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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Travelogue Guilin , China - Elephant Trunk Hill

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6 Comments

Have you watched my video on Travelogue Guilin, China Ep 1, yet?
Check out the link HERE

Elephant Trunk Hill Scenic Area

Address: On Western Bank of the Li River, Guilin
If you take bus just make sure to get off at the stop of Xiang Shan Gong Yuan

25th Dec 2019, 2nd day in Guilin. Its Christmas day. I woke up with rain outside. No snow which I don't expect at all. So, I end up walking to Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan) which located around 1km from the place I stayed. It was a great morning walk under light rain which eventually stop by the time I reached the scenic area.

Since Nov and Dec month considers the low season, I have gotten the price for a half-price which also entitled me to visit 3 other scenic areas via their free red tour bus.

I love the beautiful view here. The best is not that many tourists since it was during the low season. I just walked away from the crowd and have peaceful morning walk.

Elephant Trunk Hill is kind of a MUST VISIT attraction in Guilin , ever since the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907). That old attraction.

Just like that photo above, the name said it all. The formation of karst rock resembling of Elephant Trunk sucking the Li River water.

As usual, this kind of place will come with Legend told from generation and the story is related to Elephant.

The Legend of Elephant Trunk Hill

Long-time ago, the Emperor of Heaven decided to conquer the Earth was riding on the back of his elephant. The elephant was a kind-hearted. It came down back to the earth and help the poor human in their labour. It falls sick. The Emperor got to know that the Elephant was helping the human. He was very upset and left the poor sick elephant on earth. The human help the sick elephant and nurse it back to good health. It continues to help the human with plowing the field and forget about the Emperor of Heaven. The Emperor of Heaven was so upset on the Elephant still continue helping the human. One day, while the Elephant was drinking water at Li River, the Emperor cursed the Elephant into stone.

It was starting of winter. I have to wear a face mask from the cold winter breeze.

Elephant Trunk Hill is not the only thing you could see. There is a park which is a must-visit attraction too. You could visit the Moon over the Water Cave (Shuiyue cave), Elephant Eye cave, Puxian Pagoda, Love Island and Yunfeng Temple.

You can find this kind of lovey dovey statue at Love Island.

You can get some elephant trunk hill and Guilin souvenir at this so-called post office. You can write a postcard and send one to yourself or friends.

I was sitting on the bench below this hill. Watching people climbing up this hill makes me envy them. People climb the hill to get another amazing cityscape view of Guilin.

I can't overwork my leg here in the city since I have 8 more days to explore Guilin. I was planning to hike else-where. 

This is the view from Elephant Eye cave.

Just walk to another side of the Elephant Hill and you will be adventuring on the back of the hill. The view from this side is beautiful with good panorama.

Fubo Hill

Address: 2 kilometres away from the Elephant Trunk Hill

I took the tourist red bus from the entrance of Elephant Trunk Hill since it came with the package I bought. The bus is very punctual as written on the signage at the bus stop.

Fubo Hill is another must-see attraction in Guilin. I love this place since it has a beautiful park and a 
big banyan tree in the middle.

There is a temple on this hill built during Tang Dynasty for General Fubo who succeed a fierce battle in Jiaozhi.

What you can see here at Fubo Hill

The natural scenery of rocks and stalactites. I have a chance to visit the Pearl Returning Cave, the Thousand Buddha caves and the Sword Testing Rock.
If you walk to the second terrace of Fubo Hill, you will find a giant cloister. Just walk past the beautiful garden and climb up some small steps. You will find a 300-year-old iron boiler which can boil enough food for a thousand people.

Guilin is famous with Osmanthus and Monk Fruits. But it's not a season for Osmanthus flower during my time. The street and garden will full of nice sweet fragrance smell of osmanthus if you visit during its season.

The Rambutan Seller 

One thing, I notice the fruit seller in Guilin tends to present the fruit by putting the fresh leaves. At first, I thought, the rambutan leaves in Guilin is different from other parts of the world. Seriously, I thought it was from different species. But then, this Rambutan seller, pluck the street plant leaves and place it on his rambutan basket. I was like.... hurl! Rambutan leaves is the same in every country. hahahaha.... not different!

Those aunties on the photo end up don't buy the fruits from this seller. It seems they don't agree with something and I saw the seller push away his bicycle with anger. 

All this happened while I was waiting for the red tourist bus to the next scenic area.

Diecai Hill Scenic Area

Address: North of Fubo Hill and the west bank of Lijiang River

I kind of love the beautiful scenery here. Diecai Hill is the name given during Tang Dynasty which means folded colours hill.

The view from this hill is really fantastic. Just climb the stairs up and you will be greeted by a magnificent view.

You can shop for some souvenirs here too. But I am not a souvenir person. hahaha... I just walk pass by them.

Tea Seller Act

Right before the souvenir place, there is this dried tea seller who put up an act. I don't speak Chinese but the act was so obvious and I almost laugh at both of them when the act repeated with the same line when I was leaving the place. The act was, one guy, pretended to inquire about the tea and the seller diligently hard sell the tea. I was like kekekeke... laughing while looking at both of them. You think you can fool me ..ahhhhhh? I can't understand Chinese but it sounds like the same scripted line you acted when I just entered this place earlier. huhuhuh

Lots of hill climbing... huhuhuh

Nice cave and the grottoes.

The beautiful layered colour hills.

Spectacular view from the top.

Apparently, I can slide down from the top but I didn't do it! Why? I was alone up there. I doubt and fear for my safety though!

Time to grab some lunch and dinner. It was late afternoon by the time I came down from the hill. I don't go to the famous Red Fleet Cave, which is another landmark of Guilin.

I ate lamb Jiaozhi and bell pepper stir-fried. I noticed the vegetables here in Guilin taste really fresh and sweet.

I still have a bit of strength to walk around before called off the day. I need to catch the bus at 7am to catch a 4 hours Li River Cruise to Yangshuo.

I bought warm Taro Coconut Milk drink as my dessert. 

Don't forget to watch my MOST BORING video Travelogue Guilin, China Ep 2 Elephant Trunk Hill at my YouTube Channel HERE. My video can put you to sleep since I recorded A.S.M.R in this video too. :)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Travelogue Guilin, China EP 1 - Riverside Inn Central

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 0 Comments

I decided to create my first ever travel video with a voice-over format. It's kind of challenging task for me. I spent my whole Sunday to do this. I'm really a beginner in editing video. So, please pardon me for any glitch in my video voice-over. I don't really know which apps to use. Basically, I have to use three different apps for editing. Its really time consuming too.

I am still learning and hope to improve my skills soon. Some of the comments received - my voice sounded so 'cute'. I was like what? Shy! shy! cover my face.....hihihihihi... I never thought will sound like that in a voice-over.  There is another comment said my voice-over faded especially when I was talking over a video with some surrounding sounds. Noted! I will improve further.

For comment said, I am pretty... ehem..ehem...the tech nowadays can fool you. With just one click 'Meitu' will erase all fine lines and tone down all my chubby fat. Yes! it's all apps! In real, I am just an ordinary 'fat auntie'! save that 'pretty' comments for someone you meet in real life, ya!

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A synopsis of my Travelogue Guilin China.

I started my 10 days travel to Guilin, China on the 24th Dec 2019. From Guilin, I took a 4 hours River Cruise along Li River to Yangshuo and then a 3 hours car ride up to Longsheng before head back down to Guilin. 

It was a great travel exploration for me. In Episode 1, I showcase my first-day exploration along the river beside the place I stay.

Where to Stay in Guilin?

Riverside Inn Central, Guilin situated at a strategic place and along one of the river in Guilin. It's not that easy to reach to this place since it located at small alley. Your cab driver have to stop at the main road and you have to drag your luggage for around 300 meters. You will the signage.

No lift! So as my room located on the 4th floor so I have to take quite a flight of stairs for 3 days stay. As I have a bad knee - it's kind of challenging task. The reception guy helps to carry up my luggage, otherwise, I would rather leave it at the reception for 3 days and pick what I want up. huhuhuh

The reception gentleman here quite friendly and can speak English. So, I book my Li River Cruise to Yangshuo from them. They even allow me to leave my luggage while I away for 4 days for my trip to Yangshuo and Longsheng. Awesome!

The surrounding of this place kind of convenient for me. I just need to go out to the main road and walk to my left and left again then walk straight ahead until reaching a traffic light, then cross the traffic light towards my right - here I reached the Ancient Mosque street. There are numbers of Halal Food Restaurant.

After my meal, I walked around the nearby park along the river to observe the local daily activities. In general, Guilin people more polite than the people in Xi'an, Lanzhou, Xining and even Tianjin.

I walked to Elephant Trunk Hill Scenic area the next morning and spend my second day exploring this major attraction.

So, please follow and subscribe for Episode 2 of my Travelogue Guilin, China.

Watch my video and don't forget to subscribe. :)

For my Muslim friends! don't fool yourself with what you read about China. I have been to almost 15 cities in China and they mostly respect the Muslim, there. Xi'an, Lanzhou and Xining have many Uyghur, Han and Hui ethnic too. They live peacefully practising the religion just like Muslim here in Malaysia. I don't have any problem with practising my religion and finding Halal food are very easy in China. One day, I will make my trip to Xinjiang and share my travelogue on my visit there. Hope can do that in near date.

We should see, experience and then comment. Not just read one-sided stories. We must listen to both sides of stories in everything. I always believe there is a reason for everything. Open your mind and your heart! Go out and experience on the other side of the world.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

7 Health Benefits Eating Pickles Vegetables

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 14 Comments

I was in Guilin, China for 10 days last 2 weeks and noticed the people there love Vegetables Pickles. They even pickle the fruits and women especially love to buy them. In some area like when I was wandering around one of their famous ancient towns, the pickling look like almost kimchi in South Korea.

Manage to snap some of the pickles vegetables in Guilin
I was told in Guilin, people eat pickles vegetables as appetizer and snacks. So I decided to do some readings on pickles benefit for health. I was interested in this even before travelling to Guilin but a bit hesitate since most pickles bought from stores are super sour and bad for my ageing teeth.

From my research, pickles or fermented vegetables have more benefit than bad ones.

1. Antioxidants

Apparently, pickles contain more natural antioxidants found in fresh fruits and vegetables, compared to cook vegetables. The cooking process kind of break down some of these heat-sensitive nutrients. While pickles vegetables and fruits preserve their nutrition and antioxidants from the fermentation process. Most pickles use vinegar as brine which makes it boast higher amounts of the free radical fighting and immune-boosting.

2. Blood Sugar Friendly

Due to its vinegar contents, eat pickles with your meal will help to prevent blood sugar spikes. So for those people with diabetes, it will help if they add pickles into their diet routine.

3. Probiotics Power

Save your gut by adding pickles with your meals. Due to its fermentation process, it attracts probiotics which is beneficial and aid to your digestive process.

4. Contains Vitamin K

We often overlook vitamin K which is crucial for body processes for example blood clotting, bone's absorption and use of calcium and keeping the calcium out of arteries. It keeps your bone strong!

5. Replenish Electrolytes and Hydration Booster

For those who always go for an intense workout, you should consider snacking on pickles because it helps to replenish electrolytes and also boost hydration.

6. Help soothes the Muscle Cramps

If you have short muscle cramps, try to drink the pickle brines , the sodium from salt used in the brines can help with muscle contractions.

7. Good for Eyes

Most of us end up staring at the mobile phone and computer screen on a daily basis. Pickles vegetables has vitamin A which good for your eyes health. vitamin A also good for the immune system!

I have been talking about only the benefits. Not fair right? Most things have pros and cons. The downside of eating pickles vegetables are :

* Can cause bloating - since it contains salts for the fermentation process, so salty food can cause bloating. 

* Processed pickles contains lots of preservative and lack of probiotics benefits - Processed pickles often contains lots of sodium to make it last longer and lack of nutritional benefits.

* High in Sodium - since the salt is necessary for fermentation process so pickles can cause high in sodium.

The conclusion to all mentioned, take things moderately. For myself, instead of buying the pickles, I made it at home and it's really simple to make. 

My first homemade pickles recipe kind of simple and just use the available ingredients at home. One benefit to making your own pickles are you can control the ingredients and rest assured about the hygiene parts.

I chose small radishes and cucumber. Wash the vegetables with salt and make sure clean it properly.

I cut the cucumber in vertical and don't really care much on removing the seeds.

Thinly slice the small radish.

Ingredients for pickles brine :

* Raw organic apple cider vinegar (2 glasses)
* Springwater (2 glasses)
* Raw Cane Sugar (4 tablespoons)
* Salt (To taste)
* Whole Black Pepper (I just add 5 of this)
* Clove Garlic (I add in 5 smashes garlic )
* Cinnamon powder (1/2 teaspoon)

I mixed all ingredients in a pot and bring it to boil. Let it cool down before pour over the glass jar with vegetables in it. Make sure the brines cover all the vegetables. Leave it overnight to ripe in the refrigerator before enjoy your homemade pickles.

Crunchy and refreshing pickles ready for healthy snacking. For those who rarely add vegetables in your daily diet, should try this! It is healthy and full of fibre too.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Realistic Ways To Earn Through Online Shopping

Thursday, January 09, 2020 10 Comments

I love online shopping for a few reasons such as I can search basically anything online. Moreover, no crowds or queues. I can do 24/7 shopping without worry about the store business hours. I can easily compare the prices and reviews before making the purchase.

For a smart online shopper like me, I always make sure to earn back through some of the cash spent online. 

What? Earn a Cashback through shopping? How is this possible? 

I wrote on OctaPlus last year. Click the link HERE. If you haven't downloaded this awesome app yet, don't miss out. Please download this app now. You can download the OctaPlus App HERE.

OctaPlus is not like any other conventional online shopping cashback app which only offers CashBack from spending. If you strategize well, you will end up earn passive income in this Year 2020 through this app.

3 ways to earn through cash online through OctaPlus

1. Refer your family and friends to download and sign up with OctaPlus. App download and sign up is free. For every friend sign up and verified, you will get RM3 into your wallet

2. Shift your offline personal shopping to online shopping. For example monthly groceries, beauty care and other shopping. 

3. Be a personal online shopper. You can always volunteer to shop on behalf of your friends and family/people around you. I bet many of us here will also envy people who hold a Personal Assistant/ Secretary and Administrative position in the office. These are people who can earn lots of cashback by travel booking and office supplies shopping.

Like I said OctaPlus don't just offer a cashback benefit for online shoppers. There are many other benefits waiting for you.

* Reward points - which you will get through a simple task such as daily check-in, refer a friend and participate in OctaPlus event if there is any. I bet there are many events now since CNY is coming up! 

* Product review - I don't know about others but product review from others always influences my purchase. OctaPlus give an opportunity for you to review a product and at the same time share others opinion in OctaPlus Community.

* Deals - OctaPlus deals are no joke! It can be up to 50% discount from the usual retail price.

* Wish Tree - This is something interesting and is like a dream comes true for all shoppers like me. A wish tree tab you can get some items at up to 50% discount. You just required to fill up the required amount of OctaSeeds. How to get OctaSeeds? Earn more OctaSeeds by referring to your friend.

We are currently in a challenging economy. Some people turn jobless and some even receive a pay cut. If there are any possible ways to earn a cashback for our necessities spent, why not? The truth is earning money and getting an awesome deal online is not that difficult. I just show you one of the easiest method available waiting for you to grab your portion. Why wait? Download OctaPlus App today!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Skincare Review : Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye and Face Ball

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 14 Comments
Recent travel, I did some advance duty-free shopping at AirAsia online Duty-Free and get the items delivered in flight to my seat. I took advantage of year-end sales!

I would say that it was a pretty good deal since it was a festive season sales and most items I get at least at 50 percent off.

For example, this Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye and Face Ball, 10ml price at RM60 and I paid only RM30 after-sales discount. Good buy, right? I can assure it is authentic Innisfree product from AirAsia.

I checked other online shopping sites like Hermo, the price around RM84 and Shopee depends on the seller the lowest I found is RM50.

At first, I was trying to save this until I finish my AHC The Pure Real Eye Cream for Face. usual, I couldn't wait any longer. hahaha...I apply it for my very first day in a foreign country. I was hooked by this. I tell you why...

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye and Face Ball come in a rollerball applicator for a soft massage around eyes and face. Super cute and convenient, right?

How to apply Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye and Face Ball?

Press the applicator and the serum gel appear out of it. Then gently roll over the applicator around eyes and face area. Super easy, right? I find this applicator is hygienic too.

Why I love Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye and Face Ball?

1. Rollerball applicator.

2. The cool texture of green tea which suit for tired eyes and skin fatigue

3. The green tea and other ingredients in this product really keep skin bright,  moist even in harsh dry winter weather conditions. 

4. The product texture is lightweight and easy to absorb into skin.

I really experience good and moist skin using this product during my recent trip. The place I went to was under a dry and harsh winter condition. I was amazed at my own skin throughout the trip. I then realized it because I applied this product and ditch my other skincare. I usually keep skin routine at a minimum during the trip. I only applied toner on the cleansed skin, then use Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye and Face Ball and my usual moisturiser. 

The ingredients in Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye and Face Ball really did a good job!

* 16 kinds of amino acid with 3.5 concentrate beauty green tea ingredient opens moisture way for bright skincare.

* Dual -Moisture-Rising Technology with fresh green tea water prevents moisture loss keeps firm, seed oil forms protection shield.

I was happy with this good buy from AA online duty-free store. I will buy again if they happen to have another sale near to my next travel date.

I finished the whole 10ml after my 10 days travel trip. I used this twice daily. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Win a FREE CAR at Mitsui Outlet Park Sepang KLIA

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 18 Comments

What is your plan for this Christmas Celebration?

If you don't have any, why don't bring your family down to Mitsui Outlet Park at Sepang KLIA. Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang (MOP KLIA), is a Japan's branded factory outlet shopping mall with lots of foreign and local brand to cater to all shoppers out there. Recently, new stores have come under the roof - Burger King, Kenny Rogers, Gong Cha, fashion outlets such as Calvin Klein Jeans, Nautica, Kipling as well as several other lifestyle stores - Victorinox, Samsonite and Tefal.

Exciting activities at MOP KLIA

This year Christmas, MOP KLIA has decked the mall with artic themed decorations and new unique attractions to get visitors excited for the holiday season. YES! Its a "Happy Polar Christmas" this year at MOP KLIA.

Visitors will enjoy some unique attractions such as Snow Playland and Infinity Mirror LightRoom. 

Snow Playland - is designed to offer winter experience with lots of fun in real snow with only RM20 per admission.

Infinity Mirrored Light Room - brings you to the journey through space with high-tech lighting and graphics

Some other line up activities at MOP KLIA :

From 20th  - 24th Dec 2019, Christmas Carollers will be singing their heart out and Santa Claus appearance and make his cheering round. There will never be a dull moment at MOP KLIA as children and adults alike will be entertained with postcard making and colouring activities as well as a train ride at Sunshine square with only RM5 per ride.

In conjunction with the Christmas celebration, MOP KLIA will also be extending its business hours on the 20th and 21st December to 12 midnight with a special happy hour sale at participating outlets.

Be one of the lucky visitors at MOP KLIA 

Christmas is about the season of gifting and happiness. Some of the exciting prizes to be won at MOP KLIA from now to 1st Jan 2020.

* Shop and win a FREE CAR while shopping at MOP KLIA. If you are the lucky shoppers, drive away with Toyota Avanza 2019 or Toyota Yaris 2019. OMG! Each car worth at least RM80,000. Who knows, you could welcome the new Year 2020 with a brand new car.

* Win cash vouchers by sharing your exciting moment photos to your Instagram while enjoying the Infinity LightRoom. Don't forget to hashtag, #MOPPOST.

Where is MOP KLIA?

MOP KLIA is strategically located just 8 minutes away from KLIA and approximately 45 minutes from KL City Centre. The outlet mall is easily accessible through various highway namely ELITE, LDP, KESAS, MAJU and NKVE. Getting to MOP KLIA is also convenient via KLIA Ekspres which departs from KL Sentral every 20 minutes to KLIA and KLIA2 and thereafter visitors can take the dedicated free shuttle bus that is offered to and from KLIA and KLIA2.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

What and WhereTo Eat In Tianjin?

Friday, December 13, 2019 14 Comments

As a Muslim traveller, I don't have a problem to find food here in Tianjin. There is so much Halal food here. 

If you read my previous entry on Tianjin, I did mention stay in Holiday Inn Express Heping, Tianjin. Just like many other Holiday Inn Express chain, you can't expect good buffet from them. To me the variant kind of dull. It's not Halal. I use my creativity to toast the bread and hard-boiled egg to make my own sandwiches every morning. hahaha

I am proven a living survivor in anywhere I travel. Always crack my head if cant find suitable food to eat. Travel with instant food in my bag from Malaysia is so unusual for me. Unless, if I know the food is super damn expensive and the place I am visiting is to remote for me to find something to eat.

Tianjin Chestnuts

I don't know that Tianjin Chestnuts is super famous. It's common to see people lining up day and night just for a bag of Chestnuts. I discover this while strolling along the Tianjin University Street. This place kind of opposite the place I stayed. So I was there a few times and was very curious about the long queue. One morning, I decided to join the queue and bought a bag of Chestnuts for myself. OMG! can't get enough of this. Different from the chestnuts I ever ate before. Tianjin Chestnuts taste sweet and savoury at the same time. You will get addicted.

Another famous snack is sunflower seeds. I don't try that since no patient to peel that with my teeth. Kuaci je pun....Too small and tiring for me! hahaha

Chinese Pancakes or Crepe (Jianbing Guozi)

This is another common snack in Tianjin. The pancakes batter made of mung bean, egg and some special sauce. Chilli and Soy sauce is very famous here too. They will ask you if you want spicy or non-spicy. You can choose between Crispy Crackers and You Tiao. I have tried with both fillings and my vote goes to Crispy Crackers filling. Check out the process of Chinese pancakes being prepared in the video below.  By the way, I bought this from Halal Snack Shop

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Ear-Hole Fried Cake (Erduoyan Zha Gao)

You won't miss this at all. They sell this almost everywhere. Basically a rice cakes with some filling like red bean, lotus paste or custard. I just can't get enough of this too. It so small and you can't eat just one of this. The rice cake is so soft and chewy. Taste better than Tteok from Korea. The name of this cake is kind of interesting with the direct translation means Ear Hole. I don't see any hole in this cake at all! hahaha...Too lazy to google the history of this cake name.

Stuffed Meat Buns (Goubuli Baozi)

The name is so weird which literally translate as 'Dog Doesn't Care' or 'Ignorance Dog' mmmmmm...wanna try also scared leh, who knows the stuff in dog meat inside. hahaha.
Did I try this? Yeah!!! found this at one of the halal stalls. To me, this is just a steamed bun. Frankly speaking from my point of taste bud, I  think the 'Pau Ahmad' or 'Tanjung Malim Pau' is more delicious than this. hahaha

Talking about Dog...I remember buying a few bags of roasted peanuts which called " Dog Poo". hahaha...seriously, most of my colleague said it's super delicious. It's delicious to me too. Regret not to buy more though! I remember buying it at one of the groceries stores and the store owner's son told me the name which really put me off on the spot. Almost put back to the shelf and he keeps convince me to give it a try. Which I did? The next day bought a few more. Gosh! so addictive! The name really put me off. But the taste? I want it again and again. It's so tasty!

Disclaimer: No dog injured or killed to make this dishes. huhuhu

Rolling Donkey

I recognised this snack since I ate this during my Beijing trip. Oh! if just now I talked about Dog, now we have donkey too. They just love to use the animal name. Don't worry! No donkey died to make this snack. It just a layer of sticky rice dough with red bean paste and then roll in the soybean powder. I love this too if I get the fresh one!

ShouliGao (Flour Dessert)

I bought this because it looks so colourful and pretty! hahaha..Sucker! right?
Taste? Not my style at all. Totally not as delicious as it looks. muahahaha..I basically bought, took some photo and then sat at one corner struggling to finish the whole plates with 6 pieces ShouliGao.I don't want to waste food! My mission is to accomplish ZERO FOOD WASTE. God will punish me for wasting the food! Serious, our 'Putu Piring' or 'Putu Bambu' taste more delicious than this. That flour base tastes nothing like our putu piring or Bambu at all. I don't know how to describe but it just not my style. The colourful topping just a various super sweet fruit jams which you can get your whole leg chopped off! huhuhuh


I think you can find this at Jonker Walk too right? I love hawthorn. This sugar-coated hawthorn, I would be happy if I have someone to finish the rest of the fruits. I can't finish in this alone though.

Lamb Dumpling

I went into one of the Xinjiang Restaurant to eat this. It looks a lot. But seriously, I can just sit there and finish the whole plate even after slurping a bowl of Beef Lamian. This is so addictive, especially with some chillies oil. I did this a lot during my Xining trip. Call me Dumpling addicts! hahaha..But I only eat Lamb dumpling. Not so big fan of chicken or beef.

Beef Lamian

Don't need an introduction. I ate many of this during my trip to Lanzhou and Xining until I got fed up with anything soupy. hahaha..I ate this because the restaurant is nearby the Hotel I stayed.

Fried Noodles

I tried this on one of the cold night which made me lazy to walk further from my hotel. The Muslim restaurant located right opposite the hotel I stayed in. Not bad! But I was so struggling to finish this alone. I ate until feel so damn bored eating. It's not that I don't feel thankful for my food, just don't understand why the Chinese love too big portion in every meal served? Why? Can't you serve moderate portion? Woman or Man there....they can finish this without any problem. I was damn struggling and feeling like crying to finish this. Can't waste food ma!

Sour Fish Soup

I discover this by accident, while looking for a toilet at one of the shopping malls near Bingjiang Shopping Street, then decided to head down to basement food court. I found a Halal Sour Fish Soup. I fall in love not only with the young guy who prepares this but this soup is super delicious and refreshing taste. I ordered the set with rice and who knows there are noodles at the bottom of this soup. Die! I need to finish a bowl of rice together with this noodle. They really serve a generous portion here. The fish meat is so fresh and the black fungus kind of chewy too. The pepper taste and sourness of plum really delicious to eat during cold days. 

I went back to the same stall during my last day before heading to the airport in the evening, to taste the Mala (Sichuan) Pepper soup but the person who took order misunderstood me and serve me with tomato soup version. Aiyakkk!!! I really hate tomato soup in the first place. Forcing myself to finish the tomato version fish soup. isk isk isk Not that bad for my hungry tummy. I purposely skip the buffet breakfast at my hotel and waited for the mall to open just for this. huhuhuh

Address? muahaha. IMA forgot to note down. All using my memory and only found the place after a few rounds lost my way on the second visit. hahaha

Inner Xinjiang Muslim Food

OMG! I seriously missed all this food from my Xi'an trip. When I saw this restaurant...I was like...take my money. I don't care how much is the bill. I will eat my most craving Dapanji (Big Plate Chicken). I ordered half chicken Dapanji, 2 sticks of grilled lamb and some warm nan bread. I really finish all this until the next table staring at my lonely table. Yeah! they ordered a lot and waste lots of food. Me? I just wobble all clear! muahahaha...ZERO Waste mission ma! Red Dates tea is free flow is delicious too. huhuhuh

Sorry! if you think I went to Tianjin but ate Xinjiang food. I just craving for this food people! Craving for Dapanji for super long time. Craving satisfied and this Dapanji is super delicious than what I ate in Xi'an. Gosh! I really need to save up and brave myself to Xinjiang soon. Let muster my courage to visit that place in few years time.


This fried twisted dough is a famous snack in Tianjin. People buy this by boxes people. It must be super nice, right? I don't try this one at all since I need to buy a big bag for this. I am just afraid unable to finish this by myself. I just imagine the taste is like our very own Mahua here too. kekeke...can't taste this? Just use my wild imagination! hahaha

There is so much other food you can try in Tianjin. If you are a non-muslim, abundance of food waiting for you. Even if you are a Muslim like me, you won't end up in the Hotel room eating pack instant food. Just prepare lots of money and enjoy!!!!

There are a few famous Food Street in Tianjin you can explore :

Nanshi Food Street 

Address: located West of Heping Rd. 

I visited this place with hope but the result was a total let down. It so touristy and I just don't feel comfortable to even explore further. The price is expensive too. You won't miss this place because the building is like a palace-like classic building with rows of stalls selling snacks and food.

Heping District Food Street

Address: Liaoning Rd, Heping District

I don't visit this place but just pass by. You can give a try though! I would go if the weather is not that cold at night.

Shiyue Food Street

Address: near Zhonghan Park , Hebei Distirct

Actually, the place itself is a nice environment but just happen during my visit the place is too quiet since it's after the Golden Holiday.

Five Great Avenue Food Street (near to WuDaDao)

It is more restaurant a cafe place since this place is quite a high-end area. But worth for people who love the posh environment.