Archive for December, 2008

31
Dec

Happy New Year

   Posted by: CK Lam    in Events

Its that time of the year again where we have to reflect upon the year 2008, and set new goals & resolutions for the year ahead. I would like to wish my friends, family and readers of What2see, a very HAPPY NEW YEAR ahead, and may prosperity & health bless all of you always.

EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY USHERING THIS 2009!

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Azuma is the latest Japanese Restaurant which opens its door on 27th December in Queensbay Mall, Penang. This restaurant is very spacious with many tables and customers can choose to have a window seat to enjoy the view of the Penang Bridge. A section of this restaurant is occupied with a sushi bar, surrounded with a conveyor belt filled with plenty plates of sushi.

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26
Dec

GPS Navigator for my Food Hunt

   Posted by: CK Lam    in Events

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This Christmas, I am thankful to received many presents from friends and loved ones. One of them which I find very practical and useful is this GPS Navigator (Garmin). This personal travel assistant was a gift from my hubby. He says it will be very helpful for my food outing trip as it can sometimes be very tedious in finding the location.

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Last Sunday, we went over to Butterworth to try out the seafood at Ong Cheng Huat Seafood Restaurant. Not knowing the exact location, I went to search for it in the Google map. With the helpful directions and the map in hand, we drove over to Bagan Lallang.

The place was crowded as it was lunch hour. We were introduced to their fermented coconut water, known by the locals as Tuak.  It is a popular drink in this restaurant. A one liter bottle cost RM5. It tasted a bit sourish sweet and has a gassy feeling. Recommended to try out this unusual drink.

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There are numerous restaurants and pubs in Gurney Drive, Penang and recently a new cafe has opened its door. The Coffee Island cafe which is lighted up with colourful bulbs does bring colours to the popular seaside promenade in Penang. It has a large open air sitting area and also an air condition room.

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This time around a few food bloggers and myself were invited by well known and talented bakers, Big Boys Oven to do a review at the Shanghaineses Restaurant, Dragon-i at Queensbay Mall, Penang. This restaurant is famous for their many varieties of non-halal Shanghainese cuisine.

I was looking forward to do this review as I still remembered not too long ago I was indulging myself with family and friends on their Mid-Autumn Festiva Banquet set meal which all of us truly enjoyed.

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In Penang we always go for ice kacang and cendol as our desert. Recently, I have posted coconut jelly in my blog and it created awareness among my readers. I just got to know through Ken of Foodpoi of a fantastic dessert drink that is no so well publicized. It is know as ‘Ais Tingkap’ or ‘Window Sherbet’ as the chilled sherbet drink was sold over the window.

It is a chilled sweet red colour flavored (rose essence) drink served in a chilled glass with fine shaved ice and pieces of coconut flesh.

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We came across some good and tasty hawker food in Taman Emas coffee shop located directly opposite the Penang Chinese Girl’s High School. This corner lot coffee shop on the busy Gottlieb Road is well known for its Assam Laksa.  Besides that we also got to try out the food from the other stalls.

This plate of Char Koay Teow (RM3) comes with slices of Chinese Sausages and  a few prawns. Fried till just right, not too oily, it tasted prefect with few drops of soy sauce.

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9
Dec

3rd Penang Floggers Gathering – Potluck

   Posted by: CK Lam    in Events

On Saturday, December 6, 2008, the Penang food bloggers had their third gathering with a potluck theme whereby everyone brought along their own food. With all the food laid on the table, it indeed look like an international buffet spread. There was a wide selection of delicious and addictive food which will definitely please every palate.

This nicely decorated and unique dish was prepared by Criz Lai. It has a combination of Spicy Chicken & Abalone Salad, stir fried Jack Fruit Pork Strips and Sambal Prawns which were very tasty and appetizing. He also gave out to each of us a pair of chopstick as a souvenir.

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***This restaurant has since shifted

Batu Maung in Penang is famous for its seafood restaurants and this time around we went to try out the food at Batu Maung Seafood Restaurant. Situated beside the Sam Poh Footprint Temple which is dedicated to Admiral Cheng Ho (Zhenghe), this restaurant has a splendid view of the rolling gentle sea with many fishing vessels which brings a sense of calmness to the mind. This view is definitely not to be missed especially at dawn and dusk.

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A night view showing the fishing boats dotting leisurely by the old wooden jetty.

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Indoor and outdoor seating with wonderful sea view.

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Updated on June 2010 : The restaurant has stopped operation.

Penang has been renowned for its ever-famous hawker & street food for a long time. However, in recent years, there have been a growing number of international restaurants popping out, especially in the regions of Tanjung Bungah and Tanjung Tokong. I was lucky enough to have tried the Swiss, Bulgarian, German, Japanese and Korean food around these area and in Georgetown.

Yesterday, while on our usual family food trips, we stumbled upon Shenanigans, the new Irish Pub & Restaurant along Jalan Tanjung Tokong with its traditional green and splendor. We pop in for a visit but to our surprise, they were holding an opening function. The Manager told us that the ala carte menu is only available on a much later date and he invited us to join in the function with free flow of beer and finger food.

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1
Dec

Penang Coconut Jelly

   Posted by: CK Lam    in Dessert, Drinks, George Town, Penang

I stumbled upon this shop selling coconut jelly in Dato Kramat Road, Penang. According to Mr Joez the proprietor, the coconut are grown in Perak and are of the pandan species. To form the jelly, the outer husk of the coconut is initially removed and then roasted in the oven. After a cooling period, they are then placed in the cooler room. During this period, jelly will be formed…definitely a new innovation. He assured us that no additive or artificial chemical is added. The jelly is formed through the hot and cold process.

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Out of curiosity, I bought some home. The coconut can be open up easily as the top was already cut open for the convenience of the customers. Inside, you will get the yummy coconut flesh but with less coconut water as some of it has formed into jelly. You will be surprise to find a large amount of smooth jelly in there. The coconut flesh can be easily removed from the shell using a spoon.

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According to Mr Joez, the coconut must be kept in the refrigerator and will last only for a week. After that, it will turn moldy or sour as no preservative are added. Suitable as a dessert for any entertaining events.

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The shop is open for business from early morning to late afternoon. It is a few houses away from the Patani Road Police Headquarters. Click here for the Map Location.

Penang Coconut Jelly
201, Jalan Dato Kramat
10150 Penang

Contact Joe at 016 440 9049
Email : joezcoco@yahoo.com

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