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Fresh Moment, Spice Canopy – The Healthy Vegetarian Dining

Penang is always packed with delicious and nice food. You can find food in each and every corner of Penang Island. However, there are not many places in Penang that provide healthy vegetarian food.

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One of the newest places to hunt for food is Spice Canopy. You can find a restaurant serving healthy vegetarian food and it is known as Fresh Moment. It is not hard to locate this restaurant as Spice Canopy is located just next to SPICE arena.

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The slogan for Fresh Moment is Friendly, Healthy and Refreshing.

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The small and cozy restaurant is a place to sit back and relax for some healthy and delightful meals.

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Singapore Pai Tee – RM7.90, the carrot, mushroom and yam bean were sliced and stir fried, then served in a crispy battered cup and sided with chili sauce.

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The combination of hot and crispy batter gave a great bite feel. The chili sauce also complemented the dish well.

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Pineapple Bitter Gourd Pasta – RM13.90, The pasta was cooked in vegetable based soup which consisted of bitter gourd, capsicums, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and mushrooms.

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My first impression by looking at this dish was plain and tasteless as it was cooked in vegetable broth. However, I was so wrong. The soup was flavourful and yet nutritious. The touch of pineapple made this dish very appetizing and zesty while the broth mixed so well with the pasta. It reminds me of macaroni soup that we had in Hong Kong, except this is a much healthier version.

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Fresh Moment Spaghetti – RM13.80, the spaghetti was prepared with broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms and raisin.

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Pasta with raisins is something new to me. Just like most of the carbonaras out there, the white and creamy sauce was rich and thick. This dish mixed well with the vegetables. This pasta tasted slightly on the sweet side, perhaps it was due to the raisins. If you prefer a less sweet version, you may always state your preference to the restaurant.

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Nasi Lemak – RM11.80, the nasi lemak was served with vegetarian fish, vegetarian prawns, cucumber, spinach, anchovies, peanuts, papadum, sambal and topped with some raisins.

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The healthiness level of this meal started right from the rice itself. Regular ones would be cooked in coconut milk, but at Fresh Moment the rice was cooked with coconut oil. The sambal (chili paste) tasted like the real sambal, except that it was prepared using vegetarian ingredients.

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Aglio-Olio – RM13.80, the spaghetti was stir fried with capsicums, mushrooms, broccoli and sprinkled with mixed herbs and chili flakes.

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The texture of the spaghetti was al dente and the mixed vegetables complemented the dish very well. The slight drawback of this dish was the saltiness was not evenly spread. It would definitely taste better if the salt was added to the pasta water instead of as a finishing for a well-balanced taste.

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Hong Kong Porridge – RM11.00, the Cantonese style porridge was served with vegetarian fish and anchovies. A touch of sesame oil and coriander completed the taste of this porridge.

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The taste of the vegetarian fish which was made from gluten was similar to eating the real anchovies. The anchovies gave the porridge some great crunchy texture.

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Mexican Abalone Mushroom Meal – RM13.80, The abalone mushroom was battered and deep fried until golden perfection.

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The abalone mushroom that was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside made a great combination. It tasted excellent when served with their homemade sweet and sourish sauce.

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Volcano Fried Rice – RM14.80, the rice was pan fried with grained mushrooms and mushroom slices. It was then covered with an omelette, homemade sauce and sesame.

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This dish is specially dedicated to kids. I love the aroma of the fried rice as the smell was packed with mushrooms wok fragrance.

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Nyonya Rendang Mutton Meal – RM13.80, The thick flavoring curry was cooked with “mutton” which was made from gluten as well. Cooking together with it were some potatoes.

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This dish tasted like the real mutton curry. The thick and spicy curry with “mutton” made this dish so tempting and delicious.

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Some of the drinks that can be order at this restaurant:

  • Lemon Grass Ginger (Hot) – RM3.80
  • Passion Honey Lemon (Cold) – RM8.00

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Overall, the food here is nice and the price for the food is average. The plus point for Fresh Moment is all the food served have not been added with MSG. The parking here is still FREE and aplenty at the moment.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Taste
Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation
Service
Overall

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Credit Card
Smoking
Reservation
Private Room (Private Area)
WIFI Available

Operation hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm; 6:00pm – 10:00pm (7 days a week)
Contact: 04 611 6028
Address: 108-B-1-15, 16, Setia Spice Canopy, Jalan Tun Dr. Awang, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.
GPS: 5.329829,100.2773883

Yin’s Sourdough Pizza, Gat Lebuh Cina – Hearty and Reasonably Priced Cafe

Healthy eating and lifestyle are the hot topics for today. Everyone is looking for healthy food made from as much natural ingredients as possible. One of the most important ingredients for making bread is yeast. But yeast comes in many forms. The yeast that we are accustomed to is instant dried yeast which is heavily commercialized, but convenient. An alternative of using instant yeast is back to the basics, just like in the olden days when commercial instant yeast is of non-existence. This is how Yin’s Sourdough Pizza differs from the rest as the cafe cultivates its own natural yeast, just like how our great grandparents used to make their loaves. This is called wild yeast. Breads made from wild natural yeast are usually called sourdough bread. The Europeans love heavily-textured breads such as sourdough loaves but Asians prefer soft and fluffy white breads. The reason behind is breads made from sourdough are not as fluffy and soft as those made from commercial yeast and moreover it takes longer time to make a sourdough bread. This time, we are going to visit another branch of Yin’s sourdough bakery which is the Yin’s Sourdough Pizza.

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It is not hard to locate Yin’s Sourdough Pizza. If you are driving to Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street), look for the side lane with the name of Gat Lebuh China (China Street Ghaut). Yin’s sourdough is located inside Wisma Yeap Chor Ee.

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Aside from Yin’s sourdough pizza cafe which is inside this building, there is also Penang Science Cluster which is also located in the same building as well.

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The display of science and technology is also being showcased here. There are a lot of information in this area.

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There is a designated play area for kids as well where you can find some toys and games that require them to brush up their motor skill.

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Next to the science cluster, there is the Yin’s Sourdough Pizza Cafe.

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The siphon coffee maker can be spotted in the cafe as well.

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The Valoriani Brick Oven that is being used to bake sourdough pizza was imported all the way from Italy.

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Egg Benny Sourdough Pizza – RM30, it sounds like egg Benedict but in the form of pizza. The pizza crust was made from sourdough and was topped with homemade luncheon meat, tomato sauce, spinach, Mozzarella cheese and a half-boiled egg in the middle of the pizza.

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The half-boiled egg is one of the main ingredients that made this melting cheese pizza delicious. The healthy addition of spinach was not much. Personally it would be a bonus for veggie lovers if more spinach were added. The appetizing tomato paste with a sourish hint made one craving for more as it balanced off the richness of the other ingredients. The crust was crispy although it was slightly burnt on the edges.

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Aglio Olio – RM12, the aglio olio was cooked with baby corns, mushroom slices, broccoli, homemade luncheon meat and a touch of chili flake. Then tossed with fettuccine pasta.

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The texture of the fettuccine was very chewy in a nice way, it was not like the usual commercial fettuccine that we used to have. I am suspecting that this fettuccine was homemade. The aromatic luncheon meat blended in very well with the baby corns, mushrooms, broccoli and the touch of slight spiciness from the chili flakes really brought up the taste of this aglio olio.

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Mango Kefir Smoothie – RM11.00, kefir is something similar to yogurt, in fact much more benefits than the latter. Yin’s has brought this to another level by cultivating their own kefir and made into delicious and healthy mango kefir drink. In this drink it contains a lot of probiotics and valuable vitamins in a natural way.

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Cappuccino – RM9.50, this is a very common and usual type of coffee. The aroma of the coffee was nice which is great for someone who is always on the lookout for a caffeine fix.

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Overall, this place serves healthy and delicious food at a reasonable price. The only drawback of this place is the parking limitation parking during peak hours.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Taste
Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation
Service
Overall

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Credit Card
Smoking
Reservation
Private Room (Private Area)
WIFI Available
Operation hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm (7 days a week)
Contact: 011 2419 5118
Address: Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, China Street Ghaut, 10300, Georgetown, Penang.
GPS: 5.415101,100.3402526

How to Spend Fun and Quality Time with Kids? #3 – Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chinese New Year is just around the corner. Instead of letting your kids spending time on the screen, why not asking them to be your little helper in the kitchen by baking some simple CNY cookies. Below is a simple and easy way of making Chocolate Chip Cookies. Happy baking!

Hua Hee Restaurant – The Meaning of Joyful and Happiness

Hua Hee in Hokkien dialect means “joyful and happiness”. According to the old teaching of Chinese methodology, Happiness is always better than prosperity. Therefore, the name of this shop is named as “Hua Hee”.

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Hua Hee Restaurant is a typical Chinese restaurant located at Taman Desaria, Sungai Ara. This small and cozy restaurant with air-conditioners is catered for small families or even small gathering with friends.

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If you are here during Chinese New Year, there are sets available which include Yee Sang as the starter.

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Besides raw salmon fish slices, the rest of the ingredients are mostly done in-house.

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Kong Poh Mantis Prawn – RM18 (S), RM28 (M), RM RM38 (L) 

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The spiciness from the dried chilis and the slight sweetness of the dark soy sauce is the perfect combination to give the mantis prawns a boost in flavour. The addition of onions and ginger made this dish even more appetizing.

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Homemade Crispy Bean Curd – RM12 (S), RM22 (M), RM32 (L)

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The homemade bean curd were deep fried but the inner texture of the bean curd still remained soft while crispy on the outside. This dish may look simple but it takes years of experience to be able to come out with such standard.

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Pandan Leaf Chicken – RM16 (S), RM26 (M), RM36 (L)

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The marinated chicken cubes with turmeric were wrapped in pandan leaves then deep fried until golden perfection. This dish is commonly seen in Thai restaurants. However, it has also become a norm in Malaysian Chinese cuisine due to its great taste. The aromatic pandan leaves gave the marinated chicken a nice and fragrant taste.

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Nestum Prawn – RM20 (S), RM40 (M), RM55 (L)

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Deep fried prawns with nestum and added with some curry leaves for additional aroma. The freshness of the prawns is the key in making this dish a success.

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Red Snapper Bean Sauce – Price to follow market rate

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The fish was cooked in spicy sweet and sour sauce. No doubt the sauce was very appetizing, for me I would prefer the fish to steam with simple soy sauce as it will bring out the freshness of the fish.

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Baby French Beans with Salted Egg Yolk – RM15 (S), RM25 (M), RM35 (L)

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Generous amount of salted egg yolk was added to the baby French beans. The crunchiness of the beans together with the egg yolk was a unique and perfect match.

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Petai Fried Rice – RM9 (S), RM16 (M), RM22 (L)

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The fried rice was topped with petai (bitter beans) is one the selling point here. There are not many places around that served fried rice with petai. So far, the fried rice was slightly over cooked. According to the chef, many people requested for this kind of charcoal-flavored fried rice. Anyhow, you can always state your preference to the person in charge while placing your order.

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Butter Crab – Follow market rate

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The taste of butter and milk together with the crabs gave a deep impression as this combination is rare in Penang but common in KL. The taste was rich but addictive.

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Chili Crab – Follow market rate

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A common chili crab which has a sourish and sweet taste with a slightly spicy ending. I personally prefer if the spiciness level of this dish could be more. The sauce went very well with the mini fried mantou (Chinese buns).

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Overall, the crabs are the highlight in this restaurant as they are fresh and delicious. The price of the food here is also reasonable.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Taste
Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation
Service
Overall

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Credit Card
Smoking
Reservation
Private Room (Private Area)
WIFI Available

Operation hours: 11:00am – 2:00pm; 6:00pm – 9:00am (7 days a week)
Contact: 017 5352700
Address: Hua Hee Restaurant, 4C Tingkat Kenari, Taman Desaria, Sungai Ara, 11900 Bayan Lepas.
GPS: 5.319675, 100.2662393

 

E & O Hotel Steamboat – Tossing Towards The Year of Rooster

Steamboat is a common meal during Chinese New Year. Until today there are still many families practising this tradition during Chinese New Year. Modern families may opt to eat out instead to avoid messing the kitchen or cleaning up after the meal. Sarkies Corner and Sarkies at E&O Hotel understand the pain of these households and hence they have come out with a specialsteamboat buffet dinner to usher the year of Rooster.

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Almost every meal during or before Chinese New Year will kick off with the tossing of “Yee Sang”.

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“Messing up” the dish using the chopsticks is a common scene when tossing the yee sang.

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For the steamboat, you can select your choice of broth such as:

  • Chicken
  • Tomyam
  • Herbal

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Below are the “treasures” for this exclusive steamboat:

Seafood:

Prawn, brown cuttler fish, fish maw, sea cucumber, salmon fillet, baby squid, red snapper, flower crab, green mussel, crab stick, bamboo mussel, top shell (can), white promfret, crab claw, sea asparagus (can), teochew fish dumpling, white fish ball, stuffed red chilli with fish paste, stuffed bitter gourd with fish paste, stuffed egg plants with fish paste, vegetable fish ball, stuffed bean curd skin with fish paste, sui kaw, bean curd, bean curd skin, deep fried wanton.

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Vegetables:

Tang hao, long cabbage, Chinese spinach, nai pak,  Local choy sum, iceberg lettuce, local lettuce, siew pak choy, leek, carrots.

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Mushroom/ Noodles:

Shimeji mushroom, shitake mushroom, enoki mushroom, abalone mushroom, yellow noodle, koay teow, bee hoon, glass noodle, udon noodle.

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Meat/ eggs:

Slice beef, slice lamb, chicken meat, slice duck, fresh eggs, quail eggs.

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Dessert and sweets:

Egg tart, Chinese tea chiffon cake, Semolina almond cake, Fesive cookies, Red bean glutinous rice ball soup, Mango pudding, Assorted pastries (selection of 6), fresh tropical fruits.

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Steamboat dip sauce:

Homemade special chili sauce, Coriander oyster garlic sauce, white radish spicy sauce, sweet sauce, tomato sauce, chili sauce, peanut sauce, cut red chilli, chopped garlic, Chinese parsley, Garlic oil, Dark soy sauce, Light soy sauce.

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Overall, the quality and taste of the steamboat and buffet at both Sarkies Corner and Sarkies are exceptional and the options of the food are aplenty. For those looking for hassle-free Chinese New Year meals, you can always rely on E&O its quality and taste.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Taste
Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation
Service
Overall

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Credit Card
Smoking
Reservation
Private Room (Private Area)
WIFI Available

Operation hours: 11:00am – 12:00am (7 days a week)
Contact: 604-222 2000 ext 3177
Address: Eastern & Oriental Hotel, 10, Lebuh Farquhar, 10200 Penang
GPS: 5° 42′ 33.46″ N, 100° 33′ 58.91″ E

How to Spend Fun and Quality Time with Kids? #2 – Baking Rooster German Cookies

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Chinese New Year is just around the corner. Instead of letting you kids spending time on the screen, why not ask them to be your little helper in the kitchen by baking some simple CNY cookies. Below is a simple and easy way of making Rooster German Cookies. Happy baking!

Hotel Vistana, Bayan Lepas – Celebration of The Rooster Year 2017

The blossom of flowers with golden red decorations signifies that Lunar New Year is approaching, which also marks that Chinese New Year is around the corner. During this time every year, Vistana Hotel will come out with a series of exquisite dishes to welcome the arrival of the Lunar New Year.

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There are several dinner sets available. The one featured below is the Set Menu 3 for RM988.00++

Salmon Yee Sang, this dish comes with raw salmon slices, crushed peanuts, shredded vegetables, condiments and deep fried yam slices. The taste of the yee sang was actually quite standard as most of the ingredients are standard. The salmon slices were very fresh.

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The first dish of every Chinese New Year meal begins with “Lou Sang” where everyone on the table will toss the ingredients on the Yee Sang together.

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Imagine the messiness of this dish once the tossing is completed. However as a tradition, the messier it gets the better it is for everyone as it symbolises abundance, prosperity and health for this coming year.

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Double Boiled Chicken Soup with Ginseng and Chicken Herbs. This soup has been double-boiled with chicken pieces, ginseng, wolfberries and also some other Chinese herbs for long hours. The aroma of the herbs blended very well with fragrance from the chicken.

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Fried Boneless Chicken with Spicy Mayo. The chicken thigh was deboned and then battered. Serving together with this dish was some homemade spicy mayo sauce. This dish can really spice up your life.

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Steamed Red Lion Fish with Superior Soy Sauce, the whole red lion fish was steam with superior grade soy sauce and topped with ginger slices, red chili shreds, spring onions and coriander. I personally feel the taste of the soy sauce was somewhat similar to Maggie seasoning sauce with some mixture of other types of soy sauce. However, the overall taste of this steamed fish was still marvelous.

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Braised Broccoli with Black Mushroom Pacific Clams and Fatt Choy. This dish was braised with broccolli, black mushrooms, Pacific clams and fatt choy. These days it is not easy to get fatt choy due to sea pollution. Hence, this dish is very exclusive.

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Chef’s Special Deep Fried Prawns tasted crispy and prawns were fresh.

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Gemini Fried Rice with Assorted Meat and Vegetables. The fried rice was cooked with anchovies, ebiko, mixed peas and Chinese sausages. The fried rice had a nice wok aroma.

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Double Boiled Dried Longan and Red Dates with Glutinous Rice Balls. The taste of the soup was not too sweet and packed with red dates and longan taste. The glutinous rice balls were stuffed with black sesame paste which created a “bursting” bite-feel.

Serving together was the Sweet Rice Cake which made a great combination.

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Overall, the taste of the Chinese New Year Dishes was considered quite localized but of better standard than some of the hotels in Penang. Parking is available at the basement of the hotel.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Taste
Price
Food Presentation
Service
Overall

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Credit Card
Smoking
Reservation
Private Room
WIFI Available

Operation hours: 6:00pm – 10:00pm dinner (7 days a week)
Contact: 04 – 6468000
Address: Vistana Penang Bukit Jambul, 213 Jalan Bukit Gambir, Bukit Jambul,11950 Penang
GPS: 5.3363323, 100.2893143