Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Water Cress Valley at Tringkap, Cameron Highlands.

You cannot always be having steamboat up there in Cameron Highlands, right?

I mean, of course it's the norm thing to do because of the cold weather. It's super warm and nice to sit around the table and taking your time to eat those soupy stuff. 


We had our fair share of different kind of food when we were at Cameron Highlands. We had steamboat, a bit of Indian food, a spread of Chinese and Hakka food (if not mistaken!) and of course we have the authentic chinese meal.

We found this place years ago with another group of friends and had a good impression of it since. This time, we decided to have our final lunch on the hill there and to do a review on it.

Let's see what we both think of it few years later.

The walk-down entrance to the restaurant.

Huge place to cater to big groups of people.

From plates to sauces to utensils, all are self-service based.

Since there were 4 of us, we decided to order their pre-set that already has a few fixed dishes served with rice. We ordered the SET B (6 dishes) - RM78 excluding drinks. We ordered warm water (RM1 each) because it was quite chilly that noon. 

They also serve steamboat at per person rate but since we already had steamboat for dinner the night before, we decided to have rice. 

Cameron Omelette
He says: Awesome when it is served instantly.
She says: Like any normal omelette. There is obviously no "Cameron" taste to it whatsoever as per the name. Heh.

Veggie Ball with Water Cress Soup
He says: OHHHHMMM.. Hot soup and cold weather is one of the best combination right? 
She says: Water cress soup on a cold noon? Need to say more? Enough salt and enough taste to it. Good stuff.

Deep Fried Handmade Stuffed Taufu
He says: Quite good although it doesn't look like one. =)
She says: Errr.. Like any fried yong tau foo. Something like that.

Fried Water Cress with Garlic
He says: Favourite dish here! Syncs with the restaurant name. 
She says: This one also always get stuck between the braces but I love this dish to the max. The way they use just garlic to stir fry them keeps it very fresh and warm. Love this one.

"Cha Cha Sos" Chicken
He says: Not a bad dish.
She says: The sauce is super nice. The pieces of chicken was quite small and the meat is like so limited. I think they should improve on the portion.

Stewed Fresh Mushroom with Vermicelli
He says: Mushrooms! Love it.. the sauce is pretty nice too.. but could be saltier.
She says: Not my kind of dish. Maybe because I wear braces so it irritates me whenever the mushrooms get stuck between the metals. So yeah. If you like mushroom you will this one. I'm not really into mushroom so the taste was not nice for me.

Water Cress Valley at Tringkap, Cameron Highlands.
Business hours: 9am-10pm (CLOSED ON TUESDAYS!)
Price: Quite expensive

His rating: 7.5/10
Her rating: 7/10

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

BOH Heritage Tea Centre & Factory at Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands

Hello earthlings! More goodness for youuuu!

So, a while back (last year!) we went on our very first outdoor camping trip and we would like to share with you on some of the things that we have eaten while we were there, enjoying every bit of the coldness!

You can read more on the camping trip HERE. You will also be able to find some information on camping if you are interested in trying it out! :)

It's a MUST for you to have at least one time of scones-moment up there on that hill. 

We are both not big fans of scones (due to some bad experiences) but we have every reason to try it out there!

It was over the weekend when we were there so everywhere was packed with vehicles. As some of you might already know, the BOH Tea Centre at Sungai Palas is the most famous tea plantation that everyone for sure wants to go visit.

Since it was so packed and the jam was almost standstill, we decided to go to the one at Tanah Rata. They are not very far from each other when there is no jam. With jam, EVERYTHING IS FAR. Haha.

Anyways, here's some of the things that we ordered in that sweater weather.

The makan place.

Self-service style.

Many choices for you to choose.

Strawberry Cheesecake - RM8.50
He says: Very very tasty strawberry cheesecake. Not too cheesy, not too sweet. Just nice.
She says: Very smooth and I love how the jam on top is not too sweet so it makes the overall cake very pleasant to eat. Nice!

Sardin Puff - RM5.10
He says: A little bit dry for me.
She says: Had this one while it was hot. Nice but not the best I've eaten.

Plain Scone with Homemade Jam and Cream - RM8
He says: Okay la.. normal ni..
She says: I love this scone! It's so soft and warm inside. Very expensive for one scone lah actually.

Apple Pie - RM7
He says: Not bad.. could go back for this!
She says: It's okaylah.

Garden Tea: Palas Supreme (Orange Pekoe) - RM4.50 per person
He says: Love the smell of the tea. Just nice.
She says: Picked from their garden how nice right? Taste even better! Love this one. We refilled the water twice! We sat there, enjoyed the tea until they were closing down. Best.

BOH Heritage Tea Centre & Factory at Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands
Price: Expensive

His rating: 8/10

Her rating: 7.5/10

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Route 9 at Bishop Street, Penang

Before we say anything, we would like to say HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

HAPPY 2015 to all of you out there! Yes, we do realized it's already the third day into this amazing year. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, RIGHT? :D

We hope you had a great countdown to 2015 and of course we hope that your 2015 is going to be an exciting one! 

On New Year's Eve, we decided to go for 2014's last lunch with her family to celebrate what a great year 2014 has been. God is always good!

We didn't want to have the usual chinese meal. Instead we were looking for those places that serves set lunch. It's always nice to have a family or friend gathering with set lunch/set dinner kind of style. 

He found out about this place and we decided to try it out. Set lunch FTW!

Can we just say that this place is TOO similar to a restaurant called Harvest In? IT'S TOO SIMILAR. Harvest In serves ala carte but when you add extra RM, you will get a set lunch.

So, we thought,"Okay, this is their competitor!"

Even more excited to do a review on them. Heh.

Gotta love them photos on the wall. All painted.

Long stretched kind of restaurant.

Quite packed during lunch hours.

Homemade mushroom soup, garlic bread and a glass of lemon tea/peach tea and dessert - add on RM6 on any main course to enjoy the set lunch promo. 
He says: Pretty good. The garlic bread goes really well with creamy mushroom soup. And the peach tea? Tastes like peach tea.
She says: Soup is pretty decent. Garlic bread is nice. How can garlic bread go wrong? Oh wait.. if it's too hard then can. But this one nice and quite soft. The tea is of course normal. I think it's quite okay to add RM6 to make it a set lunch.

Chocolate Peppermint and Chocolate.
He says: Normal..
She says: Never liked peppermint. Normal lah.

Calamari Rings - RM9.50
Deep fried squid rings served with Thai chili sauce.
He says: Calamari rings can hardly go wrong right?
She says: Crunchy outside and soft inside and not oily! Love this one. This one is ala carte, not part of the set lunch price.

Feta Cheese Bruschetta - RM8.50
Freshly toasted garlic bread, with chopped Feta cheese, honey and herbs.
He says: The bread is soft yet crunchy on its sides. Feta cheese made it even better!
She says: The garlic on the bread is amazing. I think it's brilliant to add Feta cheese on top because it gives the salty flavor to it, but they should add more! This one also ala carte, not part of set lunch.

Basil Pesto with Chicken Breast - RM15.90
Grilled chicken breast served with basil pesto, mashed potato and daily fresh vegetables.
He says: Pretty nice mint/herb sauce to complement with the golden piece of chicken. The taste of the chicken is a little bit dry though. 
She says: I normally love chicken breast but this one was a bit too tough to my liking. The basil pesto however was sooooo good. And excuse me Adrian Koay, *points to his comment* IT'S NOT MINT SAUCE! *rolls eyes* HAHAHA. It was a very good basil pesto with a hint of garlic taste to it that did not overpower the basil. One of the best pesto I've tried. Love it.

Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Cordon Bleu - RM15.90 (Chef's Pick)
Deep fried boneless chicken stuffed with chicken ham and cheese, served with homemade brown sauce, mashed potato and daily fresh vegetables.
He says: The cheese oozes out like lava as I slice the stuffed chicken. Like it but the sauce could be better if more flavorful.
She says: It's a very big piece of stuffed chicken. I didn't really like this pick. Well, if this is a Chef's Pick, then I think they should modify it or add something to give it more oomphh. I had three bites and I didn't want more after that. 

Grilled Teriyaki Salmon Fish - RM20.90 (Chef's Pick)
Fresh salmon fish lightly grilled, served with Teriyaki sauce, mashed potato and daily fresh vegetables.
He says: A no no for me to order that again. 
She says: The teriyaki sauce is very starchy so it's kinda not very nice to eat. Salmon is just bleh. 

Grilled Salmon with Creamy Cumin Sauce - RM20.90 (Chef's Pick)
Grilled fresh salmon fish, served with creamy cumin sauce, mashed potato and daily fresh vegetables.
He says: The cumin is a lot better than the teriyaki sauce but still, a lot can be improved.
She says: Salmon fish was neh. It's not crunchy outside on the skin so it's like quite sad lah. The cumin sauce, I don't think goes well with this fish but the sauce itself quite creamy and yummy. Very indian-ish flavor.

Coriander Fish - RM16.90
Baked fish fillet with coriander herbs, served with butter rice and daily fresh vegetables.
He says: Like this one. Somehow the fish tastes fresh and the coriander topping is awesome. Butter rice is little bit sticky though and could be better.
She says: The fillet is quite small. The best part (the skin) is glued to the foil so that's a waste. End up I had quite small portion of the entire fillet. The butter rice is amazing! Love the rice. The coriander herbs on top also very yummy. 

Black Pepper Lamb Chop - RM20.90 (Chef's Pick)
Grilled lamb chop marinated with herbs, served with black pepper sauce, mashed potato and daily fresh vegetables.
He says: Grilled nicely. The black pepper sauce is not bad.
She says: The sauce quite starchy. The lamb very big piece and grilled nicely. Not too hard.

Peppermint Lamb Chop - RM20.90
Grilled lamb chop marinated with herbs, served with peppermint sauce, mashed potato and daily fresh vegetables.
He says: Mint sauce tak cukup oohm. But boleh tahan la.
She says: The mint sauce is super nice. If it's a little thicker then I think it would have been one of the star dish. 

Route 9 at Bishop Street, Penang
Business hours: Lunch (11am-3pm) // Dinner (6pm-10pm)
Price: Quite expensive


His rating: 6.5/10
Her rating: 7.5/10