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While many restaurants boosts a certain unique selling point that draws customers with fancy dishes, deco, or exciting new tastes, there also exists those that are none of those – a place that is seemingly running in exactly the same way the day it was established, and through various decades, staying on as a sort of time capsule.

Thye Huat at Berkeley, opens from Mon-Sat
Thye Huat at Berkeley, opens from Mon-Sat

A restaurant that brings you back in time with a sense of nostalgia and peace, if you would. In the era of quirky instagrammable cafes and fad based food, this is an increasingly a rare sight.

One of my favorites of such place is Thye Huat at Taman Berkeley.

yam cake anyone?
yam cake anyone?

Located at Lorong Lang, just a few minutes from the old Sungai Rasau toll area, this kopitiam certainly fits the bill. Floor with mosaic laid decades ago, a single stall offering different simple dishes on different days of the week, and even some nyonya kuih to boot.

In addition to the dishes such as curry mee, mee siam, laksa, prawn mee, curry puff and so forth, the half boiled eggs and coffee here is also one not to be missed. Expertly crafted by the old operator, the coffee carries an aroma and body that’s as good as some of the modern cafes.

simple breakfast makes for a great start of the day
simple breakfast makes for a great start of the day

I also never missed ordering those perfectly prepared half boiled eggs whenever I find myself here. They’re also cracked and served in the little old china cups for you.

A breakfast here reminds us of simpler days, one with less distractions and modern constant bombardment of “look at me” culture. Will we ever find those peace again?

map to Thye Huat, Taman Berkeley

Address:
Thye Huat
Lorong Lang, Taman Berkeley,
41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.056372, 101.464057
Hours: Mon-Sat for breakfast

Most human draws to the beauty of the ocean – crystal clear water, blue sky, and all that nature has to offer. I’ve had several fantastic experience in live aboard diving trips over the years at Thailand and Maldives, but if you’re looking for this type of experience in Mediterranean, then you would appreciate what Turkey Luxury Gulet has to offer.

While there are many ways to plan a group trip sailing across these water, Turkeyluxurygulet.com is the #1 gulet specialist for luxury cruises in Turkey. Starting out with how easy is it to plan: Simple describe the group with its composition, size, and dates of your holiday and they’ll do the rest.

The team has organized over 650+ such gulet charters so you know they’ve got it down when it comes to providing the best possible experience. Expectation is matched with the right type of gulet, crew, and itinerary with breath taking view.

Turkeyluxurygulet.com went on to inspect 573 different gulets and chose the best 50 to be in their fleet setting the standard in terms of quality, value, and customer service.

I also like the fact that they’ve listed their fleet with pricing information right on the website for easier budgeting. You can find these unique experience starting from 7,000 EUR on a 24 meter gulet with 4 cabins for 8 guests, all the way to something that’s upwards of 100,000+ EUR for an ultra luxurious experience on a 50m gulet for 6 cabins with 12 guests.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience over these beautiful water, check out Turkeyluxurygulet.com

When it comes to food that represent Malaysia around different embassies all over the world, satay is probably right on top of the list. Not only it is delicious, these meat on stick is also portable, easy to store, simple to cook, and super convenient to eat.

Satay Sri Melaka, Lembah Keramat
Satay Sri Melaka, Lembah Keramat

For most of us, satay usually means chunks of chicken or beef served on skewer that’s not unlike Japanese yakitori, but if you spend some time looking around, there are other varieties available that may surprise some of us – and for those who likes it a little different, take a look at Satay Melaka.

Satay Sri Melaka is located at Lembah Keramat, some 20 mins away from KLCC, closer to Zoo Negara area (makes for a great after-zoo early dinner spot if you ask me). This is a “lesser developed” area of KL, parking is a breeze, and prices aren’t overwhelming.

plenty of peanut sauce with sambal to go around
plenty of peanut sauce with sambal to go around

The selection of satay here should satisfy even the most picky of eaters, there’s beef, chicken, mutton, as well as various different innards – chicken heart, liver, gizzards, and even beef tripe.

I thought the chicken was perhaps a bit dry (would be great to have some chicken skin), but those innards were really lovely, with beef tripe being my favorite. For chicken satay my favorite would be Satay Ampang.

The peanut sauce and sambal was quite top notch and adds to the overall flavor in ways that every satay place should. Spicy, flavorful, and with just enough spice.

meat, chicken, liver, stomach, they've got it all
meat, chicken, liver, stomach, they’ve got it all

If satay is what you long for, this is a worthy place to check out for sure.

map to satay sri melaka

Address:
Satay Sri Melaka
74, 64, Jalan AU 4/6,
54200 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor
GPS: 3.201103, 101.756342
Tel: 011-1157 7115
Hours: 4pm to midnight

Pretty much all of us has done the two following things:

  • visiting 24 hour convenient store
  • visiting 24 hour makan places

What if I told you that now, there’s a place where you can have both of these in one place? The wealth of choice offered by convenient stores, as well as a good selection of ready to eat hot food and chilled drinks at an always open location with comfortable seating area. Now wouldn’t that be a great concept?

KK Concept Store at Bukit Bintang
KK Concept Store at Bukit Bintang

Well, welcome to KK Concept Store where you find exactly that.

I was invited to the opening of this brand new concept at the very first KK Concept Store at Bukit Bintang to see what it is all about, and from the first impression, I think this is offering exactly what many of us didn’t know we needed.

packs with over 4-5000 items to choose from
packs with over 4-5000 items to choose from

So how is this concept store differ from the 400 outlets of “regular” KK Super Mart?

Well, to start with, there’s going to be many ready-to-eat and fresh food offered at the concept store – from premium satey sauce with kangkung, asam pedas oden, hainanese chicken chop, chicken rendang bento rice, to pao and even siu mai.

fresh food with proper seating area and even massage chairs
fresh food with proper seating area and even massage chairs

Additionally, heading upstairs you’ll find over 1000 square feet of dining/seating area with free wifi, power outlets, and even clean toilet, much like a proper cafe would. Interestingly, there’s even a couple massage chairs as well (I use these a lot especially at mall/airports)

the people behind KK Group, including CEO Datuk Seri Dr KK Chai
the people behind KK Group, including CEO Datuk Seri Dr KK Chai

On the opening day event, we were treated with a curated lunch expertly arranged by Eunice, and everything you see on the beautifully presented table are from food item available at this KK Concept Store.

The group aim to open another 40 more such KK Concept Store by 2020, which each outlet strategically located at both residential and high traffic area. I need one to be near me!

CEO Datuk Seri Dr KK Chai, Eunice & KY
CEO Datuk Seri Dr KK Chai, Taste Test, Eunice & KY

From 20th to 22nd July, 2019, there’s a Buy 1 Free 1 promotion on all food item at B Cafe, and subsequently a 20% off all Bento sets from 23rd July till 11th August, 2019. The promotion will continue with 20% off all make-to-order sandwiches from 12st August till 31st August, 2019.

Do check it out!

My day job brings me to Kota Kinabalu quite often these days, which is a bit of a blessing when it comes to work travel as this North Borneo city does offer a full package of beautiful ocean & beaches, the magnificent mount KK, and a host of rather unique hawker dishes not easily found this side of Klang Valley. I’m also particularly blessed to have friends who would bring me to explore these places.

Kedai Kopi Wah Juan, Kota Kinabalu
Kedai Kopi Wah Juan, Kota Kinabalu

During my last visit, I had to go offshore for a short stint. For Sabah, that meant using the old Terminal 2 at BKI airport (who has flown Air Asia flight via this side before?). On my return trip, my friend Yann May picked me up and we decided to stopped by this rather busy looking kopitiam located by Tanjung Aru, between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of the airport.

As it turned out, this was the famous Kedai Kopi Wah Juan that offers mixed pork (or pork offal) noodle which if I remember correctly, is an addiction of a friend who claimed to eat clean otherwise.

our lunch spread for two
our lunch spread for two

We ended up ordering a plate of noodle with roast &  bbq pork (as the lady doesn’t eat pork offal, WHYY!?), a bowl of beef ball soup, a plate of noodle with pork offal, and an additional small plate of pork offal.

Well, the result? It was awesome!

Can’t say much about those BBQ & roast pork, but the pork offal was on point, soft, flavorful, and properly braised to perfection. In addition, the home made noodle were superb as well, subtle in taste which compliments the other ingredients, and soaks up those sauce just nice. The beef ball soup too did not disappoint, and would be something I order again.

If I had to nitpick, they could do with slightly better chili paste, that’s about it.

pork offal noodle, roast/bbq pork, beef balls, pork offal (small)
pork offal noodle, roast/bbq pork, beef balls, pork offal (small)

If you’re at Kota Kinabalu and does eat pork innards, this is surely a place to check out.

map to Kedai Kopi Wah Juan, Kota Kinabalu

Address:
Kedai Kopi Wah Juan
Jalan Lee Thau Sang, Pekan Tanjung Aru,
88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
GPS: 5.952751, 116.056229
Tel: 016-830 6160