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6 Days 5 Nights Relax at Chiang Mai (Day 3) | 废人废生活的清迈6天5夜行 (第三天)

Day3 It was another beautiful day which no one, no alarm, no phone call woke you up from your sweet dream. We had our breakfast in hotel and continue rent hotel’s bike to Chiang Mai city. Our first stop was Doi Suthep.   第三天 今天也是睡到自然醒,然后慢慢享用早餐,再慢慢的出发到另一个地方去。今天的行程也是临时计划,由于是星期六,我们计划到周六市场,就和酒店租借多一天的电单车,问问他们的意见后,决定先到Doi Suthep Temple去。 Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai University and Saturday market location map On the way to Doi Suthep Temple, we passed by Chiang Mai university. We turned in their Uni and look for their canteen. Many stalls were not open due to Saturday. Again, we used hand language to order our meal, then bought a cup of coconut drink. The foods at here also very cheap, 20 Baht for a bowl of noodle, 6 Baht for coconut drink. 去Doi Suthep Temple时,途径清迈大学,我们便往里边兜兜。兜了一会儿,终于到达他们的食堂。也许是周六,食堂显得冷冷清清的,就几摊小贩在做生意而已。我们再次比手画脚的告诉面摊阿姨我们想要的面后,再买杯椰水,开始了我们的午餐。这儿的消费也超便宜,一碗面才20Baht,一杯椰水也只是6Baht。 Local noodle Drinks stall Coconut drink We continue our journey to Doi Suthep Temple. The way to the temple was terrible if you go with bike. We regretted not going with Song Thaew. The temple was very beautiful and worth visiting. 吃饱后,继续我们的路程。去Doi Suthep Temple是崎岖的山路,车开了好久,不知转了几百个弯,都很难到达目的地,真的坐到我们腰酸屁股痛。看见身边一辆接一辆的双条割过我们,有点后悔为什么自己要骑电单车去呢?为何呢?就因为酒店人员告诉我们很近啦,只要到市区,没多远就能到达Doi Suthep Temple了。就这样,上当了。但也还好,途中有休息庭,让我们停下来扭一扭身体,吃一吃水果。 City view on the way to Doi Suthep 虽然辛苦,但这寺庙还真的很壮观,我们乐捐后拿了两朵花和蜡烛,拜拜拍拍照,吃吃雪糕,就三点半了。原本还想继续上苗族村,但担心去到已太迟,所以决定下山了。   Doi Suthep Temple was built on mountain, entrance fee is 30Baht per person. Elevator is 20Baht per person. If you can walk, you no need to pay for 20Baht and can just walk up to the temple top through the stair case which consist more than 300 steps. Doi Suthep Temple是建立在高山上的,入门票是30Baht一个人,程搭电梯到寺庙是一个人20Baht。要是嫌贵或体力好的话,你可以选择走三百多个阶梯的路上去,这可以省去20Baht。 Doi Suthep temple Doi Suthep temple Doi Suthep temple We proceed to Saturday market at Wua Lai Road after Doi Suthep. Forgot to mention, along our journey, we do not hire tour guide nor driver. What guided us was GPS. While Camus riding on bike, I hold my phone on hand and read the direction from GPS. We were not worry about thief will snatch away our phone as we feel very safe in Chiang Mai. 下山后,我们直接去周六市场,由于对当地的路一点都不熟悉,我们是靠GPS带领,走完清迈不少路。是的,GPS,人家乘车用GPS,我们骑电单车也用GPS,Camus负责骑电单车,我就坐在后面看GPS领路。在清迈,我们不怕手里握着手提电话而被抢劫,因为他们的治安令我们很放心。   Although GPS is powerful, but we were not able to reach every location with it's help. We lost our way to Saturday market, we stopped by at road side to study the map. Suddenly there was a voice shouting towards us, "hello...hello...". I was shocked and thought we blocked someone way. When we turned our head, we saw a man with his wife asked us "Any help?". Yes, in the end we got our way to Saturday with their help. We appreciate and sincerely thank their kind help. 虽说有GPS带领,但还是有不明确的时候。我们抵达周六市场的附近,停下电单车看看地图已确定方向,突然听见"哈罗,哈罗。。",当时还以为挡了谁谁的路,原来有个男士把他的老婆叫出来,问我们,"Any help?"。此时此刻,觉得人间有情啊,在我们迷路时,竟然有人自动伸出援手,你说,能不感动吗?我们问了方向后,对方以简单的英语来回应我们,最后总算也找到周六市场了。   There were various kind of foods sold in Saturday market, much more compare to night market near our hotel. We bought some foods to eat while shopping, suddenly all people stopped down, and those who seated stood up. I was surprise and shock as wonder what was happened. After few second, we heard their national song. It was 6pm at that time, everyday they will play national song and people will stand as a respect to their country. This scene did not appear to me for years in our country, what happened to our country Malaysia? 吃了两天酒店附近的当地食物,看见周六市场的东西还是令人兴奋的。这里有更多的当地食物,我们边走边吃边看,真的吃得有够爽,但卖的东西由于不太合适,所以也没买得太多。走着走着,路人突然停顿了下来,就连坐着的小贩也站了起来,此时,真的吓了我一大跳,以为发生了什么事。原来是六点钟播放国歌的时间,他们的爱国精神也太强了吧?这种事情是在我小学或中学时期曾经发生的。但现在在我国,这种事情已经很少见了,是我国人民已不爱国了,还是。。。? Saturday market Saturday market Chiang Mai is a very clean and beautiful place. You can hardly see rubbish on floor. I remembered when I was in front of one of the stall which selling fried pork skin, the stall owner keep pointing on empty plastic bag hold in my hand, she wanted to throw it for me. From there I understand why there is no rubbish in their night market. Not only this stall, some of the stalls owner will point you the dustbin when they see you holding any rubbish on hand. 除了爱国精神,清迈也是非常干净的地方,夜市及路上也保持得很清洁。还记得当时我手上拿着刚吃完食物的包装袋,然后正选购炸猪皮,那小贩指着我手中的垃圾,想要帮我扔,当时的我还真的不好意思,但她还是一直指着那垃圾,所以我就将垃圾给了小贩,再购买炸猪皮。路上也可见不少垃圾桶,人们也不会将垃圾随意扔,还有几次是当小贩看见手上拿着垃圾,就指向垃圾桶,告诉我们可把垃圾扔那。难怪清迈能那么清洁,我相信这也是人民合作精神所造就出来的。 Delicious thai food Cuttle fish Cuttle fish Various kind of pure fruit juice (10~30baht per bottle) Temple near to Saturday market Temple near to Saturday market We returned to hotel after get enough of foods. These conclude our third day in Chiang Mai. 没多久,天也开始黑了。由于当时Camus的脚肿,走起路来也觉得痛,所以,我们逛逛一会儿,再打包些食物就回酒店去了。

 

Cha Dango 京の茶だんご | Japan

Dango is a Japanese dumpling made from mochiko, rice flour. There are many varieties of dango in Japan and normally three to four dango are often served on a skewer. The texture of the dango is very similar to chinese glutinous flour ball (tang yuan), especially the plain dango, not only the texture, the taste is almost close to tang yuan. On this post, I would like to share on the Cha Dango from Kyoto, Japan 京の茶だんご. It is a green tea flavour dango where only sells in Kyoto area. I have never see this brand of dango in Tokyo.

 

Kobe Beef and Kobe One Day Trip

After Kobe trip with wonderful kobe beef dinner on 3 years back, I have another chance to visit Kobe again to enjoy world's famous beef steak. From forum and internet, travellers' feedback on kobe beef lunch cannot beat dinner set. With previous experience which Camus and myself will never forget in our life, I decided to give lunch a try and then make a comparison between set lunch and set dinner. I did some survey before go for kobe beef lunch, Wakkoqu restaurant has many good review. So my plan is to visit this restaurant. We arrived at Sannomiya station on that day before 12pm and would like to have short walk around that area before go for lunch. When we just arrived at Sannomiya Hankyu Station, we saw a long queue outside another kobe beef restaurant. We walked closer to look at the menu, the price is more cheaper compare with Wakkoqu. I believed it has some good reasons why people queue for the meal. We followed the queue and had our kobe beef steak lunch. The restaurant I mentioned here is Steak Land. We were arranged to dine at second floor, they served in tepanyaki style and guests were sitted around the table while the chef will cook and serve at center area. After put order, they served us salad, miso soup, steak sauce and plain water. When they brought two big pieces of beef (for 4 serving) to the table, I was regretted with my decision made. By looking at the kobe beef, it looks not fresh with brown in colour. Oh no, my main target for this trip gone. I had to stop blaming myself at that moment and pray hard that the beef will turn out good in taste. Compare with previous kobe beef dinner, I had to agreed that lunch is really not as good as dinner. After looking at how the chef cook the steak (obviously not as "proffesional" as our kobe beef dinner's chef), I started to enjoy my meal. I changed my mind after my first bite on the medium cook kobe beef, it was still soooooo soft and melt in mouth. With 2980yen for this set lunch, I can say I was satisfied with it at this price. Of course, if you aim for better quality and environment, I would recommend Mouriya Restaurant which we went for dinner. After the lunch, we proceeded with our trip at Kobe area. We walked from Sannomiya to China Town, then to Harbourland. Then end our one day trip at Kobe. I wish to return again for next Kobe beef romantic dinner with my dear Camus.

 

Chou Shun Kan BBQ 长春馆 | Japanese Restaurant | Krystal Point, Penang

Yakiniku 焼肉 is a Japanese term, meaning grilled meat. It is a Japanese style of cooking meat over flame of wood charcoals carbonized by dry distillation or gas or electric grill. To some other country, Yakiniku is referred as Japanese barbecue or Korean barbecue.
Macallum Connoisseurs Cafe | Lebuh Macallum, Penang PDF Print E-mail
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IMG_20150406_145954Camus and I took a day off from our busy life to enjoy our own sweet time. He brought me to this cafe located at Lebuh Macallum. He told me we can have our breakfast with coffee and bread kind of breakfast which I like. We arrived there on weekday morning around 10:30am and the cafe was very empty, only one customer during the time we were there. Plenty of parking space outside the cafe.

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Cakes at RM13 per piece!

After enter the cafe, a young man passed us a menu, we seated and read through the menu. I was shocked when look at the menu and do not know what to order at the first glance, I focus on the price and feel hard to choose my meal as they are very expensive to me. In the end, we get one Macallum breakfast and Smoked Salmon Bagel, one cafe latte and one cappucino, there gone our RM55!

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Talk about the cafe, I found this cafe is quite nice as the fragrance really attracted me when I first enter the cafe. I like the fragrance and it is quite different with other cafe as I can smell something soury. I am not sure what is this fragrance until I get my latte and cappucino. The sweet aroma of coffee taking over my senses, they are creamy, smooth coffee I longed for.

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Cappucino and Latte

Maccallum breasfast came with sunny side up, avocado, chicken frankfurter, chicken bacon, grilled capsicum, baked potatoes, bread and salad. Portion is quite big. I like the chicken frankfurter which the size like german sausage.

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Smoked salmon bagel came with smoked salmon with wasabi cream cheese, rocket leaves and pinch of capers. I do not understand most of the terms mentioned in the menu except for "smoked salmon". Now as I am writing, I compare the menu and photo I took, I cannot find "wasabi cream cheese" from my photo, why? Mana dia pi? Oh, the one spread between the bagel? It's wasabi cream cheese? Not butter? To me, this smoked salmon has nothing special but I do like rocket leaves. And now I know what is capers, it is the small tiny things appeared on top of the roll smoked salmon. Ooppsss, we do not finish that even though only served with 3 biji, what a waste? I thought they were just a decoration to the smoked salmon...

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Overall, Macallum Connoisseurs Cafe is a good place to enjoy coffee but sincerely, it was a very expensive experience to me.

Macallum Connoisseurs Cafe
1, Lebuh Macallum, Georgetown, 10300 Pulau Pinang
016-422 1259
Opening hour : 9am- 12 am

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Yong Pin Restaurant Dim Sum 榕槟茶楼点心 | Penang PDF Print E-mail
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DS_1Out of many dim sum restaurant in Penang, Yong Pin restaurant is one of the best to Camus and myself. This restaurant has been serving dim sum for many years.

We had our early breakfast at Yong Pin last week. We order few types of dim sum with a pot of hot Pu Er tea.

Yong Pin Restaurant at Jalan Sungai Ujong.

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Lo mai kai (steamed glutinous rice with chicken), not oily and texture of glutinous rice was just nice, not overcook like many others dim sum restaurant did, but you can only find a small piece of chicken, pork and mushroom in it.

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We simply love the tradiotional taste of this fried radish cake. Not easy to get it at some where else.

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Tasted good and chewy fish ball, with green shallot and red chilli.

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Curd pork pao.

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My favourite golden yolk pao.

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Price for each type of dim sum and tea is clearly listed.

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Prices and photos for all types of Pao.

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I do not list out all types of dim sum that we ate, but most of them tasted good, we also bought their "sak kei ma" (1 box RM5) which was very nice too.

Restaurant information:

Address: No. 11-B & C, Jalan Sungai Ujong, 10100, George Town, Pulau Pinang, 10100 Georgetown, Penang.

Phone: 04-261 1355

Opening hours: 6am-12pm; 7pm-12am (closed on Monday)

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Coffee Smith 咖啡史密斯 | Maritime Piazza, Karpal Singh Drive, Georgetown, Penang. PDF Print E-mail
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CoffeeSmith_9When there are more and more cafe open in Penang, I wish I could visit them one by one to enjoy a cup of coffee but I only managed to go one of them recently. It is Coffee Smith that located at Maritime Piazza, Karpal Singh Drive.

We went there during Friday lunch, it was very crowded and we had to wait for a while to get our seat. The waiter gave us few copies of menu which I tought it was an advertisement booklet. I found it is quite special to printed menu in this way.

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After grance through the menu, I found that their foods are quite pricey. In fact most of the cafes are selling foods at higher price range nowadays.

I ordered brunch set "Benny Duck Egg and English Muffin", it came with two duck eggs and ham on bread, two pieces of mini hamburger steak (very mini), fries and salad. This set includes one small cup of fruit juice and black coffee, RM24. The way they serve on "wooden plate" is special but I wonder how they clean the plate? Will it remained very clean after use for many times, will the stain leave behind the wooden material?

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They serve spaghetti too, Spring Vegetable Spaghetti at RM16.

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Hokkaido Scallops Cream Noodle at RM22. Portion was not big but taste creamy and delicious, you can find two scallops in the plate.

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Grilled Sandwich, Sicilion Chicken, RM14. I like the grill toast pattern.

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Caramel Macchiato, RM11. Nice latte art...

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Address: No. 29C-01-11, Maritime Piazza, Lebuh Sungai Pinang 5, 11600, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 11am to 11pm (Opens Daily)
Contact Number: 604-6841818

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Spaghetti with Mushroom Sauce Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Speg_3Years! It has been years I never touch on spaghetti, never walk into Italian restaurant (except for pizza). I am phobia to spaghetti after went for Italian buffet in Japan in year 2009, the Italian buffet came with free flow of pizza and spaghetti, somehow I guess I ate too much of spaghetti, and that caused me stop spaghetti for 5 years!

Last week, sitting in office, I suddenly smeeeell spaghetti (my brain pop out spaghetti)...then feel like eating the spaghetti that Camus cooked for me about 7 or 8 years ago. Last weekend, he cooked for me again using the same recipe.

See below for the ingredients and recipe, simple yet delicious!

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To cook the sauce, fried garlic and onion in pan, when both ingredients almost golden brown, pour in a can of Campbell mushroom soup, add half can of water and stir well. Add in dried mushroom which has been cut into slices after soak in water until soft. Boil everything and add in a slice of cheedar cheese. Stir evenly.

In separate pan, cook corn, crab stick and beef breakfast lean.

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Very delicious beef breakfast lean bought in Jusco

Cook spaghetti in boiling water until it is soft. When everything is done, serve spaghetti with mushroom sauce on plate, add corn, crab stick and beef breakfast lean. Serve hot!

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Now while I am writing the post, I wish to eat another plate of spaghetti again. Next time, maybe I want to have a plate of carbonara spaghetti. Last but not least, thanks my dear for this very delicious spaghetti!

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Butter Cake Recipe (Egg Separation Method) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 July 2014 11:37
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ButterCake_2Butter cake is one of my family favourite cake, I used to bake it years ago with "Buttercup" or "Farmcow" butter. This few years, I found it hard to bake nice butter cake with this types of butter. I am not sure what's wrong with it, it was either my baking skill get worse? or the weather that makes the buttle melt easily? or the butter itself? I bought a 500g better quality butter to keep in fridge and plan to bake for butter cake. This time I get "SCS" butter.

When I read through some bloggers' blog, I found one recipe that is famous among many bloggers, and this method using egg separation method. I decided to give it a try.

With no regret, I am very happy with the result, I like this type of cake which gives a very fluffy texture and rich in buttery flavour. Thanks to wendyinkk for sharing Mrs NgSK's recipe. I really love it so much!!!

Ingredients:
230g salted butter, softened
150g caster sugar
4 egg yolks (grade B egg)
200g self raising flour, sifted (I used 200g cake flour+3.5tsp baking powder)
60ml fresh milk

4 egg whites (grade B egg)
50g caster sugar

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Line bottom and sides of 8 inch cake pan with parchment paper.
2. Cream butter and sugar till pale and fluffy, scrape side and bottom of mixing bowl as necessary. Add egg yolk 1 at a time. Beat well after each addition.

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3. Put half the sifted flour and mix on low speed until combined. Add milk in two additions and mix until well combined. Add in balance of flour.

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4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk egg whites till soft peak. Gradually add in 50 g sugar, beat until egg whites form stiff peaks.
5. Put half the egg whites in butter mixture and mix on low speed, pour in balance of egg whites and fold with spatula.
6. Pour batter into baking pan and level.
7. Bang baking pan on table top to remove big air bubbles.
8. Bake at pre-heated oven for 45 minutes or until skewer inserted and come out clean.

My cake has little crack on top when bake in oven for about 40 minutes, I don't really care about this as most importantly it was very delicious, look at the photo to see the cake's texture, lovely!

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Left: before baked, right: after baked

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