16 Jan 2018

名厨木桶烧铁板料理の中卷+烧肉饭

每每经过名厨木桶烧铁板料理看到中卷的铁板双拼套餐,心里的OS就不停地食べたい!!!
结果想想自己应该负担不起,便作罢,转去找台湾铭物吃个卤肉饭套餐再来个黑面蔡奶茶。

中卷的铁板双拼套餐其实不会很贵,178新台币有的吃,最贵的中卷+牛小排260新台币有的找。负担不起指的是自己的胃。每每看到别人吃,都觉得中卷也太大了把,一个人怎么吃得完?

终于有一天在南港车站的Global Mall,妈妈可怜我,说好吧,你去买个中卷的铁板双拼套餐,我去买个担仔面,两个人应该可以把中卷的铁板双拼套餐吃完。

于是我终于可以吃到中卷的铁板双拼套餐了!

挑了中卷+烧肉饭。

铁板上躺了一支不小的中卷,有烧肉,鸡蛋,豆芽,豆干,饭,汤,饮料。CP值不低哦。豆芽下面还有意粉。

虽然不是顶级料理,但可以只在200新台币以下就有中卷吃,我还是开心的。


9 Jan 2018

Gesund essen: Honey Miso Salmon Bento bei Lean Bento


Ein neues Jahr und ich will ein gesunder Koerper haben.  Deshalb soll ich gesunder essen.

Zum Mittagsessen hatte ich Honey Miso Salmon Bento.  Es ist nicht ein japanische bento, aber wie ein Lunchbox.  Es gibt Salmon mit honey miso, multigrain Reis, Eier und Salad.

Nicht salzig, nicht oelig and sehr gesund!

4 Jan 2018

Steamed Caramel Banana Cake, Banana Compote, Gula Melaka Ice-cream

Desserts at the Candlenut are not given fanciful names, but listed down item by item.  So that diners will know exactly what they are expecting when they order, but still be surprised by the tastes.

Lighting at the Candlenut was turned down too low for a proper photo, and it was made worse as I dined there on a dark wet afternoon.

The Steamed Caramel Banana Cake and Banana Compote was okay for me, not being a huge fan of bananas or the artificially-flavoured banana cakes sold at neighbourhood bakeries.  The Banana Cake at the Candlenut was not overwhelmingly flavoured.

The Gula Melaka ice-cream was creamy with a very comfortable scent of Gula Melaka that made eating it very comfortable.  It did not have the in-your-face lemaky taste of Gula Melaka ice-cream in some creameries, and the scope was gone before I realised it.

I thought the dessert was a little pricey, but the Gula Melaka ice-cream more than made up for the price.


2 Jan 2018

Insanity 暴瘋語

Insanity is a 2015 movie directed by David Lee purporting to be a psychological thriller, with Hong Kong’s Sean Lau and China’s Huang Xiaoming as the leads.  Fiona Sit, Alex Fong and Paw Hee-ching supported the cast.

Sean Lau played a man who descended into schizophrenia and pushed his wife out of a window after the death of his son.  Freakishly, his wife landed on the pavement below their apartment, a tad too late for her inconsolable mother.  As his psychiatrist, Huang Xiaoming deemed Sean to have recovered from schizophrenia three years after he was committed to an asylum by the courts and recommended that Sean be discharged, much to the opposition of his colleagues who feared the public and media’s reaction should news of Sean’s release be known, and especially should Sean have a relapse.

As Sean sought to live a normal life after his release, his mother-in-law started harassing him, forcing Sean to job and house-hop in an attempt to avoid his mother-in-law. 

Fearful of his reputation being tarnished should Sean be jailed for the murder of a drug addict, Huang Xiaoming had Sean locked up in a room to continue his treatment.  The result was an increasingly emboldened Sean and an increasingly desperate Huang Xiaoming.

The end of Insanity was a twist.  Instead of Huang Xiaoming treating Sean, the 2nd half of Insanity was in fact Huang Xiaoming descending into his own schizophrenia.  He had projected his own insanity on a non-existent Sean and it was only Huang Xiaoming himself in the locked room all along.  Fearful of his hereditary condition (Huang Xiaoming’s mother killed herself due to schizophrenia), Huang Xiaoming refused to have children with his girlfriend Fiona.  However, Fiona was revealed to be pregnant and promised to wait for Huang Xiaoming to recover from schizophrenia.

Insanity examined the heavy topic of mental health, more specifically that of schizophrenia.  Modern society was stressful and while schizophrenia could manifest itself and tip people over the edge, there was the possibility of recovery, as fleshed out by Sean Lau.  Schizophrenia could also be hereditary, in Huang Xiaoming’s case.  However, with intervention, appropriate treatment and strong support from family and friends, as demonstrated by Fiona and Alex, Huang Xiaoming’s recovery was hopeful.



While Insanity was promoted as a Hong Kong movie, I thought it wasn’t as Hong Kong as the 2016 Mad World 一念无明, which explored bipolar illness, and had a tighter cast.  In Insanity, Sean Lau turned in a dependable performance as a man who lost it after the death of his son and thought his wife was unfaithful to him.  Paw Hee-ching as usual turned in a dependable performance.  The selection of Alex Fong and Fiona Sit for Insanity seemed strange to me.  In their roles, both were believable.  Alex Fong as the irritating colleague who seemed ready to steal Huang Xiaoming’s lunch anytime, and Fiona as a social worker and girlfriend of Huang Xiaoming.  However, both did not seem to have enough on-screen chemistry with Huang Xiaoming to make their on-screen relationships with him real.

I guess, without Chinese financial backing, Insanity might not have made it to the screens, and to sell a movie to a market of billions, it makes business sense to include in the cast actors/actresses that appeal to the market.

However, I also guess that not every marketable actor/actress can hold their own against Sean Lau and Paw Hee-ching.  Both Sean Lau and Paw Hee-ching have had many many years honing their craft, and I am pretty certain they did not start out as good as they are now.  To pair either of them with an actor/actress with far less experience may help the junior hone his/her craft, but the gap shows on the screen.  I am not saying that Huang Xiaoming is an awful actor.  He just cannot hold his own against Sean Lau in Insanity.  In addition to overly dramatic emoting, his on-screen relationship with Fiona Sit was also unconvincing.  As Insanity unfolded, 2 questions kept repeating themselves.  Would it have been better to have an actress that Huang Xiaoming was personally familiar with taking Fiona’s character?  Could another actor taking Huang Xiaoming’s character make the comparison with Sean Lau less jarring?  Louis Khoo’s face kept popping up in my mind.  Duh it seems like the Overheard series 窃听风云 is too sticky in my mind...    

28 Dec 2017

Eating onboard Air Asia

Air Asia 是马来西亚的廉价航空公司。周游马国,与其舟车劳累,搭乘廉价航空不失为不错的选择。

廉价航空也有餐点服务。定机票时一同定餐比在机上点便宜。

东南亚饮食中,椰奶可说是重点食材。Air Asia的机餐就以santan命名。Santan在马来文/印尼文是椰奶。

相中了Pak Nasser Nasi Lemak, Bukhara Chicken Biryani, Thai Green Curry with Rice最后却因是第一次乘搭Air Asia,不熟悉以上餐点的辣度而挑了安全性极高的chicken lasagne。

Chicken lasagne卖相不错,味道也还可以 (至少比Scoot好)。但我不理解的是,虽然是廉价航空,可乐也不需要廉价吧。



23 Dec 2017

Eating around Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang

I arrived at the hotel after 2pm, and the taxi drove past a shuttered shop with a sign “Restoran Zim Sum”.  I had no idea what “Zim Sum” was, but it sounded suspiciously like Dim Sum, so I hoped that whatever the shop was, it was not out of business but merely shuttered for the day.

The hotel was surprise surprise surrounded by awesome penang street food.

Just a few steps from the hotel entrance were 2 coffeeshops and mobile foodcarts that came every evening.  Char Koay Teow was fried to order and had great wok hei, duck rice from the coffeeshop was really value for money both on quality and quantity (and I was really lucky to decide to buy that on the first night, as the stall closed subsequently) and almond tea that was not sweet but so intense that I had to have it every night because I have not had almond tea that was sooooo good ever.  And because the food stalls were literally just downstairs, dinner was always buying take-out from the stalls and eating in the air-conditioned comfort of my room while watching TV.  Although there were also mobile seating near the stalls, I thought the stall owners or cleaners did a really good job because the next morning, the roads were always clean, with no stray bones, or rancid cooking smells from the previous night.  I thought the place was cleaner than some of the night markets in Taiwan.

The hotel breakfast buffet looked good, but Restoran Zim Sum was like Wah!  It was a yum-cha place that opened from 6.30am and closed at 2pm – hence it was shuttered the first day I arrived at the hotel.  I ate breakfast there everyday and everyday (I stayed at the hotel weekends and weekdays) I had to wait for an empty table as the Restoran was apparently popular with the locals, with many families driving to have their breakfast there.

Many varieties of Dim Sum were offered, so many in fact that the menu changes on alternate days, and despite eating there for more than 1 cycle of menu changes, I could not manage to try everything.  In addition to Dim Sum, there were also noodles such as 海南炒,福建炒,鱼头米粉,云吞面 with portions that were at least 2 or 3 times of those I saw at typical coffeeshops in Malaysia.  Many of the local elderly ordered those noodles, and I thought they would not have been able to finish the food at a single seating, as they often order Dim Sum as well.  Indeed, many of them had the service staff pack half of the noodles when they called for the bill.  Even for me, a portion of the noodles could make 2 meals, if I had ordered Dim Sum as well.  The Dim Sum was buffet style, and customers could pick their choices of piping hot Dim Sum as much as they want.  At the end of the meal, the bill would be tallied by the service staff counting the different types of plates.  The Restoran was generous with tea leaves too.  Although the 普洱was not of the top grade, there was enough tea leaves for the tea to remain very full-bodied despite 2 further additions of hot water.  I can’t help but think of some classier restaurants that used weak teabags instead.


Despite being initially disappointed that I wasn’t able to stay at a refurbished heritage hotel in Georgetown, Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang more than made up for my disappointment with a good room and great street food and Dim Sum just within walking distance.  I am quite tempted to stay there again as I did not manage to visit Penang Hill this time, and I am missing the almond tea already.   

20 Dec 2017

Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang

Initially I wanted to stay in the UNESCO World Heritage area of Georgetown, preferably in one of those refurbished heritage buildings.  Apparently, many other visitors to Georgetown had the same idea, and I wasn’t able to book a room for consecutive days in one of those hotels I was eyeing.

Eventually I settled on Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang, located outside the UNESCO World Heritage zone and about 10 to 15 minutes’ walk from KOMTAR.  I wasn’t expecting much from the hotel, even declining to include breakfast in my room reservation as I thought I could always walk into Georgetown proper for breakfast.

Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang turned out to be one of those hotels that I enjoyed.
It was a large full-service hotel with breakfast area always bustling with tourists on all days I stayed there, pool with children and adults from day to night, and free juices at the lobby from 2pm.  Because the hotel was so tall, it was even visible from some places in Georgetown, and together with KOMTAR, helped me orientate my way back to the hotel.

At 28m2, the room was large, with plenty of spaces to lay flat check-in luggages, tables, an armchair, a swivel chair, complimentary water daily and very enthusiastic air conditioning that defied all instructions for the temperature to increase and therefore I had to sit under the covers as I watch TV.



The bathroom was large as well with a good shower, just that the hairdryer was tucked at a small nook between the sink and the glass door of the shower, so that was rather inconvenient.

13 Dec 2017

Cenang Plaza Beach Hotel

ランカウイの旅って,Pantai CenangCenang Plaza Beach Hotelを選びました。Cenang Plaza Beach Hotelはランカウイ空港から車で20分かかります。便利です。さらに、近所はスーパー、レストラン、店一杯です。ホテルの後ろはビーチーです。Underwater World Langkawiは歩いて、10分ぐらいかかります。

Cenang Plaza Beach Hotelのツイン部屋は広さ21m2、バルコニーあります。バスルームはちょっと小さいと思います。シャワードアーありませんから、いつもシャワー後、床が濡れていました。





Cenang Plaza Beach Hotelはホテルレストランありません。ホテルの一階はPizza HutSubwayですが、11時からオープンです。そして二泊の朝食はスーパーで買いましたパンとインスタントラーメンでした。


ランカウイの旅って雨季でした。Langkawi Skybridge行けませんでした。残念でした。