Sunday, May 30, 2010

Scrumptious Dinner @ Hong Xin 紅杏 Restaurant,Nanjing

The day we arrived at Nanjing, our host brought us to Hong Xin for a nice and indeed scrumptious dinner. The Chinese will always order lots of food when they serve their guests, in fact, we felt quite bad coz lot of extra food was wasted!

Check out the food we ate...

The BBQ prawns was marinated and topped with the really hot and spicy Sichuan sauce, hmm...yummy yummy!!!

Then we ordered the pan fried bun and dumpling! I love the pan fried bun, with really tender pau skin and delicious ingredients!

Our host recommended this local Nanjing vegetable for us, according to her, this is a type of wild vege, taste a bit bitter when you started chewing it, but slowly get more refreshing...I quite like it!

Another dish I love was the stir fry beef slice with chilies, thin sliced beef was melted nicely in my mouth!! Love it!

The aromatic smoked fish was something special, nice nice!!

Our host also recommended this pumpkin soup, which looked quite thick, but it's not that bad though!

Other food we ate was Yang Chou Fried Rice, Lemon Chicken

And the nicely decorated mushroom dish

If you were to eat these in Malaysia including beer and other drinks, I am sure in a comparatively posh restaurant, it will definitely pay through your nose. However, Nanjing is comparative cheaper than other main stream cities in China. The total damage for 4 pax for this scrumptious meal was merely RMB 300! Worthy!


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fuzi Temple@Nanjing,China

Jen, thanks for dropping me a message, you really motivated me to update my you go, sharing my recent trip to China.

Took a short break to Nanjing & Shanghai. It was really an eye opener for me to see how developed is China now. In fact, Nanjing is the second-tier cities in China, but the city is really developed as compared to to our so called cities in Malaysia.
Soon after we landed at Pudong airport, Shanghai, we took a train to Nanjing as bf has some business there.
The journey of about 300km took between 2 to 2 hours 40 mins depends on how many stations it stops. Train is rather new, travelling around 140km/hour. The frequency is very high, it's almost like every 10 to 20 mins there will be a train. As we also noticed that soon after we got down the train, the personnel will change the seats direction to another side.
No wonder Chinese are so proud of their train systems ya!...really efficient and comfortable travelling.

If you are in Nanjing, Fuzi Temple is place that you should visit. There were shopping, site seeing and nice place for photographing.
I took a nice cup of cappuccino at Haagen Dazs before I started my journey in Fuzi Temple.
The illy coffee comes with some nice biscuits@ RMB 28. Not that cheap ya....

Some shots taken around Fuzi Temple

Shopping in shops around Fuzi Temple was rather okay, in a sense of pricing and ambiance. You do not need to bargain like mad as compared to those small stalls. In fact, there were some small stalls around this area as well selling souvenirs, pirated CD, bags, T-shirts etc.... I bought a nice Zhi Sha mug at one of the tea shop!

There is a river within the Fuzi Temple area - Qin Huai River, you may take a cruise along the river if weather is good.

Like I mentioned before, I love shopping around the supermarket whenever I go travel, as you can see lots of different stuff which is not available in your own country....a local friend recommended us to visit a supermarket near a uni in Nanjing city. On thing worth sharing is the lovely, smooth yogurt I tried in China. I noticed there were lots of different brands of yogurt available and they taste much better than our Nestle and Dutch Lady brand.
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