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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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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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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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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