Archive for December, 2007


Salsa Restaurant – Upper Penang Road

   Posted by: CK Lam    in Western Cuisine

Invited to dinner by our family friend, Dr Alex Lim and his family at Salsa Restaurant located in Upper Penang Road. Salsa was famed for fine dining. A couple of years ago, we went to Salsa with his family as well, but was at its former location @ Kelawei Road.
For starters, we had a round of appetizers. The seafood platter with smoked salmon served on salad was a tickle to the taste buds. The soup was great.

Then came the following main course : I forgot what was it called, just vaguely remembering them – Beef Sirloin.

Roast Lamb.


Finally, its time for dessert. The dessert make up of three items.

  • Freshly baked rich cake topped with delicious cream and biscuits
  • Finely cut fruits mixed in syrup and topped with strawberry
  • Creamy vanilla ice-cream that melts in your mouth

The restaurant was warm and cosy, ambience was great, it has to be said. Nice having dinner with our good friend. Hopefully many more dinners could be enjoyed with them in the coming years. We wish them and everyone else a very Happy New Year!


Swensen’s – Queensbay Mall

   Posted by: CK Lam    in Tidbits and Snacks

Swensen’s is finally back in Penang, Queensbay Mall after a lapse of more than ten years. Previously it was located in Mount Pleasure, Tanjung Bungah. After shopping and dining in the mall with our parents, we had ice-cream in this outlet which is just located beside Sakae Sushi. Besides ice-cream, the outlet also have other food items on their menu.

We had the Strawberry Sundae, Banana Split, Sticky Chewy Chocolate and Coffee.

We went around window shopping after the ice-cream break. As it is Christmas season, Queensbay Mall had its main concourse decorated with  beautiful blue lightings.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year….. !

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Penang Thai Food – Prontip Thai Restaurant

   Posted by: CK Lam    in Promotion, Thai Cuisine

***The restaurant has since closed down.

Prontip Thai Restaurant located in Yesterday Club on Lebuhraya Peel, Penang is an outlet that specialised in authentic Thai cuisines. We had dinner there several times but recently we went there for the buffet lunch.
Drinks (mango juice and chrysanthenum tea) and desserts are inclusive in the buffet. Dishes included the popular – tom yam soup, otak-otak, deep fried spring roll, satay, deep fried kangkong, pork leg vinegar and sour mango kerabu.

They do serve plain rice, fried rice and fried noodles to accompaniment the dishes. Another hot favourite is the Thai/Siam laksa.

At the end of the meal, there are desserts of cendol and fresh fruits. This delicious and reasonable priced Thai buffet spread cost RM10.90 on weekdays and RM12.90 on weekends.

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Craving for some delicious and tasty Penang seafood?
On the mainland side of Penang lies a town known as Nibong Tebal. Here, you will find a restaurant that serves one of the best crab porridge as well as other seafood dishes.

Cheang Kee restaurant is well known to the locals as well as those from outstation. People that travel down south or those heading north bound usually stop at this eatery for the food. Recently we too patronised this place on our way home from Ipoh to Penang.

We had boiled baby octopuses (too bow sui). The texture is very chewy and tasted good dipped in chili sauce with toppings of grounded peanut.

Fried prawns.

Padi Frog stir fried with dried chilis, ginger and spring onions.

Steamed fish in soya sauce.

Fried la-la with brown beans, chilis and garlic.

Fried ‘hae choe’ – mince prawn and pork.

Fried pui ling with tanghoon.

To get to this place, turn left after you have exit the Nibong Tebal toll plaza and head for the town. Continue driving straight until you reach the new elevated bridge (flyover) – drive up the bridge. As you descend, you need to keep left in order to make a sharp left-hand turn so that you can go under the bridge which will lead you to town (just go straight and don’t make any turning). Travel around 500m, you will see the restaurant on your right. Parking is by the road side. If you are lost, just give them a call at : 04-593-1728. Be prepare to wait especially during peak hours.

***** Updates ***** Got this direction to the new location of  NEW CHEANG KEE RESTAURANT from reader, Ganga Devi Ganesh  :

If you are coming from the highway after exiting Jawi/Nibong Tebal toll take a left. Go straight until u reach the traffic light. At the traffic light you see a Shell Petrol Station on your right & Cheang Kee on the left. Keep to your left . Go straight after the traffic light keeping to your left & turn left after abt 100m from the traffic light. This is before the elavated bridge.

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