Archive for July, 2010

* This article was also published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 31st July 2010.

The newly-opened Mandarin Grill brings luxury dining to a whole new level with its beautiful ambiance, delicious dishes and exotic cutlery!

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur stands tall with the opening of its latest restaurant, the exclusive and contemporary modern Mandarin Grill. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this restaurant is complete with an inbuilt fireplace, elegant interior and floor to ceiling windows revealing a beautiful garden.

Delightful lunch at The Mandarin Grill in Mandarin Oriental by what2seeonline.com

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Business is usually bustling at the Hainanese Chicken Rice stall in Kheng Pin Cafe located in the junction of Sri Bahari Road and Penang Road. This stall run by a couple is one of the places with a good rendition of chicken rice in town. The poached chicken is deliciously prepared, a firm smooth skin with a layer of gelatin underneath and tender juicy meat.

Sri Bahari Hainanese Chicken Rice new outlet in Lorong Selamat

A meaty plate of chicken

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* This article was also published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 24th June 2010.

Things are getting interesting with the discovery of Uncle Zack By-The-Beach, a gorgeous dining place where you can enjoy meals and drinks while admiring a panoramic view of the sea. This newly done up diner, with a mixed clientele of tourist and locals, is Parkroyal Penang’s Cool Bananas’ newest extension.

Uncle Zack By-The-Beach in Parkroyal Hotel Penang by what2seeonline.com

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Chinese dumplings widely known in many countries as jiaozi, guoti and gyoza are also found in many restaurants and hawker stalls around Penang. One of the places that we do visit for the small bites is Pleasure Odyssey, a hawker stall in Northern Beach Cafe which is located in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah. This stall focuses on homemade pan-fried dumplings, with little parcels of minced meat and diced vegetable.

We had different plates of dumplings. These meat pies stuffed with meat and vegetables were flavorsome. Fried in oil with a crispy skin, they were delicious eaten with the spicy ginger chili sauce, a concoction mixed just right, not overpowering. A plate of four pieces of piping hot meat pies cost RM5.

Penang Hawker Cuisine - Chinese Dumplings at Northern Beach Cafe

Piping hot meat pie, simply delicious!

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I was down in Kuala Lumpur recently, invited to attend the soft launch of the Golden Palm Tree Sea Villas in Bagan Lalang, Sepang.  That night’s event was officiated by the Minister of Tourism Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen with the presence of many investors and people from the local & overseas travel agency.

Golden Palm Tree Sea Villas, is a brand new luxurious holiday resort by Sepang Goldcoast. What is unique about this resort is that it stretches out from the Sepang coastline, almost a kilometer into the sheltered waters of the Straits of Malacca with 393 sea villas that shape a palm tree. It had been noted in the Malaysia Book of Records as “The Longest Palm Tree Shape Resort in Malaysia”.

Golden Palm Tree Sea Villas in Sepang by what2seeonline.com

The Breathtaking View of Golden Palm Tree Sea Villas

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***The place has since closed down

* This article was also published in the New Straits Times on 16th June 2010.

Take a step into the past at Sri Malaya, an oasis of retro charm!

Tucked right in the heart of George Town, housed in a pre-World War II heritage building is the newly opened Sri Malaya Heritage Restaurant. This restaurant, conveniently located on Rope Walk, is near to the entrance from Chulia Street.

Sri Malaya Heritage Restaurant – a new facade in Rope Walk, Penang

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BY CK Lam

A warm welcome greeted me as I once again stepped into the charming Ferringhi Garden Restaurant located in Batu Ferringhi, Penang. Many readers came to know about this truly captivating restaurant which was first published in my blog, way back in 2008.

During that time the garden in the restaurant was not well blossomed. Fast forward by two years, the plants have now matured which subsequently makes the name of this place fits appropriately, a “restaurant within a garden”!

Dining in Penang - Six Course Dinner at Ferringhi Garden by what2seeonline.om

The entire indoor dining area was filled with soft yellow lights creating a warm atmosphere!

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Near to the intersection of Campbell Street and Carnavon Street in Penang, is the Campbell Street Market. This corner market building with a brick facade still maintained its ornate cast iron columns and brackets. It has a poultry section, seafood and meat sellers.

In the morning especially during weekends, this wet market is very crowded. Busy atmosphere prevails by the stalls selling vegetables and hawkers pedaling their food along one side of the market building.

Lum Mee & Curry Mee @ Campbell Street Market  by what2seeonline.com

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An amazing night with delicious cheese and wine, friends and adorable dogs!

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the ‘Irish Cheese and Wine Party’ hosted by the General Manager of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Mr Desmond Hatton at his personal residence. This annual get-together event sees the presence of elite members of Penang’s corporate community, leaders of the hospitality and travel trade industry, and special friends of the Shangri-La.

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Champagne, anyone?

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