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GOASIAPLUS July 2019

Hong Kong star, Jacquelin Ch'ng gets frank with her roles as movie and TVB actress. The beauty also shares the details of her life and travel for this issue If you're looking to travel down south, Malaysian comedian Joanne Kam Poh Poh takes it up a notch and lists her 3-day itinerary highlights in Perth, Western Australia! Also, look out for our new Food For Talk section, bucket list for spas in KL and Asia's filming site of Avengers: Endgame

Hong Kong star, Jacquelin Ch'ng gets frank with her roles as movie and TVB actress. The beauty also shares the details of her life and travel for this issue

If you're looking to travel down south, Malaysian comedian Joanne Kam Poh Poh takes it up a notch and lists her 3-day itinerary highlights in Perth, Western Australia!

Also, look out for our new Food For Talk section, bucket list for spas in KL and Asia's filming site of Avengers: Endgame

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JULY 2019 | ISSUE 38

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Jacquelin

Ch’ng

ON ACTING AND TRAVEL

MANADO, INDONESIA

SENSATIONAL SPAS


CONTENTS

20

6 ON THE RADAR

8 OUT & ABOUT

12 INSIGHT

Made for the Spotlight

16 TRAVEL

Manado, Indonesia

18 TRAVEL

Capturing Perth with

Joanne Kam

20 TRAVEL

Spotted in Asia:

Banaue Rice Terraces,

Philippines

22 BUCKET LIST

Vacation on a Table

24 FOOD FOR TALK

Warming Up with Breakfast

6

16

PICK-UP POINTS

22

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Does anyone realise that we are already halfway into 2019 in a

heartbeat? If this reminds you of the resolutions left to dust

on the shelf, let me just say, July can be the new January for

you to begin working on them again.

To start, having a good breakfast is undoubtedly the best

method to set things in motion. From the viewpoint of healthcare,

breakfast may be the key meal but for Malaysians, breakfast is

an occasion to feast. See our new column “Food For Talk” on

Malaysian breakfast on page 24.

Albeit the truly appetising options, to me, a good breakfast

matters more with the people you dine with. Spending time with

the right people can energise you as quickly as breakfast!

Gracing our July cover, the beautiful and talented Hong Kong

actress–Jacquelin Ch’ng–will definitely agree with me; seeing how

much she values her family and friends and frequently travel from

Hong Kong back to Malaysia to be with her loved ones (page 12).

Since the festive and holiday season has come to an end, you

can still sneak in a quick soulcation for the body and mind. Check

out our “Bucket List” on the up-and-coming spa and massage

places in Kuala Lumpur on page 22.

Knead your stress away!

John So

Publisher

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NEWS

ON THE RADAR

GET UP TO DATE ON THE LATEST HAPPENINGS ON

TRAVEL, HOTEL OPENINGS, FOOD OFFERS AND

TRENDING FASHION AROUND SOUTHEAST ASIA

FIRST CLASS AVIATION

EXPERIENCE

The award-winning Qsuite

Business Class in Qatar

Airways will be added to its

Kuala Lumpur route from 15

July onwards. The patented

Business Class seat is the

industry’s first-ever double

bed in Business Class with

interactive privacy panels to

create a personal private space

for families, business partners

and group socialisation.

www.qatarairways.com

QUEENSLAND GRAIN-FED BEEF IN HILTON

Hilton’s established steak and beef restaurant is

bringing in Queensland’s premium grain-fed beef

to serve in two house-styles. The braised meat is

paired with homemade Memphis mustard sauce and

crunchy slaw or Chamber Grill’s homemade smoked

chilli barbeque sauce. Starting from RM280 nett, the

exquisite dish is available from now to 31 July 2019.

Chamber Grill, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

+063-22642596

KEEPING TIME WITH CRYSTALS

Swarovski’s new bold timepieces bring

a touch of sparkle and glamour beyond

functionality to the wrist. The highlight

of the collection, Crystalline Glam, is

a testament to the exclusive Swarovski

Crystalline technique featuring around 800

Swarovski crystals with a leather strap or

urban metal bracelet for different occasions.

Available in Swarovski stores nationwide

FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOTEL IN BANGKOK

ibis Styles Bangkok Ratchada takes its inspiration

from the Thailand city with a trendy and playful

ambience across 266 guestrooms, meeting

rooms, fitness, spa and lobby bar. Located in

proximity to the Huai Khwang subway station

and Ratchada Train Night Market, the hotel is an

economical rescue for family travellers.

www.accorhotels.com

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EVENTS

OUT & ABOUT

LOOK OUT FOR THE MOST ANTICIPATED EVENTS OF

THE MONTH IN MALAYSIA AND BEYOND

JAM HSIAO WORLD TOUR

6 JULY

Taiwanese Mandopop singer Jam

Hsiao has kicked off his new “Mr.

Entertainment” themed tour

with an overwhelming response

on the concert’s extravagant

production. Returning to

Malaysia after four years, the

“King of Golden Melody” is

anticipated to deliver his list of

popular hits like “Collection”

and “New Endless Love”.

Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

www.myticket.asia

43RD BON ODORI FESTIVAL

20 JULY

The single largest Japanese cultural event in Malaysia

is back on a big scale. This Japanese festival is held

in honour of ancestral spirits and visitors are always

encouraged to wear yukata or cotton kimonos to the

carnival-like event. Besides the main cultural dance,

there are also games and drum performances to catch.

Kompleks Sukan Negara

Shah Alam (Panasonic), Malaysia

www.facebook.com/bonodorimalaysia/

THE WORKING DEAD

18 JULY - 4 AUG

KULT Productions is presenting a “Back To

Work” musical on how black magic transforms the

reality of a married couple. A hardworking man

called Edwin has died tragically on the job and

by using black magic, his employer resurrected

Edwin to be a “corporate zombie”. Now, Edwin’s

wife and colleagues must find ways to save him.

KLPAC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

www.klpac.org

ALADDIN

21 JULY - 1 SEPT

Aladdin becomes larger than life

in this musical reintroducing

Disney’s 1992 animated hit with

an explosion of sensory from

the beloved musical numbers,

breathtaking set, lavish costumes

and special effects. Brought by

the producer of The Lion King,

Aladdin musical will bring you to

“A Whole New World” under the

spell of theatrical magic.

Sands Theatre,

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

www.sistic.com.sg

SWAN LAKE

14 JUNE

The internationally known St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is debuting in

Kuala Lumpur with the worldwide acclaimed ballet production–Swan

Lake. The deeply moving story of young Prince Siegfried falling in

love with Swan Princess Odette is a true love’s tale told in the most

spell-binding and dramatic ballet masterpiece.

Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

www.myticket.asia

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2019

TRAVEL

EXPO

5 – 7 September 2019

Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC)

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

TRAVEL

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Contact our sales team at

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space and sponsorship opportunities

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International.Travel.Expo ITE.HCMC

Organised by

• Vietnam National Administration of Tourism

• Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism

• VINEXAD Trade Fair & Advertising JSC

• Informa Exhibitions

Supported by

• Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia

• Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lao PDR

• Ministry of Hotels & Tourism, Myanmar

• Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Kingdom of Thailand

Endorsed by

• Ministry of Culture, Sports &

Tourism, Vietnam

• People’s Committee of

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INSIGHT

Made for the Spotlight

WHEN SHE’S NOT ON THE ROAD, MALAYSIAN-BORN JACQUELIN CH’NG

MAKES A LABOUR OF LOVE ON SET IN HONG KONG AND IS FREQUENTLY

FOUND IN COLLOQUIAL ONLINE BROADCASTS ON HER CHANNELS.

Text JESSY WONG • Photos RICK CHEAH & JACQUELIN CH'NG

Jacquelin Ch’ng is the right cut out for stardom.

The natural appeal of this celebrity stands at

a height of 177cm, candidly drawing attention

to her slender figure and friendly beauty. More

thanks to basketball and high jump in her schooling

days. Although she’s born in Malaysia, Jacquelin

found heels fitting to her size in Hong Kong, the

city where she grew up in. As an urban city-dweller,

her favourite place in Malaysia is none other than

the Pearl of the Orient. “I love to go to Penang. The

place is just beautiful and especially the food, it is

delicious.” However, the iconic city with lofty twintowers

is the place she would call home.

Count yourself lucky if you manage to spot

Jacquelin in any of her recurring returns to the

country over the calls of festivities, holidays

and most importantly, filial piety as her parents,

Malaysian property tycoons Datuk Bill Ch’ng Poh and

Datin Kong Yuk Chu, are based in Kuala Lumpur.

Leading the Ch’ng sister-pack, Jacquelin, as the

eldest of her siblings dramatically paid her dues in

Hong Kong as a TVB actress and movie star together

with her sister, Lisa, who is also in the entertainment

industry of Hong Kong.

Jacquelin is no newcomer to the scene having

starred in the big screen of Hong Kong’s milliondollar

box office movies like “S for Sex, S for Secret”

and “Return of the Cuckoo” otherwise commercially

successful TVB dramas such as “Two Steps from

Heaven” and “Heart and Greed 3”.

“There are no other jobs out there for you to

explore different characters and roles. I have the

most fun in acting; being able to play a different

person, do things that you ordinarily won’t and

wear your emotions on your sleeve–be it of anger or

sadness–in front of many people.”

While she talks about her multifarious roles, it is

revealed that Jacquelin’s pursuit of new experiences

is also well-satiated in her career. “I get to visit plenty

of places and understand various cultures. There was

once we even filmed in a prison.

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INSIGHT

CONNECT

with

Jacquelin

Ch'ng

@jacquelin501

@jacquelinchng

@Jacquelin Ch'ng

“As an actress, I get to cross-path with a number

of interesting people too, simply from researching my

characters and of course, having the chance to shoot

with a group of veteran actor and actresses whom I

look up to since I was little.” But it’s not all splendid

and glamorous.

The entertainment business holds an unknown

future in Hong Kong as new trends and new faces

drive opportunities for growth in the media. While

she reminiscences on spending her first payroll on

her driving license, she is aware that a career in a

fast-moving industry is indefinite but that doesn’t

thwart her as she will only thrive in every project in

her decades-long career.

HER KIND OF HOLIDAY

The perks of an actress? She is a verified globetrotter;

be it for business or leisure, Jacquelin loves to

breathe in a new environment. Although it has mostly

been for business, she would never pause to extend

her stay whenever possible, according to her.

“Bangkok is my top destination for a foodie trip.

The city has so much to offer from shopping and of

course, the nightlife.” Curious as to how a socialite

picks her playground, I took a shot in asking her for

some inside dope.

“When I’m in a foreign country, the first criteria

is always a bar with views. Places like a rooftop bar

let you drink more than liquor, you can also drink in

the breathtaking night view. Secondly, bars with a

specific theme–and good interior–is an added perk.”

Be in the know of nightlife around town, it was

Jacquelin who suggested us–the Malaysians– to

meet her at Miss Daisy, a new 4D bar in Jalan Yap

Kwan Seng. The flower-scented club (yes, you

heard that right) is laden with wall to ceiling flower

arrangement inspired by a story about a brokenhearted

girl who longs for beautiful carnivalesque

space. Needless to say, Jacquelin has a good eye in

locating up-and-coming places in the city.

Her next adventure will take her to Vietnam,

along the beaches of Phu Quoc and tour of Ho

Chi Minh City. And the three things she definitely

can’t travel without–her handphone, sunglasses and

range of skincare!

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TRAVEL

ROAD LESS TRAVELLED

Manado, Indonesia

THE CAPITAL CITY OF NORTH SULAWESI IS AN UNTOUCHED

BEAUTY WITH NATURAL SPLENDORS FOR TRAVELLERS TO

DISCOVER AN AUTHENTICALLY FRAMED DESTINATION.

Text JESSY WONG • Photos ADOBE STOCK & S LOFT MANADO

HOW TO GET THERE

International flight to Manado is at hand if you’re

coming from Singapore. Silk Air has direct flights

to Sam Ratulangi International Airport. Else, most

air routes has connecting flights from Jakarta to

Manado. The place is easily accessible via plenty

of other domestic flights from major airports like

Surabaya, Balikpapan, Makassar and Denpasar.

WHERE TO EAT

Manado is home to Minahasa people whose local

palate is seasoned with hot and spicy food. Their

local sambal, rica-rica, is definitely one to look out

for; normally served and cooked with seafood or

meat. Tinutuan, the Manado-style vegetable porridge

and cakalang fufu, smoked skipjack tuna are other

popular Minahasan dishes.

WHERE TO STAY

The bustling capital is not short of accommodations

with a number of renowned hotel chains dotted

around town. For casual and comfortable stay, S

Loft Manado is a loft-style accommodation with free

shuttle bus to Manado Town Square. Siladen Resort

& Spa is the place to go if you’re planning a vacation

at Bunaken National Marine Park.

WHAT TO DO

The largest lake in North Sulawesi makes a fine

travelling spot at 600 metres high above sea level.

Take a boat ride on the lake to appreciate the scenic

Tondano Lake encircled with lush mountains and

clear waters. With a proper guide, trekking into

Tangkoko Nature Reserve can uncover black macaque

monkeys, endangered Tarsius and Maleo birds.

For a touch into Manado’s history, visit Waruga,

the stone sacrophagi collection dating back to 9th

century found exclusively at Airmadidi district. If

budget permits, Bunaken is the best place to end

your trip in Manado. Afterall, the corals in this

northern island is claimed to be even more diverse

than Hawaii. The phenomenal underwater scene in

Bunaken makes it a premier scuba diving destination.

GOOD

to

KNOW

The wet seasons

of this region

is timed from

October till April

every year.

“Jesus Blesses”

in Manado is one

of Asia’s largest

flying statues of

Jesus at 50

metres tall.

Contact local

travel agencies to

arrange a trekking

trip if you want to

catch glimpses of

active volcanoes

and hot springs

in Manado.

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TRAVEL

Capturing Perth

with Joanne Kam

MALAYSIA’S QUEEN OF COMEDY SHARES

HER WESTERN AUSTRALIA TRIP WITH

US THROUGH HER ADVENTURES IN THE

EXTRAORDINARY CITY, MEETING LOCAL

WILDLIFE AND EXPERIENCING THE DIVERSITY

OF FOOD AND HERITAGE IN PERTH.

Text JESSY WONG • Photos JOANNE KAM & ADOBE STOCK

DAY

1

1

1 CAVERSHAM WILDLIFE PARK

A short drive away from Perth is where tourists can

actively interact with native Australian animals in

their natural habitat. Joanne was in absolute glee

when she patted a wombat for the first time and fed

kangaroos from her palm.

2 THE CHEESE MAKER

Joanne met Tanya Barretto, the owner and skilled

cheese maker who specialises in teaching the art of

home cheese making. In her class, Joanne picked up

the steps in making Halloumi cheese from scratch

and she is certain one could easily pull this off for

any dinner party for their guests.

3 DINING AT FERAL BREWING COMPANY

The popular microbrewery and restaurant in Swan

Valley makes Joanne spoilt for choice with their

extensive menu and choices. The family-owned

brewery are known for their handcraft traditional

brewing methods. Joanne recommends ordering a

tasting board to find out which beer pairs with

your mains.

3

Contact Explore Tours Perth at info@

exploretoursperth.com for small group day tours

to these places.

2

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TRAVEL

4

4 CHOPPER TO ROTTNEST ISLAND

Take a fun and scenic flight with Rotorvation

Helicopters to Rottnest Island, a place where

Quokka, the native wildlife, thrives. Arriving with a

helicopter, Joanne says, shows breathtaking views of

the island and its surroundings.

DAY

2

5 SEGWAY TOUR AT ROTTNEST ISLAND

Getting around the island is conveniently peaceful.

The car-free island let tourists cycle or ride Segways

to breathe in the picturesque scenery. Joanne rode

her Segway all around the island meeting roaming

wild quokkas and visited the historic Bathusrt

Lighthouse and the Quod, an aboriginal prison.

6 DINING AT YING RESTAURANT

Malaysians may find flavours familiar to their

tastebuds at Ying Restaurant, an authentic Chinese

restaurant in Perth. While Joanne has had her share

of Chinese food all her life, she still dreams of the

restaurant’s “Eight Treasure Duck” till this day.

5

6

7 8

DAY

3

Contact Rotorvation Helicopter Services at info@

rotorvation.com.au and Segway Tours WA at info@

segwaytourswa.com.au for bookings and more info.

9

7 SWIMMING WITH WILD DOLPHINS

After years of familiarisation, the local bottlenose dolphins at

Rockingham let tourists see them in their natural environment.

Within a small group with professional guides, Joanne manage to spot

dolphin mothers and nursing calves in the waters.

8 FREMANTLE MARKETS

Housed in the grand old Victorian building, the market is a lively

place to shop for fresh produce, unique foods and souvenirs among

buskers and live music. Among the eclectic finds, Joanne found dried

kangaroo meat to try and raspberry coffee at the market.

9 DINING AT BATHERS BEACH HOUSE FREMANTLE

The mouth-watering “Seafood Platter” is served with whole reef fish,

crab, mussels, octopus and garlic prawns. Also according to Joanne,

this beachfront restaurant is the only place you can watch the sunset

with an alcoholic drink in hand.

Reach out to Rockingham Wild Encounters at info@dolphins.com.au

for a special swim with dolphins. Find everything you need to know to plan

for your Western Australia holiday at www.westernaustralia.com

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TRAVEL

SPOTTED: ASIA IN FILMS

Banaue Rice

Terraces,

Philippines

Text NG SHEN LEE • Photo ADOBE STOCK

Avengers: Endgame has surpassed all other

films to become the highest-grossing film of

all time in Philippine history. The finale of

the Avengers universe marks the end of an era for

Marvel, and certainly an emotional one for millions

of fans worldwide.

The film picked up where its predecessor

“Avengers: Infinity War” left off. Previously, Thanos

as played by Josh Brolin is seen walking out of a small

hut to view an emerald rice paddy terrain. The same

landscape is seen in “Avengers: Endgame”, where

aerial and ground shots feature Thanos making his

way to what seems to be the same hut.

The location of the scene is none other than the

infamous Banaue rice terraces in the Cordilleras

Mountain Range of Luzon! Otherwise also known as

“The Eighth Wonder of the World”.

From the base of the mountains to the peak, the

Banaue rice terraces resemble rugged steps leading to

the heavens. A breathtaking glance from above would

see layers upon layers of paddy crops, moulded to

fit the contours of the mountain’s steep sides and

dotted with nipa huts. These nipa huts are known as

bahay kubo in Tagalog, akin to the little hut in the film

Thanos was residing in!

The Banaue rice terraces, along with many other

rice terraces in the region are key to Philippines’

tourism. But they’re also key to Philippine’s past

as well. The complex of stone and mud walls built

from hand 2000 years ago represent a testimony of

agricultural and engineering knowledge far beyond

their times.

One mix-up most tourists are apt to make is

mistaking the Banaue rice terraces for a UNESCO

World Heritage Site, a title the terraces do not hold

due to the presence of modern structures in the area.

It certainly doesn’t help that the Banaue rice terraces

appear on the twenty-peso banknote either.

“Avengers: Endgame” may be the crème de la

crème when it comes to Banaue’s film portfolio, but

the terraces also boast a vast history of appearances

in other cinematic ventures. Among them Australian

romance “The Year of Living Dangerously”, and even

multiple award-winning British film “Metro Manila”.

These appearances signify a shift in Banaue’s role in

the Philippine economy–from what was once yam, to

rice, and now tourism. Now with its cameo in both

the Avengers films, things are likely to only look up

for the Banaue rice terraces.

FUN

FACT

It is said that if

all the terraces

were put end to

end, it would be

as long as half the

circumference of

the earth!

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BUCKET LIST

Vacation on a Table

THE SECRET TO KEEPING UP WITH THE SPIRITED

AND RESTLESS CITY OF KUALA LUMPUR IS AT THE

COST OF A MUCH-NEEDED THERAPEUTIC AND

REJUVENATING MASSAGE. THE THING IS, WHAT

WOULD BE YOUR PREFERRED PAMPERING SESSION?

Text JESSY WONG • Photos THE RUB BAR & BANYAN TREE KUALA LUMPUR

BANYAN TREE SPA

KUALA LUMPUR

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western massage techniques.

Level 53, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur,

2 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur

Opens daily from 10am to 10pm

www.banyantreespa.com

THE RUB BAR

Taking a leap from the conventional

dimly lit parlours, this massage center

is a testament to the change of time and

needs. The Rub Bar is a clever play on

the Malay word “raba” which defines to

rub, touch or feel something. This speaks

for the massage boutique that offers a

list of comprehensive head to toe body

treatment including an eye and face

massage session; all in a value-conscious

healing getaway.

The signature kneading and rubdown

are the aromatherapy full body massage,

sole-soothing foot reflexology and the

triple combo 3-in-1 massage. Staffed

with experienced therapists, The Rub

Bar specialises in traditional Malaysian

massage, one which principally dote on

kneading to expel wind and improving the

flow of blood vessels.

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RED by Sirocco Kuala Lumpur,

No.3, Jalan Kamunting, Kuala Lumpur

Opens daily from 10am to 10pm and every

Friday and Saturday from 10am to 12am

www.therubbar.com


TALES ON TRACK

FOOD FOR TALK

Warming Up with Breakfast

Text FRANCIS YIP • Illustration JAMIE SOO-HOO

FORGET ABOUT BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S FOR A WHILE. BREAKFAST IN

MALAYSIA SERVES UP QUITE A GASTRONOMIC ADVENTURE.

TOASTED BREAD

Let us start with my favourite toasted

bread spread with kaya and butter plus

two half-boiled eggs. As a kid, this was my

staple breakfast before going to school.

To enjoy the ultimate taste, try taking a

slice of fresh cold butter from the fridge

and spread it on the toasted bread. Here

is the result: it tastes like ice cream

toast! The traditional toasted

bread with kaya and butter can

be found in old kopitiams and

cafe today.

NASI LEMAK

Breakfast without mentioning nasi lemak is as

bad as having no breakfast at all. This traditional

meal with fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk

is often wrapped in banana leaves with sambal,

fried anchovies, egg and cucumber. You can also

add chicken, beef, mutton or squid to the meal.

Go get a packet or two from the street stall.

ROTI CANAI

The making of this Indian

flat bread is quite a feat

and tourists often find it

mesmerising. It is eaten

plain or paired with curry

or jam. Among the many

variation of roti canai, my

favourite is roti banjir in

which the curry and halfboiled

eggs are splashed on

top of the shredded roti.

APOM

The Indian apom is

made from rice flour

and has crispy edges

while the apom balik is

served with cream corn

as its fillings. I love the

authentic apom cooked

from a charcoal stove

because the aroma is

simply heavenly.

DIM SUM

The local Chinese love dim sum for breakfast especially

during the weekends. Dim sum has lots of varieties, from

prawn and meat dumplings to barbecued pork buns. Today,

dim sum is not all Hong Kong style as it is served with a

fusion of Japanese and French styles too. My favourite

dim sum moment is when a gravy-filled bite of lau sar pau

(pumpkin custard dumpling) melts in my mouth!

Special thanks to David Kan Yew Weng, owner of Choon Guan

1956 F&B Sdn Bhd and the World Top Gourmet Awards Team.

BAH KUT TEH

Literally known as “pork bone tea”, bah kut teh is a popular herbal

pork soup dish. If you think the meal is too heavy for breakfast,

you are wrong. Check out the long queue of people in the bah kut

teh restaurants in Klang. In fact, the dish is so popular that even

some places serve it from morning to late nights. The fragrant of

the soup often makes me yearn for more after one serving!

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FRANCIS YIP loves to eat and will always go find the best food in every nook and cranny. He is passionate to share his food journey and

may spark a storm in the teacup too. After all, no food, no life.

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