foooood in china


ever since moon river diner closed its doors, we’ve been “on the market” for another place to hang out and work a couple of hours. our only requirements: a quiet place with simple food and internet.

we did indeed find it. it’s called munchies and it sits on the corner of wuding road and jiaozhou road. munchies has all the ingredients to be good. it’s not pretentious, since the place is small and lacks the fancy furniture. the walls are painted with colorful flora, and orange lampshades hang from the ceiling, making the place rather funky i think (opinions vary).

the menu is a collection of american favourites, including hamburgers, hot dogs, cincinnati chili, sandwiches, ice-creams, smoothies and milkshakes, and also some mexican dishes. we’ve tried a bit of everything and apart from the chili (everybody raves about it, but we just don’t find it such a big deal), the rest of the dishes are great. tasty, fresh and yummy.
our lunch today, a mushroom burger with pasta salad, chicken quesadillas and cosmic charlie smoothie (apple+pear+raspberries):


mushroom burger

cosmic charlie munchies!

they deliver in the neighborhood, their prices are decent and the service is fast and friendly (people actually speak/understand english). what else could you ask for? :)


foooood in singapore traveling

ice cream-sandwich time!

icecream sandwich

lonely planet (aka, the tourists bible) said we should taste the ice cream sandwich in the streets of singapore, and of course, as prompt and faithful tourists, we were eager to try it.

it’s basically a big block of wall’s icecream (or olá for the portuguese readers) between two thin waffles or slices of pink bread. mango and coffee were pretty good, and they even had it in durian flavor… we were not brave enough to try it out but i wonder if the ice cream smells as bad as the fruit (which is actually forbidden in singapore’s metro).

icecream sandwich

foooood in malaysia traveling

buka puasa, breaking fast

tentage for breaking fast

so there we were, in the middle of rows of tables. kampung baru, the same area that was deserted during the whole day is now busy with life. people all around us, sitting on these tables, food steaming in front of them, colorful plastic glasses filled with iced colorful drinks. but no one is eating, not even the kids who stare at the food with hungry and impatient eyes. there is rain outside the improvised tents that cover this canteen and it is getting darker.

breaking fast time

at 7:15, a chant on tv, subtitled in arabic. on the radio as well, a man prays in a mixture of praying and singing. and as soon as they stop, the feast starts. in the whole country.

friends and snacks!

foooood in china

remember the kumquats?

last time i went to portugal, my parents proudly showed me the progress of their “tiny clementina’s tree”. it’s a cute little tree that they purchased way before i came to china, but to which i never paid much attention. and it turns out that it wasn’t clementines that tree was growing – it was kumquats!! lots of them! i was in shock, and incredibly happy to be putting my new asian knowledge to work! :)

but this, i think, is something we don’t see in portugal (or europe) so often. they’re called pomelo, or youzi (柚子) in mandarin.

pomelo peeling

in china they’re on display on every supermarket (both fresh and candied) or street fruit stand and they look like green-yellowish oversized lemons (hence their latin name, citrus maxima). inside, there’s a really thick rind that you need to remove completely to reach the juicy pulp.


they taste not as tart as lemon, and not as sweet as an orange, but with hints of both… it’s probably closer to grapefruit, now that i think about it, only sweeter. and oh-so-adictive!!
give it a try if you find it around!


on the next episode of china fruit series, the mini-mango! stay tuned! :P


haya’s mediterranean cuisine

mediterranean food has a soft spot in our hearts, since it can bring up the nostalgy of discovering “home away from home”, through food. being portuguese, we lean towards the western side of the mediterranean style (say olive oil, tomatos, fish) whereas haya’s food is more of the eastern-mediterranean variety (turkish style, falafels, hummus, kebabs). and that’s ok – i have yet to meet a southern european dish that i didn’t like. :)

we had latkes (which i had been meaning to try since seeing matt’s yummylicious pictures), two kinds of kebab and their mini-apple pie. all very yummy. oh, and the peach juice they have there reminds me of our portuguese compal, which is more than enough to keep this girl happy.

anyway, some the pictures:

kebab   apple pie!

latkes   kebab

the only thing i don’t like at haya’s is the service. i’m not very picky about these things, but the waiters seem to always forget something and then pretend we’re not there… a bit annoying.

the reason we keep crossing half the city to come here? just the food. it’s good, and you should definitely give it a go, if you’re into mediterranean cuisine.

haya’s mediterranean cuisine + bakery
415 Dagu Lu
near Chengdu Nan Lu