Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Dim Sum Signature (点心皇) @ Kulai - [JB]

It was a pleasure to have Dim Sum on a Sunday morning where you can sit down and enjoy your meal without the need to rush. During our driving trip to Kulai, we spotted this nice Dim Sum Restoran and went in to give it a try.

Located near AEON Kulaijaya, and a few streets away from 5D Art Studio. This is a great place to dine in if you are planning for a short stay in Kulai.

Neat and bright ambiance in the air-conditioned restaurant. We were there at 8am when it opens for business and hence there was no crowd at all. 

Variety of Chinese Tea selection you can pick from. Alternatively, they also have coffee, juice and canned drinks. 

Chinese tea always goes best with dim sum and we ordered Jasmine Tea.

We must be starving that morning as we ordered a lot, especially our favourite dim sum. 

 Char Siew Cheong Fun (炒烧蒸肠粉) - RM6.50

Steamed 'Liu Sha Bao' (流沙包) - RM5.90
Our girl's favourite and a must-order if she is having dim sum. This alone is enough to fill her tummy.

Steamed Char Siew Bao (叉烧包) - RM5.90

Pan Fried Shanghai Pork Minced Bun (上海生煎肉包) - RM6.50

Lou Mai Gai (珍珠糯米雞) - RM6.50
This is my personal favourite. I know it will be a little filling but I always like to go for Luo Mai Gai if I am having dimsum.

Mini Glutinous Rice with Lotus Leaf (珍珠荷叶饭) - RM3.68

Deep Fried Leek Dumpling - RM5.90

Steamed Chicken Feet with Bean Sauce (蒸凤爪) - RM5.90

Steamed Fish Ball with Amaranth (腐丝蒸鱼卖) - RM5.90

Steamed Shanghai Xiao Long Bun (上海小笼汤包) - RM12.90
Another must-order as we all love to slurp the soup within the small dumpling.

Steamed Herbal Siew Mai with Wolfberry (构子药材烧卖) - RM5.90

Seafood Soup Dumpling (鱼翅海鲜灌汤饺) - RM12.17
Heard from the waitress that this is one of the signature dish as well and so we ordered one to try. It is a big dumpling served in a bowl of soup.

Sink your spoon into the dumpling and there are lots of ingredients within. 

Our bill came up to RM126.05 (~SGD42). 点心皇 dim sum taste good, coupled with clean and neat dining environment plus reasonable pricing, making it one of our favourite dim sum restaurant apart from D'Shanghai.

In fact, we love it so much that we brought our friends here for dimsum on our second visit.

Century Egg Porridge (皮蛋雞絲粥) - RM3.90

Steamed Mushroom Siew Mai (北菇蒸烧卖) - RM6.50

Steamed Xiao Long Bun with Chicken Minced (雞肉汤包) - RM12.90

Steamed 'Dai Bun' (招牌大包) - RM6.90

Deep Fried Prawn Dumplings (鲜虾饺) - RM5.90

After our heavy breakfast, its only minutes walk away from AEON Kulaijaya. We will be back for more dimsum if we are back at Kulai. 

Dim Sum Signature (点心皇)
Address: 272, Jalan Kenanga 29/8, Bandar Indahpura, 81000 Kulai, Johor. Malaysia
GPS: 1.6410322,103.6166122

Monday, November 27, 2017

Uncle Koh Wanton Mee @ TUTA - [JB]

A few months ago we were driving around Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (Johor Bahru) looking for breakfast places and decided to settle in for some noodles at Restoran Uncle Koh.

Coincidentally, Uncle Koh Wanton Mee has been operating in TUTA for many years and its one of the older shops there.

We ordered Wanton noodles for all and like the tangy and chewy noodles. Wanton skin is soft and not too thick with tasty meat wrapped within. Charsiew slices tasted alright and it was a satisfying meal to start our day.

We also ordered a bowl of Shui Jiao (水饺) to try and it taste just as good. 

Hubby always love to savour some chicken feet and this bowl satisfied his craving in terms of taste and softness. Still, he feels the chicken feet served at Restoran Lima Ratus (何明记 云吞面) is still his personal favourite to go for.

Restoran Uncle Koh (許记云吞面)
Address: 106 Jalan Pahlawan 2, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Skudai
GPS: 1.521428,103.663516

Sunday, November 26, 2017

[JB] New IKEA store at Tebrau in Johor Bahru

After much anticipation, Swedish furniture giant retailer, IKEA Tebrau (Johor Bahru) finally opens its door to the public on 16 Nov 2017. Said to be the largest store in South-East Asia, IKEA Tebrau outlet span across 46,713 sq meter with 54 showrooms.

We were there on the first opening weekend and a queue was already forming before the store opens. Thankfully we were allowed to enter at 9.30am that morning and the crowd made a beeline to the 750-seat IKEA restaurant.

View of the restaurant before the crowd swamp in.

Within minutes, the restaurant was filled with diners queuing up to sample IKEA's signature Swedish meatballs. Seats were also filled up very quickly. 

As we find familiar food on the menu, we also noticed new additions that is not available in Singapore outlet. 

How about the pricing of the food? 

Swedish meatballs (RM12/10pcs)
Fried chicken wings (RM16.50/6pcs or RM11.50/4pcs)
Assorted muffin (RM1.50)
Fried Mee Hoon (RM1)
French toast with sausages and baked beans (RM4 - Only for Breakfast)
Mineral bottle water (RM1)

After breakfast, we headed on to the showroom for a walk. It feels very much like shopping at IKEA Singapore, only the prices are generally slightly cheaper or comparable. Unlike the crowd we faced at the restaurant, it was much easier to walk about in the showroom.

Items are neatly organised and placed and you just follow the arrows and map around the store to find your way through. 

So how much is the price difference and if it is worth driving all the way across the border to IKEA Tebrau? We had a look at a few items as we stroll through the store.

Melltorp Table (RM99 VS SGD39). Price difference of ~ $3

Mala Easel (RM79 VS SGD29.90) - Price difference of ~$3.50

Ording Cutlery Stand (RM7.90/RM14.90 VS SGD5.90/SGD7.90) - Price difference of ~$2.60/$2.90

Raskog Trolley (RM149 VS SGD59) - Price Difference of ~$10

Antilop high chair with tray (RM49.90 VS SGD29.90) - Price difference of ~$13

We did not look at the bulky furniture items as it only takes up boot space. Generally it appears the items at IKEA Tebrau is cheaper and its a good deal if you are around the area and would like to make some small purchases back. We bought Gladys some drawing paper from Mala and Mala's paper roll storage for her drawing interest. It was about 5% to 10% cheaper compared to the price in Singapore.

Spacious and bright setting with ease of walking around the store. 

We cannot leave IKEA without getting some hotdogs and ice-cream! Its really a great deal here as ice-cream only cost RM0.80 (~SGD0.25), almost half price compared to the Singapore store! Price of a hotdog is RM2, yogurt at RM1.50 and a combo set of a drink and hotdog is only RM3.

The ice-cream taste just as good and we would love to come back for more.

IKEA Tebrau is located near Aeon Mall Tebrau City and Tesco. With its opening, there are now more shopping options in the area.

IKEA (Tebrau)
Address: 33 Jalan Harmonium Taman Desa Tebrau, Johor Bahru 81100 Johor, Malaysia
GPS: 1.554477, 103.798644

Store opening hours: 
Sun - Thurs: 10am - 10pm
Fri & Sat, eve & on public holidays and replacement holidays which fall on Mondays: 10am - 11pm
Restaurant opening hours:
Sun - Thurs: 9.30am - 9.30pm
Fri & Sat, eve & on public holidays and replacement holidays which fall on Mondays: 9.30am - 10.30pm (Breakfast is from 9.30am - 11am)