Koay Teow Th'ng may be a common Penang fare, what about Lemon Koay Teow Th'ng? One of the frequently visited coffee houses by the local factory workers nearby the area will be Kafe Kam 88; a real hidden gem in the serene neighborhood. Delectable highlights to note are Lemon Koay Teow Th'ng, Bitter Gourd Vermicelli Noodles, Chicken Rice and Stir Fried Vermicelli Noodles with various add-ons. The humble coffee house is nestled within the residential area of Taman Sri Tunas at Lebuh Raya Mayang Pasir, Bayan Baru.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
C'est La Vie is one of the new members tucked in Summerton, offering a small menu which comprises of East meets West elements; diners can feast upon flavorful options like Rice Set or Pasta dishes, to sweets like cakes. The interior decor is creative- grass flooring, comfortable couches, love locks over the wall, miniature Eiffel Tower etc. Couples or lovers can even purchase the locks and to have names written on the pad lock as well as to lock it on the wall; which symbolizes ever-lasting love. Also, another reason to visit the cafe is that it offers Buy 1 Free 1 promotion on every Saturday (only selected beverages). C'est La Vie needs to fine tune their menu, offering more attractive dishes to lure the customers' attention; nevertheless, nothing is easy, C'est Le Vie!
Sunday, March 1, 2015
A fabulous way to end the weekend is to reward ourselves with plenty of good food but waking up early seems impossible for the younger generation, thus, the brunch culture seems to be the trend right now. One of my recent brunch meet ups with friend was at this newly opened restaurant- Rustic, a sister restaurant of Violet House at Batu Ferringhi. The restaurant proffers a wide variety of Brunch items, as well as their all day long Ala-Carte orders, at very reasonable prices. The setting was simple, spacious yet classy in its own way, no frivolous decorations nor any traces of ostentation; a lovely and comfortable space for your dining pleasure. Rustic is located at one corner lot of Vantage Desiran Tanjung, few doors away from Pizza Hut.
*Kindly note that Brunch menu is only available on weekends, from 9 am to 3 pm.*
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Sandwiches will never go out of fashion, evidently seen from the myriad of sandwich specialist in town. One of the biggest contenders in the "industry" has invaded Penang lately, opening its first branch of the brand at the new commercial building- Summerton. The name- Quiznos Sub, one of the world's leading Sandwich specialists, is synonymous with exceptional quality and consistently good sandwiches as well as pizzas. The chain Sandwich specialist has a standardized menu nationwide but the brand is especially well known for its sandwiches. The sandwich joint operates in a "fast-food" strategy- orders will be served in a jiffy; while we were certainly impressed with the outstanding quality of the sandwiches, we thought the prices are on the higher side; not a casual sandwich that we can afford to eat in a regular basis.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Another great place for Vietnamese street food devotees to visit will be this newly opened, unassuming and no-frills coffee house along Jalan Sungai Pinang (facing Chevrolet Showroom). It opens in the evening, an army of Vietnamese worker from the nearby factory will flock in the coffee house religiously for dinner. The place is manned by a few Vietnamese, with one staff speaks indistinctly in Mandarin. Menu is small but comprises of many uncommon Vietnamese eats at unbelievably low prices. Nothing much on the interior decor but rather, a snug place with a few tables and chairs for the Vietnamese workers to get a quick fix. One of the few places that you can find cheap and good Vietnamese eats in Penang.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Shortly after turning into Kimberley Street from Carnavon Street, you will find a curious Koay Teow Th'ng stall surrounded by regular patrons as early as 8 in the morning. Tucked beside a small corner of Lorong Ngah Aboo, a small alley beside Kimberley Street; the Duck Meat Koay Teow Th'ng has been in business for many years and has since garnered an apperciate following. Some tables and chairs are available, neatly placed by the road side. The price, however, seems to be slightly higher than most Koay Teow Th'ngs in town.
Friday, February 20, 2015
A new urban playground for adults and kids- Jump Street Trampoline Park has recently launched the brand's latest park in Penang few weeks back (10th of January 2015 if you must know), settled in the vacant and quiet D' Piazza Mall at Bayan Baru. Jump Street Trampoline Park features interconnected trampolines which allow jumpers to experience the joy of jumping and hopping from one end to another. Many exciting activities can be done there to unleash your excessive energy. Jump Cafe, on the other hand, is a one-stop in house cafe that supplies food and drinks for jumpers; however, the cafe welcomes walk-in customers as well (you need not to pay for the entrance ticket). Both light and sizable meals are available here, at inexpensive price tags. Not really a good place for hang outs but a great place to experience the energetic vibe and to enjoy a wholesome meal as well as a decent cup of Joe.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Alcohol devotees can have a drink at this newly opened Tapas Bar, tucked in one of the rustic heritage houses along Muntri Street. The three-week old Bar has a sister restaurant in front, named Plates, which will open its door to the public in early March 2015. Inch, an abbreviation of Indo China, gives a hint that it serves a wonderful assortment South East Asian light meals. The management wishes to preserve the heritage building and to add a splash of their creativity; the bar's retro vibes are then boosted by the colored wooden furniture and hanging light bulbs. The bar has quite an extensive list of alcoholic drinks, ranging from the commonly found Beers to Inch's very own creations, carefully curated to complement the nibbles and light dishes. Inch can be found at Muntri Street, opposite to Purrfect Cafe and a stone's throw distance away from Mish Mash.
Many Thanks to Inch for hosting us that evening.
Neua Satey (Rm 16/ 3 sticks)- Beef Skewers marinated in Coconut Milk, Curry Powder and Coriander Roots, charcoal-grilled and served with home-made Peanut Sauce.
Kai Yang (Rm 16/ 3 sticks)- Chicken Thigh skewers marinated in Garlic, Pepper Coriander Roots, charcoal-grilled and served with Jim Jaew.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Talk about Chicken Rice and many Penangites will be fired up. One of the proud Chicken Rice establishments from Ipoh has extended their business up north lately, opening a branch in the fast-developing area- Alma, Bukit Mertajam. It sets higher standard and signals an intense competition amongst its competitors. The new branch offers similar menu, including Ipoh's Koay Teow. Prices are reasonable but we thought the service could be better, both serving speed and hygiene. It took them nearly 45 minutes to dish out our orders and most of the eating utensils were very greasy; plenty of room for improvement. To find Onn Kee Chicken Rice at Alma, locate Tesco/ AEON Mall, the place is right beside Tesco or opposite to AEON Mall; housed in one of the shop houses nearby.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
A few distinguished mural paints across the historical Georgetown has created a trend of wall paintings in Penang; many business owners trying to catch up with the trend and to vie for attention, particularly in the Food and Beverage industry. Anthony, the owner of Elmural Cafe, features many well-known mural paints in his cafe; turning it into a unique "mural art gallery". It does not feature mural paints in Penang only, but other states as well. Elmural Cafe specializes in Pork dishes as well as Ice Creams; the food has got nothing to do with murals. The cafe can be found at Cintra Street, a stone's throw distance away from De Tai Tong Dim Sum on the same street.
Many Thanks to Elmural Cafe for hosting us that evening.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
In case you are interested, I was invited by the production team of NTV 7 a couple months back, to film on a food program named Foodie Blogger. Followers of NTV 7 should not be new to the program, it features many hidden gems and interesting eats in every corner of Malaysia. The program invites food bloggers, together with the host- famous celebrity Ernest Chong in the quest on searching good food.
It will be a 30-minute short Special Chinese New Year edition, to be aired on the first day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar (19th of February 2015) at 11 am. In this particular episode, Malaccan blogger- Constance Ann and me (Ken) will be introducing two places (in Malacca and Penang) especially suitable to satisfy your growling stomach in this Chinese New Year.
Up north in Penang, I will be introducing Zi Zai Restaurant's famous Poon Choy and a few signature dishes of theirs.
On the Left- Ken, Chef Tan and Ernest.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
One of the famous Curry Mees in town- Tua Pui Curry Mee has since moved to a new location- Kimberley Street from Weld Quay. Tua Pui Curry Mee occupies a shop right now, the stall is now tucked within one of the houses along Kimberley Street. Tua Pui Curry Mee is famed for its array of toppings that you can add onto your bowl of heart-warming Curry Mee. Curry Chicken, Curry Squid, Curry Chicken Feet and Fish Balls are some of the ingredients that you can potentially choose from. However, everything comes with a price, the additional add-ons do not come cheap. Tua Pui Curry Mee is a stone's throw distance away from the junction of Carnarvon Street and Kimberley Street, facing Lorong Ngah Aboo.