Monday, 20 February 2017

Coco Puri @ Kuching

I accidentally came across this place during the raining season in Kuching. I was getting my cloths dried from the self-service laundromat across McDonald's drive-through near Matang Jaya and I saw this gelato shop.

Their signature bona fide coconut ice-cream was so soft and creamy and it was so good even during the cold weather!

The price is much more expensive than other ice-cream shop that you may have visited, *cough*DP ice cream* but looking at the chicness of the interior, it will pay their extra electricity bill.

But I do LOVE the ice-cream!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Local Halal places in Tokyo that you should never miss!

I am sure the rest of you maybe sick of having halal Kebab or Indian food overseas (particularly in Japan), so why not check these places out.

1. Asakusa Sushiken (Asakusa)

I had a wonderful experience having the bona fide sushi here, served with fresh ingredients (the chef served the raw prawn right from the aquarium- REALLY FRESH!). The moment my tanned-Malaysian-looking figure walked into the place, they immediately changed the menu on the table to their Halal menu. 

I heard from this guy who sat next to me (whom also I saw walking out from his Bentley!) was talking about "Halal" and "Malaysia" in such an enthusiastic manner which I presumed the restaurant had a great success by introducing  their "new" menu sets. 

So I had ~4000 Yen sushi set which includes the "sea-urchin" (yup you read it right), I finished them all and they were SO GOOD! The salmon roes were salty and juicy and the tuna was (I can't believe I say this) divine!

Check this out near Asakusa and get ready with plenty of money too. 

Japan, 〒111ー0032 東京都台東区浅草2丁目11−4

2. Halal Ramen Ouka 

I went here twice! Flavourful broth and authentic dining experience, it was worth the 1300 Yen that I spent here. So I had the medium sized not spicy ramen which I had to pay first from the vending machine and I handed the lady my printed ticket. The machine only accepts smaller note like 1000, 5000 Yen and coins, but you still can exchange bigger note like 10 000 Yen with the machine next to it. 

The ramen is served in a bowl of salty broth with condiments like egg, roasted chicken and vegies. The chicken was really juicy and well cooked. 

There is a guide on how to enjoy your ramen and once you have finished with your meal, they will serve you the signature fragrant tea to clean your palate.

The shop only opens after 2:30 pm, so do not get there too early.

Check it out near Shinjuku!

1 Chome-11-7 Shinjuku, 新宿区 Tokyo 160-0022, Japan

p/s: There is another Halal ramen place near Asakusa called Naritaya Halal Ramen shop that I never had a chance to set my foot in and probably should never be missed as well. 

3.  Gyumon BBQ (Shibuya)

Just like Gyukaku in Malaysia, this old shop serves halal meat in BBQ style. They will quickly recognise you if you came from a foreign land and will hand you their Halal menu. They still serve alcohol and pork but obviously, their Halal meat is served and prepared separately as outlined by the local Halal authority. 

I had their 3000 Yen set, which includes 2 different cuts of beef meat, chicken, rice and salad. I love the authenticity of the shop and you will see closely the local Japanese culture where the men get altogether after work and cheering their drinks off among their colleagues.

I find the portion may be too little but I enjoyed the entire experience. 

Japan, 〒150-0002 Tokyo, Shibuya, 3−14−5

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Bunka Hostel @ Tokyo

I strongly recommend this hostel!

If you are looking for any (affordable) accomodation (including hostel), Bunka Hostel is where you shall be staying. 

Right in the heart of Asakusa and in between two metro stations (of the same [Ginza] line), you are minutes away from accessible transportation around Tokyo and hundreds of shops specialising in food and Japanese merchandise.

There are 2 halal Japanese eateries nearby; Asakusa Sushiken and Nararitaya Ramen shop and other halal shops include Turkish kebab and Indian food. Few convenience stores are easily within walking distance as well ie Family Mart, Lawson and 7-11. 

There are 7 floors, and the highest floor is where the family room and dining area are. Breakfast is served which is limited to 20 sets and will cost around 350 Yen. Regular breakfast includes (only) one egg and a toast, potato salad and orange juice/coffee/water. I did ask them whether they used any animal product in their mashed potatoes and she said probably yes. So instead, I chose Family Mart coffee and breakfast! Like everywhere else in Tokyo, there is a vending machine conveniently placed near the elevator.

So you can either stay in a bunk bed or single bed dormitory, and if you have more to spend, you can stay in their family room which can accomodate 4 people (for 168 00 Yen). Don’t be surprised at their “box” dormitory style and apparently its their original design! Made from panel of wood supported by steel with built-in overhead light and 2x power supply, it ensures your privacy despite having to stay in a “bunk bed”. It did not feel claustrophobic at all (because you can easily jump out from your cubicle). Each room comes with their own pair of slippers, a towel, a pillow and a quilt. There are lockers available but it was quite small for me (it only fit my shoes and few clothes).

You can select mixed or female-only floor with each floor (on my floor) had 2x toilets for gents, 3x toilets for ladies, 4 wash basins, a shower and a bathtub. 2 hairdryers were available as well. There were also recycle bins and laundry basket (for used towels). 

So if you want to get your cubicle cleaned daily, you shall keep the curtain opened and even if you wished not to, fresh towel will be provided every day. 

The “box” rate per night is 3000 Yen but since I made my booking via (and it was made a day before my arrival in Japan) , I managed to get 20% off for every night and since I am not going to keep the secret to myself, so here you go!

The check-in time is at 4pm so if you arrived early (like I did), you can leave your baggage at the reception area and the staff were delightful and approachable. 

I am definitely coming back to this place (or ditch it once I made more money teehee).