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Things will be spicing up at Starhill Gallery with the launch of its coming annual Midsummer Nights Feast on the 2nd July 2010. The eight day festival promises the presence of top celebrity chefs featuring special menus of fine food paired with great wine, accompanied by music and fashion shows.

The tagline for this year’s event is Experience the Fine Art of Flavours, and it will definitely live up to its name with vibrant delicious cuisines forming delightful artistry created by the celebrity chefs. I was invited to the press conference and food samplings. Well, there are plenty of tasty delights and I sampled plenty of fabulous cuisine that will be offered at this year’s culinary event.

Starhill Gallery presents Midsummer Nights Feast 2010, Kuala Lumpur

Experience the fine art of flavors at Starhill Gallery!

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This time around our Penang food outing in the Mainland continues with Teochew cuisine at the popular Restaurant Chao Zhou. This Teochew restaurant also serves a wide selection of dim sum for breakfast and numerous dishes for lunch and dinner.

I chanced upon it through its restaurant website. Together with my In-laws, we made the trip to this restaurant located in Chai Leng Park. The restaurant has a large air-conditioned dining hall and a pleasant outdoor sitting area.


Straight to the dishes we indulged that evening!

We started with the superb deep-fried items. There is a good variety to choose from and varies based on the customer choices. We had three different types, with deep-fried cho, ku chye kueh and prawns wrap with crisp vermicelli. All the deep fried items were served hot and crispy…very fragrant. Excellent appetizer to kick off the meal.


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Penang has a number of stall selling porridge and one particular stall that is worth mentioning is the Tai Buan Porridge. It is housed in a shoplot on Muntri Street serving good rice porridge and side dishes. This Teochew style porridge is very popular and most of the customers are back for return visits.

Braised duck, liver and gizzard


Comfort food – Porridge served in clay bowl

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There are many chu char stalls in Bukit Mertajam and one such shop that serves simple and robust Teochew food is Yoong Kee Eating Shop. This shop is among one of the oldest Teochew restaurants around town. Located in Jalan Pasar (Market Street), the restaurant has been operating for over 60 years.


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Just mention Goh Huat Seng Restaurant and usually one word come to mind… Steamboat! Having been around for more than 50 years, it is one of the oldest Teochew restaurants in Penang. Situated in the folds of Kimberley Street, many things have changed since the old days but one thing’s for sure… the traditional steamboat still comes lighted up with charcoal.


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Eating Teochew braised duck can be quite pricey in a restaurant. If you like to have this delicacy at a reasonable price, then head over to Carnovan Street. This delicacy is sold during lunch hour at a koay chiap stall run by two brothers who also sells koay teow th’ng in the morning.

The braised duck is very popular and usually sold out quite early. The duck is braised in a variety of herbs and spices till dark brown; its texture soft and tender while the soy sauce brings out the best of its flavour. Like all these similar line of dishes, it is sprinkled with garlic and spring onion.

Braised foodstuff in this stall is not only limited to duck meat, it also includes beancurd, intestines, egg and blood! You can have them served together with your choice of rice, porridge or koay chiap.

One of the highlights of the meal is the porridge. Unlike normal watery porridge found in Penang, this place offers a different type of porridge. The rice is firstly cooked in the gravy of the braised duck…imagine it as having porridge with loads of gravy, which is not too salty yet so aromatically herballish with a hint of five spices. Slurp! :p

The shopkeepers of this braised duck stall are actually sons of the old man selling koay teow th’ng in the morning at the same place! I reckon most Penangnites would have known this shop anyway since the father has been selling there since the 80′s, however please take note that the entire business is shifting to a new location in June. Not to worry, it is just a stone’s throw away, and for anyone looking for a map, we are throwing in a map of the new location.

Happy Braise-Duck-ing!

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