Sunday, June 27, 2010

Hot Wok

** HOT WOK has been closed down **

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Whenever we drove pass Burmah Road, you will tend to look at both side of the shop houses, especially your car stop at the traffic light in front of Penang Plaza. You will tend to look on the left which is the luxury car – BMW show room, or Penang Plaza. Further up would be the shop houses like Hot Wok is there, BBQ Ribs used to be there, but now closed already.

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Whenever I drove pass, I will tend to wonder Hot Wok’s Hokkien Mee, is it delicious in tasting. Of course, is always wondering but ever have a chance to visit till recently we both really running out of idea what to have.

That day we just parked our car in Penang Plaza, and walked in to Hot Wok, can’t remember where we heard it from, a bowl of Hokkien Mee in Hot Wok costs RM7-00 and it’s one of the expensive Hokkien Mee in town. Actually I was a bit skeptical to step in, but hubby as usual has the adventurous spirit to try on. What can I say more, right??

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Honestly, that bowl of Hokkien Mee is pretty good, is delicious as the one we tried in One Corner Café in Bawasah Road. Soup base is full of prawn aroma, with added fried shallots sprinkle on top of the bowl of noodles, and when you bite on it, you can hear the crunchy sound on those fried shallots.

Well, doesn’t that sound like heaven to you? Well, it does to hubby and me.

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Not to forget with a plate of Roasted Pork, you can either op to have the roasted pork in the bowl or separately serve.

And guess what? That bowl of fragrant, tantalizing, delicious and mouth watering prawn noodles do make up our day, and it’s only costs RM4-00.

Address & Contact Number
Hot Wok Nyonya & Local Cuisine
124-E & F, Jalan Burmah
10050 Penang
Tel: +604-227 3368
Fax: +604-229 8268

Beside the Giant Supermarket in Penang Plaza & diagonally opposite the BMW car showroom.

Business Hour:
Daily except Tuesday
Lunch: 11am to 3pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10pm
Last order ½ before closing time

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Amelie Cafe

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Many had written about Amelié Café that located in the historical town – the Armenian Street. What caught my attention and eager to find out what do they have when I first read Lingzie’s post. I kept bugging hubby to bring me there, well, he should know the place pretty well, not because of anything, because he’s a native Penangite and he knows all the streets in town.

The 1st visit with hubby honestly I was thrilled, and it’s full of surprises, and the 2nd visit that I have was basically with my other 2 buddies. The 2nd visit was merely pleasant and enjoyable moment. So, I would conclude this place is full of surprises yet pleasant and also tranquilizing.

I remember during the 1st visit, I got to know a lot of history about Penang, about Armenian Street. How would this name came about? And got to know many of Malaya’s Armenians came from the country around New Julfa, Isfahan, in what was then Persia, today’s Iran. This location had been a thriving Armenian trading settlement since the 16th century (sauce: The E&O Hotel – Pearl of Penang by Ilsa Sharp).

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Honestly this place is full of surprises in a sense that they fully recycle that needs to be, for example, glasses for drinks, they used jam bottle. Even plates, some looked pretty old, but they still used it to serve dishes. Cups and saucer is not matching at all, perhaps another re-cycle product. Chairs and tables were also recycle… I could see school chair during my time. I was very excited sitting on it.

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Wooden tables, baskets that hanging to store fruits, etc. To me these are creative ideas and also environmental friendly too. Looking at the flower pots are not those fancy pots, but using cooking pot to plant plants, or mints herbs.

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That’s why when my buddies suggested for a gathering, without second thought I recommended this place to them. First of all, the price is definitely reasonable, and the food is very home cooked feel. Though the place is rather small, can only cater 4 tables, but it’s definitely a place for a nice homely meal.

In fact, when I 1st came, I thought this couple must have been to overseas and now decide to return home for good. To my surprise, the down to earth Yen told me that they both have not been to any overseas countries before. And I got to know from other bloggers that she’s a journalist too. A café that only open since 6 months ago could gain such a reputable feedback from tourists, bloggers and many Penangites, think that’s nothing go wrong with it.

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Risotto Pork Bacon (RM14-90)

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Tomato Classic Homemade Pasta with Pork Sausage (RM14-90)

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Aglio e Olio Homemade Pasta with Pork Sausage (RM14-90)

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Scramble Egg & Parmesan Sandwich (RM14-90)

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Risotto Pork Sausage (RM14-90)

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Passion Fruit & Banana Lassi (RM8-50)

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Orange and Ginger Smoothie (RM6-50)

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Caffe Americano Cold (RM5-50)

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Espresso Macchiatto – Double Shot (RM4-50)

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Cappuccino – Double Shot (RM5-50)

Other Review
Lingzie’s Tummy Treats
My Food Fetish
Bearbee Footstop
JenC’s Little Corner
What’s Up with F?
Ed & Cher
Food Mice
My Food Obsessions
Painting with Light
My Warm Nest
大小通 吃

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Address & Contact Number
No 6, Armenian Street
10200, Penang
(next to Cheah Kongsi)
Tel: +6012 496 7838

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Golden Phoenix Chinese Restaurant 金鳳樓

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Dad used to take us here when we were small; this place was the place where dad & mom celebrated their wedding anniversary, and also our birthdays too.

Today we brought daddy here for Father’s Day to enjoy back the food and the environment and services that we had enjoyed before.

Golden Phoenix is the Chinese restaurant in this 5 star hotel named Equatorial Hotel in Bayan Lepas. If am not mistaken Golden Phoenix is a Sichuan restaurant and specialized in Sichuan food, and I remember vividly that we had the Mah Poh Soup here before. And due to old folks age, we know they would prefer not to have such sourish soup for dinner.

Thus tonight food was basically very light and simple. At least, quiet and pleasant for a family.

While we went thru the menu, we can’t deny the fact that the food here is rather pricey, but I would have to thank hubby for taking his staff for lunch and where he entitled for a 20% discount voucher for dinner. The voucher is only entitled for 20% and it’s only for dinner, it’s not valid when used in conjunction with other promotions, and also only valid till 31 August 2010.

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Mom always like to have Peking Duck (RM78-00), we have this as appetizer. The chef pushes the cart and cut the duck skin in front of his customers, the waitress will help him to roll the duck skin with prepared vegetables like cucumber, spring onions and carrot, and also lightly spread with Hoisin sauce then wrapped.

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The balance duck meat is given 4 choices to choose from how to cook it, you can choose from ginger & sprint onion type, dried red chilies type, celery or black beans. We chose Sichuan dried red chilies instead. Some spices to spike up the dinner.

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Mom wants to have Cantonese steamed fish, thus we have Garoupa fish (RM108-00) per her preference. The fish is definitely fresh and tender, with the soya sauce and garlic oil that makes the fish even more delicious.

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Dad is a vege person, he’s the one the make the order on what vege to have, knowing him, stir fry Kai Lan (RM28-00) is his 1st choice. Looking at the food decoration, honestly it makes us have better appetite.

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Sizzling Beancurd (RM35-00) was smooth and the gravy was nice to have it with steamed rice.

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We have also have a plate of Water Eel fried with garlic (RM28-00), this is the dish that dad used to order for us when we’re here. And for Father’s Day, we ordered this again, those days we used to have fried bun and steam bun to eat with it, but not any more now. And they also have an unique name to name the buns too… when you order this Water Eel with Garlic, make sure you check with the restaurant do they serve Gold and Silver buns, that is the fried and steamed bun meant.

It was a pleasant dinner that we the children bought him… would like to take this opportunity to wish all fathers a Happy Father’s Day!

Address & Contact Number
Golden Phoenix Chinese Restaurant
1 Jalan Bukit Jambul
Bayan Lepas
11900 Penang
Tel: +604-6438 111
Fax: +604-6448 000

Note: Golden Phoenix in Penang Equatorial Hotel serves Sichuan & Cantonese cuisine. However Golden Phoenix in Kuala Lumpur Equatorial Hotel serves Cantonese cuisine.