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Taiphoon Formosa Cuisine Restaurant (????????) at Taman Sutera Utama, Johor Bahru.

Taiphoon Formosa Cuisine restaurant ???????? (N1.51433 E103.66898) is located exactly same place with Taroko Teppanyaki along Jalan Tanjung Sutera 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, Johor.

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We were there quite early and it was not that crowded. The restaurant cozy and tidy environment remain the same, equipped with air-conditioning and free Wifi services.

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The humble and friendly owner – Mr Thomas started to introduced their signature dishes to us once we settled the table. At first, he would like us to try out the imported Taiwan teas which are not easy available in Johor Bahru, as the name of the tea was ‘Shan-lin-xi’ ?????. Beside this, they also have another 3-4 more imported Taiwan tea in the restaurant.

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This was my first time tasting the Taiwanese tea, surprisingly…it was not in brown colour…but totally plain and no colour at all. The aroma was spreading around our table once it pour into each small cup, we like it very much!

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We let Mr Thomas to introduced their signature dishes on the dinner…and the dishes were :-
1)  Taiwanese pork knuckles ????
2)  Shredded pork with mashed garlic ????
3)  Mapo toufu (stir fried toufu in hot sauce) ????
4)  Garlic sprout bean curd ????
5)  Braised intestine ???
6)  Stir fried Chinese broccoli ????
7)  Meat ball soup ???
8)  Chicken cooked with ginger and wine in casserole ???
9)  Chives and cabbage dumplings ???????

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The taste of the Taiwanese pork knuckles was slightly different from our local braised pork knuckles, it was mild and not too salty but with a nice aroma. Beside that, the pork knuckles was cooked with peanuts and it went well with a plate of plain rice. Like it!

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This was a popular dish in Taiwan. The sliced pork was boiled and served with the mashed garlic sauce and almost 13 types of ingredients like onion, ginger, soy sauce, rock sugar, anise, Chinese cinnamon, salt and many more…the pork were half lean and fat, and succulent, with all this combination of the ingredients above…resulted this delicious dish on our table.
This was one of the best dish of our dinner! Awesome!

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Mapo toufu was nice with a little spicy on the gravy on the smooth bean curd, the taste was above average.

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The garlic sprouts bean curd available locally too, but fried with certain different local ingredients. Garlic sprouts were just nice with the crunchy bite with a level saltiness.

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The braised intestines is widely available locally especially at the Koey Teow Kia restaurant, the only different about this dish was the sauce from Taiwanese recipe. It really brought me back to Taipei for few second when I taste on it. Nice!

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Stir fried Chinese broccoli was average and it was a local dish, not Taiwanese signature.

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Meat ball soup was prepared with meat ball (minced pork) with white radish, the size of the balls were bigger than what we have locally, the soup was tasty and all of us like it.

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The dish above also known as three cup chicken, a popular dish within Taiwan. The chicken cooked with ginger and wine, topped up with basil leafs. Taste was slightly different compare with local clay pot yellow rice wine chicken. Taste above average.

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Homemade dumplings skin and rich stuffing. Dip into the vinegar and ginger, it was perfect
Based on my personal taste bud, I like their dumplings very much! Chives or cabbage, I grabbed both! This is one of the recommended dumplings you should order!

Beside the dishes above, we did ordered some of the Teppanyaki dishes from the restaurant…chicken, lamb and beef.

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Overall, we like the food over here. I’ll be back often for the mashed garlic sliced pork and the dumplings!

The business hour of Taiphoon Formosa Cuisine restaurant is 11am – 10pm, daily. Do drop by if you happen at Taman Sutera Utama area (if you are reading from your smartphone, you can click on the GPS coordinates and launch Google map navigation to the restaurant.)

*  The above food descriptions were based on my personal taste bud.

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DCODE party in Danga Bay, Johor Bahru (photo sharing)

DCODE party was held at Danga Bay Convention Centre (N1.47505 E103.72410) on 31st July 2015. It was a well organized event from the team and sponsors (I’m not really sure which were the sponsors)
Let me share some photos with you and the happening on that night in the party…

Once everyone registered at the welcome counter, we were proceed to the entrance and the 1st session was a short video introducing the DCODE. Follow by the 2nd session, the area was full of Dunhill promoters who promoting of their cigarettes.
All guest are option to choose RM50 (bottle of DCODE cocktail with unlimited refill) or RM55 with 4 packs of Dunhill cigarettes inclusive a bottle of DCODE cocktail with unlimited refill too. But you are allow to enter the party without taking any of the 2 options above…

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The DCODE cocktail served with 3 flavors – lemon, peachberry and peppermint. I chose the peppermint…taste not bad.

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Once everyone got their DCODE drinks on the hand, we proceed to 3rd session…which was the party hall!

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DJ Nikki was the popular DJ of the night!

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I love the LED video wall very much!

The hall was packs with peoples while I stepped in!

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Beside the video wall, the lighting was awesome!

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DJ Nikki who brought up the atmosphere of the party!

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There were promoters walking around the hall, explaining about the lucky draw to everyone…

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After the pop song played by DJ Nikki, the live band performance continue!

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Then…the Rock song began!

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Hanged around the hall for a while and enjoying the DCODE drink…

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DCODE, see you in the future! 

*  Some of the photos above was taken with Samsung Galaxy S3

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Kaede Ikuza Japanese Restaurant at Taman Molek, Johor Bahru.

Normally those fried chicken widely available around Johor Bahru area are…Malay warong fried chicken, Mamak shop fried chicken, Chinese fried chicken, fast food fried chicken and fried chicken serve with nasi lemak is very common. But now I came across this Japanese fried chicken which is just started at Taman Molek, JB…

Kaede Ikuza Japanese Restaurant (N1.52428 E103.78540) is located along Jalan Molek 1/28, next to the Mama Nyonya Food Restaurant.

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The setting is as simple as the local ‘kopitiam’ style, kitchen just next to the dining area. And yes, the prices also follow the ‘kopitiam’ price.

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As far as I know, this is the ‘first’ Japanese kopitiam available in Johor Bahru. Most of the Japanese restaurants are well decorated with air-conditioning in Johor Bahru, but this is really something new to the JB market.
The imported fruits from Japan also available from the restaurant, as you can see from the photos below…

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Most of their main course is serve with the fried rice…
We ordered the Karaage chicken (Japanese fried chicken) set, Toriten set (chicken tempura), tomato omelet set, garlic pork set and Ra-so-men.

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Beside the main course, we ordered some of their side dish too…
Salads, Spicy cucumber and Combination tempura.

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All foods were tasty!
I like the ‘boneless Karaage chicken’ very much! Maybe because we already familiar with the fried chicken taste surrounding us, and this was really new and nice! The spicy cucumber got my attention too, the Japanese recipe of the sauce was unique, we all like it!

All the foods serve in this restaurant are having reasonable price, about RM10-20, that means we can enjoy the Japanese food by the Japanese chef with the street food price! No kidding!

The restaurant was operating by 90% of the Japanese, and the kitchen too. This is another new to Johor Bahru, because most of the Japanese restaurants within JB only the chef or the owner are ‘Nihonjin’…other are local or foreign workers…I was impressed. We visited on the first day operation of the restaurant, and it was full of Japanese. Great!

The photos of the Chefs (or so called the spirits of the kitchen) on duty!

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And I met a group of cute little boys in the restaurant too…

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I will be back again for the Karaage chicken, and also like to explore more of the ‘authentic’ Japanese food from this ‘Japanese kopitiam’.

Drop by if you happen in Taman Molek!

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The City Cafe in WF Hotel of Jalan Kebun Teh, Johor Bahru.

The City Cafe (N1.49719 E103.76284) is situated in ground floor of  WF Hotel along Jalan Geram off Jalan Kebun Teh, Johor Bahru. It’s easy to locate the place because the hotel is just next to the SJK (C) Foon Yew 1 (Primary School Foon Yew 1).

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The cafe had took over by Mr Marcus Wong (who also the cook) since 18 months ago, and they serve some western foods and more on the local Chinese foods. The dining area is designed in the “L” shape with the relax and quiet environemnt, I like the simple ambience and sometimes we can have some discussion over the lunch or dinner with the free Wifi service.

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It can be corwded during the weekend evening, so if you visiting on weekend…I advise you make a reservation through the telephone number below…

The foods serve by the cafe are simple yet Delicious! Let me share with you the dishes we had on that evening…

*  Seafood Tomyam soup
*  Sweet sour fish with plain rice
*  Sambal onions prawns with plain rice
*  Butter chicken with fried rice – Signature dish
*  Sambal brinjal

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The Seafood Tomyam soup was average, enough to ease the Tomyam thirst…
The Sweet Sour Fish – nice and yummy with the juicy fish and gravy, portion was big enough.
The Sambal Onions Prawns with rice – delicious, prawns were very fresh!
The Butter Chicken with Fried Rice was…Excellent! The butter taste was rich and not so creamy, the curry leafs went well with the butter and surprisingly the fried rice also very tasty! You feel like ask for more after you finish it!
The Sambal Brinjal – cooked nicely and not too spicy, the brinjals were preserved the juicy-ness and not too day.

Simple and yet Delicious!

The Cafe looks like a good place for us to explore more of their foods, we will be back for More! Please drop by if you happen to be at the nearby area, you might surprise with the food from The City Cafe, that cooked and serve by the owner – Mr Marcus Wong.