Archive for January, 2013

BY CK Lam

In conjunction with the upcoming February and Chinese New Year promotion, Eastin Hotel Penang has put its Chinese Odyssey and Chinese New Year’s Buffet at the Swez Brasserie. The festive menu crafted by chef Cheah Teik Huat and junior sous chef Ong Chin Hock offers a variety of authentic Chinese specialties to satisfy your taste buds.

The best dish to start the meal is the fresh salmon Yee Sang. This dish enjoyed only during the Chinese New Year is a colorful temptation, with piquant pairing of tangy and appetizing sauces with various ingredients.

Chinese New Year Menu at Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Pearly Kee, a fifth generation Penang Nyonya has just launched her first cook book entitled A Nyonya Inheritance at China Tiger, here.  Also present were the writer’s mentor, master chef Datuk Lim Bian Yam, family members and friends.

‘A Nyonya Inheritance’- cookbook with savoury Penang Nyonya recipes by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

A food trip over to Ipoh, Perak had us visiting Mun Choong Restaurant. This restaurant commonly known as Pusing Public Restaurant is a favorite of both tourists and locals.

This restaurant situated in Pasir Puteh offers variety of delicacies and one personal favorite is the udang galah (Har Lok in Cantonese). These freshwater prawns are cooked in many forms.

Freshwater Prawns @ Mun Choong, Ipoh by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

SMAAK!ZA – “Taste! South Africa” 2012 was in Penang recently for the “Table” sessions.  Held at Maricosa Pacific Rim & Hawaiian Cuisine in Straits Quay, the event featured an eclectic 4 course dinner menu paired with a mini-vertical tasting of among the top award-winning Pinotage wines.

Thomas Ling, principal partner of Entwine Consultancy hosted the event and introduced the lineup of featured wines while Satoru Nakamatsu shared his passionate views behind the mouth-watering Rainbow Nation’s colourful cuisine.

We started off with the Savana, made from Granny Smith apples grown in the Elgin area in the Western Cape of South Africa. This naturally brewed and matured premium cider went well with the Maricosa bruschetta and the Mediterranean mackerel salad which was brought together with many fresh greens, mackerel and pleasantly sharp cheese.

SMAAK!ZA “Taste!South Africa” 2012 – The Table Sessions, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

The start of 2013 had me travelling down to Kuala Lumpur to attend the Artistry of Spices programme at the invitation of The United States Ambassador to Malaysia, Datuk Paul W. Jones, and wife, Catherine Jones.

Many food enthusiasts and friends were there to celebrate the programme held at their official residence in Jalan Langgak Golf.

Artistry of Spices Program in promoting culture, heritage and cuisines by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia – Sunway Institute of Culinary Arts has brought culinary education to Malaysia in their school located in Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Representatives from the school and Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand was up in Traders Hotel Penang recently to conduct a seminar.

Attendees at the seminar had an educational afternoon experiencing ‘campus life’. Besides gaining more info on the culinary programmes from both campuses, they also enjoyed a cooking demonstration on the recipe Bonbonnière Au Chocolat – Chocolate Box and Assorted Pralines.

Bonbonnière Au Chocolat - Chocolate Box and Assorted Pralines cooking demo by Chef Thierry Lerallu in Le Cordon Bleu Seminar

BONBONNIÈRE AU CHOCOLAT
Chocolate box and assorted praline

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BY CK Lam

Eastin Hotel Penang is starting off the New Year with its first monthly buffet. The buffet called Aussie Tucker at the Swez Brasserie incorporates a variety of classic and modern dishes spiced up with new flavours.

There is a mix of appetisers featuring uluru calamari salad, chiko rolls and Aussie oyster soup. The uluru calamari salad consists of calamari tossed with orange and walnut dressing, fish caviar, chillies and olives.

Aussie Tucker buffet at Eastin Hotel, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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