Archive for the ‘Heritage’ Category

BY CK Lam

Built in 1929, Loke Thye Kee Restaurant down on Burma Road, Penang boasted a ship design in memory of its original waterfront location in Weld Quay. During its heyday, the restaurant was famous for its traditional Hainanese cuisine besides widely regarded as the place for matchmaking, weddings ceremonies as well as birthdays celebrations.

The historical place acquired by its current owners underwent a restoration programme and was restored to its former glory in late 2012.

Today, the refreshed Loke Thye Kee houses a number of restaurants: Kopitiam, Loke Thye Kee Restaurant and The Bridge Grill. Guests can enjoy pork-free Hainanese, Malaysian and Western delights at these pork free and Halal outlets certified by JAKIM.

Dine Within the Historic Loke Thye Kee in Penang by what2seeonline.com
Photo via LTK

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BY CK Lam

Penang is a hawker paradise with a huge variety of interesting street food stalls offering plenty of good and reasonably priced Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine. I revel in the delights of hawker food, sold throughout the market area, neighbourhood stalls and the narrow back alleys of Penang.

Some of the stalls offer sitting areas while others have none, so you may have to eat while standing up – a bit of a challenge. However, it’s an even bigger challenge to decipher what goes into each dish and just where those flavours dancing on your palate stem from. This is where I can help.

 Pan Mee

What it is: Pan Mee is also known as mee hoon kueh in Hokkien. You can have either the dry version or with soup. Pan mee is a type of noodle made of rice flour that is handmade manually on the spot. The prepared small lumps of dough are kept fresh in a tight container, and when the time comes, they’re flattened and cut into strips using a noodle-making machine.

 Flavour Guide on Penang Hawker Food - Pan Mee

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BY CK Lam

George Town Penang is reputed with its many heritage shophouses with five foot pedestrian walkways. Many are familiar with these sheltered walkways which are popularly known as goh kaki 五脚基. It is not surprise having one of the cafes going after the name.

Goh Kaki located in two heritage shophouses on Bishop Street is a casual relaxing space. It is one of the several cafes in town that brings back childhood memories.

The drinks menu offers brewed local coffee, fresh juices, soothing teas and ice blended. Coffee choices on the menu include Kopi C, Kopi-O, Kopi and Chocolate Coffee, all served in porcelain kopitiam cups and saucer with flower motifs.

Goh Kaki offers customers the signature ‘Say No’ Chocolate Coffee with “old-school” chocolates wrapped in gold foil. The chocolate coins with the charm of yesteryear are still sold at some grocers.

Goh Kaki - Five Foot Way Cafe in Penang by what2seeonline.com

Chocolate coffee RM7.90

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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

Steak Frites in the heart of historic George Town, Penang is a great restaurant that fits the current trend towards nostalgia. The restaurant is part of 23 Love Lane, a beautifully restored boutique heritage hotel.

Steak Frites @ 23 Love Lane – Steak, salad and fries by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

There are many new cafes with interesting ambience and unique features to explore in Penang, especially with the cafe culture gaining much popularity over the last few years. Most of these quaint cafes managed by both locals and expatriates are located in the heritage enclave of George Town and it is definitely worth exploring on foot.

Old charming new cafes around the heritage enclave of George Town

 

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BY CK Lam

1881 Chong Tian Cultural Hotel 中天酒店 is a restored Chinese heritage hotel, located along Jalan Pintal Tali (Rope Walk), Penang. This cultural hotel on PENANG’S UNESCO world heritage site features a rooftop bar, Eastern and Western restaurant, function hall, library and a museum with antique collections dating back to the 18th century.

I first arrived with some friends for a tour and a meal prior to its opening in December 2011. One gets transported back in time the moment you walk in the door of the refurbished pre-war house which was once a thriving hotel in the late 1800s.

 1881 Chong Tian Cultural Hotel, Rope Walk by CK Lam of what2seeonline.com

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 6th September 2011.

The recently launched Campbell House in George Town is home to Il Bacaro Venetian Restaurant. This slice of classic Italian dining is within walking distance of Tho Yuen and Tai Tong Dim Sum House.

The restaurant serves its cuisine the Il Bacaro way, which is based on a traditional Venetian backstreet tavern. It’s where one can enjoy authentic Italian dishes served in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Il Bacaro Venetian Restaurant at Campbell House, Penang by ck lam of www.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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BY CK Lam

Fancy some Hainanese cuisine in Penang? Chances are the choices are not aplenty as Hainanese cooks are few to come by and the younger generation is not keen on learning the trade.

But you can make your way to Yeng Keng Cafe & Bar in Yeng Keng Hotel, a heritage boutique hotel on Chulia Street at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage City of George Town. In addition to Western cuisine, Yeng Keng Café & Bar came out with a selection of classic Hainanese dishes.

Yeng Keng Hotel, Chulia Street Penang by what2seeonline.com

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 20th May 2011.

The Cinnamon at the elegantly restored Hotel Penaga, located at the corner of Jalan Hutton & Lebuh Clarke is an all-day dining restaurant. The pleasantly decorated restaurant serves buffet breakfast and Western cuisines with Asian influence.

The Cinnamon at Hotel Penaga by what2seeonline.com

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The city of Bangkok has been an enigmatic jewel of South East Asia, with its mythical traditions complementing the modern and vibrant capital of Thailand. We were in Bangkok recently at the invitation of the Royal Thai Consulate-General, enjoying a host of activities and savoring many different types of food in this haven for food lovers and shoppers. The trip was filled with many experiences!

CK Lam visit Bangkok as guest of the Royal Thai Consulate-General

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