2nd Penang Flogger Gathering

17 10 2008

Edelweiss

A delayed post from the 2nd Penang Flogger gathering at Edelweiss Cafe! (Sorry to all who were expecting this post like.. um almost 3 weeks ago >.<) We have to thank Lingzie for making the event happen. Also to the other sponsors of goodies – CK Lam, Criz Lai (lucky draw) and Gill & Jason :) It was truly a night centered on food and mingling among bloggers, getting to know each other at a more personal level. The best moment is when everyone started clicking away their camera when a plate arrives at a table!

Edelweiss signs

card
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Gee Seng Seafood Restaurant, Tambun

25 05 2008

I’m going for holiday in 4 hours so this will be short and cincai :D

walk way

Tambun is a small fishing village for good inexpensive seafood. Whenever we come here, we always patronise this restaurant at the end of the narrow road. A platform built on top of the water became sitting area for customers. The view and the slushing sound from below are just the right ambience for some serious hand-dirtying, shellfish digging.

fishing boats

The serene surrounding is very relaxing.

Gee Seng Seafood Restaurant

kuih

On Labour’s Day, cars mostly from outstation already filled up the parking lots. When we got into the restaurant, every table was occupied and we had to sit near to the entrance. There is a makeshift stall selling agar-agar and konnyaku jelly.

Gee Seng kitchen

The kitchen. Can’t expect it to be hygienic. A few cooks had no shirts on and one was smoking while working the wok.

crab

Live crabs

seafood

Fresh seafood

condiments

Hot and spicy condiments

stir fried bee hoon

Stir fried mee sua with fresh prawns and bean sprouts. The prawns are sweet and tastewise, the dish is delicious, albeit lacking in wok hei. RM 6.

veg

Sweet vegetable (I forgot what it’s called) with a dash of oyster sauce. RM 5.

mantis prawns

Mantis prawns. We had them plain and they were sweet, but has a bit of muddy taste. RM 12.

stingray

Steamed stingray in ginger soy sauce. Although it looks plain but this is the best way to eat it. The flesh is so smooth and tastes absolutely fresh. Best dish of out of the bunch. RM 14.

thorn snail

Thorny, spiky snail (siput duri). Toothpicks are given to pierce the flesh out of the shell, then dip into chili sauce and chew away! RM 6.. woh, cheap cheap!

snail flesh

Nude snail

satay

This delectable satay is from a stall nearby. It’s parked beside the restaurant, near to the jetty. Since the stir fried noodle disappoints in the wok hei aspect, this satay totally makes up for it. It’s chunky with meat and a few slices of fat inserted in between (which can be easily removed) to give that umph flavour.

Gee Seng Seafood Restaurant
860, Bagan Bukit Tambun
14110 Simpang Ampat
04-5887220





Fatty Boy Chicken Rice

12 05 2008

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Happy Belated Mother’s Day! Moms shouldn’t be allowed to cook in the kitchen yesterday :P Where did you bring the special one for a good treat? My mom always wanted simplicity and nothing extravagant. I baked the same cheesecake for her and dad brought us downtown for lunch. Since mom doesn’t want to eat in restaurant ;o we drove around aimlessly for 1/2 hour because a lot of coffeeshops are closed that day -_-;

shop

Finally we found a parking lot, and headed for the ang chew mee suah (red wine rice noodle) stall I spotted last week. Again we came face to face with a closed stall.. the owner is away on vacation :(

stall

Next door, Fatty Boy chicken rice looks pretty decent ^.^ We decided to have a try.

in

Besides chicken rice, they also have vinegar pork, which is one of mom’s favourite.

chicken

The roast chicken is de-boned and has lots of meat. It is so tender and smooth too. This is the most delicious chicken I have had! I’ve changed my favourite chicken rice stall from Goh Thew Chik to Fatty Boy :P

pork

The vinegar pork came with a heap of lean meat (which dad requested). The pork is not as tender as lak tiau lor’s, which literally falls off the bone. Nonetheless, this gravy with a tinge of sourness is better and really delicious! Yummy~ I drench my rice with it because it’s soooo good. (A tastier version of pork trotter is in Butterworth).

tau kua & egg

Braised egg and tau kua

choy sum

Choy sum

Dad was a bit skeptical after the lady owner said everything cost RM24.90. With the portions served, we thought it would’ve cost more. Before leaving, they carried out a tray of freshly roast chickens. Business must be good :)

Fatty Boy Chicken Rice
98 Restaurant
Along Burmah Road, just after the junction to Kedah Road
(slightly further down from New World)
Open until 4pm





Penang Famous Street Food Fest Photos

19 12 2007

I intend to post this on Monday but Streamyx was pretty nasty to me :/ Jian and I went to check out the Penang Famous Street Food Fest at PISA held in conjunction with The Star’s Starwalk. There were at least 30 stalls offering local hawker’s delight. Here are the pics :)

Satay grill

Satay stall

Satay

Thumbs up for the satay! Juicy and tasty, but the peanut sauce was a slight let down.

Apom manis

Yummy apom manis

Pasembor

The famous pasembor Edgecumbe

Crowd

The crowd

Line dance

Line dance performance in between session

Nyonya

The nyonya kuih talam was exceptionally delicious.. just the right amount of “bounce” and almost melts in the mouth. They gave out free samples which enticed us to buy :P

Chinese pancake

Ban chiang kuih (Chinese peanut pancake)

Fruit rojak

The aunty performing her shrimp paste pulling technique at the fruit rojak station. Wah ^_^

Queue

Long queue at the famous Penang Road cendol stall

Cendol

Overall, some vendors retain their quality while some are just not up to expectation. But it’s a great event for tourists who can sample everything unique to Penang at one hot spot.





Soho Free House, Penang Road

23 11 2007

Soho Freehouse #1

I had lunch at Soho the other day after dad reckon they serve good traditional English pie. Soho is a pub at night but you can dine here for lunch and dinner. In the afternoon during weekdays, the place may get a bit crowded with office workers (lawyers and businessmen mostly).

Soho Freehouse #2

When we went there last weekend, we were surprisingly the only patrons besides a man who was already at the counter having his beer. Soon after, two men came in, followed by a family of foreigner. Business wasn’t brisk but all the better for us :P Food was served promptly and the waiter was attentive to our needs.

Soho Freehouse #3

The interior is very much like an old bar in an English countryside. All the furnitures are polished wood, the wooden floor of the deck creaks under our feet, the ceiling is wooden plank right down to the pillars are wood. I find myself scrutinizing every decoration in the place because none are essentially the same.

Soho Freehouse #5

Soho Freehouse #4

Empty liquor bottles line the wall shelf, retro looking Guiness posters and some other interesting brand logos are all over the place.

Steak & Tiger pie

In house specialty are old shepherd’s pie, fish & chips, home made burgers and chicken cordon bleu. Dad loves their Steak & Tiger pie so that was what he ordered. It’s chunks of beef marinated in Tiger beer topped with a puff pastry, with baked beans and fries on the side. Meanwhile, sis had their chicken & leek pie, which is chicken in a creamy white sauce also with a puff pastry baked to a crispy perfection. It’s served with green peas and fries on the side. You can request for jacket potato instead of fries.

Ploughman's Lunch

Mom wanted something light, so she ordered one of the Soho Quickies, Ploughman’s Lunch. The dish comprise of a french roll with a generous wedge of cheddar cheese, few sprigs of spring onion and pickled veg (since I can’t identify them, the menu writes – gherkin, radish, silver onion and red cabbage).

Sheperd's pie #1

I had their signature old style shepherd’s pie. It’s a classic British dish of minced meat in a secret highland sauce covered to the brim with mashed potato and baked, served with green peas and garden salad. The meat is your choice of lamb or chicken.

Sheperd's pie #2

I loved my pie! It’s very delicious especially the smell and taste of the lamb. However, I was wary whether they’ve used mutton because of the distinct flavour. Nonetheless, the meal was scrumptious to the last bite ^_^

The total amount came to about RM64. They also have spaghetti, steak, lamb chop, etc on their menu but their pies really are the best. There are an expansive selection of cocktails in their separate drinks menu including a lewdly named “slow comfortable screw against the wall” =D

Operating hour:
Open daily from 12pm to 12am

Location:
It can be easily spotted.. a bright purple building in Penang Road on your right.
No. 50, Penang Road, 10000 Penang
Tel: 604-263 3331 / 262 8331





Cecil Street Market Fried Sago

16 11 2007

Dessert stall

Cecil Street Market or to the local, is better known as chhit-tiau-lơ pasar (7th Street Market). It’s a late afternoon market selling dry goods, fresh vegetables, seafood, chicken and pork, roasted meats, clothes and household items. Where there are fresh ingredients, there are great hawker fares within the market. Good food to be found there are pasembor, duck meat koay teow, char mee suah (fried rice vermicelle) and char koey teow.

Not to be missed out is the dessert stall which sells excellent tong sui. It is located at the edge of the market, nearby the fruit stalls and open from 1pm onwards.

Dessert pots

Pots of labour work surround the two aunties’ tiny stall. They sell sweet dessert soups like bubur cha cha, red bean soup, bubur pulut hitam and bubur gandum. In addition, there are economy fried noodles and…

Fried sago

*cheng cheng cheng* fried sago! A plate of gooey sago fried with bean sprouts and dried shrimps, seasoned with perhaps the same seasoning as char koay teow as they taste almost similar. It’s different, unusual and good! Each bite is slightly chewy but not starchy. Everything sells for RM1 from this stall.





Food Loft, Gurney Plaza

5 11 2007

This should have been up a few weeks ago ^_^
Me and my sis were gapping at the extensive list of cuisines in front of Food Loft and then, *tada!* a good samaritan handed me RM10 vouchers to dine there ;D We are very grateful to this couple who are not local, hence they found us to dispose um .. give the vouchers to. Tq tq~

Food Loft #1

We return to Gurney Plaza on another day to eat here, since we already had lunch. For every RM10 spent, a voucher worth RM1 is given to you which you can redeem at the next dine-in. I think most would already know the dining concept at Food Loft as it has been featured in a few blogs. There are Cantonese, Japanese, Western, etc stations where you can order your food and it will be recorded in a card. Then you pay them on your exit.

Food Loft #2

The Italian/Western food station.

Food Loft #3

The posh seats. So nice to sit…

Food Loft #4

Which is why I brought laptop along, so we can spend long hours on the plush cushion. Keke. They provide excellent wi-fi service, and we managed to watch Hell’s Kitchen and X-Family alternately, 4 episodes total!

American Roast

Moving on to food now, we had the American roast chicken with bland boiled vege and yucky rice but delicious chips. The chicken was okay, very typical RM8.90/bird sold at hypermarket that kind of taste. It’s a big plate though.

Spaghetti vongole #1

Then we had the spaghetti vongole. It tastes very chinese? Like soy sauce, oyster sauce, dried local chili flakes that sort of combo.. then they throw in olives and olive oil. The dish is quite nice, but it’s not fusion, it’s confusion.

Spaghetti vongole #2

Two pieces of mussel, but tiny tiny compared to Italiannies! :P

Cendol

After contemplating for sometime, we decided to have cendol as well. And OMG! What a mistake.. it’s huuugggeee! It’s one complete meal bowl ya know. The size they use for ramen? Makan until scared. Not enough gula melaka, while coconut milk is too overpowering.

The total came to about RM40 but fortunately got voucher :P All in all, the price we paid is more for ambiance than food.