1 Week Penang

17 08 2007

Been MIA for sometime because I was back in hometown for almost a week. I return to KL with my parents as they drove down here for a 3 days vacation. Attended 2 days of classes, then followed them for their next 3 days of holiday in Malacca :P When I return to uni, I was tossed a series of tests and a pile of assignmments. Aih… ;)

Before I write about my Malacca trip, a brief post from balik kampung trip. I had lots of home cooked food, so there aren’t much to blog about n.n

Agreed to treat Jian and she suggested Paddington House of Pancakes to make use of her mobile voucher for a BUY 1 FREE 1 Paddington pancakes. Headed to Queensbay Mall with a growling tummy. Ordered the Mexican Double Burger (RM25.50) since I’ve never tried it and Jian says its good.

Paddington - Mexican Burger #1

Double beef patties with pineapple rings, grilled capsicum slices and cheese…! Plus guacamole, lettuce, tomato and fries on the side. The chunky gravy is weird (like starch with seasoning) but the beef patties is packed with beefy taste. Overall, it’s absolutely delicious.

Paddington - Mexican Burger #2

I am humongous… mwahahaha

Paddington - American coconut

For the free pancake, we had the American pancake with peaches, Hawaiian coconut, nuts and ice cream (RM11.50). Quite disappointed with it. The dessicated coconut tastes fake, only three miserable blueberries in the plate and a slob of butter looks like it was haplessly thrown. Jian wanted to take mouth watering dessert photos for her mag cover assignment but the presentation was a let down :(

The bill came to RM40 for the 2 plates of pancake and a tall glass of Fizzy Mango & Orange (RM7.50).

Apom

The next day, I experimented with a ban jiang kuih recipe only to produce apom. I didn’t use lye water as suggested and added an extra egg.The recipe is a keeper as it made about 6 servings of fluffy apom. Nyam nyam!

Paddington - Lamb blintzes

Got myself a mobile voucher as well and treated my little sis to Paddington, again! We ordered lamb blintzes – slow cooked lamb cubes, fresh mint and mashed potatoes (RM18.50). Then it came in a square bowl half the usual size they serve, we were like “Uh?”. The portion is much much smaller than we are accustomed to. It came in two packets, like chinese medicinal package. Lol. The mutton which is cooked in a sweet tomato based sauce is very flavourful and tender whereas the mashed potato is to die for! Very delicious.

Paddington - Breakfast set

For the free pancake, we ordered the American pancakes with 3 toppings i.e. chipolatas (sausage), sunny side up and beef bacon (RM 16.50). Again it was served with the funny tasting brown gravy. The egg tastes geli but not a bad dish if minus these 2 things.

The bill was about RM30 with a glass of juice.

Economy fried noodle

By the end, broke liao. Eat economy fried noodle and

Tofu bakar

tauhu bakar ;D

Jelutong hawkers

But I highly recommend the keng chai mai fun from this hawker stall in Jelutong. This row of hawkers operate at night in front of the POS office, not the other hawker makeshift stalls located along the road parallel to it (where the Jelutong morning market is). Fried beehoon is incredibly light and tasty. The tom yam maggi has very nice tom yam flavour to it. I usually mix both on a plate. It’s a must have whenever I come back :P

*A new economy noodle stall has opened a few lots down. The original one is located beside a drink stall.





Food And Fruit Fiesta North Zone 2007

16 06 2007

I was watching our Malaysian pair (women’s double) leading 10-6 against Denmark in the Sudirman Cup. Then, I went to bathe cuz girls play not exciting. And they lost the first match! I switched channels but took a peek half an hour later. In the second match, they were already trailing 13-20! Better to turn off tv and blog about Food And Fruit Fiesta held at Sg Nibong Pesta site.

Jian and I reached at about 7.20pm. Our target – free flow of jus pala (nutmeg juice). It was drizzling. Hence, no pala or any shadow of a kepala giving free juice. Duped.

FF - Lemang & rendang

There are many booths displaying their products.. fresh, cooked or packed. If you missed out Hari Raya, you can buy rendang Tok, lemang, ketupat and serunding. If you can’t make it to Terengganu, they are selling the original lekor from Kampung Losong. Cameron Highlands strawberries, strawberry jam, strawberry preserved, strawberry cordial also got. Kuih bahulu, kek coklat, heong pneah buatan orang Melayu, Nata de Coco, instant laksa paste, dodol, keropok 2 for RM5, cloned mangoes, pineapples, sweet corns, dragonfruits, durian, nutmeg, Ipoh white coffee, Penang white coffee, kopi O…

FF - Sauce

Chilli sauce for dipping. Or buy 10 and use as bowling pins.

FF - Mango

FF - Satay

Ah, yes.. nested in the middle is this food court. We tried the satay tulang (RM1 per stick) which holds true to the name. The bone is barbequed together with the chicken meat, hence the aroma is captivating to the 2 unsuspecting victims. The vendor claimed that it is the only stall which sells satay tulang. But it is bad, really bad. So much bones in the meat that it impaired my eating ability.

FF - Booths

Public response isn’t that good.
Three probable factors – poor publicity, rain, unattractive atmosphere.

As the rain become heavier, we ran into a hall where a cooking competition has just ended.

FF - Cooking competition - Spaghetti

This looks scrumptious. In fact, the only plate which looks edible ;) Oh yeah, the chefs were made compulsory to use “Pacific West Fish Fillet” packs. No Ayamas please.

We stayed for Individual Vegetables Carving Competition. It’s fun for me, in a strange way, like watching paint dry on a wall.

FF - Carving competition

FF - Carving #1

1st prize winner – Paradise of Farmer

FF - Carving #2

2nd prize winner

FF - Carving #3

3rd prize winner – The Colour of Dreams

Losers whom I think should have won.

FF - Carving #4

So cute and almost edible!

FF - Carving #5

The work of this carving is very delicate. And this spot smells the nicest!

FF - Carving chef

We love the air-conditioned hall so much, we stayed for the next event. Vietnamese springroll demonstration by a gorgeous master chef who teaches in KDU. And free sampling.

FF - Vietnamese roll demo

FF - Vietnamese roll

Assorted greens, tofu and shrimps wrapped in rice paper for dipping into sweet and sour condiment – for the health freak in you!