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Christmas Rock n Roll Buffet 2015 – Hard Rock, Batu Ferringhi

Looking back at my first Hard Rock post that was many years back, it seems that my write up back then was so fresh and naive. Compared to now, the experience and way of expressing are so much different. Besides the difference in my write up, I have also noticed the reduction on the number of English food bloggers.


Starz Diner has held many events from Chinese New Year Buffet to Ramadhan Buka Puasa Buffet and also Christmas Buffet. It is no doubt that many foodies love to come here all year round to experience its different buffet themes.


It’s the favourite festive season of the year again with Christmas and New Year are just around the corner. The popping of champaign bottles and clinking of wine glasses bring cheers to everyone. This Christmas and New Year; Hard Rock Hotel Penang is bringing you another delightful Christmas and New Year’s Eve buffet spread at Starz Diner and other offerings at Pizzeria and Hard Rock Café Penang.


On the eve of Christmas, Starz Diner will be offering a Christmas Eve Rock ‘n’ Roll Buffet Dinner at RM186 nett inclusive of a complimentary party pack and lucky draw. Some of the dishes to look out for are, the Prawn Tikka with Mango Melon Salsa, Asparagus with Crab Meat Salad, Shellfish Bisque, Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy and Cranberries Citrus Sauce, Cajun Spice Red Snapper with shrimp and mussel salsa, Miniature Berry Gingerbread Cakes and Chocolate and Cherry Yule Logs.


During the month of December, Pizzeria’s Chef Joe will be serving Santarina Turkey Pizza, available daily from 11.30am – 10.30pm. This pizza is oven-baked to perfection with grilled turkey breast and mushroom glaze, tomato salsa, spinach and cranberry sauce.



At the Hard Rock Café Penang, satisfy your taste buds with a Holiday Rock Platter, available for
2 persons at RM160nett or 3 persons at RM240nett. Serving until 23 December 2015, this platter is big enough to share and guaranteed to rock your palate. This platter comes with a choice of starter – House Salad or Soup of the Day. For the main course, diners will indulge in a sharing platter consisting of Potato Skins, Onion Rings, BBQ Beef Ribs, Spaghetti with Prawn Paste, Mini Beef Burgers with Satay Sauce, Chicken Wings with Chipotle BBQ Sauce, Ferringhi Ikan Bakar with Portuguese Sauce and Pulled Lamb Sandwich with Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce. A homemade Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream will be served for dessert!


For those who fancy more of a set dinner instead of a buffet dinner may opt for Hard Rock Café Penang’s 4-course Christmas Eve Dinner at RM185 nett per person. The dinner offers a starter – Mini Citrus Salad and a Cream of Lobster and Crab soup. For the choice of mains, the café will be serving a choice of Roasted Five Spiced Lamb Rack, Roasted Turkey Breast and Pan-fried Atlantic Salmon. For dessert, diners will feast on a delicious Strawberry Meringue with berry compote and wild berry macadamia gelato. Dinner includes two selected drinks and a complimentary party pack.


On New Year’s Eve, Starz Diner will be serving a New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner at RM199 nett per person inclusive of a complimentary party pack and lucky draw. Some of the highlights to look out for are, the Homemade Salmon Gravlax and Marinated Prawn with Condiments, Chilled Shooters – pumpkin, beetroot, green pea and basil tomato, Roasted Chicken served glazed baby carrot and citrus tapenade, Coffee Crusted Beef Fillet with pumpkin puree and shallots gravy, Mix Berries Financier with Mascarpone Cream and Mango Crème Brûlée.


For seafood lovers, diners may opt for Pizzeria’s New Year’s Eve Seafood Buffet Dinner at RM199 nett inclusive of a complimentary party pack and lucky draw. The buffet includes a variety of Cold Platters, Chilled Seafood, Salad, Antipasto, Cheese Platters, Soups, Hot Dishes, BBQ Seafood, Pasta & Carving Station, Pizzas and Desserts.


Hard Rock Café Penang on the other hand will be offering a 4-course New Year’s Eve Dinner at RM195 nett per person. Starter includes a Mini Chicken Chop Salad and Creamy Leek and Fennel & Potato Soup. Main courses comes with a choice of Grilled Marinated Angus Strip Loin & Pacific Scallop, Baked Sesame Cod Fish & Grilled Sambal King Prawn or Oven Baked Lamb Rack & Tandoori Salmon. To end the perfect meal, diners will be served a delightful Tiramisu Mascarpone Mousse with pistachio biscotti and coffee gelato.





Overall, you can be assured of the quality and taste of the food here. The choices of the food are aplenty. Unfortunately, this time the buffet theme does not provide much Christmas feel. It feels more like having an International Buffet instead of Christmas-themed buffet.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Food Presentation

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Pork Free
Corkage Charge (RM200 per bottle)
Credit Card
Smoking (available outdoor)
Private Room

Operation hours: 12:00pm – 10:00pm (7 days a week)
Contact: 04-881 1711

For Starz Diner/ Pizzeria dining reservations, please call +604 886 6057 or email fb.penang@hardrockhotels.net.

To reserve for Hard Rock Café Penang, please call +604 886 8050 or email hrc.admin@hardrockhotels.net.
Address: Hard Rock Hotel Penang,Batu Ferringhi Beach,11100 Penang, Malaysia
GPS: 5° 46′ 75.95″ N, 100° 24′ 20.47″ E

1OTT Social TV Box – The Entertainment Box for Family

These few years I have been trying out a lot of IP TV Boxes. One of it was developed by China was very good to use. There were tons of channel at the beginning. However, after a while they started to block some popular channels due to China Broadcasting Rules that prohibits it from broadcasting to the rest of the world, except in China. Due to this reason the box has been lying at the corner with dust.

Another type of IP TV is by tapping into the Astro satellite dish with the help of high-speed internet. You can watch full Astro channels with just a minimum yearly subscription fee. However, it always faces connectivity issue to Astro due to legalization issue. Again, this is another useless IP TV box.

Due to all the inconveniences and legal issues, I have given up to search for a better option of IP TV Box. However, my passion towards IP TV Box has been restored again after I found another great IP TV Box, which is the 1OTT Social TV.


This IP TV Box is different from those in the market. The usual IP TV Boxes that we see are Android based. However, this box is running on Linux instead, in which the interface can be centralized instead of having different layouts for different third-party applications. Another great thing about this box is it utilizes the CloudMedia as the base for connection. Cloud Media Sdn. Bhd. was incorporated in 2012 as an entity consolidating the operations of Syabas Technology, bringing Popcorn Hour, Popbox and FreeOTT under one roof. Reputable company pioneering in the connected entertainment market with more than 10 years’ experience in multimedia. While their ongoing R&D and aftersales technical & content support.


Vidcrowd Media Sdn. Bhd is the sole distributor for 1OTT products in Malaysia and marketing arm for ASEAN countries. VidCrowd is always interested in expanding our international reseller network. If you are interested in marketing 1OTT products or other range of media players in your country, please contact Leslie at leslie@vidcrowdmedia.com.

For those who are interested in 1OTT box, you can be look for Ban Hin Bee (BHB) Group, in which they are the authorized reseller. If you are looking for any BHB stores nearby you (except for Kitchentech branches) , you can always visit http://www.bhb.com.my/page/store-locator.aspx.

There are 2 types of 1OTT boxes in the market, which is the standard 1OTT Box and FreeOTT Box. 1OTT is retailing at RM479 (inclusive 6% GST) at all BHB Outlets. In addition to the overall warranty, a “90 days 1-for-1 exchange warranty” and a “free remote control upgrade to V8 back-lit and long range remote control worth RM30 (while stocks last)” are provided EXCLUSIVELY. Which FreeOTT is WIFI access based box which for the sole purpose of their personal demonstration and usage. The unit STRICTLY acts as a premium giveaway by Vidcrowd Media Sdn. Bhd. and is not available for sale.


Besides using the physical remote, you can also use the virtual remote by downloading it from Android Play Store or iPhone App Store at the below URL:


1OTT has varieties of movie such as Chinese, Korean, Japanese and English Drama. Besides these usual movies and dramas, there are also some unusual types of movie such as Bollywood and Indonesian movies.


This is one of the greatest things about 1OTT box compared to its Chinese competitors as you not only get to watch selected Chinese Movies and English Movies, but also other genres such as Bollywood and Indonesian Movies which caters for our multiracial country.


Another thing I love about this box is, there are varieties of English Dramas and most of them are up-to-date. One of my all time favourites is Supernatural. I have been watching this series since Season 1. Now it is already in Season 11 and it has been going on for years. Usually I have to wait until the whole series to complete before I could download it from the Internet. However, with 1OTT I can watch the latest episode the next day after the US release!


Another plus point to this box is, even with just 2MB of internet bandwidth, there is no lagging at all.


For those interested on the 1OTT box, please visit BHB branches or Sincere Zone for a test drive. If you purchased from BHB, remember to quote SG8011 for free high quality HDMI cable. Hurry, promotion ends 31 December 2015!!1OTT-SG8011

Disclaimer: The reviewer or any other related business entity or website (hereinafter “Company”) associated with the manufacturing and/or distribution of the 1OTT product (hereinafter “Product”) is not responsible for any miscommunication that may occur regarding channel and content listings and availability. You agree to understand that the channels and content are provided via 3rd party app developers (hereinafter “external apps”) and is streamed over the internet via these external apps. You agree to understand that the Product is merely a device that allows you to connect through your own internet provider and stream any content that is available via these external apps that are available through the Product.

Downtown, Georgetown – An Artsy Heritage Cafe

I used to get confused on how to differentiate between uptown and downtown. This is also the same when someone asked me what are the differences between Downtown Cafe and Georgetown Cafe, or even Newtown Cafe and Oldtown Cafe. The best answer to this question is to pay a visit to the cafe yourself to better understand each cafe’s uniqueness.


The weekend visit to Downtown Heritage Art Cafe gave me a detailed understanding of what makes it different compared to the rest. Sitting at the intersection of the bustling Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling and artsy Armenian Street, this cafe might have been mistaken for another “XXXtown” cafe. However, never judge a book by its cover. You might be surprised by its content.


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US Pizza, Island Glades – Handmade Crispy Pizza

Food and Beverages (F&B) has always been a challenging industry. The trending of certain food is very depending on the crowd and public. Certain lifespan of the food might last for a while, as for some they might not survive for even a few weeks.


Pizza outlets used to be a popular hangout place back at those days. However, these days there are only handful of pizza makers in Penang. US Pizza in Greenlane is one of the few pizza outlets that is still surviving until today (other than Pizza Hut and Domino’s).


US Pizza is not located along the main road or any at places of interest. In order to get there it requires some tricks. If you are driving down from Penang bridge to Georgetown via Jalan Masjid, you will see Shell patrol station on your left. Divert your steering to the small lane in front of Shall station and keep driving until you see a semi auto car wash in front with the name Dragon Wash on your left. Just next to the car wash there is a car park with public access road to Gembira Parade Complex. With Gembira Parade on your left, drive another 50 metres and you will see US Pizza on your left.

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Cheng Kon Sze, Air Itam – A Different Way to Explore Penang

This is an unusual post and is not about food, instead it is an adventurous and historical write up. During the first nine days of the 9th Lunar month, certain places in South East Asia celebrate the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. During this period, devotees will have to going through a vegetarian diet for 10 days, 3 days or 1 day depending on the vow made. One of the 9 Emperor Gods’ temples is located on a hill of Penang Island and the name of the hill is called “1002 stairs” (千二层). The name of the temple is known as “Cheng Kon Sze” (清观寺).


To reach the temple, other than hiking another method is driving. Those who prefer to take the car can board the vans and MPVs at the foot of the hill which will take you right up to the temple at a cost. For those who would like to challenge themselves in a healthy way, hiking up is one of the best ways to workout and inhale fresh air. During the hike, you can feel the soft gentle breeze brushing through you face and cooling down your body.


Part of the hiking trail is via the muddy road. The mud trail of foot prints shows the path that had been used by devotees to hike up to the temple. The sound of the crickets chirping with surrounding symphony and the morning dews that dripping to the edge of the tender buds. Despite the physical tiredness from hiking, experiencing the beauty of nature makes your soul peaceful, calm and relaxing.

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Idealite, Egate – Vegetarianism with Joy

It is coming to another year of the “Nine Emperor Gods Festival”. Most of the years during this season, I will introduce some nice places to dine at. Last few years I introduced some places such as Vegetarian Stall, Island Park – Simple and Affordable and also Varieties Of Vegetable Food @ Lip Sin Garden. This year, I shall introduce you to Malaysia’s No.1 Wholesome Dining Chain which is none other than Idealite.

The newly opened branch at E-Gate, Penang boasts a sparkling new interior with brightly lit dining area. It has a warm and cozy environment which is very welcoming.


It has a mixture of both modern and heritage design which truly represents the culture of Penang.


Having vegetarian meal does not equate to being boring and uncool. At Idealite, we can enjoy vegetarian food in a stylish environment and in a creative way without compromising the taste and health benefits. As what Idealite says, ‘Vegetarianism is not a sacrifice. It is a joy.’ This slogan suits my lifestyle perfectly. I prefer to be a herbivore then a carnivore.


To cater for the upcoming ‘Nine Emperor Gods’ Festival’ event, Idealite has come out with a new menu which is eggs-free, garlic-free, onions-free and dairy-free. This is in line with their MSG-free and preservatives-free concept.

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Sea Queen Restaurant, Tanjong Tokong – Royal Tasting Seafood Cuisine

Just received a call that Miss Hello Kitty is getting married to Mr. Cat Man. The wedding reception will be held at one of the grandest Chinese restaurants in Penang, which is the Sea Queen Restaurant in Straits Quay, Tanjung Tokong. Although the “wedding” invitation is a prank, the food review invitation that will be held at Sea Queen is real.


Sea Queen Restaurant is strategically located where it overlooks a splendid seafront view on Straits Quay. Sea Queen ensures that all her patrons dine “royally “with the freshest-caught treasures of the sea, prepared by skillful master chefs who have been specially trained in a host of authentic and mouth-watering local cuisine.


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