Friday, July 24, 2020

JOM! Experience Penang!

Ever since the spread of COVID-19 around the globe the economy is affected badly especially tourism industry. 
Same goes to Malaysia, with border remain closed and implementation of Movement Control Order, the tourism industry took a great damage from actions taken to control this pandemic. 

With the end of Movement Control Order and the implementation of Recovery Movement Control Order(RMCO), we Malaysians are allowed to travel across states and would be the best moment for us to explore our own country. 

Penang, a beautiful state in Malaysia well known for its delicious street food, nostalgic heritage and beautiful attractions has been a big favourite of both Malaysians and tourists. Now with the launching of JOM! Experience Penang campaign by the Penang State Tourism where best hotel and attraction deals are being offered to all visitors with the objective let them enjoy a different experiences and substantial savings. 

During the launching event, YB Yeoh Soon Hin, the Penang State EXCO for Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage(PETACH) said that Penang is ideal for domestic travellers who need a change of scenery or to escape the confines of their homes after the opening of state borders. 
Most Malaysians are keen to indulge in their world-class street good, experience George Town's nolstalgic old-world charm, taking many Instagrammable shoots for their feed by exploring the street art and nature of Penang. 
With the offers on Penang Travel Deals' website, we all get to enjoy them at lower rates and get the best value for money of any hotels and attractions in Penang. 

Penang has many world-class attractions to offer such as the first Tropical Butterfly & Insect Sanctuary, the Entopia, the first Tower Curved Skywalk at The Top or the World's Longest Water Slide which is located in Penang Escape Park. 
There are so many exciting trips with great offers around where you can plan ahead before arriving Penang.

The Malaysian Association of Hotels(MAH) Chairman Mr.Khoo Boo Lim said that Hotels in Penang are offering value-for-money deals benefiting everyone be it you are travelling with your family or even if you are solo traveller. Some luxury hotels are offering irresistible prices and this would be the chance for us to experience luxury at a fraction of the price.

Although promotions are great to attract domestic market, the Penang State Government will continue to reiterate on maintaining strict adherence to health and safety while travelling. Visitors are advised to comply with the new normal safety measures at hotels and attractions. 
Maintain your social distancing and always wear a face mask at crowded or closed spaces.

With such great deals promoting hotel industry, this is indeed the best opportunity to experience luxury hotels at an affordable rates.
Some deals are really unbelievable and irresistible.

With such great deals around, this is the best time to travel to Penang and experience when Penang has to offer.
If not now, when?

Friday, January 31, 2020

Deli Menue by Le Venue @ Maritime Penang

Hardly we can find a good deli cuisine in Penang but it did exist in the 19-century especially on those bakeries available in Penang. 
Now the new tenant in Maritime Penang, Deli Menue by Le Venue has newly joined and we are able to find some interesting Deli menu as well as imported goods to enhance your cooking or to enjoy good food at the restaurant.

Deli Menue by Le Venue is located at Maritime Penang on the 1st floor so you can spot it right next to the lobby of Maritime.
From here you can grab your favorite Italian imported goods ranging from cheeses, pasta, pickles and many more.
The menu at Deli Menue is quite expansive, ranging from pasta, fresh cuts, salads, burgers, and many more interesting Italian dishes. The price range for this restaurant is on the cheaper side, so it definitely won't cause a bomb to your pocket when you dine in here. 

Before we start our meal, we had one of the most interesting Yee Sang ever in conjunction with Chinese New Year. The truffle oil Yee Sang.
The Yee Sang features fresh ingredients and topped with crispy salmon skin, cured salmon and some other cuts, making it juicier and even more refreshing with some lime added.
Deli Menu uses imported truffle oil and also added some truffle salt to make the Yee Sang taste even better and unique. This is definitely not the kind of Yee Sang we can get elsewhere.

The European Truffle Cured Salmon Yee Sang available at Deli Menue by Le Venue is available at only RM68+ per set. It is a healthier option as you get all the fresh ingredients unlike other Yee Sang that uses processed ingredients.

Then, we started our meal with some appetizers the Deli style.
Some fine cuts were chosen to form this plate of cheese and ham.
"Charcuterie and Cheese for Four  - RM88"
Before you move on to main, you and your friends can order this plate of cuts and cheeses that can easily feed more than 4 persons for sharing. They are very generous in their portion and also the cuts were pretty delicious and juicy. It comes with bread so this is like a pre-dinner snacks for us, but beware on the portion so you still have space for some good food later.

Ice Plant with Balsamic Mushrooms and Sesame Dressing - RM19
It was my first time having ice plant as a salad but kinda surprised by the taste of it. The were some goat cheese sprinkled on top and served along with olives and mushrooms topped with sesame dressing.
It reminds me of Japanese salad but it does taste good.

Poached Red Shrimp Caesar Salad - RM18

Organic Pumpkin Soup - RM14

Fresh Tomato & Basil Soup - RM14

Corn Soup with Lemongrass and Fresh Coconut Milk Soup - RM14

Spaghetti Seafood Aglio Olio - RM24
Cooked with imported Italian brand De Cecco pasta and cooked with some fresh prawns, clams, and mussels. This plate of al dente spaghetti seafood aglio olio is just perfect for seafood lovers. 

Rigatoni Chicken Bolognese - RM18

Whole Boston Lobster Spaghetti Aglio Olio - RM88
The highlight of the night is definitely the Boston lobster pasta which cooked with a whole Boston lobster. They have taken out the lobster meat and cooked with the pasta separately to make sure the taste of the salad blended into the spaghetti.
The good thing to highlight is the lobster was really fresh and you could taste the sweetness of the meat as you enjoy the pasta. Good ingredients do enhance the taste of a dish and making it more delicious. 

Norwegian Salmon & Egg Burger - RM18
This large portion of homemade salmon patties burger serve with crispy salmon is definitely worth the value. Not only the portion is big but the salmon patties are quite compact and you could taste salmon in every bite.
Replacing french fries with crispy fish skin is a healthier and yummier choice too.

Roasted Chicken Thigh, Potatoes and Cucumber Salad - RM24
Another super filling dish would be the roast whole leg served with sliced potatoes. They do away with most of the processed food and uses only the fresh ingredients in their cuisine to make sure their diners enjoy healthier and better food.
Without any doubt, choosing the whole leg would definitely ensure juicier and tender meats compared to breast meats.  

Special thanks to Deli Menue by Le Venue for the treat

If you are looking for a place to dine with your friends or any celebrations, Deli Menue by Le Venue is definitely a good option and wouldn't cause a big hole on your pocket.

Deli Menue by Le Venue
29C-2-10 & 11, Automall, Persiaran Karpal Singh, 11600, Georgetown, Penang.
Daily 11:30am - 12:00midnight
+604- 297 1083
GPS: 5.3980206,100.329379,19

Friday, January 10, 2020

Feast To A Prosperous Chinese New Year with Putien 莆田 @ Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang

It's the time of the year again that we all will be back for numerous gatherings with friends and family. 
Like what Putien always did, special Chinese New Year menus have been prepared for your dining pleasure and to host all your gatherings with loved ones. 

To bring up the Chinese New Year mood, we always start the meal with a Prosperity Yu Sheng that represents a ritual to bring good health, wealth, luck and prosper to the diners.
In Putien, you will be blessed by the server as they will present you the Prosperity Yu Sheng along with some blessing and wishes while they prepare the Yu Sheng for you.
The Prosperity Yu Sheng at Putien features fresh ingredients and homemade sauces that make it rather refreshing and definitely a good appetizer for you to get ready for your meal.
Then, all diners will toss the Yu Sheng and give blessing along with the tossing ceremony.

Proper guideline on Yu Sheng tossing

Another most highlighted dish during Chinese New Year will be none other than 盆满钵满 Putien’s “Pot of Goodies” that has been one of the most favourite dishes for most diners.
Putien's "Pot of Goodies" is available in 3 sizes (4 pax, 6 pax, and 10 pax)
Additional ingredients can be added upon your request with extra charges.

If you choose to take away your "Pot of Goodies", you will be present with a free pot and free pot holder as well, nicely presented and ready for collection as you place your advance orders.

The Putien's "Pot of Goodies" features all the premium ingredients including abalone, prawns, sea cucumber, dried scallops, dried oysters and many more. 

What is Chinese New Year without a proper course meal?
Putien also released their special Chinese New Year menu for the year 2020. For diners who would like to host their meals in Putien, advance booking is now available.

The menus are available for 2 pax and up to 10 pax, suitable for small to big families. 
Apart from the fixed menu, you can also order additional dishes from the a la carte menu.

Apart from the Chinese New Year menu promotions, Putien is also giving out one of their signature dishes for FREE as you dine with Putien.
For every RM200 on the bill, you will get a free voucher to claim their Iced Nanri Abalone, meaning if you were to spend RM1000 on the total bill and you will get to claim 5 vouchers that worth RM33.90 each.

Putien Malaysia @ Gurney Paragon Mall
Address: Lot 163-D-6, 16, 17&18, Gurney Paragon Mall,
Persiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town, Penang.
Contact no: +604-2260828
Email address:
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GPS: 5.4356583,100.3114466

Friday, December 6, 2019

Xiao Long Kan Ma La Hotpot 小龙坎老火锅 @ Sunrise Tower, Gurney Penang.

What's the best thing to do during rainy or cold weather?
A pot of boiling hotpot is definitely the answer!

Ma La Hotpot 麻辣火锅 is a current trend in Malaysia. Good food from all over the world are now invading Malaysia and bringing us all the taste that we never get to try in the past decade. Especially recently years where we are more accessible to all the imported ingredients and also exposed to more information from all over the world hence we have got more and more China food coming into Malaysia.
Xiao Long Kan 小龙坎老火锅 is an original brand that came from Chengdu 成都 of China. They specialize in their Ma La 麻辣 broth that made with nearly 100 types of spices and then top it up with rendered beef fats that make it a healthier option for processed oils. 
Xiao Long Kan brings you the authentic flavors of Cheng Du Ma La Hotpot and teaches you how to savor Ma La Hotpot with their imported ingredients. 

Xiao Long Kan Hotpot 小龙坎老火锅 has taken over the shop lot that used to be Wendy's located at Sunrise Tower, Gurney Drive. As we all know that this is a very popular area in Penang and sometimes it is really difficult to find parking around this area.
Also because Xiao Long Kan Hotpot just opened recently so I would recommend you guys to make bookings to avoid any disappointment. 

Xiao Long Kan Hotpot is an award-winning brand that has won numerous awards and mostly listed as one of the top Ma La Hotpot and also a leading brand in China. It is good that we are able to taste it here also in Malaysia without the need to travel to Chengdu China. 

3 Flavoured Pot (RM50)
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Xiao Long Kan Hotpot serves 3 main broths: Ma La(spicy and numbing) broth, tomato broth and mushroom broth(vegetarian). The main focus is definitely the Ma La broth that adds in 1kg of rendered beef fats to make the spicy and numbing pot flavourful and smells really fragrant. 
For vegetarians, the only option is the mushroom broth which also cooked with spices and herbs but don't worry because it is really flavorful.

The server will teach you how to prepare your own sauce so you can enjoy their hotpot the Chengdu style. Charges for the sauce is RM6/pax and tea is at RM3/pax
They will prepare garlic, chili, spring onion, vegetable oil and several sauces for you, you can also mix according to your own preference so you can enjoy it best. 

Apart from tea, you can also try their imported apple cider(RM22) which was rather refreshing and good to have it after a good hotpot meal.

In Xiao Long Kan, you can find plenty of homemade ingredients for you to go with your hotpot. They practice making their own hotpot ingredients so that they are extraordinary as compared to other hotpot restaurants. 
Shrimp Paste RM38

Meatballs Platter RM26
(Rose Meatballs + Coriander Meatballs)

If you would like to try something before the hotpot meal, they do have some snacks on the menu and this one below is definitely a must try!
The Rice Cake with Brown Sugar 红糖糍粑(RM8) is so cripy on the outside but chewy on the inside. Something delicious and I've never had anything similar before. It tastes like our rice balls but the fried version.

Vegetable Platter RM20

Apart from all the homemade ingredients, we must try some exotic ingredients they have such as the Crystal Glass Duck Intestine RM28 which rather chewy and tasted even better and smoother than pork intestine. 

Pig Blood Curd RM10

Deep Sea White Prawn RM52

Grouper Slices RM38 

Something we all must have with hotpot, the Ring Rolls(RM18)! 

Pork Belly Slices RM28

There are also some of their specialty such as the two ingredients below which I've never tasted anything similar locally. The Thinly Sliced Green Bamboo Shoot(RM15) was crunchy and refreshing after cooking it in the boiling hotpot for only 30seconds. 
Chinese Yam(RM8) is very popular among Chinese in China but this ingredient is not very common in Malaysia. It is one of the most popular ingredients where people use it to stir fry or cook soup as it is quite nutritious. 

Service here is excellent as the servers will always be walking around and attend to you whenever you need help. They can always recommend you on how you could enjoy Xiao Long Kan better.

Don't forget to stand in front of the machine that has been prepared to remove the bad odor on your clothes. But to be honest, it wasn't very helpful anyway hahahaha. 

You can also bring back their ready pack so you can enjoy it anytime and anywhere you go.
There were several flavors available.

VIP rooms with great ambiance are also available for private booking.

Xiao Long Kan Ma La Hotpot 小龙坎老火锅
Address: Lot 190-192, Persiaran Gurney, Sunrise Tower 10250 Penang.
Business hours: 12:00pm - 2:00am(Daily)
Contact no: 010-220 9618
GPS: 5.4399298,100.3081552


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