If you are holding a DSLR, you are prone to unnecessary attention. Is it cute girls asking you to take their photos? Neh.. not that kind of attention but people tend to have a bias views on you.
It is rather hard to hide your skills especially when people thought that you are paparazzi, private detective or maybe you are a nerdy photographer. Not knowing the real you, they will just stopped you and said, “Sir, you are not allowed to take photos in here”.
Hello, I have not even turn on my camera or open my lens cover yet. Duh.. Should I laugh at their ignorant or appreciate their courtesy? This is not a joke, k? This is based on true story that happened when I was in Golden Lounges in various countries.
To avoid superfluous embarrassment, my wife a.k.a iPhone will normally come very handy. What I normally do here is sneaking around all “business” men and catch them with their silly stunts . Some caught sleeping with drooling effect
Beside free food and drinks, free internet, free bla bla bla, there is a spot which I fail to take photos, the massage room. I really wonder if there is a pretty masseuse on action or just a robotic massage chair?
Remember all long queues before boarding the plane? It is not happening this time. Lucky me because I get to go through the priority lane like any other aging man, pregnant lady or those with kids. Yea I am pregnant and still like kids
Not to mention there was an air stewardess stopped me and said, “Sir, you have to queue up in economy lane” and stunt later after saw my ticket. Before the plane board, I managed to camDUCK myself in golden class.
Yea.. I didn’t dress up smartly when I travel, normally with only t-shirt and jeans. Sometime I didn’t even comb my hair or with my unshaved moustache. Why need to dress up? I thought we suppose to travel comfortably? Besides, I have no one to impress as well!
Why I like to travel? Free food! And in-flight entertainment. Before they served me with appetizer, an air stewardess approached me and asked for my age. She claimed that I am very young.
That conversation is not related to this post but would like to emphasize that she claimed “I am very YOUNG” hehe..
There is nothing much to talk about in-flight appetizers. Why? The portion is too small and I finished it before it can activate my taste buds.
But the main course is different! Absolutely different! Most of the time, you get a few choices, Western, Asians or local food. I managed to capture all main courses that I took from all the flights that I board recently.
Of all, there is one special one. Bim Bim Bak. This is a traditional Korean rice with mix vege, meats and pickles (see photos above – the bottom one). I called it “rojak” rice as you need to mix everything in on bowl before you dine it.
All taste equally good but a meal is never complete without dessert. Strawberry Haagan Dazs was served as dessert. Once I tried it, I want more.. hehe.. ice cream always makes me happy and that is why I label it as happy food.
What I do next on the plane? Watch movie and sleep laa.. What else I can do, right? Err.. Ok.. I was disturbed by a group air stewardess as usual.. Not I disturb but being disturbed instead.. wonder why but I am going to censor that in here.
Sauna is a confine place to experience dry or wet heat sessions. It can either use the conventional method that warms the air or infrared that warms the object. Whatever that means, the primary function is to get someone to sweat like pig.
If you like to eat steam chicken, sauna can also helps you to experience what the chicken has experienced before it end up on your dining table. If you are claustrophobic, I just found you an alternative…
Stop guessing! KOREAN BBQ is the right answer! OK, I know many might not buy this but the best policy is to try it yourself. I don’t believe it at first and that is why I ended up in Jin Shabu Shabu & Roasted to try out my hypothesis.
The restaurant is rather spacious and cozy. To control the “sauna” temperature, the place is equipped with state of the art air ventilation and aircond of course but the main heating element is just few centimeters away from you! Sadly, heat radiation is still unpreventable.
One good thing about this restaurant is they have a pictorial menu and they are super expert in sign language. Acknowledging that I am a foreigner there, they showed me all the best dishes they have.
At first I contemplated ordering pork and go for beef instead.. but but.. a strong desire urged me to go for pork, lamb and chicken at the end. “Never say never to try every new thing and always go for full throttle especially when food involve”.
It is disgusting to say that every time when I go for BBQ or steamboat, I will end up having a big time stomachache but definitely not this time. How can I be so sure? Well, all my food was barbeque by a special chef. No more uncooked food.
The chef even thought me how to dip and eat the meat in Korean way. Wrapping the meat with vegetables is nothing special but the homemade dip sauce is extraordinary. It is hard to explain the taste unless you try it yourself.
The sauna was working well indeed. I was soaking in sweat right after I finished consuming in this meal. I am not surprise if a Korean girl approach me and say.. wow, you smell like a real man!
Saunas for claustrophobic is never free. Initially, I was very concern about my “already bleeding” wallet. Luckily, I did bring along my “SOS plastic” a.k.a. credit card with me that day.
This meal costs me about 59400 won at which I considered it as reasonably cheap for this type of food and great services.
Sometime you might be wondering why we crave for certain food. If you are pregnant, you have all the reasons to blame the baby in you who is shouting for particular food. What if you are the opposite gender? What will be the justification?
Hormones? Subconscious? Or because of unexplained chemistry? I don’t know actually and I bet no one can give a precise answer to why you are behaving that way but to me, I normally blame my round pregnant alike tummy.
While walking on hustle bustle shopping street, my subconscious triggers my hormone to create this unusual desire for PORK. My nose becomes extremely sensitive to detect all related pork materials.
My sniffing ability led me to this small Korean Restaurant. This is not a super high class place but rather a classical Korean restaurant with short table, dining on wooden floor AND all in signs and menu are written in alien characters.
After spending days and nights in KimChiland, I am not surprise that the first dish they served is Kim Chi. Spot on! I think I can be a fortune teller after this. What I like is, in many Korean restaurants, they will serve you with free flow of ice water for FREE!
Some might asked “Who is that handsome dude in the photos?” IF you don’t know me, I am not surprise because “It is harder to be famous in silence!”.. (*Coughing BULLSHIT) ..
My pregnant alike tummy ordered a whole stew pork leg, cold ramen (more like ice ramen) and complimentary dip sauce (something like cencalok – small prawns). No rice involved but purely ramen and pork leg for my lunch.
I have to emphasize that this photo is not an optic illusion or undergo post processing but the pork leg is really really really deliciously tempting. IT is nicely sliced and decorated with fresh vegetables for balancing the diet.
Cold ramen is super cold. Like super ice freezing cold and it is ideal for summer time. This was the first time I tried it and I would love to go for more.
It has been awhile since I last posted on fat that I successfully consumed. I must admit that one whole pork leg + cold ramen are a lot for lunch but I can assure you that TikkoSS’s bottomless stomach is really bottomless.
AGAIN, I have successfully finished all the dishes that I have ordered. It is a great success for my tummy and a greater success for maintaining the title of “NO WASTE POLICY”.
There is an old saying “When you shit, don’t expect others to wipe for you”. Maybe last time they don’t have the sophisticated toilet seat like the one in Best Western New Seoul Hotel.
This is not a disgusting post but what I am trying to say is, finish what you have started. So, I will complete my roadside food hunting journey here. Wink Wink.. ok.. stop wondering about how much my bottomless stomach can take in one day.
After a short milkshakes break, I scented a wonderful aroma from a food stall not very far away. I have to clarify, it is definitely not stinky bean curds but rather a whole range of steamy food. My feet automatically walked towards that direction like mice going after the cheese.
I ordered this skewer Fu Chok alike food which I have no clue what it is called in Korean. At first I thought it is nothing but a type of noodles but this turn out to be exceptionally good. The soup that comes with it tastes super awesome too. Maybe it is full with MSG but who cares?
While walking along the Myeongdong road, I noticed this stalls that sells roasted chestnut. What I find it special is the way they roasted the nut. Oh yea. I love nuts. Instead of using hard work to stir the hot wok manually, they used a special automated rotating basket. Simply clean and easy! Smart right?
I came across this old lady who sells some type of worms and vege. The worms are still alive for godsake. I nearly want to try one but the lady told me it has to be cooked first. So, no luck for me!
BUT BUT.. I also came across this small stall by the corner of the road that sells “tall” yogurt ice-cream. It is about 25 cm in height but due to some optic illusion, I cannot show it in photos because I am too busy eating it after that. Lucky me isn’t it?
If you think that ice-cream is my dessert, you are wrong! I managed to stalk a stall that sells sugar biscuit. Sugar biscuit? Yea literally the biscuit is made of sugar and nothing but sugar only. It was then roasted until the sugar melt (turn into slightly brownish) and …
Walla.. the sugar biscuit is made. Sweet and slightly bitter but the combination of the taste makes it very special. It is almost like hokey pokey. I tried one with a bunny shape since I am the animal “not” lover but I cannot finish it as I can sense I am a step closer to be a diabetic.
Now come to skewer hotdog with spiral potatoes. Well, it is just a typical hotdog with potatoes actually but it is creatively produced. I am not a fan of hot dog and potatoes but I still buy it to compliment for their creativity.
How often you can get that right? Simple thing that make it so complicatedly presentable. I did actually walk towards the seller and said this is a very smart idea to sell their products although I don’t know if she knows what I am saying or not.
While touring around this area, I saw a lot of Korean drinking these two type of drinks. Well, since a lot of people drink it, it must be real good. So I manage to dig these two types of drinks. Not too expensive and you can easily get it from any store.
And my advice is, try to ask for a sip from the passerby first before you buy it because i) you might prone to puke ii) you might make an extra friend in an unfriendly manner iii) you might get a free stencil of five finger on your face.
Coming from “shy & conservative” background, I decided to spend 5000 won to get those two. Just to try. Not bad actually but not so good either. It taste like melted vanilla lime ice – cream and ordinary orange juice.
Hmm.. that complete my food hunting journey (P/S: what you see is probably 10 % of what I actually ate on that day.. of course I did not blog about food that is not so good!)
Mom told me, “Son, when you travel abroad, please watch out what you eat. Don’t go to hawker stalls by the roadside.” And I replied, “But mom, you know I am a curious boy. How can I resist when the food is calling for me?”
If you trust what I have just said, I am sorry but that is based on “Not True” story and slightly overdramatic. If my mom join me for this trip, I bet she will do the same too . hehe… She has the same philosophy like me “eat first and worry later”.
Now the journey to roadside food begins…
My first stop is at this hawker stalls. Although many believed that Korea has a lot of pretty girls, for some reason, my eyes are eyeing at weird shape cuttlefish and breaddog instead. Quite cheap actually. It is only about 1000 won each. I mean the cuttlefish and breaddog, not the girl
Food vs pretty girls? I am not sure about you but I will go for food. UNLESS the girl can cook good food, then I will go for the girl FOR the FOOD. Complicated? That how the girls like it.. lol
What else do girls like? Egg Egg! Please don’t think aside but there is this weird looking cake/pastry filled with whole egg, literally whole hardboiled egg in it. Korean girls likes this a lot. How do I know it?
The whole stall was crowded with pretty girls and that is how I get attracted to it at first. Hehe.. This stall also sells pan bread or biscuit alike pastry. Both taste equally good. With 1000 won each, I bet it can be a perfect tea break.
Next stop is at this busy hawker stall at Myeongdong Road. One of it sells steamboat food in stick. To me, this is sort of a bigger version of steamboat. The food is ranging from various type of vege, meats, preservative food, seafood etc.
I am very fancy on food in stick/skewer. Not because I am gay virtually but because it is convenient especially when you are on a walk. Eat and throw. The other hawker stall around this vicinity serves fried food in skewer. Nothing special about this except the crabstick is wrapped with fish ball alike wrapper.
When you hunt for roadside hawker food, please make sure that you make a stop to grab some drink too. This is what I usually do to ease my thirst after so much of fried and oily food. I stopped by at this coffee house to get not coffee but milkshake instead.
I’ve ordered mango and strawberry milkshakes. It is freshly made. So, I don’t mind paying slightly more (about 2500 won per glass). Afterall, it is surprisingly delicious.
The journey to hunt for roadside food does not end here. This is just the beginning of it.. Want to know more? You just have to visit here again.…
Many asked what happen to TikkoSS? How come he disappears? More importantly where is TikkoSS now? To satisfy all the curiosity, let me answer one by one.
Nothing happen to me and I am as good as usual. Still pretty slim and sexy + leng chai also (please note that leng chai is relative). I did not disappear. It is just that I decided to take a long vacation to the land that I have never been before. But where? Many called it Korea but TikkoSS’s called it kimchiland.
Technically, I planned for Japan but after the recent earthquake and radioactive leak, I tried to avoid being a superhero like Mr. “Not So Incredible Hunk”. Not to bore you with my grandfather story, Let’s see what I plan to share with you.
FOOD OF COURSE. I went to this 1/2 restaurant (as another half of the shop is for something else) which I have no clue what is the restaurant name, what is good on menu and worse still, I don’t read and speak Korean.
The restaurant is just about few minutes walk from Best Western New Seoul Hotel in Tyaepyeong-No road. Nothing unusual except I felt slightly claustrophobic dining in this place.
Having menu list in Korean restaurant only give me one assurance, I will not be slaughter for overprice food but it meant nothing more than that as all in an alien language. The food is not expensive for Korean standard as it ranges from 3000 to 5000 won (approximately 3 USD).
I am sure you will wonder how I order my food when language is the biggest barrier here. Well, I use what I called it “Point and Pray Technique”. Point anything on the menu and pray for best one.
Now come the thrilling part which I called it “check if your prayer works!”.
First they served me Kim Chi with pickles (no surprises as I have expected for it). The second one is Korean Curry Noodle which turned out to be a slightly diluted curry instant noodle followed by Korean vegetable pancake.
Beside the noodle, I love the pancake and I don’t think there is anything much to comment about the Kim Chi. It is free and free flow anyway.
I pointed 3 times on menu on 3 different food sections. I am hoping for one starter, one main course and one dessert. I got right for the first two, pancake as starter and noodles as main course but my dessert is The Famous KIM CHI Fried rice?
The Famous KIM CHI Fried Rice is well done but the waitress should have stopped me from ordering it. Maybe she did warn me that I have ordered too much or maybe I don’t understand single words from her except her sweet smile.
Because of affordable and delicious food (or her sweet smile), I will go back again to this place again. If you happen to be in Korea, tweet me and maybe we can hang out together too! Stay Tune..
Have you ever been to Desa Seri Hartamas? This place is so happening with a lot of shops, restaurants, fast food, mamak stalls, bars, pubs and etc. I have been staying around this area for almost a year now but I never have my lunch or dinner here.
Today, I have decided to bring along my family to have a decent Korean dinner around this area. The hunting for good restaurant is challenging because there are a lot of Korean and Japanese restaurants. Finally after a few minutes of searching, we decided to resort in Restoran Korean-Chinese.
The restaurant is located on first floor and you have to take a lift to reach the main entrance. The restaurant looks usual from the outside but it is really cosy on the inside. The setup is Korean-Chinese Style with nice hanging lights. The calm and classy ambience just make it a perfect place to bring your family along.
The waiter immediately serves you with famous Korean Kim Chi, pickles, onions and guide you to the secret of making a good dip sauce. The dip sause is generally a mixture of korean soy sauce with vinegar and chillies powder. Every table is serves with 2 bottles of plain water with nice serviette as the table settings.
The menu is printed in both English and Korean. I have to admit that I have difficulties in ordering for nice dishes as I am not familiar with the food descriptions. So, I decided to ask the waiter to recommend some signature dishes.
We ended up with stir fried chicken with hot sauce, stir fried mixed seafood and vegetables, noodles with black soy bean sauce, fried rice with vegetable and seafood. All these food are so tempting and delicious. I particularly like the fried chicken with hot sauce. Don’t worry, it is not so spicy.
I tried Korean food before. I tried Chinese food before. These combination of Korean and Chinese style mix perfectly. My mom enjoys the food very much.
After the main dishes, we were served with special dessert which I have no clue what it called and watermelon. This is a complimentary dishes from chef. The mango is not part of the dessert from the restaurant but it is a home grown mango that my mom patiently sliced for all of us
I must say the food serve are just nice for 5 adults. All five of us managed to comfortably finish the food with no leftover. Not even the dessert. The Kim Chi and pickes are free flow. So, don’t be surprise if you see some leftover. The waiter keep topping for you and more importantly, it is free.
We spend about RM 135.30 for this dinner. I am sure most of you will say it is expensive but I can tell you, the price here is reasonble. With the good quality of food and service, I will come back to this place again. This restaurant also provide delivery service for lunch and dinner.
Restoran Korean – Chinese
16-1 (1st Floor), Jalan 24/70A,
Desa Seri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
TEL: +603 - 6201 3201
FAX: +603 - 6201 3211
GPS: 3.16335 , 101.651146