Air Asia On Board Meal

Ben and I had to exit China during my visit last fall due to the 30 days visa restriction. We decided to have a short trip back to Malaysia to visit our families.


We flew with Air Asia as it offers the cheapest fare to fly from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur. It was CAD1045 for a return flight for both of us. As a matter of fact, it was not cheap as we bought the tickets last minute. While waiting at the check-in counter in the PEK International Airport, we chatted with a Malaysian tourist who waited in line in front of us. He told us that he got his ticket at one third of our price at a travel fair in Kuala Lumpur.

The Malaysian tourist also complained to us about his bad experiences during his group tour which include rude servers; bargaining experiences at the Silk Street and the unpleasant factory tours that took up a lot of their travel time.


As Air Asia is a low cost airline, there is no TV on board and with narrow leg room. Everything is chargeable which include check-in luggage and meal on board. (more…)

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Random Eats in Beijing – Grandma Family Restaurant

On our last day in Beijing, we decided to give the popular Grandma Family Restaurant one more try. This time we went early so that we can get into the first seating.


Customers lining up to get a number.


The waiting place at the entrance of the restaurant. There are usually more people waiting outside the restaurant.


Finally we got a table. The restaurant is big and partition into several sections.


The menu is in the form of a magazine.


We ordered a few items from the appetizer section. The above was a sweetish fried fish. It was crunchy and great for munching. (more…)

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Sight Seeing in Beijing – Panjiayuan Flea Market – Part 1

On one of the weekend, Ben and I visited Panjiayuan Flea Market. It is one of the largest flea market in Beijing. There are over 4,000 shops in the market, with nearly 10,000 dealers.


Above is the directory of the Panjiayuan Flea Market.


The flea market is huge. There are a lot of repetitive stalls selling similar items ranging from paintings, furniture, beads, books, jade, home decor, etc.


Chinese ethnic minority arts and crafts, trinkets, antiques and apparel. (more…)

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Random Eats in Beijing – Fairwood

Fairwood is also located in Oriental Plaza. It is another fast food type restaurant.


You ordered at the counter and will be given a receipt and a number. You passed your receipt to a server and the food will be sent to your table.


It was still early at 10:30am. We were not very hungry. So, we shared a pork claypot rice combo for RMB32 (CAD5).


Drizzling the claypot rice with sweet soy sauce. (more…)

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Random Eats in Beijing – Ghost Street (Gui Jie)

Ben and I had dinner at one of the touristy place in Beijing. It’s called Ghost Street (Gui Jie).


Gui Jie is a street lined with restaurants and lanterns. There are lots of restaurants selling mini lobsters, hotpots and mala dishes.


We ended up in a Xinjiang Restaurant. I simply love lamb dishes.


We had yak milk with butter for drinks.


We had a side dish of soft tofu with century egg as appetizer.


It was the big lamb skewers that enticed us to come into this restaurant. They grilled the lamb skewers at the restaurant front. The lamb skewer was RMB10 each. (more…)

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Random Eats in Beijing – Noodle & Dessert

Lunch time is always busy in Oriental Plaza especially the food court and budget restaurants.


Mian Ai Mian is one of the budget noodle place. Ben had a spicy noodle with ground pork. It is RMB24 (CAD4).


I had a plain pork broth noodle for just RMB15 (CAD2.50).


Ben also ordered a side dish of lady fingers; also RMB15. It was sweet and sour and quite appetizing. (more…)

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Random Eats in Beijing – Xinjiang Restaurant

I love lamb. Ben brought me to a Xinjiang Restaurant to satisfy my craving for lamb.


I believe the cutlery is outsourced for cleaning. It is wrapped in set when served to customer as quality assurance.


Lamb skewer is just RMB2 each; minimum order 5.


We also ordered a Roast Leg of Lamb. Very tender and satisfying. (more…)

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Random Eats in Beijing – Mei Zhou Tung Bo

Ben brought me to one of his favourite restaurant here; Mei Zhou Tung Bo.


Mei Zhou Tung Bo is located at the top level of a shopping mall and it is bright and spacious.


We ordered Mei Zhou Tung Bo’s signature dish; pork knuckle in sour and spicy sauce. The pork skin just melts in our mouth. (more…)

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