Saturday, June 27, 2009

Lily's Vegetarian Kitchen (Revisited)

We were back at Lily's Vegetarian Kitchen again in less than a week after the first visit to try the course dinner.

We loved the restaurant setting as we rarely find vegetarian restaurants so spacious to accommodate banquet-style seating.

We were immediately attended to by the lady owner (I presume she was Lily) of the restaurant who was very friendly and seemed very passionate about the food she serves at the restaurant.

We ordered a few of the famous items on their menu based on what I read from other blogs and based on the recommendations from the owner.

Mixed Fruit Tea

The fruit tea is quite interesting. According to their website, this tea is organic and caffeine free and flown in from United Kingdom and USA.

Beef Rendang

The lady owner swore by this dish and highly recommended it. It did turn out to be very fragrant and quite good

Otak Otak

This otak otak tasted like the real thing :)

Butter Prawn

The butter prawn is also a famous dish and I have to say it was very fragrant with the curry leaves

Seaweed Soup

Yam Ring

Claypot Tofu

Sambal Potato Leaves

The restaurant was enjoying very brisk business with almost 8 other tables being occupied when we were there including for a large group function. The restaurant is very clean with a simple and neat setting. I will anytime recommend Lily's for a sit-down vegetarian course meal.

The bill came to around RM140 including chrysanthemum tea.

Fried Fish Bee Hoon Soup at Yummy Cottage

Yummy Cottage is a relatively new coffee shop at the junction where Macalister Road meets Naning Street. This coffee shop replaces the Thong Lek coffee shop which used to house the Super Lai Lai Bah Kut Teh.

This coffee shop has quite a number of food stalls e.g. Chicken Rice, Hong Kong style Roast Pork, Kham Kee Beef Noodles, Fish Head Curry, Economy Rice, Claypot Rice, Fried Fish Bee Hoon, Koay Teow Thing etc.

The Fried Fish Bee Hoon here is quite famous and has been featured in a local Chinese daily. My parents absolutely love the crispy fried fish and strongly recommended it to me. This was my first time trying it and I have to agree that the fried fish was really good. The Seabass fish fillets were fried very crispy on the outside while still retaining the moisture of the fish meat.

My dad requested for extra pork lard just so I could taste how crispy is the pork lard is :)

P/S: I am not exactly a fan of pork lard due to its supposed link to saturated fat

Friday, June 26, 2009

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa - 1 for 1 offer at Spice Market Cafe

I have just received the following promotional e-mail from Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa. It's Spice Market Cafe is extending the 1 for 1 Offer due to popular demand.

International Buffet

Enjoy the International buffet with a sumptuous spread of local and Asian favourites.
Feast your eyes, indulge your palate as the chefs cook up their masterpieces or lean across to tell them how you like your food to be prepared.

Spice Market Cafe
Every Monday to Thursday, July 1 - 16
6:30pm to 10:30pm
RM104++ adult RM52++ child
Complimentary buffet meal for children under the age of 6 when dining with parents.
Price is subject to 10% service charge and 5% government tax

Terms and Conditions:
• Offer is for buffet dinners (food only) at Spice Market Café
• The FREE buffet dinner for the second person only applies when dining with the paying guest in the same evening
• This offer is not refundable or exchangeable for cash and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, discount programme, discount card, EDC discount, credit card discount or group rate through travel agents
• This offer is valid until 16 July 2009

For reservations, please call (604) 888 8888 or visit our website at

Teow Chew Meng Restaurant - Famous Mee Sua Khor

Teow Chew Meng is no stranger to Penangites especially for its Mee Sua Khor (wheat vermicelli). The Mee Sua Khor here used to be served in a stainless steel pot but now it is served in a claypot. The taste is still as good and the seafood Mee Sua Khor (RM10 per pax) is laden with fish fillet, shrimps, crabmeat, fish maw, sea asparagus, fishball and mushroom.

Cucumber Lime Juice

They are always adding new dishes to their menu, the latest being Prosperity Oyster Noodle. They also serve some equally famous dishes e.g. Hai Sien Kien (Homemade seafood roll), 3-Taste Oyster, Apple Beancurd, Crunchy Mushroom, Kerabu Mango, Baby Octopus, Teow Chew Yam Paste (dessert). We also ordered their their refreshing cucumber lime juice which is a house specialty.

They are also serving set meals now.

Set A
Mee Suah Kor
Seafood Porridge or Tom Yam Noodle
Kerabu Mango
Romaine Lettuce
Baby Octopus
Crunchy Mushroom
Gui Ling Gao
5-6 pax RM98+
7-8 pax RM128+
9-10 pax RM168+


Set B
Mee Suah Kor
Seafood Porridge or Tom Yam Noodle
Kerabu Mango
Romaine Lettuce
Baby Octopus
Homemade Seafood Roll
3 Taste Oyster
Teow Chew Meng Fried Rice
Gui Ling Gao
5-6 pax RM118+
7-8 pax RM148+
9-10 pax RM198+

Mee Sua Khor

Fried Prawns

Teow Chew Meng Bayan Baru (Opens daily) 10:00am to 10:00pm

40,Persiaran Mahsuri 2 11900 Sunway Tunas

I Mum Mum Pan Mee

I chanced upon this shop from Cariso's blog and decided to give it a try one Saturday at around Noon for lunch. The shop has apparently been opened for one month only.

It is located at the PDC flats at Pengkalan Weld, opposite the post office. The outlet is not visible from the main road but take the first left turn after the traffic lights in front of the post office (I am quite hopeless with directions, so call the outlet phone number below if you need further directions). There is a lot of small signs leading to the shop which you can see even from the highway so it shouldn't be too difficult to locate the shop.

The shop only sells Pan Mee. Pan Mee or Ban Mian (Chinese : 板麺) is a Hokkien-style egg noodle soup, some forms of Ban mian, comprises hand-kneaded pieces of dough, while others use regular strips of noodles (Source: Wikipedia)

They serve a small variety of Pan Mee namely the original Pan Mee in dry and soup version, Minced Pork Pan Mee, Spicy Pan Mee and Crispy Pork Pan Mee. Price ranges from RM2.80 to RM4 per plate / bowl depending on the type and size. You may also choose to add on additional ingredients e.g. fish dumpling, pork ball etc. The fish dumplings and pork balls are those that we normally buy ready made from the market for steamboat.

We ordered the Pan Mee in soup version and Crispy Pork Pan Mee. My mom loved her Pan Mee in soup and my dad said it's okay. My Crispy Pork Pan Mee was a bit sweet for my taste. The pork slices was indeed quite crispy. Overall the Pan Mee was quite tasty and the shop was enjoying quite brisk business during lunch hour.

I Mum Mum Pan Mee
No. 294, PDC Flats, Pengkalan Weld
10300 Penang
Tel: 012-5181827 (Carmen)

Goh Huat Seng Restaurant

We were at Goh Huat Seng on the eve of Father's Day to celebrate an early Father's Day with dad. As usual, the restaurant was packed to the brim and some people had to wait for about 15 minutes to be seated.

Goh Huat Seng is probably the most famous Teow Chew and traditional steamboat restaurant in Penang. They are famous for their steamboat served in traditional copperware and signature dishes like the Oh Chien Nui (Fried Egg with Oyster), Chim Cho (Crab Roll), He Cho (Prawn Roll), Char Mee Teow (Stir Fried Noodles), Lor Ak (Braised Duck), Hai Som Pau Bak (Pork Wrapped in Sea Cucumber) etc.

They serve steamboat sets at RM70, RM80 and RM100. Since the steamboat is made of copper and they also provide a mini fan to fan the fire, eventhough the steamboat burns on charcoal, the soup still heated up very fast. The steamboat ingredients were fresh and the soup was just right.

Steamboat (RM80)

Teow Chew Dishes

Char Mee Teow (Stir Fried Noodles) RM12

Chim Cho (Crab Rolls) and He Cho (Prawn Rolls) RM20

"Fathers and Daughters Have a Romance "

Fathers and daughters have a romance
That goes on for the rest of their lives,
Destined to ripen and age as they dance
Through the days of their husbands and wives.

Up near the surface their love is distinct,
Like a garden surveyed in the sun,
In which seedtime and full bloom are credibly linked
By a consciousness shared and hard won.

Deep down below, where the world is a dream,
And the dream is a world of its own,
All manner of memories the moments redeem
In a place where one's never alone
- copyright by Nicholas Gordon -

Happy Father's Day, dad!!!

Goh Huat Seng Restaurant Sdn Bhd
No 59A Kimberly Street 10100 Penang
Tel : 04 2615811, 04 2615646
Business Hours : 11am - 3pm and 5.30pm - 9.30pm
Closed : Every alternate Monday

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Golden Phoenix Dim Sum - Equatorial Hotel Penang

Golden Phoenix is a Szechuan and Cantonese restaurant at the Equatorial Hotel in Penang. They also serve dim sum during lunch hour.

We were there on Sunday to celebrate Father's Day with grandpa. We haven't been to Golden Phoenix for a while and we found a noticeable improvement in the dim sum quality and the service of the crew. Every dim sum dish we ordered was good. The Tan Tatt (Egg Custard Tarts), Char Siew Soo (Baked Cripsy Chicken Rolls) and Char Siew Pau (Minced BBQ Chicken Dumplings) were my personal favourites. The only miss was the Far Sang Wu (Peanut Mousse) which was a tad too sweet for our taste.

They even presented grandpa with a Father's Day gift at the end of the meal. Happy Father's Day Grandpa!!!

Ling Yong Pau (Lotus Seed Paste Dumpling) RM6.50

Fried Lor Mai Fun (Fried Glutinous Rice) RM7

Lor Pak Kou (Pan Fried Turnip Cake) RM7

Tan Tatt (Egg Custard Tarts) RM6.50

Har Kau (Prawn Dumplings with Waterchestnuts) RM9

Pi Li Pei Pa Har (Steamed Jade Prawn Dumpling) RM8.50

Char Siew Pau (Minced BBQ Chicken Dumplings) RM7

Woh Tip RM7

Sin Har Fu Pei Kuen (Deep Fried Beancurd Skin with Schrimp) RM8.50

Chee Ma Chou Rm6.50

Far Sang Wu (Peanut Mousse) RM6.50

Char Wu Kao (Deep Fried Yam Paste) RM7

Yan Yang Wo Pen (Deep Fried Pan Cake) RM6.50

Char Siew Soo (Baked Cripsy Chicken Rolls) RM6.50

Sin Har Choong Fun (Steamed Rice Flour Rolls with Shrimps) RM7

Pei Tan Chook (Porridge with Century Egg and Schredded Meat) RM7

Golden Phoenix’s Fried Noodles RM28 for Medium serving (enough for 9 pax)

Check out their Limitless Dim Sum promotion below at RM29++ per person as per their website.

Do note that the promotion is applicable on weekdays only and I tried booking on two occasions but was turned down because they were fully booked. So, book early to avoid dissapointment and check within for T&Cs.

Limitless Dim Sum (only in June 2009)

Golden Phoenix


Penang's most talked-about eat-all-you-can dim sum extend its offer with a new array of must-try delicious bite-sized delights of steamed, pan-fried, deep-fried, baked items, rice rolls, congee, rice, noodles, vegetables and desserts dishes. Take advantage of this great place to combine your business meeting and a quick lunch. A great place to combine your business meeting and a quick lunch that will surely to dian xin - touch your heart.

Available: Monday to Friday, Lunch from 12.00 noon - 2.30 pm

Price: RM29++ per person

Rate is subject to 10% service charge and 5% Government tax

GOLDEN PHOENIX HOTEL EQUATORIAL PENANG 1 Jalan Bukit Jambul Bayan Lepas 11900 Penang Malaysia Tel: +60 4 643 8111 Fax: +60 4 644 8000 Email: Web:

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