taman Molek,
81100 Johor Bahru.
Tel : +607-2957817
Business hour : 11.30am - 3.30pm, 5.30 - 9.30pm daily

Location map of Kaede Ikuzo Japanese Restaurant at Taman Molek, Johor Bahru.