Open suitcase interview with Tony Chong
From Barnana in Kuching (Malaysia).
Hi Tony, how are you?
Tony: I am fine! Thank you!
What’s typical food or drink from Malaysia?
Tony: Typical foods? There are A LOT! Something must not be missed will be the traditional Nasi Lemak, it is hot rice cooked with fragrant coconut extracts, sides with very local made Sambal (spicy stuff), eggs & some times it comes with curry! And never forget the Bak-Kut-Teh, it’s pork cook in a hot pot with herbs, the taste will leave you an unforgettable memory! Drinks? Try to get a ‘Tuak’ when you’re travelling in Sarawak (east of Malaysia), it’s a traditional brew of rice wine, home-made by the native ethnic, you can find it only in Sarawak.
You’re a real business man. When did that passion begin?
Tony: It all begins with how much I love to drink BEERS! I forgot when precisely..haha!
Which countries did you visit lately?
Tony: I’ve traveled to Singapore, Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Bangkok in Thailand, Taiwan, Beijing in China, Jogja & Bali in Indonesia, Kathmandu in Nepal, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Abu Dhabi, England & Scotland in the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland & Italy!
What’s your favorite country to visit? Why?
Tony: My favorite countries will be Germany & Switzerland! Because German beers are the best & Cheeses in Switzerland are AWESOME! 😀
What’s your favorite city to visit? Why?
Tony: My favorite cities will be Cologne in Germany, Lucerne & Interlaken in Switzerland, Florence in Italy, Paris in France, and of course Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Did you visit the Netherlands? If yes, what do you like the most about the Netherlands?
Tony: Yes I’ve been to the Netherlands! I love the cold breezes and the kind people! It makes me feel safe & peaceful.. And I love herrings & stroop waffles!!! Also KLM fleets! Hehehe
What’s your favorite food and drink?
Tony: My favorite foods? It’ll take the whole page if I’m going to speak them all! I’ll say the Bak-Kut-Teh is on top of the list, the Nasi Lemak, Satay (Malay style chicken skewer), Mamak Mee (Indian style fried noodles), Chinese Dim Sum, Laksa (Malaysian spicy vermicelli cooked with spicy broth with coconut milk), and a lot more~ My favorite drinks will be a cold pint of beer, some times I drinks Chinese Herbal Tea too, the sweet one of course, NEVER GO FOR THE BITTER ONE! NO ONE SHOULD TRY THAT!
What kind of food from Barnana would you like to share with us?
Tony: Foods in BARnana…. Hemm, never missed our famous Grill Bacon Rolls, it’s a special little roll that we put bacons & mushrooms together so it gives a perfect texture in your mouth, grilled to perfection of course, also our chicken prawn rolls, where fresh chicken & fresh sea prawns blends so well under a crispy skin, everybody loves that! By the way, can I upload my menu here?? Hahahaha!
If you’re travelling, which things do you never leave behind?
Tony: My wife… Because she’s my tour leader, GPS, directory, financial advisor, safety box, companion, photographer, and anything you can think of.. LOL, but seriously, a good camera follows everywhere I go. Travel light and wear less! Because it’s hot here and we have plenty of night markets so you can get anything you need here! Be sure to book your hotel room in advance as the hotels are fully occupied most the time! Some states in Malaysia have very busy traffic (e.g Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Johor Bharu), be specific of the places you wanted to visit, plan the routes in advance so it’ll save you a lot more time! Plan your transportation too, public transport in Malaysia is nothing like Europe or any other places on earth & most importantly, be ready to get FAT because foods here are delicious!
What’s the best moment you’ve experienced during your travels?
Tony: My best moment of travel, will be on 20th September 2011, the day I proposed to my wife under the Eiffel Tower of Paris. Crowds are looking at us when I kneel and she was stunt but embarrassed. I passed my camera to a random stranger and asked them to take a video about it, that’s the best moment of all travel experience..
Do you have tips when followers of Liefde Voor Reizen would like to visit Malaysia?
Tony: Travel light and wear less! Because it’s hot here and we have plenty of night markets so you can get anything you need here! Be sure to book your hotel room in advance as the hotels are fully occupied most the time! Some states in Malaysia have very busy traffic (e.g Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Johor Bharu), be specific of the places you wanted to visit, plan the routes in advance so it’ll save you a lot more time! Plan your transportation too, public transport in Malaysia is nothing like Europe or any other places on earth & most importantly, be ready to get FAT because foods here are delicious!
Barnana Wine & Dine
Sunday, Tuesday to Thursday 4.30pm to 12.00am
Friday & Saturday 4.30pm to 1.00am
Happy Hours 4.30pm to 9.00pm
Closed on Monday