“Halal Restaurants” open in Tokyo, Narita Airport

Hi Everyone, and for my Muslim viewers, I hope you are having a good Ramadan this year.

I wanted to share an interesting information.

At Narita international Airport, which is the largest international airport in Metropolitan Tokyo area, will open two restaurants which carry Halal food.

Two them of are certified by Malaysia Halal Consultation and Training.



One is a Soba restaurant called KINEYAMUGIMARU.  The restaurant is located at Terminal 1 Center building, 5th FL.


Entrance to Kineya Mugimaru


Another one is Tempra restaurant called TENTEI, which is located on the Main building 4th FL in terminal 2.


Entrance to Tentei


In addition, I just found out that Narita Airport has Muslim Prayer Rooms.

I am so glad that Narita Airport is Muslim friendly now.

Well, as for me, I will be off to Bangkok, Luang Prabang, Hanoi,  KL, Bali, Tokyo, and Singapore in two weeks, so I will update my blog as I visit these cities.  I am so ecited.

So until next time, Bon Voyage!





Nasi Lemak: One of the Most Loved Local Food in Malaysia and Singaore


If you are planning to visit MALAYSIA and SINGAPORE, you should try their local food.

As a matter of fact, just like other cities in South East Asia, Malaysia and Singapore are food heaven.

Everywhere you go, in Malaysia or in Singapore, you can find kedai kopi (coffeehouse) or rumah makan (restaurant), where they sell bunch of local food, and you will never be bored.

Among the local food in Malaysia and Singapore, I would recommend that you to try NASI LEMAK.

NASI LEMAK is a Malaysian traditional dish served in one plate, or traditionally served wrapped in banana leaves.

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Nasi Lemak being sold in banana leaves

NASI lEMAK usually consists of a scoop of rice cooked with coconut milk or, in Malay, “santan”,  and topped with topping such as, boiled egg, cooked peanuts, small fish, chicken curry, fried fish and fried chicken.  And NASHI LEMAK has to be served with Sambal or Malaysian cooked chili sauce.


I love NASI LEMAK for always for several reasons.

First, NASI LEMAK simply tastes good.  The combination of rice cooked with coconuts rice and sambal really enhances the rest of toppings in the mouth, and the combination of all the ingredients together in the mouth is exquisite.

Also, in many occasions, you can choose what you want to put on the rice, so there would be many combinations of the topping, and the process of choosing the topping is really fun.

Nasi Lemak is one of the most famous national food of Malaysia and Singapore.  Even it is traditionally food for Malay people, NASI LEMAK is loved by all the people in Malaysia and Singapore.

As a matter of fact, several years ago, talented Malaysian actor and director, Woo Meng Chee, who is a Chinese of Hainanese decent person, made a movie called NASI LEMAK 2.0.  This is a good example to how Malaysians love NASI LEMAK.



Usually, when you order NASI LEMAK in commercial restaurant, chain restaurant or restaurant which does not really specialized in NASI LEMAK,  the restaurant have already decide what to put on the rice.

But if you go to a restaurant whose specialty is NASI LEMAK, most of all the time, you may be able to chose your toppings.

The toppings are usually displayed at the entrance of the restaurant.  They usually put they rice on the plate for you , and you point out the toppings you want. They the staff will put the toppings on your rice.  And your NASI LEMAK is ready!


Nasi Lemak food vendor in Singapore


Nasi Lemak toppings displayed


Choice for Nasi Lemak


People in Malaysia and Singapore usually understand English, so you should not have any problem ordering NASI LEMAK.

But just in they do not understand English, HERE ARE SOME MALAY LESSON for you!


Minta Nasi Lemak=May I have Nasi Lemak.

Minta yang ini=May I have that one (please point the food when you say this)

Terima Kasih=Thank you


I guess if you know these sentences, you will get by to but yourself a NASI LEMAK.


NASI LEMAK is so popular in Malaysia and Singapore, that you can eat NASI LEMAK everywhere.  For example, Airasia, which, I would say, is the most successful low cost airlines in Asia,  they serve NASI LEMAK in the air, too.  And it looks like this.



May I introduce you some NASI LEMAK restaurants I recommend in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and last but not least, in NYC.





Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak

I always love the taste of NASI LEMAK of Boon Lay Power.  The restaurant is located in Boon Lay Place Market & Food Center in Jurong. Singapore. The food is basic, but very nice.  The taste of curry is sweet and spicy, rather mild. and the good aroma of curry will stay in your mouth for a while.

I do recommend this restaurant.









Nasi Lemak from Warong Sinarnor

Worung Senarnor restaurant offers traditional style of NASI LEMAK.  All the NASI LEMAK served here are good.  But the most significant about this restaurant is their Sambel or Malaysian Chili Paste.  I do know the recipe, but their Samble is good in your moth.  It is pretty spicy, but it does not burn your mouth at all.  I feel like I can eat many bowls of white rice only with their Sambel.

Their NASI LEMAK also can be served with Pegedil, which is Malay style potate cake.  I love their Pegedil with their NASI LEMAK.  It is such a good combo.

This restaurant is little far from Kuala Lumpur City Center, and it takes about 15 minutes or more by Taxi.  But I am telling you, it is worth a while trying Worung Sinarnor‘s NASI LEMAK.





Entrance of Sanur Restaurant


I just went there and I wrote a review  about Sanur Restaurant in Chinatown, NYC.


When I feel like I can’t wait till I visit Malaysia or Singapore next time, this is the place I go and fulfill my need for NASI LEMAK in NYC.  Please go and try their food.  I am telling you, not only NASI LEMAK, but the rest the food is wonderful there.


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Nasi Lemak I took out today from Sanur Restaurant


Ok guys, again, if you visit Malaysia or Singapore, try NASI LEMAK.  I know you gonna like it, and see why all the local people of Malaysia and Singapore love NASI LEMAK.

Ok guys, have a good day, and Bon Voyage!














Food Culture of Japan: Kids Menu in Japan, “OKOSAMA LUNCH”


Japan is a food heaven.  As a matter of fact, the capital city, Tokyo is that has most numbers of Zagat rated restaurants in the world.  It also has variety of food, frpm the Western to the Asians to the Africans. You name it, they got it.  Unlike in NYC you don’t have to spend much money to  eat “good food,” in Japan.

You may find food which is found only in Japan. As a matter of fact. Japan has a unique food culture.  They are very good with merging foreign food to theirs.

You curious?  may I introduce one.  One of the menus which can only be found in Japan is called “Okosama Lunch,” or “Kids Lunch.”

In major department stores in Japan, they usually have many restaurants on the top of the floor of the building. They usually have main diner, where they serve variety of food.

You can usually find displays of famous fake food samples at the entrance.



Menu at the entrance of the diner at a department store



Menu at the entrance of the diner at a department store




Mitsukoshi family Restaurant, “Landmark


They usually have menu called “OKOSAMA LUNCH.”

Okosama lunch is a kids’ menu said to be invented in 1930 by a chief manager of Mitsukoshi food department, Taro Ando.

Mitsukoshi is one of the most prestige department store found in 1673.

Ando came to an idea to have variety of  food kids like in one plate and decorate it nicely.  The plate usually has molded rice with a flag of a country (could be any country) thrust on top.


Okosama lunch with Japan and US flags on top of rice

Since it was during the Depression, Ando thought it would be nice to have something for kids to enjoy looking and good in their mouths.

Okosama lunch usually have kids’ favorite, such as, hambagu or hamburger steak, red Vienna sausages, Spaghetti Neapolitan, Ebi Fry or Fried Shirim,  Pirafu or Pilaf rice and Purin or Flan.



Now you can find Okosama Lunch anywhere in Japan.  At some restaurant, they have age limit for this fun menu and serve the menu only for kids. But it really depends on your luck if you can enjoy this fun food or not.

The food is very fun to look at to and enjoyable to eat.

Next time when you visit Japan, you should try this Okosama Lunch to have a good time with food and enjoy a diversity of Japanese food.



Bullet Train Okosama Lunch




Chinese Kid’s Menu at Kobe Concerto




Okosama Lunch at a French restaurant, Hayamaan, Tokyo



Okosama Lunch at Fujiya Restaurant










Only In Asia!: Special Menu at McDonald’s in Japan and Other Asian Countries

Whenever I visit Japan, right after I clear the immigration and pick up my bag, first thing I do is going to McDonald’s in the airport and grab a burger.

Why to McDonald’s?  Because there is a menu available only in Japan. That is TERIYAKI MC BURGER. of McDonald’s Japan.

The burger consists of burger patty seasoned with special teriyaki sauce, topped with Japanese Style Mayonnaise (It tastes different and we Japanese are pretty specific about the mayo) and Lettuces.

Other hamburger restaurants in Japan sell “Teriyaki Burger,” as well.

Burger King Japan have “Teriyaki Whooper Burger.”

Mos Burger, which is a Japanese Burger restaurant which also has branched throughout Asia and Australia, also has their version of  teriyaki burger on their menu.

The combination of Japanese Mayo and sukiyaki sauce creates unique and exquisite taste of the burger.

McDonald’s Japan also have exclusive burger called “Ebi Fillet-O,” meaning Fillet-O-Shrimp.

It is a burger consists of fried croquette filled with shrimp with mayo and tomato based sauce, Sauce Aurore, which is one of the famous sauce in French recipe.

I always order the burger with ice Japanese tea calles “Sokennbucha.”

Sokenbicya is another exclusive menu only in McDonald’s  in Japan.

Because Sokenbicya tea at McDonald’s in Japan is SUGAR FREE, so it is so healthy and good  in my mouth.

McDonald’s Japan sometimes offer seasonal menu including “Teitama Burger” and “Chicken Teritama.”

Teritama Burger is basically Teriyaki Burger topped with fried egg.


Teritama Burger

Chicken Teritama has chicken cutlet instead of burger patty.


Package of Teritama Burger

Beside food, one thing that makes Mikky D’s In Japan stands out from Mikky d’s in the U. S. is their services.  At McDonald’s in Japan service is faster and the employees are always polite and smiling. They always tell customers things like “We are running out of French Fries.  We are making a fresh ones.  Could you wait for another three minutes?” As a matter of the fact, on the menu board of each McDonald’s in Japan has a price of smile, which is ZERO Yen or $0.00.


Smile 0 Yen at McDonald’s

As a matter of fact, when I was a kid I asked one of of the worker, “Can I have a smile?”  Surprisingly the young lady at the contour smiled at me. I am dead serious! I linked a YouTube video of services at Mikky D in Japan.

By the way, Japan is not the only area that have special menus catered for local needs.

For example it is pretty famous that at McDonald’s in India, they do not serve beef due to the religious issue. They serve burgers made with veritable or chicken. They serve a burger called Chicken Maharaja Mac. It is a triple” chicken burger with onion lettuce  and tomato.

They also have “McAloo Tikki,” which patty is made with potato and peas, and “Veg Pizza McPuff,” which is Vegetable Pizza Roll.

I heard in McDonald’s in Hawaii serves Local Local Deluxe Breakfast Platter which features Spam meat and Rice.

They also have a local menu,  “Saimin” which is noodle soup developed in Hawaii.

At McDonald’s in the Philippines, they serve Chicken with Spaghetti set.

In McDonald’s in Malaysia, they sell “Bubur Ayam McD,” which is congee or rice soup which is a popular breakfast in Malaysia.

In Indonesia, a neighboring country of Malaysia, McDonald’s Indonesia sells Bubur Ayam, too.

They also have “Panas Special,” meaning “Hot Special,” which is a plat of friend chicken and white rice. In Indonesia, they have a dish called “Ayam Gorneng,” which is Indonesian style Fried Chicken. Ayam Goreng is most love dish among Indonesians and always accompanied by a bowl of rice. That is why they sell this product.

In McDonald’s In Thailand, they serve corn or pineapple pie.

McDonald’s in Hong Kong sells Sausage N’ Egg Twisty PastaGrilled Chicken Twisty Pasta and Ham N’ Egg Twisty Pasta. They are basally macaroni Chinese style soup and toppings.

They also serve rice dish called ‘Rice Fun Bowl.” It is a rice with corn, broccoli sauteed, and and choice of beef or chicken.

Wherever you go, anywhere in the world, you can find McDonald’s.  It would be fun to taste the exclusive menu of McDonald’s of the world and have comparisons.

Please message me if you find any special menu of McDonald’s of your next destination!