Saturday, June 23, 2018

Different Taste Restaurant, Bercham, Ipoh

Last year, we had a delicious meal at Different Taste .. it was so memorable that we decided to revisit again when we were in Ipoh recently.

Surprisingly, the staff still remembered us from our visit last year. We ordered all the same dishes that we had last year and also added on salted egg yolk squid later (after we saw it on the menu).

First to arrive was the lala (RM22), served with chillis, lots of garlic, ginger and spring onions. Still as good as we remembered it! As always, Baby D demolished almost half the plate of the lala.

Baby C enjoyed the fishballs (RM12 for 8) most, so she ended up having four. The texture was really bouncy.. delicious!

What we came here for... the claypot crab with glass noodles (RM75 per crab). I was really looking forward to having this dish (would always reminisce about the meaty claw from last year) so imagine my disappointment when we peeled the crab claw and there wasn't much meat (it was a big claw but almost hollow inside).  For the price we were paying, it was definitely a letdown. I mentioned it to the staff and all they said was that they sometimes receive deliveries of not so good crabs. They reduced the price to RM60 for the dish, though I much rather have a nice meaty claw.

The salted egg yolk squid (RM22) made up for the crab dish. Deep fried til crispy perfection, we enjoyed this so much that we ended up ordering yet another plate.

Opening times: 12pm to 9.30pm daily.

Price: Total bill RM152.30 for 4 pax.

Location: Different Taste, 72 Persiaran Bercham Selatan 2, Taman Desa Kencana, 31400 Ipoh, Perak. (Street parking available)

Tel: 012-528 1132

GPS Coordinates: 4.632695, 101.129378

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Beta KL Grand Opening Party

It was an amazing evening of good food, cocktails and music at Beta KL's Grand Opening Party earlier this week. Guests were treated to canapes (ox tongue, shrimp, mini sliders, winged bean salad and fried chicken), wine, beer, and a Nitro station before the unveiling of Chef Raymond Tham's chocolate masterpiece, Tanah Air which marks the beginning of a new culinary journey for the owners of this restobar.

Guests also embarked on a cocktail pairing, which showcased three of the restaurant's signature dishes (scallops with kangkung, duck pongteh with roti canai wrap and Earl grey chocolate dessert) and delicious cocktails. Thanks to the Beta KL team for having us on this fun evening!

*You may read more about Beta KL in this post here. Beta KL is a gorgeous restaurant serving Modern Malaysian cuisine. 

Golden eggs and bird's nest represent the birth of Beta.

Opening times: Lunch 12pm-3pm; Dinner 6pm-11pm. Bar open from 5pm-1am. Closed on Mondays.

Location: BETA Restobar, East Wing, 163 Fraser Place, 10 Jalan Perak, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2181 2990


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Flor de la Mar Maritime Museum, Melaka

On our trip to Melaka last year, we drove past this "large ship" but didn't have enough time to visit. This year, we made sure to make time to introduce the Flor de la Mar to BabySumoKids. Housed in the Maritime Museum (Muzium Samudera) in Melaka,  Flor de la Mar translates to Flower of the Sea and the ship you see here is the replica of the Portuguese nau (carrack) that sunk in November 1511 off the coast of Sumatra.

Opened since 1994, visitors can go inside the air-conditioned ship which exhibits all types of artifacts and documents relating to the maritime activities and trading history in Malacca. The original Flor de la Mar was built in Lisbon in 1502 and was one of the finest vessels of the time. Afonso de Albuquerque was returning from the conquest of Malacca, bringing with him a large treasure trove for the Portuguese king when the ship sunk.

The replica of the ship is about 34m high, 36m in length and 8m wide. It was quite interesting for the kids to walk around the ship, as well as climb up the upper deck to have a look around, especially since Daniel has been learning about Explorers in school last year. They offer audio guides in different languages to visitors (additional cost). A fine way to learn some history along the way!

Impressive looking ship

Tin Coinage from Malacca Sultanate (1400-1510)

Old cannon balls of Portuguese and Dutch Origin

Different types of trading ships

Educational and fun!

You can view one of Melaka's landmark from the window of the ship

Captain's cabin

On the Flor de la Mar, with Menara Taming Sari in the background


After visiting the ship museum, you can proceed to the Museum Samudera Phase 2 located in the old Guthrie building (white one just next to the ship) to view more artifacts. This is included in your ticket price.

Replica of the first armour-clad ship in the world- Keo Buk Sun (1592) Korea

Kelantan Boat - Gagak Sura (warrior crow), used by the relatives of the king for angling or leisure rowing. 

Some details about the Maritime Museum

Opening times: Mon-Thu 9am to 5.30pm. Fri - Sun 9am - 7.30pm.

Adult ticket priced at RM5 per person, child ticket priced at RM3 per person.

Location: Samudera Flor de la Mar Museum, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia.(You can park at one of the car parks near Medan Samudera or Taming Sari Tower and walk over.)

Tel: 06-283 0926

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fincch Sushi Room, Medan Damansara, KL: Japanese Lunch

Fincch Sushi Room is a newish Japanese restaurant located in Medan Damansara. We are usually quite wary of trying new Japanese restaurants especially when we've got our regular spots which are good and reasonably priced.

Recently Fincch started a lunch promotion which sounded like a good deal, so we decided to pay them a visit. The lunch promo is available on Mondays and Thursdays only, and it's Buy 1 Free 1. We ordered the Bara Chirashi (RM42) and Salmon Ikura (RM42) set.

Salad was served first, however the rest of the meal took really long to arrive. Each set will come with chawanmushi, pickles, miso soup, a grilled/fried dish and fresh fruits. To my dismay, the main items, the Bara Chirashi and Salmon Ikura were ridiculously small. I eat bara chirashi very often and this is by far the smallest one I've had (so little rice, and sparse topping!). The salmon in the Salmon Ikura were also very thinly sliced. I'm not sure if this is their regular lunch portion or if it's a drastically decreased portion due to their promo (compare it to the photo in their menu). What a letdown.

Grilled salmon teriyaki

Fincch Lunch Menu

Price: Total bill RM60.65.

Location: Fincch Sushi Room, No. 134 Ground Floor, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur (street parking available).

Tel: 03-2011 611

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