Phnom Penh, July 2017

I was in Phnom Penh last July for a business visit and that is my first trip. I having no idea about the city but everyone tell me that the city is under rapid development and full of business opportunity.

Once touched down from the airport, to my surprise, my customer is arranged a tuk-tuk (so called company car) to pick me up. I’m so excited at the first place. Later, after more than 5 hour on the tuk-tuk, I start to regret. The traffic is a mess, the air is polluted (by dust & rubbish) and I not dare to think how many mask & lotion I need to apply after my skin exposed to all these.

Despite of the un-cleaned air, overall the rest is OK. Cambodian are very friendly and you could easily see smiling face of everyone here.  The weather is not good during my visit and that’why the photo look a little bit dull.

At the left, it is very Khmer feel’s Independent Monument, being a large structure very reminiscent of the Angkor Wat temples. It is situated in the middle of a busy Phnom Penh roundabout.

The surrounded building at the Independent Monument.

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I went to Central Market as well.  You will be astonish with their interior design. It is a large market constructed in 1937, in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. Initial design and layouts are from French architect, Louis Chauchon.

The aerial view, photo taken from the Phnom Penh tourist website.

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You will get everything you want from the market, from jewelry and dresses, to raw meat and vegetables.

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The city view from my hotel.

Overall, the streets are still made of dirt, and cars and motorbikes raced around you in all directions as you gained on an ox cart. People swarmed the streets. The buildings were a bit run down from years of neglect. It it just like 10 years ago Ho Chi Minh city.

 

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Spiderman + Spider baby

My son met his superhero – Spiderman last 2 years at one of our holiday trip and he was 4 years old that time.

Since then, he started to think, he must having some special fate with Spiderman and it explained the reason why he will meet “him” during his holiday. He even think that Spiderman is coming to him for the enrollment to Spiderman school. He then start to speak English with us. Start to do all the physical training, to make him strong and as muscular as Spiderman.

2 years, he found Spiderman costume and he thought he is Spiderbaby! Now, he is waiting for Spiderman come to take him! 🙂

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Chocolate Ville @ Bangkok

Once we talked about Bangkok, I bet everyone will think of the old time Bangkok, or they refer as Siam.

For the past 10 years, Bangkok having too much of the development and become one of the metropolitan. Besides, they are also good in building up one theme park after another with all kind of the world concept, such as Italian, Greece and etc.

Chocolate Ville is one of the theme park with Amsterdam concept (correct me if i’m wrong), popular among the tourist & local. You can have your dinner there with the nice view. Open daily, from 4pm to midnight, no entrance fee needed.

Anyway, I’m not going to write a long winded story here. While I will share more photos which I believe that photo say a thousand words.

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ps: There is no any public transport to get there. Suggest to get a cab. I paid 1000THB to book a cab from 4pm – 11pm. It is also include a trip to Lat Duan (according to them), the biggest night market in Bangkok.

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Grill’D

Read a high compliment about Grill D before, ” Once you tried it, You will never eat other burgers”. And this is how Grill’d have a special spot in my heart.

At the very 1st day in Melbourne, I start to look for Grill’D. We lastly found one at the Southbank during our way to Royal Botanical Garden.

We choose for the premium one, which cost us approx. AUD 15 for each.

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Premium wagyu pattie with Dijon mustard, pickle, aged cheddar, Spanish onion, smoked sea salt, tomato sauce & egg mayo.
Sir Truffle

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Premium wagyu pattie with truffle mayo, aged cheddar, smoked sea salt, cos lettuce & fresh basil.

After trying both, I highly recommend Sir Truffle if you can only choose one. The strong scent of the truffle just goes out once you cut into the burger. It is really delicious. The beef patty was grilled just right and when bite on it, it was so juicy and tender.

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Stalactites @ Greek Restaurant, Melbourne

So exciting to learn that it is open 24 hours. After checked in to hotel, i immediately start to look for my 1st meal in Melbourne during the winter night and Stalactites will be my 1st visit restaurant.

Stalactites, a restaurant where classic Greek dishes served in dining room with exposed stone walls and striking stalactite ceiling.

And yet, i’m too under-estimate the distance from my hotel to Stalactites, thought they locate at the same road, Lonsdale street, but at both end. My hubby and kids keep grumble at me for 45 minutes walking at winter night and i convinced them that their effort will pay off shortly. 🙂

We reached the restaurant about 11pm, still full of peoples.  Without waiting long, our foods are served.

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Mixed Giro platter with marinated spring lamb & chicken

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The lamb was very tender and juicy, and the chicken was really nicely marinated and seasoned. We also ordered some pita to go with. 

Lamb souvlaki – their famous & popular dish

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It come with lettuce, tomato, onion and homemade tzatziki rolled in warm pita bread. The pita was airy and thin – not chewy and thick.  The tzaziki is a homemade yoghurt, garlic and cucumber sauce .
 
If you not the lamb lover, you can look for chicken souvlaki.
We just order these 2 dishes and it is full enough. try to imagine more than 95% are meats. Quite a heavy meal for the late night.
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Overall, this place is a meat and fresh salad haven. Food is delicious and simple but authentically greek.  Open 24hours this place is a go-to for when the late night munchies strike.

It’s no frills greek food that you can get any time you wish – you can’t go wrong with that. Or, you could, but these guys have got it right. If you’re a visitor to Melbourne , you have to try this place.

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Stalactites

Classic Greek dishes served in dining room with exposed stone walls and striking stalactite ceiling.
Address177/183 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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Pablo Cheese Tart @ Malaysia

I tried Pablo cheese tart in Osaka before and I couldn’t miss it’s taste until date. It is hardly to describe by words,  but as I said in my earlier blog, PABLO 半熟起司蛋糕, you will immediately fallen in love once you tried it.

Finally, it had spread it’s wing to Malaysia and open the 1st outlet at One Utama on 6th Dec 2016.

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Pablo Cheese Tart is the only Japan based cheese tart chain to operate in Malaysia. If to compare with the 2 popular cheese tart brands, I would say Pablo Cheese Tart is the best. Anyway, the preference of taste is very personal from each individual, share me with your opinion if any.

Can you resist for not giving a try? Haha….

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It is extremely soft and delicate. The crust is crunchy. The cheese flavor is pleasantly light with strong lemon taste, which balance out the cheesy feeling. Actually, you can easily finish the whole cheese tart (RM45.90/pc) by your own.

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However, if you refer heavier and richer cheese taste, you must try their mini cheese tarts (RM8.90/pc). In term of taste, it is more dense & strong in cheese taste. It is very suitable for those cheese lover.

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This is their signature drink. I still yet to try. I will get one next time.

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The next I’m going to try is the Premium Cheese Tart. I guess the taste shall be good since it is premium. Haha…

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Pablo Cheese Tart

S130, Level 2, 1 Utama Old Wing
Business hours: 10am – 10pm

 

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Pho 2000 @ Ho Chi Minh

You could never skip “Pho”, Vietnamese Noodle Soup when you visited Vietnam. It is a popular street food in Vietnam and Vietnamese people usually consume it at any time of the day.

Pho 2000 also made known by Pho for the President, where it was the chosen restaurant for US President, Bill Clinton after the renew of diplomatic relationship of Ho Chi Minh & US.

Scroll down to see how the Pho served by Pho 200 attracted the President the most, which makes he chosen it among the all.  Because of their fame, you will have to pay slightly more for a bowl here than you would in similar street establishments.

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It is located next to Ben Thanh market, above a Coffee Bean cafe in District 1. It is rather a small place and you hardly to move around when it’s crowded.

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Overall, I do not think the taste is as good as to compare with other pho restaurants and it is pricey as well. Anyway, I will still recommend you should give it a try if you never been here and you will know whether you have similar taste with Ex-Mr. President or not. ps: I’m not!

Pho 2000
1-3 Phan Chu Trinh
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

 

 

 

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Hokkaido Cheese Tart @ Mid Valley

I recently so in love with cheese tart. After trying Tokyo secret, I immediately put Hokkaido cheese tart in my must eat list.

However, after the first bite, I guess my hubby can immediately spot my disappointment through my face. Maybe my expectation is too high?!

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First thing first, in term of exterior, it doesn’t look as temptation as Tokyo secret. Besides, the crust is lack of buttery and flaky taste. The filling (cheese flavour) is milder. If you do love stronger cheese flavour, I afraid it might be a bit disappointment though. Just like me, after the first bite.

(ps: I would have to stress here that it is different from each person in term of taste. I do not like it is not mean it is not good, it is just no suit my preference only).

I have mine in Mid Valley. It’s located inside or beside Secret Recipe (i’m not too sure). Just look for Uniqlo or Secret Recipe, then you will find Hokkaido Cheese Tart. Why I say so, coz you won’t really notice it at first glance.

One thing good to say that it is only the cheese tart outlet having promotion, buy 5 free 1.

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Kam Wah Cafe @ 金華冰廳

Kam Wah Cafe is well know by it’s Polo bun @菠蘿包 and according to “they” said, it is the best in Hong Kong.

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Polo bun actually is a kind of sweet bun which is crunchy on the outside and softer on the inside. You can also request to served with a piece of butter inside the bun, Polo bun + Butter @ 菠蘿油. My hubby super love it.

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My daughter is ordered noodle with pork chop, 猪扒捞丁. She enjoyed the pork chop very much and keep requested me to do so after returned from the trip.

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I prefer French Toast@法蘭西多. I know it is a sinful food but it is hard to resist especially when it served. Crunchy at the surface & the melting butter, what a good combination!

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See, what my hubby got for his breakfast. Don’t you think that he is too greedy. The noodle soup that he is ordered is 公司汤面, which means for “all in one” noodle soup.

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To be frank, i do not think Hong Kong milk tea or coffee or mix (coffee & tea) is better than Malaysia one. Or maybe I’m just too pampered by Malaysia taste.

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ps: The peoples there are very rude & the services is not good. Be prepared coz it is Hong Kong.

Address:
Kam Wah Cafe (金華冰廳)
G/F, 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward, Hong Kong.
太子弼街47號地下

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun: 6:30am-12:00am

Getting There:
Take the MTR to Prince Edward (太子) and use exit B2 to get to street level (between Tung Choi St and Sai Yeung Choi St). Once you exit, make a U-turn by turning right and crossing over to the other side of the street, then walk straight ahead and turn left when you reach the Bute Street junction.

 

 

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Som Tam Nua @ Soi 5

As I’m walking towards the Ban Khun Mei direction, I noticed there is a long queuing outside a shop. I immediately told myself that it must be some good food to eat and this is how I found this – Som Tam Nua.

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Som Tam means papaya salad, very popular dish in Thailand. You easily could spot it everywhere you go, in restaurant and even along the street.
Since the shop called Som Tam Nua, so the dish that shouldn’t be miss is Som Tam. They offers varieties of som tam and I picked for preserved egg version. It is the mixture of all kind of flavor – spicy, salty, sweet & sour. The plus point is the papaya very crisp.
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Another must order dish – fried chicken. It is very well seasoned, sprinkled with crispy fried chopped garlic and fresh spring onion, plus the chicken is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. What you can ask for more, except another serving. 🙂

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Northeastern style Spicy Soup with Pork Bone – nothing special, we ordered because thinking to have some soup except Tom Yam.

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Hot and Spicy Crispy Fish, it is really stayed true to it’s name – hot, spicy & crispy rolled into one delicious dish.
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Som Tam Nua menu. Haven’t difficulty to speak Thai, just point at the picture and they will understand. Universal language.
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Som Tam Nua
Address: 392/14 Siam Square Soi 5
Phone: 08-1257-5384 , 02-2514880  
Open hours: 10:45 am – 9:30 am

 

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