Thursday, 23 January 2020

Aceh Trip : Flight and Accommodation

This was our second visit to Aceh, after the trip in 2017. Y'all can read all about it here.


Flight
Air-Asia flight at 0740, 1 hour 30 minutes journey, RM170 per person for return tickets.

Accommodation
This time around, we spent 4 nights in Pulau Weh. 2 nights in Iboih Inn and 2 nights with  Freddie's Sumur Tiga. We didn't spend much time at Banda Aceh as we had pretty much covered the main attractions the last time we were there. 

Last time we stayed at Iboih Inn and we loved it, so here we are again!

We booked the waterfront room 6 months prior to our trip since last time we only managed to stay at the garden sea view room.


View from our room. Unfortunately, we didn't take any pictures of the room interior. But there's a king-sized bed, water dispenser, attached bedroom with water heater, AC and mosquito net.

Sunrise view



*From their website*

To get here, you can opt to hike up a hill (20 minutes) or they'll fetch you at the jetty (obviously we chose the latter). 😅

They provided snorkelling gear for a fee but this time we didn't use it as it's the jellyfish season and we were scaredy pants (although they already told us that this particular species didn't sting at all). Hahaha

So in Iboih Inn, the breakfast is provided. For lunch and dinner, you can just order at their cafe. And the payment will be done during checkout. You can use credit card but there will be a 2% charge.

And oh their policy requires for full payment before arrival to book the room.
The rate was IDR750,000 per night (including breakfast) so we paid about RM450 for the room.

After 2 nights in Iboih, we went to the other side of the island at Pantai Sumur Tiga. And oh my God, the view was to die for. It was totally different from Iboih Inn. I immediately fell in love!!

We stayed at Freddies Santai Sumurtiga.


If you recall, I was contemplating to stay at Freddies during our 2017 trip but since they didn't have AC, it was kind of a deal-breaker. This time though, we thought to just gamble with it after so so many great reviews online and we didn't regret it a little bit.

It was so cold and windy at night! 

View from our bed
View from our balcony
The restaurant

The famed pizza; Freddie's Favourite Pizza. So good!
They also have in-house masseuse. And they did organised everything for us while we were there. Would definitely visit the place again!!

Although they offer a buffet option for dinner, I would suggest to just order ala-carte as we didn't like the food much. Some of it is a hit and miss but some; really good like fried rice and pizza.

The rate at Freddies is IDR375,000 per night excluding breakfast. So we spent about RM250 for the room there.

I'll share more on our itinerary soon!
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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Recipe : Sizzling Yee Mee

I've made this a few times before using multiple different recipes, but this particular recipe is the best!

So I thought I'll share it here just for reference.

Ingredients :

  • Few slices of ginger
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 5 dried chillies (soaked in warm water)
  • Chicken breast
  • 4 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoon of dark soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon of sweet soy sauce
  • Shitake mushroom
  • Green veges (sawi / bok choy)
  • Egg
  • Yee Mee
  • Corn starch
  • Chicken cube
  • Salt

Steps
  • Pound the garlic and ginger
  • Heat some cooking oil and add in the pounded ingredients plus the dried chillies
  • Once it becomes fragrant, add the chicken slices and stir continuously
  • When the chicken is almost cooked, add in 3 cups of water
  • Now add the sauces (oyster, dark sauce and sweet sauce) and chicken cube
  • Make sure the heat is on low
  • Add a tablespoon of cornstarch into a bowl with water and add em in
  • Finally, add the mushroom and vegas. And salt to taste
  • In another pot, boil water. Soak the yee mee until it's not crispy. Should not take longer than 1 minute. Toss it.
  • Time to assemble!
  • In a rather flat pan, put some yee mee. Add in the broth and crack an egg. Let it simmer for a while and it's ready to eat!



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