Archive for November, 2010

BY CK Lam

Chee Cheong Fun is a dish of hand cut steamed flat rice noodle rolls without any filling. This little bites is a popular snack in Penang as it is simply tasty, filling and the price is reasonably cheap. The taste suits both the old and the young.

There are many Chee Cheong Fun stalls around town, the taste and texture may vary from each outlet. The rice noodles are mostly sourced from the supplier, some with springy texture while others slightly chewy. It all comes drizzled with the three basic sauces – sweet sauce (tee cheou), shrimp paste (hae ko) and chili sauce along with a dash of oil and toasted sesame seeds.

Having it drenched in the shrimp paste is Penang’s specialty. You can choose to have all the sauces or request for less sauce depending on your preference. I tend to enjoy mine with all the sauces except the sweet sauce.

Penang Chee Cheong Fun (Rice Roll) by what2seeonline.com

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 8th December 2010.

On my hotel dining reviews in Kuala Lumpur, I have checked out several dining outlets in Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur, and one of them was Med.@Marche-Live. The open concept restaurant offers a relaxed and casual dining atmosphere, with air-conditioned dining room and great terrace sitting.

These days, the restaurant brings a new dining experience to diners with the presence of Australian Paul Lewis as the Executive Sous Chef.  He took over the kitchen this year and has since made his debut in the MIGF 2010. We were privileged to meet up with the chef and at the same time sample some of his dishes from the menu, which focuses on unique Italian specialties and ‘comfort’ food!

Italian Fare at Med.@Marche-Live in Renaissance Hotel by what2seeonline.com

Executive Sous Chef Paul Lewis

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Together with several invited guests, we congregate at Sigi’s Bar and Grill on The Beach for a barbecue dinner at its outdoor barbecue pit. This barbecue spot on the beach exudes a relaxing environment, under the sound of the waves and in the ocean breeze.

Unique BBQ Experience at Sigi’s Bar & Grill, Golden Sands Resort Penang by What2seeonline.com

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

Penang is truly blessed with many food street stalls, located on nearly every road and corner of the little island! But there is one place where every Penang-born will know like the back of their hand, and that is Padang Brown Food Court, or affectionately known as Padang. This food court is at the corner of Perak Road and Anson Road, beside a green field and directly behind Datuk Keramat Police Station. Padang has a historical significance to the island. It’s been on the isle since 1966 and it’s one of the first food court built by the Penang Municipal Council. Surprisingly, it’s still as popular with locals and tourists till today. On weekends, the food court is packed with diners.

The food court has an overwhelming choice of hawker fare. Do walk from one end to the other to make sure you do not miss the selection. The place is divided into two wings, with the left-hand side packed with Chinese hawkers in the afternoon. At night, the brightly lit stalls on the right-hand side are predominantly Malay and Indian stalls offering plenty of choices. Throughout the food court, plastic chairs, metal stools and tables are placed in front of the stalls, some under the shade and some without.

Al-Bismi stall with the cauldrons of soup at Padang Brown Food Court by what2seeonline.com

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 26th November 2010.

An evening had me driving to Suffolk House to meet up with guest chef, Nizar Achmad. It was great to know that the chef is invited to cook at the restaurant which is situated in the “Great House of Penang”. Originally from Surabaya, Chef Nizar Achmad love affair with food and wine has inspired a culinary sojourn that has taken him to all corners of the globe, including Australia, New Zealand and Stockholm where he lived there for 14 years before returning to his homeland, Indonesia.

Chef Nizar Achmad cooking up a storm at Suffolk House, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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The newly opened six-storey The Fullerton Bay Hotel in Singapore is one of the most beautiful hotels I have visited around the nearby region. Prominently positioned in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District and the arts and cultural precinct, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore was officially opened on the 8th July 2010.

The luxury design hotel which caters to well-heeled travelers and jet-setters is the latest addition to the sparkling Marina Bay. Sitting on the prime waterfront location, the hotel offers breathtaking architecture alongside the stunning views of the Marina Bay and the Singapore skyline.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore by what2seeonline.com

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This is one of my few lunch venture into Restoran Nasi Padang Minang, which is located in Transfer Road. The place is crowded with customers, with tables for sharing especially for lunch. The array of dishes displayed are extremely inviting, with a selection of fish, meat and fresh vegetables which are all prepared with spices in ways that offer a range of flavors.

Nasi Padang Minang at Transfer Road, Penang by What2seeonline.com

The appetizing spread at Restoran Nasi Padang Minang

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My travel hotel destination this time to Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, was an introduction to the hotel’s newly-refurbished Lifestyle rooms.

The hotel is tucked in the bustling corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang, a great location which is walking distance from the monorail station and many other attractions. The different wings of the hotel combines modern comfort and renaissance art and design.

Experience the Lifestyle at Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur by what2seeonline.com

The beautiful architecture is an epitome of Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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There are only a couple of places in Penang where you can find tasty handmade Pan Mee (mee hoon kuih). I managed to scour affordable and tasty pan mee at I Mum Mum Restaurant which is located in the midst of the PDC flats in Pengkalan Weld, near the starting point of the Jelutong Expressway.

Penang Food - Pan Mee @ I Mum Mum Restaurant by what2seeonline.com

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 22nd November 2010.

Fish head curry is an all time favorite delicacy for many. The fish head curry is categorized into many different styles of cooking with their respective combination of spices: Indian style, Nyonya, Chinese and Malay! There are those which are spicy and sourish while others laden with thick coconut milk. All in all, there is plenty of variety when it comes to Fish Head Curry.

Chee Wah Curry Fish Head Restaurant, Lebuh Melayu Penang

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