Monday, April 6, 2020

Taiwan | Halal Food in Taipei City

If you’ve read my old entries, you would know how much I love Taiwan. It is like love at the first site, well for me, in this case…. Love at many site…. Like, ALL the site I’ve visited – physically and virtually. I find it hard to not fall in love with Taiwan. I might be bias here as I am fluent in Mandarin, and added advantage.

The only thing I find Taiwan not to my liking is the food, I guess it is because I can’t sample all the yummeh food that I have been hearing. Yup! It is not halal, and good halal food is not that easy to find. And if there is one, it is not that convenient.  Kinda sad huh! Having said that, the 3 below are those that I would like to recommend. Am very sure there are plenty more, but due to time constraint, I was unable to locate nor try them. Next time maybe *wink*.

The first 2 that I am featuring are very Taiwan type of delicacy which is the famous beef noodle. I highly encourage for you guys to try this else kira tak aci lah kan. Hehehhhee…. Worry not guys, all the restaurants stated below are halal certified tau. So, jangan risau.

Chang's Beef Noodles Shop

This is one of the HALAL beef noodle restaurant in Taipei that I like. I love the side orders the most to be honest... especially the one that looks like gyoza and ommelette, sodaaaap. Few things I would like to highlight :

1. The price range is pretty reasonable
2. The options are aplenty
3. There's a few other halal resto within this street
4. Next door is a hostel hence it is convenient for low budget travelers (swipe to view hotel name). 5. The resto location itself is within reach
6. Its crowded so come early or be abit patient hokkay

Chang's Beef Noodles Shop
21, Yanping South Road
Zhongzheng District
Taipei City, Taiwan

Master Diced Beef Nankan Restaurant

This is also one of the Taiwan halal diced beef noodle restaurant. This time around I sampled the braised beef noodle of which I don't think I like the taste, I guess am the clear soup type of a girl. But I have to give credit to the diced beef... giler sedap hokkay.

By the way, the restaurant have the clear soup type too but I thought I should try something new and different.

Master Diced Beef Nankan Restaurant
95, Taoyuan St
Luzhu Dist, Taoyuan

Yunus Halal Restaurant

Steam fish! A must order. The other dish is suhun with vege and prawn, I have no idea the name of the dish though, perhaps if you visit this place, you can show this picture for them to see and cook.

As it is an ala carte meal so it will be slightly pricey if you were to eat a lot. Better to in a small group. I forgot to tale a picture of the halal sign, my bad.

Yunus Halal Restaurant
36, Beining Road
Songshan District
Taipei City

Kunming Islamic Restaurant, Taipei

This is more of a rice and dishes type of restaurant (in Malaysia kira macam order nasi ngan lauk lah) and my favourite dish is the curry chicken. Sumpah sedap giler.

OK ok ok… I know I must be fair and all. In all honesty, all the dishes are yummeh (kid you not) either that I was plan hungry. Ahaks! 2 dishes that you must order (kalau tekak melayu kita sama lah) are curry chicken and the sambal fish, add on would be tomyam and vege dish. If there’s only 2-3 of you guys eating, curry chicken or the fish will do, plus another vege dish. If 5 pax or more, you probably can have 3 dishes or so.

Kunming Islamic Restaurant, Taipei
26, Lane 81
Fuxing North Road
Songshan District
Taipei City

Ice Monster

Similar to our very own Air Batu Campur or fondly known as ABC, Ice Monster is basically Taiwan's famous kakigori or shaved ice dessert chain. Impressed with the amazingly large range of shaved ice flavours/options, we decided to go with mango flavour (as it is THE MANGO season now and Taiwan is also famous for this yummeh fruit). This cotton candy like textured shaved ice was served with ice cream and cubes of mango that is heavenly in taste. Swipe to view.

I also learnt that Ice Monster in Taiwan is Halal certified; ensuring their Muslim customers that all ingredients used are.

​Ice Monster
No.204, Sec. 2
Xinyi, Taipei

Gonna share more on Taiwan. Lepas tuh you guys must go tau.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Perlis | Kelam Cave or Gua Kelam

Proud of myself
I walked the whole 3.8km of Kelam Cave 2. It is said to be the 2nd longest cave in Peninsular Malaysia.

This is a limestone caves of Nakawan Range and is located within the Mu Forest Reserve. Kelam Cave is estimated to be 100 million years old and is used to be an alluvial tin mining cave back in 1930s, alluvial tin is the purest tin ore. The cave is located at Kaki Bukit village, Perlis. Kelam means dark or darkness, and gua means cave (obviously). There are 3 entrance to Gua Kelam and I took Gua Kelam 2 and came out via Gua Kelam 1 as both caves will meet at a secret garden where there’s a clear pool for you to swim and enjoy a good picnic.

Gua Kelam 1, it is all boardwalk till the secret garden, no steps/climbing at all. Some areas in both caves has stream/river flowing underneath. As for Gua Kelam 2, it is cemented and with proper steps, so worry not. You will also get to see rails for ore trucks as well as paved cemented paths for tin miners back in those days. My biggest concern was on leeches, bats and etc. Errr… Didn’t bump into any. Not sure whether is it because I am lucky or maybe there isn’t one (mungkin ada kot but tak meriah jer and depa dok diam-diam tak kacau orang). And both caves are very very very clean tau.

We were told that some of the scratches or marks were due to the dynamite explosion. I personally finds it interesting interesting. You canview the video HERE on my Instagram.

Other interesting thing was on the so called ‘door’. Apparently at some section on intersection you can see rocks resembling door and when asked, I was told that its function is similar to current told gate, if one company was to go thru another company territory/land, then the tin miner (or their company) is required to pay the ‘toll’ or ‘tax’ to the territory/land owner.

We also learnt that huts with buckets were built and placed near the underground mining tunnel, this is for the ‘guard’ or ‘jaga’ to inform the miners (those covering deeper ground) if there might be a possibility of flood due to heavy rainfall outside (as they have no clue of day and night, nor rain and shine). If there’s water dripping into the bucket means it is raining outside, and if the drip gets faster and/or more, it means heavy downpour that might lead to flood, landslide and etc. Smart kan.

Gua Kelam is managed by the Perlis State Forestry Department since 1997.

Operating Hours
Daily : 9:00am - 6:00pm

Entrance fee
Adult : RM1.00
Kids : RM0.50

Gua Kelam
Kaki Bukit
02200 Kaki Bukit

Pesta Angin Timur 2020 Media Trip is in collaboration with Tourism Malaysia, Tourism Perlis and all its sponsors.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Perlis | Kipli Nipa Palm Farm

Little did I know Kampong Tanah Timbul in Kuala Sanglang, Perlis Indera Kayang is where the 'air nira (sap)* nipah (nipa palm sugar juice)' hide out is. This secret place is popular among the locals as THE makan-makan and lepak place, I was made to understand that not only nira nipah is sold here, laksa Perlis (similar to laksa Utara/Kedah but slight spicier – betul ke?), pulut ayam, bihun sup, mee rebus and many more. You can also get cuka nipah or nipa vinegar. Curious huh.

Tapping the stalk, and cutting it

Nipa palm sap will start sipping from the cut stalk

Put a plastic around it and let it stay overnight collect the nipa palm sap

Owner En. Kipli Sulaiman started with a mere 300 nipa palm trees, he now has 2,000 trees that produces sweet fresh nipa sap that is juiced and turned into nipa vinegar. Kipli’s Nipah Palm Farm is one of Perlis main attraction with the help of Muda Agricultural Development Authority (MADA) in 2007. Later on Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority of Malaysia (FAMA) assisted in building food stalls for En. Kipli to start his restaurant business serving local delicacy.

Upon request, En. Kipli can demonstrate how the nipa sap being extracted. Basically one need to tap the stalk to stimulate sap, late cut the stalk diagonally and you begin seeing the sap coming out. put a plastic over it and leave it overnight, collect it the next day. Nipa palm sap is also turned into a vinegar.


Nira (sap) : Malay for fresh juice obtained from the blossom of the coconut, palm or sugar-palm, which can be made into sugar or the palm wine. From Wikipedia
Tuak : (i) Rice wine - An alcoholic beverage made of fermented rice, yeast and sugar, and (ii) Palm wine - An alcoholic beverage created from the sap of various species of palm tree such as the palmyra, date palms, and coconut palms.

Operating Time
Tuesday – Thursday, Saturday – Sunday : 1:00pm – 7:30pm
Friday : 2:30pm – 7:30pm
Close on Monday

Contact : +6017-430 6245

Kipli’s Nipah Palm Farm
No. 282, Kg Tanah Timbul Kuala Sanglang
02800 Sanglang

Pesta Angin Timur 2020 Media Trip is in collaboration with Tourism Malaysia, Tourism Perlis and all its sponsors.

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