December 14, 2017

Halal Food in Kyoto

After prayer at Kyoto Mosque, we walked to the main road and found an Indian Muslim halal restaurant. Initially I wanted to bring my family to have lunch at Gion Naritaya or Naritaya Halal Yakiniku because I've heard good reviews for both places. But we were hungry and tired from all the walking at Arashiyama earlier so we just went inside the restaurant and ordered our meals.

Salman & Sohel Halal Kitchen is located near to the junction to Kyoto Mosque & Islamic Cultural Center.

Seating and arrangements inside the restaurant.

This restaurant is formerly known as Raju or this is another restaurant from the same owner. I'm not sure.


We ordered Chicken Biryani Set, Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoori Salad, Cheese Naan and Garlic Naan.

Chicken Biryani

Garlic Naan & Chicken Tikka Masala

Cheese Naan & Tandoori Salad

The food was good. I really recommend the restaurant although I think it's a little bit far from the popular attractions. But you can have your meal here after prayer at the mosque, a day at the Imperial Palace or after visiting Kyoto University as they're nearby. 

For other halal or Muslim-friendly restaurants, you can refer here.

December 13, 2017

Kyoto Mosque & Islamic Cultural Center

Muslim visitors to Kyoto need not worry when they go sightseeing around the city because there are a few places where they can perform the prayers.

I brought my family to visit the city recently so kena la proper sikit hehe. It's also good to show them how Muslim-friendly Japan is and why I love this country so much. So we went to Kyoto Mosque.

Kyoto Mosque is located at the basement of Islamic Cultural Center, in north-central Kyoto, close to the Imperial Palace.

look for this blue signage

The mosque and the Islamic Cultural Center are open from Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm ~ 6pm. If you wish to use the prayer facilities during closing hours, do make prior arrangements at the office.

The prayer hall can accommodate up to 110 people, with a curtain dividing men and women section.

women section

men section

Address: River Side Kojinguchi 1F, 92 Miyagakicho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-0853
Contact: +81 75 231 3499
Access: 6 minutes walk from Jingu Marutamachi Station (Keihan Railway)
2 minutes walk from Kojinguchi bus stop

location map

Aside from Kyoto Mosque, there are many other locations across the city for Muslim visitors to pray. Depending on the location, prayer mats and qibla indicator may be available. Please also note that some locations may require reservations in advance for use of prayer spaces.

You can check the locations here .

December 11, 2017

JJCM : Ladurée Malaysia

If you've been to Paris, or if you're one with a sweet tooth, I'm pretty sure you know Ladurée. 
Following the footsteps of its sister company PAUL, one of the world's best known macaron maker has finally arrived in Malaysia y'all. 

Opening its door since Nov 24th in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, KLites can now enjoy the extravagant and delectable afternoon tea experience that Ladurée is famous for, on top of indulging in its signature macarons, in its luxurious seating space.

outside seating

inside seating

I wasted no time and visited the outlet recently because I miss the macaron! The last time I bought and ate it was in Singapore's Takashimaya (Ladurée's first SEA outlet) a few years back.

According to the staff at the counter, the most popular flavors are Pistachio, Vanilla, Rose Petal, and Raspberry. The other classic flavors available are Coffee, Orange Blossom, Lemon, Chocolate, Vanilla Lime and Liquorice. 

Mind you, the price is on the upperside. A macaron cost a whopping RM12 per piece for classic flavors (the premium flavors, the Gold Chocolate and Silver Vanilla, cost RM18 for one). Yup.. RM12 for that colorful little round thing. Just one pop, and RM12 gone. 

Is it really worth the price? It is! The macarons are heavenly! But only once in a while la to satisfy my cravings. Nak beli selalu menangis la jugak hahahaha.  

If you're planning to get the macarons as a gift this festive season, you can get them in gift boxes as below.

gift boxes

the Cristal Collection

the Napoleon Collection. You can choose the color of the box :)

Or get the shopping bag.

Anyway, other than macarons, Ladurée also offers mouth-watering selections of pastries and desserts, as well as meat and fish main dishes to choose from.

Here's the menu if you would like to hang out there.

Macaron is a must buy but my sister and I also tried the Whole Burger and Vol au vent.

Raspberry and Vanilla

 Vol au vent

Oh my God.. this was sooo good!

Whole burger

The burger was also not bad!

 Overall, I am happy Ladurée is here. Another place to hang out and have that weekend date with a bestie or a loved one. 

tapau to eat at home

little niece with the Cristal Collection

Napoleon box

Chocolate, Pistachio, Coffee, Lemon, Vanilla, Raspberry

Lot 3.32, Level 3, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur (Couture Wing, in front of Hermes)
Opening hours: 10am ~ 10pm
Contact: 03-2110 3747
Facebook: Laduree Malaysia
Instagram: @ladureemalaysia