Wednesday, 26 March 2014

San Low Seafood 三楼海鲜园 @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Bharu

San Low Seafood 三楼海鲜园 @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Bharu

This is one of the all-time favourite seafood spot for Johorean which known as San Low. It consist meaning of three Storey building in Chinese. Due to it popularity, there were several restaurants with similar located not far away from here. However, we had tried out one of the imitate restaurant. The standard of that restaurant is totally out of place. The best that we have tasted still goes to to the main one in Taman Pelangi. The only flaw is the poor service.Perhaps the restaurant is too crowded due to the fame, the waiters are extremely busy and thus they are slow and not really friendly in taking order.This is the poor-service scenario number 1. 
Other than the affordable and tasty seafood, most of the crowd are coming for San Low's  famous signature dish San Low Fried Mee Hoon. We ordered a plate of small portion for two person sharing. To enhance the flavour, a little plate of sambal chili with lime is provided.

San Low Fried Bee-Hoon 三楼米粉 RM6
The fried bee-hoon is really special and I bet you will not find the same one in other states of Malaysia. Despite no special ingredients added, San Low's fried bee-hoon is simply famous with the creative idea and the good skill of frying it. After the quick-fried in the wok, it was left in the wok for a while to enable the bottom part forms a layer of crispy. 
Asparagus 芦笋  RM10
Asparagus is always my favourite, the version here is slightly different with the special sambal. The asparagus comes with a hint of chilies padi and garlic, it is super appetizing. With the appropriate control of heat and timing, the asparagus still retains its crunchiness and freshness. 
ManTou 馒头  RM0.50 / pcs
Fried Man-Tou is popular in southern part of Johor, where diners normally dip it into the gravy of the dishes, to avoid wastage, it is especially good to go with chilies crab or Indonesian prawn. We were told by the waiter that the minimum order for Man-Tou here is four, but only three were served, But we were nearly charged for four Man-Tou. This is the poor-service scenario number two.
Shell Fish  虾婆  RM75 / kg
 This dish costs us around RM35, which equivalent to 450g. Shell fish is slightly bigger than the "Hei Kor" (虾姑, literally means the "aunty of prawn") that I normally had in Penang. In chinese, Shell Fish is called as "虾婆", literally means the "grandma of prawn". So the "grandma" (with higher hierarchy in the family) should have the bigger size than the "aunty" right? I like the cooking method with the salted egg sauce, split the shell fish into two to allow the shell fish flesh absorbing more of the flavour of salted egg. Not a typical eating style, but the thick salted egg gravy is extremely good to go with my Man-Tou.
Curry Wild Boar 咖哩山猪肉  RM12
Compare to normal pork dish, wild boar has better biting texture, reason being that wild boar has more exercise and running in the wild, render the meat is more springy. The quick stir-frid with curry powder and onion make it super flavourful and suitable to go with a big bowl of rice, simply appetizing!

As the prices are quite reasonable, we noticed that most of the diners come with Singapore car plate, looking for good seafood makan in Johor Bahru during weekend. Especially when the Ringgit is continuously depreciating, having seafood in Johor Bahru is definitely a good and super worthy choice! Forget about the poor service they have rendered, I will rate their food for 4 stars and definitely worth for my re-visit.

Address : San Low Seafood 三楼海鲜园
Jalan Biru off Jalan Merah,
Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru
GPS : N01 28.335 E103 46.488

Bussiness Hour : 4:30pm to 1:00am
Tel : 07-332 3869 / 334 3623

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Cedar Point Food Centre 食得福美食中心 @ Taman Century, JB

Cedar Point Food Centre 食得福美食中心 @ Taman Century, JB

Normally during a cold weather, I will try to get something hot and soupy to warm my body. Today, we head to one of the famous Curry Fish Head at Cedar Point, Taman Century. Without any delay, we straight to place an order before we seat down. 
We order curry fish head for two person. It come with a big claypot filling up with ingredients. Inside the big claypot, have long bean,cabbage, potato and etc, and not to forget is Fish Head. But, it is too disappointed that they use frozen fish head instead of fresh fish head. The taste are slightly out of mind. Definitely over-rated for this one.  
However, the curry gravy best go with a plate of hot-pipe white rice. My style is to pour a load of curry gravy on top my rice. Taste awesome. I will not recommend to take so much of the curry gravy, as I feel extra thirsty after take the curry. I believe they put much MSG during their cook. 
Overall, total expenses RM24 for two person. The price is still affordable and acceptable. As I recommend that not to put high expectation on it.

Address: Cedar Point Food Centre
Jalan Musang Bulan 2-16, 
Taman Century, 80250 Johor Bahru
GPS : N01 28.864'  E103 45.786'

Bussiness Hour : 6pm - late nite (Open Daily)

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Short Getaway To Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia

Short Getaway To Club Med Bintan Island

Our short getaway to Indonesia get ourselves recharged. Here is the paradise island, name it Bintan Island which is one of favourite spot for island getaway. We put high expectation on this Clud Med resort which is well-known as the all-inclusive luxury resort. This is my first experience with Clud Med. 
We hopped on ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Singapore which took us about 45 minutes to reach Bintan Island. Immediately after the immigration clearance in Bintan Island, we were warmly greeted and welcomed by Club Med staff at their front desk. 
Shuttle bus was provided to ferry us from the custom to the paradise of Club Med.
Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed by their music and refreshment. A short brief was given about Club Med Resort in Bintan by their tribal and introduce all the staff who will guide and assist us during our stay here.
This is our room for three days two night stay where we could enjoy the seaview from our room. Every morning we have our sunrise scene. This is really amazing as I cannot recall how long never seen sunrise or sunset.

We even have a balcony for us to enjoy the fresh air and seaview. We can clearly hear the soft wave sound from beach.
After check-in to our room, immediately we go and explore the resort facilities. Club Med is a place where you can spend you whole holiday in it without stepping out from the resort, especially suitable for men who do not like shopping trip. Badminton court, tennis court or even golf course are provided by Club Med, for daddy and mummy who would like to have second honeymoon without disturb from kids, they provided numerous interesting program for your kids and it is more than sufficient to enable them busy for whole day.

Club Med is not only the paradise for sports, but also paradise for drinker! Free flow beer, wine, beverages, foods are included and available for whole day at different restaurant and bar in the resort. The first place we  explored is their Waterfall Restaurant which took care of our main meal throughout our 3-days stay. Everyday we get to enjoy the foods from the routine menu which consisting various countries' cuisines.
The red colour bar was the place where I get myself enjoy much on the cocktail and beer every single time I passed by here. 
This is the place where you have choices either to do you swimming either in the sea or the swimming pool.
Man made waterfall fixture.

Want to try the excitement of Flying Trapeze? Coaches are available at every single point of activity, so you have no worries to try out all the facilities provided.
Deck chairs are provided along the beach for sun-bathing. As usual, Asian like us don't really appreciate the sunshine, but a paradise for European indeed!

The night life began after dinner. We went to the beach to have few drinks and enjoy the wind blow.
The night is still young here. They have prepared all show to cheer our day. Comedy show is one of the highlight of the day.

Here is another outdoor restaurant where you can enjoy not only the foods but also the most iconic seaview and garden surrounding. It make myself feel immerse into nature while enjoying the food.

Below is the summary of food I ate so many meal at their designated restaurant. Some food are good, while some are just not my preference. During our lunch and dinner, they provide free flow beer. We get to drink and drunk with no worries.
 Grilled Sting Ray with Chermoula

Japanese Ramen
Lamb chop
Kimchi Noodles
Sandwiches and fries
 Sautee Scallops with Creamy Sauce Served in Puff Pastry
Smoked Salmon
We call it the end after we manage to grab our last cup of cocktails.

Address : Club Med Bintan Island
Site A11 Lagoi Bintan Island
Tel : (62) 770 692 801
Fax : (62) 770 692 826