Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cuti Cuti Malaysia 109 - Kellie's Castle @ Batu Gajah

We decided to take a detour on the way back to KL and stopped by the famously known haunted building in Malaysia, Kellie's Castle. It is situated on the way to Batu Gajah town at the Kinta Kellas Rubber Estate, about 30-minute drive and 14 km south of Ipoh City. Given this year is the Visit Malaysia Year, the place was nicely done up with proper signage guiding tourists like us.  
There's a lot of fascinating haunted stories surrounding this castle. I'm not a big fan of paranormal stories so I'm just going to share about the known facts about this castle... 
This unfinished ruined mansion, was built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie Smith in 1915. which he planned to build a 6 storey tower with Malaya's first elevator, an indoor tennis court and a rooftop courtyard for entertaining. However unfortunately, a virulent strain of Spanish Flu struck his 70 workmen he brought from India and many had died from the disease. The bad luck didn't end there... Before his mansion was completed, William Kellie Smith also died at the age of 56 due to pneumonia during a short trip to Lisbon, Portugal in 1926. His family was too distraught to continue to stay in Malaysia so they went back to Europe after his death without completing the mansion. 
Because the place is unfinished and abandoned for a while, some parts of the house did feel a little eery for me, like the dimly lit laundry room and wine cellar. But hey it was afternoon and extremely hot when we were there so we didn't spend much time lingering around. At least now we'd been to one of supposedly most haunted places in Malaysia... in bright day light...  











Supposedly Malaysia's 1st ever lift shaft
Address: Chalet Mdkb Kellies Castle, Jalan Gopeng, Batu Gajah,Perak, 31000 
Tel: +605-255 2772/ 9962 
Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
Admission Charges: RM5

Cuti Cuti Malaysia 108 / Food For Thought 218 - Thean Chun Coffee Shop

Thean Chun Coffee Shop is one of the oldest coffee shop in Ipoh and since it's just downstairs from where we were staying, we wouldn't miss the chance to savour the local favourite breakfast food here before we headed back to KL. The place was still quite packed when we came down after 10am. This a typical Chinese coffee shop so you have to order food from the individual stalls in the shop and pay when the food is served to your table. We had the Pork Satay, Chee Cheong Fun and of course the famous Shredded Chicken Kuey Teow Soup or better known as Sha Hor Fun although the latter took way too long to arrive after we had finished all the other food. We almost gave up on the Shredded Chicken Kuey Teow Soup but finally it came after a few reminders. Overall, the food at Thean Chun is simple and nice, if you don't mind the waiting. Price ranges from RM5-RM10+, depending on the food and portions.    

The always busy Thean Chun Restaurant 
Chee Cheong Fun
Pork Satay
Shredded Chicken Kuey Teow Soup or better known as Ipoh Sha Hor Fun

Address: 73, Jalan Bandar Timah, 31650 Ipoh, Perak 
Phone: +605 255 3076

Cuti Cuti Malaysia 107 / Food For Thought 217 - Kafe Sun Yoon Wah @ Ipoh Old Town

Kafe Sun Yoon Wah at Ipoh Old Town is famous for their snow beer of which they freeze their beer glasses and pour the cold beer right into the frozen glass to create a smooth silky foam texture. Since the restaurant is just around the corner from Sekeping Konh Heng, we walked over for supper and found ourselves surrounded by locals and a LED stage set up for a live band. The place was busy, loud and noisy but we soon found a table facing the stage. Snow beer is a must to order here so we quickly took a big bottle of Carlsberg and get the beer flowing throughout the night. The so called snow beer is actually quite smooth and delightful to drink. We also ordered the stir fried roast pork with onions and chilli  (爆烧肉) to pair with the beer and it was extremely addictive. Big Teddy perhaps felt a bit out of place as he was the only Caucasian there and the band was playing mainly Chinese songs. But still, it was uniquely Malaysia especially in this part of Ipoh Old Town....


The Famous Snow Beer

Fried roast pork with onions and chilli  (爆烧肉)


Address: 7, Jalan Bijeh Timah, Ipoh 30000
Tel: +605 253 9980 
Business Hours: Mon - Sun: 3:30 pm - 3:00 am

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Food For Thought 216 - La Scala @ Jalan Mayang

La Scala Italian Restaurant is one of the newest fine dining restaurants down town. It has a roof top bar with partial KLCC Twin Tower view. We went for a drink at the roof top bar first on a Saturday night and I absolutely love the Belini cocktail (RM36+). The bar was pretty empty and we were the only patrons around, perfect for lots of selfie/wefie time. 
Then we went downstairs for our dinner. The restaurant was so quiet with few other diners in the room, we literally had to whisper in order not to be seen as rude. Big Teddy had an issue with the decor, he said the place was just too grey to his taste. I think a touch of turquoise or blue would definitely lighten up the place. 
Service was prompt, and we were never short of attention whenever we needed anything. Food was nothing short of amazing and we enjoyed our 3-courses dinner very much. Some might say the portions were small but I don't expect otherwise at such a fine dining place anyway. Apart from the alcohol (we had cocktail, beer, wine and lemoncello) which made up of half of our final bill, the food was actually quite reasonably priced for such a fine quality. 
Well, some of our food pictures were not captured as Big Teddy just couldn't wait to dig into his food before my camera could focus and snap fast enough. Anyway, below are some of the pictures from our dinner at La Scala...

The lift entrance to the restaurant with a lazy cat lying right in front 
Half of KLCC Twin Towers shinning bright
Roof Top Bar
Italian Gavi Wine for RM200+
Complimentary appetizer
Cubo di coda alla Vaccinara (Ox Tail deep fried cube Vaccinara style with dill mayonnaise and bloody mary sauce) for RM48+
Interpretazione di Baccala (Cod Tiramisu with toasted almond, Golden fried cod with potatoes and capsicum, Cod salad with celery and onion, Cod with tomatoes, cappers and olives) for RM58+
*P.S. Big Teddy took this picture
Gnocchi Pistacchio  (Homemade potatoes gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese and “Bronte” pistachios) with Black Truffle for RM105+
Strawberry Panna Cotta for RM26+
Official Website: http://lascala.my/
Address:
Lot 183, Jalan Mayang,Kuala Lumpur, 50450, Malaysia
Tel: +603 2161 2291
Business Hours:
Monday - Friday : Lunch 12.00pm to 2.30pm; Dinner 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Saturday: Lunch closed; Dinner 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Sunday: Closed

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Cuti Cuti Malaysia 106 / Food For Thought 215 - Burps & Giggles @ Ipoh Old Town

Burps & Giggles is the hippest place to dine in Ipoh Old Town located right behind Sekeping Kong Heng. Extremely rustic with lots of touches from the old world, we felt that we stepped back in time when we set foot in this restaurant. Big Teddy and I had an early drinks and dinner there after strolling around the sleepy town. We started with a round of Guinness before we move on to the food. We ordered 2 burgers off the menu, Ram Bam (Wahyu beef pattie) for RM28+ and Jammy (Angus beef pattie) for RM18+. We enjoyed the burgers which were juicy and tasty, not particularly the best that I ever had but still delicious. Overall, I liked the ambiance of the place cos it's very relaxing and laid back. Plus, who can forget the catchy wall mural below?!      

The face of Burps & Giggles 











Ram Bam Burger with Wahyu Beef Pattie for RM28+
Jammy Burger for RM18+
Address: 93 & 95, Jalan Sultan Yussuf, 30000 Ipoh, Perak. (Behind Kong Heng in Ipoh old town) 
Tel: 05-242 6188
Business Hours: 8.30am – 8.30pm, closed on Tuesdays.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Cuti Cuti Malaysia 105 - Strolling Around Ipoh Old Town

Ipoh Old Town during the British colonial era was Malaysia's second city for administrative purposes. There are several notable buildings from the British Colonial era such as the railway station and the town hall which are very much intact until todate. Big Teddy is always fascinated by the old colonial history so we had a long stroll around Ipoh Old Town, exploring and appreciating this sleepy little town.... 



Birch Memorial Clock Tower
Ipoh Railway Station
Ipoh Town Hall

Concubine Street