Posts Tagged ‘Penang Food’

BY CK LAM

Burger joints have been around Penang for decades but over the last year the number has increased significantly. Presently the island offers many places for burgers prepared with delicious fresh meat, homemade sauce and selected buns from bakeries.

Burgers Around Penang Island by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Just recently, we get the first taste of Rasa Deli’s croinuts, a delicious merge of croissant and doughnut. The deli at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang is making the croinuts, a version based on the cronuts created by New York-based chef Dominique Ansel.

“The croinuts are made of laminated dough and deep-fried. The soft and layered interior is filled with fresh tangy lemony flavored pastry cream and its exterior rolled with flavored sugar,” says executive pastry chef, Dino Wan Teik Boon.

Croinuts at Rasa Deli, Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

On the busy Jalan Danby in Bukit Mertajam is a stall that has been attracting customers with its serving of “cup rice” for lunch. This simple, wholesome and tasty dish is childhood food for many Penangites.

BM Steamed Cup Rice by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Instant noodle has come a long way for many of us. It is simple to make and inexpensive. This kind of comfort food seems to suit today’s lifestyle, and is gaining popularity in many eateries in town. And since we swear by this instant comforting fix at home, eateries out there are now offering this in their menu.

Stop by the small shed on Church Street Ghaut. Owner Ah Lai and his wife have been serving up this ‘comfort food’ for 30 over years from an unbelievably small kitchen. Popularly known as Under the Big Tree, the eatery is patronised by workers from the surrounding offices.

Instant Noodle (Maggi Mee) at Ah Lai Kopitiam, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Happy Duan Wu Festival to everyone!

The Duan Wu festival is celebrated on every 5th day of the 5th month, and for this year, it  falls on June 23. During this festival, many will be busy preparing the chang themselves (glutinous rice dumpling), and also many will be buying them from the shops.

In Penang, the chang is sold commercially all year round in a number of places, and one such place is Cintra Food Corner. For generations, the Lor’s family has been dishing out the chang for customers to dine-in and take-away. Once located at the road side of the bustling Cintra Street, owner Lor Onn Kee has since shifted the business to a nearby shop house in 2006.

Dumpling Festival with Glutinous Rice Dumpling (Bak Chang) from Cintra Food Corner by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Premiering on May 7, 2012, 10.30pm every Monday on TLC (Astro Channel 707), The Food Surprise sees food guru KF Seetoh armed with a camera crew goes into an eatery without permission, chows down and pays for the food.

His journey in this 13-part series with Makansutra, takes him to hawker stalls, restaurants and street food carts in several locations in Malaysia – from Penang, through Ipoh, her capital Kuala Lumpur, a tiny seaside town Sekinchan, Johor Baru and Singapore.

KF Seetoh in The Food Surprise by what2seeonline.com

The Food Surprise shows the moments when he gets thrown out, wakes up a restaurant manager from her late noon siesta, and gets in line, like everyone else, for a 20 minute wait for his food.

I had the opportunity to be his dining guide during the filming in Penang. It was a great time, seeing the happenings behind-the-scene.

The Food Surprise will also makes its debut on TLC (Starhub Channel 427) every Monday in Singapore at 10.30pm.

 

 

* Many thanks to Makansutra for laying on this invitation.

 

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BY CK Lam

A friend tipped me off to a coffee shop serving hand-pulled noodles on the busy Macalister Road. This fairly new stall offers freshly hand-pulled noodles (la mian) and koay teow th’ng. Other specialties include homemade prawn wanton and fish balls.

The owner Mr Loh starts his day by making the hand-pulled noodles at the kitchen. The hand-pulled noodles have a certain tenderness and texture, which is greatly distinct from mass made noodles. The noodle is available in two sizes – either thick rounded or string-thin. Mr Loh quoted that the texture and mouth feel of the noodles are as important as flavor!

We had several varieties, starting with the spicy “ma la” noodle, which is the highlight in 173. Mr Loh had the hand-pulled noodles dipped in boiling water. The blanched fine noodle is served with black sauce with a dollop of chili-red paste (also handmade), a Sichuan specialty with heat of chilies and numbing Sichuan peppercorns.

Priced at RM3.50, the dish comes with pieces of BBQ pork (char siew), chicken, fish balls, vegetables and aromatic chili paste. With the right thickness and nice chewy bite, the noodles absorbed every drop of robust flavor from the spicy and tingly chili paste. For those who prefer less spicy, be sure to inform Mr Loh.

Hand-pulled Noodles at 173 Macalister Road by CK Lam of what2seeonline.com

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I had time to catch up with Taiwanese personality and celebrity Chef Chen Hong (陳鴻) during his recent trip to Penang, the island of delicious food. Popularly known as “Ah Hong”, he is now Penang Food Ambassador for Taiwan, since he was appointed by Penang State EXCO for Tourism Development and Culture, YB Danny Law Heng Kiang.

Chef Chen Hong - Penang Food Ambassador for Taiwan

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The lunar New Year is fast approaching, and with that comes the family gatherings, celebrations and banquets with delicious cuisines. Here are some dining venues that offer Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner, Gong Xi Fa Cai Buffet Lunch & Kong Hei Fatt Choy Buffet Dinner, with some complemented with tossing of Yee Sang.

As Valentine’s Day is just round the corner, this list will also include venues for the celebration of this special romantic day as well.

AGUA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE
3A-G-18 &19 Straits Quay
Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang
Tanjung Tokong
10470  Pulau Pinang
Tel: 04 8908668

Celebration the Chinese New Year with special seafood Mediterranean recipe from Agua.

Agua Chinese New Year Eve Set Dinner 2011 by what2seeonline.com

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There are only a couple of places in Penang where you can find tasty handmade Pan Mee (mee hoon kuih). I managed to scour affordable and tasty pan mee at I Mum Mum Restaurant which is located in the midst of the PDC flats in Pengkalan Weld, near the starting point of the Jelutong Expressway.

Penang Food - Pan Mee @ I Mum Mum Restaurant by what2seeonline.com

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 22nd November 2010.

Fish head curry is an all time favorite delicacy for many. The fish head curry is categorized into many different styles of cooking with their respective combination of spices: Indian style, Nyonya, Chinese and Malay! There are those which are spicy and sourish while others laden with thick coconut milk. All in all, there is plenty of variety when it comes to Fish Head Curry.

Chee Wah Curry Fish Head Restaurant, Lebuh Melayu Penang

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30
Oct

CK Lam Interviewed and Featured on RasaRasa.net

   Posted by: CK Lam    in Events, Media, Penang

Recently I had the honor to be interviewed by rasarasa.net. The article ‘The Accidental Food Blogger’ appeared in the section – Talking Food, whereby they recorded views of people who contribute to the promotion of Malaysian food.

The entire on-line interview, which revolved mainly about myself and my food website from the foundation where it all started, was published on the 15th October 2010.

 

 

CK Lam of what2seeonline.com  Interviewed and Featured on RasaRasa Website

On the other note, my Penang food blog www.what2seeonline.com celebrated its third anniversary. I would like to extend a big ‘Thank You’ to all my readers for the continued patronage in supporting this website of mine!

I really enjoy being part of the food blogging community where I have been connecting and sharing my joy of food and photography. Do feel free to drop a comment anytime to share your opinion regarding my blog and its contents.

Thank you for supporting What2seeonline.com!

 

 

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