호떡 Hotteok from Insadong (Sambodang)

호떡 Hotteok is made from wheat flour, water, milk, sugar, and yeast after which the dough is to be set aside to rise for a few hours. Typically this pancake is filled with brown sugar, honey, chopped peanuts and cinnamon. It is then fried on a greased skillet/griddle, and then pressed flat with a special tool made of stainless steel circle and wooden handle as it cooks. As yummy as it sounds, of course it was on my MUST TRY LIST but it was a matter of deciding on which place that sells the best was another issue.

But I’m glad we tried this one located at Insadong instead of many others that had passed us by as it’s known as one of the very best hotteok food stand found in Insadong. It’s very easy to spot as it’s located about half way down the main walking street in Insadong. Look for the maroon signage and the long line of people queueing for their hotteok.

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Be very careful to not get burnt by the filling of it which is extremely hot.

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DIRECTIONS

Take line 3 to Anguk Station – Exit 6

Coffee Beans by DAO (Bangkok)

My recent trip to Thailand saw me having one of the best cakes in Bangkok and I was blessed to have Kaew bought them for me. I do feel that Coffee beans by Dao is a little underrated as it has really good selection of cakes yet doesn’t get much attention (online). Upon further research about them, I realised that it’s fairly popular with the locals too, which is always a good thing.

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(L) Thai Tea Mousse Cake and (R) Chocolate Meringue Cake

Special mention to that Thai Tea Mousse Cake which was a show stealer – irresistible piece, as I am a huge fan of cha-yen (typically known as thai ice tea), this mousse cake is packed with every ounce of flavour yet maintaining it’s light and fluffiness. I could eat this all day long and not get bored of it!

As for the Chocolate Meringue Cake is a moist cake filled with fluffiness. I am very selective when it comes to the chocolate flavoured items but this definitely got my attention. A cake that has a different layer with each bite.

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White Strawberry Cheesecake

To satisfy that sweet tooth, the flavors are rich and it’s worth that calories! Nuff said, I can never resist a cheesecake that comes my way!

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Thanks Kaew for thinking of me and I am always thankful for your hospitality each time I visit Bangkok, this time is no less!

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Malacca; Chill Deal

Another of those days where I wished I could be out and about traveling around (I know it’s a bad excuse for super backlog post but …), even if it was into our neighbouring country! So I present to you Malacca that I do miss quite a bit and looking forward to heading back again this year end.

You’ll be greeted by this if you’re like me who had traveled to Malacca by bus – this was at the bus central.

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Hopped unto a local bus that brought us to our hotel stay for the next few days or alternatively you could also grab a cab. The waiting time for this bus isn’t the shortest but I liked how we got to rub shoulders with the locals and got to know of some nice places to eat while chatting up during the journey.

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Upon arriving into Malacca, our first stop was to feed the growling stomach hence it was Nadeje which was located just right next to our hotel. Didn’t expect the choice to be a good one since the place isn’t well know for their mains, but keeping in mind that we had to save some space for deserts. Mom and myself got a chicken salad and club sandwich.

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Nadeje Mille Crepe was awesome as usual and has never disappointed me every time I visit.

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Melaka Menara Taming Sari (Taming Sari Tower) is a gyro tower, measuring 110 metres in height and it’s revolving structure offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Malacca town. Nope, we didn’t get to get up there, maybe at the next trip?

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Yeap, this trip was during last year’s Chirstmas season! Our dinner was at Hatten Hotel; Chatterz which was an international buffet. It was a huge selection of choice and I liked how friendly the servers were too! To digress a little, here’s a post I found online which shows how Hatten Hotel gives back to the society during the festive season!!

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And what a view to countdown to Christmas at the Alto Sky Lounge which was located at the 22nd level of the hotel – a great outdoor view that had live music + a DJ who spins through the night.

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Breakfast at A&W – PLEASE BRING THEM BACK INTO SG, pretty please!!

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Got tired of walking around and so Starbucks was the right place to chill and super thankful to FREE WIFI!!

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We can never leave Malacca without having a go at the CHENDOL, can we? I have had my fair share of Chendol all around Malacca but this time since we had plans to head down to Tan Kim Hock Product Centre to get some of the local food products (think gula Melaka, coconut candy sweet, dodol…) and this was conveniently available at the Jalan Laksmana’s shop. Not the best tasting ones as I feel that those at Jonker88 was still better but at least I’ve tried.

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To end, here are some shots that are UN-Malacca which I had fun opening my eyes to spot while doing touristy stuff.

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Just like silhouettes in the sky

I've got peace like a river.

And His blessings came raining down.

Best travel buddy I can ever ask for aka MOMMY; and it was home sweet home! Time sure passes quickly while you’re having fun!

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Faculty Of Caffeine – Johor Bahru

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So glad that Mommy was most willing to go cafe hoping all the way to Johor Bahru and off we went to Faculty of Caffeine as it was the nearest to the causeway without having to travel far since it was a short trip in. Didn’t order much as we had to keep our stomach for more food to come (I’d write about the Korean BBQ in the next post).

We got the Generous Breakfast (RM 16.50), Minty Lime Punch (RM 7.50) and a Latte (RM 8.50) with a 10% service charge – our food simple and alright, nothing much to rave about but glad that it was at least not disappointing. My only suggestion is to cut down a little on the salt which might have overpowered some good flavours and I think we were also too famished, thus we gobbled down everything in a bite. The drinks were good; minty lime punch for Mom and my latte – awesome! Not quite sure where they get their beans or do they roast their own beans but it was pretty clean on the palate leaving a smooth finish to each mouthful of coffee.

Despite heading there on a weekday, I was expecting no one else other than us, but I was wrong, so let alone the busy weekends! In all, enjoy and let me know what you think if you’ve been there, love to hear your thoughts.

DIRECTIONS

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Make your way towards City Square (Johor Bahru) and exit to the back where Maybank/UOB and cross the road towards this mall called Plaza Seni and head upstairs to the 2nd level which you’ll have to pass through a Malay food stall and exit to Jalan Trus which the cafe would be on your right.

Faculty Of Caffeine
106, Jalan Trus, Johor Bahru
09:00am to 06:00pm

Map here

Lavender Food Square – #fiv5inaweek

There is so much to miss; food and the company that was all for it when I suggested that we should do our #fiv5inaweek challenge on food, so glad we did!! Thanks for wonderful memories!!

Special Mention to the food worth trying:

– Whitley Road Fish Ball Noodle
– Ju Hao La Mian Xiao Long Bao
– Ah Long Pancake
– Albert Street Prawn Noodles
– Kok Kee Wanton Mee
– Bugis Street Ngak Seah Bee Kuay Teow

And for those who are dying to know where the individual hawkers are moving to which I came across this link from Her World, do also let me know if you have any other sources that could help identify

Windowsill Pies – So we went pie hunting

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Despite the fact that my Saturday didn’t start out well, I’m glad that it ended well in the mist of a friend that I am extremely thankful for! For the fact that she was willing to travel all the way down just to try the pies with me! Yes, Soaps, you’re the BESTEST! Hahaha! Okay, back to the wonderful pies, I can only describe them as something magical! We had the mint flavoured one and it was awesome; packed with strong flavours. But I’d say, get a pie to share, couldn’t finish the entire piece without feeling it was too much to handle.

Another recommend try has got to be the VODKA COCONUT PIE (Pictured at the bottom right), it’s really awesomely packed with flavours. They definitely have no scrimping of vodka. I heard it’s a good whole 1 shot in each pie. But that said, you must like the bitter aftertaste of vodka which is very similar to the taste of the pie, but a tad sweeter.

Do take note of the opening hours:

Tue-Thur: 11am – 9.30pm
Friday: 11am – 10.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 10.30pm
Sunday: 10am – 9.30pm

Closed on Mondays

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