My different experiences at buy one free one 6" sandwich @ SUBWAY
The recent promotion by SUBWAY (buy one 6 inch sub free one 6 inch sub coupon - available on some edition of The Star and The Sun) is a hit as proved by the two outlets which I had visited. The first one at Jaya 33 which had run out of bread and the second one at Pavilion which demanded a very patient wait before we can sink our teeth into the juicy sandwich. Unfortunately, to my disappointment, I found the standards varied greatly at the two different outlets.
The Jaya 33 outlet was very generous with their fillings. The 6 inch veggie delight I ordered was stuffed generously with all the vegetarian works. Service, too, was awesome!
However, things were not as good at the Pavilion outlet. The girl who attended to me asked me if I wanted double cheese but did not even wait for me to decline and had immediately added the cheese onto the bread. They were also very stingy with the ingredients. Having a long queue of hungry customers to feed is certainly not an acceptable excuse. I was charged RM 2.40 extra for the double cheese add on that I never agreed to have.
Jiuzhaigou - 九寨溝 - the "Valley of Nine Villages" is a heaven on earth sweet spot. Look up, look down, look left, look right, every single angle is a picturesque shot that is perfect for a postcard. Jiuzhaigou is unspoilt and scenic. I cannot help but feel like I've stepped foot onto a fairyland. No words can describe the beauty of this heavenly place.
Kudos to the authorities for the excellent upkeep and maintenance. Hopefully, tourists will be able to enjoy what I have experienced at Jiu Zhai Gou for many more generations to come.
Jiuzhaigou can either be reached by bus (about 9 hours ride) or by plane (about 45 minutes). We chose to fly as we heard the bus ride can be very strenuous and scary. Upon arrival at the Jiuzhaigou valley, there will be shuttle buses to take you from one destination to the next. You can choose to just hop on and hop off from one scenic spot to the next with minimal walking needed.
For those of you that are looking for something more adventurous, like us, there is a pathway that goes round the scenic spots. You would be rewarded with a very different view of the attractions, with very captivating landscapes of the many lakes, waterfalls and autumn colors.
There is only one place that offers hot lunch in Jiu Zhai Gou. Coupons for buffet lunch at RMB 50, 80 or 100 are available. We went for the RMB 50 spread and we were glad that there were plenty of vegetarian options available.
Usual breakfast provided by hotels on tour in Chengdu
Porridge which are normally very watery
Man Tou to fill the hungry tummy
The little snacks to go with the porridge
People normally will grumble and complain a lot about food while on tour in China. However, for us we are quite happy with what is provided. Breakfast never vary from one hotel to another. Porridge and man tou are a must. Man tou to fill the hungry tummies and porridge to wash down the food. Then normally there will be the little snacks of pickled radish, turnip, tofu, cucumber and whatever vegetables that may be available during that season. Also peanuts are good to go with porridge as well.
Phenomenally Mind Bogglingly Spicy Sichuan Tofu at Jujube Tree, Chengdu, China
Since we did not manage to try the MaPo tofu on our first visit , we decided to make a 2nd trip to this eatery. It was definitely a tongue-opener trip, read on to find out why....
Mapo Tofu Phenomenally Mind Bogglingly Spicy are the words that comes to my mind when I think of this dish. Immediately after my first mouthful, a weird sensation fills my entire mouth. It was as if I was undergoing a dental procedure that required a hundred local anesthetic injections. My entire mouth was numb. Then all of a sudden, I experience an overwhelming gush of pins and needles. Never had a weirder feeling in my life! Amazing what a few Sichuan peppercorns can do, though I do not think I will be craving for this dish in the near future!
Chili oil and rice vinegar to go with my dumplings and wonton!
This time we tried the mixed dumplings
The wontons were so good we ordered them a 2nd time.
The toothpicks are not made from wood, but from glutinous rice. I was told it is edible, weird I know, but one would have to have really strong teeth to eat them.
Chong Qing Hot pot We actually prefer the Sichuan hotpot, but this is still worth a try! This would be a great option for those of you who have a low spicy tolerance. The chef used a wide variety of mushrooms in this dish. One of which is not available in Malaysia. We found a dried version of it at Carrefour in Chengdu. In fact Carrefour is a great place to shop for local products.
Appetizer. Black Fungus and walnuts, drizzled with a generous amount of sesame oil. Just one word, YUM.
Name: Jujube Tree Vegetarian Restaurant. Address: 4-A Platinum Age City (铂金广场）, building 2, 27 Qinglong Street, QingYang district, Chengdu. 成都市青羊区青龙街２７号２号楼４楼（铂金广场） Tel: ０２８－86282848.
Recently on our flight to Chengdu we went by the flatbed, and it was worth every penny! Meal is complimentary and although we only had one choice, Vegetarian Kung Pao chicken with rice, we were quite happy with it. The taste is alright and it came piping hot and upon demand, a good plus side of premier class!
Absolutely tasty Sichuan hot pot at Jujube Tree, Chengdu, China
We were extremely pleased to have read about this restaurant online when we were doing our research on where to vegetarian food in Chengdu. Oh... the food, the service, the ambiance... there's nothing to complain about at this eatery. Jujube Tree is only a 5-10 minute taxi ride from Chun Xi Lu, making it a great dining option for visiting vegetarians. The highlight of the restaurant has to be the Sichuan Hot Pot (featured below)
Sichuan Hot Pot (天府麻辣锅） - RMＢ３２ filled with konnyaku jelly, generous amount of beansprouts, sliced 'ham' etc, the taste is unique and very delicious, and is something that I have never experienced. It was not very spicy but the spices used was very overwhelming but pleasant for the tongue. Definitely something that I would want to try again.
Steamed Dumplings （水饺）－ RMB 12 goes very well with the rice vinegar!
Wontons (鲜香云吞）－ＲＭＢ８ Wontons in a delicious vegetable stock. The celery and seaweed used greatly compliments the dish.
胜瓜虫草花 － ＲＭＢ２８ Lufa with a very crunchy and tasty sichuan mushroom.
The very famous Sichuan Dan Dan Mian （双色担担面） －ＲＭＢ６. It is as delicious as it looks, don't waste your stomach space for rice, order this instead!
This restaurant believes fruits consumed before meals promotes healthy digestion as they serve a complimentary fruit platter before you begin ordering. =)
Total cost: RMB 86
Name: Jujube Tree Vegetarian Restaurant. Address: 4-A Platinum Age City (铂金广场）, building 2, 27 Qinglong Street, QingYang district, Chengdu. Tel: 86282848.
Chengu, China, a city that is bursting with culture, flavor and pandas!
Chengdu, the city with minimal sunshine, lesser than London, was chosen as our holiday destination this time. Not that we are anti-sunshine, but because it was home to one of the international airport close to JiuZhaiGou. The weather was perfect throughout our trip as it was not too warm nor too cold, though we were told that the temperature dropped 7C while we were at JiuZhaiGou.
With a population of 11 million, Chengdu is a bustling city with plenty to offer. However, we were a little bummed when we only found less than 10 vegetarian restaurants in Chengdu, but were more than happy with the ones we tried. I will be posting my culinary adventure in separate posts for easier reference.
We didn't have high expectations for Chengdu when we arrived, and were worried that it would be difficult to find activities to fill our 5 full days in Chengdu. We were so wrong, and we were indeed glad that we were!
For shopping, Chun Xi Lu (春熙路) is a must visit destination. Chun Xi Lu is the main shopping street near central Chengdu and is closed to traffic. It houses numerous departmental stores, Isetan, Ito Yokado and the newly opened Chicony (affordable posh vegetarian restaurant on the 9th floor!). There are also individual shops along both sides of the street, and one may find big brands like Metersbonwe, Giordano, Uniqlo etc.
Jin Li Road (锦里路) and Wide Narrow Alley （宽窄小巷) are one of the two shopping and dining streets in Chengdu with an ancient deco. Do try the '3 big bombs', a popular street food in Chengdu - steamed glutinous rice flour that are bounced on a steel plate before landing in a pot of grounded peanuts.
One should also find time to visit the traditional Face Changing art of Sichuan Opera. We visited Shu Feng Ya Yun （蜀风雅韵). For RMB260 per pax, we got seats at the middle row but we did not find the performance to be very fascinating (when compared to the performance at Shenzhen's Window of the World and Guangzhou's Panyu Circus). However, the face changing art, now combined with clothes changing, still intrigue us.
A Sichuan Opera sketch
Face changing using a puppet
Tea and snacks to enjoy during the show.
And finally, one cannot visit Sichuan without going to see the pandas. We were told to visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base instead of the zoo as this base is home to over 60 pandas. The internet is a traveler's best guide. We found out through blogs that it was best to visit the base in the morning when the pandas were most active. True enough, most of the pandas were up and about, eating, scratching, drinking, playing, fighting and posing! When we ventured further into the sanctuary, we spotted a panda resting on a raised platform when a woman walked toward us, shouting "Xia Lai, Kua Dia Ar" repeatedly. We were wondering if we wandered into restricted area by mistake before we realized that she was actually speaking to the panda instead. She was holding two lumps of grounded grains and nuts and was telling the panda to come down from the platform to the edge of her enclosure to get her food. The panda rolled around lazily, reluctant to move from its spot. The keeper raised her voice further and the panda obediently came down to get her food. What an up close experience with a "trained" panda!
After a series of long and elaborate planning, we finally visited Jiu Zhai Gou, the breathtakingly beautiful tourist destination, who calls for future revisits to this earthly haven. After a 60 minute flight delay due to heavy fog at the JiuZhaiGou/Huanglong airport, we were greeted by our JiuZhaiGou guide at the arrival hall. Luckily there was a special changing room for us to put on our winter gear (though you would have to do it together with other ladies or gentlemen as there are no separate cubicles). After getting on a bus driven by a Zang Zu (Tibetan Minority in Jiuzhaigou), we were introduced to the various attractions available at JiuZhaiGou and Huanglong and a few words of the local dialect, Zang Language. '扎西德勒' ZaXiDeLe is a popular greeting used for welcoming guests and for the conveyance of good luck.
The town near JiuZhaiGou undergoing extensive upgrading.
Although it didn't take long to get to HuangLong nor was the journey very windy, the altitude fluctuation from JiuZhaiGou airport (3447.65M above sea level) to a peak of over 4000M before we got to HuangLong entrance (3199M) caused me to develop motion sickness due to the air pockets expanding in my ingested food. Thankfully it did not affect my trip and I felt better after expelling my stomach's contents. Huanglong is indeed a very good appetizer for our JiuZhaiGou trip as it not only increases our appetite for JiuZhaiGou's scenery but also our stamina. We cabelled car to HuangLong's scenic spot to begin our 5 hour hike. Everyone felt the altitude pinch as we found ourselves struggling at ascending parts of our journey, even those who are fit felt a strain on their stamina due to lower oxygen concentration in the atmosphere.
Not to worry, there's an oxygen kiosk available. Only RMB1 per bag of oxygen (the bag is as big as your whole torso!)
Despite that, we were able to reach the peak (3600M) and bask in the glorious sight of the 5-coloured ponds (五彩池) before starting the tiring and long descend back to the entrance.
We spent the night at Jiu Zhai Gou but the hotel we stayed in was a little old and run down and meals provided were simple, though the stir-fried chili bean sprouts complimented the rice really well. Our hotel was only a few minutes away from the entrance of Jiu Zhai Gou and we were surrounded with a sea of tourists, mostly Chinese locals from different provinces. Amazing how local tourism fuels the tourism industry in China! JiuZhaiGou demanded far less walking compared to HuangLong as there were shuttle buses to send us to different attractions. We were immediately mesmerized by the stunning natural displays during our bus journey into the central spot of JiuZhaiGou. Multicoloured lakes with crystal clear water, hills reflecting the full set of summer/autumn colours, cascading and widespread waterfalls, there are no words that can sum up the beauty and serenity of what Jiu Zhai Gou has to offer.
The wonderful colors of autumn
Someone taking wedding pics at Jiuzhaigou. What a perfect shot I took, isn't it?!?!!
Crystal clear water
On our last day, we were extremely lucky as it started to ...........
The snow 'storm' intensified as we journeyed toward higher altitude while on the way to the airport.
The whole bus erupted with excitement, especially for some of the south-east-asians who have not seen falling snow.
We were indeed very lucky to be able to see JiuZhaiGou at its full color, from the colors of summer to autumn and finally winter.
Two avid vegetarians are here to share some insights to the world of vegetarianism.
Hopefully, through this site, the lives of some animals can be spared. Always remember, animals have feelings too, they are our friends not our meal.