Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Peking Duck @ Toh Yuen, PJ Hilton

In KL or simply anywhere in Malaysia, It’s very common to come across “Famous Penang Char Koay Teow”, “Original Ipoh Hor Fun” and even “Kuching Kolo Mee” at just any corner out of the place they originated, ESPECIALLY in hawker centres.

Alex mocks me every time I claimed it’s “fake”, and I am exceptionally sensitive when I see “Penang CKT” in PJ, which happens to be really frequent LOL but it’s true! Every so-called “Famous. Penang. Char. Koay. Teow.” in PJ/KL/Ipoh does not taste anything like the ones in Penang.

So one day, I dined at Toh Yuen, PJ Hilton (complimentary dinner many thanks to those who invited me) and like any other poor fresh graduate (work almost 2 years ady still claim to be fresh grad :P), I didn’t have the luxury to feast on Peking Duck very often so I thought the Peking Duck at Toh Yuen was superb. Flavourful, original, and less fats in the crisp, crisp skin.

Traditional / fruit flavour Peking duck roll - Loved the traditional one better as the duck meat taste and flavour weren't overpowered by the fruity taste. 

Chilled salsa duck roll - Very refreshing. An awesome dish to start.

Braised duck soup with sea cucumbers and herbs - Rich in duck essence and accompanying herbs

Claypot braised duck rice with flower mushrooms - The duck meat itself credits this entire dish. Well done indeed!

To me, the most important part, which also happens to be the most sinful, was the skin. It must be crispy and juicy, and at the same time NOT oily and fatty which would ick me out.

Days later I went to Beijing and insisted on trying the ORIGINAL (this one confirm original) and famous Peking Duck, which I did.

The meal I had at Toh Yuen, PJ Hilton? Definitely comparable. They were as good as the ones I had in Beijing, if not better :)

So if they claim they serve the ORIGINAL Peking Duck, I wouldn’t say it’s fake :P

Hilton Petaling Jaya,
No. 2, Jalan Barat,
46200 Petaling Jaya,
Contact: 03 - 7955 9122

Sunday, May 29, 2011

FEAST in Shanghai

A colleague recently asked if I gained like 2 kgs. I sighed and nodded and immediately asked if it's obvious. That's the most important part. If not obvious gain 10 kgs also nevermind lol.

Waiting at KLIA Premium Lounge

I indulged max in my 5 days in Shanghai guilty guilty!! I've always tried to make myself feel better by dumping half of everything onto a boy's plate but I'll be hungry soon and eat again -_-

Awesome noodles and lamb.

At Kagen Japanese buffet. 

The prawns, HUGE scallops, oysters and beef were the highlights of Kagen, all prepared fresh before your eyes yum yum!

Spotted some pretty huge burgers as well. 

Me at Tian Zi Fang. Very touristy which made me an easy target to con -_-

At New York Style Burger & Steak, Tian Zi Fang

This outlet's Hall of Fame set an average record of 9 minutes crazy bunch of ppl how the heck did they managed to swallow it in 9 MINUTES?! -_-"

Not to forget the highlight of Shanghai - SKEWERS!!

Meat skewers! Spotted outside the Fabric Market where I custom made 4 working shirts and a full suit, all for about RM 400 only cheap cheap!

Also outside the Fabric Market. This was a more healthy choice (spot the green vege?) plus he had my favourite mushrooms!

And this was right outside Qi Pu Lu, shopping haven for shopaholics! One dress cost as low as Rm 10 I kid you not but you gotta get someone who speaks Chinese with a local accent to help you bargain otherwise you'll be sliced.

I was probably halfway done only hehe :P

Another thing I'd definitely miss is the delicious Polo Bun @ Tsui Wah. It's as big or bigger than my face.

Crunchy on the outside and soft as butter inside! 

Shanghai offers awesome desserts as well, some which cannot be found in Malaysia. It was so good I even asked my friend if he wants to joint venture open one in Malaysia haha.

Ice-cream parlour with an interesting concept.

 Sesame & peanut paste @ Honeymoon Dessert

This was good but I've tasted better. In KL. Yes, seriously. Remember I mentioned there's this to-die-for dessert place in SS2, KL? 

Then again, maybe I haven't mentioned it here in my blog but I've been ranting about it all over in Facebook lol. My favourite was the sesame paste I got addicted to it ady. Never fail to order it.

But this Mango dessert was wayyyy better than the ones in Malaysia. They were very generous with the mangoes, and not too sweet. Me like!

At the end of each breakfast / morning break / lunch / tea break / dinner / supper,

It always ended up like this :P

Food aside, Shanghai is also a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Madame Tussauds, Pudong Skyline and their famous acrobatics performance - ERA: Intersection of Time.

This is so the highlight of the performance. Graceful and very beautifully choreographed.

The famous Madame Tussauds.

The growing Pudong Skyline.

And right across it was The Bund.

Very British right? The word "Bund" means an embankment quay, whereby this area centres on a section within the former Shanghai International Settlement. It was once under the British (if I'm not mistaken DON'T QUOTE ME!), which explains the architecture.

Lastly, not to forget, the very beautiful Yuyuan Garden.

One thing I noticed about Shanghai - They have random, artistic deco at any corner of the city. They promote nature and arts even in the middle of the hustle and bustle of city centre.

This looks like a Disney castle or some sort. So pretty!

Didn't have much pics with the rest so here you go. A pic of a hottie in red and us.

Many asked if I'll visit Shanghai again. Well, looking at how much I seem to miss the place, bargains and especially the food, I most probably will :)


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Spring in Beijing

My first time to China, which was also my first spring holiday! I've been to numerous countries since I was 16 but every single one of them I went during winter. That time wanna play with snow (quite jakun) so .. :P

Just a word to summarize my short 3-day holiday in Beijing - Beautiful.

Pretty flowers were EVERYWHERE I couldn't resist taking pics of them (with me inside of course). The rest didn't appreciate it as much as I did.

The downside of Beijing is no, not the weather but the haze. Weather was awesome - Chilly but a tad dry so I constantly need to pile my lip balm on. Beijing was a lil up north, closer to Mongolia so whenever they had sandstorm or some sort, Beijing will be victimized as well.

Just like any other tourists, we went to the Ming Tombs ..

That's Mao ZeDong by the way.

And the Great Wall of China.

A recommended spot indeed, although we made a HUGE mistake to go during Labour Day weekend. I was horrified to spot little, little heads bobbing up and down the wall when we reached the (base of) Great Wall.

Nonetheless, I managed to get this bronze plank whee ~ :P

Another must-do for tourists is to TASTE their exotic line. EW. I refused max to eat frogs before this but after giving it a try, it was mad delicious. Taste like chicken, but lesser meat (duh) and leaner.

Kung Pou Bullfrog @ Ghost Street

Now, this IS DAMN SPICY sial!! The bell chillies bombed us all, including my poor lips. 

But I won't deny it was superb. And addictive, which made it worse cause I continued to pile the frog meat onto my plate before the spicyness subsided lol.

@ Wang FuJing street - Food Haven

Wanted to try a more exotic food i.e. scorpions, worms .. eeek but I wasn't even close to convincing myself to get one when I saw a man munching on THREE LIVE SCORPIONS I thought I was gonna puke.

In the end, I didn't get any :|

One of the food attractions in China - HUGE strawberries (It was in season)

Wang FuJing street at night. Love this place so much!

Also had the famous Beijing Duck. 

It was tasty alright but I expected more from it considering the hype and all. And it was also super expensive. AND this waitress (assigned to our table) even had the cheek to flirt with one of the boys :|

Our three days in Beijing weren't enough as there were too many places to go to, too much to do. One of them was the Jade Factory.

Super cute mini Buddha jade

(Unrelated) And super cute mini Chinese baby - Spotted at Forbidden City.

Panoramic view of the Forbidden City

Also spotted this outside the Forbidden City hahahaha!

 AUDI don't play play! Made in China yo!

Beijing is a splendid place to visit with interesting historic places and food you'll never regret going/trying.

@ Tiananmen Square

@ SuZhou Street

'Hutong' = Back alley

I probably gained 2 kgs eating all sorts of skewers and street food :P

I sign off with this Empress pic of me wahahaha! Empress for 15 minutes lol. Till my next post on Shanghai, xoxo ~