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.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
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
*For those of you who have missed the show, you may view the online version on TonTon.*
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.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The now defunct Hot Wok Nyonya Restaurant has turned into Indies Restaurant, business is brisk at the 24-hour Indian-Fusion restaurant and we are not surprised at all. Why? Ample parking space, wallet-pleasing price tags, air-conditioned dining hall, drive-through service and a wide variety of dishes to choose from; though service was a lackluster on our visit, we still see this place as a great place for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even light supper. Indies Asian Fusion is right next to Starbucks Drive-Thru at Tanjung Tokong.
Monday, February 9, 2015
The thought of finding a good Dim Sum restaurant has been a daunting task for me, though the ageless traditional goodies can be really easy to find in the state. The art of enjoying Dim Sum lies at the comfortable space for a relaxed conversation, have a good sip of tea as well as savoring on the countless delicate nibbles. Sticks and Spoon, a Dim Sum restaurant that operates in the form of Oriental cafe, has whimsical yet classic interior decor- exposed pipes, light bulbs as well as some Chinese New Year decor. The menu may not be very extensive but sufficient enough to please everyone. Mains such as Steamed Rice, Noodles are also available. Prices are wallet-friendly, the place is clinically clean well equipped with air-conditioners and ample parking available; Sticks and Spoon is especially apt for business, family and any other related occasions. The restaurant is housed within Elit Avenue, same row as St. Presso under the same building.
Many Thanks to Sticks and Spoon for hosting us that day.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
The cafe scene in Alma is percolating, evidently seen from the mushrooming of a few new cafes near the center business district area of Alma. Ninety Century (90's) Coffee House caught our attention with its rustic, nostalgic exterior. As expected, the interior is a cozy snug little space, filled with comfortable chairs and tables. The menu is small, featuring some simple and straight-forward nibbles at very reasonable prices. Do not expect high on the variety or you will be disappointed. Nothing is overly interesting here but it provides a cozy place to rest and probably to hang out with your friends.
Friday, February 6, 2015
A new museum in town- Colonial Penang Museum with old artefacts is about to open its doors to the public soon but a cafe housed within the small annex right beside the main building is ready to serve its customers. Step in the cafe and you will be instantly teleported to a forest-like space in shades of wooden beam, including its tables and chairs. The open-air cafe can be very warm under the sultry weather, especially with the absence of air-conditioners. It can be a picturesque place to enjoy a light meal in the serene neighborhood but we thought the seats could be more comfortable; unlikely to be the place that you would like to hang out for long hours. The cafe serves a small menu, comprising Waffles and some simple Cakes outsourced from other cake houses. Colonial Penang Museum can be found in one of the bungalows along Jalan D. S. Ramanathan, previously known as Scott Road.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
If you have passed by Lim Chong Eu Expressway in recent weeks, you would have noticed that there is a seemingly curious, dark eye-catchy building sitting right beside Gat Lebuh Macallum. It occupies an immense space, providing customers ample of parking spaces right in front of the cafe. The name is Macallum Connoisseurs, not only a cafe but a coffee academy as well. The exposed light bulbs, high-ceilinged container-like Cafe has shades of gray; exuding an industrial vibe. Brunch menu and desserts are available but Mains will be added to the menu very soon. Not exactly a cozy cafe but a good place for casual brunch or quick meet up.
Monday, February 2, 2015
The Ginza Japanese Restaurant group has extended their business to Penang lately, occupying a few shoplots in the new Vantage Desiran Tanjung. The place is highly visible and noticeable from far due to the bright and striking signage. Ginza has a very extensive and comprehensive menu (too extensive that it took us more than 10 minutes to pick what we want to order), covering Sushi, Sashimi, Oden, Udon, Tempura, Teppanyaki, Bento Sets or even Omakase (exotic dishes like Fugu are available too). Prices are on the higher side; on the service, there are rooms for improvements. We were rather disappointed with the lackluster service from the crew, it took them more than 10 minutes before they could serve us a small scoop of Ice Cream. Some hits and misses here and there but considering the place is fairly new, it's worth a second look.
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