Trip back for Chinese New Year Celebration

My trip back yesterday was a smooth one. I was expecting a long and slow drive back as everyone was taking leave and also rushing back to their hometown.

Got up 5am plus to start our journey as last year we left a bit later and the traffic was heavy and was a pace of average 70km per hour and it took us about 6 hrs where a good smooth trip will usually take about 5 hrs.

Our first stop for breakfast was on of the RnR (rest and recreation) area along the highway.
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Food to buy and if you noticed, early in the morning people were already eating rice with dishes to select from.
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Seating area…
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I was kinda lucky as the traffic was smooth.
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Reaching Ipoh for our next RnR stop

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This is a new building built next to the highway where the highway user can stop and buy fresh groceries.

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Agromall; it is still new and not many stalls slot utilized.

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It also has toilet rest area and also a prayer place for the Muslim and a small playground for the children

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… and my journey continues.

Gluttony is the word!!

Been eating heavy dinners for the last 3 days straight … and can feel the heaviness coming unto me.

Today I was brought to eat lamb meat meat buffet style in a small shop at a all alley out somewhere. The shops is popular and full of people. As usual we had to queue by the time we arrived there. Lucky the wait was short as all of us we hungry.

20121128-095729 PM.jpg Outside the shops .. with lots of helmets and raincoats as it was raining.

20121128-095737 PM.jpgAnother shot of the shop in case you want to know the name of the shop =)

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Inside, it was stuffy and hot if compared to the outside which was cool. Actually the best time to eat lamb meat was on a cold day but today was not that cold but just cool as we could feel the heat and sauna in the shop.

20121128-095929 PM.jpg People enjoying the food.

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On each table there is a stove  and they will serve the soup with the lamb meat into a pot and best part, it is free flow which you can ask them to refill.

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Aside from that we also ordered fried rice (which was very tasty when fried with small shrimp) and fried noodles.

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We can also pick and select the extra like vegetables, fish ball and others from the counter

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20121128-100436 PM.jpg Yum yum… just look at the fat meat… HAHA!!

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I believed we had a couple of refills and extras.

By the end of it, our pot was empty and our stomach fill to the brim!! and our clothes soaking wet with sweat Lol due to the sauna in the shop.

Dinner @ 123

What a ‘welcoming’ site to Taiwan; wet and cold. It took 45min before I got to the hotel and it was still raining. Was hungry as the airplane food did not help much on me stomach.

So … the next best thing was to borrow an umbrella from the hotel and to look for food nearest to the hotel.  Mmm… saw this small little shop each time I was here but never step in or tried this place. It was always full of people during dinner time. So tonight was the night to give it a try.

The deco is like a typical simple Japanese stall … guess most it customers were Japanese (can see also lots of Japanese words and magazines and lots of empty sake bottles)

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Tables and chairs are small but comfortable. Menu was simple and in both English and Japanese. Asked the waitress for their specialty and she recommended their Japanese fried chicken. (everything Japanese haha). Aside from that we ordered some fried glass noodles, fried rice, fried veg, fried dumpling and fried prawns…. Geesh.. all fried stuff.. Lol

20121126-114433 PM.jpg  Name cards of their customers who dine there.

20121126-114442 PM.jpg Pineapple Beer anyone? Taste real nice….  Ladies will like this a lot.

20121126-114447 PM.jpg Fried Glass noodles

20121126-114452 PM.jpg Their speciality….. Japanese Fried Chicken

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20121126-114501 PM.jpg Fried prawns with pineapple with sweet and salty mayo.

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Overall, the food is nice and home cook. Guess we will come back again the next time and to try the others dishes which are not on their menu.