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BY CK Lam

It is Friday and at Holiday Inn Resort Penang, the Terrace Cafe offers a variety of fun food spreads at the Friday Funday Feast.

The Friday Funday Feast is one of the weekly themed buffet dinner. There are four rotating menus and patrons will have a variety of seafood & meat specials, pastas, and delicious appetizers and salads.

Go for Friday Funday Feast in Holiday Inn Resort Penang by what2seeonline.com

Corn kernel mixbean salad

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BY CK Lam

Recently Asiaeuro held the Evans & Tate Margaret River wine dinner at Tiffins Parkroyal Resort Penang. The event had a selection of Margaret Rivers’ finest white and red wines from Evans & Tate paired with a delicious meal crafted by Chef Tan Jee Aun and his team.

Canapes were served and guests enjoyed prawns with coconut curry, air-dried beef on beetroot hummus and feta & mint melon with the 2013 Evans & Tate Gnangara Sauvignon Blanc. The refreshing wine with fresh lime zest, fig, passion fruit and grassy flavours was delightful.

Also present at the event was McWilliam’s Sales Director Asia Pacific, Garrick Harvison. Garrick provided insight of the winery and the varieties of wines

Evans & Tate Margaret River Australian Wine Dinner at Tiffins by what2seeonline.com

2013 Evans & Tate Gnangara Sauvignon Blanc

Evans & Tate Margaret River Australian Wine Dinner at Tiffins by what2seeonline.com

Prawns with coconut curry

Evans & Tate Margaret River Australian Wine Dinner at Tiffins by what2seeonline.comEvans & Tate Margaret River Australian Wine Dinner at Tiffins by what2seeonline.com

Feta & mint melon and air-dried beef on beetroot hummus

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BY CK Lam

The recent Leeuwin Estate Wine Dinner hosted by Asiaeuro Wines & Spirits Sdn Bhd in Tiffins at Parkroyal Penang Resort was a great way to experience Leeuwin’s wine.

The wines which included Art Series Riesling 2013, Prelude Chardonnay 2010, Siblings Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011, Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and Dow’s L.B.V Port 2007 were paired with a range of delicious dishes.

Leeuwin Estate Winery, Margaret River Australian Wine Dinner at Tiffins by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

A Malaysian team of chefs did our country proud by winning the Pattaya City Culinary Cup 2014 recently. The three-day competition, which was held at the Royal Cliff Hotel Convention Center in Thailand, started on Aug 15.

The team received a gold medal in the Pattaya City Gourmet Seafood Challenge at the Food and Hoteliers Expo 2014. Daniel Tan Chia Yang, the team manager, and Mohd Fauzi Ilias, the captain, were from Eastin Hotel. The other members included Vince Tan Zhi Hong (Eastin Hotel), Chuah Lay Yen and Chng Fu Wuey, both from the Penang chapter of the Chefs Association of Malaysia.

A Gold Win for Malaysian Chefs in the Pattaya City Culinary Cup 2014

photo via Wuey Ch’ng

 (From left) Mohd Fauzi Bin Ilias, Ch’ng Fu Wuey, Daniel Tan Chia Yang, Chuah Lay Yen, and Vince Tan Zhi Hong

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BY CK Lam

Penang is home to a few German restaurants, including the hardly touristy Lecker Ecke. Located on Burma Road, the quaint restaurant welcomes diners with simple and pleasant decor.

The restaurant’s wall is dominated by a chalkboard with daily specials. Owner cum chef Nicholas Cheng mentioned that he is sticking closely to the recipes used during his culinary career in Hamburg, Germany.  While pork and beef are the standard meaty selections, the menu also features poultry and seafood.

 Lecker Ecke German Cuisine Restaurant  by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Tucked away near the entrance of Spice Market Cafe, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa Penang, the Rasa Deli has been attracting diners with its delectable selection of Swiss rolls.

The deli offers seven varieties of sweet and savoury Swiss rolls, including chocolate mango, green tea with red bean, spring onion, dill and thyme, and Nutella hazelnut made with tiger skin sponge cake.

Swiss Roll (Switch Roll) at Rasa Deli, Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa by what2seeonline.com

Executive pastry chef Dino Wan Teik Boon

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BY CK LAM

The Asia Food Festival 2014 (AFF) is set to kick off with a host of activities for five days from Oct 22 at the Subterranean Penang International Convention & Exhibition Centre (SPICE).

The festival will feature a Fine Arts of Tea and Coffee Appreciation seminar, Asian Barista and Latte Art competition, Malaysian Association of Hotels Waiters’ Race and Bed Making competition as well as Wine and Spirits seminars.

The inaugural festival is themed Celebrating Our Culinary Cultural Diversity.

Celebrating Culinary Cultural Diversity at Asia Food Festival 2014 by what2seeonline.com

Unveiling logos of sponsors and partners for the food festival

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BY CK Lam

Happy Mid-Autumn festival and happy mooncake feasting!

With the Mid-Autumn Festival just around the corner, a group of us had an enjoyable time savoring many baked and snowskin mooncakes at the mooncake tasting event hosted by Gurney Paragon Mall Penang.

We saw the introduction of the latest trends and new gourmet ingredients featured in mooncakes from Canton-i, The Baker’s Cottage, Casahana, Leong Yin, Foh San, Purple Cane, Fai Fong, Kum Lun Tai and Hong Kong Mei Xin.

Canton-i introduced the Frosty Skin Series made with six new flavors. Be prepared to pay RM28 for two pieces of their renowned Frosty Durian Musang King mooncake, made with aromatic and quality musang king durian filling. Also included is the Organic Charcoal Skin with Coffee Paste mooncake. I would have preferred if it comes with a stronger amount of coffee.

Premium grade lotus seed imported from Hunan, China is used in the baked Hong Kong White Lotus Paste mooncake with single yolk (less sugar). Canton-i got it right with the amount of sugar and delicate lotus paste.

Mid-Autumn Mooncake Celebration at Gurney Paragon Mall Penang by what2seeonline.com

Hong Kong white lotus paste with single yolk (less sugar) – per piece RM21

Mid-Autumn Mooncake Celebration at Gurney Paragon Mall Penang by what2seeonline.comMid-Autumn Mooncake Celebration at Gurney Paragon Mall Penang by what2seeonline.com

Frosty durian musang king – per pack  of two pieces RM28

 

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BY CK Lam

The Tedeschis’ name is one of the oldest wine producers of the Valpolicella region, in Italy. Its collection comprises classic wines of the Valpolicella and Veronese regions.

The family winery is run by Renzo Tedeschi together with his children Antonietta, Riccardo and Sabrina. I had the pleasure of meeting Sabrina when Asiaeuro held a wine dinner in Vino Vino Bistro Penang.

Tedeschi Wine Dinner at Vino Vino Bistro, Penang by what2seeonline.com
Sabrina Tedeschi

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BY CK Lam

DCOVA Cafe on Bishop Street in George Town Penang caters to a diverse downtown clientele of corporate types and town visitors. The cafe housed in the Logan Heritage Building takes over the space that was once Lighthouse Cafe. The all day dining cafe welcomes visitors with its food, cakes, tea and a vast selection of coffee.

We started exploring the several varieties of hot coffee drinks made using throwback coffee beans from Papa Pahleta. The throwback is a composition of Brazil Cerrado, Sumatra Ratawali Valley and Tobing Estate. I enjoyed the espresso solo, which gave satisfying flavors of dark chocolate.

Dcova Cafe at Logan Heritage Building Penang by what2seeonline.com

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