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Opera

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Have you ever have a gigantic salad bowl for a Mee Udang (Prawn Mee)?? Oh well, I have one tonight. And it was a pleasant dinner that hubby and I had; we both were extremely enjoying the environment and the surrounding atmosphere. Not to forget the service was absolutely satisfying! Opera has opened for business for almost 3 years and it’s well known by the tourists but not the locals. It’s serving Oriental Food, but it’s more of Fusion food to me. It also awarded the Market Source Publishing Best Restaurant in Penang for Fusion Cuisine in year 2007. This place has become happening since 6 to 7 years ago. Before that, it was a 2-way street where the shops are old and nobody wants to rent. Since government had closed down the road and revamped the stretch of shop houses, this place has become a new tourist spot. Opposite this row of shop houses, you will have Garage where it has Slippery Sonority discotheque and Momo. This row of shop houses had turned out to be eatery shops too, so

New Lane Hawker's Food

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I think many people know Penang is famous for its hawker’s delight and New Lane is the place where it gathers all the favourites. Most of the tourists or visitors will definitely drop by this place for a plate of CKT or CCF. In case, you wonder what is CKT and CCF? Well, that’s Char Koay Teow & Chee Cheong Fun. Not sure do you realize that a bowl of... Piggy’s Intestines Porridge costs RM5, a plate of CKT is costs RM4 and a plate of CCF is costs RM2. I live in Penang, and I hardly come to this place for food, unless we wanted to smack something light and simple before our dinner. I am not surprised; these prices were not increase over night but along the years and days. And it has been increased for almost 100% since I came few years ago. While am writing this post, am actually thinking should I promote this place?? Yes for the sake of Penang, no for the sake of our wallet, cuz it’s way too expensive. Anyway, here’s what we have had the other weekends. Enjoy!

Home Cook Steam Chicken with Red Dates & Wolfberries

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You know when comes to cook for 2 persons, you will tend to wonder how much food should I prepare and how many dishes should we have for 2 persons. If, we are cooking for a bunch of people like 4 to 6, that would be more easy to manage. I know steaming food is always easy to cook, everything just steam steam and steam. No other ways of doing it, you don’t need to worry will it be tasted good or bad. Let me share this with you today, Mom’s recipe – Steam Chicken with Red Dates and Wolfberries. It’s simple and easy to make. Ingredients 2 Chicken Legs + Thigh 1 Hand full red dates 2 Table spoons full of wolfberries Few slices of Chinese Angelica Sinensis Root (Dong Quai) Salt a. Clean the chicken with salt first b. And, chop it into pieces c. Marinate with salt, more for taste d. Wash the red dates with hot water e. Wash the wolfberries with cold water f. After marinate for about 30mins, place the pieces of chicken on the plate and put red dates and wolfberries on top of it g.

Strada Restaurant & Patisserie

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If you’re a CitiGold Member, you will get to enjoy a 50% discount for ordering Strada’s appetizer & their Rib Eye Steak. I didn’t know the promotion till we paid the bill. Last night we were looking for food for dinner and I was totally out of mind what to have and hubby took a slow drive around town. When he drove pass Pulau Tikus, he saw Strada, then he asked what that is. I was like, ‘huh? What is what??’ Ended up, he has to drive pass to see what Strada is all about by turning back. Strada is a new restaurant that serves various western food and dessert. This place was opened 4 months ago and it’s also Wi-Fi provided. The landmark of this place is directly opposite of Tan Mark Bookstore where the 7-Eleven and Penang Dental Surgery where about. When we entered the place, I feel comfortable as its atmosphere is quiet and cozy. Especially the music that’s so soothing. They have a corner where they placed all kinds of magazines while the guests are waiting for their food. All k

Sin Geylang Frog Porridge

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When two persons have differences in terms of food hunting, who will normally give in? [grin] Well, for my case, hubby gave in to me cuz, my reason to him was I need to update my blog. With that, seriously he can’t argue much. Not sure what happened to me today, I was just yearning for some frogs. Oh yes, before you could wonder and start to ask, no am not one of those which you’re thinking! [grin] Probably I have been reading Heavenly Allie ’s post on the frog porridge, thus I have the urge to try. The last we went, they were not many dishes to offer, but this time, I was very happy to see they have a few ways of cooking the frogs, of course the usual one is spring onions and ginger and followed by kung poh which is dried chillies and dark soya sauce. But this time, I see steam frogs with wolfberries, chilli padi and ginger, or with chicken essence, and even deep fried with belachan. On top of that, they have other dishes like sweet and sour pork, roasted pork with dark soya sauc

Home Cook Claypot Chicken Rice

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Times are bad, and news have been publishing about global financial turmoil, countries getting into recessions, etc. Now that, technology sector in the States are falling apart and it’s affecting the companies in Malaysia, states like Penang and Kulim and Selangor. Many companies are curtailing their spendings, controlling budgets, planning year end holiday shut downs and so on. What should we do to prevent ourselves into any difficulties when comes to such situation? Building our safety net by eating out less that would be one of the examples, scrap all the holiday plans, do less clothing shopping, etc. With all the economy ‘bad news’ appearing everyday, I actually eat in for couple of weeks, and also took the opportunity to brush up my cooking skills. Here I present my short cut way of cooking Claypot Chicken Rice. Since I don’t have claypot, thus am using a rice cooking pot. In fact, more easier and convenient. Recipes below is for 3 persons – a. 1.5 cup of rice, wash and add

The Seed Café, MidValley Mega Mall

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After a heavy lunch at 7minutes to 4pm, the dinner took place at 9pm instead. And, wandering around in MidValley Mega Mall and do not know what to eat. 4 of us just wanted to have something light and simple. Ended up, we landed in The Seed Café at the ground floor. The waitress there was attentive, and understands we were all came from out station and she was patiently recommending some of their signature dishes to us. My sis didn’t have any main meal but got herself a plate of Screwpine Wings (Chicken Wings), which is an appertiser from the menu. She said, the plate of chicken wing is unique and delicious. The men will love it especially having it with a glass of beer and watching mid night footballs with their buddies. My Brother-in-Law didn’t have anything heavy and ordered a Club Sandwich for himself. I only have a Caesar Salad with Smoked Salmon & a Double Wild Mushroom Soup. Each of us have a few spoons full to try on the soup, it was unexpectedly delicious and fragrant.