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Halab Gate Shawarma in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Halab Gate Shawarma is a hidden gem in the heart of Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. It is located along Jalan Berangan, just off Jalan Sultan Ismail.

This Middle Eastern restaurant is a favorite among locals and tourists alike for its authentic flavors and generous portions.

How to get here

Halab Gate Shawarma can be easily accessed by various modes of transportation.

By Car/Taxi: If you are coming by car or taxi, the best landmark to use as a guide is the Lot 10 Shopping Centre, which is located right next to the restaurant. You can enter the following address into your GPS or navigation app:

Halab Gate Shawarma, 158 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

By Public Transportation:

  • By Monorail: The closest monorail station to Halab Gate Shawarma is the Bukit Bintang station. From the station, it’s about a 10-15 minute walk to the restaurant.
  • By MRT: The closest MRT station is the Pavilion Bukit Bintang station. From there, it’s about a 10-15 minute walk to the restaurant.
  • By Bus: There are several bus stops in the vicinity of Bukit Bintang. You can check the RapidKL website for more information on bus routes and schedules.

Menu

Menu and Prices in 2023

The menu is extensive and includes a variety of Middle Eastern dishes, including shawarma, kebab, falafel, hummus, and tabbouleh.

The star of the menu, however, is undoubtedly the shawarma. The meat is marinated in a blend of spices and slow-roasted on a spit, resulting in tender and juicy meat with a smoky flavor. The shawarma is then wrapped in a warm pita bread and topped with fresh vegetables and a variety of sauces, including tahini and garlic mayonnaise.

One of the most popular shawarma options is the chicken shawarma, which is packed with flavor and generously filled with tender, juicy chicken. The beef shawarma is also worth trying, with its melt-in-your-mouth meat and bold flavors.

Large Meat Shawarma with Cheese (RM20.00)

Aside from the shawarma, the restaurant’s hummus is a must-try. The creamy chickpea dip is perfectly seasoned and served with warm pita bread, making it a perfect appetizer to share with friends or family.

Overall, Halab Gate Shawarma is a fantastic Middle Eastern restaurant that offers delicious food at affordable prices. The staff are friendly and attentive, and the portions are generous, making it a great value for money. If you’re in the area and looking for a satisfying and authentic Middle Eastern meal, Halab Gate Shawarma is definitely worth a visit.


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7 Best Franchises in Malaysia

Today, we shall discuss the topic of franchising!

But first, ever wondered: what is a franchise?

A franchise is a business model where an individual or group purchases the right to use a company’s trademark, products, and operating system in exchange for a fee or royalty. It is a practice that is very prominent in the world.

Investing in a franchise

Investing in a franchise can be a great way to get into business for yourself. With the right franchisor and SME loan, starting and running a business becomes less of a daunting task. Franchise businesses are a great source of income when done right!

There are many brand franchises in the world, but if you are looking for a franchise business in Malaysia, here are the 7 best franchises you should consider!

1. Nelson’s

Source: Nelson’s

Nelson’s started with the corn-in-a-cup concept and has since grown to become one of Malaysia’s top brands, with over 1000 outlets in 17 countries. Ideal for the entrepreneurs who are looking for a franchise business with low capital investment, the franchise offers a low capital investment requirement with the following terms:

Initial capital investment: RM15,000 –RM60,000
Franchise fee: RM5,000 – RM12,000
Royalties: Available Upon Request

2. The Soya Shop

Source: The Soya Shop

With a focus on using in-house technology and non-GMO Canadian beans cooked in filtered water with no preservatives and additives, This franchise is a great opportunity for those looking to invest in a franchise with low start-up costs. Here are the details:

Initial capital investment: RM49,000 – RM300,000
Franchise fee: RM12,000 – RM60,000
Royalties: 3% gross sales

3. Tealive

One of the top franchise options in Malaysia is Tealive, a renowned brand that has won multiple awards and has outlets in Malaysia and Vietnam, and have now expanded in the United States! One of the things that set Tealive apart is their impressive record of year-on-year sales growth for seven years in a row!

And that is not the best part! One of the key benefits of becoming a Tealive franchise is the support you’ll receive in various areas, including location selection, construction, operations, advertising, and marketing. With over 50 attractive new locations to choose from across Malaysia, finding a suitable spot for your franchise is made easy. Here is the investment information:

Initial capital investment: RM250,000+
Franchise fee: RM75,000
Royalties: 3%

4. Burger Bakar Abang Burn

Source: Burger Bakar Abang Burn

With over 20 outlets throughout Malaysia, Burger Bakar Abang Burn is one of the most successful burger franchises in the country. To become a franchisee, you will need to invest in the following:

Initial capital investment: RM85,000
Franchise fee: RM15,000
Royalties: 5%

5. Daily Fresh

Source: Daily Fresh

It’s Malaysia’s humble version og Big Apple Donuts Coffee! With over 800 franchise outlets in 15 countries, Daily Fresh is a leading global snack food retailer. As the owner of the largest sweet corn plantation in Malaysia, Daily Fresh has a unique edge in its market segment. Here are the investment information needed for the franchisee:

Initial capital investment: RM85,000 – RM120,000
Franchise fee: RM25,000
Royalties: 2%

6. Each A Cup

Source: Each A Cup

If bubble tea is your thing, Each A Cup might be the franchise for you. One of the most successful and popular bubble tea brands in the Asian markets, Each A Cup more than 100 outlets throughout Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. With extensive support for franchisees, including training, site selection, design, and recruitment by the franchisor, there are more than these ways that you can expand on this franchise. Here is the investment information:

Initial capital investment: RM100,000+
Franchise fee: RM20,000
Royalties: 5%

7. Hot & Roll

Source: Hot & Roll

Hot&Roll is a rising leader in wholesome baked food products that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. With some of the lowest inventory costs and little or no wastage, extensive training and business and financing guidance to franchisees are provided by the franchisor. Here is the investment information of the franchise:

Initial capital investment: RM100,000 – RM165,000
Franchise fee: RM15,000 – RM30,000
Royalties: 5%


In conclusion, starting a franchise is a lucrative business opportunity as long as you carefully consider all the costs involved. Franchising can be more than just about providing products and services, it’s about making your step into the world. With the right fit, a franchise can provide the perfect blend of independence and security, allowing you to turn your entrepreneurial dreams into a thriving reality. The initial investment, franchise fee, and royalties may seem like steep costs. Still, they’re a small price to pay for access to a wealth of resources, including training, marketing support, and a proven business model. So why wait? Start exploring the exciting world of franchising today and find your path to success!


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Foon Egg Tarts in Ipoh

If you’re in the Taman Hoover area in Ipoh and looking to get some egg tarts to go; check out Foon Egg Tarts.

Foon Egg Tarts is just a few doors up from Pusat Kuih & Kek Khoo Eng Chee and one block up from TUCK KEE RESTAURANT SDN BHD. Or it is at the road behind Restoran Choong Kee “Pokok Besar”.

How to get there

Address: 24, Jalan Tokong, Taman Hoover, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Getting around Ipoh is fairly simple; either you take a taxi, Grab, drive, or walk.

We continued our journey for the day. After buying some kuih-muih at Pusat Kuih and Kek Khoo Eng Chee, we walked up to Foon Egg Tarts.

Foon Egg Tarts

They’ve egg tarts, siew paus, salted egg paus, curry puffs, etc.

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Pusat Kuih and Kek Khoo Eng Chee in Ipoh

If you’re in the Taman Hoover area in Ipoh and looking to get some kuihs, local snacks, and biscuits to go; check out Pusat Kuih & Kek Khoo Eng Chee. In English, it’s known as Central Bakery & Cake Khoo Eng Chee.

Khoo Eng Chee is just a few doors up from TUCK KEE RESTAURANT SDN BHD or the road behind Restoran Choong Kee “Pokok Besar”.

How to get there

Address: 38, Jalan Tokong, Taman Hoover, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

Getting around Ipoh is fairly simple; either you take a taxi, Grab, drive, or walk.

We continued our journey for the day. After breakfast at Restoran Number One Mei Sik Wan, we walked down to Khoo Eng Chee.

Pusat Kuih & Kek Khoo Eng Chee

The kuihs were freshly made on the spot. There’s Angku Pau, Fatt Gou’ (发糕), Nyonya Kuih, Kuih Koci, Pulut Udang, etc.

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Restoran Number One Mei Sik Wan for Breakfast in Ipoh

One of the place to start the day with good breakfast in Ipoh is Restoran Number One Mei Sik Wan.

How to get there

Address: 157, Jalan Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Taman Kampar, 30250 Ipoh, Perak

Getting around Ipoh is fairly simple; either you take a taxi, Grab, drive, or walk.

As it was near our AirBnb, we walked there for breakfast.

Restoran Number One Mei Sik Wan

It is a corner Chinese coffeeshop at the T-junction where Jalan Raja Permaisuri Bainun and Jalan Peh Kee Koh meet.

Here, you can find stalls selling chicken rice, wan tan mee, hakka noodles, curry mee, western food, etc.

We had wan tan mee and eggs on toast for breakfast.

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Tong Sui Kai in Ipoh for Dessert

Only opened in the evenings until early mornings in Ipoh is the popularly recommended Tong Sui Kai in Taman Jubilee.

How to get there

Address: Gerai, 9, Jalan Carey, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Tuesday
5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Wednesday
5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Thursday
5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Friday
5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Saturday
5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Sunday
5:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Getting around Ipoh is fairly simple; either you take a taxi, Grab, drive, or walk. 

Continuing our journey for the day, our van driver chauffeured us from Restaurant Kam Wan Aneka Selera to Tong Sui Kai.

Tong Sui Kai

It is literally a stretch of roadside stalls under a long shack along Jalan Carrey. Eat by the road with cars driving by and looking for parking.

In a sense, it’s like a hawker centre, but it’s not like your typical hawker centre. You can only sit at the stall area where you ordered. No cross sitting allowed.

The tables are number coded to the corresponding stalls. The table that we sat at, focused on desserts and snacks.

We had ice kacang, ching poh leong, and other snacks for supper.

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Restaurant Kam Wan Aneka Selera in Ipoh Garden

Craving for some good popiah, fried oyster, and hawker food in a food court in Ipoh? Head on to Restaurant Kam Wan Aneka Selera or also where Ipoh Garden Gourmet Square is.

How to get there

Address: Lengkok Canning, GARDEN 31400, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
2:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Tuesday
2:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Wednesday
2:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Thursday
2:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Friday
2:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Saturday
2:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Sunday
2:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Getting around Ipoh is fairly simple; either you take a taxi, Grab, drive, or walk.

Continuing from our journey, the van took us from HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng to the restaurant in Ipoh Garden. It was a 30 kilometer or about 35 minutes ride back to Ipoh town.

Restaurant Kam Wan Aneka Selera

The variety of food choices and the decoration of some stalls were impressive. 

There are stalls that sell popiah, chicken wings, chicken rice, chee cheong fun, pan mee, fried oysters, rojak, indian food, ramen, satay, etc.

We had pan mee, fried oysters, and popiah for dinner.

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HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng in Perak

Looking for a scenic spot to visit outside of Ipoh? About 30 minutes drive from Ipoh town is HOGA, Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng. When in Gopeng, it is a recommended place to visit, whether you’re on the way to Ipoh or from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur.

HOGA@Gaharu Tea Valley, Gopeng is Malaysia’s first and largest organic plantation of Gaharu or Agarwood – an endangered species.

How to get there

Address: Jalan Sungai Itek, 31600 Gopeng, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
9:15 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:15 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:15 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:15 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday
9:15 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:15 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:15 AM – 6:00 PM

As it’s outside of town, it is recommended to drive, Grab, or hire a van service. 

Since there were 15 of us in a group, we went in a hired van. We continued our journey for the day from Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village to Gaharu Tea Valley. It was a 18 km or about 30 minutes ride.

HOGA, Gaharu Tea Valley

At the base level is the registration counter, assembly area, cafe, and souvenir shop.

There is a shuttle van ride up the hill to 3 featured attractions: viewing stage and hilltop cafe, hugging park, and lover’s park. The van ride costs RM10.00 for adults and RM5.00 for children.

Every 15 minutes, there’ll be a van to shuttle passengers to the next stop. The whole tour experience took about 45 minutes. 

The van took us to the first stop at the top: Viewing Stage and Hilltop Cafe.

At the Viewing Stage and Hilltop Cafe, you get to experience a beautiful panaromic view of the tea valley. See 300 acres with 200,000 of Gaharu Agarwood produced Aquilaria trees.

Then the second stop down was the Tree Hugging Park. There were painted animal-themed trees and trees with motivational quotes and signs. You can hug the trees to destress.

Finally, the third stop down was the Lover’s Park. A colourful staircase takes you down to the central attraction – lover’s tree. See if you can spot 2 trees hugging in love with one another.

Below is a YouTube video about my experience at HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley. Appreciate your support by liking the video and subscribing to my YouTube channel.

Gaharu Tea Valley Cafe

The cafe is back on the ground level where the assembly area and ticket counter are. 

The cafe serves meals and snacks. The chef’s recommendations for meals are Gaharu Platter, Keropok Lekor with Gaharu Sauce & Cheese, Gaharu Chicken & Mushroom Sauce Ramen, and Gaharu Tea Spaghettu with Brown Chicken Chop. Then, the recommended snacks and beverages are Gaharu Waffle, Gaharu Tea Egg, Gaharu Ice-cream, and HOGA Fruit Tea.

I had the Gaharu Ice-Cream Cup. Have a taste of Gaharu ice-cream filled with koko crunch and chocolate dips.

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Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village in Ipoh

Looking for a scenic spot to visit just outside of Ipoh? Just 6 km or about 12 minutes drive from Ipoh town is Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village, which is just behind Mirror Lake Ipoh.

It is a natural area combining culture and art displays with recreational activities such as hiking, biking, and more.

How to get there

Address: 22A, Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5a, Taman Saikat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

As it’s outside of town, it is recommended to drive, Grab, or hire a van service.

Since there were 15 of us in a group, we went in a hired van. This is a continuation of our trip in Ipoh from GoChin Tambun Pomelo Agro Farm to Qing Xin Ling. You can scroll below to watch on YouTube about the 10 places we visited in 1 day.

Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village

Entry into the village is not free and comes with a fee. You can buy the entrance pass at the entrance. Refer to the image below for the entrance pass rates.

After buying the tickets, you’ve full access to the village. So, here are 6 reasons why Qing Xin Ling was and is worth the visit.


1. Enjoy animals around

There are many tortoises and fishes in the ponds. There are many geese and ducklings around the small lakes too. You can feed and take photos of the animals.

2. Ride a free trishaw

Yes, you read that right! It is free to cycle and ride the trishaw(s).

There are bicycles and trishaws placed around, which you can ride as a couple or in a group of 4 around the village. Enjoy views of the lake, mountain, and cultural buildings while on the ride.

3. Snap insta lake photos

The lake with the mountain as the backdrop, makes for good instagram shots. You may also want to take panoramic shots of the lake from the cultural houses around the lake.

4. Snap more insta photos

There are lots of signs, cultural artifacts, antique cars, and instagrammable props which you can snap photos of and with.

5. Visit cultural houses

There are olden day kampung houses of the three main races in Malaysia. Lots of antiques and vintage collections in the small houses. 

6. Walk up Memory Lane

Memory lane is an upper area you can walk up to which is quite a nice and shady walk through a narrow walkway slightly uphill. On the lower side you will find different cultures ornaments and on the upper part you need to hike to see more antique ornaments.

All in all, the whole self-tour lasted about an hour.

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GoChin Tambun Pomelo Agro Farm in Ipoh

Looking for some activities to do outside of Ipoh town? Why not visit a Pomelo farm in Tambun? There’s GoChin Tambun Pomelo Agro Farm. 

How to get there

Address: 158258A, Jalan Ampang Tambun, 31400, Ipoh, Perak Tambun, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

As it’s outside of town, it is recommended to drive, Grab, or hire a van service. Since there were 15 of us in a group, we went in a hired van.

Continuing our journey for the day, it was a 20 minutes ride from Restoran Choong Kee “Pokok Besar” to GoChin Tambun Pomelo Agro Farm. Scroll below to watch a YouTube Short about how we visited 10 places in a day in Ipoh (with this pomelo farm included).

GoChin Tambun Pomelo Agro Farm

At the front of the farm is the shop selling pomelos and fruits. You’ll notice the entrance to the shop and farm with the GBBS Gerai Buah Buahan Segar signboard.

Entrance to the farm is free. You can just walk-in and do a self-tour of the farm. The paths in the farm are properly routed and easy to follow. 

Pomelos can be are easily spotted on trees. Towards the end of the farm, you can also see some guavas growing.

You can buy some pomelos from the shop to eat at home or at the shop itself. We bought 1 pomelo and shared among ourselves.

Watch YouTube below to explore the pomelo farm.

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During our 3D2N trip in Ipoh, GoChin Tambun Pomelo Agro Farm was one of the 10 places we visited in 1 day. Watch YouTube Short below.


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