Saturday, January 20, 2018

Comfortable Stay In A Home Away From Home- Affordable Luxury @ Concorde Hotel Singapore

Ranked 2nd most visited city in Asia Pacific 2017 and renowned destination for premier businesses, the neighboring country of Singapore is a popular destination for many Malaysians. There are many airlines offering direct flights from Penang to Singapore daily; choosing a place to stay in Singapore might be a headache especially for the indecisive as there are myriad of choices to choose from. If you are an urban traveler who often seeks shelter in the shopping malls, Concorde Hotel located in the heartland of Singapore may be a good choice. Strategically located on Orchard Road, the hotel is just minutes away from many shopping malls and tourist destinations with easy access to MRT stations. 

Many Thanks to Concorde Hotel Singapore for hosting me.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Tong Sui Po (糖水铺) @ Seang Teik Road, Georgetown, Penang.

It is a ritual for many to have a bowl of sweet treat after meal- whether cakes, Ice Cream or simply a bowl of timeless Chinese traditional Tong Sui. For a straight-forward classic Chinese Tong Sui, make your way to Seang Teik Road, Tong Sui Po is a new venture that offers an array of Chinese Tong Sui... from the basic Red Bean Soup to locals' favorite Bubur Cha Cha or even uncommon Hong Kong Mango Pomelo Sago; you can find them all here. The place has a very simple setup, with some tables and chairs displayed outside so do not expect romantic atmosphere or upscale setting... just basic and good enough to satiate your cravings. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tea Hall (堂茶茶艺馆) @ Abu Siti Lane, Georgetown, Penang.

The facade might not look promising but behind the door is a Chinese restaurant serving home-styled dishes and an array of premium Chinese Tea. Tea Hall (堂茶茶艺馆) is a time-honored restaurant that has been around for years... most of its businesses are by referral, the place sees constant gathering by a group of Chinese Tea-aficionados. Though it seems to be operating as a tea house, the menu is surprisingly extensive but all items are competitively priced. The air-conditioned restaurant is suitable for family gathering or a casual meal, it is popular amongst the white collar workers in the vicinity.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

[Year 2018] Food Hunting- of Cafes/ Must-Eats @ Alor Setar (亚罗士打), Kedah (吉打).

Following my quest to hunt for the best local eats in Alor Setar in June 2017, we had another stopover at State Capital of Kedah in December 2017 before continuing our journey to Perlis. There are plenty of hidden gems around the city center so if you have not done enough research, fret done, you may try your luck by turning into one of these busy streets and who knows, you might find something unexpectedly delicious. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

An Viet- Vietnamese Casual Dining @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

A great wave of Vietnamese restaurants washed across Penang last year. Hailed from central Malaysia, one of the biggest players in the industry- "An Viet" has finally expanded its operations here in Penang's Gurney Plaza. The name "An Viet" means to "Eat Viet" in Vietnamese, the well-established brand believes in quality ingredients, made from scratch and cooked to order. In other words, they are committed to serve fresh and quality food to your table. An Viet offers broader experience of Vietnamese delicacies than most Vietnamese joints in town... the menu covers highlights from Southern Vietnamese to Northern Vietnamese delights, with unrivaled price tags. A great place to witness and experience the vibrancy of modern Vietnamese cuisine, without putting a dent on the wallet. 

Many Thanks to An Viet for hosting us that evening.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Guan Kie Seafood Restaurant (新群记海鲜饭店) @ Gohtong Jaya, Genting Highlands, Pahang.

Approximately 10 km away from Resorts World Genting, Gohtong Jaya is often the popular pit-stop for travelers traveling up the hill, the place is now flooded with plethora restaurants and coffee houses, offering a wide range of food choices to the public. Prices are generally more wallet-friendly here as compared to those food outlets up the hill. It is common to find Chinese restaurants here, particularly those offering Chinese stir-fry dishes, with some exceptions to Seafood dishes. We tried our luck with Guan Kie Seafood Restaurant, which has a huge menu pasted on the wall (written in Mandarin). While the prices are reasonable, we did not the food was all that great, good for quick fix but definitely not a place for indulgence.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Les Grains Bakery & Eatery @ Moulmein Rise Shoppes, Pulau Tikus, Penang.

"Les Grains" sure sounds like French but don't be fooled by the name, this newly opened oriental-fusion bakery specializes in baking Japanese-influenced bread and pastries. Bread lovers should not be new to the name- "Four Season" Bakery (previously at Straits Quay)... Les Grains is the rebranded version. All classic items from Four Season Bakery can now be found at Les Grains, everything seems unchanged except... the price tags, expect at least 20-40% hike in prices and for that very simple reason, this could be the most expensive bakery in Penang. Visitors may purchase the on-the-rack products or dine-in, there's a small Lunch menu available daily... featuring dishes like Salad, Sandwiches and Soup. Though dining here could put a dent on the wallet, Les Grains does not skimp on ingredients, the quality is still as superior as before.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Matcho Cafe @ Noordin Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Barely a week old, Matcho Cafe is an exceptional-odd one, not only that it occupies first floor of a vacant shop, the name (which sounds like Macho) is contrary to the femininity of the place. Pink is obviously the favorite color here- from the signage to the wall... even its signature dish ("Pink Toast"). But the quirky atmosphere has a strangely welcoming vibe, probably due to the well-arranged plants and neat-tidy setting. The soft launch menu is small, featuring some Toasts and Sandwiches; not exactly a place for a proper meal but more than decent enough for a casual snack or gathering. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

[Year 2018] Food Hunting- of Must-Eats @ Perlis (玻璃市).

Northern point of Malaysia- the State of Perlis is one of the smallest States in Malaysia but having to share its border with Thailand, the place is a melting pot for Malaysian-Thai culture. There are plenty outdoor activities available as well as Thai-influenced delicacies available. Since we were on a trip to attend a wedding dinner, we had a brief stopover, staying at Kuala Perlis, a serene town northwest of Perlis. The place is the main port for Perlis and is known for the jetty to Langkawi; you should have guessed it by now that the place is blessed with abundance of fresh Seafood. Not exactly an exciting place to visit but if you are in dire need of a quiet, restful getaway, this might be an ideal place (also for the budget-watchers).

1) Hai Thien Seafood Restaurant (海天海鲜) @ Kuala Perlis
Pork Free
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: Yes 6%
Address: Jalan Jeti Baru, Kuala Perlis, 02000, Perlis.
Business Hours: 5 pm to 11:45 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 6012- 4699 778

Monday, January 8, 2018

Lao Mu Zi Kitchen (老母子) @ The Golden Triangle, Bayan Lepas, Penang.

A proud winner of the Penang Hawker Masters Competition in 2012, this Curry Mee specialist has gained huge attention since then. They started out at Perak Road, right next to Old Town White Coffee, subsequently to Reservoir Garden Air Itam and now, a new shop at The Golden Triangle, Relau. It may be shadowed by those flashy food eateries in the vicinity so do be extra careful when searching for this place. The menu is rather small but covers some of the best local delights such as Penang Curry Mee, Nyonya Lam Mee, Koay Teow Th'ng and Nasi Lemak; with options to have add-ons. Solid staple food that can't go out of fashion, this place is ideal for a quick, inexpensive meal sans the usual coffee shop crowd.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Tako Senbei- Japanese Seafood Crackers @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

Living in a country surrounded by Sea, the Japanese are some of the experts when it comes to Seafood. Their love for Seafood can be seen on their food culture... so much love for Seafood until they combined Seafood with Senbei, a classic all-time Japanese favorite snack made of Rice (also known as Rice Crackers). The introduction of such Seafood Crackers was a hit in Japan and the blessed food gourmets in Penang can now enjoy a piece of these freshly made, paper-thin Seafood Crackers. Tako Senbei, a brand originated from Japan, has recently opened a new branch at lower ground floor of Gurney Plaza (1st in Penang/ 2nd branch in Malaysia). 

The concept is simple- fresh Seafood (like Prawn, Squid, Scallop, Fish) will be placed between 2 pieces of hot metal plates, with Rice Flour Batter added, it will then be compressed (and cooked) for a couple of minutes. The end product is a 1 mm paper thin Seafood Cracker with the earlier Seafood being "fossilized" and can be clearly seen on the Cracker. At present, there are 6 types of products available with 4 types of Seafood to choose from; as these are freshly made, do expect a brief wait.

Many Thanks to Tako Senbei for inviting us.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

3 Places To Please Your Sweet Tooth @ SkyAvenue, Genting Highlands, Pahang.

Visitors to Sky Avenue are now spoiled for choices when it comes to food and sweet treats or take a short respite from the plethora of entertain facilities available. There are a spate of food outlets available in the new Sky Avenue so if you do not know where to start but yearning for some serious sweet treats, check out the below suggestions.

Inside Scoop
Pork-Free
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: Yes *prices shown are GST-inclusive*
Address: Lot T2-45, Level T2, Sky Avenue, 69000, Genting Highlands, Pahang.
Business Hours: 10 am to 10 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: N/A

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Rising Ramen (雷神拉面) @ Moulmein Rise Shoppes, Pulau Tikus, Penang.

Rising Ramen is a new Ramen joint in town, the lucky folks at Pulau Tikus can now enjoy a bowl of Ramen with rich meat broth and al-dente noodles at the new Moulmein Rise Shoppes, right behind Pulau Tikus market. Aims to be a Halal Ramen joint, the restaurant is now offering a Pork-Free menu featuring a few signature Ramen dishes as well as Donburi and side dishes. It is a joint venture between a local and a Japanese Ramen master; the interior decor is simple with a familiar Japanese-restaurant setting. But certain local traits can be seen as well... like the pickled Cili Padi resting on the table and the option of adding Fish Balls to the Ramen. Authenticity aside, the Ramen joint did manage to convince us with its slurp-licious noodles and flavorful broth.... most importantly, friendly price tags.

Monday, January 1, 2018

White Paws Mansion @ Noordin Street, Georgetown, Penang.

A cafe made just for dog lovers, White Paws Mansion is a space dedicated entirely for canine lovers to cuddle and play with human's best friend. This is the perfect destination if you wish to be surrounded by furkids and enjoy a decent meal at the same time. White Paws Mansion has quite a number of dogs, while most of them bring Huskies, there are quite a few other breeds too. The very enthusiast and human-friendly canines are eager to meet new faces so as soon you push the door open, you will be greeted with their curious, lovable faces. The kitchen is not fully ready for now, so the variety on offer is small but I guess this is not really the place for indulgence, more like a space where you can mingle with the dogs. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Hero Pot (火锅英雄) @ Karpal Singh Drive, Georgetown, Penang.

Consider yourself incredibly lucky if you are a fan of Sze Chuan food, more options for you right now with the opening of Hero Pot at Karpal Singh Drive. Belongs to the "Mix", a convenient store that sells fancy imported goods from China, Japan, Korea etc, Hero Pot offers Sze Chuan-influenced dishes and of course... Sze Chuan "Mala" Hot Pot. But everything is designed to be ostentatious here, when you are about to enter the premise, you will be greeted by servers wearing traditional Chinese outfit. They will bring you to your table and before you are seated, they will shout "heroes are coming"... an awkward start to a meal. The menu is Hot Pot-centric, with a few classic Chinese snacks. Service is attentive but do not expect things to be cheap here, expect to fork out at least Rm 50 per pax for a decent meal here. Not particularly impressive as far as taste is concerned... if you must know.