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March 2014

#Restaurants, Food

OSAKA OHSHO Philippines: How Does the World’s #1 Gyoza Taste Like? @SMMegaMall

Featured as MEGA FASHION HALL: 10 BEST New Restaurants @SMMegaMall in 2014!


OSAKA OHSHO is a Japanese chain established in 1969. They have branches in Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Korea and now in the Philippines, courtesy of the Relish-Group, known for bringing in the Wee Nam Kee franchise to Manila.

I like how the Manila restaurant scene is shifting towards specializing. Most restaurants now are known for that one dish or a certain specialty cuisine. 

So how does the #1 Gyoza in the World taste like?  Here’s our Osaka Ohsho experience…

3/F Fashion Mall, SM Megamall Bldg. D
Telephone: +632 631-7074 
Mobile: +63 917 828-5011
FacebookOsaka Ohsho Philippines

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#Travel, Malaysia

LOT 10 HUTONG: “Food Hall of the Best Hawker Stalls in Malaysia!” @TourismMalaysia

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LOT 10 Hutong is a well-curated Food Hall of Malaysia’s best hawkers, popularly known for their signature dishes over the years. 

LG Floor, Lot 10 Shopping Centre, 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Concept: Lot 10 Hutong is Malaysia’s first and only heritage destination that pays tribute to one of the best loved national treasures – Good Food.
Contact: +60 3-2782 3592 .  [email protected] . FB: Lot 10 Hutong


Here’s a photo essay of my Lot 10 Hutong experience and my recommendations when you visit…

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LOT 10 Mall is located in Bukit Bintang with the flagship H&M store in Malaysia.

LOT10 Hutong-2.jpgChua Lam, Hong Kong Celebrity Food Critic endorses Lot 10 Hutong saying:

“Food lovers in Chinese communities of the world will be inspired to visit Lot 10 Hutong which is a “must” in Malaysia because it is such a simple but great food concept!”

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It has its own entrance from the street with escalators that will bring you down to the lower ground.

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Established in 2009, Lot 10 Hutong is a brainchild of Tan Sri Francis Yeoh of Malaysia’s infrastructure conglomerate, YTL Corporation.

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“Hutong” refers to narrow street or alley. As you enter you are welcomed by the street ambiance, but in an air-conditioned environment.

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There are different sections of non-halal Malay Chinese food to choose from, and you navigate around the organized “street market chaos”.

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First, go around to see what’s available. One person can reserve a table while the others order the food. 

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My Malaysian friend Ash was kind enough to show me around and share his favorites in Lot 10 Hutong. 

(Note: I also cross-referenced my Malaysian Blogger friend Bangsar Babe’s Lot 10 feature)

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One of the most raved about stalls is the Penang Fried Kuey Teow noodles.

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Penang Duck Egg Fried Kuey Teow (RM 10.85)

Noodles cooked in lard with sprouts, duck egg, chinese sausage, shrimps, and cockles (sea ham). 

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I like the saltiness of the duck egg with the sweetness of the sausage, and the lard makes it malinamnam.  

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You can add some chili sauce (super anghang) to spice up the noodles. 

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Another favorite stall is the Pork Ball Noodle soup, which is recommended for late night chows and for removing a hangover.

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Pork Ball Noodle Soup (RM 8.95)

I love the creamy light broth with the smooth and tender pork balls.

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You have to eat the blood sausages, which give an interesting flavor to this soup.

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The Dark Broth Bak Kuh Teh is also popular in Malaysia. 

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Bak Kuh Teh (RM 15)  

It comes in two versions: one with half meat, half fat…

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…and one with innards. The dark-colored broth is something you need to get used to. Best eaten while still hot.

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If you are fond of fish head soup, you’ve got to try the House Woo Pin version.

LOT10 Hutong-33.jpgFish Head Meehoon (RM 9.90) 

The soup is very milky and the taste is a bit different — my least favorite among all the dishes we ordered.

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Don’t forget to order Malaysia’s Hokkien Mee version, which is different from the ones in Singapore.

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Hokkien Mee (RM 9.90) 

I love this, with it’s unique signature black sauce, shrimp, and pork cooked in lard.

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The Fried Oyster Omelet is another Penang favorite.

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Fried Oyster Omelet (RM 12.75) 

It’s scrambled egg with oyster cooked in lard, served with a sweet chili sauce.

LOT10 Hutong-44.jpgThis actually isn’t that new for us, since there’s a stall in Salcedo Market selling this popular Chinese dish.

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Next time, I’ll make sure to try this Authentic Curry Laksa.

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If you’re looking for a quick snack, go for the Bao and Portuguese pastries in Siewbao Wong.

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You’ve got to try at least one of the Baos and the Portuguese Tart.

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Portuguese Tart (RM 1.90) and Pork Siew Bao (RM 1.90) 

This is a great snack treat if you’re looking for something to take with you on your travels around KL.

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To end your meal, you should try Malaysia’s famous Desserts. 

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Mango Longan Ice Kacang (RM 8.50) 

This is like a fruit-based halo-halo with sago and a sweet syrup. It’s good. 🙂

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Bubur Cha Cha (RM 5.20) 

This is like our ginataan but without the banana. It’s OK not to order this.

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Sirap Bandung Ice (RM 4.25) 

You have to try this famous Bandung drink with rosewater ice milk and sago.

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I would also recommend ordering something from this traditional tea stall, like Chrysanthemum Tea (RM4.0). You can request for a stronger herbal tea if you have coughs, colds, or other ailments.
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I love the ambiance, I love the food, and I love the concept of this one-stop-shop for the best of Malaysian Chinese food! A must-try for every Filipino foodie who visits KL. 🙂

LG Floor, Lot 10 Shopping Centre, 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Concept: Lot 10 Hutong is Malaysia’s first and only heritage destination that pays tribute to one of the best loved national treasures – Good Food.
Contact: +60 3-2782 3592 .  [email protected] . FB: Lot 10 Hutong

#AwesomeMalaysia Kuala Lumpur Experience

Live an Awesome Life,


Disclosure: We paid for our meals. Read Our Awesome Planet Disclosure Policy here.

P.S. While you’re in Lot 10 Hutong, be sure to drop by Isetann to buy your Malaysian White Coffee and Malaysian snacks for pasalubong. 🙂

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#Hotels, #Travel, Malaysia

WOLO BUKIT BINTANG: “Lovely Boutique Hotel in the Heart of KL ♥” @TourismMalaysia

WOLO Bukit Bintang-2.jpgWOLO is one of the best places for Filipinos to stay in Kuala Lumpur. 

This cute boutique hotel (which reminds me of The Henry in Cebu) is:

  • Located at the heart of the shopping district — Bukit Bintang,
  • Walking distance from the best hawker places LOT 10 HUTONG and JALAN ALOR,
  • Right beside the Monorail Bukit Bintang station, and
  • The rate is very competitive versus other 5 star hotels.

This is where we kick off our AwesomeMalaysia Kuala Lumpur experience.  

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Wolo Hotel is directly across Lot 10, which is where the flagship H&M store is located. 

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Corner of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
Contact Information: +603 2719-1333 . [email protected] 
Reviews: Agoda: Wolo Bukit Bintang Hotel  ✮✮✮✮ | Tripadvisor: Wolo Hotel Bukit Bintang ✮✮✮✮


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Tous Les Jours is located at the ground floor. You have to go to the 2nd floor for the Wolo lobby.

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The main lobby is very artsy, with gold and red motifs.

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This gold origami horse guards the elevator entrance.

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Love the reading corner art pieces and the projected multimedia artwork in the background.

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You can see the Tous Les Jours bakery directly below the lobby.

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The Wine & Cigar lounge features a cozy setup, with upside down lamps and ceiling art.

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Here is a view from the 3rd floor where my room is located.

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There’s also an open workout space in one of the corridors.

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Here’s a look at one of the function rooms for business meetings.



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This is my room called, Our Room #302, with a nice study table and free strong wifi.

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The bed is very comfortable, with a TV mounted by the foot of the bed.

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It has a nice view of the monorail and the activity in Bukit Bintang.

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The room is designed well.

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Here’s a look at the amenities that come with the room.

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The shower area is separate from the actual toilet. Make sure to lock the door at all times. 🙂

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Here are the different Our Big Room Categories…

WOLO Bukit Bintang Rate Plan for 2013/14:


Contract Type [+ Govt Tax 6%]

My Room [18-22 sqm]

Our Room [22-25 sqm]

Our Big Room [32 sqm]

My Family Room [48sqm]

Our Very Big Room [140 – 190sqm]

No Of Unit







Rack Rates







Promotional Opening Rates







I recommend booking via AGODA for the best rates at Wolo Hotel.

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This is the My Room category, which doesn’t have any window. It’s a bit claustrophobic. 


TOUS LES JOURS, Kuala Lumpur

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Tous les Jours is a French Bakery-inspired Cafe, which originated in Korea. Their flagship store in KL is bigger than the TLJs you’d see here in Manila.

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Morning breakfast opens a bit late at 8am. 

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I love their freshly baked breads in the morning. 

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Macaron and cakes are available for dessert.

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They have a mini store for gourmet spreads and other products.

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If you are a Wolo guest, some of their room packages come with breakfast coupons to be redeemed at Tous Les Jours.

Check out the food menu: Breakfast, Hot Sandwich, Tartine, Soup & Salad  | Drinks

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Croque-Monsieur (RM 6.50)

For a quick breakfast, order this grilled ham and cheese sandwich with a nice toasty cheese on top.

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TLJ Breakfast (RM 12.9). Sunny side up, beef bacon, potatoes, a lice of sour dough with a side salad.

This is the western style breakfast, which is cooked upon order. 

Spinach & Mushroom Cheese Panini (RM 16). Sauteed button mushroom & shitake mushroom & spinach with fresh mozzarella & emborg guoda cheese topped on sour dough with a side salad.

I personally like their paninis with a generous serving of ingredients and can be shared between two.

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At night, you’ll see a lot of young people hanging out at the cafe.

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The view of the Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail intersection at night.

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The second floor is the restaurant section with a self-service counter.

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My favorite spot is this library section of the cafe.

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It’s nice to start your day in KL with a modern French cafe breakfast…a welcome break from the numerous hawker stalls outside. And most of the service staff at TLJ are Filipinos, which is always a treat. 🙂

Corner of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
Contact Information: +603 2719-1333 . [email protected] 
Reviews: Agoda: Wolo Bukit Bintang Hotel  ✮✮✮✮ | Tripadvisor: Wolo Hotel Bukit Bintang ✮✮✮✮ 

#AwesomeMalaysia Kuala Lumpur Experience

Live an Awesome Life,


Disclosure: My hotel stay is courtesy of Agoda Malaysia. Read Our Awesome Planet Disclosure Policy here.

P.S. Thank you to Tous Les Jours for taking care and helping out our fellow kababayans who are working hard to be successful in Malaysia. 

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#Restaurants, Food

A Taste of NOMA in Manila!?

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NOMA by Rene Redzepi is one of the top restaurants in the world. So when Sous Chef Yannick Van Aeken and Pastry Chef Louise Bannon — who both worked in NOMA — visited the country on a quest to savor the best of Philippine flavors, the Manila Food community was abuzz with excitement! 🙂 

Related Video: NOMA :: The best restaurant in the world

Together with Chef Robby Goco, they hosted a private pop-up dinner for Manila’s top chefs, foodies, and food editors in Aleth’s Kitchen. The former NOMA chefs were fascinated with Philippine ingredients, and were challenged to use it in a memorable degustation in Makati. 🙂

The dinner experience was a historic moment because of the cultural foodie exchange between Belgians and Filipinos. And it was also a foodie celebration because Filipino Food and our very own ingredients were getting the attention they rightly deserved by the top chefs in the world. 

Here’s a photo essay entitled “A Taste of NOMA in Manila” to immortalize the experience…

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#Restaurants, Food

THE GLASS DOOR: Italian Resto Bar (formerly Chef Laudico’s) @TheGlassDoorPH

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THE GLASS DOOR is an Italian Resto Bar conceptualized by the Lazatin-Villonco family. It can be found in the former location of Chef Laudico’s Bistro Filipino in BGC.

It’s a hangout place for yuppies who love to drink after work , enjoy simple comfort food, and listen to cool music.

My partners and I — yuppies once — were recently at The Glass Door and here’s what we think about it…

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#Restaurants, Food

LE JARDIN: Cuisine de Gils of Trois Gourmands! (First Look) @HassetGo

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LE JARDIN is a penthouse garden-themed French restaurant by celebrated French Chef Gils Brault, famous for his top-rated Trois Gourmands restaurant in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. It’s popular for serving classic dishes cooked the traditional French way, and for making their own breads, cheeses, and desserts.

(See related articles: Time Travel  | Hearty French Fare at Ho Chi Minh’s Le Toit Gourmand and review at Trip AdvisorTrois Gourmands Restaurant )

Chef Hasset Go of MedChef, together with Chef Jonas Ng of Mango Tree and Huat Pot fame, trained and worked as apprentices under Chef Gils Brault in Vietnam for 6 months. They were able to convince Chef Gils to partner with them and open his traditional French restaurant concept in Manila.

Working with owner partners James Ng, Peter Mangasi, and  Mike Tayag, they opened one of the most romantic French restaurants in Manila on the penthouse of W 5th.

Here’s a preview of the LE JARDIN experience…

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#Restaurants, Food

KETTLE Shangrila: Comfort Food and Buttermilk Fried Chicken! @ShangPlaza


KETTLE is a casual restaurant in the East Wing of Shangri-la Mall offering the yummiest comfort food by Chef Chiloy Santos. Its name is inspired by the classic kitchen container, symbolic of the resto being a “holder” for the different comfort food favorites from the 4 families that own the resto — Santos, Tenchavez, Meer and Tanjangco family.

These are the same families behind the successful Meat Plus in Subic, Tender Bob’s, and the newly opened Chef Samurai Japanese Resto (also in Subic).

Foodies have been raving about the Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Here are our other suggestions on what to order…

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