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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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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

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The Wine Daddy’s ‘wine journey’ of discovering wines took place recently in Vistana Hotel Penang. I was invited to join in the session, comprising 45 minutes of theory, followed by two hours of tutored tasting.

Hosted by Prakash Ragavan, the ‘Wine Daddy’, the event offers a lot to know about wines. The wine enthusiast with a diploma in wine shared his knowledge and guided everyone through the assortment Old World and New World wines.

It begin with the NV Renaixenca Cava Brut, a sparkling wine from Spain and on to the whites – Los Cardos Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from Argentina and Heroes Sauvignon Blanc 2012 from Chile.

Guide to Wine with Wine Daddy at

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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

Executive pastry chef Dino Wan Teik Boon

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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

Unveiling logos of sponsors and partners for the food festival

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Penang is testament to the country’s multicultural citizenry and this year’s Merdeka theme – Where Love Grows.

Over the past 56 years, Penang has become synonymous with great food, a melting pot of cultures and their culinary history.

Despite the increasing number of modern cafes and fast food chains popping up in the city, there are still restaurant owners in Penang who are sticking with the age-old recipes. For these people, the old ways will never wear thin and these methods keep their customers coming back for more.

One of the popular outlet in Penang is Restoran Minah. This is an old-time favourite for Malay cuisine. Third-generation owners are carrying on the 64-year tradition at this non-air conditioned restaurant in Gelugor.

Restoran Minah – A Place for Malay Cuisine in Penang by

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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

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

Frosty durian musang king – per pack  of two pieces RM28


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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
Sabrina Tedeschi

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Nagore Square, a buzzy food scene in Penang is home to many food outlets. Conveniently sitting on the corner of the refurbished Chime Heritage building on nearby Jalan Bawasah is The Haven Harbour (HH). This double storey corner unit cafe with its white washed walls and spacious upstairs dining area is welcoming with modern day design and relaxing environment.

Andus Yeap takes care of the kitchen while Carine Lim is the lady behind the wide range of creative pastries and cakes. For freshness, only small patches of desserts are baked daily while the made to order signature desserts take 15 minutes of preparation.

Take your pick from the different types of chocolate desserts made with superior quality Callebaut chocolate products. Would it be the Poke Boule or the Chocolate Assiette? We had both choices.

The ball of Poke Boule with Frangelico infused lady finger coated with Belgian chocolate was served cold in a ramekin. Carine took it up a notch by adding nice sense of texture – fine lines of white chocolate and crisp peanuts. Recommended to go with a cup of Americano, the Poke Boule practically melts in the mouth. It brings back something memorable – roughly like eating rum ball.

The Haven Harbour – A cafe at Chime Heritage Penang by

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Cafes grew rapidly in Penang for the past few years and is still growing. The latest on Chow Thye Road is Monkey Cup Cafe. Having opened over a few months, the corner unit cafe with its walls painted in grey got its name from the tropical pitcher plant – monkey cup.


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