As the Earth Hour approaches, Executive Sous Chef John Brock and his culinary team of Sigi’s Bar and Grill on the Beach (SBG) will be dishing up an “environmental friendly dish” for both local and international diners.

Diners will have the opportunity to savor Hungi BBQ. A Hungi, or Hangi is a New Zealand Maori cooking tradition brought to Penang for the very first time by Chef John.

Hungi BBQ at Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang

Chef John and his culinary team with their Hungi BBQ!

Many of you may be asking now, what is a hungi?

A hangi (pronounced ‘hungee’) is a traditional New Zealand Maori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven that dates back to pre-European times, usually reserved for special occasions. Hangi, which means ‘supply of life’, are normally dug by Maori ira tane (men) as the Maori Wahine (women) aren’t allowed to take part in the preparation.

We attended the press conference of this Penang First Hungi BBQ at Sigi’s where we got to witnessed the unearthing of the food which was buried in the pit approximately three hours earlier by Chef John and his culinary team. The pit is located at the beachfront area of SBG measuring two metre by one meter with a depth of approximately two feet.

Hungi BBQ at Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang

Hungi BBQ at Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang

Chef John Brock and his culinary team unearthing the buried food!

A variety of meat such as lamb and chicken, on addition to pumpkin and potatoes to carrots infused with rosemary and garlic, were entirely covered with banana leaves.

Hungi BBQ at Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang

The food is covered in banana leaves for that extra flavour!

Hungi BBQ at Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang

The packets of meat and vegetables still retain its moisture in this cooking process.

Hungi BBQ at Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang

We headed back indoors to savor our meal! The meat and vegetable has a plethora of exciting tastes and aromas, with a wonderful earthly flavor. The taste is perfectly kept with the flavor of herbs penetrating into the meat.

Hungi BBQ at Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang

I adore the lamb which was very tender, and amazingly not gamey! The juice from the lamb was oozing out as I took a bite! I like its aftertaste.

Hungi BBQ at Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang Hungi BBQ at Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang

Dessert was also offered after the meal, and we savored the Tarte au Citron, the Classic Shortbread, Chocolate Tarte and the Mango and White Chocolate Bombe.

The foursome of sweetness was absolutely delicious.

Hungi BBQ at Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang Hungi BBQ at Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang

Hungi BBQ at Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang

Hungi BBQ at Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang

This Saturday the 27th of March 2010, the Hungi BBQ will be served on the beach starting from 7pm. In conjunction with the Earth Hour which is between 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Sigi’s will run on partial lighting and air-conditioning.

This set dinner will cost RM45.00++ per person, and reservations are required! For the price, you can enjoy a set consisting of chicken and lamb, with vegetables to top it off! The meal is complete with coffee/tea and a mystery dessert!

Hungi BBQ at Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang

Lilian, Lingzie and I with Chef John

For reservations, please contact :

Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach
Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort
Batu Feringgi Beach
11100 Penang
Malaysia

Tel No. 04 8861852

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17 comments so far

 1 

This Saturday will surely be a night to remember… dining on Maori delights under the stars… Magical (and delicious, too)!

March 24th, 2010 at 11:41 pm
 2 

Life for Begineers – Sounds very romantic!. I am sure you too have a surprise event waiting for you in celebrating Earth Hour.

March 25th, 2010 at 12:06 am
 3 

wow so fast already up the post, fantastic! :) hahaha great that you bumped into Kenny at the airport! :)

March 25th, 2010 at 8:41 am
 4 

Wah…this is really cool experience to have BBQ like tis! Never try before le~ Must be very syiok and fun! =)

March 25th, 2010 at 9:27 am
 5 

was great meeting you again CK! i’m so happy Penangites get a chance to taste something so unique and interesting! :)

March 25th, 2010 at 9:35 am
 6 

Wow, these sure looks good and delicious, something similar to our beggar’s chicken and salted chicken that is cook this way.

March 25th, 2010 at 10:28 am
 7 

nice, however, it will be great if the watermark was not on the center of the pics, its really way too distracting :(

March 25th, 2010 at 10:48 am
 8 

Very reasonable price for such unique food! Too bad I’m not in Penang…

March 25th, 2010 at 10:49 am
 9 

i done that before at pantai keracut last time… is delicious … :) it has been a while didn’t have the taste of the buried food. I want to be back to PNG

March 25th, 2010 at 11:49 am
 10 

all the natural juices are retained-must be delicious.

March 25th, 2010 at 2:42 pm
 11 

wah~ look forward for this kind of dining lei..so relaxing with sea breeze and with the price is reasonable`

March 25th, 2010 at 4:06 pm
 12 

Very interesting indeed…and fully supportive of the Earth Hour cause…YEAY!! =)

March 26th, 2010 at 11:46 am
 13 

The chicken look so pale, not so appetizing hor… :P

March 26th, 2010 at 5:05 pm
Nick
 14 

I totally support this earth hour thingy and also 100% going to attend this barbe-Q party as I have already called and booked just a while ago!

March 26th, 2010 at 6:40 pm
 15 

Wow interesting way of cooking foods!

March 27th, 2010 at 1:23 pm
 16 

this cooking style is very unique, wanna try if i hav the chance although is quite pricely.

March 27th, 2010 at 7:46 pm
 17 

Eating in Penang is like religion! Food is great, with fresh innrediegts, and affordable prices. One of my favourites is the Penang Laksa, the particular stall located at Air Itam (heading towards the Kek Lok Si temple!) . Cheers!

November 28th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

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