Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner 2017 @ Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang

Henry Tan | 4:05 PM | | | | | 26 Comments so far
Still have not made up your mind where to celebrate Christmas Eve? Here's another option for you, probably the last recommendation for Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner 2017! Thanks to Cititel Penang, I had the chance to go for the preview of their buffet dinner at Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang. Read on to find out more about it!

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner
24 December 2017
7pm - 10pm

Adult - RM118nett
Child - RM59nett

It has been a while since the last time I attended a makan session alone without bae. Nevertheless, I still managed to try a little bit of everything except all with tiny little portion. Main Street Cafe at Cititel Penang has always been a popular place for family gathering given their affordable price and this year is the same too.

As usual, I started off with the soup, appetizers and seafood on ice. Same like their sister hotel, St Giles Wembley Hotel (click here to read), this year Cititel Penang offers Lobster Bisque too! Cream were added on top to give creamier texture to it. If you love lobster, this surely will impressed you.

For the seafood on ice wise, crayfish, scallops, oysters, prawns and mussels are all available. The crayfish were all big in size that it worth the trouble to peel all the shells. Otherwise, imagine how sad you will be after getting thru all the hardship only to find out that the crayfish meat is so small that it is not enough to get stuck in between your teeth (direct translate in hokkien). πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I didn't take any of the sushi as well, except for the sashimi such as salmon, white fish and tuna since there's no way I am letting my stomach stuffed with a lot of the rice! Nothing to shout about as it can never go wrong when they are fresh enough. 

For the Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner in Cititel Penang, we were being served with Lobster Thermidor, except this time they are using Slipper Lobster instead of the typical Spiny Lobster. As usual, they taste heavenly with the creamy texture and fragrance of lobster. πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

Meanwhile for the main courses, some of the noteworthy ones are Stir Fried Prawns with Milan Sauce, Steak Diane, Chicken Fricassee, as well as the Chinese BBQ Duck. The Lamb Navarin caught my attention too as it was my first time having it. Basically, it is a French stew that packed with vegetables, slow cooked until the meat is tender! 

Dessert wise, Cititel Penang offers a wide range of Christmas desserts, which I do not even know where to begin with! Each of them were being well decorated. Trust me, you will want to go slow with food so that you have space in your stomach for each and everyone of them!

Overall, I enjoyed my Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner at Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang even though bae was not there with me. I got to spend more time talking to friends that we even stayed there until midnight! The environment is comfortable and joyful, where not just us, but a few tables are packed with friends and family celebrating birthday and even just simple gathering!

Call 04-291 1128 for Reservation!

Till then! ;)
Merry Christmas in advance! 


Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner 2017 @ St Giles Wembley Cafe Penang

Henry Tan | 4:47 PM | | | | | 14 Comments so far
Christmas is coming! Have you made up your mind on where to enjoy a big feast on Christmas Eve with friends and family? Well, here is another good choice for Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner 2017 at St Giles Wembley Cafe in Penang. Read on to find out more! 

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner 2017
7pm on 24 December 2017

RM138nett (Adult)
RM70nett (Child)
RM97nett (Senior Citizen)

Our last visit was back in 2015 when St Giles Wembley Hotel Penang just opened. So fast it has been 2 years already. Nevertheless I still have a fond memory of the seafood on ice here particularly snow crab! Thanks to St Giles Wembley Hotel Penang, baby and I had the chance to preview their Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner.

We were impressed by the scrumptious International fare that includes dishes like Lightly Smoked and Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Rosemary Lamb Leg with Garlic and Rosemary Sauce, Chicken Gelatine with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Pan Roasted Nile Perch with Almond Butter, Salmon with Avocado Pesto and many more! 

Personally, I like their Spaghetti with Turkey Slice and Bell Pepper, Chicken Gelatine and Salmon with Avocado Pesto. Satay was good too. Same like the previous visit, baby and I enjoyed eating their seafood on ice which consists of spanner crab, snow crab, oyster, crayfish and many more. 

Besides the main course, the appetizers, soups, sushi and sashimi are all available too. The lobster bisque caught our attention as this is rare to find in any other buffet dinner in Penang. The fragrant of the soup certainly can spice up our appetite and hunger for more food. 

One of the main highlights for Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner in St Giles Wembley Cafe is the Lobster Thermidor. Yes, I am talking about the French dish whereby the creamy mixture of lobster meat were stuffed in the lobster shell and topped with cheese. I can eat a lot of this!!! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

One of the must-eat-dish for Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner has to be the Roast Turkey with cranberry sauce, Giblet sauce and chestnut stuffing. But we also enjoyed the typical Chinese style of Roast Chicken, White Chicken (boiled), as well as "Char Siew" Chicken (grilled).

Overall, I always think that buffet dinner are all about the same unless there is product differentiation. So for me, what I like about the Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner here is because St Giles Wembley Cafe Penang offers something like Louisiana Seafood Boil or like "Shellout", "Crab Factory" or "Lobster and Crab" in Malaysia, where you get down and dirty eating with your hands.

Lazy to read? Watch the video here!

For Reservation
Call 04-259 8123 

Enjoy your big feast!
Merry Christmas in Advance!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Recipe: Cheezy Fish Fillets with 4 Dipping Sauces

Henry Tan | 3:53 PM | | 36 Comments so far
Thanks to Pacific West, baby and I got to try out some of their products, particularly the latest Cheezy Fish Fillets! By now you would have known that we both fancy for cheese, so we got excited just by having the thought of melting cheese in fish fillets! 

To actually enjoy the original taste of Cheezy Fish Fillets by Pacific West, baby and I decided to just fry it with Air Fryer and make our own dipping sauces. The simple-to-make 4 dipping sauces are Mint Yogurt Dipping Sauce, Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce, Garlic-Chive Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce and Cilantro Yogurt Chutney. 

We rarely buy frozen food but now only I realized that it is so advanced that they can be cooked from frozen and direct from freezer to fryer! How astonishing is that! 😲😲😲 I reckon it is for the ease of cooking for people nowadays, everything needs to be fast and instant. So if you are one of them, the recipes here will be suitable for you!

We put all our dipping sauces into the containers so that they can be kept in the fridge and eat whenever you need it. Other than Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce which uses mayonnaise, I would like to think that all the other 3 dipping sauces are very healthy with Greek Yogurt, herbs and spices.

Mint Yogurt Dipping Sauce
4 Tablespoons of Greek Yogurt
4 Stalks of Fresh Mint Leaves (minced)
2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
1 Teaspoon of Salt to taste

Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl and season with salt. 
Put into a container, seal and refrigerate until well chilled. 

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
4 Tablespoons of Mayonnaise
4 Teaspoons of Yellow Mustard
4 Teaspoons of Honey

Stir Mayonnaise and Yellow Mustard in a bowl. 
Add in honey to give the sweetness as per liking. 

Garlic-Chive Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce
4 Tablespoons of Greek Yogurt
4 Stalks of Chopped Chives
2 Cloves of Garlic
2 Teaspoons of Cayenne Pepper
1 Teaspoons of Salt to taste

Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
Put into a container, chill before serving. 

Cilantro Yogurt Chutney
4 Tablespoons of Greek Yogurt
4 Stalks of Chopped Cilantro/Coriander/Chinese Parsley
1 Tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Small Green Chili (finely chopped)

Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl.
If prefer less spicy, remove the seeds of green chili. 
Put into a container, chill before serving. 

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Enjoy cooking and eating! ;)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner 2017 @ Eastin Hotel Penang

Henry Tan | 7:04 PM | | | | | 17 Comments so far
Christmas is coming real soon! Have you decided where to enjoy the big feast on Christmas Eve? Well if you are same like me staying in Bayan Lepas area, Eastin Hotel Penang will be a great choice given the convenient location which is just next to Queensbay Mall. Read on!

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner
24th December 2017 (Sunday)
7pm - 10.30pm

Adult - RM128 nett
Senior Citizen - RM90 nett
Children (Age 6-11) - 50% discount

Swez Brasserie located in Eastin Hotel Penang will be offering full spread of buffet dinner starting from Cold Delicacies, Carving, Hot Delicacies to Desserts. One of the Christmas-Must-Have - Chef signature Roasted Turkey with Roasted Apple Stuffing served with giblet or cranberry sauce are available too! 

As usual, baby and I tried a little bit of everything. Among all the 8 hot delicacies available, we love Salmon Fish Head Curry with Brinjal and Lady's Fingers the most. Not many places would provides fish curry using salmon since it's expensive, so that's very generous for Eastin Hotel Penang. 

Besides the hot delicacies, we had the cold delicacies too. Seafood on Ice, Seafood Terrine, Tomato Mimosa, Chicken Galantine, German Potato Salad, Red Snapper Medallion, Waldorf and Orange Salad and many more. 

As a typical Asian, in order to make it worth the money you pay, Oysters and Prawns must be in the plate! #ifyouknowwhatimean πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Nevertheless, we were satisfied with the cold delicacies, particularly impressed with the Chicken Galantines and Red Snapper Medallion. These deboning and stuffing methods are quite rare to find in buffet dinner! 

We had the Roasted Turkey and Beef Wellington too. Although Roasted Turkey is a must for Christmas but I have all my attention on the Beef Wellington as this is another rare one in a buffet dinner. As you can see from the photo above, the Beef Wellington we had was done medium well with slightly pink center, exactly the way we love!

For desserts, Eastin Hotel Penang prepares quite a number of well decorated desserts such as Floating Island with Almond and Caramel, Chocolate Truffle Cake, Christmas Log, Classic Cheese Cake and even Creme Brulee! We were amazed by the Tiramisu which was contained in an edible chocolate cup! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

Overall, Eastin Hotel Penang offers a great deal for big family to enjoy the Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner since there are 50% discount for children aged 6-11 years old and cheaper rate of RM90 nett for senior citizen. Most importantly, you can walkover to Queensbay Mall after the big feast.

If you missed out Christmas Eve, no worry, Eastin Hotel Penang covers the whole festive holiday!

Check out our Youtube Video!

1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queensbay, 
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang

Call 04-612 1128 for reservation! 

Till then ;)
Merry Christmas in Advance! 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Christmas Eve Seafood & BBQ Buffet Dinner @ Ixora Hotel Penang

Henry Tan | 8:55 PM | | | | | 37 Comments so far
Christmas is coming! Ixora Hotel Penang will be offering both Christmas Eve Seafood & BBQ Buffet Dinner and Christmas Day Buffet Lunch at a very affordable price. So if you are looking for a place to celebrate Christmas, Ixora Hotel Penang should be top of your choice! Read on to find out more!

Christmas Eve Seafood & BBQ Buffet Dinner
24 December 2017 (Sunday)
7.00pm - 10.30pm

Adult - RM88 nett
Children - RM58 nett (Aged 4-12)

15% Discount for Early Bird
Full payment before 20th December 2017

If you can't make it for Christmas Eve, no worry cause Ixora Hotel Penang will be offering Christmas Day Buffet Lunch as well from 12pm to 2.30pm at RM58 nett for Adult, RM38 nett for both Children aged 4 to 12 and Senior Citizen aged 60 and above!

We started off with the December special drinks, Christmas Rudolph Cocktail at RM22 nett and Santa Punch Mocktail at RM18 nett. These drinks are not included in the buffet dinner, but fret not, Ixora Hotel Penang provides free drinking water, coffee and tea. 

First and foremost, we took appetizer and salad to kick start our big feast. Too many options are available so I will just mentioned a few noteworthy ones like the Smoked Salmon, Smoked Duck and Smoked Tenggiri. We had Potato Salad, Japanese Baby Octopus Salad and the mixed fruit salad. 

Then, we moved on to the Seafood on Ice section, where I took a lot of prawns, oysters, scallop with roe and flower crab! Both baby and I love seafood, so we really enjoyed ourselves a lot, you can tell from watching the video below! We took the wasabi and mayonnaise from the salad dressing section and made ourselves Wasabi Mayo. This is baby's favorite dressing that you should try too! 😁

Apart from that, Ixora Hotel Penang also serves Hot Dishes such as Corn on Cob, Roasted Potatoes with Herbs, Oven Baked Spring Chicken with Gravy and many more. Personally, I like the lamb stew and the chicken stew very much. The chefs stewed it long enough to have that melt in the mouth texture. πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦

If you know me well, I always tried to taste each and everything in a buffet dinner. So we moved on to the BBQ section where you can find assorted sausages, chicken, lamb, beef, slipper lobster, salmon and even Shishamo (smelt fish)! Komochi Shishamo means smelt fish with their belly full of egg, which you can find it in Japanese Restaurant, but this is rare in buffet dinner! I LOVE IT! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

Ixora Hotel Penang really put in a lot of effort on food presentation. We were amazed by how delicate the chefs made with Christmas theme. Even the fresh seasonal cut fruits were decorated into a Christmas tree sitting next to the chocolate fountain. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Our big feast ended with a sweet ending by indulging ourselves into their dessert. To name a few such as the Ginger Bread House, Yule Log Cake, X'mas Pudding, Vanilla Horn and Petit 4 Types which are the compulsory dessert for Christmas! My personal favorite are the fruit tartlet and chocolate tart. Each of them were so elegantly presented.

Overall for Penang Island people like me, I really think it is worth the money to make a trip to Ixora Hotel Penang for Christmas Eve Seafood & BBQ Buffet Dinner, after all it is on Sunday and Monday no blue because it is Christmas! Given all the food that were being served and it is only at RM88 nett per adult, certainly make it to the top of the list of all Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner in Penang! πŸ‘

Check out our video for the actual scene!

Call now to enjoy 15% Discount Early Bird!

04-328 8888

Happy Food Hunting!
And Merry Christmas in advance!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

What Can AirAsia Offers Your Travel-Geekness?

Henry Tan | 4:49 PM | 17 Comments so far
Greetings, citizens of Earth! How are you guys doing? Everyone is alive and well? Can you imagine suddenly out of nowhere someone commented, “I’m dead, but I’m doing good.” That’ll seriously turn my day upside down, for sure. Okay, I hope all of you are doing good because today we are going to talk about T-R-A-V-E-L-I-N-G stuff. We are reaching towards the end of the year and what the heck are we doing sitting around doing nothing? We should start planning to go travelling, baby! Forgive for my over excitement on this matter but I’m just trying to pump up the travelling spirit in you.

Okay, before we get down to business, have you heard that Traveloka Malaysia is on a cheap flight ticket mission? Well, it’s not really that surprising because they do give out crazy promotions all the time. So, maybe after this you can check their site and take a peek at what they’re offering. So, enough of the side news there, let’s focus on today’s entry. One word: AirAsia. If you didn’t know, AirAsia is the local airline brand that is making news a lot lately, especially just recently the big man himself launch his autobiography and I heard the receiving was great. How is AirAsia being so the IN thing, right now? Well, let’s explore that, shall we?

Low cost, baby!

We often hear how AirAsia the one and only low-cost carrier in Malaysia and apparently, it’s not a bogus statement. AirAsia is putting the word “low cost” in almost everything that they can put it on. You can go and check Airasia flights tickets online and you will wig out over some of the cheap stuff you’ll find. By stuff, I mean the price tickets of course. Anyone can fly with them. They had research made on this and after some digging, I found out that AA (I’m just going to stick with AA from now on) has the lowest operating cost compared with other competitors - 29 of ‘em, low distribution costs, lowest cost per average seat per kilometer of 2.13 U.S cents and pretty much low prices.

Efficiency is key to your heart

Efficiency is what makes us want to travel frequently, right? I mean, imagine, if you went through a very crappy process with the airlines especially, it’ll just ruin the whole thing. Before you could even get to your destination, you would be thinking of going home and binge watch something. AA played their cards right by taking notice of the little things in order to make their flight operation and system work as efficiently as possible. Again, I did some digging and found that some of the measures that AA took to keep their efficiency reputation on point are like minimizing turnaround time, multitasking employees that could attend to the customers at all times and its point-on-point services.

It’s one of the popular ones, duh

I can assure that AA is one of the popular or top airline brandings out there. Whoever lives in Malaysia will know who or what AA is. The fact that it is low cost and efficiency puts the branding at the top. Thus, having a well-known brand to carry you around when you are out travelling gives you that sense of easiness, you know. You know you will not end up on some messed up end of the world by some weird airlines. It’s like the concept of your favourite food. You have trust and comfort with it regardless of which part of the earth you are staying. The branding says it all.

The staffs are Da Boss

AA has been known to keep their staff up and ready to serve at all times. Yeah, sometimes staffs have their bad days, right? It’s human nature, but AA has a clearcut reputation for keeping their staff well ready to do their job in whatever situation that is being put on them. Not only they are trained to do multiple tasks, but the policies they have are also well-established in turning their staff into one heck-of-a-boss.

So, that’s it for today’s entry about AA. All the good stuff, right? Just because I put in the strengths does not mean there is no weakness in it. Everything in the world comes in two and opposites. Since the title is what AA can offer you, I’m giving you the down low on what you can benefit from them. Yes, they have a weakness as well, but if you zoom out and see the bigger picture, AA does provide you with a good travel experience. So, go on and check airasia flight schedule to book your flights now! Adventure waits for no man!


Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner 2017 @ Sunway Hotel Penang

Henry Tan | 1:57 PM | | | | 6 Comments so far
Christmas is coming when you start to see turkey again! Baby and I went for the preview of Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner at Sun Cafe, which will be available in both Sunway Hotel Georgetown and Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya. So if you are wondering where to celebrate Christmas Eve, read on!

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner
24th December 2017
7:00 pm until 10.30 pm

Adult - RM88 nett
Children - RM58 nett
Senior Citizens - RM65 nett

Available in both Sunway Hotel Georgetown & Seberang Jaya

No worry if you are looking for a place to celebrate the last day of 2017 with a big feast, New Year Eve's Buffet Dinner is available at Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya too. The time and price would be the same as the Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner. 

As usual, we started off the Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner with soup. Two types of soup were available, namely Creamy Seafood Chowder and Roasted Tomato Soup. Garlic bread and butter are being served too! 

Next, we had the fresh seafood on ice. Salmon, tiger prawns and mussels are available to go with various sauces such as Tabasco, lemon wedges, superior soy sauce, wasabi and dijon mustard. Don't you think the tiger prawns are like Nemo (clown fish)? πŸ˜‚

Right before the main course, some greens are necessary as well to feel less sinful. Sunway Hotel serves colorful garden salads such as the Crispy Seasonal Lettuce, Caesar Salad with Shaved Parmesan, Cheese Platter as well as all the salad dressing. Cold dishes like Chilled Shrimp with Cilantro Salsa in Glass, Pickled Beef with Shredded Gherkin and Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad were being served too. 

For the main dishes, Sunway Hotel serves the best of both world, the American Station and the Asian Station. We had the Classic Pilaf Rice, Oven Baker Marinated Tiger Prawn, Chicken Fricassee, Roasted Beef with Smoked Pepper Sauce, Pan Seared Butter Fish with Buffet Herb Crust and Red Onion Relish, Farfalle Sausages Primavera, Roasted Baby Potato and Broccoli Polonaise. 

Personally, I like the Chicken Fricassee topped with white sauce. Fricassee, a French style of cooking where the chicken were being sautΓ©ed and braised. This way it browns the chicken and keep it moist and tender! I can hardly find it elsewhere in Penang!

The main highlight of Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner of course must be the Oven Baked Turkey with Homemade Gravy, Stuffing with Cranberry Sauce, Mushroom Sauce and Minty Black Pepper Sauce. Don't miss out the live show where the chef prepare right at the carving board.  

A feast is not complete without a sweet ending. The Assistant Pastry Chef from Sunway Hotel, Chef Huzaimi will impress you with his finest creations, such as Christmas Mince Pie, Tradditional Christmas Stollen, Christmas Log Cake, Chocolate Truffle Cake and many more! 

Overall, I think the Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner at Sunway Hotel is suitable for family and friends gathering, whereby the price is affordable, given that it is a 4-Star hotel. Festive season can be packed of people, so be sure to make reservation early to avoid disappointment! 

04-370 7788 - Seberang Jaya
04-229 9988 - Georgetown

Happy food hunting!
And Merry Christmas in advance! 
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