Sunday, 24 April 2016

Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah

It was a fine holiday and we wanted to go somewhere.

We decided to go on a jalan-jalan cari makan (food hunt) expedition. A whole day return trip. So, off we went to Muar, Johor Bahru, heading for the Restoran Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah. A lot of blog reviews and comments claim that the Mee Bandung they have there is the best you can find.

After Subh prayer, we headed South from Kajang towards Johor. It was a smooth sailing drive. I guess it took us about three hours to reach the place. So, we were there about nine something in the morning. Perfect time for breakfast!

Upon arrival, we soon found out that the place was in the town of Muar. Since it was morning, parking wasn't that difficult to find. I find it strange that with so many people complimenting the founder's Mee Bandung on the web and TV, their shop still maintains at an intermediate shop lot. To park, you have to place a special coupon on the car's dashboard. They sell this coupon at the Municipal's office (also quite nearby from the shop but a few minutes walk).

Car park coupon. RM6 for 10 coupons.

Sample of a coupon.
Parking aside, let's move on to the restaurant. So, there it was, the exalted Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah restaurant. Flanked between two shops but one with many customers.

Upon its entrance, I didn't see any big signage saying "Mee Bandung" anywhere except that there was somebody preparing Mee Bandung. All I saw was a big "Wah San" with Chinese letters hung just above the entrance. For a moment, I thought I was at the wrong shop. Then I realised that the shop lot was shared between two people. The actual "Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah" signage was on the outer side of the shop.

The restaurant. Picture source: Tourism Johor.
Apparently, the restaurant shop lot is owned by a Chinese couple and they have mutually agreed with the Mee Bandung seller to do business together. They (the couple) prepared the drinks while the other business partner prepares the Mee Bandung. Beautiful, just beautiful! There is so much beauty in such cooperative efforts especially those that transcend beyond ethnicity - I love it!

Alright, folks. Now, about the Mee Bandung. Well, to be honest, I am not a Mee Bandung lover at heart. If I were to make a review about it, I think I would be lying all through the write-up. I recommend you guys to read up from other bloggers who have tasted it and approved its taste. From my own point of view, the Mee Bandung was generous in its egg, meat, and prawn portions. The kuah was thick - a bit sweet for me but you could always put limau kasturi to balance out the taste.

A deliciously mouth-watering image of the Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah.
Picture source: Cik Lily Putih.


Just before we left, they promoted Mee Bandung paste. It costs RM 10 per packet. My mother-in-law made Mee Bandung using the paste just yesterday, and it tastes the same! No need to add sugar. All you need to do is add the meat stuff into it. Instruction is given on top of the packet cover.

Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah paste.

That's all for now. Tune in next time for another blog entry of places in Malaysia. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, 16 April 2016

The Story of Mahsuri

When you mention about Langkawi, the name Mahsuri is sure to be associated to its legendary tale. There was once a time when the ever beautiful Mahsuri lived a happy life but only to be murdered by villains of treachery and jealousy. She was accused of adultery. Mahsuri was sentenced to death but no weapon could harm her.

The tomb of Mahsuri or Makam Mahsuri. Picture source: Langkawi Coral.

 After several futile attempts, Mahsuri then told of the only object that could kill her, a special keris. She was then stabbed to death upon which white blood began flowing from her body. This was an indication of Mahsuri's innocence. Before her death, she cursed the island (Langkawi):
There shall be no peace and prosperity on this island for a period of seven generations.
Soon after her death, there was war and the island came to a turmoil that never invited peace nor prosperity. Not until recently, Langkawi has begun to take shape prosperously. It is said that the birth of the eight generation (some say seventh) of Mahsuri's descendant has ended the curse in 1980. Her name is Wan Aishah Wan Nawawi.

An excerpt from the Internet regarding Aishah, claimed to be a descendant of Mahsuri.
You can read a bit more about Mahsuri from this link.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Adya Hotel Langkawi

Nothing beats a relaxing vacation when you check-in a hotel that is shariah-compliant. That's one of the foremost important criteria that we look for whenever we choose a hotel. In Malaysia, there are already many hotels with at least a halal status kitchen. As for Adya Hotel, it doesn't just have a halal kitchen. In fact, all aspects of its operation has been holistically guided to provide an essentially Islamic environment.

Adya Hotel Langkawi, Langkawi, Kedah.
Picture source: rosyfingered.tistory.com

The moment you enter the hotel, their staff would warmly greet you. They've got separate swimming pools for male and female. They have a gym. Inside your room, you can find a copy of the Holy Qur'an. A qiblah signage and sajdah (prayer mat) is also provided for the convenience of Muslim visitors. All in all, it's a very convenient hotel for Muslim as well as non-Muslim visitors.

Inside one of the rooms at Adya Hotel Langkawi.
Picture source: rosyfingered.tistory.com

The room that we stayed in was quiet comfy; not too big nor too small. You won't find any beer in the fridge. If I can recall, the number of TV channels available is limited. I can only remember that there was a channel for Disney, Fox, and a few others (sorry, my memory isn't that good!). Since we were out most of the time, this wasn't a big deal.

Wide range of food.
Picture source: rosyfingered.tistory.com
Food choices were abundant especially during breakfast. Nasi lemak was there for sure. They have an outdoor stall dedicated for roti canai and all the other types of roti you can think of.

Location-wise, the Adya Hotel is situated very near to the Eagle Square (the Dataran Helang). Plus, if you've ever heard about the famous Haji Ismail Group (HIG) confectionery shop, you'd be glad to know that it's very nearby. The HIG mall is about 5 minutes drive from Adya Hotel. If you're looking for the usual local food like Tom Yam, Nasi Goreng, and the like, there are restaurants opposite the mall. We normally have our dinner here since fast-food restaurants tend to be packed with people during such time.

Balcony at Adya Hotel. 
If Langkawi's your next visit and you're looking for a convenient and friendly service near the Kuah township, we definitely recommend this hotel. We're also looking forward to another stay soon!

Friday, 8 April 2016

Introduction

First post. Cool! Now for some real fun. Give us some time before we publish our first tourist spot in Malaysia.