Saturday, September 20, 2014

Steamboat Haven (炉圣) @ Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

The Penang Food Hunter (PFH) Facebook Group is a voluntary initiative started by a few food enthusiasts, the group has more than 60, 000 members at present. Members of the PFH group can enjoy discounts at participating restaurants in Penang. Steamboat Haven was one of the many places introduced by the members and part of the long participating merchant list. Opened for just a couple months, the place has garnered an appreciate following and proven to be a popular family dining place for the nearby residents. We were not surprised- the good quality fresh ingredients, wallet-friendly prices and consistently attentive service could provide an explanation to this. Advanced reservation is recommended should you have plans on visiting the place on weekends. Steamboat Haven is located along Fettes Road, right beside Magnum bet station and opposite to Prima Tanjung. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Seafood Extravaganza Buffet @ Sarkies, Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang.

The thought of seeking a good place that serves a wide range of seafood (in Penang) to satiate my craving has been a daunting task for me; fortunately, I can have my cravings fixed at Sarkies. Sarkies of Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang is pleased to offer buffet fanatics a new sturdy range of buffet spread. Plethora of carefully chosen stupendous dishes will be offered. The management has tweaked the menu a little and as a result of that, a more extensive menu is up. 

Many thanks to E&O Hotel Penang for hosting us. 

Seafood Extravaganza: (the buffet promotion is expected to run until the end of October 2014)

7 pm to 10: 30 pm, every Wednesday to Saturday.

Rm 110++ (Adult), Rm 48++ (Children)

Many Thanks to E&O Hotel Penang for hosting us on that evening. 

Yabbies/ Crayfish and Oysters

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jack & Co @ Dato Keramat, Georgetown, Penang.

It is easy to miss Jack & Co, the first shipping container restaurant cum bar in Penang. Tucked within the shop houses along the bustling Dato Keramat Road, Jack & Co may be inconspicuous to many. The restaurant uses a modern-eco design; shipping containers, old tires on the wall and pallets are some of the solid evidences. Seats in the shipping container are very limited (by reservations only), guests are encouraged to sit at the al-freso pallet-furniture patio. The tables and chairs, however, are made of the flimsily stacked pallet tables; a good place for a drink but not for dining. Menu is rather limited as the restaurateur focuses on the alcohols while the prices are on the higher side. There were some hits and misses on our visit but since the place is very new and the menu is constantly changing; it is worth a second look. Jack & Co is located on Dato Keramat Road, facing Federal Cinema and the famous Ah Leng Char Koay Teow. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Menu Launched at Coya (古雅) @ Lorong Selamat, Georgetown, Penang.

As the Nine Emperor Gods Festival hovers over the horizon, stalls selling a myriad of Vegetarian food will be mushrooming over the island. However, if you wish to find a place with a cozier ambiance and better setting, why not visit Coya (at Lorong Selamat)? The vegetarian restaurant launched its new menu recently, featuring some new dishes and some regulars' favorites. For more information on my last visit, you may hop over to read my previous blog entry here.

Many Thanks to Coya for hosting us. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Big Fat Hen @ Garden Inn, Anson Road, Georgetown, Penang.

Garden Inn (opposite to Methodist Girl School and KDU College Penang) welcomes a new cafe at the hotel lobby, The Big Fat Hen has three branches in the heartland of Georgetown; Garden Inn at Anson Road, G-Inn at Macalister Road and Chime Heritage (opening at the end of September). Interestingly, all three branches serve different menus- it is recommended that you visit G-Inn's for breakfast, Garden Inn's for light lunch and dinner at their dining house at Chime Heritage. For the business hours, kindly refer to their Facebook Page for more information. We visited their branch at Garden Inn, the place has the perfect setting and ambiance for friends to catch up; though seats are pretty limited. The menu is not too extensive either, but more than sufficient for a light lunch or casual meet ups with friends. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Granny's Hokkien Mee (奶奶福建面) @ Taman Lip Sin, Bayan Baru, Penang.

Nestled under one of the flats at Taman Lip Sin (beside the open-space Car Park), Granny's Hokkien Mee had fans licking their lips in anticipation since their opening a couple months ago. Expect to wait no less than 30 minutes for a bowl of their Hokkien Mee; you will be amazed to learn about the overwhelming responses from the nearby residents over this Hokkien Prawn Mee specialist. The Prawn broth was good and the quality may be slightly above average, but I am not sure if its good enough for the 30-minute wait though... To find Granny's Hokkien Mee, turn into Lengkok Nipah from Jalan Bukit Gambir, you should be able to see Granny's Hokkien Mee on your right shortly after Pan Palace Plaza (where Sunshine Lip Sin is located).

Friday, September 12, 2014

[Travel] Itinerary to Osaka (大阪), Japan.

The third largest city in Japan, Osaka is famous for its food; both Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki were first made famous in Osaka. The cultural-rich city has many things not only to eat but to see as well.  We traveled with Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong International Airport to Kansai International Airport. We did not have much time to spend over there (just two days) but we did manage to visit a few famous tourist attractions. 

Kansai International Airport/ 関西国際空港

Thursday, September 11, 2014

One Dim Sum (一点心) @ Prince Edward, Hong Kong.

Another famous Dim Sum place for both locals and tourists will be the one-Michelin Starred Dim Sum eatery- One Dim Sum (一点心). The place is well-known for its inexpensive yet quality Dim Sum. You will usually need to queue during peak hours. Our visit was in the late afternoon (probably 4 pm), thus, we need not to wait and there were quite a few empty tables around. Despite reading many negative reviews on the service, we were treated very well by a friendly staff on our visit. It may be a little tricky to get to the place, from Exit A of Prince Edward/ 太子 MTR Station, walk east towards Playing Field Road until you reach your first junction. Turn left into the junction and you should be able to see One Dim Sum in catchy red signage on your right. Prices are unbelievably affordable for the fine-quality food and gigantic portion; every single order of ours was served piping hot. I will definitely make a visit back to this place again. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Unique Experience with 'Withlocals" @ You Le Yuen (柚乐园), Love Lane, Georgetown, Penang.

Wish to have a different experience on the locals' cultures on your trip apart from the usual sight-seeing? It is not impossible with Withlocals. Withlocals is a great platform for travelers to experience the culture and lifestyle of a place. The online market space strives to connect travelers and locals through food and experiences; learning disparate cultures on unfamiliar place has never been that easy. Not only do travelers get to pick their preferred time, date, hosts and activities but they can customize their experiences according to their own preferences. Privacy is assured as most "Eats", "Tours" and "Activities" are customized to your needs which offer greater flexibility and a superior experience to your travel. For more information about Withlocals, kindly visit their website.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Paper Pepper Cafe @ Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Georgetown, Penang.

A new management has taken over De Yard Cafe, the place was refurbished and given a complete new look. Paper Pepper Cafe has a unique yet different concept, customers can purchase their self-designed Postcards and have it delivered to any destinations or to have it delivered in future (maybe 2 years later). The cafe has a very quirky interior decor which exudes a young and vibrant vibe. The place was a little warm on our visit (even though on late evening) and it may be frustrating for the heat-intolerant. The cafe is still new and has yet to finalize their menu; their current menu has limited dishes but they serve Western dishes with a few types of Snacks, Canapes, Pasta/ Brunch dishes, and of course, a couple types of desserts.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

[Travel] Itinerary to Tokyo (东京), Japan.

Tokyo, the capital of Japan and a world renown metropolis. There are many things to do, to see, to eat and to shop there. Fortunately, I did manage to drop by Tokyo for three days on my recent trip to Japan. We did not manage to do a lot of things due to time constraint and of course, shopping. Here's a list of what we did in Tokyo (and what you should include in your trip too):

On a side note, it is highly recommended that you purchase a Tokyo Metro Pass from Narita Airport or Haneda Airport before you start your tour. The Tokyo Metro Pass is available either for 1 Day (800 Yen), 2 Days (1,200 Yen) or 3 Days (1, 500 Yen). We opted for the 3 Day-Tokyo Metro Pass which allowed us to board on any Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway Trains. It does not include JR Trains and any private trains either. Please do note that this Tokyo Metro Pass is only available for oversea visitors on tourist visas only. 

Tokyo Tower/ 東京タワ

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Australian Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司) @ Jordan, Hong Kong.

Another famous and voted as one of the must-visit Cha Chan Tengs (Hong Kong Style Tea-Restaurant) by many, Australian Dairy Company attracts long queues everyday. Visitors from all over the world come to this place and wait patiently just to have a try on their famous Scrambled Egg Sandwich and Steamed Milk Dessert. While their foods were impressive, their service was one of a kind. We were rushed in to our seats and forced to share a table with others. The distance between tables is so narrow that you could barely turn your body around. The waiter will stand right in front of you expecting you to make your orders right away. The atmosphere was intense and the orders arrived to our table in a jiffy (before I could even take my camera out from my bag). Everyone seems to eat in a faster pace than usual. Horrible service aside, their foods were pretty good and we reckon that this place is worth the visit if you happen to be in Hong Kong. A great place to experience the Hong Kong fast-pace environment too.