Archive for December, 2012

BY CK Lam – A sweet note to end 2012 and a great way to start 2013!

As we know, Humble Beginnings started out providing online ordering of freshly hand-made and hand-layered mille crepes. It has since spread with the opening of its mille crepe cafes throughout Malaysia.

In Penang, you can enjoy the mille crepes in their outlet located in the charming Straits Quay.

Humble Beginnings Mille Crepe in Straits Quay, Penang by what2seeonline.com

 

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BY CK Lam

If you are looking for good pineapple cakes, you cannot pass up visiting Gartien. Located on Lorong Macalister in Penang, Gartien is possibly one of the most well-known pineapple cake makers.

Gartien version of pineapple cake is rolled up in a rectangular pillow of buttery crumbly dough encasing a ball of tangy pineapple filling. Each piece is individually packed in Japanese washi paper to preserve its freshness.

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BY CK Lam

The newly opened Seven Terraces in the heart of World Heritage Site is Penang’s newest boutique hotel. Sitting on Stewart Lane, this hotel by hoteliers Christopher Ong and Karl Steinberg is converted from a row of seven C19th Anglo Chinese terraces houses.

Seven Terraces offers guests a boutique hotel experience with its Peranakan and contemporary design and its many Baba Nonya and Chinese antique furniture and collectibles. The hotel comprises a restaurant, bar and 18 air-conditioned suites with modern amenities.

Seven Terraces & The Kebaya at Stewart Lane, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

For this Christmas and New Year Eve, I have compiled a list of tantalizing offering of lunch and dinner menus from the many dining places in Penang. There is something for everyone and I hope it will help you plan for this holiday dining. And don’t forget to have your reservations made well in advance…

I would like to wish you all A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year 2013!

Christmas & New Year Eve Restaurant Dining in Penang by what2seeonline.com

 

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BY CK Lam

Ferringhi Garden Restaurant is one of only a few garden restaurants in Penang. I have been visiting this restaurant since 2008 and glad to say that it is going stronger each year. For this year Christmas celebration, the restaurant has everyone in a festive mood with its exterior and interior beautifully decorated with festive lights.

Christmas Eve Dinner Menu at Ferringhi Garden Restaurant, Penang by what2seeonline.com

The front section of the indoor dining area has a gorgeous displayed of Christmas trees, gingerbread houses and variety of lovely hand-crafted ornaments.

Christmas Eve Dinner Menu at Ferringhi Garden Restaurant, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Having afternoon tea at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa in Batu Ferringhi, Penang is a real indulgence. I remembered my first noteworthy exposure with Rasa Sayang’s afternoon tea at the Rasa Wing Lounge.

It came with a 3-tier plate rack, with cakes, scones accompanied with cream and jam along with savory treats. Until today, the tradition of afternoon tea is still observed in both the Rasa Wing Lounge and the Spice Market Cafe over at the Garden Wing.

Afternoon Tea @ The Spice Market Cafe in Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa by what2seeonline.com

Scones High Tea

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BY CK Lam

I had the pleasure of attending a wine pairing dinner put together by G Hotel award winning Pan Asian restaurant Sesame and Soy and Katnook Estate. The gourmet food was prepared by chef de cuisine Chiam Choon Heng.

The wines sampled at the event included the Katnook Founder’s Block Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Katnook Founder’s Block Chardonnay 2010, Katnook Estate Shiraz 2009, Katnook Estate Chardonnay 2008 and Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2005.

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BY CK Lam

d’Tandoor Restaurant has recently opened in Penang. Its location in Precinct 10, showcase a concept that is modern with inviting gold and black interior and simple Indian decorations. The restaurant which is the chain of the D’Tandoor International Group of Restaurant serves Mughlai dishes.

The Mughlai cooking of the Indian sub-continent uses more natural ingredients. The extensive menu features many tempting options. We are torn between the curries, specialties, vegetarian dishes, relishes and accompaniments besides naans, rice dishes and desserts. We begin the meal with complimentary thin crispy papadum with smothery mint yogurt.

A spiced meal at d’Tandoor Restaurant, Penang at what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Chin Ho Plaza in Penang Times Square was the site of The Battle of Penang Hawker Masters 2012 competition finale, where 18 shortlisted hawkers compete in dishing out the best Penang hawker dishes. The event organised by Ivory Properties Group Bhd for the second year was packed with a crowd of 500 food lovers who came and watched the participants in action.

The competition comprising six categories, saw three participants from each category showcasing their skills. The six categories were Hokkien mee, curry mee, nasi lemak, char koay teow, pasembur and rojak, prepared with Khalis santan sawit, Carotino red palm oil and minyak Cap Buruh.

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Rojak

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Char Koay Teow

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Nasi Lemak

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BY CK Lam

My enthusiasm for learning about wine was given a boost when I was invited to the Malaysia Wine Fiesta 2012. The event organized by The Straits Wine Company (of the Billion Frontier Group of Companies) was held at Precinct 10, located at Tanjung Tokong, Penang. More than 400 wine enthusiasts turned up at the event.

“Tickets were sold like hot cakes since the event is being publish. We are glad to organize event like this as it help to bring up a new healthy drinking trend in Penang” Sean Teoh, Billion Frontier Group of Companies Group Vice-President said.

Billion Frontier Group of Companies owns a number of up-market restaurants and bistros including Bed, Sixty9ine Mansion by The Sea, Mois, Nueve, Sushi Zento and Red Karaoke.

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 Crowds of people make their way through the event

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