Japanese Bento Lunch Set Menu @ Vino Vino Bistro, Bay Avenue

For an affordable lunch featuring fresh, quality ingredients, diners can now look forward to Vino Vino Bistro’s newly launched Japanese Bento lunch set menu. Vino Vino Bistro at Bay Avenue, just a stone’s throw from Queensbay Mall, has been offering delicious Japanese skewered cuisine (kushiyaki) for the past few years and is a firm favourite for grilled meats on sticks.

For their Japanese Bento lunch set menu, diners have 8 different options to choose from including a Higawari Bento (Bento of the Day) priced at RM17.50 nett

Their Bento of the Day changes daily so do be sure to check with the wait staff upon ordering.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Hamburg Steak with Demi Sauce RM21 nett

The chunky hamburg steak would delight meat lovers. Paired with a sweet and salty demi sauce and caramelized onions, it made for a hearty meal with the soft and starchy Japanese rice.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Yakiniku Bento – Stir Fried Pork with Yakiniku Sauce RM23.35 nett

Meanwhile the Yakiniku Bento features tender slices of pork stir fried with vegetables and Vino Vino’s version of Yakiniku sauce. A homely and comforting bento.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Yakiniku Bento

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Salmon Teriyaki Bento RM37.30 nett

(add on RM3 to upgrade to Garlic Fried Rice for all Bentos)

Seafood lovers can opt for the Salmon Teriyaki bento, the sweet teriyaki sauce is likely a crowd pleaser and I found the salmon fish to be quite substantial too.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Sushi & Cold Soba Bento RM37.30 nett

Noodle lovers are not forsaken with the Sushi & Cold Soba bento which features freshly made sushi.

I truly appreciate the variety that is available in these bento sets which cater to a wider range of palates and appetites!

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Fresh plump pieces of sushi <3

Each bento set comes with salad, veggies, pickled ginger and a homemade potato, meat & carrot side dish specially prepared by Vino Vino’s chef. We were told by the Japanese chef that this dish is a popular homecooked dish in Japan and that all women must learn how to cook this before they get married. lol

This side dish was indeed comforting and it did remind me of mom’s home cooking.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Other Bento options include a crowd pleasing Kara Age Fried Chicken Bento, a combination Sashimi & Yakitori Bento, Grilled Mackerel or Pike Fish Bento and a wallet friendly Bento of the Day (Higawari Bento) priced at RM17.50 Nett

For all bentos, there is an option to upgrade to Garlic Fried Rice for an additional RM3

Kara Age Bento – Fried Chicken with You Lin Ji Sauce RM22 nett

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Lunch Set

Sashimi & Yakitori Bento RM39.65 nett

Yakizakana Bento – Grilled Mackerel or Pike Fish Bento RM25.65 nett

Vino Vino’s Japanese Bento Lunch set is available from Monday-Friday during lunch period

Free flow salad, pickles and miso soup is also available for all lunch diners.

We also got to try some items in their Special Lunch Promotion menu mostly consisting of fresh sashimi.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Maguro Bluefin Tuna Sashimi RM23.30 nett

The Maguro was a joy to eat – fresh, succulent pieces of bluefin tuna!

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Ebi Karaage RM18++

These delicious crispy morsels of small prawns make for great beer food. Or as an additional snack to your main meal ūüôā

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Tebasaki RM5++ per skewer

I have always loved chicken wings and Vino Vino’s Tebasaki is just right up my alley. Crispy skin, lightly seasoned with salted, juicy tender meat on the inside. One skewer is definitely not enough!

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Aspara Maki RM8++ per skewer

Bacon wrapped asparagus

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Bacon Cheese Kushi RM14++ per skewer

I personally loved this Bacon cheese kushi – the deft grilling skills of the chef rendered a lovely smoky flavour to the bacon which envelopes a piece creamy camembert cheese. Basically, heaven in a bite ūüôā

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Wagyu Beef Sushi RM58++

I was in for a treat, for I got to try Vino Vino’s latest dish – Wagyu Beef Sushi <3

The Wagyu beef was lightly grilled and seasoned with salt & pepper. It had a melt in your mouth quality, as one would expect from Wagyu beef. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable platter of sushi especially for beef lovers!

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Vino Vino Bistro Interior

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

*Many thanks to Vino Vino Bistro for extending this invitation

The Essentials:-

Vino Vino Bistro

Address: Block H-10-3 Lorong Bayan Indah 2, Bay Avenue, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang

TEL: 04-645 99 22

Opening Hours: 12noon – 12 midnight Mon-Thurs; 12noon-1 a.m. Fri & Sat

(Closed on Sundays)

Vino Vino Facebook Page 

 

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop – Apply Facial Masks Daily @ The Wembley Penang

Women are constantly on the never ending quest of maintaining their youthful looks. And I am no different! hehehe… And so, when the invitation to attend a beauty workshop¬† by Dr. Morita – Asia’s Top Selling Facial sheet mask brand, dropped in my inbox, I immediately signed up for it!

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

During the 1 day workshop, Dr Jou Jun Xu (CEO of Dr Jou Biotech Co. Ltd) – the company responsible for developing Dr. Morita products, shared with us his beauty tips to aid us in our ‘youth-preserving efforts’.

While Dr. Morita is hugely popular – being the No.1 Best Selling Facial Mask in Asian countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia & Singapore, I must admit that I have personally not tried their face masks! I have tried other face mask brands in the past, but honestly, I am not really a frequent user of facial masks in general. Apparently, this non user habit of mine needs to change, for according to Dr Jou, applying a Dr. Morita facial mask a day, keeps your ageing away!

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang
Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Dr. Morita, with more than 83 years of history, is known as one of the pioneers in facial masks. Incorporating  Japanese technology into their products, Dr. Morita  specializes in facial masks using medical grade natural ingredients, ensuring the best for our skin.

During the workshop, participants first had their skin hydration levels tested. After which, we each got to try Dr. Morita’s star product Hyaluronic Acid Essence Long Lasting Facial Mask 5’s which contains high concentrations of Hyaluronic Acid for long lasting hydration.

According to Dr. Jou, the ideal skin care regime would be

1st Step – Cleanse

2nd Step – Applying Dr. Morita Facial mask

3rd Step – Remove facial mask & massage any remaining essence into skin

4th Step РApply Dr. Morita moisturizing cream 

The facial mask itself can take the place of traditional toner & serum and provides better absorption of the active ingredients to our skin, as compared to merely patting them on our skin using fingers/hands. This is because the facial mask sheet is placed on our face for 10mins which softens our outer epidermis layer and aids active absorption for deeper permeation of the ingredients into our skin.

Meanwhile, Dr Jou also shared with us why Hyaluronic Acid is hugely popular as a skin brightening ingredient. This is because the HLA helps to lock the moisture in our skin hence making our skin more radiant. Dr Jou stressed that the Hyaluronic Acid used in their products is 100% from  Japan. Their facial mask sheets are also high quality sheets from Japan.

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Testing out the facial mask after removing make up (eek!) lol

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Lots of essence in the facial mask pack which we can use to massage onto our face after removing the mask

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Dr. Morita Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Essence Facial Cream

Participants were encouraged to apply the moisturizing facial cream after the facial mask

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

After applying the face mask for 10mins, we got our skin hydration levels tested again.

My skin’s hydration levels increased by 10.5%

I tested my skin hydration levels again after applying the Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Essence Facial Cream and found that it had increased AGAIN from 52% to 60%

~wow~

All participants expressed their delight when noting a marked increase in their skin’s hydration levels.

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Model getting her skin hydration level tested

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Dr. Morita’s range of high quality facial washDr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Dr. Morita’s latest range of functional moisturizing creams

Dr. Morita – “The Doctor Knows Best”

Backed by medicine, boosted by nature;

feel the symbiosis today

Where to get your Dr. Morita facial masks and products? They are easily available at Guardian, Sasa, Aeon Wellness,, Caring Pharmacy & Hermo (online)

Keep up to date with Dr. Morita news & promos on their Facebook page

*Many thanks to Dr. Morita for extending this invitation

Chinese New Year Buffet 2018 @ DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Penang

The sunny island of Penang welcomes the arrival of the first DoubleTree Resort by Hilton. We recently had the opportunity to visit the new resort, high on anticipation. Being a resort, the hotel’s ambiance is more relaxed and inviting.

Plenty of lounging space…

The signature DoubleTree cookie

The glorious pool

After soaking in the relaxing vibes, we made our way to their restaurant Makan Kitchen – where an array of local and international flavours await, as part of the Chinese New Year buffet to usher in the Lunar New Year.

Reunion Buffet Dinner

15th Feb – 17th Feb 2018 (6.30pm-10.30pm)

RM138 per adult 

Chinese New Year Buffet Dinner

18th Feb – 2nd Mac 2018 (6.30pm-10.30pm)

RM118 per adult (weekdays)

Chinese New Year Weekend Hi Tea Buffet

16th Feb – 18th Feb; 24th Feb – 25th Feb (12.30pm-3pm)

RM98 per adult

*Complimentary Prosperity Salmon Yee Sang available in the buffet line

*One child below 12yrs old eats for free with 1 paying adult

* 50% off for children aged 6-12yrs old

We sampled a few of the dishes that would be the highlight of the Chinese New Year buffet. These include the Steamed Fish with fine soy sauce, Slow Braised Duck, Wok Fried Prawns and an auspicious vegetable dish made up of fresh mushrooms, dried oysters, chinese cabbage & sea moss.

Prosperity Salmon Yee Sang for Good Luck!

Emperor Eight Treasure Chinese Broth

Best with a splash of black vinegar to bring out the flavours of the soup

Braised Chinese Cabbage, Fresh Mushrooms, Dried Oyster & Sea Moss in oyster sauce

Wok Fried Prawn (with golden egg yolk & curry leaves)

Steamed Fish with fine soy sauce & ginger olive dressing

My favourite of the night from the savoury dishes was the steamed fish with fine soy sauce. The fish meat was fresh and firm, steamed just right. Soy sauce and ginger is always a winning combination for steamed fish, in my books.

Meanwhile the Wok Fried Prawns were pretty good too.

Slow Braised Duck with Chestnut & Assorted Mushrooms

served with Szechuan Sauce

Meanwhile, the slow braised duck looked promising but I would have preferred a spicier kick to the Szechuan sauce and expected the duck meat to be more tender.

Cream Puff Petit Four

The Cream Puff Petit Four was a delight – both in looks and in taste. Not overly sweet, these bite sized delights were easy on the palate without being too rich or heavy.

Lotus Paste Pancake

Finally, most of us heartily agreed that the Lotus Paste pancake was delicious! Crispy and hot, the ratio of pastry to filling was just right too. Makan Kitchen’s version easily rivals any of the pancakes served in Chinese restaurants in Penang.

You’ll notice that DoubleTree Resort by Hilton serves their drinks with paper straws instead of plastic ones in their efforts to be more environmental friendly. I personally love the cute look of the paper straws and applaud this move!

Comfortable open air seating at Makan Kitchen

Seating in air conditioned space is also available

*Many thanks to DoubleTree Resort by Hilton for extending this invitation

For reservations, do call 04-8928000

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton

56 Jalan Low Yat

11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Facebook Page

Chinese New Year 2018 Steamboat Buffet @ Sarkies Corner, E&O Hotel Penang

Once again, to usher in the year of the Dog, E&O Hotel rolls out their Steamboat Buffet dinner especially for Chinese New Year 2018. This limited edition Steamboat Buffet dinner is available only from 15th – 17th February 2018 (eve of CNY to the 2nd day of CNY)

This steamboat buffet is worth considering for those who prefer the convenience of eating out during reunion dinner.

Each table is provided with a complimentary Yee Sang too!

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Chinese New Year Steamboat Buffet 2018

Sarkies Corner

Available from 15th to 17th Feb 2018 (Thurs-Sun)

7pm – 10.30pm

RM129.60 NETT (ADULT); RM64.80 NETT (CHILD)

Choice of broth include – Chicken broth, Tom yam & Herbal Broth

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Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Seafood galore…

Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Crab

Salmon & Bamboo Mussels

Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Stuffed vegetables with fish paste

Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Sea Cucumber

Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Meats (sliced beef, lamb, chicken & duck) & Eggs

Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Assorted vegetables & fish balls

Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Dipping sauces and condiments

  • Homemade special chilli sauce
  • Coriander oyster garlic sauce
  • White radish spicy sauce
  • Sweet sauce, tomato sauce, chilli sauce, Peanut sauce
  • Garlic oil, cut red chilli & chopped garlic

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Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

An array of desserts are also available including egg tarts, Chinese Tea chiffon Cake, Mango Pudding, Festive Cookies, Semolina almond cake, Red bean glutinous rice ball soup, assorted pastries and fresh tropical fruits to end dinner on a sweet note.

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Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

*Many thanks to E&O Hotel for extending this invitation

For reservations, do call¬†04 ‚Äď 222 2000

Eastern & Oriental Hotel
10 Lebuh Farquhar
10200 Penang
Malaysia

Connect with Eastern & Oriental Hotel Facebook Page

An Viet Vietnamese Casual Dining @ Gurney Plaza, Penang

Vietnamese restaurants are pretty common in Penang of late and one of the newest places to open on the island – An Viet, a chain restaurant from KL, seeks to vie for a slice of the pie.¬† An Viet which literally translates to “Eat Viet”, offers authentic Vietnamese food in a casual dining environment.

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Since their opening in November 2017 at the Lower Ground floor of Gurney Plaza, Penang, a steady stream of customers have been patronizing the outlet. An Viet is committed to their food philosophy of using quality ingredients, made-from-scratch stocks, sauces, marinades, drinks etc and cooked-to-order mains.

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Also, perhaps most notable when one dines in An Viet is their vision for minimizing global food wastage.¬† This ties in well with the traditional methods of Vietnamese cooking where the chef creatively uses every part of the plant or animal to turn into a delicious dish. How does one minimise food wastage at An Viet? For rice and noodle dishes, patrons can choose the grammage of rice/noodle which suits their appetite. If one initially chooses a smaller portion but feel it is not enough, they can opt to top up to the maximum grammage free of charge. In return, for every finished meal, An Viet donates RM0.10 to the Food Aid Foundation. Personally I’m all for this cause as I normally do not eat so much rice/noodles and I always ask for less rice whenever eating out.

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Happiness Yee Sang RM39.90

For a festive touch, An Viet rolls our their Happiness Yee Sang with a delightful Vietnamese touch with the addition of Banana Blossom and Crunchy Lotus Seeds. Other ingredients that make up the refreshingly vibrant yee sang include radish, water apple, pomelo, carrots, green mango and toasted peanuts. Topped off with fresh Salmon sashimi and a specially made Kaffir Lime Leaf dressing, An Viet’s Happiness Yee Sang tastes more like a healthy salad. But I totally loved it! Portion size is hearty too – sufficient for about 4-6 pax.

Don’t miss this delicious Happiness Yee Sang, available now until the end of Chinese New Year 2018.

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Banh Trang Nu’ong (Grilled Rice Paper with Minced Chicken) RM9.90

For appetizers, the Grilled Rice Paper with Minced Chicken managed to whet our appetites. The crispy rice paper encases a slightly spicy and creamy minced chicken filling. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would order it if I’m feeling peckish.

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Canh Chua Ngao Nu’oc Du’a (Clam in Coconut Broth) RM14.90

Next, we tried the Clam in Coconut Broth. We were told that An Viet uses live clams that are brought in daily to ensure freshness. The freshness of the clams were indeed apparent in this hearty, tangy and soothing soup. The use of coconut water in the broth adds an extra sweetness to the soup. I did not expect to like this dish so much, but it easily won me over. I’m happy to note that if you order a set meal with their mains, a small portion of this clam broth is included!

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An Viet, Penang Food Blog, Gurney Plaza, Vietnamese food in Penang, Lingzie Food Blog

Pho Bo Dac Biet (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Special) 

Ala Carte RM23.90

Set Meal RM27.90

Pho is ubiquitous in Vietnamese cuisine, hence it must make its appearance on the menu. We tried An Viet’s Vietnamese Beef Noodle Special which includes raw beef slices, beef brisket, shank, tripe, tendon and their special homemade 100% Pure Beef Ball.¬† The broth was made from simmering beef bones for long hours with 18 secret herbs & ingredients. It was interesting to note that other than the usual beansprouts, basil & lime, the Pho also comes with a side of fried Chinese Cruellers.

I found the broth to be rich and thick with deep beef-y notes. And I must highlight the homemade Sriraha chilli sauce which gives the dish an exciting spicy kick.

The regular version of Vietnamese Pho is also available, served with Raw beef slices & beef brisket at RM18.90

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An Viet, Penang Food Blog, Gurney Plaza, Vietnamese food in Penang, Lingzie Food Blog

Banh Mi – Ga Nu’ong Xa Ot (Vietnamese Baguette with Grilled Lemongrass Chicken) RM14.90

I’ve been hearing good reviews about the Banh Mi at An Viet. So I was pretty excited to taste this. Our Banh Mi came with Grilled Lemongrass Chicken filling. The baguette had a lovely crisp crust which gave way to a fluffy interior. I happily sank my teeth into the juicy and flavourful lemongrass chicken, while enjoying the crispness of the vegetables and pickles.

Other Banh Mi fillings include:- Grilled Pork Chop & Tofu Patties with Mushroom Pate (vegetarian)

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An Viet, Penang Food Blog, Gurney Plaza, Vietnamese food in Penang, Lingzie Food Blog

Cha Ca La Vong (Hanoian Style Fish with Turmeric & Dill)

Ala Carte: RM23.90

Set Meal: RM27.90

Next, we tried a Hanoian dish that I’m not familiar with – Cha Ca La Vong. This Hanoian style fish is cooked with turmeric and dill. Herbs and spices are used generously in this dish resulting in bold flavours that may be rather overpowering for some. But I found it tasty and the flavours complimented the rice vermicelli well. The fish pieces also had a nice char on the outside which added more flavour.

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An Viet, Penang Food Blog, Gurney Plaza, Vietnamese food in Penang, Lingzie Food Blog

Caramel Pudding RM6.90

To end the meal on a sweet note, we tried An Viet’s caramel pudding. I did not have high expectations for the pudding since they are not a specialty dessert shop. But I was quickly proven wrong. The pudding was silky smooth and well chilled. My tad complaint would be that the caramel sauce could be cooked a lil’ longer for a deeper flavour.

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Lime Juice with Lemongrass Lime Sorbet RM10.90

We managed to try a variety of drinks at An Viet. My favourite would be the Ice Blended Coconut which was refreshing and not too sweet. The lime juice with lemongrass lime sorbet meanwhile is made with freshly squeezed lime juice. A must try for fans of lime juice.

The Vietnamese Drip Coffee with egg was a novelty for me. The egg foam is not too thick in this version so as to prevent the ‘eggy’ flavour being too apparent. Best to drink this while its hot.

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Ice Blended Coconut RM10.90

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Vietnamese Drip Coffee with Egg RM9.90

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*Many thanks to An Viet for extending this invitation

The Essentials:

An Viet

Address: B1-32S, Gurney Plaza, 170, Persiaran Gurney, 10250, Georgetown, Penang
 
Business Hours: 11am-10pm (Mon-Fri)
                              10am-10pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
                              Opens Daily
 
Contact Number: 604- 293 3481

Website: www.anviet.com.my

Facebook Page: An Viet

Plaza Premium First @ Kuala Lumpur International Airport KLIA

Travelling has become part and parcel of life for most people these days, be it for business or holiday. As the world becomes smaller and more connected, many go on long haul flights spending quite a lot of time at airports either in transit or waiting for flights. And while airports to me are always an exciting place for the promise of new adventures at new destinations, sometimes it can be exhausting looking for a comfortable spot to relax and unwind while waiting to board the aircraft. This is where Plaza Premium Lounge comes in.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, Plaza Premium Group‘s founder Malaysian CEO Mr Song recognized a unique business concept after having spent a large amount of time at airports. While travelling on his own, he found it was difficult to work efficiently and comfortably at an airport. Hence, the birth of Plaza Premium Lounge, which has grown to be the world’s largest independent airport lounge network. Plaza Premium Lounge’s concept is to offer comprehensive services and seamless connectivity to the everyday traveller, regardless of airline or class of travel. The Plaza Premium Group seeks to enhance and raise the Airport Service Quality for all travellers via four core businessesAirport Lounge service (Plaza Premiun Lounge & Plaza Premium First), Airport Transit Hotel, Airport Meet & Greet Service and Airport Dining.

On my recent trip overseas, I had a few hours layover at Kuala Lumpur International Airport KLIA and had the opportunity to visit the new Plaza Premium First – a new addition to the Plaza Premium Group.

KLIA has the privilege of housing the very first Plaza Premium First, with plans to open this premium lounge soon at other airports around the world.  Plaza Premium Group currently operates in more than 150 locations in 36 international airports worldwide.

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Plaza Premium First, KLIA, Plaza Premium Lounge, Lingzie Food Blog

Plaza Premium First offers an exclusive premium experience with a personal touch to the weary traveller. It incorporates A La Carte Dining services in addition to the buffet, lounge seating, relaxation area, beverage and coffee bar, shower and amenities, Wi-Fi and charging stations as well as entertainment and even massage treatments.

Open 24 hours a day, Plaza Premium First’s goal is to ensure that travellers are refreshed and re-energized for their onward journey. Thus, making it an essential pit stop while in transit.

During my visit, I had a long 14-hour journey ahead of me which left me feeling rather drained even before the journey began. Hence I tucked into a warm and hearty meal, having a choice of food from the A La Carte dining menu. And ended with some dessert from the buffet bar.

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Plaza Premium First, KLIA, Plaza Premium Lounge, Lingzie Food Blog

Chicken Teriyaki Don with Chawanmushi

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Plaza Premium First, KLIA, Plaza Premium Lounge, Lingzie Food Blog

Wasabi Chicken – featuring a tender and juicy pan seared sous vide chicken thigh served with a light wasabi sauce

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Lemongrass Chicken with Rice

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Plaza Premium First A La Carte Dining Menu

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From the buffet spread… a variety of appetizers, light snacks, fresh fruit and desserts to choose from

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There were plenty of drinks, alcohol, coffee and tea at the beverage bar to keep one feeling quenched.

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Beverage Bar

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Efficient work stations with plenty of power sockets for all our electronic devices

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Plaza Premium First, KLIA, Plaza Premium Lounge, Lingzie Food Blog

Relaxation area (each plush couch has in built power socket & usb slot to charge our phones/tablets/devices too)

While I was there, there were plenty of travellers who came in to charge their electronic devices while calling home to keep in touch with loved ones, keep abreast on the latest news over newspapers and magazines and overall to relax in a comfortable and cozy environment.

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Shower Facilities

I was looking forward to a hot shower before my long haul flight, and the shower facilities at Plaza Premium First did not disappoint. It left me feeling much more relaxed and rested as I stepped out of the shower and dried off with their thick, fluffy towels!

My few hours at the lounge flew by and pretty soon it was time for me to head to my boarding gate. I walked off in anticipation to catch my flight, feeling invigorated from the warm and friendly service which I had experienced at Plaza Premium First.

Plaza Premium First and Plaza Premium Lounge is open to all travellers (not just those with affiliated credit cards).

Plaza Premium First Lounge Use Packages (per person)

2 hours – RM238

5 hours – RM318

10 hours – RM358

All rates inclusive of 6% GST 

Plaza Premium First is located at the East Zone, Level 2, Mezzanine Floor, Satellite Building of KLIA

To get to Plaza Premium First – Alight from Aerotrain, head for Gate C21-27 (East Zone). Take lift no.3 to Level 2. Step out, turn right and head towards the end of the passageway.

 

Men, Men & Dawgs @ Curtis Crest, The Habitat, Penang Hill

I’ve blogged about the attraction in Penang Hill – The Habitat prior to this. Aside from being a ecotourism attraction, Curtis Crest inside The Habitat is also a lovely venue to host events. We recently had the opportunity to attend a concert performance called Men, Men & Dawgs which is a part of Georgetown Heritage Festival 2017. The party ticket includes tram tickets up the hill, entrance to The Habitat and of course enables the ticket owner to attend the concert performance (with complimentary food & a drink).
To be honest I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but we headed up Penang Hill just in time to catch the glorious sunset up on the TreetopWalk at Curtis Crest inside The Habitat¬†

 

The breathtaking sunset at the Treetop Walk

¬†After admiring the sunset and the view from the Treetop Walk we headed back down to Curtis Crest where the stage was already lit and ready for the night’s performance.

We also had a complimentary snack and cocktail from Mish Mash.

Complimentary Snack

Shelah – our emcee for the night

Soon the performance started with our emcee for the night Shelah making her grand entrance. The hilariously funny Shelah had everyone in stitches and put us in the right mood to enjoy the rest of the night.

Dina Nadzir

Nikki Palikai

Elvira Arul

Junji Delfino

Bizhu

The crowd having a good time

We were treated to songs from classics  to current hits belted out soulfully by Junji Delfino, Bizhu, Dina Nadzir, Nikki Palikai & Elvira Arul

DJ Mickey McLean

In between sets, the crowday was treated to the beats of DJ Mickey McLean. And of course more jokes and puns by Shelah.

The crowd dancing the night away

The awesome band

Wefies galore

 

I was indeed blown away by their awesome voices. Men, Men & Dawgs had me spending the night singing along to crowd favourites, dancing to the faster more upbeat tunes and chuckling at Shelahs jokes. Coupled with the lovely cool air up in Penang Hill, it was indeed an enjoyable, relaxing and unforgettable night!

*Many thanks to The Habitat for extending this invitation

3 Reasons Melaka Is The Best Holiday Spot To Go To

Melaka is a state located at the Southern region of peninsula Malaysia and has long been known as the ‚Äúhistoric state‚ÄĚ of the coutntry. Thus, it has been attracting a steady stream of visitors both local and international. Melaka’s city center was listed as UNESCO Heritage Site since July 2008 further strenghtening its status as Malaysia’s ‚ÄúHistorical State‚ÄĚ. Local tourists love visiting Melaka for a quick getaway as there is good mix of the historical sites with modern attractions. Plus, a selection of must eat foods that are unique to Melaka make the city even more inviting. Melaka is a city that never gets old and I personally love visiting this charming place. Here are my top 3 reasons for visiting Melaka for a fun filled and exciting holiday!

There are hotels everywhere you turn

Melaka does not lack in hospitable places for weary travellers to rest their feet after an exciting day of exploring the city. Dotted with hotels, relaxing resorts, charming chalets, nostalgic homestays and flashpacking rentals for the buget conscious, Melaka has it all, which makes it easy for tourists to visit. Some of the hotels in Melaka include Hatten Hotel Melaka (4 Star Hotel), The Sterling, Eco Tree Hotel, Estadia Hotel, La Boss Hotel Melaka and many more. If you are thinking of booking Hatten Hotel Melaka online, you could always try hotel booking using Traveloka because from what I gather, they have great prices on room stays and plenty of hotel deals!

Hatten Hotel Melaka (Image Source: Hatten Hotel Melaka’s official website)

Hatten Hotel Melaka Junior Suite (Image Source: Hatten Hotel Melaka’s official website)

Hatten Hotel Melaka Splash Pool (Image Source: Hatten Hotel Melaka’s official website)

The food is to die for

It is probably no secret that Melaka is a haven for foodies. There are plenty of foods that are unique to Melaka which make it a must eat when visiting the city! The lively food scene here largely has Peranakan influences due to the marriage of early Chinese settlers with the local Malay dwellers giving birth to a rich and historically unique Baba & Nyonya culture. Having also been conquered by the Portuguese in 1511, some Portugese influences are also present in the food and architecture of the city.

Jonker Street is by far the most popular destination in Melaka as it offers an array of delicious eateries and quaint gift shops. Famous eats around the Jonker Street vicinity include Chung Wah Chicken Rice Ball, Jonker 88 for Chendol doused in Melaka’s super fragrant Palm Sugar (gula melaka), East and West Rendezvous for Nyonya Dumplings and Chendol, Lung Ann Refreshment Kopitiam for an old school ‘kopi O’ and homemade kaya on toasts paired with soft boiled eggs. And of course not forgetting the Jonker Street Night Market which is opened from Fridays-Sundays 6pm onwards for a pleathora of street food, clothes, accessories and knick knacks.

Melaka’s signature Chicken Rice Balls

For something a lil off the beaten track, one can also hop over to Jalan Bunga Raya for the famous Bunga Raya Popiah and to Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake at Jalan Tengkera for an array of mouthwatering nyonya ‘kueh’.

History, culture and architecture

Melaka is indeed a place where many cultures collide. Resulting from its early colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, and the birth of Baba Nyonya culture, Melaka is rich in historical, cultural and architectural sites that are one of a kind.

A visit to Melaka is incomplete if one misses the iconic red building The Stadhuys, the legacy left behind by the Dutch. It is now a history musuem which charts Melaka’s majestic and colorful journey from the great Malay Sultanate to various colonizations to present day.

Another site that is a must see is A Famosa, a fort built by the Portuguese in 1511. The fortress was built overlooking the river and is one of the oldest surviving European remains in South East Asia.

Other interesting attractions include the Baba Nyonya Heritage Musuem, St. Paul Church Melaka, Melaka Sultanate Palace, Portuguese Square and Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese temple.

The Stadhuys (Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ultraman0069/)

Crab B Restaurant @ Butterworth, Penang

The famous crab joint from Puchong – Crab B (or Crab Brother in Mandarin) has branched out to Penang, with its new outlet at Taman Regency Oren (off Jalan Ong Yi How), Butterworth. We made our way there for lunch recently and just managed to beat the lunch crowd which started to build just as we sat down and placed our orders. Located off Jalan Ong Yi How opposite Garden Feel Restaurant, it’s easy to spot the restaurant with its bright orange & black exterior.

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Crab B, Crab Brother Penang, Penang Food Blog, Lingzie Food Blog, Butterworth Food Hunt

Their specialty – CRAB

One will notice right off the bat that Crab B offers many unusual flavours such as Honey Lemon Crab, Musang King Crab, Oreo Cheese Crab, Honeydew Sago Crab and Milo Butter Crab. Their bestseller would be the Creamy Salted Egg Crab which made its appearance at almost every other table.

Each order of crab has a minimum order of two crabs and we were informed that they only had the XXL size crabs for the day. Since there were only 3 of us, our plans to try two different preparations of crab did not seem feasible. So, we decided to take the plunge and go for the Milo Butter Crab!

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XXL Crab in Milo Butter Sauce RM158/kg during our visit (Market Price)

The XXL crab arrived, impressively sized with a creamy looking sauce and lots of Milo sprinkled on top. Not quite knowing what to expect, we found the Milo Butter Sauce surprisingly tasty. It was a well balanced sweet and savoury sauce with hints of spice from the curry leaves.  The crab itself was fresh and I enjoyed savouring the sweet and firm meat from the huge crab claw.

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Crab B, Crab Brother Penang, Penang Food Blog, Lingzie Food Blog, Butterworth Food Hunt

Deep Fried Mantao RM5 per portion

The deep fried mantao was also delicious side pairing to the crab.

2012 – Fried Chicken Cubes & Pork with Yam Ring RM30

Next, we tried another one of their signature dishes named 2012 – consisting of fried chicken cubes in a yam ring and fried pork coated in peanut sauce. Overall, I found this dish enjoyable especially the yam ring which was well executed. The pork ribs were coated in a fragrant peanut sauce which was well caramelized resulting in a lovely slightly chewy texture. The chicken cubes on the other hand needed some tweaking. It had pleasant flavour but was otherwise rather hard and dry.

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Kai Lan & Black Fungus in Rice Wine RM18

For greens, the wait staff recommended the Kai Lan & Black Fungus in Rice Wine. It was a simple and light dish which was much needed to balance out the heavier dishes. Also, I appreciated the fact that the kai lan was cooked just right and still maintained its crunchy texture.

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XO Steamed Chicken RM38 (half bird)

Next, we tried the XO Steamed Chicken (the dish uses ‘kampung chicken’) which took quite a while to arrive due to the steaming process. It looked rather ordinary but easily won over my heart and stomach! In fact this ‘ordinary chicken dish’ really gave the crabs stiff competition for best dish of the meal! What made this chicken dish extraordinary is the well balanced XO sauce with its umami flavours and a hint of spiciness from ginger slices and red chillies. I’m told that this Thai variant of red chilly is more fragrant and spicier than the local variants. I whole heartedly agree for it indeed brought this dish to another level. I would definitely return just for this dish alone! A must try!

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Crab B, Crab Brother Penang, Penang Food Blog, Lingzie Food Blog, Butterworth Food Hunt

Crab B, Crab Brother Penang, Penang Food Blog, Lingzie Food Blog, Butterworth Food Hunt

Crab B Menu

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Crab B Menu

Crab B, Crab Brother Penang, Penang Food Blog, Lingzie Food Blog, Butterworth Food Hunt

Overall, we had a really satisfying meal at Crab B. Although price wise it was on the high side, we felt it reflected the quality and the dishes also really suited our taste buds.

I look forward to returning to try their signature Creamy Salted Egg crab which seems to have won praises from many. Even my friends in Puchong who deem Crab B as their usual crab haunt highly recommend the Creamy Salted Egg. And if we return in a bigger group, we can perhaps try another one of their more unusual flavours… Musang King Crab anyone? hehe

The Essentials:-

Crab B Restaurant

Opening Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm; 5pm-11pm (Open DAILY FOR NOW, Closed on Mondays from Dec 1st Onwards)

Address: 7520, 7521 & 7522 Lorong Seri Tanjung 1 , Taman Regency Oren ,13400 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang. (Off Jalan Ong Yi How, opposite Garden Feel Restaurant)

TEL: 017-332 1543/017-390 1230

NO GST NO SERVICE CHARGE

NON HALAL

Crab B Facebook Page

Art Sim Kitchen offers Delicious Nyonya Kuih & Nasi Lemak @ Jalan Kelawai, Penang

Art Sim Kitchen which was previously operating at Tanjung Bungah has now moved to Kelawai Road, Penang opposite Gurney Plaza. Housed inside a boutique called Just’s Wardrobe, one would be hardpressed to find this obscure lil’ kitchen if you are not in the know, for there are currently no sign boards indicating its presence. But do not be deterred because this hidden gem offers local delicacies that will surely whet your appetite.

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Art Sim Kitchen, Nyonya Kuih, Nasi Lemak, Just Wardrobe, Kelawei Road, Lingzie Food Blog, Penang Food Blog

A small area inside Just’s Wardrobe is cordoned off for a cozy dining experience at¬†Art Sim Kitchen. Dotted with oil paintings by local artists, one can admire these paintings while having a good meal.

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Kerabu Bihun RM8.90

The Kerabu bihun was an excellent way to kick off our meal with its spicy and sour notes. Definitely not for those who can’t take spicy food!

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Steamed Yam Cake RM6.90 (fried version also available)

The steamed yam cake was fare, not the best I’ve tried but also not the shabbiest. Overall it was a decent steamed yam cake which should satisfy any cravings for this dish.

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Nasi Lemak (Tri Colour Rice) with Ayam Berempah RM11.90

Next up is their Signature Nasi Lemak with Tri Colour Rice consisting of blue pea flower rice, ‘nasi kuning’ (natural yellow colour is from tumeric) and white coconut milk infused rice. ¬†Each of the different colored rice has its own distinctive taste. All of them were equally enjoyable although I leaned slightly more towards the ‘nasi kuning’ ūüôā The white ‘nasi lemak’ itself was very fragrant and rich, all the things you would hope for in a nasi lemak.

Diners have the option to choose from Ayam Rendang, Kapitan Chicken or Ayam Berempah to go with their nasi lemak. I chose the Ayam Berempah and did not regret my choice. The chicken was well fried and still piping hot when served, coated & marinated in spices I enjoyed every crunchy bite!

Fried Assam Fish is also available to add on.

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Another signature dish at Art Sim Kitchen is their Kwang Jiang – a Teochew vegetarian roll made up of yam, white radish and peanuts which is wrapped in beancurd skin and then deep fried. But alas the kitchen ran out of this item during our visit. So we shall have to reserve it for the next visit!

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Selection of Nyonya Kuih (RM1.50- RM1.80 per piece)

Art Sim Kitchen offers a selection of Nyonya Kuih made fresh daily and we sampled a few that were available during our visit. We thoroughly enjoyed them especially the Pulut Inti!

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Pulut Inti

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Art Sim Kitchen and look forward to returning! I’ve eyed the Sambal Toast on the menu which sounds promising. hehe

Though the service was rather haphazard as they are a small team (mostly the chef herself is running a one woman show) but we did not mind it as we could spend some time admiring the oil paintings. However, hopefully the service will improve once they get a hang of the operations.

As the space is rather small, do call for reservations if you are planning to visit in a big group. Also,

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Art Sim Kitchen, Nyonya Kuih, Nasi Lemak, Just Wardrobe, Kelawei Road, Lingzie Food Blog, Penang Food Blog

Art Sim Kitchen, Nyonya Kuih, Nasi Lemak, Just Wardrobe, Kelawei Road, Lingzie Food Blog, Penang Food Blog

 

The Essentials:-

Art Sim Kitchen @ Just’s Wardrobe¬†
161B, Jalan Kelawai  (opposite Gurney Plaza; next to Wag N Romp Pet Shop)
Business hours : 11am – 5pm
Closed on Monday & Tuesday
Tel : 04 2276229, 0126696486