Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Caffebene @ Johor Baru City Square, Johor

Caffebene @ Johor Baru City Square, Johor

Korean desserts are very trendy nowadays. Compared to other Korean desserts, Bingsu is one of the most popular and elaborate snack among Malaysians, in this country which has summer throughout the year. Caffebene originated from Korea, started its development in Malaysia not long ago and this one in City Square is the first outlet in the southern region of Malaysia.


The simple yet inviting exterior design of the outlet. The corner lot with both sides' doors opened make the shop looking spacious and comfortable.
Strawberry Bingsu (Single) RM16.80
A fruity bingsu is definitely our choice after a heavy dinner. Fresh strawberries are sandwiched with the milky shaved ice, rendering the whole dessert very refreshing. Eating strawberry dessert with read bean paste is something new to us, not a bad combination. I especially love the sorbet ice cream on top. 

Frappeno Caramel (Regular)  RM12.70
Caffebene has quite a number of choices for beverages as well, mainly coffee. We ordered a Frappeno Caramel for sharing. The taste is of average, still unable to beat the big brand. We like the fragrance of caramel, but Caffebene's version is slightly too sweet to my tastebud.



Address : Caffebene
Level 3, Johor Baru City Square

Bussiness Hour : 10am - 10pm

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Mian Jiu Dirty Mee 麵久拉揸面 @ Port Dickson, Lukut, Negeri Sembilan

Mian Jiu Dirty Mee  麵久拉揸面 @ Port Dickson, Lukut, Negeri Sembilan

This was during our last trip to Port Dickson. Other than good scenery, nice beach and sea, we actually didn't know that Port Dickson has well known local food too. The dirty mee is one of special and recommended food in the old town of Port Dickson. Mian Jiu, the restaurant selling dirty mee, has been long established in this small town and has definitely become the home taste in the eyes of many Port Dickson's locals.  


Other than dirty mee, Mian Jiu is also famous with its seafood soup. The soup base is made of pork broth and patrons can choose the ingredients that they want to be included in the soup, we have chosen some basic items like beancurd skin, fish ball, meat ball and Yong Tau Foo. If you are a seafood lover, you can opt for seafood too. Just a gentle reminder and make it an usual practice to check the price of the seafood before ordering, to eliminate any surprise when the bill is rendered.


The pork broth was very good, which made everything in the soup tasty too. I especially like the vegetables that fully absorbed the essence of the soup. 


A prior online research shows that dirty mee has two versions, one is fried noodles and the other one is dried noodles. The dried noodles is merely mixing the noodles with dark soy sauce, which to me slightly plain and dull, so we opted form the fried version that came with pork slices and vegetables. We started to know why is it called dirty mee when the dish was served, I bet mostly because of its dark colour. Its presentation fully reflected the unsophisticated feature of local delicacies. Despite the fame of dirty mee, I found it fall slightly below my expectation, lack of "wok hei" that fried noodles should have.    



Address : Mian Jiu Dirty Mee  麵久拉揸面
1854, Jalan Besar, 
Lukut, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

GPS : N 2 34.090 E 101 49.688


Relocate to 1, Pusat Perniagaan Lukut Utama, 71010 Port Dickson, NS
(Effective 24 Dec 2016)

Tel : 012-3538307 / 012-9058663
Business Hour : 7am - 1pm (recommend to visit early)

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Kim Long Curry Fish Head 金龙咖哩鱼头 @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru.

Kim Long Curry Fish Head 金龙咖哩鱼头 @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru.

Kim Long Curry Fish Head at Jalan Wong Ah Fook has been one of the landmark restaurants in Johor Bahru, not only attracting local patrons, but is also Singaporean's favourite. We have been seeing long queue outside Kim Long Restaurant during lunch hour and with the worries of long waiting, we have not visited Kim Long at Jalan Wong Ah Fook, but it remains one of the items on our list. Until we found out a restaurant in Taman Pelangi also bears the same name, more importantly it opens for dinner at night. We were told that all the ingredients used in Taman Pelangi Kim Long are being supplied by the main shop and hence the taste should not be far different. The good taste is also evidenced by the crowd, it is not easy to get a table on Fridays' or weekends' night.

Other than the signature curry fish head, this restaurant in Taman Pelangi is also famous with its kam heong lala (clams stir-fried with garlic, dried shrimp and curry leave). We noticed almost every table has this dish and we followed the trend too. The lala is really a good choice, very savoury to go with rice.


We ordered a small portion, which is just nice for 2 pax. The fish head also comes with long beans, egg plant and cabbage, making the whole dish more abundant with various ingredients. Although it is a curry dish, the fish head used is very fresh, hence its flesh is very smooth and solid. The gravy is not too thick with the appropriate portion of coconut milk, making it rather refreshing and not overly heavy. 

Address : Kim Long Curry Fish Head 金龙咖哩鱼头
51 & 53, Jalan Kuning,
Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru

Tel : 07-3333168
Business hour : 3.30pm - 10.30pm (Tuesday Off)