Archive for June, 2010

* This article was also published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 19th June 2010.

Spanish palate!

My enthusiasm for learning about wine was given a boost when I was invited to a Marques de Caceres wine tasting event organized by Asiaeuro Wines & Spirits at Parkroyal Hotel Penang recently.

It offers an opportunity for any wine lover to taste in this fashion. In many ways this is a valuable way to educate the palate as well as to find out what’s going on further in-depth on this particular vintage.

Marques de Caceres Wine Dinner at Tiffins Parkroyal Hotel Penang

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*** Updated on 1/5/2011 – The coffee shop has since been taken over by a new owner.

One of my favorite breakfast joints in Penang is Eng Loh Coffee Shop in the heart of Georgetown. It is located at the end of Church Street, diagonally across the Pinang Peranakan Mansion and is exceptionally crowded during lunch hour.

Besides serving good coffee, the coffee shop operator also serves choices of Western breakfast of sausages and egg together with toast bread. There are ten over choices of bread and my favorite is the Roti Taiwan.

Breakfast at Eng Loh Coffee Shop at Church Street Penang by what2seeonline.com

Delicious Roti Taiwan

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 23rd June 2010.

Sakae Teppanyaki & Izakaya outlet in Autocity Penang has a unique 2-in-1 dining concept under one roof. Its menu has a wide selection of sushi, teppanyaki and fusion specialties; not many Japanese restaurants has the variety of fusion specialties as found in Sakae!

During this visit, I opted to try out the latest items in the menu rather than having the usual Japanese fare of sushi and sashimi.

Sakae Teppanyaki & Izakaya in Autocity Penang

The Sakae Izakaya Special

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I recently had the pleasure of having dinner with a group of US food journalists who were all flown in by MATRADE to discover Malaysia cuisine and promote them back in America.

The food journalists were none other than the well known Bret Thorn – food editor of Nation’s Restaurant News, Bob Lape – food reporter for WCBS-AM New York and his charming wife, Joanna Pruess – columnist for Specialty Food Magazine and contributor for Food Arts Magazine.

US Food Journalists discovering Malaysian Cuisines in Penang by what2seeonline.com

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My latest food outing had me patronizing the Char Koay Kak stall which is located along the bustling Air Itam main road, in front of Suiwah Supermarket. There is an upbeat vibe to this road with so many hawker food stalls around – the tasty fried buns and tantalizing Assam Laksa.

Thanks to my readers for recommending this Char Koay Kak to me at my Kedai Kopi Wah Meng post :)

Char Koay Kak & Tong-sui in Air Itam, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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Jun

Jewel Of Muscat in Penang

   Posted by: CK Lam    in Batu Feringgi, Events, Hotels, Penang

Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach was abuzz with excitement last Monday when it hosted a surprise birthday celebration for Captain Saleh Al Jabri of The Jewel of Muscat. The captain and his crew members arrived at Sigi’s dressed up in their traditional Omani uniform.

Captain & crew of Jewel Of Muscat in Sigi's Penang by what2seeonline.com

Captain Saleh cutting the birthday cake presented to him by Sigi’s

Jewel of Muscat

The Jewel of Muscat

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 21st June 2010.

Many people love the durians from Penang and the best time to indulge in the King of Fruits this year is from the month of May to late July. This year’s durian season is much later due to the unpredictable weather.

Many will make a visit to the durian farms located around Teluk Bahang, Pantai Aceh and Balik Pulau, with the latter being the most popular area for durian seekers. Most of these farms are closed to the public and only a few are open and even then, they tend to be more of eco-tourism orientated.

Balik Pulau Durian Farm Visit - Pondok Upeh by what2seeonline.com

The King of Fruits Have Arrived!

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BY CK Lam

A meal with great view!

The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour located in Fremantle, Perth is a picturesque place with all the yacht, fishing boats and the long line of seafood restaurants.

One such seafood restaurant is Kailis Fish Market Cafe. It is famously known for the Best Fish ‘N’ Chips in Perth. With a fresh seafood market and indoor and alfresco dining areas, this seafront restaurant is a favorite dining place with the locals and visitors alike.

Kailis Fish Market Cafe, Waterfront Fremantle by what2seeonline.com

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Loh Bak, with its multitude of choices, is a favorite snack any time of the day. Most of the Loh Bak stalls have more or less the usual items of prawn fritters, pork roll, deep-fried bean curd, century egg, fish fillet and deep fried spring roll.

Whenever I’m in the area of Bayan Baru, I frequently visit the Loh Bak stall at BB Food Court. The stall has a few delicious twist in addition to the usual items!

Loh Bak at BB Food Court, Bayan Baru Penang

Plate stacked high with plenty of variety…!

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Things will be spicing up at Starhill Gallery with the launch of its coming annual Midsummer Nights Feast on the 2nd July 2010. The eight day festival promises the presence of top celebrity chefs featuring special menus of fine food paired with great wine, accompanied by music and fashion shows.

The tagline for this year’s event is Experience the Fine Art of Flavours, and it will definitely live up to its name with vibrant delicious cuisines forming delightful artistry created by the celebrity chefs. I was invited to the press conference and food samplings. Well, there are plenty of tasty delights and I sampled plenty of fabulous cuisine that will be offered at this year’s culinary event.

Starhill Gallery presents Midsummer Nights Feast 2010, Kuala Lumpur

Experience the fine art of flavors at Starhill Gallery!

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