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 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.

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