Saturday, September 12, 2009

Bangkok Lane Special Pork Satay

If you happen to be at Bangkok Lane on a Saturday morning, look out for a humble pushcart stall selling pork satay somewhere in the middle of the Bangkok Lane stretch. Apparently, there are very few stalls left in Penang selling this type of pork satay aka Nyonya style satay.

This stall is owned and manned by owner Uncle Aun and his wife and they are so famous that they have been featured in Rasa Rasa Penang and some local dailies. The secret to the satay is the special sweet potato sauce which is very different from the normal peanut sauce elsewhere. You can also order toast bread to go with the satay and special sauce. The satay is sold at RM0.50 per stick and toast bread at RM0.50 per piece.

As mentioned by some bloggers, Uncle Aun can be quite elusive partly because he is already in a semi-retirement mode nowadays. Though the stall is normally open on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 am to 12 Noon (sometimes he may close earlier if business is good), he can go missing-in-action for weeks. When asked where he had been, he will tell you that he went on a holiday :)

Toast Bread

Special sweet potato sauce

Coconut milk with cumin to dab on satay and toast

Uncle Aun or Mr Tong inherited the pork satay stall from his father who was once also a very famous satay seller in Penang. His father used to carry the satay stove on a kandar stick selling satay around Penang.

I remember eating Uncle Aun's satay when I was growing up when he used to cycle on his tricycle pushcart stall around Penang but now he just sticks to Bangkok Lane or sometimes at the Jalan Thaton makeshift hawker centre if there's leftover from Bangkok Lane (which is not very often).

Uncle Aun in action

Business at Bangkok Lane is so good especially on Saturdays that you may need to leave dissapointed if you do not order earlier. During the 1/2 hour we were there, at least 10 cars stopped by to either order or to pick up their order (some had to leave dissapointed because by 11:45 am, all the satays were sold out). Some opted to just stand next to the stall and eat the satay steaming hot, right out of the stove.

P/S: Be prepared to wait after you order as the queqe is normally very long.

Uncle Aun can also cater for functions but please book in advance.

Bangkok Lane Pork Satay
Ah Aun / Mr Tong
Tel: 016-468 8869

See Ling Zie's post on this this pork satay stall here.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Manila Place Catering at Wacoal MOI CREE Sensation Fashion Show

I was invited to the Wacoal MOI CREE Sensation Fashion Show at Parkson Gurney Plaza. It was an invitation by RSVP only we were given a door gift worth RM120.

Light snacks and finger food by Manila Place catering were also served which includes Vietnamese spring rolls, blueberry tarts, mini chocolate moist cakes and vanilla sponge cakes, deep fried spring rolls, finger egg and tuna sandwiches etc.

I just tried the moist chocolate cake and finger sandwiches and they were both good. The chocolate cake was suprisingly very moist and strong dark chocolate flavour and not extremely sweet.

Check out Manila Place catering menu here.

After that we were introduced to the MOI CREE range of lingerie with beautiful models parading in the latest range of MOI CREE bras.

Manila Place 170-G-43, Persiaran Gurney, 10250, Penang.
Tel: +604-2262005
Fax: +604-3996270

Ocean Green Restaurant & Seafood

Ocean Green Seafood Restaurant is undoubtedly one of the most famous seafood restaurants in Penang and has been around for a while.

We were there for lunch one day and ordered some of their most famous dishes. Their price has always been in the upper range so we were not very surprised when the bill came to ~RM1,000 for 12 pax, including drinks.

Steamed Gobi with Soy Sauce (served with boiled beehoon)

Stir Fried Crab with Salted Egg Yolk

Deep Fried Spring Chicken and Inchi Kabin

Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab

Stir Fried Kailan with Topshell and Hawaiian Nuts

Kerabu Tofu

Deep Fried Spring Rolls (Choon Piah)

Lobster Thermidor

Boiled Fresh Tiger Prawns

Sizzling Oyster with Egg

Overall food was good especially the Sizzling Oyster with Egg, Boiled Fresh Tiger Prawns, Steamed Gobi with Soy Sauce, Kerabu Tofu, Lobster Thermidor and Stir Fried Kailan with Topshell and Hawaiian Nuts. Some find the salted egg yolk a bit overwhelming for the Stir Fried Crab dish but I love salted egg yolk so I wasn't complaining :)

The Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab were unfortunately not crispy enough to some. Personally, we felt that the Deep Fried Spring Chicken were a bit overrated and we have had better Inchi Kabin elsewhere.
P/S: Sorry, picture quality not exactly great because I took them in a hurry :(

Ocean Green Restaurant & Seafood
48F Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah
10500 Penang
Tel: +604-227 4530

Balik Pulau Laksa at Nan Guang Coffee Shop

I happended to be in Balik Pulau so I decided to have the Balik Pulau famous laksa. This laksa stall is the one next to the market at the Nan Guang coffee shop.

This laksa stall is one of the most famous laksa stalls in Penang. It was recently featured in The Star Sunday Metro (national edition). Apparently the original owners, Ewe Chooi Gua and his wife retired last year and the business was sold to John Martin.

Asam Laksa (RM2.50)

The stalls sells two types of laksa, the Asam Laksa and Siam Laksa. The Asam Laksa is what you see above with a sourish-based soup with lots of fish meat, cucumber and pineapple. The Siam Laksa is the 'lemak' version with coconut milk, lemon grass and kaffir leaves, a little milky like curry mee.

Both types of laksa are equally as good. Some say the Asam Laksa served here is good because it tastes like how their mom would cook it with generous serving of chunks of fish meat. The Siam Laksa is my personal favourite, very aromatic and 'lemak'. The laksa noodles are also very springy.

Fresh Nutmeg Juice (RM1.50)

Balik Pulau is also famous for its nutmeg production. Nothing beats a glass of cold fresh nutmeg juice. Very refreshing.

Balik Pulau Asam Laksa
Nan Guang Coffee Shop
67 Main Road Balik Pulau
Opens 11 am - 5 pm (Closed on Wednesdays)


HOT&ROLL is a Malaysian franchise selling Crispy wrap (a very thin cooked pancake made from a home-recipe flour mix) and Paratha wrap from their 'on-the-go' kiosks. Their network is still relatively small for now and they have kiosks primarily in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur but they are growing.

According to their website, they started off with one kiosk located at Cheras Leisure Mall in April 2003 and sold Crispy Wraps. In November 2007 HOT&ROLL was granted Franchisor status.

A HOT&ROLL kiosk recently opened at the basement of Queensbay Mall right opposite the Jaya Jusco supermarket. HOT&ROLL offers 17 types of sweet and savoury fillings or flavours namely Strawberry, Apple Cinnamon, Banana Chocolate, Coconut, Kaya 'N' Cheese, Crunchy Peanut, Ice cream, Chicken & Cheese, Chicken Floss, BBQ Chicken, Satay Chicken, Curry Chicken, Black Pepper Beef, Bolognese Beef, Pizza, Tuna Salad, Double Cheese N’ Onion.

Savoury Paratha is sold at RM3.90 each while Savoury Crispy is sold at RM5.90 each. Sweet Paratha is sold at RM2.90 each while Sweet Crispy is sold at RM4.90 each. You can add RM1 for extra topping.

The Paratha is pre-made and then frozen. When ordered, the Paratha will be placed on the pan before the filling is added. Thus, the wait is normally quite short.

The Crispy wrap is made from home-recipe pre-mized flour so the preparation time is relatively short as well. It's just like how love letters (kuih kapit) are made.

Simple seating area for a quick bite

Tuna Salad

High Protein Chicken Sausages Wrapped in Wholemeal Chapatti

They are currently running a promotion with two High Protein Chicken Sausages Wrapped in Wholemeal Chapatti and one cup of drink selling at RM5.90 (normal price RM9.30)

Chicken & Cheese

Apple Cinnamon

One day we decided to order quite a number of their fillings to try i.e. Apple Cinnamon, Banana Chocolate, Kaya 'N' Cheese, Chicken & Cheese, Black Pepper Beef, Pizza, Tuna Salad and the High Protein Chicken Sausages Wrapped in Wholemeal Chapatti.

We absolutely loved the Paratha and Chapatti. They were crispy and flavourful. All of the savoury fillings we tried were very good.

P/S: For some reasons, HOT&ROLL reminds me of my favourite crêpes and waffles restaurant at the Swissotel Singapore: "Out of the Pan". The restaurant serves a variety of sweet and savoury crêpes and waffles in an alfresco setting, right next to a water fountain. Excellent ambience and great crêpes.

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