Archive for the ‘BBQ’ Category

BY CK Lam

For those with cravings for Texas grill dishes, do drop in to Swez Brasserie, located in Eastin Hotel, Penang. The brasserie is having its Texas Grill Promotion for the whole month of June 2012.

The young newly appointed junior sous chef, Kelvin Cheong whips up a selection of grill dishes cooked with a pleasant flavor of of herbs and spices). I had a preview taste of some of the dishes. The meal begins with the serving of warm Texas wild potato soup made with USA imported potatoes and herbs. The hearty soup with a delectable creaminess was simply satisfying.


Going for Texas Grill at Eastin Hotel by what2seeonline.com

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 9th September 2011.

BY CK Lam

Vino Vino Bistro is the latest concept of wine bar to be launched in Penang. Incorporating a whisky bar as well as a coffee bar with a high tech twist, the outlet carries a wide and fine selection of wines in Penang. The cozy interior is lined with wine cabinet stacked with a variety of wines, Japanese sake and shochu.

Its drawing point is the Vino Tech dispensing system, whereby single malt whisky and premier wine are offered to customers by glass at the perfect temperature.

Vino Vino Bistro at Bayan Lepas,Penang by what2seeonline.com

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 18th February 2011.

Teluk Tempoyak is a quaint fishing village, at the southeastern tip of the Penang. Positioned slightly south of Batu Maung, this Malay village has remained a secluded and unpolluted. It has a stretch of beach that seems to run endlessly. The makeshift and uneven wooden jetties that extend from the shore into the sea, adding charm to this village.

Many Penangites are heading to Kampung Teluk Tempoyak in search of fresh and cheap seafood. Quality and freshness of the seafood here is at the upmost as they serve the catch that comes in every evening. One of the biggest attractions is grilled fish, or more affectionately known as ikan bakar.

Ikan Bakar & Nasi Lemak at Kampung Teluk Tempoyak, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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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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As the Earth Hour approaches, Executive Sous Chef John Brock and his culinary team of Sigi’s Bar and Grill on the Beach (SBG) will be dishing up an “environmental friendly dish” for both local and international diners.

Diners will have the opportunity to savor Hungi BBQ. A Hungi, or Hangi is a New Zealand Maori cooking tradition brought to Penang for the very first time by Chef John.

Hungi BBQ at Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach, Golden Sands Resort Penang

Chef John and his culinary team with their Hungi BBQ!

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Penang has a number of Korean BBQ restaurants and lately we saw the arrival of Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant in our shores. The outlet opened in the middle of May, less than a month ago occupies two shoplots in Penang Bayan Point. Daorae operates by the motto ‘the customers is always right’, thus their main objective is to provide good services to their customers. We had a hearty meal there recently.

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An evening with a sumptuous BBQ Buffet awaited us in Eccucino @ Prince Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. This is one buffet that you can also taste different type of cuisines, ranging from Japanese to Italian. There are several stations displayed with delicacies including meat, appetizers, salad and desserts which are catered for most palates. The buffet was accompanied by free-flow of selected wines, beers and fresh juices.

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Last week, the Malaysian-German Society of Penang held their annual Christmas celebration and Bazaar  which is open to the public at their premises in Jalan Air Itam. Many programs were lined up for the event featuring the presence of  Santa Claus, piano performance,  story telling,  Christmas caroling and gourmet food.

Although there were no serving of turkey and Christmas pudding, they make it up by serving yummy smoked barbeque chicken and jumbo sausages. Potato salad and Sauerkraut made up the side dishes.

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Our family has always been a fan of Korean Food, especially the barbeque cuisines. Complemented with the kimchi, the dishes is definitely a nice change from the Chinese dishes we are accustomed to on the normal days.

Since it was a public holiday on the Merdeka Day, we decided to cross over to the mainland to visit the newly opened Jusco Bandar Perda in Bukit Mertajam, Penang on our food hunt. This time around, we decided to visit Che Go Korean BBQ Restaurant.  Getting there was the easy part but the jam upon entering the complex was deafening. After finding a car park and with growling tummies, we quickly find our way to the restaurant.

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Most of the eateries were packed, and a line of customers were waiting for tables. We finally got ours at a nice little corner after waiting for twenty minutes. The staffs were way too busy to recommend their specialities, so we just flicked upon the rather large-size menu and took our pick ourselves.

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There are a few sets of bbq  that customers can take advantage of ranging from RM78 to RM168.  A set is inclusive of a few dishes and is much cheaper compare to ordering the dishes individually.  We had the spare ribs bbq set which are provided with six plates of appetizers which is refillable – kimchi, cucumber, long beans, kacang botol, brinjal and bayam leaves plus the rest of the dishes.

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The dishes that this spare rib bbq set comprises looked simply delicious and the real deal didn’t disappoint.

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Over at this restaurant and similarly in many Korean joints, the food is cook on a metal plate over a gas cooker located at the center of the table by the waiter. We had the pleasure to sit back and watch the food being cooked and at the same time enjoying ourselves eating the tastefully cooked marinated beef.

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The is the fried Korean Seafood Pancake. A really simple dish of egg with vegetables and seafood but the combination turns out to be delicious.

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Another dish was the Hot Pot Chicken with Bipim Bab (a version of claypot rice). Our family found the taste of this dish rather bland. Then came the Korean Chicken Ginseng Soup. The chicken was stuffed with glutinous rice, Chinese chestnut and boiled with ginseng strands and red dates. The taste was very herbalist and some might not be accustomed to these strong ginseng smell.

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Special Korean Rice Cake. The rice cake which is a bit chewy is stir fried in a slightly spicy and sweet chili sauce with large prawns together with  pieces of squid and fish cake. This dish is unusual and it was our favourite.

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Finally, the Seaweed Soup with Dumpling. Nothing much to shout about for this dish, just a few dumplings in a simple Miso Soup (do Koreans have Miso Soup anyway?). The dumplings were quite thick-skinned, literally. Just a nice compliment for the meal as we already had the Ginseng Chicken soup.

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This bbq set does not include complimentary fruits and desserts as compare to other outlets that we had patronized previously.

On the bright side, the cold green tea that we had with this delicious and fuss-free dinner is refillable at RM2 per glass. We found most of the dishes sufficient in taste and hence not too much additional sauces is required.

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A very satisfied mom with an even satisfied son. :D

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My hubby still prefer the Korea Palace BBQ Restaurant in Tanjong Tokong because the appetizers are marinated much tastier and they uses charcoal instead of gas. He favour charcoal as it really enhances the taste of the meat as compared to gas which is more likened to pan-fry style.

More related post on Korean BBQ :
Korea Palace BBQ Restaurant
Kim Chi Korean Restaurant

Last night dinner was at the new and spacious Korean Palace BBQ Restaurant in Jalan Tanjung Tokong. Located on the 1st floor of Wisma Bayu, it was opened in late April 2008. This was the first time we step into this restaurant. At the entrance of the lift, was a poster featuring some of their dishes. The lift leads directly to the entrance of this brightly lighted restaurant. Browsing through the menu, we found many choices of soups, noodles, rice, stews and the popular barbeque meat charcoal grilled at the table. One part of the menu is only available for lunch. We started the BBQ meal with an assortment of “banchan”, small cold side dishes (total of 10) and a plate of salad. The salad is a combination of lettuce, perilla leaves, slices of pumpkin and corn. We love the perilla leaves which is very aromatic.
Just see how much trouble they take to cut this piece of paper thin pickled white radish.On top of our food list was Chadolbaegi – beef brisket (RM 45), followed by Osam Bulgogi – pork belly with squid (RM35). The thinly beef slices comes with quite a bit of fats which makes it more tender. The pork and squid were marinated in red pepper paste.The meat is charcoal grilled by the staff unlike when we did it ourselves in Kim Chi Restaurant. The grilled tender and juicy pieces of meat is absolutely delicious eaten with a dip in their special sauce. It enhances the flavor of the meat wonderfully !!The slightly spicy red pepper paste used for marinating the pork and squid is very tasty and it further raises our appetite. The meat is best eaten wrapped up in lettuce or the perilla leaves.Yukgaejang is another dish that we had. This hot and spicy beef soup has a combination of beef slices, lots of fresh vegetables and egg. It is accompanied with a bowl of rice.
Dining is very pleasant in this very well ventilated restaurant. Exhaust funnels fixed under the table helps to suck up the smoke from the griller. So no worries of smelly clothings after the meal :)
At the end of our meal, we were served with watermelon and refreshing chilled dessert drink. My son loves the drink……who would have thought that a simple rice drink tasted so good.
We fully enjoyed the dinner. The staff were friendly and service was quick….with a press on the bell at the table.There will definitely be many more visits for us to this restaurant to savour their other dishes especially their Beef Bulgogi. The last time we had this dish was at Sam Oh Jeong Korean Restaurant. I highly recommend this Korea Palace BBQ Restaurant to anyone looking for good Korean food in Penang. This place is run by a friendly Korean lady who is always on hand to assist newbies to Korean cuisine.
Here is the location.
Korea Palace BBQ Restaurant
28-1-2 Jalan Tanjung Tokong
Penang
Tel : 04 8997900  (Updated)
Bussiness Hours : 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 10pm
Fancy paying your own dinner and still have to cook yourself? That is what you have to do while having a barbeque steamboat buffet in Seoul Garden. This was our third visit to this outlet at Gurney Plaza.

There are a few choices of soup for the mini steamboat and a wide selection of meat, seafood and vegetables to choose from.


This is our first round of mini steamboat and hot plate. This outlet uses cooking oil for the grilling/frying unlike others that uses butter. We find this healthier. The good thing is that they allow their customers to change their pan after it get burned.

Not forgetting the sweets corner. Ice-kacang with toppings of red bean, jagung, cendol, peach fruit slices, sea coconut and colourful jellies. There are also choices of ice-cream besides fresh fruits.
Besides the above varities, they also served snack food – pizza, fried chicken wings and satay. The cost of the barbeque varies during weekdays and weekends. Students and UOB credit card holders are also entitle to a discount. Three of us have some good fun cooking and eating. We left happily with a full stomach.

We dropped by for a Korean barbecue dinner at Kim Chi Restaurant, located opposite The Copthrone Hotel in Tanjung Bungah, Penang. This restaurant is converted from a double storey semi-d house.
We had the barbeque pork and a steaming hot pot of Ginseng Chicken Soup. The former comes with an assortment of “banchan”, small side dishes of kimchi, pickled vegetables, tofu, bean sprout, brinjal, egg and bean paste.

There is also a plate of lettuce leaves and perilla leaves to wrap the barbeque meat. The  perilla leaf which belongs to the mint family has a fresh aroma and is not easily found in Malaysia.  The owner planted many of this herb in her garden.

The plate of marinated meat is a big serving. The waiter offers to grill the meat for us but we rather to do it ourselves. It is kind of hands-on fun  grilling the meat and wrapping them with the leaves spread with bean paste. Tong and scissor is provided for flipping and cutting the meat. Sightly spicy, the meat goes wonderfully well with the leaves.

We also had the Ginseng Chicken Soup served in an earthen pot with a whole chicken. Glutinous rice, dates, and ginseng  are stuffed inside the chicken and boiled until  just tender and not overcooked. We had a serving of the soup with some sticky glutinous rice and chicken.


No Korean meal is complete without the dessert of watermelon. Each of us is served with a slice of this fruit besides a cold sweet rice drink (its free).
The decoration of the restaurant is simple but the food and service made up for it. The barbeque meat and the soup are both good. At the moment, they are having the set lunch promotion too…. maybe we will drop by for lunch.
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