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Oz Restaurant, Elite Avenue – Aussie, Aussie, Aussie

To a typical Asian, an Australian cuisine usually gives the impression of nothing significant but another western cuisine. However, to me Australian cuisine is very much different from a typical Western cuisine. The food in Australian restaurants is usually healthy and balanced.

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No doubt there are not many Australian Restaurants in Penang for us to have an in-depth experience with Australian cuisine. Those restaurants that serve healthy and balanced food are only a handful. Today, one of the restaurants that I am going to introduce is Oz Restaurant.

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Oz restaurant is located at Elite Avenue. If you are driving from town area towards Bayan Baru, there is a very high chance that you will be using Jalan Dr. Tun Awang. If you are on this road, you will see a junction that will lead to Jalan Tengah. Turn left to Jalan Tengah, keep driving until the second left junction. You will need to turn into Persiaran Matsuri, turn the first right turn to Jalan Mayang Pasir 3 and you will see Elite Avenue is on your left.

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One thing worth to highlight about this place is the set lunch here only cost RM14.50 while the dinner here is RM24.50 per set. Oz Restaurant is not charging GST on the bill.

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Upon entering this restaurant, you will notice that the surrounding design of this place is like one of the restaurants back in Australia.

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The interior of the restaurant was decorated with aboriginal paintings. These are also known as Australian Indigenous Art and is a significant resemblance of Australia.

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Of course one cannot miss out the Australian flag in a Aussie restaurant.

There are a few set lunch options:

Set A (Lunch Time Only)
Main And Drink @Rm14.50 Nett
Add On Mushroom Soup Rm4.50

Set B (Lunch And Dinner)
Soup, Main, Drink And Dessert @ 24.50nett

The options of the main course include:
Main:-

  • House Roast Chicken/ Gravy/ Potatoes/ Salad – The roast chicken drumstick was served with homemade gravy, slices of potato wedges and greens. It was then sprinkled with some mixed herbs.

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The chicken drumstick was well marinated and grilled. Although some part of the thigh was slightly burnt, the overall taste of quarter chicken was just nice. The portion of the greens was enough to meet 1/3 of your daily vegetables intake and they were served fresh with vinegar dressing.

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  • Pork Schnitzel With Basil Mayonaise Potatoes And Salad – Slices of lean pork meat were battered and deep fried until perfection, then topped with homemade basil mayonnaise and served together with potatoes wedges and fresh greens.

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The fragrance of Thai basil was detected on this dish as the mayonnaise was blended together using basil leaves. For those who don’t enjoy the smell of Thai basil leaves, this dish might not be a good suggestion. As for those that love the fragrance this is absolutely a great choice. Moreover, when the basil mayonnaise was mixed with the homemade brown sauce, it was a perfect match.

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The rest of the main dishes are listed below:

  • Chicken Au Gratin Potatoes And Salad
  • Oz Hot-Dog, Potatoes
  • Whole Australian Rainbow Trout (Flsh) With Lemon Butter Almond Flakes Potatoes, Salad (Add On Rm15.00)***
  • Grilled Fish (Ddry) Italian (Tomatoes And Herbs, Potatoes, Salad)
  • Spaghetti Bolognaise (Pork)
  • Chicken And Mushroom Pot-Pie/Salad/Potatoes
  • Aussie Style Roast Pork With Apple Sauce/Potatoes And Salad
  • Fish Mornay(Cheese Sauce)/Potatoes/Salad

Drinks: – Fruit Punch/Michael Jackson/ Sea Coconut With Longans/ Soya Milk/Nutmeg With Lemon Drink

The taste of the Fruit Punch was very delightful and refreshing. It is great for quenching thirst especially on hot days.

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Micheal Jackson – The mixture of glass jelly with soy milk. This is a very common drink in Asia. It gives you the protein (soy milk) and also some bite texture (glass jelly) as well.

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There are options available for dessert for those who take the Set B:

Dessert Be The Day:- Cream Puff With Ice Cream Or Warm Chocolate
Moist Cake With Ice Cream Or Italian Panna Cotta

Overall, they serve healthy, balanced and delicious food. In fact, the price for the lunch is considered very reasonable at RM14.50 for a main and drink. However, the service here still has room for improvement as they lack of heat check with customers after their dining experience. Like my case the grilled chicken was slightly over burnt on the thigh part. Parking is not an issue as there are a lot of parking available at Elite Avenue.

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: 11:30am – 2:30pm ; 5:30pm – 9:00pm (Close on Thursday)
Contact: 016-442 5472
Address: 1-1-3 Elit Avenue, Jalan Mayang Pasir 3, Bandar Bayan Baru, 11950, Penang
GPS: 5° 32′ 25.48″ N, 100° 28′ 35.58″ E

AirAsia Bloggers Community (#AABC Takeover Penang) with Quick Tour of Georgetown

It is an honour to be selected as one of the bloggers for AirAsia Bloggers Community (AABC). As a member of the bloggers community, the duty is to explore and to promote that particular place or sometimes to create awareness about certain process or knowledge of certain products.

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This round, in conjunction with Penang Global Tourism (PGT), AABC is having an “invasion” to a city, and it happened to be in my hometown – Georgetown, Penang. Penang is one the 13 states in Malaysia. It is located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. The island of Penang is also known as Pearl of Eastern and has been granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status as the city center is famous with heritage buildings. When you talk to Penangites about food, it would be an endless topic as Penang has so much to offer.

Each AABC team had several tasks to be completed in a given time. Only one winning team will be declared as the winner and prizes would be given to the entire team.

If you are having a short time and yet you are planing to visit some of the famous places in Penang, you can always follow the guide below:

Places of Attraction in Penang:

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P – Fort Cornwallis
E – Penang Town Hall
N – Clock Tower
A – Masjid Kapitan Keling
N – Little India
G – Buddhist Goddess of Mercy Temple

The signature of Penang, KOMTAR Tower is also the landmark that not to be missed out. The iconic building had undergone a recent face-lift.

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Not only AABC was invading Penang, the recent invasion also included Transformers. Both Optimus Prime and Bumblebee have landed on the field of Penang Esplanade, which is just next to Fort Cornwallis.

 

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Besides the latest Transformers invasion, you can also check out the famous mural wall art in various parts of Georgetown. For more details of the arts location, please click here.

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Penang won the Champion title at the National Float Competition on 22nd June 2014, entitled ‘Magic Of The Night’, organised by Tourism Malaysia.

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Therefore, it is worth to have a close-up view of this beautiful float. However, it is best viewed at night. For the location of the float, please click here.

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Besides the attractions in Penang, this island is also packed with delicious food. For this round, we hunt for HALAL or Pork-Free food. Below are some good options:

Nice HALAL and Pork-Free Food in Penang:

Mee Sotong at Esplanade, one of the famous and delicious Penang food and also one of my favorites, check this out if you are a spicy and squid lover. Click here for the location.

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Looking for some nice fried Indian kuih, the Little India has it all. One of the best will be the stall shown below, click here for the location.

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70’s Ice Ball at Armenian Street, click here for the location. It was one of the favourite snacks in the olden days. The kids back in the olden days will know about this snack. Unfortunately, this has become an extinct snack and could only be found here.

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Everyone of us seemed to be enjoying this childhood delight.

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The Armenian Street is one of the busiest streets in Georgetown during weekend. A place that every tourist should not miss.

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Another great dessert for chilling and cooling will be the Oh Kio or also known as Ai Yu Jelly. Although this dessert is not originated from Penang, yet it is one of the best in town. Click here for the location.

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For those that looking for a concept cafe for coffee, Mugshot Cafe is one of the many cafes that you can visit. Their signature dishes here include homemade bagels, homemade yoghurt and coffee. Another thing that you must do is to get your mugshot snapped! Click here for the location.

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Although my team did not win the prize for the discovery of Penang contest, I am lucky to have won the lucky draw for the flight to Kota Kinabalu by Air Asia. I enjoyed this event very much as it made me understand more about my hometown. Thank you Air Asia and PTG for organizing this event.

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Sunday Day Out at Occupy Beach Street

For those looking for some family outing during the weekend, Occupy Beach Street is an ideal choice. Part of Beach Street will be closed from driving vehicles to make way for this event. Only pedestrians and cyclists are allowed into the area. Occupy Beach Street is held every Sunday from 7:00am – 1:00pm.

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Project Occupy Beach Street is in conjunction with Penang “Car Free Day” where the public is encouraged to walk or cycle in Penang’s heritage area.

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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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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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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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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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