Friday, April 20, 2018

Grand Opening of 莆田 PUTIEN Malaysia in Penang @ Gurney Paragon Mall

After a long long wait, Putien Malaysia has finally opened its first outlet in Penang and the sixth outlet in Malaysia! I've seen the outlet on renovation since the end of last year and finally, it is now available in Gurney Paragon Mall Penang!

Putien started out as a humble coffee shop in Singapore in 2000 and has since grown into an international brand with over 50 outlets around Asia. Putien can be found at 1 Utama, Sunway Pyramid, SS15 Courtyard Subang, The Gardens Mall, Sunway Velocity in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jata and its latest addition in Gurney Paragon Mall Penang.

Putien has previously won numerous awards and even endorsed by celebrities from all over the globe and even the famous food critic Chua Lam. The latest recognition and also one of the dream awards that most restaurants crave for was Michelin awards; One-Michelin Starred Restaurant status in the Michelin Guide Singapore 2016 & 2017 and Bib Gourmand Restaurant in Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2016 & 2017

On the 1st April, Putien officially held it's grand opening in Gurney Paragon Mall and opened its door to all customers and share their authentic Putian cuisine with us. Special thanks to Putien Malaysia management and Gurney Paragon Mall management for extending the invitations and I got to try the delicious food.

Witnessed by the public, media friends and all VIPs, Putien Malaysia management together with Gurney Paragon Mall management has officially announced that the 1st Putien Malaysia is officially opened and now welcoming all customers from the Northern region of Malaysia to try this One-Michelin Starred restaurant brand. Then we were all invited to continue with the food tasting.

We have been served with some pretty-looking appetizers and one of them was 冰鎮苦瓜 Iced Bitter Gourd(RM11.90) that simply caught our attention with its beautiful flower shape. This dish was served with their homemade honey sauce so take a slice of the bitter gourd, dip it into the honey sauce and take a bite, you can have an immediate refreshing feel. The bitter gourd was crunchy you don't feel like you are eating bitter gourd and it was not bitter yet the honey sauce complimented the dish perfectly. Only I would prefer if the dish could be bigger.

Left: 阿元香草雞  Ah Yuan Fragrant Herbal Chicken(RM16.90)
Right: 蝦苗拌頭水紫菜 Seaweed with Mini Shrimps(RM15.90)
These 2 dishes were both very new to me. The chicken was pretty interesting as the texture was kinda chewy so we can assume it was properly seasoned and you can taste the strong herbal in every bit of the meat. 
On the other hand, we also had another pretty appetizing dish which was the crunchy seaweed which was kinda flavourful with shrimps and their homemade sauce.  

Another dish on the menu that caught our attention was definitely the 冰鎮南日鮑 Iced Nanri Abalone(RM33.90/pc). We thought that abalone with that kind of pricing will definitely very small but we were wrong, it was about the size of a mini computer mouse which was kinda big so it was definitely worth the price we paid for. The whole abalone was well braised and every bite makes you feel exquisite!

An exotic appetizer for people intestine lovers will definitely go for their 九轉小腸 Braise Pig Intestine(RM19.90). The price may be slightly higher but for people who enjoy this kind of exotic dishes like me will definitely order it from the menu. I kinda enjoyed this dish and even people who do not prefer pork dish like Chloe from www.applefish.net did give it a try and she liked it too. 

Another interesting dish we had was the 百秒黄花鱼 "100-second" Stewed Yellow Croaker(RM43.90/pc). They only have one serving which is a whole yellow croaker weight about 200gm. Their principle is to steam this fish for only 100seconds to get the perfect texture and taste from the fresh fish. I'm a person who do not know how to appreciate fish hence this dish wasn't really my favourite but the soup does taste sweet and we were told that the sweetness was from the fresh fish itself.

传统扁肉汤 Putien Bian Rou Soup with Vinegar[meat dumpling](RM9.90)
This dish is one of their latest product and we find it rather appetizing as it has vinegar in the soup hence the taste is slightly on the sour side. The meat filling inside was soft and smooth and what surprised us was the skin that used to wrapped this minced meat was made with meat too! That's their latest product and also one of the best selling products yet!


One of my favourite dishes during my meal was this 酥炒芋芯  Stir Fried Yam(RM13.90 small, RM21.90 big) that was simply delicious! I'm not a yam lover but when it comes to yam dish I'm quite picky especially on the quality of yam they use. This one they used in Putien came with the exact right texture that I was expecting and I immediately fell in love with this dish, I remember I finished this dish in the end. 

椒盐猪手 Deep-Fried Pork Trotters with Salt & Pepper(RM15.90/pc)
This dish was another popular dish among all. We find the pork trotter was really reasonably priced and the taste was also good. The pork trotter was really soft and the flavour is from only the skin where there are salt and pepper, it's best to go with the Putien's homemade chilli sauce!

Another dish I would like to highlight in this post may look really ordinary but it is by far the best 上汤苋菜 Spinach with Salted & Century Egg in Supreme Stock(RM21.90) I've ever had so far! This dish is what we can normally find in almost all Chinese restaurant but yet this one in Putien is by that one that I enjoyed the most. I always find this dish is bland and tasteless when I had it out there but this one here was thick and creamy with the yolks they used in this dish and the sauce was simply delicious. Best to go with a bowl of white rice! 

One of the best seller is this 莆田荔枝肉 Putien Sweet & Sour Pork with Lychee(RM22.90) that tasted like the 咕噜肉 Sweet & Sour Pork but what makes it special is the hint of sweet lychee taste that you can find in this dish. I find it rather interesting and quite delicious too.

莆田卤面 Putien Lor Mee (RM21.90 regular, RM14.90/pax)

兴化炒米粉 Fried Heng Hua Bee Hoon (RM21.90 regular)

Homemade chilli by Putien that goes well with almost every dishes available in Putien.

What's more? For kids who are celebrating their birthdays with Putien, they will be given a collector's Putien monkey for complimentary! Make a move and book your special occasion with Putien Gurney Paragon Mall now!

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: paragon@putien.com.my
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/putienmy/
Website: www.putien.com.my
GPS: 5.4356583,100.3114466

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Glenlivet Whisky Evening @ Teels Heritage Cafe [Where Heritage Meets...] by Glenlivet & Ghee Hiang

An interesting collaboration was recently held in Teels Heritage Cafe by Glenlivet and Ghee Hiang where they paired single malt whisky with Penang local traditional pastries. 
The Guardians Malaysia created by Glenlivet always organizes all sort of interesting activities around Malaysia for all the single malt whisky lovers and all the foodies who love alcohol pairing meals. 

Teels Heritage Cafe is located on the upper floor of Ghee Hiang(Burmah Road branch). This event was the first whisky event hosted in Teels Heritage cafe as this cafe matches the brand of Glenlivet where they can bring classy and contemporary ambiance at the same time. People will be able to enjoy the food specially crafted with Ghee Hiang's products. 

If you have read my previous post about the launching of Glenlivet latest collection, Founder's Reserve then you would definitely know that this perfect blend of different years of whisky is a very smooth and sweet flavour and has been a very popular whisky since it's launching until now.

Some guests of the night checking out the products of Ghee Hiang, a well know and very popular traditional pastry brand in Penang since established in 1856. Ghee Hiang has been a favourite brand by local Penangites and then became so famous that tourist must bring home a few bottles of Ghee Hiang sesame oil or pastries as souvenirs.

I was rather surprised by the setting for the event. We were treated like sorta fine dining style at Teels Heritage cafe. and get to walk home with souvenirs which are mung bean pastries from Ghee Hiang.

For starter, we were treated with some salad and lotus roots chips with cajun seasoning paired with Glenlivet Founder's Reserve. They went quite well as the chips were served hot so dip it into the sauce and take a bite, a sip of whisky follows made the whole tasting pleasure to the next level.
Not forget to mention that Founder's Reserve was smooth and suits all aged of people especially the youngsters who are new to single malt whisky.

The brand ambassador of Glenlivet, Lionel Lau made his appearance to welcome The Guardians, close supporters of Glenlivet where you get up-to-date information of Glenlivet's products as well as limited edition bottles if you join us.
If you wish to be a part of The Guardians, do sign yourself up at http://theglenlivetguardians.com.my/ to get exclusive invitations to all interesting events by The Glenlivet as well as the special launching of limited edition bottles that are opened to only The Guardians.

Dato Ooi Sian Hian and Mr.Ch'ng Huck Theng from Ghee Hiang, the third generation and the fourth generation of Ghee Hiang's owner also made an effort to meet and greet people who have attended the night. They were the one who paired the food with the whisky from different years and make sure the food blend well with the whisky. You can call them the masterminds of the event.

As usual, we were introduced to the 3 signature whiskys by The Glenlivet, 12 years, 15years and 18 years. Every bottle attracts different group of customers by their preferences.

It was really interesting when we were told that we will be served with Ghee Hiang's traditional mung bean pastries(Tau Sar Pneah) as our first dish. The 3 pastries were the classic mung bean pastry, rose flavoured mung bean pastry and the last one was mung bean shell topped with coriander mousse. The rose flavoured mung bean pastry is only available at the Malacca outlet specially created for the state, you will not be able to find it in any Ghee Hiang outlets in Penang.
This dish was paired with 12 years single malt scotch whisky by The Glenlivet and they complimented each other when every sip of whisky washed down the freshly baked pastries specially prepared for the night. The 12 years comes with a light and fruity flavour and best for people who are new to single malt whisky and it gives you a refreshing ending so you would not think that single malt whisky is too strong for young people.
(left to right: 2018 - TSP Savory Discovery, 2014 - TSP Varietal, 1856 TSP Original)


The guests were really entertained and networking with different people from different industries. Glenlivet brought everybody together and it was a great experience.

The next dish served was quite interesting and everybody was given a tiny bottle of Ghee Hiang's signature sesame oil.

What presented to us was a beautifully plated umami rice rounds served with sesame soy chicken strips, garlic spinach greens and chili caviar. Not only that, we can feel the hot air from the plate as they placed a heated hot stone on the plate for us to pour our given sesame oil and we can immediately smell the fragrant of sesame oil that filled the room.
I would have never expected that apart from tasting, we also get to enjoy our dining experience to another level as it was playful yet so creative. This interesting dish was paired with Glenlivet 15 years single malt whisky, every spoonful with a sip of whisky was simply exquisite.
(The Unmistakable Story of Aroma & Scent)

Dato Ooi also told the guests a little history about Ghee Hiang and how they kept improving themselves to keep up with the trend and still maintaining their traditions. It is very challenging in the market these days but Ghee Hiang is still one of the best pastry maker in Penang popular among the locals and tourists.

Last but not least, the dessert that we had was another interesting and creative dish I've ever had. I thought we were served with just an ordinary Phong Piah(sugar puff) but I was wrong. We were told that this dessert was very popular and traditionally served during ladies' confinement period, the phong piah that served was filled with the traditional recipe of egg custard with salted caramel parfait at the side. It was freshly baked and served hot as we enjoyed every bite to the max pairing the dessert with Glenlivet 18 years single malt whisky which was bold, strong and smoky.
(Confinement Elder's Traditional Secret Dessert)

The night was really enjoyable with good food and great single malt scotch whisky. Glenlivet has done another great event in Penang and together with Ghee Hiang, they have taught me a lot on whisky pairing. It was a lovely evening spent at Teels Heritage Cafe.
Picture showed Ghee Hiang's management presented a limited edition tin box of Ghee Hiang products to Glenlivet's person-in-charge and brand ambassador, Lionel.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Florist in Malaysia You Will Love

There are plenty of flower shops in Malaysia, but A Better Florist is an innovation among other flower shops for several reasons. Not only do they have beautiful flowers, they have a fast flower delivery, unlike any other flower shop. Not only is it free, but if you want same day flowers you can ask them. When you order before 3pm, you’re always guaranteed a free same day flower delivery. This is an innovation definitely because no other flower shop can guarantee such a fast delivery.

The best florist in Malaysia has plenty of variety, so you’re always equipped with the latest blooms, authentic bouquets, and fresh flowers. From grand opening flowers and luxurious floral arrangements to pampering bundles and flowers in mason jars, they have it all. No reason to ever again search for another florist. On top of all that, they also have a hamper selection, which is the perfect gift for many holidays or special events, like graduation, anniversary, birthdays and so much more. At all times, this Malaysia flower delivery gives you everything you could possibly need, and not just for joyous occasions, but when you need, for example, funeral flowers.


And then, there’s the fruit basket selection that you will love. Fresh fruits along with flowers are absolutely beautiful. This flower shop phenomenon actually first appeared as the best flower delivery in Singapore, where they proved to be the flower delivery Singapore was missing. The same thing goes for all other locations where they have expanded, as they are talked about as the best florist in Kuala Lumpur, the best florist in Dubai and the best florist in Hong Kong. Some of the most popular choices for their hampers are the get well soon hamper, which you can gift when you want to make someone feel better, as well as the baby hampers that’s absolutely adorable and can be personalized to meet your needs.


Another great perk is whether you need a fruit basket delivery or a flower delivery, you can do it all online. You can shop from your computer, or your smartphone and the process is simplified so that it takes only a few minutes to actually go through with your purchase. After that, the rest is up to them.

In case you want to share the love for A Better Florist, you can share it with all who have access to them, and that’s a pretty huge chunk of the population. A Better Florist has a UAE flower delivery, a Hong Kong flower delivery, and they are known as the best florist in HK and the best florist in Kuala Lumpur.


Whatever it is, funeral flowers, bouquets, fruit baskets, A Better Florist seems to do it outstandingly.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Chinese New Year Steamboat Buffet @ Sarkies Corner, Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang

It's the time of the year we all plan for our family gathering, friends outing and all sorts of get-together events for Chinese New Year!
It is also the time where people from all over the states and countries came back home to celebrate this special occasion.
To usher in the year of Earth Dog, the grand dame Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang is now promoting their traditional steamboat cuisine for Penangites to enjoy their favorite food apart from the lavish buffet that they normally serve.
Chinese New Year Steamboat Buffet Dinner is available for only 3 days(15, 16 and 17 February) at the Sarkies Corner offering range of premium ingredients such as crab, prawns, salmon, shellfishes and many more.


There are 3 types of broth selections(Chicken, Herbal or Tom Yum) that cater to different demands. People who prefer spicy hotpot can go for the Tom Yum broth or I would really recommend the herbal soup that is very flavourful and slurping good.

Since the steamboat in E&O Hotel is a buffet style steamboat, there are many dishes provided for you to mix them all into your hotpot, selections are vary from vegetables, meats, seafood and many more.
There are also canned seafood that we usually buy for hotpot at home, as well as dumplings, fish balls, meatballs and many more.


What's best about having steamboat buffet at the E&O Hotel?
You get to eat all the premium ingredients such as salmon, meat crab, sea cucumber, big prawns and other seafood stuff as much as you want at one pricing!
Just throw everything into the hotpot and enjoy it with your friends and family! They just keep refilling the empty plates! They are all fresh and juicy!


Wide selections of fresh ingredients.


Meat lovers?
No problem because they also serve beef slices, lamb slices and chicken meats for you!
You just have to dip your selected meat into the hotpot for a while and send it to your mouth directly, juicy and delicious!


Mouthwatering desserts are also included, there are cakes, tarts and pudding. Limited selection for desserts but I'm sure you don't really have space for that after hotpot dinner.


So, ready to dig in?
Pick up your phone now and call 04-2222000 ext:3151/3139 or email E&O Hotel F&B Department at fbcentral.resv@eohotels.com and make your table bookings now!


If you are not a hotpot lover, you can also go for their Chinese New Year themed buffet lunch or buffet dinner that are available from 15 to 19 February. You just need to check for table availability to avoid any disappointments.


Chinese New Year Steamboat Buffet @ Sarkies Corner, Eastern & Oriental Hotel
Address: 10, Lebuh Farquhar 10200 George Town, Penang
Contact no: +604-2222000
Email address: fbcentral.resv@eohotels.com
Price: 129.60nett(Adult) | RM64.80nett(Child)
Available from 15 - 17 February 2018, 7:00pm to 10:30pm only.
GPS: 5.4229138,100.33608
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Men Men & Dxgs[George Town Festival 2017] @ The Habitat Penang Hill

George Town Festival is one of the most happening festivals in Penang.
For the 10th annual this year, George Town Festival is becoming greater and greater by bringing and introducing arts from all over the world.
Cultural and art performances filled Penang during the whole festival as there will be numerous shows, performance, exhibitions, and fairs happening all around Penang Island as well as Butterworth.

One of the highlights this year would be none other than Men Men & Dxgs which was held at The Habitat Penang Hill recently and it did put a sweet ending to George Town Festival. It was one of the last few shows that successfully attracted hundreds to attend and enjoyed this musical show put up together by a few well-known singer in Malaysia.

Not only a place for you get close to nature, but The Habitat Penang Hill is also very picturesque. Every corner or any part of this park will give you a very good insta shot or grab a good profile photo.
If you have visited The Habitat before, I believe you will leave one or two photos at the swings here. They are not only for you to relax but also to take great photos here.
It is really relaxing when you are sitting here and enjoying the sound of nature. 

The venue of Men Men Dxgs was set at the center of Tree Top Walk located inside The Habitat. 

The sunset view from Tree Top Walk really worth all the walking and the whole travel journey. It was really breathtaking and priceless as the park normally closes at 6pm except for special events like this.

Though the sky gets dark, the venue was really colourful and bright with all the LED chairs and tables placed in the middle of Tree Top Walk. These furnitures lighten up the venue and get people ready for party!

We were all welcomed by the host Shelah!
She is one wonderful host with beautiful voices. Don't doubt, she is the biggest Ah Gua in Malaysia according to she herself. Not only she is funny and a good host, but she has very strong and sexy vocals that we all enjoyed her singing that evening.

Another powderful singer Juni  Delfino on the stage was rocking the stage with her powerful vocal!


Apart from all the singing and dancing, Shelah was also a very entertaining host that told us some funny jokes. I believe she can become a stand-up comedian when she is not hosting too. She also changed a few outfits during the event and she's is simply gorgeous! 

We also had the honor to listen to Dina Nadzir, the runner-up of the first season of Malaysian Idol contest and also a powerful vocalist shocking the audience with her voice. She was really cute with and we can feel the power in her voice. Her voice is strong enough to rock the whole stage and audiences. Very lovely and we did really enjoyed her singing.

Next is Nikki Palikat who has a very sweet and emotional voice.
We enjoyed the minute she starts singing until the end of her performance. She could really bring up the emotions within us through her voice. 

Then we also have Bichu! The Penang born and bred singer and also song writer who has a very lovely and sweet voice. She is also an award-winning singer who have got several awards and she also perform all around Malaysia and sometimes got invited to other countries as well. 

The last singer that came out was none other than the popular Elvira Arul, the Queen of Soul!
She was looking really cool that evening not only with her voice but also her appearance!
That was the first time seeing her perform live and I was totally in love with her voice! Not only she could be Jazzy but she can really rock the stage the moment she starts going really high pitch!


There were 3 sets of singing on that evening and in between every sets we have DJ Mickey McLean spinning for us! People start dancing and talking all around in between sets.


Shelah messing around with guests of that evening, everybody loves her I would say!

The very precious moments from this event is when all 5 songstress stood on the stage together and performed together. Not only we can hear how well they can sing with each other but also we can tell how powerful they are when they are together!

Everybody loves Shelah and can't stop taking pictures with her. She is the center of attraction and people just love her for her singing, host and also entertaining skills.

The night ended with laughter, emotions and of course, satisfaction!
It is really great to have such event in Penang by George Town Festival! The ticket was so cheap at only RM150 including tickets for express lane of Penang Hill Train, entrance ticket to The Habitat Penang Hill and also food is provided.

It was a fun-filled evening with all the dancing, singing, drinking and partying with friends. Special thanks to The Habitat Penang Hill for having me and I am really glad that I did attend the event to witness how beautiful a real sunset can be, not forget to mention that the night view from the top was simply amazing!