Archive for May, 2011

* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 24th May 2011.

If you’re at Chowrasta Market in George Town, Penang, stop by Tamil Street, located on one side of the market building. This street is worth exploring for its variety of street food. Look out for a stall selling Ais Tingkap (translated as window sherbet). This classic chilled drink is named such because it used to be sold through an open window.

Ais Tingkap is a transparent sweet rose flavored thirst quencher _resize

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Northern Streets) on 9th May 2011.

Penang is dotted with many restaurants, with some hidden unnoticed even though we often pass by it. One such place is Chin Bee Tea Restaurant. Located on Noordin Street, or commonly known as ‘Ji Tiau Lor’ among the Hokkiens here, this tea house is unique in its own way. This place is not all only about serving Chinese tea, but also serves appealing Chinese dishes.

One of their best dishes offered here is the Hainan Kampung Chicken. Dosed in the chef’s concoction of light soy sauce and oil, the chicken is tender and juicy. The condiment of fresh and fragrant chilli sauce blend with garlic and ginger is a must-have. I highly enjoyed the chicken with its natural sweetness flavor.

Chin Bee Tea Restaurant – Good Food and Chinese Tea by what2seeonline.com

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Northern Streets) on 3rd May 2011.

One will find numerous hawker stalls serving a wide array of local delights at Gurney Drive Hawker Center in Penang. Nasi lemak lovers should try the all-time favourite at Nasi Lemak Cili Bilis. The stall specialises in nasi lemak kukus (steamed rice in coconut milk). (The owner, Hashim Haji Ismail who is the champion in the Battle of Penang Hawker Masters 2012’s nasi lemak category has switched to using palm milk  instead of coconut milk).

The rice, cooked with ginger, coconut milk and pandan leaves that give it an amazing aroma, is steamed on the spot on large metal trays in a giant steamer.

Palate-pleasing ‘nasi lemak’ at Nasi Lemak Cilibilis, Gurney Drive by what2seeonline.com

Rice and egg steamed in the premises itself

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Northern Streets) on 19th May 2011.

The Tropical Spice Garden Cooking School was officially launched in May 2011. The event took place in the pavilion of the beautifully landscaped Tropical Spice Garden in Teluk Bahang, Penang. Named after the four and a half acre garden itself, the cooking school began operation in late April.

The official launching of the Tropical Spice Garden Cooking School was graced by the presence of Food Ambassador of Malaysia, Chef Wan and YB Danny Law Heng Kiang, Penang state exco for tourist development and culture.

Official Launching of Tropical Spice Garden Cooking School, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

It was a great opportunity appointed by MediaCorp TV Singapore as one of the judges in their New Chinese Variety Program – Chef Apprentice 名厨实习生. The program, hosted by popular TV host – Kym Ng, was filmed at the Culinary Arts Centre, located in Harbor Trade Centre, Penang.

The 10-episode program created a chance for apprentice Andrew Chua Kia Hong and apprentice Eugene Tan Chun Hao. Both received up close personal coaching and guidance from Executive Chef Sunny Sia of Grand Park City Hall Hotel Singapore and Executive Chef Eric Teo of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Singapore.

 CK Lam judging MediaCorp TV Singapore program - “Chef Apprentice”

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Northern Streets) on 12th May 2011.

Lameizi Restaurant in Bayan Lepas is famed for its spicy Szechuan-soup (ma la) steamboat. The soup is filled with dried chili, with a layer of chili oil floating on top. Besides this signature soup, there are several other tasty soup bases to choose from — chicken, old duck, pork knuckle, tom yam and fish. The clear chicken soup offers a welcome throwback for those who prefer a more traditionally-flavoured steamboat stock. Each of the stock is boiled for hours for it to acquire its natural sweetness and flavour.

The steamboat at Lameizi is cooked on an infusion plate, which is faster than the conventional potable gas stove or charcoal pot. We choose to have a sectioned pot with the old duck soup on one side, and the sour vegetable fish soup on the other. The sour vegetable fish soup was rich and sourish and includes plenty of salted vegetables (kiam chye).

Lameizi Restaurant - Szechuan Style Steamboat by what2seeonline.com

Combination pot of sour vegetable fish soup (RM28) and old duck soup (RM10.50)

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 BY CK Lam

SiTigun, located in two double-storey pre-war shophouses on Nagore Road, Penang is a wonderful cafe for a light meal and a cup of coffee. Tagged as “a bicycle pit-stop cafe”, it  is pleasant and relaxing.

SiTigun at Nagore Road, Penang - A Bicycle Pit-Stop Café by what2seeonline.com

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Located at the heart of the UNESCO heritage zone in George Town Penang is Muntri Mews. This beautifully refurbished boutique hotel on narrow Muntri Street is successfully done up by renowned hotelier Christopher Ong of Clove Hall and the UNESCO award winning hotel Galle Fort in Sri Lanka.

Opened in March this year, the hotel is currently the newest restored boutique hotel in Penang!

Heritage Boutique Hotel - Muntri Mews and Mews Cafe, Penang by What2seeonline.com

Iron gate opening to the hotel

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