Monday, April 5, 2021

Enjoy Your Favourite Penang Hawker Food through the foodpanda App

With the ongoing pandemic, many people are trying to stay home more often and are dining out less often. Ever since, it has been such a relieve to be able to order our favourite food through food delivering app like foodpanda. Not only do we save the hassle of having to drive out and find a seat at our local hawker stalls, but with more and more hawkers joining foodpanda's app, we are now offered with more hawker choices too! 

With the vision to passion and expertise in food, foodpanda has always gone the extra miles to find the dishes for Penangites and change the way people see and experience food delivery by bringing more variety of good food into their everyday life. 

Hawker food is definitely a must in every Penangites’ life and we all grow up pampered by our well know Char Koay Teow, White Curry Mee, Chendol and many more. 

With availability of these local Penang favourites on foodpanda, we are able to order these hawker foods from our favourite stalls and at the same time explore more choices available around our own neighbourhood that we previously were not aware of. 

Also, if you open up the foodpanda app, you will be able to find that foodpanda is now more than just a food app. Apart from ordering food delivery, we are also able to do a pick up of our orders from our favourite stalls and save more, and even do our grocery shopping online. 

Ordering meals through the foodpanda app couldn’t be any easier!
Just launch the app, and click “Order now” and you will be surprised with hundreds of choices available. Be it fast food or local delicacies or mouth-watering desserts, foodpanda got it all covered under one food app and all you gotta do is just sit back, relax and order it from your phone. 
Penang Char Koay Teow is definitely the food that makes all of us miss Penang food, and this is the best time we locals enjoy this plate of hot wok noodle fresh from the stall because you just gotta order and wait for 15-25 mins and the food will be delivered to your doorstep. 

So I’ve tried this Char Koay Teow stall from 金金美食坊Kim Kim Food Corner which is located in Kampung Melayu, Air Itam and it surprised me with good “wok hei” Char Koay Teow. 

Other famous eateries are also available on foodpanda such as the famous Empire of Fried Chicken located in Yee Hai Kopitiam in Jalan Perak which is what I also ordered. foodpanda now delivers to the whole of Penang and often there are great deals available for grab if you follow their updates.

Be it a normal meal or a celebration, you can save the mess from cooking on your own and just order your food and drinks from foodpanda With this app available, you can save time and energy from cooking and just enjoy good food with your family because everybody gets to choose what they want to eat and you don’t have to go around just to purchase all of them. 

Download the app now and make your first order from foodpanda here

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Saturday Night Live! All-You-Can-Eat Seafood Galore @ Starz Diner, Hard Rock Hotel Penang

With the new SOPs in place and buffet is no longer allowed in all eateries, many cafes and hotels have come out with new dining concepts to retain their loyal customers who have been loyal to their food. 

To feed the diners with what they have been expecting, Starz Diner has recently launched their new dining concept, "Saturday Night Live!" 
The All-You-Can-Eat concept allows diners to feast on local, Japanese & Chinese fusion seafood, grilled meats, pasta and many more on the menu. 

Instead of the usual buffet spread, Starz Diner now focus on serving hot food and set up several action counters to cook their offerings on the spot upon order. Diners can now enjoy better hot food nicely presented to you but at the same time you can just order more portions and cut down on food wastage. 

Starz Diner at Hard Rock Hotel Penang has recently introduced their new dining concept, now featuring the All-You-Can-Eat concept every Saturday with the theme "Saturday Night Live!" and serving local, Japanese & Chinese fusion seafood. 
As new SOPs in place where every restaurant has to follow the new guidelines, Starz Diner is now setting up several action counters to provide wide variety of dishes to all diners. All food will be prepared upon order to keep their hot and fresh. 

All tables has a standee to show that the table has been sanitised and alcohol wipes will be given to all diners to further cleaning their cutleries. QR Code menu is also available for a la carte order if you need any additional beverages or snacks. 

Tables have been rearranged and now only limited number of persons are allow as maximum capacity is now different than before. Advance booking is recommended to avoid any disappointment.

First I've went to soup counter and they are serving Sweet Corn Crab Soup, Indian Rassam and also Japanese Miso Soup with choices of udon or soba, or you can have it without any noodle too.

Do expect some queue because this dining is only available once a week, which is the Saturday evening and everybody since Hard Rock Hotel is so popular, the same situation to be expected for Starz Diner.

Pan Fried Sea Scallops
-served with papaya salsa & Japanese Ebiko

Unagi no Kabayaki
- served with soba noodle, Mentaiko & Bak Choy
The sliced unagi was smooth and tender, the moment you took a bite and it just melt in your mouth. Not forget to mention that the soba was nicely done. This dish was one of my top favourite of the night.

Braised Beef Cheek
- served with cauliflower puree & baby carrot
The beef cheek was so soft and tender, it simply melts in your mouth with a soft bite. The beef was so flavourful that I believe they took a long time to braise it, you can taste the efforts spent on this dish.
Portion was small but don't forget you can just order again and again. Remember to try everything before ordering a lot to avoid food wastage. 

Asian From The Wok counter offers all the Asian delights that we all loved especially the Chinese specialties. All these dishes must be cooked on the spot as they don't taste as good if you leave it on the table for a long time. Except the dim sum dishes though.

Sweet & Sour Prawn
- served with capsicum, onion & tomato

Chicken "Keong Chong"
Stir fried chicken with onion & ginger.

On the Seafood & Sashimi counter we get to choose several types of sushi, sashimi as well as some seafood on ice. There were also fresh oysters, flower crab, prawns and etc.

Who wouldn't like a plate of sashimi and fresh oysters like these?
Simply fresh and smooth, slide into your mouth like a piece of jelly. Every bite is simply delish.

The pasta counter offers a few selections of pasta noodles as well as sauces where you can customise your own pasta according to your preference.

I've tried the squid ink pasta with seafood aglio-olio, which was perfect and the flavours was awesome!

You can also expect some roasted meats and vegetables available at the meat counter.
You get to choose whether you want to have some tender roast chickens, lamb shoulder or some beef to ease your meat craving. 

I'm definitely a sucker for these juicy meats.
Tell me how to resist la?

On the grilling section, you get to choose fresh ingredients of the day and they will grill them for you on the spot. I have tasted the slipper lobster, prawns, squid, and ayam percik. There are several more dishes available.

What's life without some sweet and mouthwatering desserts? 
Starz Diner offers a wide variety of choices on their dessert spread and this is the heaven for people with sweet tooth.

We tried several cakes and tarts and I particularly love the lemon tart which was sour and really refreshing. You just feel like having it again and again after trying one.
Not forget to mention for chocolate lovers you should try the Chocolate Mud Pie which was really chocolaty and you can taste the strong dark chocolate flavours in this pie. 
The menu could change from time to time so you may expect different desserts available on different Saturday.

That pretty sums up my dining experience with Starz Diner. 
The Saturday Night Live! dining is only available every Saturdays and booking is recommend. 

It is more worth it if you invite your friends and family to dine here with you as you get to taste more variety of food. It is now priced at only RM115 nett per person and you get to dine for 3 hours at Starz Diner.

Saturday Night Live! @ Starz Diner, Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Penang

Business hours: 
Saturday | 6:30pm - 9:30pm

RM115 nett (adult) | RM60 nett ( kids 6-12 years old)   
Add RM25 nett for free flow of Coke & Sprite 

Reservations Contact:
+604 886 8057 |

More info:

Monday, August 24, 2020

Staycation at Le Embassy @ George Town, Penang

A Staycation is even better than a place filled with a lot of attractions and makes it pretty convenient to travel around. Especially if you are travelling to Penang this kind of city that is filled with good food and heritage buildings that you should be walking around and exploring this beautiful city. 

George Town is where you can find most good food and beautiful attractions in Penang, also stands this beautiful and affordable Le Embassy Hotel that provides ultimate comfort and convenience to all travellers with its ideal location. 

Built in 1957, Le Embassy Hotel is a fully restored heritage hotel situated in the historical heart of George Town. Travel back in time the moment you set foot into Le Embassy Hotel and be charmed by its timeless yet modern design concept.

Le Embassy Hotel is a luxury yet affordable hotel that offers the best value with an ultimate experience. Inspired by the scenes in the early 20’s, the design concept introduces a nostalgic throwback - a classic good old yesteryear with a sense of sophistication, quirkiness and upperclass.

I've choose to stayed in their signature Counselor Room, a harmonious blend of traditional and modern interior that exudes comfort and luxurious ambience. This category is available in Queen bed or Twin beds, perfect for business travellers or couples.
 The room is fully equipped with a safe deposit box that could fit my 13" Macbook Air, a minibar for you to store your drinks, and all basic amenities like writing table, big mirror and many more.

The best yet? A powerful rain shower which is perfect for travellers especially after a long day of tour around Penang. 

Another bigger room was the Ambassador Room, a slightly spacious room that emanates a sense of understated elegance with modern and contemporary appeal. The Ambassador Room is designed to accommodate a small family of three.

Here are some of the recommended things to do in Penang 
if you are staying in Le Embassy Hotel.

Have a plate of Penang Char Koay Teow
Enjoy how "wok-hei" best presented in a plate of Char Koay Teow in Penang!
There are so many selections if you walk to Penang New Lane for wide selections of Penang street food. Trust me, you will be spoiled with choices.

Even in the morning you could visit this particular coffee shop named Kedai Kopi Goh Chew.
The Fried Fish Bihun is a must! (Try to go early for the homemade curry, which is what I've missed)

One of the best Prawn Sauce Chee Cheong Fun in Penang! 
Right opposite the hotel is Kedai Kopi Seow Fong Lye, where you can find of the the best Penang style chee cheong fun and fried koay kak. 
The steaming hot cheong fun (flat rice noodle rolls) served with oil, prawn sauce, sweet sauce, chilli sauce and sprinkle sesame on top. Mix them up and enjoy the best combination of these sauces and rice noodle rolls.

Bamboo noodles pair with some roasted goodies in 鴻記(廣式)竹昇雲吞面 Hong Kee Bamboo Noodle. This is where you can get the tangy homemade noodles with several serving styles and also must try the roasted pork, duck and siew yok.

Apart from all the eating, visiting street arts is a must in Penang!
The classic street arts created by Ernest Zacharevic are still as popular as ever attracting tourists for photo opportunity. You can still see the crowds gather at around the Unesco Heritage site just to grab some shots with the famous street arts. 

Volchkova Indian Women Mural @ Lorong Lumut

Dinner time?
In just 5-minute walking distance is where you can find the famous Green House Hokkien Prawn Noodle. Located at Jalan Burmah as well in just about 100m walk and this is where you can see the coffee shop.

Craving for midnight snack?
Perhaps you can grab a slice of exotic cake from MoodyCow Cafe, just a stone throw away from Le Embassy Hotel too!

The day before I checked-out and I took a short walk around the hotel, this is also where I found the famous Roti Canai in Transfer Road(Jalan Transfer). 
You can see a big crowd queuing for the food, this place is famous for the roti canai set with Ayam Ros.

Due to new norms, do expect a longer waiting time but the wait is definitely worth it with a plate of tangy roti canai top with fragrant curry sauce and chicken. 

Feeling hungry still?
Come grab the famous fried Loh Bak(also known as 5 spice pork rolls) at Kheng Pin Cafe located on Sri Bahari Road, all within walking distance. Don't forget a glass of kopi-peng(local iced coffee)!

Before I walk back to the hotel is where I can have a bowl of icy cold Chendol, perfect to counter hot weather. Simply refreshing and satisfying.
This is from the famous Penang Road Teochew Chendol!

It is so important and convenience to stay in a place where every good food and attractions are located nearby you. Le Embassy Hotel is the answer in George Town, Penang!

Best available rate if you book through their official website!
Do check out their Facebook page for more updates and offers too!

Special thanks to Le Embassy Hotel for hosting my stay. If you are looking for a place that is convenient for you to travel around in Penang, Le Embassy Hotel definitely should be on the top of your consideration list.

Le Embassy Hotel

12, Jalan Burma, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Contact number
04-227 6363

Official website

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