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Invited: Bora Bora by Sunset @ Batu Ferringhi, Penang.

The bistro equipped with greenery, thatching, dim lights, DJ platform, Shisha bar, pool table, beers, antique and vintage decorations to give it a lively Bali nightlife-like ambiance.

Xuan Xin Steamboat @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

Lok Lok does not make any hygienic sense? Well, this should not be an issue with the introduction of air-conditioned Lok Lok-oriented restaurant, Xuan Xin Steamboat.

I Mum Mum Restaurant @ Pengkalan Weld, Penang.

My visit ended up in disappointment as i had high expectations on the restaurant after going through a few reviews but they were written two years ago.

Strawberry Forever @ Sungai Pinang, Penang.

Strawberry Forever is actually a strawberry-themed dessert cafe which is based in Hong Kong but has now extended their business by opening their 3rd outlet at Penang's shoreline.

Brunch Buffet at Spice Market Cafe @ Rasa Sayang Resort.

The diversity in food offered reflects the cultural diversity in this multiracial country. The buffet theme is changed once a week.

Cheese Fondue at De Title Dining Cabin @ Lorong Selamat.

The cheese was mouth-watering with a mix of sweetness, sourness and saltiness as well as rich creaminess, strong tanginess but it was full of a strong trace of Mayonnaise.

Hot Bowl Nyonya Delights @ Abu Siti Lane, Penang.

Just because of White Curry Mee, the owner of Hot Bowl not only appeared in numerous local newspapers but was also featured in 8TV Ho Chak programme.

Face to Face Noodles House @ Penang Times Square, Penang.

Great news for noodle lovers: Now you can enjoy bowl of hot noodles in a cool hygienic air conditioned surrounding. Face to Face Noodles House has officially opened their 16th outlet.

Revisiting Delicious Cafe @ Straits Quay, Penang.

You see, large crowds and long waiting list are normal, even on weekdays. In this particular review, i am squeezing in my past three revisitings which all ended up happy and satisfied.

Invited: Grand Opening of Dragon9ine @ Belissa Row, Penang.

Dragon9ine (traditional Chinese: 九龍餐廳) is one of the latest modern Chinese-based restaurant that hits the town. I, along with the other bloggers were treated to an exquisite fine dining experience.

Oh Sushi @ Straits Quay, Penang.

I found the restaurant exterior design less attractive because the side facing the car park has nothing but a white wall and a main door which is made of glass and wood planks.

Kok Beng Chicken Rice @ Taiping, Perak.

4 years ago, Guang Ming Daily in association with NTV7 aired a TV show in which top 10 Malaysian Hainanese Chicken Rice are being picked and honourably Kok Beng's was one of them.

Amelie Cafe @ Armenian Street, Penang.

Amelie Cafe which is situated on this old road right next to Cheah Kongsi was once a very hot topic as a result of its uniquity and of course, has caught eyes of numerous bloggers.

Invited Review: D'Dapor Express @ Lebuh Union, Penang.

D'Dapor Express is a spacious modern Halal air-conditioned WiFi-available restaurant with classic style interior in which photographs of old Penang streets and buildings filled up the walls.

New Mizi Bistro @ Tesco Tanjung Pinang, Penang.

Mizi Bistro made its name with its very first outlet at New World Park. The first outlet might be small but in my experience, it is congested every time i walk pass it.

PappaRich @ Straits Quay, Penang.

PappaRich is a franchised Hainanese kopitiam-styled cafe which was initially established in 2005. The cafe concept is similar with Old Town Cafe, serving a multitude of local delicacies, beverages and bread.

Invited: Dinner With Chef Chen Hong @ Golden Thai.

It was a real honour to have dinner with Chef Chen Hong, to have such close contact with him and to share his food experience from all parts of the Earth. He is so friendly and he is irreplaceable.

Invited Review : De Title Dining Cabin @ Lorong Selamat.

Somewhere in the middle of the road, there is a heritage building which is painted in very distinctive lilac colour. You name it and they will make it.

Lao Sher Tea House @ Burma Road, Penang.

The tea house is situated opposite of the Public Specialist Centre and it is a member of Penang Heritage Trust. Judging from the exterior design, you will only expect it is nothing else but a tea house.

Blue Reef @ Straits Quay, Penang.

Blue Reef first made its name at Casa Permai 2, Tanjung Bungah before sealing a move to the latest seaside complex mall, Straits Quay. Two days ago, i have finally stepped into this restaurant along with my other half.

Caffe Strada @ Krystal Point, Penang.

Strada Caffe or Caffe Strada has been on my hunting list for a long while due to its strategic location and its attractive exterior. It is situated at Krystal Point, neighbouring La Mei Zi, Domino's Pizza, Korea Palace etc.

Charlie Brown Cafe Soft Opening @ Straits Quay, Penang.

Charlie Brown with his troop of friends invaded Penang island. The first Charlie Brown Cafe in Malaysia has officially opened and i was there during the opening.

Revisiting Charlie Brown Cafe @ Straits Quay, Penang.

The soft opening of Charlie Brown Cafe was not a smooth and they promised will continue to improve. Due to a good feedback from my friend, i have decided to visit the cafe once more and made a revaluation.

Chicago Rib House 1st Anniv Promo @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

Chicago Rib House was originally located at Autocity for a year plus before eventually moving to Gurney Plaza. Time flies and now, they are celebrating its one year old birthday by launching a promotion.

Delicious Cafe @ Straits Quay, Penang.

Overall, every extra penny deserves its value. I found the prices quite reasonable for such truly scrumptious homemade food in such lovely dining environment.

Swez Brasserie Semi Buffet Dinner @ Eastin Hotel Penang.

It was my other half's 19th birthday and i brought her to Swez Brasserie which is located on level 1 of Eastin Hotel Penang after a deep survey.

Xuan Xin Restaurant @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

The place is normally crowded during weekends as it serves as a perfect spot for a harmony family dining.The square foot of the restaurant is believed to be 10 times larger than that of its sister outlet.

Sushi Feasta at Sakae Sushi @ Queensbay Mall, Penang.

For your information, Sakae Sushi has launched their Red Fiesta Week, they are offering a free red plate sushi for each red plate sushi that you have purchased.I have grabbed six of them, how about you?

James Foo Western Food @ Fettes Park, Penang.

The family started their business humbly, from sub stall to otheir own outlet. Their success is seen and proven by the official opening of their brand new outlet.

Sweet-i Tong Sui House @ Sungai Dua, Penang.

Five years ago, they started their Tong Sui stall business by the roadside. They finally managed to move into a terraced house from a humble make-shift stall.

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt @ Bayan Bay, Penang.

Now, Penangites don't have to travel all the way to Island Plaza for the Froyo. Tutti Frutti has officially opened a new outlet at Bayan Bay, just opposite of Queensbay Mall.

5-Course Lunch at Santorini Cafe @ Burma Road, Penang.

I never know the existence of this cafe as it is shadowed by Chew Tian Yang Aquarium twenty four seven. Totally out of my expectation, the food was very distinct in its own way.

April Grill Catch @ Manhattan Fish Market, Queensbay Mall.

How long have you queued for this? The temporary price tag made the Fish N' Chips super worth trying but the taste is not worth for standing there, waiting for an hour.

Xuan Xin Ramen Kitchen @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

I have been here a few times and all those visits resulted in super satisfaction, excluding the recent one, the one i am writing about it now.

Darren Invades Kampar!

My family and i traveled all way down from Penang to KL, we dropped by at Kampar to have our lunch. With my brother's previous 2 years living experience in Kampar, we managed to try out the finest local food there.

Mizi Bistro @ New World Park, Penang.

I have tasted the Classic Three Combo and the famous Seafood Kebab. Kindly click on the title above to read the full review.

Plus 2 Restaurant @ Sungai Dua, Penang.

This was my second visit to this restaurant which is famous for its Marmite Chicken. Of course, the reputed dish was served on my table. Kindly click the title above to take a look at this delicious thingy!

Fried Rice at Goodall Cafe @ Gottlieb Road, Penang.

The fried rice there may be famous among Ping Hwa students. It is well known for its very yummy green sambal which copes well the fried rice. No more nonsenses, click on the title above to take a look at it!

Roti Bakar Kopitiam @ Ivory Plaza, Penang.

Reviews regarding deep fried crab meat rolls, seafood ginger milk bee hoon and rice. Kindly click on the title above to read the full review.

Ceri Food and Beverage Outlet @ Dato Keramat, Penang.

Roti Canai, topped with spicy curry, is slotted into my mouth. Kindly click on the title above to read the full review.

Wah Meng Cafe @ Ayer Itam Market, Penang.

One of the best claypot noodles in Penang. Roti Tissue is another must dish. Kindly click on the title above to get the full review.

Mee Goreng and Mee Rebus @ Sungai Pinang, Penang.

My all-time favourite mee goreng. Guess what? The stall does have a history of at least 40 years. Click on the title above to check it out.

Zim Sum Restaurant @ Anson Road, Penang.

I just had a wonderful yum cha time along with my family. Hong Kong Chee Cheung Fun and Dim Sum were some gread add-ons. Kindly hit the title above to read the full review.

Seven Bistro @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

A friend's belated birthday treat. Have tried out the infamous Spanish Grilled Chicken and Spicy Clams Spaghetti. Kindly hit the title above to read the full review..

Xuan Xin Ramen Kitchen @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

Reviews regarding deep fried eel, soup Ramen and fried seafood Ramen. Kindly click on the title above to read the full review.

Bar-B-Q Plaza @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

Reviews on peculiar Mongolian and Japanese style barbecue. Kindly click on the title above to read the full review.

Chicago Rib House @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

I wrote about bacon and chicken burger, grilled blackened catch and Brownie Ice Cream. Kindly hit the title above to read the full review.

Tao-Cuisine @ Autocity, Juru.

I had Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet on my birthday. Kindly hit the title above to read the full review.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

600cc Taiwanese Restaurant @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

I was supposed to accompany my other half to have dinner as i have already eaten my dinner.
We have chosen this Taiwanese restaurant which is situated at the lower ground floor.
In the beginning, i did not order anything and not intending to order a single thing.
I kept watching my other half enjoying her Taiwanese Original Beef Noodle Soup which is the signature dish of the restaurant.
Having tried the noodle for a few times, and the noodle turn out to be alright every try.
The soup was a little bit spicy and there was a Chinese herbal aroma.
The noodles was way different from the hawker stalls' ones of course.
It was chewy and springy, it went so well with the very best soup.
What my other half ordered was actually a set meal which is priced at around 14 bucks.
A glass of milk tea or coffee is included in every set meal.
I highly recommend this famous Beef Soup Noodle!

Finally, i can't resist the temptation and ordered a Taiwanese Steak Rice, which cost me 14 bucks.
A bowl of clear soup was served.
The steak was special as it was topped with a special Taiwanese sauce, which you can't taste it in Penang.
My fully-cooked beef combined very well with the sauce, thumbs up!
The sauce tasted a bit salty, but it was very unique, i couldn't explain with words.
I just knew a thing, yum yum!

Joez Coconut Jelly @ Penang.

Well, this may be considered as the most famous coconut jelly in Penang.
In fact, it is now expanding to KL in which they are opening a kiosk there.
Joez Coconut Jelly is located along Dato Keramat Road, before the turning to Patani Road.
It was a hot day, my bro have bought me a coconut jelly to cool myself down.
Thanks, bro!

Let's see what i have got there.
The smaller-sized and younger coconut was wrapped with preservative film in order to maintain the freshness of the coconut.
There was a sticker which prove that the jelly is a production of Joez Coconut Jelly.
In fact, there are a lot of imitations outside.

Let's get the coconut undressed.
You will need a metal tablespoon to ease the peeling of flesh away from the coconut skin.
No more nonsensical words, the opaque jelly itself was sweet and wiggly.
The fruity sweetness was way different from sugar, as it was pure natural glucose.
I heard that they roasted the coconut in a oven and immediately stored it in a cold surrounding.
That made a big portion of the coconut water turning into jelly.
Besides its pureness, the best part is that the jelly was very refreshing!
Eating the jelly along with the flesh, it will be a perfect match.
It helped a lot in releasing my internal heat energy.
The only thing that have caused my dissatisfactory was the price.
Each coconut jelly was priced at 3.70 bucks.
I remember my mom once bought a taste-alike coconut jelly for only 3 bucks.
May be Joez Coconut Jelly is way better in term of pureness?

Address : 201 Jalan Dato Keramat, Georgetown, 10150 Pulau Pinang.
Tel. no. :
04-229 6063

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Western Food and Mee Sotong @ Esplanade, Penang.

Esplanade may be a tourist attraction and a very historical site.
But, do you know that there is a food court just right next to Fort Cornwallis?
I can't really remember my first visit to the food court.
Should be at least 10 years ago.

The Mee Sotong is super famous among Penangites, and the same for the western food there.
Let's take a look at what have i ordered.
Everybody did have Fish & Chips before, but how about Fish & Prawns?
Fish & Pranws is the signature dish of the western food stall.
By the way, the stall does sell Hainanese Fried Bee Hoon and fried rice which are both quite cheap and tasty.
Actually, i did ordered a Fish & Chips and Fish & Prawns, which were priced at 6.50 bucks and 7.50 bucks respectively.
But i wonder why, they looked the same in my photos.
Of course, Mee Sotong was ordered for sharing.

Western food was first to be served.
A generous amount of Tartar sauce was given and slices of lettuce, tomatoes, baked beans and fries were served along with all western food dishes.
The two deep fried fish fillets which were not covered with a thick layer of flour tasted fine.
A little bit crispy on the outside, and fresh juicy flesh in the inside.
Nothing special for the Fish & Chips though.
What i must emphasise is the French fries which are comparable to Nando's ones.

Finally, it was prawn time!
Fish & Prawns did consist of one piece of fish fillet and about 3-4 pieces of deep fried prawns, which you may see their tails.
The golden brown prawns were firm and the texture was way softer and different from fishes.
Besides, it gave out sweetness with a weak fresh fishy odor.
Dipping the prawns in the Tartar sauce totally enhances the taste.

Here came the Mee Sotong while our plates were on the verge of being empty.
Can you imagine its good business? Or its poor efficiency?
Be cautious as the mee was very spicy.
The mee was considered yummy but seriously, there was a strong food seasoning feel.
With a price tag of 4 bucks, i felt that it was slightly expensive, compared with the others.
But, there was quite a lot of squid.

Advice : Don't ever intend to have lunch at there unless you have a lot of time to spare. The food court's peak hour is around lunch time. Besides, the parking lots around Esplanade will be totally occupied during lunch hour.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Bak Kut Teh @ Sungai Dua, Penang.

Today was quite an unfortunate day for me.
Guess what? My family and i were intending to have the reputed Sungai Nibong Bah Kut Teh for dinner.
Travelling for quite some distance there.
In the end, the whole food court was closed for business.

Never mind then, plan B was launched and we ended up in the Seong Huat Food Court which is located at Jalan Merak, Sungai Dua.
Well, i am not familiar with the area, so i can't explain how to travel there.
A site map should be able to show correct and accurate ways.
The food court was fulled of college students as USM is just in vicinity.
The dry Bah Kut Teh there was quite famous among students.
I had it once, it was fine.
But, that did not happen tonight.

It was hard to find a parking place though.
Finally, everything has settled down, we ordered the Bah Kut Teh.
We were given an alphabet, quite systematic huh.
Within 5 minutes, our things were served.
I can see that my family members were all shocked.
We have ordered 4 single sets, in which 2 of them were wet Bah Kut Teh while the other 2 were dry ones.
What i can see on the table was only a claypot of wet one and another claypot of dry one and the portions of both Bah Kut Teh were so small until we thought that they were actually single sets.
But, the lady claimed that each claypot was meant for two person.
I stirred the soup, and question marks began to appear on my mind.
Is this really meant for 2?

With a bad mood, we finished our dinner.
Regarding the wet Bah Kut Teh, the soup was sweet and the herbal taste was still there.
Honestly, the soup was mouthwatering but i doubted that how many meat balls were there.
Maybe only 3 of them?

Speaking of the dry Bah Kut Teh, it was tasty but it was damn fake.
The gravy was thick and a little bit salty, coped with spicy flavour.
God damn it, it was totally fake and should be known as Kung Pao (宫保) Bah Kut and not dry Bah Kut Teh.
It had not even a sign of dry Bah Kut Teh.
Despite all the negative comments made, i still adored the gravy a lot!

The yam rice was aromatic and formed a perfect match with the soup, yums!

Oh ya, before i forgot, there was another major disappointment as the you char kway (油条) was all sold out.
This meal cost us 31 bucks, with only 5 bowls of yam rice and the things i have mentioned above.
Overall, the meal tasted fine, but the price was a blast. Sigh!

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sunshine Square Food Court @ Bayan Baru, Penang.

There may be only a few cheap dining places at Bayan Baru area, and Sunshine Square Food Court is one of them and there are at least 30 hawker stalls there.
What a variety of choices of food to choose from.
The food court is one of my daily lunch hot spots.

Today, i went there and had the famous CK Claypot Chicken Rice.
When it was served, i was pretty astonished as the portion was so small.
But actually, it was the big-sized claypot which makes the portion looked little.
5 bucks for this peculiar thing which is sold by the hawker stall located just beside the only Western Food stall.
The gravy was in the very balance, not too salty and yet not-so-plain.
Besides, the rice was cooked in the brown claypot along with egg, chicken and gravy inside.
That particularly heated up everything and hot foods always taste better.
Just stir everything, and then taste it.
It will be a hit!

The next thing to be served was the Fried Fish Bee Hoon which was priced at 5 bucks.
The stall is situated just next to the Yuvanari Indian Food Stall.
I was satisfied and i adored the weak scorching smell which makes the Bee Hoon special.
Regarding the deepfried fish fillets, they were fine.
Overall, it tasted so-so.
By the way, there is another stall around my residential area selling the same particular thing which is more delicious and cheaper.
I will write a review about it soon.
Stay tune!

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Brunch at Roti Bakar Kopitiam @ Ivory Plaza, Penang.

Well, as the restaurant is in vicnity with my college, my other half and i always travel here to have lunch.
Today was no exception and this is the second review regarding the cafe.
Click here for the previous one.
With voucher which i have won from Foodtok, we managed to get 30% off the total bill.
It is pretty easy to win the vouchers.
All you have to do is just to have something at Roti Bakar Kopitiam and then just post a review with at least a picture attached here.
Thank you, Foodtok!

Let's see what have we got here.
Oh, it was our all-time favourite Seafood Ginger Milk Bee Hun, which is priced at around 6 bucks.
The mixing of the sweetness of seafood and the nutritional milk, here born the pleasing soup.
I guarantee you won't stop slurping it until the very last drop of the soup.
Two thumbs up!

Today, i took a gamble by trying a dish that was totally new to me.
It was the Honey Chicken Ham Steak Rice, which caused my 6 bucks to fly away.
Guess what? The portion was even bigger than how it supposed to be as shown on the menu!
I took my first bite, and i was really amazed.
The chicken ham tasted a bit similar to our so-called canned ham, it tasted a bit sweet and salty.
The difference was that the chicken ham was thicker, more compact.
The flesh was extremely soft and very chewy.
Besides, they grilled the ham after marinating it with honey.
The honey and the food oil absorbed even made the ham more scrumptious.
I was the winner!!

Oopsy daisy, i totally forgotten about our beverage.
We have ordered a glass of Iced Hazelnut Chocolate.
Of course you can't compare it with Starbucks coffee.
With a price tag of only 4.50 bucks, it was certainly a great drink to refresh your day.

Last but not the least, the 4.20 bucks deep fried crab meat rolls was the last to be served.
We always have this as our appetizer.
Apparently, the rolls were not as tasty as always.
I suspect that the rolls were just readied in the nick of time and i could see that part of the onion stuffed inside the roll was not fully-cooked.
But, the taste was still within my range of acceptation.

Address : 1-1-5 Plaza Ivory, Halaman Bukit Gambir, 11700 Gelugor, Penang
Operating hours : 0830 to 2230
Tel. no. : 04-6595989

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sakae Sushi @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

Today was the second anniversary of my other half and i.
We have spent our day at Gurney Plaza.
What we had for lunch was Sakae Sushi as Japanese food is always our cup of tea.
I do adore the computerized food ordering system!

Got to get something that could awaken my senses, Wasabi to enhance the tastiness of our salmon sushi.
In fact, the salmon sushi which was priced at 1.90 bucks was really a bargain but the it got not much salmon taste.

Alright, folks, fork and spoon time!!
The Salmon and Terriyaki Chicken Bento, which came with Miso soup, Chawanmushi and rice was first served.
The Bento cost us 22.90 bucks.
Regarding the salmon, it was fine, not-so-fresh but still considered as fresh.
The yummy thingy was the Terriyaki chicken.
The Terriyaki sauce was sweet, syrupy and little bit tangy, great!
I need not to say anything about the Miso soup and Chawanmushi cause they will never worth a yuck.

Next, was the Saba and Soft Shell Crab Gozen, which baby octopus, Chawanmushi, Miso soup and rice were served along.
Gozen, in the other words, means your highness or your majesty.
I guess this is the kind of food that the Japanese Emperor have everyday, i am envying!
Let's talk about the food.
And of course, surely it cost more and it was priced at 27.90 bucks.
For the Saba fish which was marinated and underwent a series of deepfrying, the flesh was juicy and the skin tasted even better, crispy and salty.
The cold baby octopus was fine, and i felt that it was like a salad, topped with sweet dressings.
Regarding the soft shell crab, i was a little disappointed, as it was not even crispy and it was covered by a thick layer of flour.
There was only a small amount of flesh and the worst is, the crab was not warm.
Tao Cuisine serves 10 times better soft shell crab than Sakae's.

That meal really satisfied us and with vouchers won from Foodtok, we managed to get a 8 bucks rebate from total bill.
That added a delight on top of our delight.

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