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Eld’s 22 Pasta & Grill, Gurney Paragon – Reasonable and Delicious Lunch

I remember I used to love to visit one of the restaurants at Gurney Paragon with the name of Javrie’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, this restaurant used to have a specialty which was the ramen burger – a type of burger which replaces bread with ramen. Unfortunately, the restaurant had been closed down and taken over by Eld’s 22 Pasta & Grill.

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Eld’s 22 is a new restaurant that serves affordable and good set lunch. Set lunch starts from 11pm – 4pm.

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Eld’s set lunch includes a choice of fruit punch to quench your thirst or a cup of black coffee to complete your meal.

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The soup of the day we had was Creamy Pumpkin Soup. The soup had the right creaminess and the taste of the soup was nice. The only thing I found is the saltiness of the soup was slightly on the high side.

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Choices of side dishes are as below:

  • A carb full of rice
  • Signature Napolitan Spaghetti
  • Creamy mashed potatoes
  • Cajun seasonal french fries

There are few options of set lunch available:

Spicy Baked Fish – RM17, the baked battered fish, served with Tabasco sauce and covered with cream cheese topping and served together with some fries and greens.

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The taste of the fish was quite fresh while the Tabasco sauce was very hot. For those that unable to take high level of spiciness, you may want to reconsider other dishes.

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Stuffed Chicken – RM17, the chicken was stuffed with spinach and some cream cheese. Topped with some herbs it was then baked to perfection. Together with this dish were some greens and some mashed potato.

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The mashed potato and the greens were nnothing too spectacular. On the other hand, the stuffed chicken is the highlight of the dish. The mixture of the veggie and the chicken meat was well-balanced and the taste of the cream cheese really blended well and gave the right level of richness to the dish.

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Lastly to tip off the meal was some home-made chocolate fudge cake with vanilla ice cream.

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The richness of the chocolate fudge cake was covered and balanced up by the vanilla ice cream. The combination of both dishes can only be described in a single word – divine.

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Overall, this place serves reasonable and good lunch sets. The presentation of the food consists of well-balanced diet which is suitable for persons with dietary concern. The taste of the food was also just right and not too feeling or rich.

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: 12:00pm – 9:15pm weekday; 12:00pm – 9:30pm weekend  (7 days a week)
Contact: 04-218 9013
Address: 163D- Level 5-16, 18 & 19, Gurney Paragon Mall, Persiaran Gurney 10250 Penang
GPS: 5° 43′ 58.42″ N, 100° 31′ 10.47″ E

TeoChew Chendul, Queensbay Mall – Great Variety of Penang Food

Now it couldn’t be easier to enjoy a bowl of Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendol. There are branches in almost every mall in Penang. The latest one being at Queens Hall at 3rd floor of Queensbay Mall.

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Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul started all the way back in the 30’s when those days all the rich and noblemen were willing to stand by the road side just to wait for a bowl of chendul.

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The original stall is at Lebuh Keng Kwee which is next to Penang Road and the stall is still operating until now. Simply ask any Penangite or anyone planning to visit Penang, Penang Road Teochew chendul will always in their “to-eat” list.

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No doubt, Penang Road Famous Chendul is famous yet they are humble enough to accept any feedback from public. Hence their taste and service is always up to trend.

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Ice Kacang

  • Original – RM4.20 – the ingredients are made of shaved ice, topped with grass jelly, jelly, canned corn, kidney beans, syrups and chopped peanuts.

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The taste is similar to the classic ice kacang found in the olden days.

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  • Nutmeg Ice Kacang – RM5.90, the same ingredients used for the original ice kacang, except for additional nutmeg floss and nutmeg syrup.

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Compared to the original I prefer this nutmeg flavour as it was refreshing and delightful. This is my cup of tea.

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Teochew Chendul

  • Original – rm4.20, served with shaved ice, pandan-flavoured rice noodles, light coconut milk, sweetened with gula malaka and topped with kidney beans.

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This is the famous and must-try dish when a person visits Penang, else you won’t be considered as been to Penang.

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  • Durian – RM7.40, the ingredients are similar to the original flavour, the only difference is the kidney beans have been replaced with durian syrup.

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The flavour of the durian is obvious for this bowl of chendul. The only thing is there is no texture in this bowl of chedul since kidney beans had been taken out. It would be perfect if it had been added with some glutinous rice.

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Asam Laksa – RM7.40, The rice noodle covered with thick fish broth cooked with assam slices, topped with shredded fish and some slices of veggie, pineapple, cucumber, onion and mint leaves. Serving together is a spoonful of shrimp paste.

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The laksa has the standard taste of laksa and it is great for those who don’t have time to taste the laksa from other stalls. This is the best alternative for you.

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Kuang Jiang – rm5.20, A Teochew-style of snack made from fried glutinous cake. It is normally dipped into a slightly salty and spicy sauce. It is also packed with some peanuts and dried shrimp.

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The snack has been deep fried until golden brown. The stickiness and the crispiness texture blended very well and the taste was great when served with the chili sauce. The only problem is the oiliness of the snack is too high, if the oiliness can be reduced then it will be perfect.

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Chee Cheong Fun – RM5.20, this is a new item in the menu. The rice rolls have been cut into cubes, served with shrimp paste, topped with homemade chili paste and sprinkled with sesame seeds and some fried onion.

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It has the nice taste of the authentic chee chong fun, it is both flavourful and delightful.

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Penang Rojak – RM6.30, the rojak is made from fresh fruit slices, cuttle fish, mixed with with shrimp paste topped with chopped peanuts and some sesame seeds.

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The dish is dedicated to fruit lovers. It has the combination of sweet, sour and spicy.

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Penang Curry Mee -RM7.40, the curry mee is served with thin yellow egg noodles and bee hoon, coconut milk curry soup and some homemade chili. It is then topped with string beans, fried tofu, shrimps, clam, cuttle fish and some mint leaves.

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The curry mee soup had a strong aroma of coconut milk and the taste was quite strong. As for the chili paste the taste was also very nice too.

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Overall, the taste of the food here is nice and it is located at a very convenient place. There are plenty of parking slots available in the mall. Dinning at Queens Hall at a slightly higher price is considered reasonable due to its ambience.

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 – 10:30pm (Open Daily)
Contact: –
Address: Lot 3F – 23(10), Queensbay Mall,100 Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.
GPS: 5° 33′ 31.40″ N, 100° 30′ 64.62″ E

 

 

Han Sang – Well-Being Korean Food, Tanjung Tokong

Prima Tanjung used to be one of the prime business and dinning areas in the northern part of Penang island. However, in recent years numerous Koreans and Japanese have called it ‘home’ for their business. It is slowly becoming a mini town of Korean/Japanese.

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For those who know me well, I like to explore new places and new food in town. On the other hand, the feeling of skepticism and doubtfulness about the quality of food and service is always a dilemma for me to venture in new restaurants. Nevertheless, being adventurous runs in my blood. Therefore, I still go for the hunt instead. The new place that I am introducing today is called Han Sang.

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Han Sang is a Well Being Korean Food, the location of the restaurant is out of the main road. If you know K-Pot, a home cooked Korean Restaurant also in Prima Tanjung, Han Sang Restaurant is a few units further from K-Pot and on a higher floor (Level 1).

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Han Sang Restaurant is a very humble and friendly dining place. To my surprise, most of the Korean restaurants are very friendly to kids. There are a few Korean restaurants that I visited which are kind and very accommodating to kids. From the picture below, the Korean man who runs the show was very helpful to stack up chairs for a toddler.

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The opening promotion of this restaurant makes this place very attractive and affordable to dine at. All the set menu are RM16 nett instead of RM19.

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The drinks served here are included in the set and they are free-flow.

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One of the cold drinks options consisted of Persimmon Punch (Sujeonggwa). The drink had some cinnamon taste in it and was sweet. Another option is Sweet Rice Drink (Sikhye) which consisted of some rice wine and is also slightly sweet. These two drinks are so unique for me as it is not commonly served elsewhere. Moreover, the drinks are really thirst-quenching on a hot day.

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For those who prefer hot drinks like myself, it will be a big bonus for you. There is a coffee machine with the options of Americano or Espresso.

And the best part is…

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The coffee beans are from Starbucks! OMG!!! And it’s up to you if you want to help yourself with a 2nd, 3rd, 4th cup …..

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The starter comes with any set. The salad comes with lettuces, cherry tomato, cucumber and it is topped with homemade sourish dressing.

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The taste of the sauce was very appetizing, it contained some lemon juice, sunrise and garlic. I just love the salad dressing.

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The appetizer also include a plate of Korean kimchi.

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The taste of the kimchi was very hot, spicy and yet delightful and the portion given was very generous.

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Chicken Bibimbap – (4 kinds vegetable, rice, seaweed and topped with some sesame). Bibimbap is one of the signature Korean dishes. This dish is so common where you can order this in any Korean restaurants.

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The fresh vege were placed at 4 corners of the pot while the shredded chicken was placed on top. The red sauce will be poured inside the bowl. The taste of the sauce had a slight sweet ending. Personally, it was a very delightful dish for me.

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Pork Bibimbap – Similar to chicken bibimbap, but it is a pork meat version.

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Comparing both chicken and pork bibimbap, I still prefer the pork version due to the juiciness and the tenderness of the meat. The pork slices were marinated with kimchi paste before frying and thus making it more aromatic.

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A bottle of kimchi sauce was served together and it is ideal to those who love additional kick to its flavour.

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Chicken Kimchi Fried Rice – All the set comes with a bowl of clear soup with seaweed. The kimchi fried rice contains mixed vege, sprinkled with some spring onions and served with a sunny side up. And again it was topped with grilled seaweed with sesame seeds.

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The rice was sticky which is the typical Korean rice. The fried rice overall was a bit moist compared to regular fried rice. However, the spiciness of the kimchi was really appetizing.

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Overall, this place is very homey and is out of the bustling town area. The owner and the workers here are extremely friendly especially to kid. Specially thanks to the man who specially made a free bowl of rice for my toddler which immediately stopped her from being restless. Also thanks for wiping her hands clean after meal. Not to mention he also suggested to stack up the chairs for her to sit comfortably as they don’t have high chairs for kids. These small gestures from the cafe really touched us deeply and made us want to return in no time. The price for the set is also reasonable and the plus point is the free-flow of high quality cold and hot drinks. I am giving this place a 10 x ‘likes’.

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 – 9:00pm (Close Sunday)
Contact: 04- 890 3800
Address: 98-1-43A, Prima Tanjung, Jalan Fettes, 10470, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.
GPS: 5.450840, 100.304438

10 Minutes Quick Cook Recipe, Nutritious Borscht Soup

It is always too hectic and troublesome for a working couple to cook a healthy and nutritious meal. I know that as I am from the working class which I would also need to allocate some of my time for workout. Hence there won’t be much time for me to prepare a good and healthy meal. Therefore, for those looking for a quick preparation and also some nutritious food, other than plain ol’ salad you may want to try this recipe on how to cook borscht soup as an alternative.

Main Ingredients for Borscht Soup (portion of 3 – 4 bowls):

  1. Carrot – 1 -2 sticks, cut into cubes or chunks
  2. Mushrooms – 8 – 10 pieces, can be portobello or oyster mushrooms
  3. Fresh sweet corn kernels – 1 stick
  4. Tomatoes – 2 whole pieces
  5. Cabbage – 1/4
  6. Celery – 1 – 2 sticks
  7. Tomato sauce – 1/4 cup or 8 oz serving
  8. Butter – 2 tables spoon (can be replace by olive oil for a healthier option)
  9. Garlic – 2 cloves, finely-chopped
  10. Chicken broth – 1 bowl (can be replaced by vegetable broth for a healthier option)
  11. Apple Cider Vinegar – 3 table spoons (can be replaced with freshly squeezed lemon juice for a healthier option)
  12. Mixed herbs, sugar, salt and pepper – a pinch of each as seasoning

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All the above ingredients can be easily purchased at any supermarkets.

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If you are on a vegetarian diet, you may replace chicken broth with with vegetable broth.

 

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Cut and wash the all the ingredients (1-7) and place in a container. Soak all the vegetables in water for about 3 minutes to wash off all the pesticides/insecticides. Make sure not to soak too long as it will drain off the nutrition.

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First, heat up the cooking pot and insert butter and chopped garlic. Make sure the garlic is fried till light golden brown.

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Pour in tomato sauce.

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Stir the tomato sauce with the garlic well.

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Next, add in the chicken broth.

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Mix and stir well the broth and tomato sauce.

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Once you can see the soup started to boil, add in all the vegetables.

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Add in apple cider vinegar and seasoning (11, 12) on the final step.

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Let it simmer for 10 minutes and your soup is ready to serve. If the taste is not up to your satisfaction, repeat steps 11 & 12. The apple cider vinegar is to add sourness in the soup.

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A healthy and nutritious meal for those with busy lifestyle is done.

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If you required additional carbs in the soup, you can always add in some pasta of your choice.

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Enjoy!

Gartien Launches New Uji Matcha Pineapple Cake

From the previous Chinese New Year and the Mid Autumn Festival packages till the new Uji Matcha package, Gartien has marked a big step in the pineapple cake business. It was founded by a very young entrepreneur and then it has grown into becoming a well-known brand in the local industry. This is a very great achievement for a local producer.

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The selling price per box with 6 pieces of Uji Matcha Pineapple Cakes is at RM36nett (self-collect only). A fix courier charge of RM10 & RM40 will be applicable to all deliveries within Peninsular Malaysia & East Malaysia respectively.

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Rasa Sayang Resort, F.I.P Lounge – Cakes and Coffee Buffet

Rasa Sayang simply means the feeling of love in Malay. It is also the name of one of the most exclusive hotels and resorts in Penang. It has always been a pleasure to chill and relax in this place.

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F.I.P. (Fun, Interactive and Play) Lounge at Rasa Sayang Resort is the place where you can arrange for private functions or events.

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Currently, F.I.P Lounge is also offering Coffee and Cake Buffet every Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 6pm. This All-You-Can-Eat tea session includes 10 types of whole cakes, scones and cake pops with free flow coffee and tea. It is priced at RM 47 nett per adult and RM 24 nett for child (6 to 11 years old).

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Eastin Ku, Kampung Ku Ramadan Buffet – Eastin Hotel, Bayan Baru

Thinking of where to dine during the fasting month? Break your fast together with your loved ones during this holy month of Ramadan with Eastin Hotel! Enjoy an array of delicious, authentic and traditional fasting favorites! Selamat Berbuka Puasa!

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For those who had read my post previously about Eastin Hotel, you will know how the ambience and food are like there. For reference: Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel – Showing You The Marvelous Malaysia Food

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