Saturday, May 21, 2016

Face to Face Noodle House 面对面 @ City Square Mall

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'Eat Face to Face!!' - I like the punchline for the new noodle house at City Square Mall. (The pronunciation of "面" could mean noodles or face. So I would guess there will be various interpretations on how you face to eat your noodles). Face to Face, originated in Sarawak, began its culinary heritage since 1903 and has expanded to 30 outlets in Malaysia. During the Edu-tainment Trail at City Square Mall earlier this month, our family had the opportunity to taste the chewy sarawak noodles and the various pan mee creations by Face to Face.



Located on the 2nd floor of the Eco-friendly Mall, the new flagship store has already attracted many customers to try out their handmade noodles and it was pretty crowded during lunch hours.


Denver & Gladys seated and awaiting for their food to arrive.

Black Pepper Pork Chop Pan Mee - Our girl picked this as she likes the juicy pork meat with black pepper sauce. Decent portion of serving and Gladys commented that the bowl has a big piece of meat.


Genki Herbal Chicken Soup - Normally I have a preference for dry noodles, but this time I decided to go for soup noodles as I adore herbal chicken. The noodles appears to be mee sua, thin and chewy. Chicken meat is tender and the herbs have infused into the meat giving it a nice aroma and taste. I only find the soup a little too salty and it would be perfect if the herbal flavour is thicker.
 

Creation Pork Pan Mee - Ordered this for Hubby where it is served with wantan crisp, pork meat balls and topped with minced pork, cooked in signature gravy. A colourful combination and looks appetizing.


Curry Chicken Pan Mee - Our older boy has a liking for spicy food and this bowl of curry chicken noodle was his pick. A delightful combination of mini potatoes, beancurd sheets, toufu puffs plus his favourite curry chicken. He slurped his soup and finished every bit of it.


Face to Face also served hot and cold drinks and we ordered Honey Lemon (suitable for those who enjoy extra sweetness), Three Musketeers (a nice combination of sour and sweet), Longan Ribena and their Iced Signature Organic Coffee which is sweet, fragrant and revitalizing.



If you want value-for-money, look out for their value sets which includes a selected noodle dish plus a drink at $9.90 or value combo meals which includes a selected noodle dish, a drink plus a snack at $10.90. It is affordable, plus there's no service charge. Would love to be back again to try out their other popular dishes - Hot & Spicy Pan Mee which has an onsen egg within and goes with their house special dry chilli. Hubby and our boy should like it!

Face to Face Noodle House
Address: City Square Mall, #02-23/24, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FaceToFaceSG/

* Disclosure:Our family was invited to dine at Face to Face Noodle House at City Square Mall. All comments and opinions are personal and no monetary compensation was received

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Myeong Dong Korean BBQ Buffet @ Mount Austin

We were back in Johor Bahru (once again) earlier this March for a quick weekend getaway. Recently, we have been exploring the cuisine around Mount Austin as the area has gradually developed into another food heaven!

We chanced upon Myeong Dong Korean Restaurant which offers All You Can Eat BBQ buffet at an attractive price. RM22 for Adult (less than SGD 8) and RM12 for children (~ SGD4.50). I was a little skeptical about it but we were attracted by the pricing and decided to give it a try.


Taking the flight of stairs up, we stepped into Myeong Dong. The space is not very big and it was pretty crowded during dinner time. The major setback during our visit then was the heat. The air-condition seems to have broken down and the entire restaurant felt like a furnace. While there were fans to help ventilate and cool the area, it was not enough.

While waiting for our seats, it is also visibly noticeable that the restaurant is short-handed. The food selection displayed on the counter tops is limited and it took some time to refill. Even the cutlery and bowls were all taken and diners have to wait for the clean ones to be put out.

It may sound disappointing but for the price that we are paying, we would love to try out the food still.


Let's have a quick look at the food section

Kimchi soup, rice, noodles and bottles of chilli sauce. It would be nice if homemade sauces were served instead.

Green/vegetable section

Meat section - If you are a big fan of pork, this may be to your liking as it is an all pork selection in the trays. It comes with different cuts and marinated in different sauces

(Green Tea Pork, Marinated Pork BBQ, Spicy Sauce Pork, Pork Shoulder, Garlic Pork, Wine Pork, Curry Pork, Pork Belly)

We finally got our seats, grabbed whatever meat that is left in the trays and Hubby started bbq-ing. We got some kimchi soup and started heating it up as well. You can choose to put the noodles in to make some kimchi noodles too.


BBQ-ing in process.   

Our all pork meal


Drinks are not inclusive in the buffet price, hence you can order them from the menu.

All diners get to have one free cup of ice-cream. Diners can pay RM1 for each additional cup of ice-cream.

Overall, we had a satisfying meal. We did not mind waiting a little longer for the cutlery and food to be refilled. The food tasted fine and it was filling. There are definitely areas that Myeong Dong is lacking, and the food selection is limited, but we are not complaining as the price is really cheap. My only discomfort is the hotness dining at Myeong Dong, if only the air-condition is working, we do not mind re-visiting again for another meal. Hopefully, there will be improvements in our next visit.

Myeong Dong Korean BBQ Buffet
Address: No. 58-1, Jalan Austin Height 8/7, Taman Mount Austin, 81100, Johor Bahru

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Poh Cheu - Handmade Ang Ku Kueh

We don't usually travel too far from our neighbourhood, but when we do, we try to look for good food. Last month, we took a ride down to Bukit Merah and saw a long queue forming outside this stall selling assorted kueh. Out of curiosity, we decided to join in the crowd.


It took us about 25 minutes before we were able to place our orders. While waiting, our eyes were at the colourful display of kueh at the counter. There's rice cake, yam cake, soon kueh, abacus, glutinous rice and more!


I am more interested in their handmade Ang Ku Kueh which comes in assorted flavours! Apart from the traditional peanut filling, there is coconut, mango, black sesame, durian, yam, green tea, red bean, salted bean and even coffee!


After much hesitation, we finally placed our orders. Their handmade soon kueh and ang ku kueh are very popular, hence it is a must try.


Basically, we love all the kueh from Poh Cheu. The rice kueh and soon kueh are tasty with lots of fillings within. Still, my vote goes to their traditional peanut filling Ang Ku Kueh. The skin is thin and the filling is full. I like the texture and it is definitely one of the better Ang Ku Kueh that I have tasted so far.


Usually I don't like to join in long queues, but I don't mind coming back again for their Ang Ku Kueh if we are around the area.

Poh Cheu
Address: Blk 127 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-230 Singapore 150127
Operating Time: 8am - 6pm, 
Closed on Sunday & Public Holidays (Except Friday & Saturday)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Review: Gingin Instant Ginger Drink

I always love ginger drink, not only it warms the body, helps in digestion, I feel rejuvenated after a drink. There are many articles stating the benefits of ginger which includes helping to get rid of nose and throat congestion, improve blood circulation, relief nauseous, stress and the list goes on.

Recently, we received some packets of Gingin Instant Ginger drinks. A relative new brand for me and we decided to give it a try.


Product Information - Gingin Instant Ginger Drink is made with white ginger, which is found in northern Thailand. The gingers used are of 12 months old - the prime age to use and harvest its properties. The beverage has a very high ginger concentrate. 10kg of fresh ginger is used to make 1kg of ginger extract. It contains no preservatives or artificial colourings. 


Gingin Instant Ginger Drink comes in 4 flavours to suit varied preferences. Over the past few months, we have tried them and here's our thoughts.

100% Ginger (No Sugar) instant drink is naturally stimulating, combined a soothing taste of ginger, without the mixture of additives. This is perfect for Hubby, who dislike sweet drinks, as it contains no sugar.

For a sweeter option, I would go for Ginger with Brown Sugar (75% Ginger) as brown sugar is added to the mix and I get a balance of ginger and sweetness. I usually like to have it cold in the afternoon which makes me feel more refresh.

After a heavy meal, we will also make a cup of Strong Ginger Formula (80% Ginger) to aid in our digestion. It is slightly sweet and relieving for our stomachs.


The children, on the other hand, prefer the Ginger with Honey drinks which contains 69% of Ginger. Our boy enjoyed its sweetness plus the invoking ginger flavour which is revitalizing for him after a long day at school. Particularly with the examination going on these 2 weeks, a cup of ginger drink soothes his body and mind and he likes to make a cup to keep him company as he revises.


Gingin Instant Ginger Drink is Halal-certified and caffeine-free which is suitable for all ages. I like it that you can choose to make your ginger drink hot or cold, particularly suitable for our hot and humid weather conditions.

If you like to try some ginger instant drinks, Gingin are available at Cold Storage, FairPrice, Giant, Mustafa, Prime, RedMart.com & Sheng Siong.

Disclosure: All comments and opinions are personal and no monetary compensation was received. Gingin instant ginger drinks were given for review purposes only.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Fun things to do in Johor Bahru

Following our list on where to stay in Johor Bahru, here's a list of fun activities you and your family can engage in across the border! Whether it is visiting the theme parks, going to the farm, rock climbing or taking wacky photo shots, everyone gets to play and have FUN!

We are always on a look out for more fun places in Johor Bahru, do share with us if you know of any!

Enjoy the listing and we hope it will be helpful when you plan for your next road trip with your family.


1. LEGOLAND MALAYSIA

Comprises of Legoland Park and Water Park, with more than 70 rides, slides, shows and attractions, the international theme park remains as the top pick for families to enjoy a fun-filled day over the weekend or short trip. Whether it is wet or dry activities, there is definitely something for the young and adult. Plus, Legoland Hotel is situated within the themepark where guests can return to rest comfortably after an exciting day at the park.

Our last visit to Legoland Malaysia was back in 2013 before the water park was opened. It has been awhile and we hope to bring the children to re-experience the theme park again soon.

Learn more about our fun experience here.



2. ANGRY BIRDS ACTIVITY PARK
(http://angrybirdsactivitypark.my/)
Address: KOMTAR JBCC, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 8000, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Located within Komtar JBCC, the 26,000 sq feet activity park is packed with fun games to keep the children entertained for many hours. Whether it is driving the go kart, having a game of soccer, going through the laser maze or having a shot at the shooting gallery, kids and adults get to enjoy a great workout while having fun! As Angry Birds Activity Park is situated within the shopping mall in the heart of the city, which is very close to Woodland Checkpoint, it is easily accessible.

Our family visited the activity park twice, once in 2014 and 2015. Both visits were filled with fun and the kids love it!

Learn more about our fun experience here.



3. AUSTIN HEIGHTS WATER & ADVENTURE PARK
(http://www.funtime.my)
Address: Jalan Mutiara Emas 8, Taman Mount Austin, 81100, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Austin Heights Water & Adventure Park is the latest fun park to open last December at Mount Austin which comprises of a water park and an adventure park.

The adventure park consist of challenging rope course activities (sheltered and outdoor) which is suitable for youths and adults to raise your adrenaline level


The water park consists of wave pool, lazy river, assorted slides, playground and more where the whole family can enjoy a splashing day of excitement.

Learn more about our fun experience here.


4. BIG BOSS N LAND
(http://www.bigbossnland.com/)
Address: Level 2-07, Perling Mall, Jalan Persisiran Perling, Taman Perling, 81200, Johor

Located on level 2 of Perling Mall, Big Boss N Land is a career-building theme park where children have fun role-playing and learn to gain independence, confidence and teamwork. There are more than 40 occupations to choose spreading across 2 sessions. Although it is of a smaller scale, our kiddos enjoyed themselves tremendously in the edutainment concept park.

Learn more about our fun experience here.



5. LASER BATTLE
(http://www.laserbattle.com.my/)
Address: 4th Floor, InnerCity, Johor Bahru City Square, 108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Johor Bahru, Johor 80000

Laser Battle - another fun zone within the shopping mall. Located on the 4th floor in the InnerCity zone of Johor Bahru City Square, this is suitable for older children, youths and adults. The games are physically and intellectually intensive, and a test of wits, reflexes and stamina.  Only 10 minutes into the game and we were quite tired out. A thrilling and exciting activity for families and friends to participate together.

Learn more about our fun experience here.


6. GO-KART CIRCUIT
(http://www.plentongkarting.com/)
Address: Lot 1195, Jalan Bunga Matahari, Taman Plentong Baru, 81750, Johor Bahru

This is a real Go-Kart circuit, where you can experience the speed of driving without being caught for speeding. Located at Permas Jaya, many youths and adults like to drop by and enjoy a few rounds around the circuit course. Children are allowed on the tracks as well but parents have to closely supervise and monitor.

Learn more about our fun experience here.



7. MINI KUSO TRICK ART
(http://www.kuso3d.com.my/)
Address : 83 & 85 Jalan Mutiara Emas 10/2, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Care to bring back many memorable, wacky and fun photographs? Visit Mini Kuso Trick Art, a 3D gallery located at Taman Mount Austin. Area spanning across the top floor of a unit within the shophouse, their unique 3D paintings, props and magnetic boards brought hours of fun-filled experience for our family.

Learn more about our fun experience here.



8. ROCKWORLD
Address: Setia Business Park 2, No. 6, Jalan Perniagaan Setia 4 Taman Perniagaan Setia, 81100, Johor Bahru, Johor

Want to challenge yourself on the vertical walls? Rockworld provides children, youths and adults a space where you can climb to your heart desire. You also get to learn how to be a belayer and grab a few tips from the trainer.

Learn more about our fun experience here.


9. ZOOM PARK
(http://zoomparkasia.com/johor-bahru/)
Address: 9 & 11, Jln Kencana Emas 2/3, Kawasan Perindustrain Tebrau 3, Target Commercial Park, 81100, Johor Bahru

It is said that jumping on the trampoline helps to burn off calories. Trampoline jumping is not only a great workout but fantastic family activity for children and adult. At Zoom Park, you can jump into the foam pit, play basketball, climb the rock wall or perform stunts on the trampoline. The space is wide and spacious and you get hours of fun.

Learn more about our fun experience here.



10. ZENXIN ORGANIC PARK
(http://www.zenxin.com.my/)
Address: Plot 47A & 47B, Batu 9, Jalan Batu Pahat, 86000, Kluang, Johor, Malaysia

Zenxin is the first open-to public organic farm in Malaysia. Occupying about 100-acres, it has a nursery, fruit farms, growing organically-grown vegetables and fruits, herbal garden, pet area, restaurant and an organic shop within. Visitors can choose to tour the farm by foot or by cycling and get to learn more about the crops and get up close to the animals. Do not forget to have a meal at their restaurant which serves organic meal made from freshly harvested produce from the farm.

Learn more about our fun experience here.


11. ESCAPE ROOM
Address: L4-029 Sutera Mall, No. 1, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300. Johor Bahru, Johor

There are many real life escape games located conveniently within the shopping malls or shop houses. It has got popular over the years and many like to spare some time with their family or friends to join in the game to solve a series of puzzles and riddles in the attempt to escape from the locked room. Pretty exciting and it can be intense at times when the clock is tickling away and you have yet to find your way out.

Learn more about our fun experience here.


Monday, May 9, 2016

Back to Nature Fun at Zenxin Organic Park (Kluang)

Early last year, we visited Zenxin Organic Park in Kluang. It was a long drive from the checkpoint but a fruitful one as we get to see many plants, fruits and animals as we walked through the organic farm.

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We arrived at Zenxin Organic Park early in the morning feeling fresh! 


Zenxin Organic Park is the first open-to public organic farm in Malaysia. Visitors can choose to visit the farm on foot or by bicycle but you will receive more free gifts if you choose to walk!

We went for the walking route and collected our tickets, cash voucher, pet food and map. :) A very good deal!

Map of Zenxin Organic Park

We orientated ourselves a little on the map before heading out to the farms. The map is clear and easy to read and we set our first destination to visit the nursery and green house.

GREENHOUSE

Stepping out into the vegetable farm did we realised that the entire area is HUGE and it will take hours to walk through them! No wonder they provided the option of cycling.

We continued our walk and brought the children along to the greenhouse area where the vegetation lies.


The farmers were seen busy at work in the morning.

 We took our time leisurely, walking through the vegetable farm trying to see if we can identify any crops that are familiar to our eyes.


HAPPY FARM

Our next stop is Happy Farm. This is the area where you get up close to the animals and herbs in the herbal garden. Walk in through the gate, but be careful as you may be greeted by the 'hosts' at the entrance.


The little monkeys who welcomed us at the stairs.

While it may look small on the map, the collection of herbs here is pretty impressive. 



Father & son posing with the scarecrow. :) A funny one.


There are so many herbs grown here and there are banners to indicate its usage and preparation which I find it very insightful. I have seen Cat Whiskers at my old workplace and I finally found its name here. Did not realise until now that it is actually useful to treat urinary tract stones, hypertension and diabetes.


Another herb that we found which seems to be helpful for treating rash, and remedy for kidney trouble and lethargy. 

This one has an interesting name and it is useful for treating injury and fracture. Just mash the fresh leaf and apply.

Children get to observe, feel, smell, and touch the plants. It felt like a learning journey for our family.



Look out for the banners and interesting fun facts can be found around the organic farm. 


PET AREA

Our children favourite zone

Initially we were observing the ducks from the outside of the fence. We managed to catch a closer glimpse of the ducks and their duck eggs when one of the staff opened the door and we stood by the entrance and watched.



Remember the free pet food that we got at the main entrance? The children have been holding on to them and they finally get to use them to feed the rabbits. The rabbits were roaming around freely in the pet area when we walked in. We got really up close to the furry bunnies and they were not afraid of strangers at all. Probably pretty much accustomed to welcoming guests everyday.


This is the time where children gets to feed , play and spend some time with the rabbits.


DRAGON FRUIT FARM

We walked on to our next destination - Dragon fruit farm where we learnt more about Dragon fruits here. Dragon fruit is also known as Pitaya. It belongs to the cactus family and each plant can survive for 100 years!


Noticed the plastic bags covering the fruit? This is to protect the fruit from being attacked by the insects.

Do you know that there are 3 types of dragon fruit colours - red skin with white flesh, red skin with red flesh and yellow skin with white flesh. Dragon fruits benefits our body as it aids constipation problems, rich in vitamins, helps to reduce cholesterol and has anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties.



MULBERRY FARM

Next on - Mulberry Farm!


I was expecting to see the red berries on the trees... but only to realise that they have just been harvested and in the containers!


Nevertheless, I spotted some left on the trees. Some were very green while some just turned red.

These berries would be lovely to make mulberry tea. :)

Before we end our walk at the farm, we stood at the viewing gallery and had a paranormal view of the scenic Zenxin Organic Park which spans about 100 acre. This is how far we have walked since morning!


We made our way back to the park entrance and brought the children to catch some fish, 

Even though there were many fishes in the pond, it was not easy to catch them. The fishes wriggled their tails and swam off as soon as the nets were in the waters. Denver & Gladys spent a lot of time and ended up with only 1 or 2 fishes in their pails. It was fun and good effort from their side though. :) Before we leave, the children gladly released the fishes back into the waters.


Did we mentioned that we were starving by then? Of course we were! Thankfully, there is a restaurant within the park - Chef Garden Restaurant, which serves organic meals using the freshly harvested organic produce from the farm.

Learn more about our dining experience here


Despite the long drive from the checkpoint, the trip was worthwhile as we spent half a day at the organic farm learning more about the crops and herbs. The children enjoyed themselves tremendously getting up close to the animals, seeing so many plants and being back to the nature. We would love to visit Zenxin again for another walk and meal when we are back in Kluang on our next road trip.


Zenxin Organic Park
Address: Plot 47A & 47B, Batu 9, Jalan Batu Pahat, 86000, Kluang, Johor, Malaysia
Website: http://www.zenxin.com.my/
GPS: 1.962559, 103.212365 (estimated)

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