Thursday, August 27, 2015

Food For Thought 225 - Ngam Tom Yum Noodles

I had cravings for Tom Yum Noodles the other day so I dragged my sister to this new place in Bangsar since Big Teddy had gone to Phuket for a stag do. This restaurant located at near the junction of Jalan Maarof and Jalan Bangsar, and it was a bad idea to go there on a Saturday noon when the other auto related shops around it still opens hence we spent a long time looking for a car park and failed which resulted us parking across the street and walked over.  
My sister was already grumpy over the going round and round looking for food, so I hoped the food would cheer her up a little. The restaurant was almost full when we got there, the decor is simple yet colorful. Service was a little slow as there's only 2 waiters running around but we got our order taken shortly after. 
Our Thai Ice Tea and Thai Soya Bean (RM5 each) and fish cake (RM7) came first and the portions were a little underwhelming but they tasted delicious and I was glad there was finally food to cheer my sister up. Then came the Tom Yum Noodle (RM13 for regular bowl) with creamy Tom Yum Soup, large prawn, half an egg and the unique Thai rice vermicelli. The creamy Tom Yum Soup was quite spicy and I loved it. I think I finished almost all the soup in the end and still craving for more. They almost forgot about out fried chicken wings (RM7) but it was just alright (and small) and we could have just skipped it if they forgot our order. Nonetheless, still a great Tom Yum Noodle Soup place and I'll definitely come back for the noodle, maybe for the Super Bowl version~!  
On the other hand, will be in Bangkok in less than 6 hours. Can't wait for more authentic Thai food~!


Thai Ice Tea and Soya Milk
Thai Fish Cake
Fried chicken wings
Yummy Tom Yum Noodle

Address: 61, Jalan Maarof, 59200, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. 
Tel: +6018-245 8297 
Business hours: 12pm to 9pm (Mon – Sat) 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

London 107 - Westminster Abbey

As we continued to stroll towards the River Thames we stopped by at the Westminster Abbey. There was a long queue at the north entrance and our London Pass was not helpful in getting us quicker into the church, only helped us saved a few seconds at the ticket counter by just scanning our London Pass rather than taking our money to pay for the entrance fee of £20. This Gothic abbey church is definitely one of the most well known churches in the world, thanks to its "Royal Peculiar" linkage to the British Monarch, and of course the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011 boosted its status to the rest of the world.  
The church is magnificent and I was a little overwhelmed to be inside such an historic structure that was rebuilt in the 1500s. The payout is quite huge so we spent some time walking around the nave, cloisters and chapter house. It was serene and calming to be inside such notable religious place and I was glad to have that experience. I think I just love everything about the European churches and castles...

North entrance 

The Chapter House
The Cloister and Garth

The Little Cloister

The West Entrance

For my other post on London, click here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

London 106 - Wellington Arch and Apsley House

After Buckingham Palace we walked along Green Park towards Wellington Arch and Apsley House. Wellington Arch is a triumphal arch built in the 1825 at Green Park Corner to commemorate Britain's victories in the Napoleonic Wars. Although we had free entry to Wellington Arch with our London Pass but we decided to skip it and headed to the Apsley House across the road. 

All pinky in London

Meanwhile, Apsley House is better known as Number One, London, is the London townhouse of the Dukes of Wellington at Hyde Park Cornet. It was the 1st house visitors used to see when they entered London from the countryside back in the 1800s. This house is special because of the original owner, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and put him in the top rank of all time Britain's military heroes. He was also famous for popularising the Wellington Boots, also known as the rubber boots in the 18th century.
Thanks to our London Pass, we got our free entry which normally cost £6.90 per entry. It was a lovely house with huge amount of history, great arts in the Waterloo Gallery and the amazing Waterloo Banquet. No photo taking was allowed supposedly in the house but I couldn't resist the temptations to take some pictures when there were no one looking. I know it's bad but I just wanted some picture memories of this lovely place and I'm sorry if it offended anyone reading this post. Apsley House is not a big museum and worth a visit if you are around Hyde Park Corner.

Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington

Napoleon as Mars the Peacemaker Statue
The Waterloo Gallery
The Waterloo Banquet

For my other post on London, click here.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Food For Thought 224 - Sao Nam Vietnamese Restaurant @ Tengkat Tong Shin

Sao Nam Vietnamese Restaurant has been around for more than 10 years now as long as I remembered. When I 1st started working many years ago, we had a business dinner here and this was the place I first tried the Vietnamese weasel coffee, or better known as Kopi Luwak/ Civet Coffee.
Since Big Teddy is a big fan of Sao Nam, we have been coming back here more often recently. Our usual favourites include the Fresh Prawn Spring Rolls (I so love their dipping sauce), the Vietnames Pancake (messy to eat but very delicious), Beef Noodle Soup or better known as Pho (I don't usually order noodle soup but this is very tasty and I always wish there's more rice vermicelli). Big Teddy always order the fish curry which is extremely creamy in texture but not my type of Vietnamese food.
Well, there's not many Vietnamese restaurants around in Klang Valley, Sao Nam is like a hidden gem in the very crowded Jalan Alor area overshadowed by all the massage parlours on Tengkat Tong Shin. They have another outlet at Empire Shopping Gallery in Subang Jaya too.

Quaint looking
Inside the restaurant
Fresh Prawn Spring Rolls (RM24++)
Vietnamese Pancake (RM28++)
Beef Noodle Soup or better known as Pho (RM18.80++)
The delicious Pho
Fish Curry (RM32++)
Address: 25, Tengkat Tong Shin 50200 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 
Tel: +603 2144 1225  
Official Website:  (Menu is available online)

For my other post on London, click here.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

London 105 - Buckingham Palace, Victoria Memorial and The Mall

After Trafalgar Square, we walked through the Admiralty Arch down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace. The Mall is a road in the City of Westminster, London running from Buckingham Palace at its western end to Admiralty Arch and on to Trafalgar Square at its eastern end. The changing of guards at Buckingham Palace was on that day so we saw the marching band, guards on horseback, and the very big crowd in front of the Buckingham Palace as we walked the 1km long road. We couldn't really squeezed ourselves to the front of the Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of guards first hand, only my iPhone managed to capture a few pictures through the gaps between the steel fence. We were still entertained nonetheless and glad to be part of this very English tradition in our little ways.... 
Admiralty Arch
Guards on Horseback 
Marching Band
 Queen Victoria Memorial
The very crowded Buckingham Palace

This was the inside peak through my iPhone...
Queen Victoria Memorial

Sister Gang in London

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