Archive for November, 2011

BY CK Lam

Poon choi or Big Bowl Feast is an indulgent affair with layers of ingredients in fragrant gravy. It is believed that this traditional dish originated in China, and the name of the dish came from the distinctive basin-like pot in which it was cooked and served.

There are only a handful of places serving this dish in Penang and one of them is Zi Zai Restaurant. Our group of 13 made our way to the restaurant  in Paya Terubong to try its traditional poon choi.

Treasure pot of Poon Choi goodness at Zi Zai by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

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Nov

Nasi Campur at Secret Alley Cafe

   Posted by: CK Lam    in Cafe, George Town, Penang, Pork Free

BY CK Lam

Secret Alley Cafe is a cozy outdoor cafe located at the ground floor of Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang. This pork free cafe is gaining popularity from the surrounding office workers, with an interesting menu of nasi campur (economy rice). There are more than 30 dishes of fresh home-style healthy dishes at reasonable prices, with varieties of Chinese, Malay and Indian dishes.

Cost of the meal depends on your choice of dishes. In general, the concept is more akin to an affordable place for economy rice, yet it is housed in a comfortable environment. With its wide variety of ingredients comprising of fish, chicken, seafood and vegetables, the prices of the items are reasonable, staring from RM1 to RM5.

Nasi Campur (economy rice) at Secret Alley Cafe in Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang

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BY CK Lam

Penang Plaza in Burma Road has been given a new lease of life with the opening of the Hei Yeong Seng Chinese Restaurant. Also known as Noble Season Chinese Restaurant, it is a subsidiary of the Chinese Recreation Club Restaurant. Its cream-coloured table cloths and simple decor give it a bright and cheery ambience. There is an aquarium at one side of the restaurant that is filled with thriving fish of all kinds. There is also a mini-stage at the rear to cater for mass banquets and company functions.

Its menu is a selection of seafood and meat dishes, as well as noodles and desserts. The steamed chicken is garnished with plenty of spring onions. Prepared with Chinese wine and wolfberries, the chicken can be enjoy on its own, or with some pounded ginger.

Hei Yeong Seng Chinese Restaurant by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

Steamed chicken with Chinese wine

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BY CK Lam

At 42º La Boheme, we discovered new textures and flavours during our lunch visit. Opened since July, Mathieu Guegan and his wife Huvi have created a French cafe in a heritage house. Coupled with simple decorations and some old collectibles, the ambience is casual. The only visible sign of the cafe in bustling Jalan Sri Bahari, is the small wooden sign, 42º La Boheme, hanging on the front gate.

Mathieu, who also runs the kitchen, learnt to bake since he was 12 and has spent years working in some restaurants. He makes his own bread and desserts and offers lovely pastries, galettes and quiches. Besides the short and fresh menu, a variety of desserts can be found displayed at the counter. The chalkboard showcases a selection of pizzas available only on weekends.

42° La Boheme in Jalan Sri Bahari by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

42° La Boheme in Jalan Sri Bahari by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

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