Chinese New Year 2010, Part 2

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Author, Food, Photography, Travel

At night, we had western food! Which is ALSO not normal to eat in Penang, for me. We went to Sigi’s Bar and Grill on The Beach at Golden Sands Resort. Currently, it’s only open to in house guests, and the launch is on the 18th of February! This particular restaurant is quite big, it has an outdoor and indoor dining areas. Besides that, they have a cool bar that is lit up with blue lights at night! Actually, the whole restaurant is based on blue colour. The place is a little dark which sort of gives this mysterious and romantic ambiance. On the opposite end of the entrance leads you outside to the beach which you can enjoy the beautiful sunsets and enjoy the sea breeze. Outside the entrance has a trail with herbs and flowers at the sides. Overall, this place is such an adventure.

P1080913

P1080914

P1080918

P1080959

Blue lights, turquoise chairs and tables and lovely ‘lighted paintings’ on the wall.

P1080960

The long ‘river’ in the middle of the restaurants is still due to constructions though.

P1080961

The actual place is much darker.. I brighten it up so you could see whats there.

P1090003

The outdoor dining area. So spacious!

P1080932

Eastern Sunrise Mocktail
Fresh Guava, Pineapple, Lime, Banana, Mango and Grenadine Syrup
My favourite. It’s slightly sour because of the grenadine. But surprisingly, I didn’t taste any pineapple and banana..

P1080935

Caesar Salad (RM28)
Crispy Romaine Lettuce, toasted croutons, beef bacon, anchovies, shaved parmesan, and soft poached egg with caesar dressing.
Lovely poached egg, oooh! The parmesan that melts in your mouth and beef bacons. Am I making you drool?

P1080936

P1080945

Salt and Pepper Calamari (RM21)
Red Chilli, Coriander, Onion Jam and Nahm jim

P1080950

Seared Scallops (RM30)
Scallops with green olive tapenade, chive creme, and potato galette
The. Scallops. Are. So. Fresh. And. So. Juicy.. I only had half.. and I want more! It’s just so lovely!

P1080954

Prawns (RM28)
Marinated in Morrocan Spices, dipping sauce
Eat it without shelling the prawns! It taste so beautiful.. If you shell them, you don’t get to taste the spices anymore. Trust me on this!

P1080957

P1080962

Pan-fried Cod (RM65)
With crushed new potatoes, pistachio aioli, and fennel and caper salad
I always loved cod fish.. Juicy fresh cod fish.. Yum. 😀

P1080963

P1080966

Braised Oxtail Fettuccine, Parmesan, Broccoli and Basil (RM34 for individual, RM112 for family)
For me, I’d preffer my spaghetti softer.. The oxtail is full of fats. Eek! Not my kind of meal.

P1080989

Beef Sirloin (RM70)
Char-grilled Australian black angus sirloin steak with hand-cut chips. cafe de paris butter and salad
Don’t order a well done steak.. Order medium or rare. It really makes a difference. Juicer and more tender. Every mouth made me want another piece. It’s that good. RM70 worth of paradise.

P1080977

P1080981

Fried Dried Flat Rice Noodle (RM31)
They have a few local items as well like this one! Of course, they are fine dining local food! 😀

P1080982

P1080984

Fungi (RM27 for 12″)
Mushrooms, anchovies, olives, and dried oregano
Mushrooms are nice. 😀 Do you like mushrooms? I love mushrooms.. This pizza is just awesome!

P1080985

P1080987

Souvlaki (RM29 for 12″)
Shredded lamb, onion, sweet chilli sauce, tomato tabouleh and garlic sauce
The weird part is that they added chilli sauce to make it a little Arabian-ish. Not working for me.. It reminds me of the Ramli burgers..

P1080988

P1090009

P1090018

The Bombe (RM23)
Mango sorbet, white chocolate parfait, Italian meringue, and pine nuts
It seemed to be a weird combination, but a good one.

P1090023

Chocolate Tarte (RM25)
Like chewing gum tart! Okay, not literally, but its quite chewy, but not too much that makes you tired of eating it. To balance it off, they added a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

P1090021

Meet the chef himself, John Brock.

P1090013

Family time! 😀 My Aunt, Uncle and mum.

P1090035

Say hello to baby Neville! He’s about 8 months old now.

Saturday

Usually we would visit and pray to my grandpa in the morning before lunch.. This time we went in the afternoon.

P1090036

The sun rays here are so.. SO bright!

P1090038

Night falls and we had our reunion dinner. We had steamboat as usual! No pictures, I wanted to enjoy the food…. 😀 But I did take pretty pictures of the fireworks we played. We also accidentally lit up an unknown firework and we didn’t stand far away enough nor did we covered our ears.. The cylinder-shaped firework bombed with such a loud sound, our ears were still ringing 2 hours later. ):

P1090045

P1090048

P1090055

P1090063

Prosperity Chinese Dinner @ Impiana Hotel

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Food, Photography

P1080202

I had 6 main courses with a selection of buffet appetizer and dessert that costs only RM128++ (minimum 3 persons) at Impiana Hotel’s coffee house, Tonka Bean Café. I’ve never seen such a huge coffee house, high ceiling with lovely decorations. Although it was quite warm, I loved the ambiance. Overall, I like this hotel very much. I went there with my mum and my brother.. There were 2 other unfriendly Star reporters with us. Gosh, I cannot stand them..

P1080078

P1080081

P1080082

P1080084

P1080091

Signature Yee Sang with Smoked Tuna with BB Abalone and Avacado (RM98++ for 5 persons and RM168++ for 10 persons)
I love yee sang! But the best one is the one we have back in my grandma’s house in Penang. Extra salmon.. Extra everything. 😀 As for this one, it’s really quite nice, but I wouldn’t pay for such tiny abalones. I’d rather get big ones but lesser.. The avacado is a little hard, I almost mistaken them for young mango.  My mum liked the smoked tuna. I didn’t really get a good piece, only a tiny half piece. ): But it was quite lovely, despite how small it was. It’s slightly salty and sweet. Not their fault that I got a small piece, probably it broke into two while we were mixing the yee sang.

P1080093

Oh, oh ! Remember to pay extra attention to the plate! The decoration on the plate may look like its from the plate but its real! You CAN eat them!

P1080110

Shark Fin and Crab Meat Soup with BB Abalone and Fatt Choy
The soup is really nice but excess crab meat! The crab meat overpowered the shark fin.. Oh by the way.. I am officially allergic to crab meat! ): My throat feels hot and itchy..

P1080116

Steamed Cod Fillet with King Soy Sauce
A simple dish which is just so gorgeous. You can really taste the freshness of the cod fish. I wouldn’t like it if it’s made into curry, or with heavy gravy. Soy sauce is just nice to give a little taste to the fish.

P1080140

Stir Fried Sea Tiger Prawns with Chinese BBQ Sauce
Fresh sea tiger prawns.. Checked. Good sauce.. Checked.

P1080154

Wok Fried Black Pepper Wagyu Beef with Capsicum and Onion
First piece got me thinking.. I thought its usually the thick blackpepper sauce..? This tastes weird.. *takes another piece* Hey, its sweet and sour AND blackpepper-ish.. Which is actually nice, but quite unusual, don’t you think? They’ve added vinegar, soy sauce, LP sauce, ketchup, blackpepper and worchestire sauce

P1080148

P1080153

P1080156

Clay Pot of Dried Oyster, Fatt Choy, Mushroom and Broccoli
Not my kind of dish. This is getting SO boring. Not only Impiana Hotel, mind me, I’m not offending. I’m just quite sick of this dish.. It’s not exciting.

P1080164

Cantonese Noodle with Grass Prawns, Ginger and Spring Onion
I love the noodle but I was already to full to consume anything else.

P1080172

P1080121

Pretty marshmallows..

P1080123

They have a chocolate fountain.. Which different things to dip with.

P1080126

Tiramisu. It’s actually not bad! If you scrap the cream off.. 😀

After lunch, we went to One Utama and walked around.. There were so many cheong sams and decorations on sale. The whole place is so red! At about 4.30pm, we picked up our Chinese New Year Treasure Pot from Dragon-I. RM388++!! For at least.. 5-6 persons, it’s actually quite worth it.. They have prawns, abalones, scallops, money bag, roast duck, chicken and vegetables.. 😀

P1080206

P1080207

P1080209

P1080075

I love you, Victor Lee.

Pre-CNY dinner @ Zuan Yuan, One World Hotel

Posted on 7 CommentsPosted in Food, Photography

Da Vinci was great but not really.. I wasn’t allowed to snap any photos, how sad. ): Anyway, dinner was filling. Chinese food are always great.

P1070490

Assorted Tempura Mushroom Yee Sang (RM60 for half portion and RM120 for full portion)
This is one different kind of yee sang. To be honest, although I miss the salmon and the jelly fish, this is actually great!! This is also a dish for Vegetarians. I know, you guys think omg, vegetarian food, I bet it sucks. Try this before you judge.

P1070492

P1070497

Deep-fried Spring Roll with Prawn Paste (RM10 per portion)
Hard to eat it cause its quite huge.. But really crispy and yummy. (:

P1070518

Deep-fried Homemade Nian Gao with Sweet Potato (Comes with promotion and all..)
Really nice nian gao. I had like, 3. I didn’t know it was sweet potato either! It’s much sweeter than the normal ones I had.

P1070517

P1070520

Sauteed Celery with Scallops and Caramelised Walnuts
Fresh scallops.. Checked. Crunchy Walnuts.. Checked. Beautiful taste.. Checked.

P1070535

Wok fried butter prawns with pumpkin cubes, shredded curry leaves, chili padi and salad
This is a dish to admire and accidentally eating too many prawns! The yam carving (Pagoda) looked so pretty meanwhile the butter prawns taste fabulous. I’m going to put on another 500 grams because of this ! ):

P1070528

P1070539

Steam dried oyster and fatt choi in tofu money bag with broccoli
Not my kind of dish.. My mother didn’t really fancy it either. Hopefully they improved the dish when Chinese New Year arrives.

P1070547

Lap mei fun with smoked duck, salted duck with bone and turkey liver sausage. dried prawns, mushrooms and yam cubes
Another dish I dislike. Every Chinese New Year they have this. Either this or the noodles. I’d prefer the noodles. For this particular one is a little bit dry, almost like steamed rice. As for the salted duck.. It’s really salty..

P1070551

P1070562

Homemade Kwei Ling Gao herbal jelly pudding with ginseng and red dates
Eat it because it helps to clear blemishes!