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October 30, 2016

Jinshui Zunting, Shanghai…a stress-melting tui na massage

Filed under: Activities, China, Massage, spa — Tags: , , , , , , , — PEr @ 3:23 pm

According to the tenets of traditional Chinese medicine, massage can help the body’s qi, or energy, flow freely and remain in balance.

This is an amazing place to go if you have any aches and pains that need sorting out. I’ve been to a plenty of tui na’s across China with my problem back from all my travels. This place is as good and traditional as it gets. The massuer recognised that I also had quite a lot of pain in my shoulders and neck, and worked hard at them to decrease the pressure I was feeling.

I’ve paid for professional physio and sports massages but Jin Shui Zun Ting… Jin Shui Zun Ting has my heart now. I’m very happy I chose this place on a whim. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 29, 2016

Tanjong Rhu Pau, Singapore…unequivocally delicious siu mai and near perfect pork bao

Pau or bao are probably the friendliest-looking food on earth. They are like faces made out of marshmallow; little smiley Michelin Men of deliciousness. How could you not want to stuff these little guys into your face?

At Tanjong Rhu Pau, there are plenty of hit offerings such as the tua bao (big pork buns), siu mai (shaomai)  and lo mai kai which are all near perfect. Steamed to perfection, the tua bao’s (big pork buns) fluffy white cloud-like pillowy softness give way, in this case to the flavoursome braised pork. The siu mai are most definitely a standout. These carefully assembled beauties are exceptionally tasty. Heaven.

Pau? Bao? Wow. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 23, 2016

Restoran Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur…huge disappointment

Restoran Stadium Negara was originally situated near the national stadium – hence its name, but has since relocated to its present location in Jalan Yap Kwan Seng.

Though famous for its steamboat, I wanted to try their other offerings and ended up having my appreciation of Tze Char food being dulled by this  “average” eatery serving culinary disasters. The hokkien style noodle is not hokkien mee without lard. Only then did I find out that this is a halal restaurant. The sweet sour crab was bursting with the flavour of wam Kuala Lumpur tap water. It was neither sweet nor sour  and the accompanying buns were too hard and not hot. The BBQ chicken wing and BBQ sotong were pretty ordinary.The steam prawns turns out to be among the only edible charm at this place.

I really do not like Restoran Stadium Negara. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 22, 2016

Simply life, Hong Kong…God knows it’s worth it

Make your way to Simply Life. Just follow the aroma of fresh bread and cakes to a bunch of tables packed with shoppers and office workers. God knows it’s worth it. There’s no denying that this charming cafe’s celebration of life paraphernalia is on point, with the place being decorated in European country style complete with benches and green turf.

The ample food offeing to fill your bellies is high quality: a handful of sandwiches and a lovely spread of baked goods. Light Bites, Small Plates, Large Plates, yadda, yadda, yadda, and the prices are kind. I had the bacon and beef burger with fried egg and cheddar cheese. My God, it is a tasty eggsplosion.

A steady stream of City slaves keeps this tiny treasure buzzing – and it’s easy to see why. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 20, 2016

Panorama at 85F, Taipei…Beautiful views but meh food

Food sometimes isn’t enough. The best meals are about more than the ingredients on a plate. That said, Panorama is a Taipei restaurant with the best views, but not necessarily Taipei’s best restaurant with a view.

With terrific view, there’s often a terrifying price tag. Although it is a reminder of how fabulous Taipei can really be, Panorama doesn’t offer tremendous value for money.

I started with the wonderful truffle and wild mushroom cream soup. I almost feel guilty about eating such beautiful sounding food! But it was all downhill after that. The carpaccio of scallop in pomelo dressing didn’t taste as good as it sounds and the pork belly slowly braised with aged port wine and mashed potato was disapppinting and not cooked correctly. Anyone who knows me knows my love of the belly. You see, this badly cooked piece of pork belly is very similar to eating Phua Chu Kang boots, or so I can imagine… I haven’t actually eaten a boot before though.

Beautiful views but meh food, as if the chefs are convinced that with the eyes distracted, the mouth won’t notice. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 16, 2016

Wolfgang Puck Kitchen & Bar, Shanghai…food here is average – nothing compared to Wolfgang Puck everywhere else

The Austrian-born Wolfgang Puck is arguably the most successful chef moguls in history. The man was a celebrity chef before that term even existed. Shanghai has seen a slow and steady trickle of celebrity chef like Jean Georges, ventures over the past decade. And now, Wolfgang Puck has thrown his hat into the ring.

Less formal than Spago, but a step up from the Wolfgang Puck Cafe, the concept of Kitchen & Bar is one of offering dishes that Chef Puck enjoys cooking at home, and everything is shared family style.

The menu is what you’d expect and quite frankly very well priced. You’ll find a blend of the familiar and less familiar but all will come out beautifully constructed. The seafood in the lobster and shrimp roll is finely chopped, the vibrantly fresh seafood mingled happily with sweet curry, apples and dill. However, I usually have a love affair with BBQ ribs but then again, not all ribs are created equal. Hence it is with great disappointment that the BBQ pork ribs here at WP was below average.

Service has always been A+- it’s nice when a restaurant seems well managed.

WP would get 5 stars from me except for that BBQ ribs. I would give Wolfgang Puck another chance since I’m fan of the chef and I know he has high standards. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 15, 2016

Orcs Nest, London…This is the best place to go to get board games in London

An incredibly tiny store with an undeniably superb and rich range of board game stock and role playing books. Although deceptively small, it’s compact, with each shelf inside jammed with a vast variety of board games. This place has a ton of stuff.  The walls are bursting with games. It’s unmatched in this regard in London.

In terms of atmosphere, it has none of the buzz of other London game stores like Forbidden Planet. It’s pretty close to a tube station so just a few minutes walk.

The guy who worked there was very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.He was very approachable when I asked for some recommendations.Believe me, it was difficult to decide what to buy, there was so much on offer here. He asked what games I already played and liked, then made some great suggestions. If I had the luggage space, trust me, I would have bought more than the just one.

Bottomline is: fantastic store, excellent selection, but will burn through your wallet! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 9, 2016

Taoyuan Village, Shanghai…unlikely to become my favorite restaurant, but it’s perfectly decent

Delicious Food Duos of All Time are such greats as bacon & eggs, burgers & fries, ham & cheese, honey & lemon, butter & corn, pancakes & maple syrup. Add the most popular Taiwanese breakfast – doujiang (Soy bean milk) & Youtiao (Chinese fried dough or twisted crullers) to that list.

This Taiwanese canteen-style restaurant’s décor is very pleasant aesthetically, with lots of wood and open space. They make a mean you tiao served up freshly made from the kitchen. The rice rolls were pretty good, tasting like a Japanese sushi roll without the seaweed, and wrapped with sticky rice, deep-fried batter, egg, braised pork, and preserved radish. It also doesn’t make it easier that the menu is written in Chinese characters and the service staff doesn’t speak Engish, so have your Google Translate app ready.

It’s unlikely to become my favorite restaurant, but Taoyuan Village is perfectly decent. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 8, 2016

Watanabe Coffee, Singapore…bloody awful

Bad restaurants are, like colds and car breakdowns, things that just happen to me. I had a taste of that with Watanabe Coffee not too long ago.

Watanabe Coffee intends to evoke traditional Japanese and Western fusion cuisine. We tried so many items from the lunch menu but all bar none of the dishes went across the divide that separates average from awful. We couldn’t leave fast enough

Watanabe Coffee should consider closing down and reopen as the Museum of Unappetizing Lunch Servings. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 2, 2016

Shanghai Express, Taipei…Nothing fancy. Don’t go out of your way

Inexpensive meals “inspired” by  Shanghainese cuisine that aren’t really Shanghainese at all. It goes without saying that we’re not actually eating anything that most people in Shanghai eat.

The menu is like an encyclopedia with an extensive selection, but master of none. There’s this vast culinary edible food-like substances. The set lunch menu served up sauteed amaranth with preserved eggs, fried sichuan-style string beans with minced pork, jellyfish with shredded radish, fried cucumber with chili oil, steamed fresh fish in scallion oil, stewed meatballs in brown sauce, General Tso’s chicken, sauteed shrimps with greens

It Was Good, Nothing Terrible, Nothing Special. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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