Archive for November, 2008

Do you like to know how does the editor of Rasa Malaysia looks like? A few of us bloggers got the privilege to meet up with this famous food blogger who was back in Penang for the holidays. We not only get to meet her but also dine with her at the Crab Village Restaurant which is just a stone throw away from the Floating Mosque in Tanjung Bungah. Thanks to Lingzie for arranging this meeting for us.

This restaurant has a sheltered open air seating area  and a fully air-conditioned dining hall. They offered a variety of fresh seafood selection. This first dish of kappa (clams) is fried with sweet and sour sauce, which is very appetizing and good for a starter.

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Medan Selera Mutiara is another popular hawker center in Tanjung Bunga, Penang with many tasty hawker food. The stalls are managed by various races of hawkers, each renowned for its specialty. The food court is surrounded by a row of shop houses where Ingolf German Restaurant and Vintage Bulgaria Restaurant is located.

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The restaurant @The Sun  which was opened recently occupies the ground floor corner lot of the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Centre, Penang.  Although it is located in the busy Macalister Road,  the environment is relatively quiet. The decoration of the dining area is charming and inviting with importance given to the textures and colours.

While glancing through the menu, we were served with refreshing glass of welcome drink. The menu has a cool cover for each gender, one for the guys and another for the babes! As it it pretty new, the restaurant only offers  Western Cuisine set meals that is priced at RM28 nett. However, from the 24th November onwards, the restaurant will operate at full swing, which includes ala carte and set meals for lunch & dinner.

Many thanks to my best friend, KS, for introducing this new place to me.

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Restaurant May Foong is an old establishment in Bagan Dalam, Butterworth, Penang which is famous for its Ipoh Hor Fun, Steam Chicken (pak cham kai) and Prawn Dumpling (wanton). It is located nearby another famous dim sum eatery, Sweet Paradise Restaurant.

The Hor Fun has the smoothness and silkiness in it, exactly like the ones we had in Thean Chun coffeeshop in old town, Ipoh. There are two version, the dry ones and the soup ones. The dry ones are served with some light sauce instead of the usual black thick sauce. The soup is very clear and tasted the same as those in Ipoh but only lack the redness appearance.

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Last week, the Malaysian-German Society of Penang held their annual Christmas celebration and Bazaar  which is open to the public at their premises in Jalan Air Itam. Many programs were lined up for the event featuring the presence of  Santa Claus, piano performance,  story telling,  Christmas caroling and gourmet food.

Although there were no serving of turkey and Christmas pudding, they make it up by serving yummy smoked barbeque chicken and jumbo sausages. Potato salad and Sauerkraut made up the side dishes.

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* Update – The place has closed down!

Recently, a few of the Penang Food Bloggers were invited to a food tasting & review of Miss Saigon, Penang. This trendy Vietnamese restaurant located at the prime area of E-Gate with bustling atmosphere faces the Jelutong Expressway with the view extending out to the Penang Bridge. It was an opportunity for us to discover some unique Vietnamese cuisine, and also having able to taste all the food in this restaurant’s recently revamped menu. The new menu, which is pork free has a total of thirty-one new items with varieties ranging from salad, rice noodles, sandwiches and summer rolls.

I would like to add in a word of compliments to the Management of Miss Saigon for their innovative and forward thinking. I have come to know that the restaurant previously did not receive a lot of positive comments. As a pro-active team management, they have constructively used the feedback from the  bloggers to improve their menu and the restaurant as a whole.

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We visited Hai Onn located in Burmah Road, Penang. This coffee shop cum restaurant has been around for many years and is one of the few old style traditional Hainanese restaurant around Georgetown. Just beside Macalister Lane junction, this place has a hawker stall selling  koay teow soup in the morning (same as the outlet in Pitt Street Coffeeshop) which is a favourite Penang food among the locals. From noon onwards, this place operates as a restaurant.

They have a few signature dishes including the Hainanese Pork Chop and Chicken Chop.  Their version is done differently from those sold nowadays. It is really delicious! I like the flavors of the gravy which has some starchy potato in it. I opt for some toast bread to dip with the gravy. I strongly recommend that everyone try it.

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TGIF at Queensbay Mall, Penang serves great food and happens to be the place that we went to last weekend. As we already had a late breakfast, we went in for a light snack and a drink instead. This unique miniature cable car caught my eye on my way in.

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We were glad to see them having a new menu. While glancing through, I noticed that a few new items has been added to the appetizer, main course, desserts and juices.

My eyes suddenly sparkle when I saw this cute Mini Desserts. These desserts are served in mini glasses. There are a total of five mini delights to choose from. We had  three out of the five. The prices varies depending on the the number of glasses that you choose. For one mini delight @RM 3.90,  three @RM 9.90 and five @ RM 15.90. The more you order, the cheaper it gets per glass.

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In my recent post on Isaribi Tei Japanese Restaurant, I received plenty of comments and feedbacks from my readers on other Japanese food and restaurants too. One of them is the Kirishima Japanese Restaurant, situated in the lobby level of Cititel Hotel, Penang. We visited this restaurant which is known through word of mouth as one of the best Japanese restaurant in town!

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We were guided to our seat in the main dining hall. Browsing through their huge and colorful menu, we noticed that Kirishima does offer a wide variety of Japanese dishes. We placed our orders and while waiting for the food, we were given a cold towel to freshen up.

We had this King Prawn Roll @RM24 – Deep fried king prawn rolled with salmon and avocado. Indeed, this dish was skillfully prepared and presented as well! This combination of fruit, fish roe and seafood was very tasty.

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***The restaurant has since closed down.

This is the first time, I step inside Bistro @Hardwicke. This restaurant is located on the ground floor of Hardwicke House, the well maintained bungalow sitting in the corner of Jalan Pangkor and Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Penang. I still remember visiting this place years ago with KS when it was still Mr Ho’s Fine Foods, in which I tasted roast pork with apple sauce for the first time.

This Bistro is made up of two sections, the bar and the restaurant. The restaurant has a cozy ambiance and elegant decorations with a beautiful chandelier hanging down the dining hall.

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Besides ala carte, they do have on-going promotions and lunch set. I ordered a mixed green salad and the promotional Spaghetti Beef Bolognaise. The plate of spaghetti cost RM8.80 and surprisingly comes with generous amount of minced beef in rich tomato sauce, topped with herbs (more beef than spaghetti). It was served with a slice of toasted garlic bread.

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