Archive for February, 2010

The power of talk by Chua Lam!

Lot 10 Concourse in Kuala Lumpur was buzzing with excitement with the presence of Hong Kong celebrity food critic, scholar and media host, Mr Chua Lam. He flew in to town specially for the Talk Show Preview for his upcoming “Chua Lam & Friends” Talk Show at a special Press Conference.

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My family had a wholesome Chinese New Year Reunion dinner at Sesame Restaurant on the first floor of G-Hotel. This year we opted to celebrate the dinner with fine dining.

The set menu features an array of fine dining Chinese cuisine created by Sesame’s Chef de Cuisine, Vincent Lee that pairs traditional and contemporary flavors together. The menu @ RM138++ per person has a selection of ‘Yee Sang’, soup, exquisite dishes and dessert which are traditional in essence.

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner at Sesame, G Hotel

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner at Sesame, G Hotel

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It’s been a while since I last visited the hawker center in Kompleks Makanan Padang Kota Lama (or more commonly known as Esplanade). This complex on the seafront promenade has many stalls offering Indian food, fresh seafood and Western food.

There are a few stalls offering pasembur and the most popular would be Hussain Pasembur.

Hussain Pasembur at Padang Kota Lama, Penang

A basic place of pasembur comes with thick cuts of cucumber strips, radish (mangkuang), blanched bean sprouts, crispy crackers, prawn fritters, bean curd and hard-boiled egg. The worker spoons several spoonfuls of warm orangey spicy and sweet peanut sauce over the salad, coating every part of it.

Pasembur at Padang Kota Lama, Penang

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We took a short and relaxing eating trip out of Penang island recently to Serdang, a small town in Kedah. It is our first visit to Sin Aik Kee, an old restaurant which is famous for their specialty ‘char moay’ (fried porridge) and plenty of other varieties.

Serdang Fried Porridge @ Sin Aik Kee

The delicious fried porridge…chau jook (in Cantonese)

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Firstly, I would like to wish all readers and visitors of What2seeonline.com a very Happy Chinese New Year! May the coming year be blessed with prosperity and happiness for everyone!

Now Penangites have a good reason to hit the beach with the opening of Sigi’s Bar & Grill On The Beach. This new beach front restaurant at Golden Sands Resort along Batu Feringgi went through a major makeover replacing the former Sigi’s By The Sea. It is set for a re-launch on the 10th of March 2010.

This stylish and casual new restaurant have many new changes, focusing on improving their customers expectations. It included choices of dining; in privacy in the private room, patio, air conditioned dining hall, or in the upper deck dining area with an excellent view of the beach front and sea.

Sigi's Bar & Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang

Sigi's Bar & Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang

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BY CK Lam

Tho Yuen Chicken Rice Restaurant is an old Cantonese restaurant located in a two storey building at Campbell Street Penang, right next the popular Kwong Tuck (sundry shop). Business has been going around for many decades now and the place is still as popular.

This restaurant serves dim sum for breakfast and varieties of noodles, porridge and Chicken Rice during lunch hour. The interior of the restaurant was recently given a new paint job for a cleaner and brighter outlook! I was there during lunch break and the place was filled with customers with some having to settle for the tables set up in the pavement.

Tho Yuen Chicken Rice Restaurant, Penang by what2seeonline.com

One of Tho Yuen’s specialty dish – Fish head steam with noodle

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Set within the stylish G Hotel in Gurney Drive, the twin restaurants Sesame & Soy is a modern and contemporary Chinese restaurant with unique dual dining experience. Both the menu is extensive, with plenty of modern Chinese cuisines with a fusion of the traditional East and modern Western cooking and presentation. Together with my in-laws, we dine at the Sesame to find out whether it is the place for us to hold our family Chinese New Year Reunion dinner.

Each diner is served their own portion in a fine dining concept. This form of serving is now a common norm in restaurants in Kuala Lumpur but is still relatively new in Penang. My in-laws had a surprising start to the fine dining concept as they are very much accustomed to the traditional Chinese way of dining where every dish is presented in the center of the table.

We had two tasting menu that was arranged for individual servings and some ala carte dishes.  The culinary presentation and the flavors were equally superb.

Sesame’s Menu III @ RM 118 ++ per person
Sichuan Duck
Shanghai Broth
Hunan BB Lobster
Baked Cod Fish
Golden Fried Rice
Green Tea Tiramisu

We started off with the amazing Sichuan chilled smoked duck beautifully laid on the plate. The jelly fish and smoked duck in a zesty and flavorful sauce combined well with the crunchy refreshing Japanese cucumber topped with tuna mayo.

Sesame & Soy @ G Hotel by what2seeonline.com

Sesame & Soy @ G Hotel by what2seeonline.com

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Looking for ways to welcome the coming double festival of the Chinese New Year & Valentine’s Day? I am sure everyone is busy planning and preparing on where to celebrate with your family members and dear ones on these two special days that happen to coincide with each other. Here is a  choice of exciting offers by dining places around Georgetown.

CHINESE NEW YEAR PARTY ONBOARD LILI MARLEEN

How about by celebrating the coming Year of the Tiger on board a private yacht? There is nothing more memorable than dining in a yacht. It is an ideal way of celebrating this festival with a night of food, fun and music on a six hour cruise across the pristine seawaters of Southeast Asia in the Lili Marleen.

It departs on 15th February at 7pm from the Swettenham Pier and only return at 2am on 16th February (six-hour cruise). Entrance fee is RM388 per person which is inclusive of dinner and a welcome drink.

Contact: 017 6661042 (Farah)

Dining Places in Penang for Valentine & Chinese New Year 2010

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