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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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BY CK Lam

The Wirra Wirra Wine Dinner hosted by Vino Vino Bistro had many looking closely at the Wirra Wirra wines from McLaren Vale in South Australia. On hand sharing more about the selection of wines was Sam Temme, international sales manager for Wirra Wirra.

Wirra Wirra Wine Dinner at Vino Vino Bistro by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

For the coming holy Ramadan, Sarkies at E &O Hotel Penang will be introducing the Jamuan Buka Puasa buffet.

“Besides the Jamuan Buka Puasa buffet, other ongoing buffets are the Salam Aidilfitri Hi-Tea and Salam Aidilfitri Buffet Dinner. You will find rotating menus, incorporating spread of traditional Malay delicacies prepared with fresh local ingredients,” says communications and public relations manager Eileen Chong.

Enjoy A Delectable Jamuan Buka Puasa Buffet at Sharkies, E & O Hotel Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Food and wine connoisseurs attending the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Wine Dinner at the Feringgi Grill at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa Penang had an enjoyable evening of fine indulgence.

A general presentation of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte was presented by David Ornon

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BY CK Lam

If you are looking for a place to buka puasa during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan, an evening at Vistana Penang Bukit Jambul is well worth it.

The hotel will be presenting the Ramadhan feast with 101 delightful recipes inspired by Tok Wan – Tok Wan being a colloquial Pahang state term for grandmother.

Buka Puasa Ramadhan with Tok Wan 101 Recipes at Vistana Hotel Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Essenze Magazine is a prestigious magazine featuring a vibrant mix of fashion, people, luxury, and many more. An article on Maple Palace Restaurant in Penang appeared in Vol. 34-14 and I had been interviewed for the article.

The interview over lunch at the Chinese restaurant with gracious host Vivien Teoh and Tan Loy Sin was documented and also with photos taken.

This is the version of the article – A Flair of Flavour…

 

 A FLAIR FOR FLAVOUR

In a land where spicy street food and Hokkien cuisine rule supreme, there is one heavyweight champion that is slowly turning the tide by introducing impeccable Cantonese Szechuan cuisine in a classy setting that is fit for a king. Set in Maple Gold Club, a grand heritage mansion tucked in the millionaire’s row of Penang’s swanky Northam Road (or Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah), is Maple Palace Restaurant. The restaurant has made a name for being one of the top places frequented by the well-heeled millionaires and socialites of Malaysia’s high society.

The proprietor and head-chef of Maple Palace, Tan Loy Sin, or Loy as he goes by, recently hosted celebrated food critic and writer, C.K. Lam, and EZ to sample the restaurant’s new menu.

Lam, who runs one of the most visited food websites in Malaysia is widely regarded as an authority on the Penang food scene and has written for numerous publications in Malaysia and beyond.

 CK Lam featured in A Flair for Flavour in  Vol. 34-14 Essenze Magazine

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BY CK Lam

The Chateau Palmer Wine Dinner organized by Asiaeuro introduced the renowned wines from the Margaux appellation of Bordeaux for an intimate set of 36 guests. The event held at Hotel Equatorial Penang begin with a Processco reception at the Blue Moon before proceeding to The View restaurant for dinner.

Chateau Palmer Wine Dinner at The View, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

25 April 2014, marked the topping off ceremony of G Hotel Kelawai, Penang. The RM200mil hotel which is a new chapter in the G Hotel brand is in its final stages of construction and is targeted to open in the last quarter of 2014.

Located at the junction of College Drive (Persiaran Maktab) and Kelawai Road, the modern and trendy hotel set the stage for exclusive and extraordinary experiences for both business and holiday travellers.

The “topping off ceremony” held on the 23rd floor is lead by General Manager of G Hotel; Mr Michael Hanratty, Director of G Hotel; Mr Phuah Choon Meng and Mr Phuah Ken Lin, Director of Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board; Mr Harun Pilus, Penang Global Tourism; Mr Jason Sim along with Guest of Honor, Chief Minister of Penang; YAB Lim Guan Eng and Minister of Tourism and Cultural Development; YB Danny Law Heng Kiang.

 G Hotel Kelawai Topping Off Ceremony by what2seeonline.com

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