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Best of Penang food!

Posted in malaysia by chrisau on April 17, 2008
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It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog and as it is such a long time, let me present you the food trinity of Penang! Yes, the Asam Laksa, Cendol and Char Kway Teow. I was in Penang in early April and get to savour the best of these foods in town, all thanks to my bro-in-law, who knew the place so well. Well, he can be a postman there. 🙂

If you love asam laksa, Im sure you will know the best is surely came from Air Itam. The soup was so thick with fish meat, thick prawn sauce and the dunno-what-ingredients they put, which makes you think of nothing but just eat and eat and wanting a second helping. The smell of the asam laksa was so great that you can get lost at the tiny corner in the market there.

Busy making bowls and bowls of laksa
Penang Asam Laksa at Air Itam
After I stirred it…… hmm….
Remember this sign in Air Itam Market and don’t go to the wrong stall!

Thumbs up! I give it a 10 out of 10…and eagerly wanted to go back there again for another 2 bowls!!

Wanted to refresh yourself in the hot afternoon? Try the cendol at a ‘lorong’ (lane) facing Penang Road in GeorgeTown. It’s brimming with crowd on a sunday afternoon and it’s really a long waiting time before you can have the chance to sip the coconut milk delicacy! Well, again, i think this is the best in town and maybe, the country.

Check out the crowd under the hot sun!
Looks ordinary but tasted extraordinary

And last but not least, pay a visit to this old kopitiam at the corner of Macalister Road. It kinda worn out but don’t get intimidated by it. It served one of the best kway teow in penang and has been in operations for many long years!! Operated by two sisters, though there’s not much crowd when we were there, it took quite long to dish up the perfect kway teow.

Sister’s Char Kway Teow at Macalister Road
View from the corner, a small sign board is that’s all they need!
hmm…yummy !! There are white crab meat slices on top.

Of course there are others great food in Penang like Nasi Kandar, chee cheong fun and etc, but I believe these are the top ones which is worth a try!


Places to eat in KL

Posted in KL by chrisau on April 9, 2008

I’ve extracted another article from the star paper dated, 9/4/2008, as it’s simply too irresistible. Read on…..

Good news is in store for meat lovers as Kobe Beef comes to Prime, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur.

The outlet’s award winning team that defended their “Most Outstanding Hotel Team & Overall Champion” award last year at the 8th Culinaire Malaysia 2007 will be cooking up a beefy affair. Kobe beef from the Wagyu cattle is bred in Japan on a diet of sake and beer, and receives daily massages to relieve muscle stiffness. This results in the most succulent and tender meat.

Considered the crème de la crème of all beef, Kobe beef is famous for its fine, even marbling, with a buttery texture and taste that will melt in your mouth and linger on your taste buds. A sommelier will be ready at hand to introduce ideal wine to accompany your meal. Kobe beef is available for dinner at RM 120 to RM 390 ++ per person.

For reservations, call 03-2263 7434.

Pizza at Avanti

Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa gives the weekend an uplift with “WoWeekends!”. Featuring mouth-watering worldwide selections at four restaurants – Avanti Italian-American Ristorante, Sun & Surf Café, West Lake Garden Chinese Restaurant and Atrium Café – there are a host of cuisines and special highlights with more than 500 delicious eats and treats on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

At Avanti, there’s a hearty Italian Sunday lunch. Sun & Surf CafĂ© has 250 local and international favourites staged at its massive island-like buffet while West Lake Garden Chinese Restaurant’s super delicious Hong Kong-style Dim Sum is second to none.

For reservations, call 03-7492 8000 ext 3176 for Avanti, ext 3169 for Sun & Surf Café, ext 3181 for West Lake Garden and ext 6305 for Atrium Café.

Chocolate Macha Dome

Berisi Lounge at The Legend Hotel Kuala Lumpur has the Chocolate Macha Dome as its cake of the month. Touted for its spectrum of health giving benefits including lowering cholesterol and high in antioxidants, green tea makes an interesting partner with dark chocolate – also known for its antioxidant properties.

The cake with layers of fragrant green tea sponge is sandwiched between luscious green tea-infused fresh cream.

It is then coated with chocolate truffle and finished off with a coating of smooth dark chocolate glaze and decorated with toasted walnuts.

The cake is available throughout April, priced at RM7++ per slice and RM60++ for the whole cake.

For reservations, call 03-4042 9888 ext 9014.FUKUYA JAPANESE RESTAURANT, One Bangsar, 63B Jalan Ara, Bangsar Baru, KL. (Tel: 2282 1111) Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (noon-2.30pm); dinner (6.30pm-10.30pm).

Offers a unique menu of over 200 dishes created by its master chef complemented with a fine selection of sake and wine.

ZOHARA’S RESTAURANT, 9137 Jalan Bandar 4, Taman Melawati, KL (Tel: 03-4106 9137). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (11am-3pm); dinner (6pm-11pm). Specialises in Indian and Pakistani cuisine. Signature dishes are Mulligatawny, Dum Briyani and Sultani Murgh Massalam. (No answer)

ITALIANNIES, F355, First Floor, Rainforest (New Wing), 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Bandar Utama, KL (Tel: 03-7727 1399). Business Hrs: Mon-Fri (11am-11pm); Sat & Sun (10.30am-11.30pm). Halal. Italiannies quaint ambience is conducive for conversations over traditional Italian fare. Has a kids’ menu that would appeal to the young ones with kid-size pastas and pizzas.

DE 3 WESTERN CUISINE & CAFE, 83 Jalan Radin Tengah, Bandar Sri Petaling, KL (Tel: 03-9058 7851). Business Hrs: (11am-12.30am daily). Brings to mind scenes of cowboy movies of yesteryear. Western cuisine with a local twist like the D’ Fortune Seafood Spaghetti with Cili Padi.

WENDY’S BISTRO, 20 Jalan PJS8/18, Dataran Sunway Mentari, PJ (Tel: 03-5630 1699). Business Hrs: Daily (11am-11pm). Non-halal. Incorpo-rates a deli and bar with an extensive menu to boot with a variety of set lunches. Popular for its variety of pork dishes.

BAKERZIN, G-312, Ground Floor Highstreet, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Bandar Utama, PJ (Tel: 03-7729 4493). Business Hrs: Daily (10am-11pm). Halal. Styled after a French teahouse and offers Warm Chocolate Cake Strawberry Shortcake and Creme Brulee. There are breads, soups, salads and sandwiches too.

FOOD FOUNDRY, PETIT Ground Floor, No 1, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar, KL (Tel: 03-2282 2822). Business Hrs: Daily, 11.30am to 10pm. Closed on public hols. Specials for the Yuletide season include roast chicken with pine nuts and raisins with trimmings like sauteed potatoes and French beans with apple pie for dessert. Set meals with Pan-seared Seabass in Lemon Butter Sauce or Quarter Stuffed Roasted Chicken are available from Dec 22-31.

RESTORAN KING CRAB, 103-105 Jalan SS25/2, Taman Mewah Jaya, PJ (Tel: 03-7808 2388). Business Hrs: Daily (11am-2.30pm); dinner (6pm-11pm). Non-halal. Extreme-ly popular so getting a table requires some waiting time. Some dishes need pre-ordering.

FLOWER DRUM FINE CHINESE RESTAURANT, 239 1st Floor, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (Tel: 03-2142 2625). Business Hrs: Mon-Sat, lunch (11.30am-2.30pm); dinner (6.30pm-10.30pm). Sun & Public Hols, 10am-2.30pm; dinner, 6pm-10.30pm. Non-halal. Known for its Chinese fare featuring an East meets West concept, with a bit of Japanese influence thrown in. Baked Australian Lamb Chop with Red Wine, Grilled King Prawns with Lemongrass, Peking Duck and Oven-Baked Lamb Chop with Lemongrass and Steamed Cod Fish with Shredded Abalone & Chinese Herbs are some of the dishes to look forward to.

KAFE SAKURA KRISTAL, 301 Jalan Bandar 11, Taman Melawati, KL (Tel: 03-4108 5897). Business Hrs: Mon–Sat (noon-1am); Sunday (4pm-midnight). Halal. Asian, Thai, Western and Malaysian cuisine with enough options for vegetarians too.

THE RANCH CAFÉ, 14 Jalan Anggerik Vanilla Y 31/Y, Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam (Tel: 03-5122 7706). Business Hrs: Mon–Sat (11am-11pm); Sun & Public Hols (6pm-11pm). Halal. Western food and a segment on Mexican favou-rites with house specials like Tacos and Sizzling Beef Fajitas.

DECANTER 3, 5 Jalan 17/56, PJ (Tel: 03-7968 1300). Business Hrs: Mon-Sat (noon-midnight) / 7 Jalan Setiakasih 5, Bukit Damansara, KL (Tel: 03-2095 2507). Halal. Choose from over 80 Western and local favourites. Popular for its Oxtail Stew and Penang Assam Laksa.

BIBIWOK RESTAURANT, 16, Jalan Persiaran Puteri 1, Bandar Puteri, Puchong (Tel:03-8060 7659). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (11am-3pm); dinner (5.30pm-10.30pm). Pork-free. For Christmas and New Year, the restaurant is offering free Kerabu Mango Siakap Fish to diners spending more than RM120 on a single receipt. Regular specials include Ayam Api-Api, Thai-style Butter Prawn, Siamese Steamed Red Snapper and Curry Seafood Combo.

SRI NYONYA RESTAURANT, 14 Jalan 22/49, PJ (Tel: 03-7875 1031). Business Hrs: Tues-Sun, lunch (12.30pm-2.30pm); dinner (6.30pm-9.30pm). Pork-free. Family recipes like the Sri Nyonya Fried Chicken and Perut Ikan span four generations. Set Lunch available from Tuesday to Friday at RM10 nett per person.

H&H RESTAURANT, 31, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama (Up-town), PJ (Tel: 03-7728 5459). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (11.30am-2.30pm); dinner (5.30pm- 9.30pm). Halal. Family restaurant with specialities like noodles and Western dishes which are prepared to order. Set menu available for four.

SOHO, G218, Grd Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Bandar Utama, PJ (Tel: 03-7722 2155). Business Hrs: Daily, 10am-10pm. Non-halal. A chic restaurant drawing focus to Shanghainese and Cantonese cuisine. Diner’s favourites are the Shanghai Steamed Meat Dumplings, Signature Crispy Duck, Kai Lan on Ice, Beef with Ginger and Spring Onion Rice Roll and Signature Custard Bun.