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BY CK Lam

Starz Diner in Hard Rock Hotel Penang is offering diners a delectable treat  from its a la carte menu which features Asian and international dishes. Food is prepared upon order at the open concept kitchen.

Colorful and vibrant interior of Starz Diner

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BY CK Lam

Batang Rojak which is also known as chiam-chiam often draws crowds for its skewers of healthy fresh fruits and vegetables. This relatively cheap eat comes with a variety of seasonal fruits which includes young mangoes, jambu air, pineapples, guavas, star fruit, papaya, Chinese water chestnuts and umbras.

Skewers of fruity goodness in Penang by what2seeonline.com

Preparing the fruits and vegetables

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BY CK Lam

Located adjacent to Gurney Plaza and G-Hotel, Gurney Paragon Mall houses several restaurants and cafes. One Italian chain restaurant that is making its debut in this mall is Italiannies. The restaurant provides diners with the option of dining in the large air-conditioned dining room, or in the alfresco area where they can enjoy the sea breeze.

All its outlets nationwide offer the same menu. Our dinner consisted of appetisers, pasta and pizza, and complimentary bread with vinegar and olive oil. As usual, the food is served in large portions.

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BY CK Lam

Pearly Kee, a fifth generation Penang Nyonya has just launched her first cook book entitled A Nyonya Inheritance at China Tiger, here.  Also present were the writer’s mentor, master chef Datuk Lim Bian Yam, family members and friends.

‘A Nyonya Inheritance’- cookbook with savoury Penang Nyonya recipes by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Eastin Hotel Penang is starting off the New Year with its first monthly buffet. The buffet called Aussie Tucker at the Swez Brasserie incorporates a variety of classic and modern dishes spiced up with new flavours.

There is a mix of appetisers featuring uluru calamari salad, chiko rolls and Aussie oyster soup. The uluru calamari salad consists of calamari tossed with orange and walnut dressing, fish caviar, chillies and olives.

Aussie Tucker buffet at Eastin Hotel, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Having afternoon tea at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa in Batu Ferringhi, Penang is a real indulgence. I remembered my first noteworthy exposure with Rasa Sayang’s afternoon tea at the Rasa Wing Lounge.

It came with a 3-tier plate rack, with cakes, scones accompanied with cream and jam along with savory treats. Until today, the tradition of afternoon tea is still observed in both the Rasa Wing Lounge and the Spice Market Cafe over at the Garden Wing.

Afternoon Tea @ The Spice Market Cafe in Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa by what2seeonline.com

Scones High Tea

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BY CK Lam

In conjunction with the upcoming Christmas festivities, a group of journalists and bloggers was invited to review classic dishes in the Christmas buffet spread at Swez Brasserie in Eastin Hotel, Penang.

The delectable dishes were mostly prepared by senior sous chef Daniel Tan and included a selection of tempting desserts by pastry chef Franco Ho.

Celebrate Christmas at Swez Brasserie in Eastin Hotel, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Over the past few years, Suffolk House Restaurant has had many different chefs. The latest is executive chef Dave Looi. His last job before arriving in Penang was in Parrot Cay, a private island which is part of the Turks and Caicos Islands. He has also worked as a chef in Taipei, London and New York.

Looi’s passion for creativity is apparent in the numerous dishes we sampled at Suffolk House Restaurant.

Chef Dave Looi at Suffolk House by what2seeonline.com

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* This is a reproduction of my article published in New Straits Times (Northern Streets) on 29th October 2012

BY CK Lam

Bayview Hotel Georgetown’s Revolving Restaurant presents a Thai dinner buffet to go with its 360-degree, bird’s eye view of Penang island. Laden with appetisers, hot dishes and desserts, the buffet table offers an exciting blend of flavours.

Diners can choose from the many varieties of refreshing salads and cold dishes. On display are grilled beef salad, green papaya salad, Thai clam salad with young mango, Thai glass noodle salad, Thai pomelo salad and leaf -wrapped savoury morsels (miang kham). The last is a riot of fragrances and textures from the combination of daun kaduk, onions, chilies, roasted peanuts and lime.

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Leaf wrapped savory morsels (miang kham)

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BY CK Lam

In Penang there are many alleys and walking down a right one gives the opportunity of finding delicious street food. Located in a short alley on Hutton Lane, Penang is a cosy stall that wowed customers with its simple breakfast menu and nasi dalca.

We popped into the stall owned by M.M. Abdul Jaafar which has been operating before 1957.

Nasi dalca & charcoal toasted Bengali bread in Hutton Lane Penang by what2seeonline.com

Abdul Jaafar serving the breakfast crowd

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BY CK Lam

Opened in January last year, The Leaf Healthy House on Penang Street serves vegetarian dishes that have been prepared using organic seasonings and natural ingredients. It has a short menu that includes a la carte dishes and rice sets.

A rice set comes with three main dishes, a soup and rice. The dishes are changed daily. Patrons can choose from a variety of rice, including brown rice, butterfly pea flower rice and mustard seed rice.

The Leaf Healthy House – Healthy Vegetarian Dishes and Bike Rentals by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Many dessert outlets are sprouting across Penang Island and one popular one is Hui Lau Shan. This Hong Kong’s dessert chain journeyed to Penang with its first location in Gurney Plaza. The healthy dessert outlet has since been attracting stream of customers.

The attraction at Hui Lau Shan (HLS) is mango and its menu offers a whole wide range of selections of this tropical fruit. According to senior manager Yvonne Tan, the outlet is using two varieties of quality mango. One is the golden water lily mango from Thailand and the other from Philippines. Each variety is slightly different in flavor, with the sweetness of Thai mangoes for the ice blended and aromatic Philippines mango for topping.

At the food review, we are offered many tempting sweet desserts and not to mention some savory ones.

Fruitties Combo Series
The Fresh Fruitties Sweetie Ball with Double Juices (RM14.90) is an eye-appealing colourful dish. One can choose from a selection of juices which include watermelon, coconut, honeydew melon, mango, papaya and cantaloupe with a fragrant smell.

This dessert is presented with watermelon and mango juice together with glutinous rice balls. The natural sweetness of both the juices was delicious eaten with the chewy glutinous rice balls and the fruit balls.

Hui Lau Shan @Gurney Plaza, Penang offers mangolicious fun by what2seeonline.com

Juicy fruits – strawberry, kiwi, mango, honey dew, cantaloupe and watermelon

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