Sunday, February 28, 2010

CY Choy Road Hokkien Mee 橋頭正宗福建麵

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Apparently this is one of the authentic Hokkien Mee in Penang and it’s located at the end of CY Choy Road. Before it moved to the shop lot, it was basically underneath a tree, where the traffic light is located.

And because of everyone knows this stall by that area, the owner didn’t want to move to any place but stay put there.

It was a coincident morning that we both thought of having a bowl of Koay Teow Th’ng for breakfast, but ended up; we both were landed in this place for breakfast.

The stall is open from 7am till 5pm, and it’s off every Monday if I remember correctly. It’s operated by a specky uncle whom stand at his stall and ready to take order from his customers.

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Per bowl is charging RM2-50 for a small bowl, about RM3-50 for a big bowl of Hokkien Mee. Apart from Hokkien Mee, they are selling Loh Mee as well. Well, basically Hokkien Mee & Loh Mee are something has to come together… you just can’t separate them apart.

Soup base was slightly clear to me compared to the other Hokkien Mee that I’d tried. It doesn’t have that spiciness in the soup, but in fact, it’s tasty. And it didn’t give you the thirsty throat if you wallop the entire bowl of soup.

Overall, this is a stall should pay a visit if you’re around the town. Parking space is not an issue of course, you gotta be really fast to turn into right after the traffic light.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sun Marpoh Restaurant 孖寶海鮮飯店


I have been wanted to write about my family favorite place for a long time… guess this is the right time for this post. Sun Marpoh Restaurant that’s located in Ipoh Garden it’s the place for many neighborhood’s favorite place for lunch or dinner. A place where you could find food that is reasonable and it’s big serving too.

I’ve always admire this neighborhood, as even on Chinese New Year eve they are open for business. So that has actually taken off the headache for many people. In fact, they have been here for a very long long time.

This is the place where we gathered recently with our relatives and friends for lunch. A simple home cooked food were ordered and served with steam rice.

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Not to forget a Loh Sang (撈生) for a start. Each one of us is wishing to have good luck, good fortune and good health.

Followed by other dishes… like vegetables, meats, etc served right after the Yee Sang Toasting.

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Stir Fry Asparagus with assorted mushrooms.

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Chicken Broth Milk Cabbage (奶白上湯).

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Braised Bean Curd (紅燒豆腐).

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Fermented Soya Bean Steam Fish (豆醬蒸魚)

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Deep Fried Pork Knuckle (油浸鹹豬手) with Fried Man Tou (饅頭) and special sauce.

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Ginger Steam Chicken (薑濃雞).

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Butter Prawns (奶油蝦).

Though the dishes are simple but the company for the lunch, the get together’s value that make this lunch happy.

Address & Contact Number
Sun Marpoh Restaurant Sdn Bhd
No. 67-69 Jalan Lau Pak Khuan
Ipoh Garden
31400 Ipoh
Tel: +605-5455 127

Monday, February 8, 2010

Chin’s Stylish Chinese Cuisine

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A Sichuan cuisine in town that not many people is aware of. It’s authentic & original. Chefs are ‘imported’ from Beijing and the restaurant is awarded a few awards as following –
  • The Best Chinese Restaurant in UK by Stores Magazine, New York, USA
  • Best of the Best by Good Life Magazine
I am pleased to introduce Chin’s – The Stylish Chinese Cuisine which established in 1987 London UK. The restaurant was voted The Best Restaurant of the Year by What’s on in London & Store Magazine, New York. Restaurant owner Dave Chin’s number 4th restaurant in town was only opened few months ago and was not publicly launched.

A brief intro about Dave Chin, owner of QE II, SoHo Country House in Auto City and SoHo Free House in Penang Road. Chin’s is the 4th restaurant that owned by him. A graphic designer by profession, and also run a restaurant in London some time in the 80s and 90s.

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The in-house deco is nicely done up, cozy and romantic. Chandeliers dangling down from the ceilings are eye catching; each table has different type of chairs, and setting. Even the dining plate is hand written and it’s open for sale, each plate selling at RM180 each.

Chin’s signature and awarded dish are – Abalone, Foie Gras, Crispy Aromatic Duck, and Lobster Noodle. Each sets range from RM128 (minimum 4 pax) to RM68 (minimum 2 pax) for their customers.

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Cold Appetizers that serves are Garlic Cucumber, Spicy Turnip Cubes, Hunan Shredded Seaweed and Century Eggs in Grilled Red Pepper.

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Hot Appetizers are Heavenly Blessed Joysticks which has Seashell meat, Baby Abalone and Sea Fungus dip in the hot boiled chili oil in a bamboo. It was what it says Heavenly Blessed Joysticks.

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Not to miss Sesame Prawns on Toast is absolutely crispy and it tempts you to have more of it.

After all appetizers were served, a waitress hand us a bowl of warm water with a slice of lemon for us to wash our hand. That means it’s ready for the second dish, Chin’s awarded dish – The Chin’s Aromatic Crispy Duck.

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This dish has to accompany by the home made pancake, sweet sauce, spring onions, and slice cucumbers. It’s absolutely delicious.

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After having that, main course is on its way to our table, I could smell the aromatic Sichuan hot pepper… Spicy Hot Poached Fish, it’s socked by hot chili oil, in Sichuan, the entire bowl is full of chili oil, but down here has slightly modify due to people’s health conscious.

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We were supposed to have Crispy Chili Beef, but we requested to change to Dragon & Phoenix Nesting. It’s utterly beautiful, and the prawns are fresh and tender.

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Steamed Frog-leg in Bamboo Tube Pepper. It’s something that we have not seen before nor try, it’s definitely thumbs up.

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Hot Pot Chicken, Salted Fish & Aubergine. The pot is absolutely fragrant and aromatic.

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Sauté Hot & Sour Chinese Cabbage, it looks simple, but it’s definitely hot and spicy. Don’t be fooled by its look in fact.

Not to forget, the above all is best to serve with a bowl of fragrant steam rice.

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Last but not least… let’s have a dessert on a Martini glass…. Jasmine Jelly, Sea Coconut & White Fungus that ends the wonder dinner in a pleasant restaurant.

Address & Contact Number
Chin’s Stylish Chinese Cuisine
Tanjong City Marina
Church St Pier (Next to QE II)
8A Pengkalan Weld
Georgetown, Penang
Tel: +604-261 2611
Fax: +604- 261 3128
Mobile: Dave Chin +6012-478 1262