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Chicken Up @ Holiday Villa, JB

Everyone is crazy for korean fried chicken in jB, Chicken Up is one of the hottest restaurant in JB for Korean fried chicken. You need to queue for quite a while especially during lunch and dinner time. (Im so hungry right now, damn)

Chicken up is attached to the building of Holiday Villa Hotel. It is at the first floor, ground floor is some indian restaurant. Where is Holiday Villa? It is jut behind KSL shopping mall, diagonal to Holiday Plaza.

 

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It was very packed during dinner.

 

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Left: Crispy Up Mega Chic   (RM 26.90)      Right: Spicy Yangyum Mega Chic (RM 28.90)

Crispy Up Mega Chic is the original flavour, not much special. Spicy Yangyum is cooked with korean hot sauce, thumbs up! when having the first piece, it was not that spicy, you will know how spicy it is for the second one and onwards! There are altogether four flavours of the korean fried chicken, there are soy sauce flavour and one more is less spicy flavour. They also have menu for fried chicken wings only, rather than the half chicken. They do provide plastic gloves for customers who would like to use theirs hands to eat the fried chicken and they place a little dustbin for customers to throw the chicken bones, so the table wont be so messy.

 

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Ugly Tang Stew (RM 38.00)

Ugly Tang Stew is wat we like to call 部队锅. It is made of kimchi soup, ham, smoked duck, sausages, mushrooms and noodles. Nice, really love the flavourful kimchi soup.

The small red “sauce” is not chili sauce! well, although they really look like chili sauce in the picture, they are not!

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Watermelon Soju (RM 48.00)

Dang Dang! The must try in Chicken Up is the watermelon soju, fresh watermelon juice with soju served in an empty watermelon shell. Did not know that soju can match with watermelon so well, ice cold sweet watermelon juice with slightly bitter soju, refreshing! They also have peach soju, pear soju and pineapple soju.

I am gonna make this watermelon soju at home next time, hehe!

 

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Topokki Cheese and Seafood (RM 28.90)

Super cheesy topokki! Normally the topokki (korean rice cake) we have in korean bbq restaurant is more to sweet and spicy. This cheesy, stringy topokki is more to spicy and salty, Inside there are squid, prawns, mussels, alot of vermicelli, topokki! Anyway, I still have preference on the traditional topokki served in the other korean bbq restaurants, because this dish is abit too salty for me due to the amount of cheese inside.

If you love very cheesy, stringy sauce, it will be a good choice.

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CHICKEN UP

Address: First Floor, Unit 14 & 15, 

                  260, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Abad,

                   80250 Johor Baru.

Tel: 07-2660902

Operating Hours: 12pm-12am daily

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Olive…Ice

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HAVN Restaurant & Bar @ Kulai, Johor

HAVN Restaurant & Bar is located at Kulai, it is renovated from a detached factory thus the restaurant is very spacious inside. Heard from my fren that HAVN is danish which means “Harbour”, the pronunciation is similar to “half”.

A nice place to hang out with friends for gathering or some tea or coffee, or some beer at night.  The big space and sufficient tables which cater big capacity will make you feel very comfortable even when there are a lot of ppl in the restaurant.

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The exterior look of HAVN restaurant and bar.

 

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Interior of HAVN (Downstairs, only 2/3 of downstairs)

 

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Interior of HAVN (Upstairs)

They have a patio for outdoor dining as well. The place is so huge that it is sufficient for holding huge private event.

 

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Bar and Juice Counter

HAVN serves a very typical menu of western food. I think most of the food eg. something to share, burger and pizza will go well with beer in a lovely evening, so probably I should drop by for a beer in the evening next time.

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Food Menu

 

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Drink Menu

 

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Eight Secret from the Far East Tea & Cranberry Walnut Cake  (photo credit: my lovely BFF)

The tea is a mix flavour of fruity, tinge of bitterness, tinge of sourness, some flower frangrace, well a very exotic tea. Haha! That really depends on individual taste bud whether you will like it, but we kind of like it. The cake is not in the menu, but you can hand pick it near the bar counter.

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The Cranberry Walnut Cake is good, the texture is firm. Fruity cranberry flavour with crunchy walnut is one good combination. Most importantly, it is not too sweet, just nice!

 

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Carbonara

Carbonara is one of my favourite pasta (most frequently-ordered pasta whenever I go, so I can guess it can be considered as “favourite, lol!) However the carbonara here is disappointing, it was not so creamy, but watery and flavour was diluted. And I dun really like the sprinkle of cauliflower on top. After finishing my carbonara, there was still a pool of sauce in the plate.

 

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Seafood Bake Rice

Seafood including clams, prawns, squid and etc, the rice is baked with Neapolitan sauce with cheese on top. The sauce is heavy-flavoured, quite salty. As you can see from the picture the rice was drenched in the sauce, thus this dish is disappointing too, it was too salty.

 

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Grilled Chicken Chop (with Black Pepper Sauce)

As from the picture the chicken chop might appear to be abit too dry and hard, but in fact it is just nice. The purple cabbage salad was good. The grilled chicken chop was just an average on cafe standard.

Last but not least, my friend said the pizza there was not bad, so probably worth a try. Anyway this place is still new, they are still improving, the food might get better in the future.


Address: No 8, Jalan SME 1 Kawasan Perindustrian SME, Bandar Indahpura, 81000 Kulai, Johor, Malaysia. 

Operating hours: 12pm-1am Daily

Tel: +60 7-660 8126


 

Ice~ miaow miaow~

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Spice Grill @ Puteri Harbour

Puteri Harbour is one of the good place for an evening stroll where you can see the sea (more like a small lake) and yachts (actually it is more windy in the afternoon but the weather is just too hot!)

Spice Grill is located at the Little Red Cube at Puteri Harbour. It serves two types of menus, Indian and Western. It is more known of its Indian cuisine, however, some of the western dishes are considered above average as well.

 

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Normally when we have Indian food anywhere, Indian restaurants will serve Papadam (a kind of cracker ) after placing your order and before your meal is served. Papadam can be a lil bit too salty, but I still love it as a snack before meal. So we only ordered two Indian dishes, Butter Chicken Masala and Lamb Masala (Lal Maas). Butter Chicken is my favourite Indian dish no matter which Indian restaurant I go, I will order this dish. Butter Chicken tastes sweet, mild spicy and with special aroma of butter, coconut milk and spices. The Lal Maas here is good too, shredded lamb with very yummy and slightly spicy masala. We have cheese naan (naan, oven-baked flatbread) and steam Basmathi rice to eat with the butter chicken and lamb masala. Heavenly delicious and very satisfying!

 

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Garlic Cheese Prawns, this dish was recommended by the staff. the prawn is almost the size of my palm, the size makes you feel very satisfied with one bite of prawn which can stuff your mouth full. The sauce is just nice, not too cheesy. A good combination, love this too!

 

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Seafood Aglio Olio is of average restaurant standard. Considered not bad.

 

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I love their cod fish much! Succulent, juicy, nicely cooked with chef’s special sauce. The sauce tastes slightly sweet and spicy but not too strong that you can still taste the freshness of the cod fish. Thumbs up for the cod fish! Maybe for guys, the portion might be slightly small. For girls, the dish might be just enough and slightly filling.

 

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This platter is called Thrill that allows you to try different meats in a plate. Sharing by two girls will be just nice.

  • Prawn cooked with herbs: Dun really like it, I will recommend garlic cheese prawn if you wanna eat the prawns here.
  • Lamb rib: Dun really like the sauce and I dunno how to describe the sauce
  • Chicken Corden Bleu: Average
  • Grilled Vege: Average
  • Cod Fish: Good
  • Mashed Potato: I am a potato lover, so as long as the mashed potato taste normal, I will still love it.

 

In the end, although not every dish suits my taste bud, there are still some good dishes worth trying! And maybe those doesnt suit my taste bud one, will suit yours.

Last but not least, maybe you would like to make a reservation before you go.

Address and phone is in the following receipt. Maybe you would like to know the price before you visit the restaurant, as Spice Grill is quite a premium restaurant. you can refer to the receipt to have an estimation.

 

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Glass Temple @ Johor Bahru

A cultural experience in the town center of Johor Bahru.

An Indian temple made of glass aka GLASS TEMPLE!

Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple

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Night view of the exterior of glass temple.

 

It was my very first experience to enter an Indian temple and joined their prayers. Thanks to my friend, Su. The prayer started around 7pm, there were live prayer band playing the music for praying. There was a man who conducted the prayer ( I dunno how should address him). He would pray to each god and goddess with flowers and waters and sing the prayers.

 

There were many gods inside. So the prayer took approximately 1.5 hours to 2 hours to finish. Other than the gods, there were many other statues from other religions at display.

 

 

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The first glass temple in the WORLD!

 

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The interior of the temple. From ceiling to the walls, they are all made of glass. It is all glittery inside.

 

So if you have not been there, it is worth a trip to experience and understand different culture. It is interesting to join the prayer, if you are worried that you do not know how to pray, just follow what others do!

(* a very friendly reminder:  Make sure you drink less water and use the loo before u travel to the temple. The toilets there are quite awful T_T)

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Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple

The temple, located in 22 Lorong 1, Jalan Tebrau, Johor Baru, is accessible through Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and the lane that borders Gim Shew Building. Car and coach parking is available and there’s also a shoe storage service.

It is open for devotees from 7am to 10pm daily, while visiting hours for tourists are between 1pm and 5pm.

Entrance fee:

  • Malaysian (If I did not remember wrongly, with Malaysian IC, the fee is RM5. *It is within RM 10)
  • Foreigners (*Should be within RM 30)

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Cats Cafe. Cats at their Sanctuary @ JB Town

This is a place where all cat lovers will love!  The Cats.Cafe!

(Well, im not a cat lover, but i love all small furry animals ^^)

This is a cafe where the cats are able to move around freely, you can touch and pat the cats while eating, having high tea and chit chatting with friends! (They have house rules to protect the cats, such as  you cant frighten the cats, cant chase the cats and etc. They will give you the house rules once you are seated). My friends and I gave it a nickname, the miaow miaow cafe. haha!

Exterior

The cafe is a single-storey bungalow house. (It is a bit hard to find becos it is hiding in housing area)

 

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The menu of Cats Cafe. The cafe serves a variety of western food. The food tastes generally good. Since there are currently so many cafes in Johor Bahru, and most of them serve western food with very standard and similar taste. If others considered as average, then I would rate Cats Cafe’s food as slightly above average which means it tastes slightly better and different from the other “general & popular” cafes in Johor Bahru.

The price is on average side for cafes. When I first saw the price for platters i was shocked but the portion of the platter is for 3 to 4 servings.

 

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This is their Signature Tokyo Chicken Chop. I like the sauce, it is sweet but not too sweet, match just well with the grilled chicken chop and my favourite, mashed potato! (apparently something different from the chicken chop offered in other cafes, provided you love sweet stuff).

 

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Cats are everywhere in the cafes. You can pat them sayang them if you would like to…and if the cats would allow you to pat them…(u know cats right? hahaha!)

 

Address: 31A, Jalan Abdul Samad & Lorong 2c, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Tel: +60 7-207 0399

Operating Hours: 1pm – 9.30pm daily, closed on Wednesdays.

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There is no sincerer love than the love of food.  ❤

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Olivia ice

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Palsaik Koean BBQ 八色烤肉

Korean BBQ is very popular in JB and there are like hundreds shops around.

Everybody just loves Korean BBQ, especially meat lovers!

There is a relatively new Korean BBQ in town- Palsaik Korean BBQ (八色烤肉). The name of the restaurant directly points out that they offer  eight colours of pork belly for BBQ! The eight colours/flavours ranged from non-spicy to very spicy one. I personally prefer the herb one as the meat is with some light but nice aroma. The meat is fresh, vegetable is fresh, but there are not many choices on the menu as compared to other Korean BBQ restaurants around the area. The restaurant looks very clean and kind of spacious. The presentation of the food is very attractive. The food priced moderately higher than surrounding Korean BBQ restaurants, however it becomes very crowded and reservation is strongly suggested during friday and saturday nights.

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We ordered the premium set of Korean BBQ which costs about RM 200++. It was shared by 4 people and it was just nice (becos we have two big eaters!)

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Each table is compulsory to order at least for a set. Other than the sets, the choices for side dishes are very little, less than 10 items i think (mainly rice, noodles, porridge or some mushrooms).There are three types of sets.

  1. 3 colours (for 2 persons)
  2. 8 colours (for 3-4 persons)
  3. premium set (for 3-4 persons)

(photo taken from other place)

For the 3 colours, there is an option to choose either kimchi or grilled deodeok while grilled deodeok is served with every premium set ( there are only 4 pcs of deodeok for premium set, which means each person will get one only). What is deodeok? It is also called Lanceolate. is a flowering plant. It originates in East Asia. It is a variety of bonnet bellflower. The roots are used in Korean cuisine. In Chinese, it is called 沙参. Give it a try, it is abit crunchy and tasty.

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I love their vegetables, they were so fresh. They provide different varieties of salad leaves to wrap the grilled pork belly such as red and green coral lettuce, romaine lettuce and mint leaves. There are also raw garlic, green chili and enoki mushroom.

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Their premium kimchi

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The seafood pot which comes with all the sets

They have all information on their website: http://www.palsaik.my

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Interior of Palsaik @ Sutera (Upstairs)

Johor Bahru Sutera Address:

51, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia.

Tel: +6 07 556 3833

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金韩村纸上烤肉 Grill/BBQ on Paper @ Sutera, JB

A good recommendation for meat lovers!!!!!

Korean BBQ and Grill Buffet 金韩村纸上烤肉 at Sutera! Since it is buffet, u can order as many as u want, but take the portion that u will be able to finish, DUN WASTE FOOD!

I think this is the first Korean BBQ buffet in JB, and one special thing about this restaurant is that you grill your food on a piece of paper! Interesting concept! Are you wondering why the paper dun burn? Seriously I also have no idea.

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The buffet is based on order, you need to tick the order slip and pass it to the staff and just wait for the raw food to be served. This BBQ buffet is based on self-service, you gonna have to grill the food yourself. A variety of sauces is available at the center of the restaurant, you can mix and match your very own sauce. The restaurant offers a great variety of food, different parts of porks, beef, chicken with different flavours. Some are original, some are marinated in spicy sauce, kimchi sauce, black pepper and etc. Other than meats, they also offer seafood like fresh prawns, squids. They also have some cooked food such as fried rice, bimbimbap, grilled fish, fried meatballs and etc. They also have kimchii pot on the menu which is included in the buffet. Do take note that the soup pot is only offered on standard size and it is a very huge pot.

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Menu of the Buffet

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Chicken, pork, prawns~ ready to start grilling!

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BBQ in process

Overall, it is a very worth-eating buffet. The buffet is limited to two hours. I personally think that the price is quite reasonable:-

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Monday -Friday (Daytime): RM 28.90

Monday-Friday (Night): RM 32.90

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Saturday & Sunday (Daytime): RM 30.90

Saturday & Sunday (Night): RM 34.90

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Although the Korean BBQ is not so authentic as normal Korean BBQ shops owned by Koreans in JB, the taste of the food is still considered as above average, the ingredients are fresh. The food offered in this restaurant is more like fusion of Korean BBQ and Chinese food. And some note for ladies, as usual for dining at Korean BBQ restaurants, your hair gonna stink for like a day. Hahahaha! There are two or three tables outdoor, maybe it is a good choice to sit outside too!

Last but not least, drink more water after eating BBQ!

Address: No 62, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, JB.

Operating Hours: 11am-3pm & 5pm-11pm (Closed on Wednesday)

Tel: +6075625250

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People who love to eat are always good people…. this is talking abt me!?!

Olive @ Jan 2015

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Warakuya Japanese Restaurant 和乐屋 @ JB

I am a frequent customer to Warakuya Japanese Restaurant (和乐屋). Few years ago it was a small restaurant at Pelangi, today it has its branch at sutera. Another new branch is going to be open at Austin.

Love to have lunch or dinner with friends there not just because the food is nice, the atmosphere is good. However, I prefer early reservation due to sometimes, really have to queue for quite some time outside especially during dinner time at the Sutera branch!

Warakuya Jap Food

They serve hot towel once you sit down at your table. I really appreciate this extra service! Although it is just something small or unimportant, but this hot towel and hot green tea really make me refreshed. Feel that all that tiredness and unpleasant emotions at work are all gone!

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Classic sushi at Warakuya! Cheese and Prawn, Duck and Mango, mentai salmon (forgot whether it is salmon or other ingredient), haha! ^0^

sakae clams

I order this dish everytime I go Warakuya. Steamed clams with wine, erm~ super delicious! (But sometimes it is out of stock if I go too late T^T)

salmon sashimi

Salmon Sashimi! (but I dun like wasabi >_<)

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One of the random photos with my family on  a weekend! ❤ love!

Warakuya (和乐屋) Address: 

1) Pelangi Branch: 43, Jalan Kuning 2, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru

Tel: 07- 332 0789 / 016 – 7778234

2) Sutera Branch:  2, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300, Skudai, Johor, Malaysia.

Tel: +60 7 332 0789 / +60 16 777 8234

3) Austin Branch: To be open. Near Sunway College, it is along the main road. new shops opposite “one two eat” Cafe.

Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 11.30am to 11pm

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Started to think that “Slim Down” will be just a dream of mine *sob*  ~Olive

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Dim Sum @ Nusajaya, Johor Bahru

New place for dim sum in Nusajaya!

Very OK restaurant (真味点心之家)is located at 2 jalan hijauan 4 horizon hills, 79100 nusa jaya.  

This place can be easily found, it is just opposite the Fairview condominium, and near the chinese primary school in Horizon Hills.

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Compared to other dim sum restaurants nearby this area, I consider this is the best dim sum around the area. A lot of varieties, dim sum taste comparatively good! As this is the corner shop, the place is very spacious. However, you still might need to queue on weekend mornings! By the way, I have no idea why but the place is quite windy. It is kind of relaxing while you are enjoying the full table of food with the breezy sunshine weather. (I love to go this place after a morning swim on the weekends, and it make you feel like “happiness can just be so simple” :p)

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I was planning to take some nice photos of the dim sum to share…but we were to hungry and just could not stand the fragrance of the dim sum…so this is the only photo we had taken this time when the food was going to finished  -_-” Oops… a very messy table..

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I would seriously like to recommend the yong tau foo, not really tau foo, but brinjals, ladyfingers stuffed with fishcake (酿茄子、酿羊角豆). Fried wanton (the prawn inside is big), steamed pork rib, carrot cake, braised chicken feet… all are quite delicious. However, the chee cheong fun (猪肠粉)did not taste good because the chee cheong fun is too soft, no texture. I would  also suggest to try the fried chicken wings (南乳炸鸡) cos I really like it! Haha! Another one is the glutinous rice steamed in lotus leaf (荷叶饭), I love the fragrance of the lotus leaf. I would suggest to order only one to share with your family or friends as the portion is quite big and loaded with fillings such as chicken meat, sausage, peanuts, mushrooms.

One thing to note, the serving of the dim sum is by order, not like the typical dim sum restaurant where you can pick the dim sum you want from a trolley cart. The serving of the food might take some time after you place your order.

So, just slow down your pace and enjoy eating slowly there. No rush!  Lol!

 

Yan. Olivia Ice ~ “Just love to eat”

 

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