Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Grand Reopening of Hard Rock Cafe @ Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Hard Rock Cafe Penang has opened its door to the public after a month-long extensive makeover. The music-themed entertainment restaurant and bar sprawls two levels for entertainment and private events and is popular for its nightly live band performance from local artists and musicians from the Asian music scene. The cafe seats up to 150 diners and offers two upscale vibrant bars, a boutique-style Rock Shop that offers the latest and limited edition Hard Rock Cafe Penang-specific merchandise and an iconic Hard Rock logo recreated in a fine drop-light chandelier that dominates its live entertainment stage.

The interior of the newly renovated Hard Rock Cafe Penang adapts a classy and stylish concept with beautifully decorated authentic memorabilia of legendary artists from different decades and neon-lighted Hard Rock’s famous mantras that adorn its blue-painted walls. 

Along with the reopening, the cafe also introduces an extensive menu with creative cuisine. Here are some preview of the new menu now serving @ Hard Rock Cafe

- Special thanks to Hard Rock Hotel for the invitation -

Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake and Cookies & Cream Milkshake

New York Cheesecake

Steak Salad

Fresh Beetroot Salad

One Night In Bangkok Spicy Shrimp

Jumbo Combo

Bacon Jam Sliders

All American Sliders

Buffalo Style Sliders

Double Decker Double Cheeseburger

Gold Leaf Steak Burger

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger

BBQ Pulled Lamb Sandwich

With the newly renovated Cafe, Hard Rock Cafe is now brand new and enhanced with better sound quality. The stage and cafe is also beautiful and feels more spacious than before.

Good to see that they kept some of the beautiful costume worn by famous artists before for performance and MV.

The guests were also entertained by five-piece Malaysian rock band, Kyoto Protocol as they presented a few songs to warm the guests up.

Then we have Hard Rock Hotel's GM welcomed the guests and talked about the reopening of Hard Rock Cafe Penang.

“We are proud to reveal a finely tuned new look of the restaurant, a newly curated menu with great American tastes and embracing the new vibe with an immersive dining and entertainment experience. We celebrate each day with a commitment to deliver a one-of-a-kind authentic dining experiences that rock to all diners and that’s what makes Hard Rock the world’s premier experience-driven and aspirational music-lifestyle brand,” said John Primmer, the general manager of Hard Rock Hotel Penang. 

We then had another party with Splitfire from Indonesia, the resident band of Hard Rock Cafe Penang of the month.

The night ended in joy and party rocking ambiance where guests and staff sing and dance together. It was really fun and enjoyable.

So, care to join me for a meal or a party?

Hard Rock Cafe Penang
Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang.
Business hours: Daily 11:30am to 2:30am
Contact: +604-886 8050

Monday, June 24, 2019

HakkaYin x Monkey Cup Cafe @ Jalan Chow Thye, Penang

It is not really easy to find Hakka food in Penang but now that HakkaYin is available in Penang now you can easily find a decent homestyle Hakka food. 
Previous known as Monkeycup Cafe and they were serving Thai cuisine, now the cafe has been rebranded to HakkaYin and focus on Hakka cuisine inherited from Hakka family of the owner.

Special thanks to Hakkayin for hosting

There are getting lesser and lesser home style cooking available. Some family do not even pass down their cuisine to the next generations or some refuse to learn from the elderly hence many good food and cuisine and slowly going extinct. 
In HakkaYin, the owner has been educating people on Hakka food and also now make it available to Penangites with some of their home specialties.

We have been served with some of the signature dishes and also the best seller of Hakkayin, one of them was the popular 客家面 Hakka Mian with a generous portion selling at RM12.90.
It was filled with a tup of very nice lard fragrant and there are minced meat, mushroom, vegetable, and fried beancurd in the noodle. The homemade noodle was really delicious and chewy as it absorbed the sauce, making this bowl of noodle really tasty and enjoyable.

Another must try is the 客家算盘子 Hakka Abacus Beads which is very similar to taro balls but you could call it the salty version and much nicer than a dessert. Hakka Abascus Beads are usually chewy and with a very nice taste of yam. 
This Hakka specialty is very addictive and most people will love it after tasting it. It is usually fried with minced meat, some even add anchovies or cuttlefish to make it taste even better. This bowl of delicious dish is available at RM19.90 at HakkaYin.

Another must try for Hakka cuisine is the 客家梅菜扣肉 Braised Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetables. This bowl is available at RM22.90 and portion is definitely good for sharing. You could even order a bowl of plain rice just to go with it. The pork belly was nicely braised and it was really flavourful, juicy and tender. It melts once it enter your mouth.

If you are looking for something to share with your friends and family, perhaps you can try their 客家大拼盘 Hakka House Platter at RM19.90(S) or RM26.90(B) consists of different Hakka delicacies.
If you order this, you get to try their homemade Hakka pork balls, Hakka fried pork chop, Hakka fried lor bak as well as Hakka style fried chicken wings. 
This platter is served with their homemade chili but you are recommended to try the original taste of the treats before dipping into the sauce. The combination were all great and I love the Hakka fried pork which was fragrant and crispy.

You definitely wouldn't want to miss 客家酿豆腐 Hakka Yong Tau Fu if you are having Hakka cuisine. There are 9 types of Yong Tau Fu available in a bowl of the set at only RM16.90, or you are also able to select the a la carte menu and choose what you want only. 

A meal like this is what you can enjoy with your family and friends. I find that this cafe is really good to spend some family bonding time and at the same time enjoy the good food with nice ambience at HakkaYin.

Apart from Hakka food and some of the traditional drinks, they are still serving some good coffee so you can ask your friends over for a cuppa or hang out with your friends here.

HakkaYin x Monkeycup Cafe @ Jalan Chow Thye
Address: 36C, Jalan Chow Thye, 10050 Georgetown, Penang
Business hour: 11:00am - 11:00pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact no: 04-226 6279
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Hakkayincafe/
GPS: 5.4255951,100.3212952


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Friday, May 31, 2019

《妈妈好 Supermum》Special Screening by Halabo @ GSC Queensbay Mall

Late actress Datuk Lai Meng left a few words before she left us.
"Supermum" is a parting gift she left for us. It is not her own story nor her biography, it is more like a message she would like to convey to all her fans.
Her final words to all Malaysians is that she hopes to get more support from all Malaysians as well as hoping to promote this movie worldwide and let more people watch it.

"Supermum" tells a story about an elder mum who fell ill and hospitalized then story begins with her four children having different past and background.
This local production is filmed by Sabah film director Bjarne Wong who fulfilled Aunty Lai Meng's last wish. There wouldn't be "Supermum" without the existence of Aunty Lai Meng. 

Very lucky of us and special thanks to Ha'labo Hair & Scalp Management, we get to catch the premier screening of "Supermum" on the 21 May before the movie went up on 30 May.

"We Care about Children"

For the past 18 years, our Ha'Labo family has adhered to our core values which is to love, share  and serve those close to our hearts. With the support received from everyone, we would like to continue to uphold  our core values by introducing our brand new charity campaign, 'We Care about Children'.
在过去的18年,我们Halabo 这个大家庭一直都相信 一个 由心而发的三大理念, ‘ 爱, 分享 与 服务’,很幸运的,今天秉持我们的信念及在座每一位的支持,我可以在这里通过大银幕向大家介绍这项 ‘我们关爱儿童’ 公益活动。

We are lucky, as we are blessed with good health and a good environment to live in. I believe every child should have access to education, food & medical care. However, we are saddened that not every child in this world is able to enjoy a life that entails such components and as such, are deprived of childhood like ours.
我和在座的每一位都是幸运,幸福的,因为我和您至少 现在已经是 安全健康成长的一个人。我相信您也 和我一样,  从小到大的基本生活需求,教育,饮食还是医疗保健 都是不愁没有的。可是您是否和我一样这样想过,在这个世界上总会有一群儿童 没有我们那么幸运,和我们的童年不能相比。

For the past years, it has been my vision for the Ha'Labo family to reach out and lend our hands to improve the lives of the children in need. With the passion for helping those in need, we have been able to provide support to many children through our charity campaigns since 2007.

With this in mind, our current campaign  'We Care about Children' is tailored to help children in need. For every Ha’Labo product or treatment purchased, Ha'Labo will donate RM 1 from your purchase to children around the world to fight against hunger, poverty & sickness. Besides, we are also providing education opportunity and medical support to a total of 101 countries with the hope that more children will be able to receive protection and education to lead an improved life.
简单来说,通过’我们关爱儿童‘ 公益活动,凡是在Halabo任何一家分店消费,购买产品或是疗程, Halabo将会从你的消费中捐出RM1 捐助 需要帮助的儿童慈善机构。就这么简单的一个步骤,我就可以一起为生活在世界各地遭受饥饿蹂躏的儿童对抗饥饿,疾病和贫困。除此之外,我们还致力于为101个国家的儿童提供教育机会和医疗支持,希望更多的儿童能够获得适当的护理和教育,藉此改善他们的生活。

In conclusion,  I hope the help extended by the Ha'Labo family can aid in providing proper education and resources for these children, and further create a safer place to live which is free from any sort of danger. Please be reminded that your kind gesture will make a huge difference to them. As every child deserves happiness, our hope is for them to stay healthy and to be able to fully live their dreams and life!

This movie is starred by some of the very senior actor & actresses in Malaysia together with a group of new stars in Malaysia. It is worth to grab your friends and family and buy tickets to support local production like this.
Of course, don't forget to bring some tissue papers with you as well if you are someone who is easily emotionally affected.

My personal opinion after watching "Supermum"?
I wouldn't want to spoil it movie and I'm not supposed to. So I would suggest you head over to the cinemas and grab your own tickets and watch it.
This local production is a family-oriented movie and suitable for a family, couple or even watch it alone.
Fulfill Aunty Lai Meng's wish and support this film today!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Dragon Gate Banquet 龙门夜宴 @ The Six Premium Cantonese Restaurant, 六鼎轩经典粤菜

The Six Premium Restaurants 六鼎轩 has been in Penang for a very long time serving big and small families, hosting private events and all kinds of dining events. 
They are well known for their variety of food and all sorts of different dining style available in different outlets. 

The Six Premium Cantonese Restaurant, 六鼎轩经典粤菜 is the one located inside Penang Times Square ground floor, do not confuse it with the one inside M Mall as they are serving different cuisine. Special thanks to the management for the invitation that we get to try one of the most exquisite Chinese dinings ever. 

The Six Premium Cantonese Restaurant can host your private events up to a maximum of 80 pax with all kind of event facilities available. You can consider hosting your VIPs here at The Six Premium as they have exquisite interiors and delicious Chinese food to offer. 

Dragon Gate Banquet 龙门夜宴
Pan Fried Prawn with Garlic
Steamed Garoupa Fish with Patong Sauce
Signature Pork Rib
Crispy Roasted Chicken
Deep Fried Octopus
Sauteed Crab with Garlic & Chili
Salad Oyster with Baked Cheese
Braised Abalone with Black Truffle
Sauteed Rhizome with Celery

Dragon Gate Banquet is different from our usual Chinese dining as most of our cuisine will be served dish by dish whereas this in dining style, all the food will be served together.
It is pretty convenient as you don't have to take a long time to wait for every dishes to be served to your table and at the same time you get to choose which one you want to eat first and which one you want to eat later. 

The Six Premium Cantonese Restaurant saw the opportunity and introduces this cuisine to Penangites as this is not very common and also they are the very first restaurant in Penang that serve this cuisine.
The whole cuisine is so photogenic that the moment we all saw them serving it, we took out our phones and cameras then starting to capture every moment we can, boomerang, pictures, videos, slow-mo and etc.

The serving style is so special and it is also my first time seeing this kind of serving style. It was such an eye-opening experience to see this such grand and luxurious serving style. A sumptuous meal is served right in front of your eyes.

香甜蒜味干煎大虾 Pan Fried Prawn with Garlic
The tiger prawns are really fresh and big. They were properly skewed and cooked to perfection. Even the meat has absorbed the sauce and makes prawns rather tender and flavorful.
The sauce was sweet and rather appetizing with the garlic flavour since I am a garlic lover.

特色巴东蒸石斑 Steamed Garoupa Fish with Patong Sauce
Another dish that would make you crave for a bowl of hot and fragrant rice would be the steamed fish with Patong sauce. They use Garoupa which the meat are usually tender and soft, and this fish can was just nice for 10 pax. Patong sauce is something we Malaysians would definitely love with the strong and appetizing flavours.

招牌一支骨 Signature Pork Rib
One of the top favourites of the night are the delicious and tender pork ribs on the menu.
I love the flavour of the pork ribs which was a tad of sweet and sour, it tasted quite refreshing and appetizing. You could have wanted to ask for a bowl of rice just to go with it.

经典明炉烧鸡 Crispy Roasted Chicken
Another addicting dish was the roast chicken which was quite flavourful itself without any sauce.
The chicken was well seasoned before the roast it and the flavour absorbed into the meat. The skin was thin and crispy and the meat was juicy.

酥炸七彩八爪鱼 Deep Fried Octopus
Baby octopuses was deep fried and then cook with their homemade sauce. This dish suits our Asian's appetite perfectly as it was a little bit sweet and spicy. The octopus was fried to perfection hence it was chewy yet very addictive.

避风塘炒蟹 Sauteed Crab with Garlic & Chili
Your meal will always be better when you can feast on some fresh and delicious seafood. Crab is part of the menu and this dish was really addictive especially for garlic lovers like me.

沙律芝士焗生蠔 Salad Oyster with Baked Cheese

黑松露炆鲍鱼 Braised Abalone with Black Truffle
It feels really luxurious when you are able to feast on expensive food like abalone. Even better when they braised it with black truffle and these abalones are not just chewy but also very flavourful.

淮山菇菌炒西芹 Sauteed Rhizome with Celery

So that's 9-course set menu to form this Dragon Gate Banquet. This could be great when you can enjoy these good food with your friends and family or any kind of celebrations.
Dragon Gate Banquet is now priced at RM688++(Promotional price) whereas it is normally priced at RM988++. Advanced reservation is required, so make your bookings now to avoid disappointment.

六鼎轩经典粤菜 The Six Premium Cantonese Restaurant
Address: 77-G-63 Penang Time Square, Jalan Dato Keramat, 10150 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Contact no: 04- 296 9745 / 011-11101226
Business hours: Daily 11:00am – 9.45pm
GPS: 5.4126623,100.3230312