Great Family Place - Maritime Plaza @ Keelung Downtown
Written by Shirley T   
Sunday, 06 November 2011 00:00
Bustling port city in Taiwan - KeelungKeelung (基隆) means 'prosperous base'. Sometimes spelled as 'Jilong', Keelung is a port city on the north of Taiwan. Nicknamed the 'Rainy Port' due to its high rain frequency, Keelung plays a prominent maritime role as the second largest seaport in Taiwan after Kaohsiung (south of the island). Keelung today is a booming city, it is the home to many high rise and modern buildings as well as several historical sites. The past of Keelung was not a glimpse of smooth journey but took several twists an…
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Dianji Temple @ Miaokow Food Street - Keelung Taiwan
Written by Shirley T   
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 00:00
Dianji Temple enshrines a divine ancestor - The Sage King of ChangchouLocated in the heart of the well known Miaokow Night Market, Dianji Temple (奠濟宮) is the largest temple in Keelung. Some believe that the establishment of Dianji Temple plays a significant role in the prosperity of Miaokow (Miaokou). Back in the bygone days, sacred place served as the nucleus of where local folks flocked for celebrations and that was also where the business boomed.
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Taiwan Jinshan Famous Food | Jinbauli Street (Jinshan Temple) Duck Meat and Noodle
Written by Shirley T   
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 06:13
Popular duck shop next to Guang An Temple at JinshanLess than 10 km from Yehliu Geopark, Jinshan is a rural township on the northern coast of Taiwan. Formerly inhabited by Pingpu aboriginees, this shoreline town was known as Jinbaoli (金包里) . After Japanese occupation, it was renamed to Jinshan (金山).For gastronomy adventurers who visit Jinshan or nearby vicinity, Jinbaoli Street or better known as Jinshan Old Street is an ancient market place that not to be missed. As lunch time crawls in, customers form beelines for the duck noodle stall in front…
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Vegetarian TomYum Soup - Cook From Scratch
Written by Shirley T   
Monday, 17 October 2011 00:00
The raw ingredients to make a vegetarian tom yum from scratchBeing Asian, Tom yum is a common dishes to my family. Getting a bowl of tom yum is always a breeze since we live in South East Asia. Street hawker or restaurant, they do offer this favorite. Cooking at home is never a headache as well. Plenty of Tom yum paste is packed in different brands are made ready at food market. Having said that, I found my allergy towards seafood is getting worse lately so grabbing a jar from the shelf is just too risky! Unless I pick the vegetarian version.On the second…
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Bukit Melawati Nature and Historical Visit @ Kuala Selangor Town
Written by Shirley T   
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 00:00
Fort Altingsburg at Bukit Malawati, built in 1907Nowadays, driving to Kuala Selangor is a breeze if one chooses to cruise on the newly constructed LATAR Expressway. Compares to the much longer and heavy traffic trunk road, the distance via expressway is only 33 km between Templer's Park interchange to Ijok interchange. Generally speaking, the journey from the heart of Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Selangor is no longer than an hour on a smooth traffic day.Situated at the river mouth of Selangor River facing Straits of Malacca with a commanding vi…
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Halloween | Vampire Bites - Spooky Apples
Written by Shirley T   
Sunday, 30 October 2011 00:00
Spooky Apple for HalloweenAt this time of the year, I would love to go a bit wild and spooky in line with the occasion! Treat or trick? Aha...Recalling my past experience a couple years ago, we had some vampire bites in the house! Trust me, they are decent - healthy and easy, no wok, no saucepan and above all, kids would love them :)Let's do it again. Have fun...
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Fusion | Hidden Recipe Cafe @ Sg Dua Penang
Written by Shirley T   
Sunday, 23 October 2011 00:00
Western platter - Chicken Cordon BleuI believe Hidden Recipe has been around for quite some time but the name hidden somehow hid it from my radar for a while. Until a good friend of mine suggested this restaurant for a little gathering. In fact, it was to celebrate my birthday. Sweet moments we spent together before she left for Ireland. (Christina, If you are reading this line, thank you for the beautiful memories!)Recently, I revisited Hidden Recipe.  As I walked into the cafe, the interior looks familiar. Dimly lit, bricks wallp…
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La Lot (Du Viet) Vietnamese Restaurant @ Pavillion KL
Written by Shirley T   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 00:00
Vietnamese spring rolls,  fresh spring roll, goi cuon, summer rollsOne of the activities we missed most after returning to Asia is going for Vietnamese food. Albeit dining out in the States generally cost more than home cooked food, Vietnamese in general is inexpensive and within reach in the neighborhood. Longing for the taste of Pho, we explored La Lot at KL Pavilion on one fine evening. Operated at level 6 along with other fine dining restaurants, La Lot features a fusion menu, specializing in Vietnamese cuisine, in addition to pasta and grills with Vietname…
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Penang Hawker Haven (Food Center) @ Queens - QB Mall
Written by Shirley T   
Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00
From the Japanese woksLocated at the same level with the QB Mall Cineplex, Queens Food Court stages mainly the flavors of Asia under one roof. Woks from the Land of Rising Sun (Japan) and the Beautiful Island (Formosa/Taiwan) across the Land of Thousand Smiles (Thailand/Malaysia) to the home of Taj Mahal, Queens Food Court definitely has something of Asia to offer you.Operated in an Asian way, each vendor mans their own stalls like a typical street vendor. Noodles, rice, ramen, curry, briyani, teppanyaki, tom yum, eg…
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