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Friday, January 15, 2016

Backstreet Cafe 小巷咖啡館@ Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru

The BackStreet Cafe (小巷咖啡馆) is like a hidden gem located behind  “Big Bowl” dessert stall (大碗汞和) at Taman Pelangi.  The cafe is literally located at backstreet, a typical corner shop-lot which is hardly spotted. I'm amazed by the lady boss who utilize the basement area, carving out cozy place occupying less than 25 cafe-hoppers.

The exterior had decorated with colorful wind wheels, yellow flowers, purple lavenders and lamp posts, offering an old-European themed garden. Anyway, beware while stepping into this cafe as you could easily hit your own head due to the low ceiling at the entrance. 

The exterior 

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The interior of the calm, cosy, quirky basement cafe. Perhaps the lady boss likes Europe very much. Many wall paintings and pillows featuring Paris Eiffel Tower, old traditional lamps and old music player had spotted. Few plush toys had been placed as decoration, giving a homely feel when stepping into this backstreet cafe.

We chose to dine at this cozy area ; typically a hidey hole which could accommodate around 5-6 person. We opine the signboard “好好活着,因为会死很久”  was quite funny and didn't really match the ambiance and decor. In English translation, it's saying that live well because will die for a long time. We had great fun by capturing photos with the decoration.

A few choices of waffles, cakes and crepes were available. We had chosen the hot flower tea and red date tea instead of coffees. We shall return to try Backstreet Cafe's coffee next time.

Overall, it's a pleasant dining experience at backstreet cafe.
The cozy ambiance is great for chilling out with friends and chit-chatting. 

Backstreet Cafe 小巷咖啡館
No 28-A,Jalan Abiad 1,Johor,
Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Chee Cheung Fun and Fried Durian Fritters @Taman Ungku Tun Aminah,Johor Bahru

Skudai; one of the Southernmost state of Malaysia is full of a variety of breakfast. As recommended by my friend, we went to Restoran G Cheong Fun to have a plate of this soft and smooth textured version. served in 5 different sauces. Chee Cheung Fun; the plain white rice noodle rolls are chopped and served in 5 choices of sauces such as specialty An Soon (the fillings are made of yam and sprinklers of preserved vegetable), BBQ honey sauces, Kampar curry, red sweet sauce and black sweet sauce. Various side dishes are offered here such as yam cake, pork skin, fish balls, crab sticks, dumplings, Hakka Yong Tau Foo, etcetera.

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Crowded shop


Overall the chee cheung fun here was satisfying and did not disappoint us.  The price of a plate chee cheung fun is quite high, approximately RM10 per plate with few side dishes. 

The famous fried durian fritter and fried banana fritter from Restoran Wah Cai which is located few shop-lots nearby had been bought for tasting. The durian flesh retained its natural flavor and tasted great with the crunchy crust. On the other hand, the fried banana fritter is similar to those which could be bought from mamak stall. By the way, unbelievably the durian fritter at Restoran Wah Cai had caught the attention of most media savvy including Singapore.

Restaurant details:

1.Restoran G Cheong Fun
176 Jalan Pahlawan 2
Taman Ungku Tun Aminah

2.Restoran Wah Cai
86, Jalan Pahlawan 2, 

Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA), 
Skudai, 81300 Johor Baru