Medan MUST EATS

Bakmie Hok Seng: Noodles with seafood – prawn, fish slices, fish cake, fish ball, crab meat, oyster, fried pork skin and egg.

Address: Jln. A. Yani No. 17, Medan 20111, Indonesia


Tabona Curry Beehoon: Curry chicken and beef beehoon (rice vermicelli) noodles.

Address: Jl. Mangkubumi No. 17


Nasi Goreng Pemuda: Nasi goreng (fried rice) stall on a street which is only open for dinner. They serve fried rice with small beef cubes or plain fried rice and you can top it up with an egg (omelette or sunny side up). Portions are small so they put extra plates of fried rice on your table and they only add it to your bill if you eat it.

Address: Jl. Pemuda (Jl. Mangkubumi), Medan, North Sumatra 20151


Tip Top Bakery: Old school restaurant best known for their cakes and pastries. They sell an international variety of food – Dutch, Chinese, Indonesian and Western. Very popular chill out spot for tourists. I recommend to try their grills (I like the ‘bistik ayam‘ – chicken steak the best) and a slice of their rich creamy cakes (I like the ‘moorkop‘ – puff coated in chocolate sauce and ‘taartjes mocha‘ – mocha cake).

Address: Jl. Jendral Ahmad Yani No. 92 A-B, Kesawan, Medan Bar., Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20111, Indonesia


Tiong Sim Mie: Chinese wonton noodles topped with sliced char siew (bbq pork), green onions, fried pork skin, green onions and chinese green vegetables.

Address: Jl. Surabaya


Soto Sinar Pagi: Soto is a meat (chicken, beef or prawn) coconut soup which is eaten with perkedal kentang (potato fritter) and rice. This soto restaurant is very popular and almost always packed.

Address: Jl. Sei Deli No.2, Silalas, Medan Bar., Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20236, Indonesia


Selat Panjang: A street of food stalls selling a wide variety of different dishes – sate padang, char kway tiao, hokkien mie, char siew sio bak rice, nasi hainam, es campur, kueh-kueh, martabak and many more. You simply choose a food stall to sit inside and you can order any food found in the whole stretch of the street (you don’t even need to order any food from the stall you are eating at).

Address: Selat Panjang


Macehat: Coffee shop best known for their avocado coffee. Avocado juice is very popular and common in Indonesia which is blended avocado, sugar syrup and chocolate syrup. This avocado coffee is just about the same but is topped with milo powder and a side of espresso shot.

Address: Jl. Karo No. 20, Petisah Tengah, Medan Petisah, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20112, Indonesia


Ucok Durian: A durian eating house. Whether or not durian is in season they will always have an unending supply of durians and customers can choose their own durian.

Address: Jl. Pelajar No. 46 Medan

Tokyo MUST EATS

Ichiran Ramen: Popular ramen restaurant. Ichiran Ramen has outlets all over Japan and are always packed. You pre-order and pay using a machine before seated and fill a form stating your desired spice level, onion preference etc. along with your receipt for your ordered foods. They are also known for their private eating cubicles if you eat alone at the restaurant.


Daiwa Sushi: Situated in Tsukiji Market, this small sushi restaurant serves the freshest sushis in front of your eyes. Be sure to arrive early – well before lunch time as a long queue will form.


Maison Tonkatsu: The best and most famous tonkatsu restaurant in Tokyo. Definitely the best pork tonkatsu I have ever had.


Dominique Ansel Bakery: Home of the cronut, originally from NYC. The Dominique Ansel Bakery in Tokyo serves many of their original signature desserts including the cookie shot and frozen smore, but they also added desserts with a Japanese twist in their Japanese menu. These include onigiri soft serve ice cream and soft serve ice cream with grilled corn.


Bake: Famous cheese tart shop originally from Japan. Bake cheese tarts are lighter and more airy than regular cheese tarts but the flavour of the cheese is just as tasty as regular cheese tarts. They have several outlets overseas but only the outlets in Japan sell soft serve ice cream. Must try their soft serve ice cream which has a slight hint of cheese flavour – equally satisfying as their cheese tarts.


Pablo: Japanese cheese tart shop. Pablo has a wide range of different cheese tart flavours, sizes (bite size to whole large tarts). Their cheese tarts are richer and creamier making the flavour of the cheese stronger – perfect for cheese lovers and people who enjoy heavier and more tasty desserts.

Melbourne MUST EATS

Chin Chin: Thai Asian fusion restaurant serving unique dishes including kingfish sashimi in tangy chili lime sauce and a wide variety signature Thai dishes.


Kettle Black: Trendy brunch cafe well-known for their pancake garnished with colourful edible flowers.


YOMG Yo My Goodness: Most popular for their burgers, shakes and self-serve frozen yogurt.


Mr Burger: Popular burger joint  known for their food truck which can be found in several different locations all over Melbourne as well as their permanent stores.


Mekong: Authentic Vietnamese restaurant almost always packed but you will always manage to find a seat. Best known for their pho noodles with beef balls and slices as well as broken rice. Even Bill Clinton has eaten here!


Menya Ramen: They serve the best ox tongue rice topped with green onions and chili padi.


Funk Fish @Queen Victoria Market: Popular for their fresh fish and chips as well as fresh seafood dishes.


Brunetti: Italian cafe serving a wide array of high quality cakes and desserts.


Gelato Messina: One of the most famous gelato shops in Australia.

 

Los Angeles MUST EATS

In-N-Out Burger: My favourite burger joint. Must try their cheeseburger, not-so-secret anymore animal style fries and milkshakes.


Habit Burger: Great burgers (ranked no. 1 burger joint  in California). Just like In-N-Out, the must try items are their cheeseburgers, fries and milkshakes.


Mendocino Farms: Perfect place for good quality sandwiches and a wide array of side salads, pastas and etc. I had the Kurobuta Pork Belly Banh Mi and it was just what I was craving for and loved it.


Blaze Pizza: DIY pizza joint. The whole pizza making process is done in front of your very own eyes – doesn’t get any fresher than this. Went there a few times and every combination I made was so delicious. I don’t think you can possibly go wrong with any combination you choose.


Porto’s: Cuban bakery and cafè with a very wide array of cakes, bread, biscuits, sandwiches and many more. They are well-known for their cheese rolls and cakes. I had the Cubano sandwich which was served with plantain chips and cheese rolls both of which I enjoyed very much.


Buca di Beppo: Italian restaurant. This is a chain restaurant which you can find in several locations. They serve very authentic and high quality Italian food. I loved every dish we ordered especially the fried calamaris. The restaurant ambiance makes you feel like you’re in Italy filled with antique decorations.


Boiling Crab: Perfect restaurant for seafood lovers. They serve your choice of seafood in a bag with your choice of sauce and spice level. Their fried oysters are delicious too. Be sure to arrive there early as there is often a long line.


Brodard: My favourite Vietnamese restaurant in LA. Must try their pork spring rolls as well as pho and broken rice.


BCD Tofu House: Korean restaurant joint. They are most famous for their tofu and sizzling kimchi soups. I really liked the kimchi dumpling soup.