{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

lovely Sunday, August 2014

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

Khaki Coffee Bar is a new found gem hidden among commercial establishment at Taman Melaka Raya. and i only knew its existence recently from sycookies of foodeverywhere.wordpress.com despite it has been in business for more than 3 years. when i told the bossie about it, he said he’s failed in marketing. i think i’m a #phail Malaccam. :/

but better late than neber right!

i was instantly mesmerized as i pushed open the wooden white glass door, the freshly-brewed coffee scent permeates through the small space is heavenly!

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

the seating space in Khaki Coffee Bar is rather small with only 3 wooden square tables and a bar attached to the workstation which can only sit about 15 persons. i saw a bunch of youngster, about 6 of them walked away disappointingly because it’s full house.

little did i know that, their main business is actually providing barista training and selling commercial coffee machines and coffee beans. if you wanna set up your own cafe, Khaki Coffee Bar has all you need! two of my friends signed up for their barista course recently at RM 500 each, if my memory serves me well. and as a bonus, you’ll get all the insights from a real experienced and enthusiastic cafe owner. you may contact them at +6012 786 2591 should you need more information on that.

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

it was a date with sycookies and a friend of hers who joined us after that. beside catching up with each other’s life (truth is i only met her for the second time XD), we had pretty interesting conversation going on over few cuppa coffee (and tea). for instance, we exchanged our views on traditional Chinese praying ritual from Science students perspective, and our encounter(s) with the spirit in conjunction of Hungry Ghost Month. and mine got her goosebumps. :/

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

i likey how they bind the menu themselves. DIY menu always get a plus point from me. and clever them to use plastic sheet instead of paper to avoid dog-ear. the menu is simple – coffee, sandwiches and dessert.

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

Caffe Mocha | RM 8.50

also known as mocaccino, a chocolate-flavour latte. i’m no coffee aficionado, nor i rely on caffeine to function daily. but i really really love the aroma! *sniffs sniffs*

i chose a mild coffee because any stronger my heart palpitates :(. that’s partially true, coffee art is another criteria i look on to. :/ yesh i judge a coffee by its art, plead no guilty.

Khaki Coffee Bar might be good at brewing coffee, coffee art however is not their forte. my leaf tulips is quite #phail *sulks*

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

Mulberry Tea | RM 9

i thought sycookies‘ Mulberry Tea tasted like jujubes? never mind that, you’ll be grateful for all the jam-packed antioxidant which reduces the risk of cancer. in addition, mulberry tea also exerts antidiabetic properties, lowering blood sugar level which might be useful in diabetes treatment and prevention.

refill is complimentary.

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

Affogato | RM 9.90

another caffeinated hot beverage we had was Affogato, one shot of espresso + two dollops of vanilla ice cream. both of us tasted the espresso part, wow it’s KAO! at that moment, that’s the only word i could think of!

it’s the first time i ever tried espresso and i must say, it’s not good for my heart. but with dollops of ice cream added, YES PLEASE! the sweetness of the ice cream tamed the full-flavour (and bitter) espresso, and i think the ice cream is homemade as i saw vanilla pod seeds!

speaking of homemade ice cream, i miss Jacgy’s!

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

Cappuccino | RM 7.50

sycookies’s friend, who only drinks cappuccino most of the time, approved it.  but then again, the #phail art *facepalm*

towards the last few sips, the friend requested some hot water to be added into it. the proprietor turned him down politely because apparently it is not something you should do with the leftover foam. you could scoop it up and consume it as it is or just leave it behind.

and i went to bar to snap some photos, i observed that when he’s changing the bean, he would calibrate the machine until he get the perfect shot.

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

Creme Brulee | RM 14.80

the crisp caramel layer cracks open to a soft and fine custard which the vanilla flavour is extracted from the pods, instead of refined essence. i daresay it’s the best one in Malacca!

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

Khaki Sandwich | RM 15.90

we also had a light bite, a sloppy sandwich made up of soggy croissant, pesto, ham, lettuce and tomato. it’s muchy lacklustre compared to their coffee and creme brulee. they have a scaled down version – Croissant Pesto, sans ham at RM 10.90 and Croissant Ice Cream is also on the menu at the same price.

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

Khaki Coffee Bar offers free coffee on every Wednesday for the first 50 kiasu customers XD. remember to bring your own mug ya!

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

spot #SonniaC!

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

{Malacca} Khaki Coffee Bar @ Taman Melaka Raya

 

Khaki Coffee Bar

No.632, Jalan Melaka Raya 10,
Taman Melaka Raya, 75300 Melaka.
+6012 7862591
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Business Hours
Tuesday – Sunday
1000 – 1800
closed on Monday

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

gloomy Thursday, August 2014

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

whenever we feel like having dim sum ala tai tai style, we always go to Long Feng, an awards-winning HALAL Chinese Restaurant in Ramada Hotel. before you scoffing at me “richass, show off”, the price is actually really, really, really reasonable at RM 38++ per head for a la carte buffet.

there’s plenty of good dim sum in town, but a good halal one, that’s a rarity.

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

Long Feng is located at first floor of Ramada Hotel which specializes in HALAL Szechuan and Cantonese cusine. the whole room the room is tastefully decorated with oriental elements.

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

we were welcomed by array of mooncakes at the waiting hall. Long Feng culinary team has created 16 varieties of mooncakes for Mid Autumn Festival.

for enquiries and reservations, call Long Feng at 06-284 8888 ext 8523/8524.

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

both sides of wall at waiting hall is embellished with huge carved Long (dragon) & Feng (phoenix). this is the Feng and where’s the long, ooopps i forgot to snap :/

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

the best beverage to complement dim sum is Chinese tea which eliminates the greasiness. we brought our own tea leaf – a family habit.

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

we were served a total of 24 varieties of dim sum inclusive of congee, steamed dim sum, fried ones and dessert. it’d be quite lengthy if i were to comment each dish.

overall, i really do likey the dim sum here as they don’t incorporate (nasty) cilantro into the dim sum filling! since Long Feng is a halal restaurant, pork is replaced with chicken and shrimp which tasted even better. ingredients are fresh and each morsel is plump and toothsome! they certainly maintained the taste and quality throughout all this years.

don’t feel shy to request for second (or third or forth) serving of your favourites provided that you can finish them. some of our most-liked are Prawn Dumpling, Chicken Feet in Black Pepper Sauce, Fish Ball with Minced Garlic, Glutinous Rice with Pacific Clam, Shrimp with Fish Roe Dumpling, Dried Scallop Shrimp Dumpling, Crispy Durian Rolls and Radish Cake with Dried Shrimp!

i was stuffed to the brink by the end of the meal! *buuuuuurps*

you see, i am the youngest diner among us, and the aunties were all like “you can eat more, you’re still young and so slim” FML i ended up skipping lunchy and tea break.

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

if you likey dine in peace, i’d suggest you to go on weekdays where the wait staff will serve you like you’re the highness. service is impeccable however it can get a lil’ slow when the noon crowd comes in during lunchy hour. while on Sunday, the dim sum spread will be displayed on communal tables where you have to retrieve them yourself. i have tried both and i’d say it depends on occasion. if i’m going with my family, i’d prefer the latter cos the more the merrier whereas if it’s a date with girlfriends, or meeting with business partner or simply you love serenity, go on weekdays!

 

if buffet is not your thang, they do serve a la carte too! i have attached the menu and pricing for your convenience.

{Malacca} Halal Dim Sum @ Long Feng Restaurant, Ramada Hotel

 

Long Feng 

1st Floor of Ramada Hotel

+606 284 8888

{Malacca} Putu Piring @ Jalan Tengkera

August 2014

i was craving for putu piring after watching Ho Chiak on Sunday evening. not a good idea cos they are closed on Sunday!

next day, mami and i were (conveniently) in the vicinity to run errand and it’s almost half past six when we’re done, speaking of righttt timing. suggested us to pullover to have some putu piring before heading home.

{Malacca} Putu Piring @ Jalan Tengkera

spotting the humble stall might require some effort. i relied on Waze and it led me to the wrong unit =.=. it wasn’t my first time there, but i am completely hopeless when it comes to direction. manatau sei Waze is as unreliable as me, tsk.

stopped by road and approached a fruit vendor, “terus pergi lagik! kat depan je”

apparently it’s just 200 m ahead. should you’re lost, direct your GPS to Tengkera Police Station and this putu piring is just around the corner.

don’t expect to see a shop though, the business is done at the corridor of their humble den.

{Malacca} Putu Piring @ Jalan Tengkera

beside selling putu piring, there’s curry powder, gula melaka and belacan which you can bring home for yourself or buy them as souvenirs to your loved ones. forgot to ask if it’s their own recipe :/

{Malacca} Putu Piring @ Jalan Tengkera

i was the second customer of the day!

you’re required to grab the number and wait till your number is called. since there’ no crowd when i arrived, there’s no need for that.

{Malacca} Putu Piring @ Jalan Tengkera

the stall are manned by three person, which i believe is a husband and wifey plus a relative. the uncle looking at my camera was actually cuing me that mine’s ready!

“wait ar uncle!”

*continues to snap away*

{Malacca} Putu Piring @ Jalan Tengkera

the uncle in dark shade shirt fills up the metal disk with rice flour and gula Melaka and skillfully shaped it into a “piring” shape using spatula.

{Malacca} Putu Piring @ Jalan Tengkera

{Malacca} Putu Piring @ Jalan Tengkera

the aunty will then steam it on the steamer. the cloth prevents the cake to fall into steamer as well as to retain the moisture.

{Malacca} Putu Piring @ Jalan Tengkera

she checks on them often and once it’s cooked she will transfer it to the other uncle.

{Malacca} Putu Piring @ Jalan Tengkera

which he sprinkles shredded coconut..

{Malacca} Putu Piring @ Jalan Tengkera

lastly, served it on a banana leaf before packing into polystyrene box.

{Malacca} Putu Piring @ Jalan Tengkera

happily hopped to car with a box of putu piring on my hand, like how a lil’ girl happily bouncing with a lollipop in her hand.

{Malacca} Putu Piring @ Jalan Tengkera

the box couldn’t contain the aroma and it swiftly filled up our car and seriously who can resist it?

we couldn’t.

so we had to stop by the road and unboxed it.

such appealing rice cake huh! beautifully bruised with gula Melaka.

{Malacca} Putu Piring @ Jalan Tengkera

the ratio of rice flour and gula Melaka is perfecto! the sweetness is pleasant, even mami who prefers her beverage kosong finds it acceptable.

{Malacca} Putu Piring @ Jalan Tengkera

the putu piring is so fluffily soft that it instantly disintegrates in your mouth and you would subconsciously go hmmmmm. the gula Melaka flavor is robust and just burst into your mouth. every mouth is soooo satisfying.

it’s true that when Gary, the host of Ho Chiak commented 吃了会有幸福的感觉!especially when the putu piring is still warm.

the putu piring is lil’ pricey at RM 1 per piece, however, it’s worth every penny as the gula Melaka stuffed within is of good quality and in generous amount!

{Malacca} Putu Piring @ Jalan Tengkera

 

Tengkera Putu Piring

252, Jalan Tengkera,
75200 Melaka.
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business hours:
1830 – 2230
closed on Sunday

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

Din Tai Fung serves the best xiao long bao 小笼包 in Shanghai, according to Chai Gege, who’s been residing in Shanghai for more than two years. i trusted him as he’s a foodie who loves to explore local food scene with his family. moreover the restaurants he brought us to are all above expectation. if you notice, we only go to reputable restaurants throughout our stay because, you know how China is notoriously known for their black-whatever 黑心食品 *shudders*

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{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

we went to the branch at Xin Tian Di, a well, touristy spot. we were tourists after all.

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

Din Tai Fung started out in Taiwan and multiplies rapidly all over the world to US, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and also Malaysia. and apparently their xiao long bao is so widely known that they were crowned top 101 best restaurants in Asia in 2013!

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

we were there at lunchy time and as predicted, it’s full house. i like that they prepared a waiting area at the walk way and we were given a number (like how we have to wait for our number to be called in bank and post office). there’s a display screen so you can sorta estimate the waiting time.

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

while waiting, we had fun testing how well we know those Chinese artists portrayed on the walls!

i can recognize most of them! but Jay Chou’s cheeks are that sunken mer? lol

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

the decor is modern and simple yet elegant.

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

i especially likey the open kitchen at the rear of the restaurant.

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

i approached with my huge gun (Hugo) and they posed for it!

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

it’s fascinating to watch them in action. making xiao long bao in lightning speed!

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

they even prepare a guide, in case you need tutorial on how to enjoy xiao long bao properly!

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

pretty cute chopsticks rest!

and when i’m done with photographing, food was served! righttt in time baybeh as i was famished!

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

Chinese Yam with Dried Plum Sauce 话梅山药 | 23 RMB

for appetizer we had this chinese yam  topped with a sour plum nicely presented ala Jenga style. chinese yam itself is pretty muchy tasteless and it becomes sourish after marinating with plum sauce, which certainly whetted our appetite!

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

Braised Dry Beancurd with Black Mushroom 四喜烤夫 | 25 RMB

braised wheat gluten mingled with shiitake mushroom, black fungus, bamboo shoot and soya beans. it’s slightly sweetish which is as inviting as the previous appetizer!

throughout our dining in Shanghai, we tended to order appetizers before we have the heavy mains, even if it’s home-cooked meal, we had appetizer too! in our country, i don’t think local Chinese restaurants (not chain restaurants) offer wide range of appetizers, right?

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

Fried Rice with Egg and Scallion 蛋花炒饭 | 32 RMB

fluffy rice coated with egg and scallion (nightmare!) which i had to tediously picked out one by one. it’s a good fragrant fried rice nonetheless.

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

they even arranged the ginger julienne delicately!

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

Steamed Mini Pork Xiao Long Bao 特色小笼汤包 | 39 RMB (10 pcs)

this is NOT the xiao long bao.

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

it’s xiao long tang bao 小笼汤包 where you’re supposed to have it with the broth, served separately.

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

Steamed Mini Pork Xiao Long Bao 特色小笼包 | 58 RMB (10 pcs)

this is the xiao long bao, the star of the lunchy which i was anticipating! these plump lil’ baos were succulent and toothsome! best eaten on cold days! it’s autumn in Shanghai.

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

you’re supposed to kiap xiao long bao this way and put it on your spoon. have a small bite on the skin and slurp the warm broth. proceed to stuff some ginger and dab a lil’ vinegar on and pop it straight into your mouth!

was it good?

big fat YES!

however it’s the only xiao long bao i had, so can’t really do a proper comparison. but chain restaurant tends to maintain their quality top-notch, especially in a xiao long bao/dumpling territory!

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

Noodle with Scallion and Soy Sauce 葱花拌面 | 29 RMB

noodle was skillfully cooked and served in a special sauce and topped with scallion. i conveniently skipped this dish though, due to the presence of scallion. i was… already tired with the fried rice, which was studded with scallion.

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

Noodle with Sesame and Spicy Sauce 台湾担担面 | 29 RMB

the combination is surprisingly delish! the sesame sauce somewhat resembles that of Kewpie with slight oomph (spicy).

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

Noodle Soup with Shrimp and Pork Wonton 虾仁馄饨面 | 48 RMB

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

Noodle Soup with Bamboo Shoots and Shrimp 水晶虾仁面 | 50 RMB

we also had another two soupy noodle dishes to warm our body. we had to stay outdoor today to do some visiting.

both noodles remained springy despite soaked in the broth for some time, we had too many dishes to attend to! dumpling was stuffed generously with minced shrimp and pork while the shrimp was fresh in the latter bowl of noodle. i personally likey soupy dish so both were equally palatable! if you’re a dry person (LOL), you may prefer the Noodle with Sesame and Spicy Sauce!

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

Steamed Jujube Paste Sponge Layers Cake 枣泥千层糕 | 32 RMB (2 pcs)

we ended our pleasurable lunchy with light and airy sponge cake. *rubs tummy*

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

the bill came up to 456 RMB. pretty reasonable for a table of five, i guess?

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

before leaving i snapped around, the restaurant is still 80% filled with patrons even though it’s way past lunchy time!

and i spotted this guy with quirky hairstyle, like a truncated cone which reminds me of songkok (a cap worn by Muslim man)!

and few weeks later i met him in person in Penang at X-Play event! only then i know he’s DJ Agent Smith with a super cool hairstyle!

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

we took a stroll around Xin Tian Di and admired at the English architecture and coffee houses and pubs. it’s Shanghai Fashion Week so we also get to feast our eyes with eye candies ^^

{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

sorry that i had to include this photo. notice how there’s an opening at the rear of the kiddo’s jumpsuit? apparently it’s fashionable in China so that the toddler can poop anytime, anywhere. and i really do mean literally.

 

Din Tai Fung

2/F, House 6, South Block Xintiandi,
Lane 123, Xinye Rd., Shanghai.
上海市兴业路123弄新天地广场南里6号楼二楼

{Beauty} Charmzone New Control Cream

first of all i would like to apologize for this super late review. HiShop sent it to my old Penang’s address and my friend only collected it and sent it to me after she got back from Japan, so yeah delayed here and there and the review is only up by now :/.

better late than neber, right?

{Beauty} Charmzone New Control Cream

{Beauty} Charmzone New Control Cream

so yeah HiSHop sent me this Charmzone New Control Cream which is said to work wondrous in maintaining the skin’s natural balance of oil and moisture and exfoliating the dead cells. how true is that?

well, let’s see.

{Beauty} Charmzone New Control Cream

{Beauty} Charmzone New Control Cream

Charmzone New Control Cream comes in a set of two sizes – 200 g & 50 g at RM 190. the latter goes straight into my travel toiletries pouch.

{Beauty} Charmzone New Control Cream

clear instructions on the back of the tube (and box).

{Beauty} Charmzone New Control Cream

like that it’s nicely-sealed.

 

here’s how i incorporate it into my daily routine for both day and night:

cleanser -> Charmzone New Control Cream (rinse off) -> toner -> serum -> moisturizer

{Beauty} Charmzone New Control Cream

after cleansing your face, apply adequate amount of Charmzone New Control Cream all over your face.

{Beauty} Charmzone New Control Cream

i leave it on for about 5 mins. that’s the time i take to walk out from bathroom and put on house clothes and sigh at my unsightly bulge.

and then walk back to bathroom to massage the cream gently for 30 seconds.

{Beauty} Charmzone New Control Cream

instruction says to wipe it off after that. but

{Beauty} Charmzone New Control Cream

i prefer to rinse it all off with lukewarm water.

{Beauty} Charmzone New Control Cream

pat it dry and continue with my beauty routine.

 

so how does this Charmzone New Control Cream fairs?

 

Charmzone claims:

It removes impurities from deep down in the pores without scrubbing. Maintains the skin’s natural balance of oils and moistures by utilizing a cytokine ingredient.

#1: Controls hyperactivity in the sebaceous glands to prevent overproduction of sebum and allows the skin to quickly absorb moisture.
#2: Helps to induce the skin’s own production of Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF).
#3: Maintains optimal skin conditions by balancing the skin’s oil and moisture levels in the skin.
#4: The essence ingredient provides enriched nutrition.

 

My claim:

i have combination skin where my T-zone is rather oily. what i do is i emphasize more on my forehead and nose when it comes to massaging. and it does effectively regulates the sebum and moisture on my skin. usually my skin is oily by noon (without blotting) and after using this cream, my face is less shiny, and my makeup stays longer as well.

and i use it during PMS and no redness is observed (my skin is super sensitive during that time of the month). and my monthly breakouts are under control.

also, my skin appears brighter, instantly, after each rinse. i was quite skeptical at first, how can a cream with no beads whatsoever exfoliates my skin? well, i do notice there’s gunks formed after massaging which i believe is my dead cells. i don’t massage too often though, only when i put makeup on. i didn’t want to overdo the exfoliation.

i am happy with the result. if you face the same problems as i do – oily and dull skin, i would suggest you to give Charmzone New Control Cream a try!

 

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