Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Food For Thought 220 - Restoran Korean Chinese Buldojang @ Desa Sri Hartamas

Restoran Korean Chinese Buldojang is one of my favourite Korean restaurants around Mont Kiara. They serve no frill Korean Chinese restaurants with the crowd's favourite dishes like,  Jjajangmyeon and Spicy Sweet and Sour Pork. I always order delivery from this restaurant and decided one day I should pay them a visit at the restaurant instead. The restaurant is located upstairs of the row of shop lots where Guardian is located. It is small and cozy with only a handful of tables and private dining rooms. Service was prompt and the food came swiftly after we ordered from the menu filled with pictures for easy reference. The best dish was the Spicy Sweet and Sour Pork (RM43) which was deep fried to perfection and covered with some tangy spicy source. We just couldn't get enough of it~! The Jjajangmyeon (RM18) was good too and Big Teddy always like their Shrimp Fried Rice (RM18). Korean Chinese food is so satisfying...

Spicy Sweet and Sour Pork
Shrimp Fried Rice

Address: Level 1, Jalan 24/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, Sri Hartamas, 50480
Tel: +603 62013201 (They do delivery around Mont Kiara)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Japan 106 - Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社)

First thing on day-2 in Japan, we took the train to the Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社). It is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan, sitting at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 233 metres above sea level. We had a light breakfast at the foothill of the shrine before ventured up the mountain along the breathtaking Torii trails. A Torri is the common Japanese Gate found at the entrance or within a Shinto shrine.
The amazing Torii gates fills the trails all the way up to the mountain. These Torii are the traditional offering by the the patron of business, and merchants and manufacturers whom have traditionally worshipped Inari, the God of Rice. Foxes are thought to be Inari's messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds. The Torii gates trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometres and takes approximately 2 hours to walk up. I made it all the way to top by sprinting up the last kilometre. However, there wasn't much to see at the top of the mountain and I was a little disappointed.
Nonetheless, the Torii gates are the most amazing sight of the shrine and a must have picture of Japan~!

How to get there: Located just outside JR Inari Station, the second station from Kyoto Station along the JR Nara Line (5 minutes, 140 yen one way from Kyoto Station, not served by rapid trains). The shrine can also be reached in a short walk from Fushimi Inari Station along the Keihan Main Line. We used our ICOCA card and boarded a train from Kyoto Station without any hassle. 

The Giant Torii

Inari Udon
Inari Sushi

The sight of Kyoto city

Address: 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 612-0882, Japan Phone: +81 75-641-7331

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bye Bye 2014...

2014 has come and gone... It was probably one of my best years ever...  
First of all, Big Teddy came along we had quite a lot of fun together and much more to come in the future. I'm so looking forward to more adventures ahead...
Travel remains the main highlight of 2014 with new territories/continent explored. For the first time, I went to Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, London and Paris. I had the longest holiday by spending 17 days in London and Paris. It was my long time dream to go to London and Paris and now became one of my favourite holidays, alongside my Japan trip in 2013. I had the best time exploring Europe with my lil sis and Big Teddy. I hope I'd start writing about my Europe trip on this blog as soon as possible. Also, I again went to Bangkok and Hong Kong, plus a lot of "Cuti-Cuti Malaysia" a.k.a. "Holiday in Malaysia" with Big Teddy, such as Port Dickson, Ipoh, Melaka, Langkawi and Cameron Highland. This year I have more travel plans lining up, so hopefully more fun will follow...
Meanwhile, I moved to my new place in Mont Kiara after a long and painful journey. The renovation took a long while but we finally moved in in June 2014. There are still some boxes lying around, some windows that are missing curtains, some household items that need upgrading, but it's my new home now. Most importantly, Bobo is happy to run around in a bigger space now...
Work wise, it was rather disappointing as some of big deals fell apart. With all the time and effort invested, it was kinda sad that I didn't see the fruits of my labour. Anyway, this year might be another slow year when it comes to work. Probably it's a good time to invest a little more time in myself. There are few things that have been on my mind for a while now, such as my fitness and my blog that needs more attention. Procrastination is still my biggest enemy and my lack of discipline is not a good thing when it comes to keeping fit. I'm hoping to shed some weights that I gained last year from all the fun and good food that Big Teddy made for me. Hopefully a new gym will give me some motivations, as well as looking at those pretty dresses in my wardrobe that I no longer fit...
2015 brings another new year and new hopes... Some of my wishes in 2014 had came true so I'm very grateful about it. This new year I hope to stay healthy and happy, as well as to continue to build a wonderful life with the special someone~!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Japan 105 - Kaneyo Restaurant (京極かねよ) @ Kyoto

Kaneyo Restaurant (京極かねよ) is a restaurant serving unagi (eel) for over 100 years in Kyoto that still cook the eel in traditional way since the beginning. All the eels are grilled over charcoal and basted with a fantastic sweet sauce, then served over rice. The restaurant is located in a smaller alley so Goggle Map came handy when we were looking for the restaurant. Menu were simple with price starts from ¥2,100. A bit expensive but it's worth the experience. I absolutely loved the unagi over rice although there were some bones in the unagi. The unagi flesh almost melted immediately in my mouth and the rice was perfectly cooked. Overall, it was a perfect dinner and the end of day 1 in Japan...

English Menu
Inside the restaurant
Japanese Sake
Unagi Don
The charcoal fired kitchen
Address: 456 Matsugaecho, Rokkaku, Shinkyogoku Higashi iru, Nakagyo-ku 
Tel: +81 75-221-0669 
Business Hour : 11.30am - 9.00pm 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Japan 104 - Nishiki Market @ Kyoto

After Ramen lunch at Gogyu, we strolled to Nishiki Market (Kanji: 錦市場; English: Nishiki Ichiba) and got lost in all the food and shopping along the 5 blocks of over 100 shops. It is a famous marketplace in downtown Kyoto, located on a road one block north and parallel to Shijō Street (Kanji: 四条通) and west of Teramachi Street (Kanji: 寺町通), and best known to be the place to obtain many of Kyoto's famous foods, souvenirs and goods. From Japanese cookware, ceramic knifes, chopsticks, bowls, fresh seafood, sashimi, cakes, snacks, etc so many things to offer and got my head spinning when I tried taking in all the sight and sound of the marketplace. Probably that was the reason why my wallet started bleeding quickly even on the 1st day of our trip...

Nishiki Tenman-gu Shrine