Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sunday Buffet Lunch @ Eastin Hotel Penang

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Eastin Hotel Penang is offering Sunday Buffet Lunch with the theme of "Journey Throughout Malaysia" which features delicious traditional flavors of the yester-year. 4 different menus will be rotated every Sunday and it would ends on 30th June, 2018. So don't missed your chance to try it out!

Journey Throughout Malaysia
Sunday Buffet Lunch
12pm - 2.30pm

Adult - RM58 nett per pax
Senior Citizen - RM38 nett per pax
Children 6 to 11 years old - 50% Discount

Flavors of Malaysia
Starting 1st April 2018, price will be amended accordingly:
Adult - RM68 nett per pax
Senior Citizen - RM48 nett per pax
Children 6 to 11 years old - 50% Discount

As usual, baby and I started off the Sunday Buffet Lunch with their wide selection of appetizer and soup. Salad bar with dressing and condiment, Kerabu Mango, Acar Jelatah, Jelly Fish with Sesame Salad, Local Jeruk-Jeruk and ulam-ulaman are some of the highlights of Appetizer. Crab Meat with Corn Kernel Soup and Sup Soto Ayam with Chilli Sambal are available too.

We tried a little of everything, including the Miang Kham which is the traditional appetizer from Thailand. Chinese styled Tau Kua (beancurd) Sumbat is available too together with the sweet and sour sauce. We took a little bit of sambal belaccan and cencaluk to mix with our western ulam-ulaman - rocket salad/arugula. 😂😂😂

Meanwhile for the main course, Eastin Hotel Penang offers Daging Percik Berempah, Ikan Masak Tempoyak, Sotong Sumbat Ketupat Masak Sambal, Lamb Varural with Green Peas, Stir Fried Kailan with Salted Fish and Fried Garlic, and many more! 

Among all the dishes that we tried, personally, I like Belacan Chicken and Soft Bean Curd with Mapo Sauce. Maybe these are the dishes I always eat growing up. Another special dish that we never try it elsewhere is the Gulai Nangka. It's unusual to see it at any stall, let alone at hotel buffet lunch, so you can tell how traditional the dish is! 

Besides the main course, there are some other dishes at the Action Stall such as Cendol, Mee Sotong, Ikan Bakar Padang, Keropok Lekor and many more. I had my Char Koay Teow which the chef would prepares on the spot and you can see them in action.

Lastly, we had the dessert with variable options such as assorted fruit platter, assorted French pastries, Chinese Pancake, Jelly in Cup, Banana cake, Pandan cake, Kaseri with Raisin Cashew Nut, and many more. Overall, given the affordable price, I think it would be a great family and friend gathering place for lunch on Sunday then maybe followed by movie or Karaoke session at Queensbay Mall. 

Make your reservation now!

Eastin Hotel Penang
Tel: 04-612 1111
Fax: 04-612 1199

Happy food hunting!
Till then! ;)


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Canton Buffet Lunch @ Ixora Hotel Penang

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Starting from March to April 2018, Ixora Hotel Penang will be offering Canton Buffet Lunch. A total of 6 menus will be rotated every weekday from Monday to Friday even if is a Public Holiday! So if you are looking for a buffet lunch venue, this could be a great option for you! 

🍴Canton Buffet Lunch🍴
01 Mar 2018 until 30 Apr 2018
12.00pm to 2.30pm
The Straits Café and Lounge

RM 45 nett (Adult), 
           RM 28 nett(Senior Citizen aged 60 years old and above)
           RM 28 nett(Child aged 4-12 years old)

Ixora Hotel Penang offers a wide selection of food in their Canton Buffet Lunch ranging from soup, salad, Dim Sum, porridge, roasted chicken and duck, hot dishes and even dessert. From the dishes such as Lotus Leaf Steamed Rice, Marinated Salted Bean Duck, Dim Sum and many more, you can tell these are the highlights for Cantonese style of cooking.

Personally, I like the fish soup with green mustard vegetables, which was a hearty clear soup that warms my empty stomach. The sweetness and flavor from the star anise made the Hainanese Beef Stew a delightful dish for me. I like the Fried Mutton with Butter Cream as well! Egg tart was good especially the creamy custard filling but could be even better if is served hot with crispy flaky puff pastry right from the oven! 

Ixora Hotel Penang also introduced their Cocktail and Mocktail of the month which feature Cocktail Wealthy at RM22 nett and Mocktail Healthy at RM18 nett. I tried the Mocktail Healthy which made of red watermelon juice, date juice, lemon juice and garnished with watermelon ball and date fruit. 

Lastly we tried the Cake of the Month by Ixora Hotel Penang, which is a Cendol Cake selling at RM12 nett. I was never a big fan of real cendol, let alone a cendol cake. But surprisingly, it tastes better than I thought, just like the saying, never try never know!

Go try it today!

3096 Jalan Baru, Bandar Perai Jaya, 13600 Perai, Penang, Malaysia.
T:+60 4 382 8888 (Ext 1404) | F:+60 4 382 8800 | M:+60 16 498 5823  
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Day 1 @ 3D2N Langkawi Trip

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It has been a long while since my last visit to Langkawi. Since Airasia got cheap flight to Langkawi, baby and I went on a getaway and so here's our first ever 3D2N Langkawi Trip together. As usual, I will split the post to Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3. Enjoy reading! Too lazy to read? No worry, check out the short video at the bottom! 

We took the Monday afternoon flight with AirAsia from Penang International Airport direct to Langkawi International Airport. In fact, this was my first time taking flight to Langkawi as all my previous visits were by ferry. Surprisingly, the flight was full even on weekday, probably because it is the peak season starting from November until April.  

During our 3D2N Langkawi Trip, baby and I spent our 2 nights in The Smith House hotel which is located strategically in Padang Matsirat, nearby to the Langkawi International Airport. I reckon that Padang Matsirat is located in the middle of Langkawi, making it convenient to explore to many point of interest such as Kuah, Pantai Cenang and even the Langkawi Cable Car. 

After arriving at the airport, The Smith House arranged our hotel transfer where we were being fetched to our hotel which is less than 5 minutes away. The Smith House is a new boutique hotel in Langkawi with contemporary interior design. Baby and I were totally amazed and glad that we have chosen this hotel! Read more on a separate post about The Smith House. 

The next thing to do after checking in was to rent a car. We got ourselves a brand new red Toyota Vios at RM150 for 2 days. We were required to pay RM50 as deposit which is refundable too. If you are interested to rent a car in Langkawi, you can contact Hafiz at 016-4020855. Petrol station is located nearby to our hotel, so we went for refuel too before our exploration begins. 

We went down north to Kuah where we stopped at Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall for McDonald's as our late lunch. We walked around the shopping mall as well as the Billion Duty Free Supermarket which located inside the mall itself. Baby and I just check out all the prices of chocolate and alcohol there that we wanted to buy so that we can take as reference.

Around evening, we dropped by Eagle Square to take some photos since the 12 meter tall eagle statue is like the icon of Langkawi. As usual, full of people right below the eagle and I supposed you can't say you have been to Langkawi without taking a photo with the eagle! 😂 

We went around Kuah Town to do some window shopping for chocolate and alcohol as well. We came across this shop, PL Soon Huat which located along Jalan Pandak Mayah 1, few shops next to RHB Bank! The lady boss was really friendly to chit chat with us and taught us a thing or two about wines. So we ended up buying 3 bottles of wines and 1 bottle of Baileys Irish Cream from her! 😁

After sunset of the Day 1 of 3D2N Langkawi Trip, I brought baby to Teo Seafood Restaurant, the place I ate at for every of my past visits. We were starving by then, so we ordered 5 dishes and 1 fried beehun at a total price of RM73.50. Thankfully, we still managed to finish them all! To find out what we had, click here to read this post! 

Maybe we were feeling guilty of the heavy dinner, so we decided to make a turn to Pantai Cenang to do some walking. We parked our rented car at Cenang Mall and went to walk around there. We bought some chocolate inside Cenang Mall as well. Believe it or not, baby and I finally walked 10,000 steps (recorded by our smart phone) in a day for the first time ever during our Day 1! 😂

Since we had surpassed the 10,000 steps a day, we forgiven ourselves for the heavy dinner and headed back to hotel to sleep! To find out more on where we went and what we ate, stay tuned for the Day 2 for our 3D2N Langkawi Trip! 

In the meantime, check out our Langkawi Day 1 Youtube!

Stay tuned!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Penang Food & Travel 1st Anniversary Celebration @ Occupy Beach Street Penang

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Penang Food & Travel recently celebrated their 1st Anniversary at Occupy Beach Street, Penang. Thanks to Epril, the Editor-in-Chief of Penang Food & Travel, baby and I were being invited to attend. 

The event started early in the morning with various performances such as Children Dancing Performance by Zero Fitness Studio, welcoming speech by the creator of Penang Food & Travel, Singing Performance by Joel Teh, as well as band performance by Chakora and Jester. 

In the meantime, there were many booths along Beach Street showcasing and promoting their businesses. One of the good way Penang Design Village uses to attract crowds was to place a Basketball Arcade Machine, where we filled up a survey form with our contact in order to play the game and stand a chance to win some prizes. 

To reward the attendees, Penang Food & Travel also held two lucky draw sessions with attractive prizes worth more than RM20,000. The prizes include hotel stays, buffet vouchers and some merchandise. 

There was also Children Coloring Contest where we saw all the kids were concentrating in painting in order to stand a chance to win some amazing prices. The parents were also accompanying aside, such a good opportunity for parents to spend time with their kids. 

International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals (IAPWA) was there for fund raising and pet adoption too. It was my first time to come across IAPWA, one of the UK based animal NGOs, where they believe in education and working with the governing authorities to achieve long term change and better protection for the animals. Currently, IAPWA is in collaboration with the local council MBPP to trap, neuter and release strays with the aim to reduce homeless dogs population. 👍 

Many booths were there but baby and I only had our eyes on Merry Me for their ice cream. They were all delicious but we ended up choosing Dragon Fruit Sorbet. Baby and I never been to Occupy Beach Street, but we are glad that we went and enjoyed ourselves there until the event ended at noon where the sun was scorching hot and the crowds start to flee. 

Lastly.... Happy Anniversary to Penang Food & Travel! 

Till then. ;)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Chinese New Year Yee Sang Banquet 2018 @ Vistana Hotel Penang

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Chinese New Year is coming in another two weeks time! Have you decided where to enjoy the big feast of reunion dinner? This year Vistana Hotel Penang has crafted a hearty Yee Sang Banquet Menu that will be served as early as from 26 January to 2 March 2018. So be it a company dinner as "收工宴" or gathering with family and friends, Vistana Hotel Penang got it all for you!

Chinese New Year Yee Sang Banquet
9-Course Meal

We started off the Chinese New Year Yee Sang Banquet 9-Course Meal with Salmon Yee Sang. As usual, the one thing we all need to kick start our big feast is to "Lou Sang" or tossing the Yee Sang for the better year! Then, we had Double Boiled Chicken Herb. With the double boiling method, the clear chicken soup was so flavorful together with wolf-berries, red dates and bamboo pith.

For the 3rd dish, Vistana Hotel Penang served Roasted Duck Hong Kong Styled with Fried Mantou. The duck was well roasted with a crispy skin and juicy meat, matched well with the soft Fried Mantou. After that, we had Steamed Red Lion with Superior Soy Sauce. To truly appreciate the taste of a good fish, it's always best to just steam it and chef did it well with just some thin ginger strips and coriander. 

After all the meats, it's a good break to go into our 5th dish - Braised Black Mushroom with Broccoli. What I like about it is addition of the macadamia nuts, which gave the extra texture to the dish. Then we had Wok-Fried Magnolia Prawns. Slices of green and red bell peppers were added to give the colorful presentation. 

As we came towards the end of the 9-Course Meal, we had Lotus Leaf Wrapped Sticky Rice. As usual, the last few dishes are usually more fulfilling, but we were already full. So i just had a spoon or two, specifically with the prawn roe on top which attracted me the most! 

Lastly, we had Double Boiled Honey Sea Coconut and Crispy Chinese Rice Cake with Yam as our dessert for a sweet ending to our Chinese New Year Yee Sang Banquet. The Double Boiled Honey Sea Coconut surely make us felt less sinful after the 9-Course meal since it was boiled with red dates, snow fungus and even ginseng, which makes it a very healthy dessert! 

Photo with the Executive Chinese Hong Kong Chef Ng Wing Lam!

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