One-Day Love Affair at Kuala Lumpur

Even before our trip, I asked Marrows what re the places she wants to visit in Kuala Lumpur and her answer was constant – “Petronas. Kahit Petronas lang.”  For a while, we even thought of going to Resorts World Genting Highland, instead of the usual Legoland. But, we tried to be realistic for a minute – tadaaaa, crossed Genting Highland. So, with Petronas on our list, I still had an opportunity to add something “local” which is Jalan Alor foodtrip.

After washing up and waiting for the rain to stop, we headed out to have dinner and see the Petronas. Getting around Kuala Lumpur was easy and I was surprised. We didn’t even bother to ride a cab – thanks to our map, we saved money and experience the local train. I admire the system there. Unlike in the Philippines wherein you have to go neck to neck with people to get in the train, they don’t push themselves. If they see that the train is crowded, they will stop trying to get in. Talk about discipline.

 

photo 3 (1)Self-service ticketing at Dang Wangi LRT Station.

After a good conversation over Nando’s, off we go to see the Twin Towers. During our visit, unfortunately, there was an ongoing construction in front of Petronas. Taking a picture of the Twin Tower was really hard. And I meant it, because almost everyone was lying down on the ground so they can take a really good shot! Marrows was wearing a dress, so that’s not an option for us, good thing we have this monopod! (I thank the heavens for the creative minds behind this!)

photo 3 (2)Stunning. Beautiful. Amazing.

After gazing happily at Petronas and talking to some tourist who was amazed by our selfie stick, we walked back to the station as we didn’t know what time would be the last trip. During our trip back to the hotel, I was happily contented. I saw the Petronas Twin Tower – it was more than beautiful that I was speechless. I realized in that moment that I was a survivor of my own fear. And that I am amazed on how beautiful the unknown is. 

Since the next day would be our last day and our itinerary is just around the corner, we decided to sleep longer tonight and just have brunch at Jalan Alor before heading back to the airport. Jalan Alor, according to the blogs I’ve read, is actually the food haven – at night. Home of the cheap and great finds local food in the city. Which is exactly why we chose Metro Hotel Bukit Bintang since it was roughly a 5-minute walk. The street during daytime is less lively and some establishments are even closed because they do close late at night.

photo 1 (1)Jalan Alor during daytime.

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Marrows and I shared these yummy foods from the first establishment we saw that was open. I actually like the fried rice so much I was able to finish it alone – no viands. We wanted to try some seafood but since it was too early, most of the items are not yet available. If I’d go back to Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Alor would be on my top list. The food was really exceptional and budget friendly. Last bite, then it started to sink in – we’re leaving in 4 hours.

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TheFatGirlBakes: KitKat Cake

I can say, I’m really proud of this one.

I’ve been wanting to bake a Kitkat cake since I’ve seen a photo of it. I’m not really that much of a chocolate lover, but who wouldn’t enjoy a chocolate overload cake once in a while?

After almost a month or two of planning, came the perfect opportunity — my godson’s 1st birthday! It would be perfect especially with a very colorful top. And kids enjoy chocolates. And I’ve got a sponsor for Kitkat and M&M’s! Perfect.

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I wanted to make it from scratch. I don’t want to use ready-made chocolate cake mixes because I think the flavor isn’t just enough. I had to search for the best chocolate cake recipe, ever. And thank the heavens for Sally’s Baking Addiction!

I used her Triple Chocolate Layer Cake recipe for the base and frosting. The cake was really moist and it complements the milk chocolate icing as well. At first, I wanna having second thoughts about chocolate cake because the first time I baked one, it was a bit dry. But then again, it wasn’t Sally’s recipe. I read the entry first before actually baking and it helped. You’ll understand why you must this ingredient rather than the other. And you’ll know better, like you’ve done this before, when you read her it first.

Try it! Instead of using chocolate chips as decor, you can use Kitkat, M&M’s, Reese’s, Cadbury. Name your pick, it’s your cake anyway. 🙂

 

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Baler’s Best Food

Baler, Aurora is definitely the place to eat and forget about your diet. I’ve been here already but I don’t mind eating the food I’ve already tried. And I’m thankful for the new food discoveries! I’m definitely going back for surfing and for some food! Image

My welcome-back-to-Baler breakfast is from Bay’s Inn Restaurant. I’ve been reading blogs that their TapSiLog is a must try, so that’s my first item to cross out in my To-Eat list.

ImageI have to say, this is one of the best! I like that the meat, or Tapa, is crispy, but it’s still full of flavor. I also have to say that their Fried Rice, stands out too! It’s perfectly cooked! It’s not to salty, and the amount of garlic is not too much. And their egg, it’s perfect too! Can you see how perfect the shape of the yolk is? And it’s also not oily. This one’s a match made in heaven!

Next one is from Bayler View’s Restaurant. Our group opted to try another restaurant within area and we ended up having lunch here. I’ve been to Bayler View already and I’ve tried their some items from their menu already. The first time I tried it, it’s too pale and the pork is not crispy at all. But, I don’t know what happened, I’m thankful anyway that I’ve tried this new and improved dish. I love that the meat is now crispy and there’s more veggies. I rarely eat veggies and eggplants are definitely on my I-don’t-eat-this-veggie list, but it actually complements the saltiness of the Bagoong. There’s also the right amount of spicy-ness. ImageNext one is, again from Bay’s Inn, is Crispy Tadyang (tadyang is ribs). At first, I was hesitant to try this because I, with all honesty, didn’t know what tadyang is! I have to ask a friend what it is! But, whatever, I need to taste this because the group is about to finish this one. I took a small piece and it does taste good! No wonder they already feasted on this. The ribs, or tadyang, is salted and deep fried to perfection! The outside is crusty, but the meat inside is still perfect. It’s not to dry or anything. I also have to say that the sauce, matches the dish. And it’s spicy too!

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And last, but definitely not the least, is the Kilawin and Sisig from Gerry’s. Gerry’s located in the town along the highway, walking distance from the Museum. It’s a small place and I almost missed the spot. Gerry’s is an affordable restaurant. When I say affordable it means worth it! The price for the buffet is P185 per head, with so many food selection and unlimited iced tea. Mind you, it’s not some restaurants here in Manila that serves unlimited iced tea that tastes like water. Their’s actually tasted like Iced Tea. This two dishes are my favorite from Gerry’s.

ImageI’m a little bit picky when it comes to Kilawin because some are still fishy. But this one’s is not. Once you bite the fish meat, the vinegar will still be there, completing the taste. Melts in your mouth kind of thing. 🙂 The vinegar does not overpower the fish. And once again, it’s spicy too! ❤

So, those are my top food picks from my Baler weekend. If you happen to visit Baler, you can try this and taste anything! It’s gonna be worth it! They’re full of taste, fresh and cheap!

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Choc-nut Turon (Banana Fritter)

Choc-nut Turon (Banana Fritter)

THIS IS MY INSTANT FAVORITE.

We had this for our first meal at Baler. And I’m saying this again, this one become my instant favorite.

What stands out is their homemade ice cream to complement this sweet treat. I love the nutty texture. The banana fritter, locally known as turon, is crispy and cooked just the way I like it. There’s also some slices of fresh bananas and chocolate syrup to finish. We we’re able to finish two orders of this in one sitting.

If ever, you’re going to Baler to surf or whatever. Go to Bay-ler View Hotel and try anything from their menu. It’s gonna be worth it.

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Vegetable Pizza

Vegetable Pizza

I’ve read that their pizza is really a must try so when we stayed at Bay-ler View Hotel over the weekend, I just had to try their pizza.

I ordered something unusual — their Veggie Pizza. I was actually expecting lots of bell pepper, mushrooms, onions, olives and the other usual pizza ingredient.

I went back to our room to get my wallet and when I get back, there’s only 3 slices of pizza left. (And that’s the reason behind the pictures.) My cousins already ate their part. I was actually surprised when I saw their pizza. It was literally a vegetable pizza! I was having second thoughts of eating because broccoli and cauliflower isn’t really my top choice to add into my pizza. But, wth, I’m going to pay for this so I better suck it up and eat.

To my surprise, it actually tastes good! Never would I thought of this. My cousins even enjoyed their part as well. Btw, their crust is stuffed with cheese, though minimal. I’ve heard from their staff that they also do their own pizza dough. So home-y.

If ever, you’re going to Baler to surf or whatever. Go to Bay-ler View Hotel and try anything from their menu. It’s gonna be worth it.

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