Archive for January, 2010

Fried Oh Chien (fried oyster omelette) is a favorite hawker food in Penang and there are plenty of choices to enjoy this delicacy around town. The more common ones would be the gooey stick base and the other is the crispy base. The ingredients for both versions are basically quite similar, with the difference in the texture and the frying technique.

Fried oyster has the combination of rice flour batter, chives, egg and oysters, fried in a flat griddle over high heat. The key to making a good fried oyster omelette is with the starch solution. It must have just about enough to hold the other ingredients together, while too much of it will create gumminess which I personally find to be a turn-off. Some stalls have their Oh Chien garnished with coriander leaves. In this post I’ll be covering three particular stalls.

Oh Chien (Fried Oyster Omelette) around Penang by what2seeonline.com

Yummy “oh chien” in the midst of preparation…

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* This article was also published in the New Straits Times on 22nd May 2010.

An ambiance of calm and tranquility with stunning charm welcomed me as I walked into Suffolk House which is known as the first “Great House of Penang”. This recently restored 200-year old Anglo-Indian architectural building was built on the estate owned by Captain Francis Light, the founder of British settlement of Penang.

suffolk house

I had the pleasure of visiting their lovely Suffolk House Restaurant which was headed by Chef Johnny Fua for a food tasting session.  This restaurant is run by the management of 32 Mansion, Bagan and Beach Blanket Babylon – all successful eateries in Penang.

Chef Johnny Fua & CK Lam at  Suffolk House Restaurant , Penang

Chef Johnny Fua & myself sharing a light moment…

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Once again, I celebrated the upcoming ‘Year of the Tiger’ with another Chinese New Year dinner and this time at Tai Zi Heen Chinese Restaurant in Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur. The eight course menu created by Master Chef Ricky has many dishes with auspicious meaning contributing to longevity, reunion, perfection, good luck, promotion and health.

2010 Chinese New Year Dinner at Tai Zi Heen, Prince Hotel & Residence

2010 Chinese New Year Dinner at Tai Zi Heen, Prince Hotel & Residence

The classic dish and auspicious salad – Yee Sang

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Love Penang Assam Laksa topped with the pungent hae kor (prawn paste)? I am sure many Penangites and tourist alike love this Penang classic dish for its tangy and sourish taste. My crave for Assam Laksa would have me going all the way out to the Air Itam Market and at times visiting the stall in Gottlieb Road and Johor Road.

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All the ingredients for Assam Laksa

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In ushering the Year of the Tiger, I had the privilege to indulge in a traditional yet superb Cantonese delights prepared by Executive Chef Jason Tong at the Grand Palace Restaurant @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur!

Yee Sang at Grand Palace Restaurant @ Pavilion

Grand Palace’s Special ‘Yee Sang’ with Salmon

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Create lasting memories of your nuptials at Prince Hotel!

Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur helps in discovering the latest trends in the world of wedding with the Princely Wedding Fair 2010 held in its hotel on 9th January. I attended the Wedding Fair featuring more than 20 professional participating wedding partners showcasing bridal gown and groom’s suites, photography, video, cakes, gifts and decorations.

Prince Hotel Wedding Fair

Princely Wedding Fair 2010

Prince Hotel - Princely Wedding Fair 2010 by what2seeonline.com

Wedding, a celebration of togetherness…

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Nasi Kandar Line Clear right on the busy Penang Road has been around for more than forty-five years and is one of the famous nasi kandar stall in Malaysia. This place is usually very busy and packed with office workers and tourist alike.

Nasi Kandar Line Clear on Penang Road by what2seeonline.com

Savory and fragrant Nasi Briyani

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I’ve learned several interesting foodie facts about Singapore during my recent trip there, and I’ve found out that Fried Hokkien Mee is the popular hit with many Singaporeans. I had the chance to try out two stalls selling this popular hawker food and the one that stands out for me is the Geylang Lor 29 Fried Hokkien Mee.

Singapore Hawker Food - Geylang Lor 29 Fried Hokkien Mee by what2seeonline.com

Singapore’s Fried Hokkien Mee… simply unique and delicious!

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Goreng Pisang and Fried Fritters at Weld Quay, Penang by what2seeonline.com

Sweet deep fried snack!

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Something new to start off a great 2010!

In a blink of an eye, 2009 has come to a close and 2010 has begun! I am kicking off the new year with our Penang’s very own famed Tau Sar Pneah and more!

There are several well known brands of Tau Sar Pneah in Penang. The outlets that many outstation visitors would normally visit would be Ghee Hiang and Him Heang. However, there are also some less known brands; among them is Eaton Kuih Centre in Batu Lanchang!

Penang Tau Sar Pneah at Eaton by what2seeonline.com

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