Saturday, August 18, 2018

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival With Hotel Jen Penang's Mooncakes

Mooncakes constitute an essential part of Mid-Autumn Festival... traditionally and widely celebrated by Chinese during the 15th day of the 8th Lunar Month. It is one of the highlights of the Chinese Calendar and for this year, it falls on 24 September 2018. Albeit more than a month away from now, the preparation for the moon-gazing event is on-going. If you are obsessed with this round, sweet pastry only available this festival season; check out Hotel Jen Penang's Mooncakes. The hotel rolls out an array of Mooncakes available in both classic-traditional and new-exciting flavors (8 flavors in total) to cater to all age-groups. One of the main pulling points for their Mooncakes is the charmingly designed Jen Mooncake Gift Box.... beautifully decorated with elegant floral outline in modern, striking colors.... making it a great choice for either family, friends or even business associates. The Mooncakes are available from 1 July 2018 to 24 September 2018. 

Many Thanks to Hotel Jen Penang for sharing the festive joy with Ken Hunts Food.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Han Sik Ga- True Korean Dining @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

Forget Korean Barbecue meat, it's all about stews, noodles and Bibimbap at the newly opened Han Sik Ga on 7th floor of Gurney Plaza. With its truly Korean dining atmosphere, an army of servers and a great variety of authentic Korean fare, the restaurant seeks to offer diners great Korean dining experience. With a menu full of Stews and Noodle choices, the place is suitable for family eat-outs whether lunch or dinner. We could tell that the restaurant pays great attention to details... from the serving utensils to the way they presented the food. What surprised us was the affordability, we expected the meal to cost a bomb but it turned out to be pretty wallet-friendly (considering the generous serving portion)... basically a Rm 60 would score 2 diners a meal at Han Sik Ga, with refillable Ban Chan to feed everyone. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tang Ren Guan (唐人馆) @ Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang.

One of the latest dining spots at Raja Uda is Tang Ren Guan (唐人馆), a place with heavy, bold Chinese elements. Enter the place and you will spot plenty of Chinese Tanglungs and Umbrellas... turning the place in a red hue. It's not a standalone restaurant/ cafe, in fact, it's a space gathering few eateries... forming some sort of upscale food court. Save for the beverage stall, there are 3 food stalls in operation right now- Tong Gei Siu Lap (唐记烧腊), Hakka Canteen (客家食堂) and Mr. Q Taiwanese Minced Pork Rice (Mr. Q 台湾卤肉饭). It adopts self-service... place your order with the respective stall and collect your order on the spot. Though the place is air-conditioned, it gets pretty warm in sultry hot afternoons. Playful setting but the lack of variety dissuades us from revisiting. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Home Cafe @ Alora Hotel, Bukit Jambul, Penang.

Folks staying at Parit Buntar should not be new to the name- Home Cafe... a cafe setup by a retired air-stewardess. The cafe has been receiving positive responses from netizens and now, it has finally opened a branch in Penang. Housed in Alora Hotel, the cafe occupies a prominent corner lot of the building. Push the door open and you will notice that there's a kid's corner with toys on the left... move further and you will see the modern cafe setting with a touch of industrial vibe. The cafe is pretty spacious and the ordering system is well-organized. On the menu, it has a lot to offer... ranging from local delights to Western-Oriental dishes or Thai-influenced snacks/ desserts. The prices however, are pretty high considering the common, ubiquitous dishes; a simple family meal here may put a dent on your wallet.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Texas Chicken Malaysia Rolls Out Crunchy Deals at RM 5.50

Running low on budget while planning for your year end getaway? You can now maximize your RM 5.50 with some serious value at Texas Chicken as the Fried Chicken specialist rolls out its delicious and affordable Crunchy Deals available now at nationwide Texas Chicken branches (except for KLCC, KLIA2 and Genting Sky Avenue). The latest Crunchy Deals by Texas Chicken is a panoply of the brand's best creations, expect to see incredibly affordable entrees like Texas Chicken's signature big, juicy, crunchy Fried Chicken, Classic Burger, Tender Wrap and warm, comforting Porridge with tender Chicken chunks. Every possible entree under the RM 5.50 Crunchy Deals can be purchased as ala-carte (different rates) but if you order the combo, a beverage is included. Check the deals out at Texas Chicken and get the most bang for your Ringgit! 

This Post is brought to you by Texas Chicken Malaysia.

Friday, August 10, 2018

[Travel/ Food Guide] Itinerary to Phuket (普吉岛), Thailand (泰国) 2018.

One of the famous destinations for beaches is Thailand's largest island- Phuket. Facing the Andaman Sea, the strategic location offers visitors a breath-taking sea view and fine sandy beaches. Not only that the place is known for the beaches, it is also a melting pot of cultures (partly due to the great influx of Western tourists). There are plenty of things to see, eat and play on Phuket Island. Travelling to Phuket has never been easier for Penangites as Air Asia rolls out new route from Penang directly to Phuket (1 hour travel time). 

As Phuket is fairly large, it would be challenging to move around without cars. While e-hailing is an option, the fare is not too wallet-friendly... especially if you are moving from one area to another area (say Phuket old town to Patong beach). It's perfectly fine if you decided to chill at one specific location but if you are on a planned itinerary to move around the island, the best way is to rent a car. We used Hertz on our trip and for 2 full days, it costs around 2,000 THB; the fuel on the other hand, was a little more than what we paid for in Malaysia (600 THB for the trip). 

1) Patong Beach and Patong Night Walk

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Anachak Lanna Thai Cuisine @ Jalan Kampung Gajah, Butterworth, Penang.

This small neighborhood community spot is a gem amongst the dozens of Thai restaurants lining at mainland Penang. Just opened for weeks, Anachak Lanna Thai Cuisine has managed to garner an appreciate following, foodies rave about the authenticity and wallet-friendly prices of this place. It does not offer a large menu but some simple Thai-influenced dishes (mainly Rice or Noodle dishes). Do not expect heavy Thai delights here but rather simple, home-cooked dishes. A tummy-filling dish here starts from Rm 6.90; while its extremely affordable, do not expect the place in sophisticated-elegant setting.... more like a place to drop by for a casual meal. Anachak Lanna Thai Cuisine can be found at the shop lots next to Shell Petrol Station along the same road.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Home Cafe @ Tanjung Bungah, Penang.

Sharing the same space as Sunflower Bakery at Tanjung Bungah (a Layer Cake specialist if you don't already know), Home Cafe occupies a corner of the compound (while the seating area is at the other side of the compound)... offering a small Western menu. On the side, there is a grab and go window for the time-starved customers as well. The al-fresco seating area is a cozy spot for you to have a sip on the drinks while enjoying the soothing sea breeze blowing from behind (the beach is just walking distance away). Also note-worthy is the kitchen opening hours... certain mains are only available until 2 pm. We were slightly late the other day but we did enjoy the open-air seating corner (not too much on the food if you must know).

Monday, August 6, 2018

Spicy Hot Pot Restaurant (重庆香辣煲) @ CY Choy, Georgetown, Penang.

Not to be confused with other Chong Qing Hot Pot restaurants, Spicy Hot Pot Restaurant (重庆香辣煲) is a true blue Ipoh brand that recently opened up a new branch in Georgetown. As the name suggests, the restaurant specializes in offering Chong Qing-inspired Hot Pot items. But unlike any of its competitors, this particular restaurant offers Hot Pots in smaller scale. You need not gather a group of friends in order to enjoy the Hot Pot, at Spicy Hot Pot Restaurant, there are portions meant for individuals. It has a good variety ranging from Chicken, Fish, Prawns, Pork to Lamb.... cooked in Sze Chuan-inspired sauce. Finish the meat and broth will then be added to make it into Hot Pot; diners can now head to the display fridge for additional Hot Pot items (categorized and priced according to the color of the plates). While we did not think the food quality is more superior here, we thought the place offers great flexibility especially to accommodate smaller dining groups or individuals.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Hana Bi Japanese Restaurant @ Elit Avenue, Bayan Lepas, Penang.

Easily noticeable from far, Hana Bi carries a huge signage with a 3D Fish model and some Japanese characters; the new kid on the block offers a casual dining spot with a Japanese-influenced menu. The setting is simple and non-flamboyant, but the heat-intolerant would be glad to know that the place is fully air-conditioned. The menu features a wide range of Japanese delights, ranging from Sushi Rolls, Sashimi, Udon, Ramen, Salad, Rice dishes and Bento Sets. Though the food quality may not be as superior as those established brands in town, it does make a competitive choice (as far as price is concerned).

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Kungfu Kitchen @ Anson Road, Georgetown, Penang.

Muslim diners can now enjoy authentic China-Chinese Muslim cuisine in Georgetown with the opening of Kungfu Kitchen at Anson Road. The Chef originates from Xi Bei (North West of China), a place most populated by Chinese Muslim. Expect to see a range of heavily-spiced Chinese dishes and uncommonly appetizers. Kungfu Kitchen is now occupying the previous showroom of Eco World along Anson Road; the interior decor maintains the posh touch... with comfortable, modern setting. In spite of the up-class setting, items are competitively priced that most would find them reasonable. Not bad for a change though personally I don't see it as a place that I would regularly return to.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Hakka Yin @ Monkey Cup Cafe, Pulau Tikus, Penang.

New business strategy had Monkey Cup transformed into a cafe that serves up all kinds of Hakka delights. The management remains unchanged but with the new introduction of Hakka menu, diners can expect to find some classic Hakka dishes with pronounced flavors here while still enjoying the usual cafe fare. That being said, the place is now suitable for family eat outs with heavy mains and traditional dishes but as far as price is concerned, do expect the rates to be of restaurant-standard.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

H.O.M.E. By Martell @ The Penang Rendezvous 2018, Straits Quay, Penang.

For the first time in Penang, Asia Rendezvous is bringing the luxury lifestyle experience to Straits Quay Retail Marina this weekend, happening from 26 July to 29 July 2018. Like Phuket Rendezvous happened earlier this year, the Penang Rendezvous seeks to offer a high-end luxury experience in food, fashion, entertainment, cars, yachts etc. In conjunction to the Penang Rendezvous 2018, Martell, the oldest of great cognac houses, offers visitors a sip-of-luxury cognac experience; the pop up event is known as "H.O.M.E. By Martell" (House of Martell Entertainment).

Curious visitors can take the opportunity to visit H.O.M.E., where visitors can partake in various curiously designed activities- puzzles, optical illusions, unrevealed rooms; at the same time, getting to know more about Martell and its 300-year old brand history through unexpected angles. For those who wish to taste the cognac, one of the better ways is to try the specially concocted classic Martell Cocktails and stay curious! 

Many Thanks to Martell Malaysia for hosting us that evening.

Friday, July 27, 2018

No. 5 Bistro @ Victoria Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Next to Merry Me, No. 5 Bistro is under the care of the same management as Merry Me but it offers something completely different as compared to its sister cafe. Albeit a bistro, it places great focuses on alcohols but it does provide a small Asian-influenced menu featuring snacks and a few choices of mains. The atmosphere however, veers towards a bar with dark, mysterious interior decor. Expect to pay a little premium as prices are on the higher side... playful combinations and interesting flavors; if you are game for Asian-Fusion food with a booze (and would not mind to pay a little more), give this place a try.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant @ Carnavon Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Joining the clamoring Carnavon Street is Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant... a new venture by a Thai family. The proprietor runs a Thai restaurant in Phuket but at the same time, expanding their business to Penang. Expect to pay a little more effort when ordering as the servers may not understand English well but rest-assured, the food is most authentic and served by true blue Thais. The interior decor is simple with an industrial touch but the lack of air-conditioners might be frustrating for some. The english menu is not ready (save for the set lunch) so do check with the servers on the special offers.