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 “historic state” 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 “Historical State”. 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

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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’ 🙂 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

Mr Dakgalbi @ Gurney Plaza, Penang

Korean food lovers now have another option to choose from with the arrival of Mr Dakgalbi at Gurney Plaza! Located on the 3rd floor (next to Kim Gary) the international franchise which has various branches in KL, has finally landed in Penang!

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Mr Dakgalbi Gurney Plaza Penang, Korean Food in Penang, Penang Food Blog, Lingzie Food Blog

We lucked out and got a table fairly quickly, because right after we sat down, a long line of customers started to form outside the restaurant. Mr Dakgalbi’s star item seems to be the cheese ring with dakgalbi (pan grilled chicken) so we placed our order for the Medium promo set. The medium promo set priced at RM76 NETT includes:-

Medium Cheese Ring Dakgalbi

Ramen

Fried Rice (S) 

+ 100g extra cheese

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Mr Dakgalbi Gurney Plaza Penang, Korean Food in Penang, Penang Food Blog, Lingzie Food Blog

Mr Dakgalbi Gurney Plaza Penang, Korean Food in Penang, Penang Food Blog, Lingzie Food Blog

The menu includes from Pan Fried rice items too which would be suitable for diners dining alone. Plus some add on items to the Dakgalbi main course. We had originally wanted to try the Seafood Pancake as well but was told that it was not available at the moment.

After being served free water and banchan (refillable kimchi, shredded cabbage and pickled radish), our Dakgalbi came along shortly. It is cooked on our table tops so do expect some smoke and perhaps leaving the restaurant with your hair smelling like dakgalbi 😛

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Mr Dakgalbi Gurney Plaza Penang, Korean Food in Penang, Penang Food Blog, Lingzie Food Blog

Cheese Ring & Ramen

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Fried Rice (which will be fried towards the end of the meal)

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After cooking the chicken and vegetables for a while… comes the cheese ring!

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Then, ramen is added!

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Finally all done and ready to be eaten!! nom nom nom~

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Mr Dakgalbi Gurney Plaza Penang, Korean Food in Penang, Penang Food Blog, Lingzie Food Blog

All that cheeseeeeeeee………….. <3 <3 <3

The chicken dakgalbi was delicious and thankfully not overly sweet. I have had some dakgalbis that border on the sweet side which I don’t fancy. I do enjoy Mr Dakgalbi’s version but wished it could have been a lil spicier! Perhaps I can ask for more gochujang and gochugaru next time? hehe

The chicken was good on its own with its rich marinade but of course even better with the cheese!! It adds more richness and savoury flavour. Meanwhile, the abundant vegetables and kimchi helped to cut through the richness.

The Ramen texture was just right – springy with a lovely bite. I haven’t had ramen in a long while so this really satisfied my ramen cravings. There were some toppoki included in the dakgalbi but I think I will add on more the next time.

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Rice is added towards the end of the meal

When we had a few pieces of dakgalbi left, we felt ready for rice and asked for the rice to be fried.

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We unanimously agreed that the fried rice was better than the ramen (although the ramen will always have a place in my heart… or more specifically stomach :P) I wasn’t sure why the rice tasted better…. perhaps it absorbed the flavours more than the ramen? Whatever it is, we had a satisfying meal at Mr Dakgalbi.

The Medium promo set is advertise to be sufficient for 2-3 pax. Personally for me the portion is sufficient for 3 but for guys or for those with bigger appetites, the portion is more for 2pax.

I look forward to returning to try the pancake and whenever I get hit by dakgalbi cravings 😛

The Essentials:-

Mr. Dakgalbi

L3-61A Gurney Plaza, Penang (next to Kim Gary)

TEL: 016-765 0514

Mr Dakgalbi Facebook Page

Evergarden Serves up Halal Chinese Cuisine & Sze Chuan Cuisine @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Evergreen Laurel Hotel is no stranger to Penangites, located along the stunning coastline of Gurney Drive, it is arguably one of the long standing 5 star hotels on the island. Evergarden Chinese Restaurant is one of the few Chinese restaurants on the island that provide HALAL Chinese cuisine. Recently, we were invited to have a taste of their food, under the deft hands of Chinese chef Lim Kim Hai and his team. Evergarden Chinese Restaurant provides an array of Chinese cuisine in the form of ala-carte items and course dinner set menus. Also for the month of August, a Sze Chuan Delights promotion is on going.

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Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang, Halal Chinese Restaurant, Evergarden Chinese Restaurant, Penang Food Blog, Lingzie Food Blog

Evergarden Chinese Restaurant is located on the 1st Floor of Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

The restaurant boasts a spacious dining area with high ceilings for an opulent ambiance. Various Private rooms are also available.

Now, let’s take a look at the food shall we? Kicking things of with Evergarden’s August Promotion – Szechuan Delights featuring a variety of well-loved Szechuan dishes such as Hot & Sour Szechuan Soup and Fried Beef with Szechuan Sauce. Other dishes include Sauteed King Prawns with Mince Garlic & Chilli, Steamed Golden Snapper with Crispy Bean, Fried Shredded Chicken with Fish Gravy Sauce, Braised Beancurd with Minced Beef & Chilli Bean Sauce and Fried French Bean with minced chicken & dried shrimp.

On the whole the Szechuan dishes were pretty good though a lot less spicy than what I would have expected. Perhaps this is to cater to the tastebuds of the masses.

The dish that impressed me the most was the Deep Fried Golden Duck “Sze Chuan” Style. The duck was expertly deep fried resulting in a crispy skin which gave way to juicy meat on the inside. Served with a sweet dipping sauce, I couldn’t get enough of this dish and it comes highly recommended!

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Deep Fried Golden Duck “Sze Chuan” Style

RM40 (half bird)

Highly recommended!

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Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang, Halal Chinese Restaurant, Evergarden Chinese Restaurant, Penang Food Blog, Lingzie Food Blog

Fried Shredded Chicken with Fish Gravy Sauce

RM30 (Small)

Coming a close second to my favourite dish from the Szechuan Food promotion is the deceivingly ordinary looking Fried Shredded Chicken with Fish Gravy Sauce. While it didn’t look like much, the flavours were deep and rich. I found myself reaching out for this dish constantly. Perfect accompaniment with some rice.

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Steamed Golden Snapper with Crispy Bean

RM110 per fish

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Fried French Beans with Mince Chicken & Dry Shrimp

RM25 (Small)

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Fried Beef with Szechuan Sauce 

RM35 (Small)

If you do take beef, Evergarden’s Fried Beef with Szechuan Sauce is promising. The slices of beef are tender and juicy while the flavours are spicy but not overly so.

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Sauteed King Prawn with Mince Garlic & Chilli

RM70 (Small)

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Braised Beancurd with Mince Beef & Chilli Bean Sauce

RM30 (Small)

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Szechuan Delights Food Promotion at Evergarden Chinese Restaurant

If Szechuan cuisine is not up your alley, let’s take a look at Evergarden Chinese Restaurant’s Chinese Set Menu Speciality. We were treated to the Chef’s recommended dishes which are prepared using the freshest ingredients. The Chinese Set Menu for a table of 10 persons starts from RM810 (INCLUSIVE OF 10% Service Charge & 6% GST). A variety of set menus are available priced at RM930, RM1050, RM1160 and RM1450.

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Double Boiled Chicken Soup with Ginseng Herbs

A heartwarming and nutritious soup 

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Roasted Peking Duck (Two Course)

We thoroughly enjoyed the Peking Duck and I also loved the creative presentation of the dish!

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Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang, Halal Chinese Restaurant, Evergarden Chinese Restaurant, Penang Food Blog, Lingzie Food Blog

Laurel Precious Four Dish Combination

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Laurel Precious Four Dish Combination

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Laurel Precious Four Dish Combination

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Steamed Red Snapper in “Teow Chew” Style

I always enjoy a good ‘Teow Chew’ style steamed fish and this version does not disappoint. I just loved the meaty fish and the clean taste of the broth with a sour tang.

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Sauteed King Prawns with Mayonnaise & Fresh Fruits

This prawn dish was another favourite of the night. Bouncy King Prawns with a nice crunchy outer layer, it’s sweet and salty and would suit all palates young and old.

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Baked Stuffed Crab Meat with Cream Sauce

The baked stuffed crab meat was another crowd pleaser. We couldn’t get enough of the super crispy prawn crackers (yes, I do abhor soft prawn crackers that have gone ‘off’ and unfortunately, many a restaurant have dared to serve them!) The baked stuffed crab was a joy to eat with a lovely cream sauce. It kinda reminds of lobster thermidor but done with crab meat instead of lobster.

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Again, my hats off to the chef for their creative presentation. Speaking of creative presentation, check out the next dish below…

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Fried Vegetables with Mushrooms in Basket

The quail egg ‘birds’ are just too cute!!

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Chinese Pancake with Lotus Paste

It was hot, crispy and sweet!

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Chilled Herbal Jelly with Honey & Longan

Overall we had a satisfying meal at Evergarden Chinese Restaurant. Some standout dishes for me personally include the Deep Fried Golden Duck Szechuan Style, the Roasted Peking Duck (yep, both duck dishes were good!), Fried Shredded Chicken with Fish Gravy Sauce, Fried Beef with Szechuan Sauce, Sauteed King Prawns with Mayonnaise & fresh fruits and Baked Stuffed Crab Meat with Cream Sauce.

Evergarden Chinese Restaurant (HALAL certified) is open from 6.30pm-10pm Tuesdays to Sundays (Closed on Monday)

The Essentials:-

Evergarden Chinese Restaurant

1st Floor of Evergreen Laurel Hotel

53 Persiaran Gurney

10250 Penang

FOR RESERVATIONS, Please CALL 04-2269988 

Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang FACEBOOK PAGE

Uncle John’s Durians @ Pulau Tikus, Penang

With the durian season upon us, we were hunting for a place to get good durians at reasonable prices (read: without getting our throats slaughtered) without having to travel all the way to Balik Pulau. This season has been somewhat slow with supplies at a record low (blame the weather/heavy rains/global warming). Coupled with high demand from foreign tourists, prices have sky-rocketted over the years.

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Penang Durian, Balik Pulau Durian, Penang Food Blog, Lingzie Food Blog

We paid a visit to Uncle John’s Durians located at Pulau Tikus, opposite the Church of Immaculate Conception (in front of Hong Leong Bank). They were previously at Apple 1 Hotel last year, and moved to this new location just opposite the road for this year.

To our delight Uncle John remembered us (even though we only visited him twice last year). And so we were greeted with the same friendly and jovial service.  Most importantly, the durian prices were cleared stated so patrons would be well prepared.

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The Famous Musang King & Or Chi “Black Thorn” is available at Uncle John’s

Normally Uncle John would ask what flavour we prefer (sweet/bitter/bittersweet) then he will recommend accordingly and also advise us which to eat first, normally starting with the sweeter variety and ending with the bitter ones.

We chose 4 varieties during our visit – ‘Cheh Pueh’ (Green Skin), D24, Y Chee & Tek Kha. Y Chee was something new which we have not seen before so we thought we’d try it to see how it tastes. All four varieties were good, our personal favourites being Cheh Pueh and D24. But my mom preferred the Tek Kha over the D24. So it really does depend on individual taste. I liked the creaminess of the D24 which had hints of bittersweet. While the Tek Kha has a bolder and more bitter flavour.

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‘Cheh Pueh’ (Green Skin)

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D24

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Y-Chee (named because of the ‘crooked’ and free form thorns)

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Tek Kha 

(the brownish grooves in the middle of the fruit are the characteristic feature of ‘Tek Kha’ breed of durian)

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Penang Durian, Balik Pulau Durian, Penang Food Blog, Lingzie Food Blog

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Vacuum packing available (complimentary) 

For those who wish to deep freeze their durians (perhaps for relatives who couldn’t make it back to Penang for the durian season) or if they wish to bring on board buses/planes etc, Uncle John provides vacuum packing of the durians. He guarantees that there will be no smell. We tried vacuum packing a few durians for relatives outstation, and it really didn’t emit any ‘funky durian smell’! The durians were a bit ‘crushed’ since its kinda flattened, but taste wise was still alright.

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Rambutans also available for sale

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So if you’re around the Pulau Tikus area and hankering for some durians, do pay Uncle John’s stall a visit! There are two stalls located along the same road opposite the church so do make sure to go to Uncle John’s stall 🙂

Durian parties, bulk purchases, corporate events can be arranged.

Uncle John Durian

TEL: 016-441 1922

016-441 3171

016-440 3318

In front of Pulau Tikus Plaza Penang

Opening hours: 12pm-8.30pm DAILY (until the durian season ends)

Uncle John Durian Facebook Page

Penang Coffee & Desserts Festival 2017 Preview @ Gurney Paragon Mall

The Penang Coffee & Desserts Festival is back once again in 2017 at Gurney Paragon Mall! The 3 day festival will be happening from 28th-30 July 2017 at the Atrium of Gurney Paragon Mall from 10am-10pm. Over 50 exhibitors will be participating in this festival which would be sure to please all coffee and dessert lovers.

We got a sneak peek of some of the desserts that will be featured during the festival including these super pretty desserts by Kochabi Taiwan Cuisine.

Kochabi is a Taiwanese Cuisine restaurant at Level 5 of Gurney Paragon Mall, but they will be featuring 3 special desserts during the Penang Coffee & Desserts Festival. These desserts will be available at their restaurant after the festival too!

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Jelly Flower Cake

There pretty Jelly Flower cakes are made using natural coloring (from red dragon fruit, pumpkin, butterfly pea flowers and matcha) The ones pictured above is their medium size cake but for the festival, mini jelly flower cakes will be available at RM12/pc

The base of the jelly is mango yoghurt, soya bean longan or red dragon fruit coconut. This is a light and refreshing dessert that is not sweet. So it’s perfect for those who do not enjoy heavy desserts.

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Mochi RM5.90/pc

Kochabi also offers their own version of this traditional Japanese dessert. They use custard and cake as a based, combining them with fruits such as strawberry and mango or matcha red bean to make this delicious mochi.

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Korean Buttercream Flower Cake

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Korean Buttercream Flower Cupcakes RM12/pc

Kochabi also brings us the very trendy Korean Buttercream Flower Cupcakes and cake. These gorgeous creations are handpiped from buttercream made using Denmark butter. During the festival, only the cupcakes will be available but the cakes can be pre-ordered and customized from Kochabi after the festival.

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Dessert N Smile’s Durian Puff, Matcha Puff & Chocolate Puff

During the festival, Dessert N Smile  will be showcasing their signature Durian Puffs. They have a stall at Hawker Avenue @ Just Food Level 5 of Gurney Paragon Mall,

There are 3 types of puffs to choose from – original, bamboo charcoal or crispy puff. And 3 types of fillings – Durian, Matcha and Chocolate. Out of these combinations, my personal favourite is the Crispy Puff with Durian Filling. It is advisable to eat these puffs at one go (in one bite) in order to prevent the delicious filling from bursting out of the puff!

Pricing:-

RM3/pc

RM8 for 3pcs, RM13 for 6pcs OR RM24 for 12pcs

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Crispy Puff with Durian filling <3

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Ice Cream – Oreo, Matcha, Durian & Cempedak (seasonal)

RM10/cup OR RM6/cone

Next, we also got to try their ice cream. With four interesting flavours to choose from – Oreo, Matcha, Durian and Cempedak, my personal favourites were the Durian and Cempedak!

Dessert N Smile’s products are free from preservatives, artificial flavouring and coloring.

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There will be plenty of activities, demonstrations, free workshops (prior registration is required) and Free Giveaways during the 3 days of the Penang Coffee & Desserts Festival.

A Food Truck Gathering Party will also be happening along the Jalan Kelawei entrance on 29th-30th July 5pm-10pm.

So, head on over to Gurney Paragon Mall this weekend for plenty of good coffee and delectable desserts!

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Maple Palace Chinese Restaurant, Penang

Maple Palace Chinese Restaurant is no stranger to the dining scene in Penang. Maple Palace is one of the go to places whenever one looks for quality Chinese cuisine be it for weddings, company dinners, birthdays, events or even just a simple meal with family and friends.  Over the years, Maple Palace has constantly changed and revamped their menu to keep things exciting for their customers, new or returning. Special set dinner menus can also be curated based on the diners’ preferences and budget.

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Majestic building which houses Maple Palace Chinese Restaurant

Open air car park is available

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Recently, the owner and head chef of the establishment Mr Tan Loy Sin, hosted a group of us for dinner. The dinner showcased the restaurants capability and creativity, presenting us with dishes that were top notch in quality. We were definitely in for a treat!

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Appetizer – ‘Paku Pakis’ vegetable in ‘Ubah’ Sauce

We started off with a cold appetizer in the form of ‘Paku Pakis’ (wild fern) vegetable in ‘Ubah’ Sauce. We were indeed very lucky for they had just procured the ‘Paku Pakis’ the morning of the meal itself when Mr Tan went on his rounds at the wet market. A rare delicacy here in Penang, the vegetable was crunchy with its own distinctive taste and was the right vehicle to carry the sweet, slightly spicy and sour Ubah Sauce! With lots of shallots, fried dried shrimp and chilli, every mouthful was a burst of flavours dancing around in my mouth.

This dish is also served in their regular menu with a more common type of vegetable. I reckon it will still be just as good as their ‘Ubah’ Sauce is the key point here.

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Maple Palace for hot & cold combination Platter 

The Hot & Cold Combination Platter consisted of prawn stuffed with salted egg yolk, truffle oil scallops, chicken wing stuffed with Ebiko and fried Puffer fish. I thoroughly enjoyed all four offerings on the platter. Each had its own distinct flavour and tastiness. Bur perhaps my favourite would be the delicate truffle oil scallops.

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Ebiko stuffed Chicken Wings

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Double-boiled fish head abalone soup

We were then served with 2 different soups – one is their signature fish head soup (similar to the one used in their signature fish steamboat) with abalone added to make it more indulgent. The milky rich soup was indeed heartwarming.

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Yellow cucumber seafood abalone soup 

The second option of soup came with interesting presentation using the whole yellow cucumber as the ‘bowl’. It was fun to dig into it to fish out the abalone hidden inside but some caution is needed to ensure the soup doesn’t spill out. The clear soup was delicious and sweet.

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BBQ Roasted Spanish Iberico Pork Ribs

Regular patrons of Maple Palace will notice that they do have some Western styled dishes in their menu. Personally I love this mix of Western and Chinese cuisine for it makes the meal more interesting. One of the highly recommended Western styled dishes in Maple Palace would be the BBQ Roasted Spanish Iberico Pork Ribs. In the deft hands of their chef, the ribs were definitely flavourful and tender. Served with roasted potatoes which were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, and salad tossed in truffle oil. This dish could certainly rival any other western Ribs restaurant in Penang!

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Deep-fried Estuary tiger grouper with pomelo sauce 

The next dish came in the form of a crispy deep fried tiger grouper; expertly paired with the sweet & sour pomelo sauce to cut through any oiliness. I thoroughly enjoyed this meaty fish dish.

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Aromatic duck with 7 head South Africa abalone

Next, we had a handsome aromatic duck dish which is a luxurious treat for our taste buds! The duck had a delightful crispy skin which made way for the juicy meat inside. When Paired with the huge 7 head South Africa Abalone, it was the best of both worlds (land & sea)! Chinese style fine dining at it’s best!

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Braised sea cucumber & stuffed broccoli with prawns paste

For the vegetable course, a braised sea cucumber & stuffed broccoli dish was presented before us. This was made more interesting with the prawn paste stuffed into the broccoli.

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Braised Ee Fu noodles with Goose Web

Finally, to end the savoury part of the meal, we were served Braised Ee Fu noodles with Goose Web. I was initially rather apprehensive about the Goose Web for I don’t take chicken feet either (because I don’t quite enjoy the texture). However, since the Goose Web is a delicacy, I gingerly took my first small bite of it. And was wow-ed by its deep rich flavours. The texture was not as rubbery as I had imagined and I had polished off the Goose Web in no time! The premium imported Ee Fu noodles meanwhile had a wonderful springy texture and bite to it. Personally, this dish was a new taste adventure for me which I enjoyed immensely.

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Maple Palace signature dessert

We were curious what the Maple Palace Signature Dessert would bring, and we were not disappointed! A platter of smoke and lights was placed before us with much fanfare and wow factor. It consisted of small shots of their signature desserts including a special “green drink” which had us all guessing what it was made out of. It had a lovely sweet and tangy flavour which most identified as pineapple. But because it was green, we tried to guess what else was added. It turned out that all our guesses were wrong! For it is actually a combination of pineapple, Choy Sum vegetable and honey. A lovely and refreshing way to end the sumptuous meal!

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Overall, Maple Palace does indeed push the boundaries when it comes to Chinese Cuisine in Penang. They can cater for a wide range of palates from simple family dinners to luxurious events. But one thing for sure is that it is a place diners can come back time and again for a good meal.

Maple Palace Restaurant

Address: 47 Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10050 Penang

Tel : 04 – 2279690

Operating Hours: Lunch: 12noon – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10pm

Tapaz Restaurant Re-opens with New Menu @ Telaga Harbour, Langkawi

Tapaz Restaurant at Telaga Harbour in Langkawi brings a touch of Spain to this laidback island featuring delicious small plates of food combined with good wine. Tapaz has been in operations since 2004 and was closed for a short while in May for renovations and a menu revamp. We were lucky enough to be invited for the re-opening of Tapaz during our visit to Langkawi.

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A glass of Prosecco to kick off the night

We were ushered to a long table overlooking the harbour. A gentle breeze kept us feeling cool and comfortable. Meanwhile, the numerous tealights that dotted the table set a romantic and magical mood.

Soon, we were presented with starters – Homemade Chicken Liver Pate, Kalamata Olives and Stone bread.

The chicken liver pate was silky smooth, almost butter-y and very appetizing indeed. I loved the texture of the lightly toasted grilled bread. The chicken liver pate was lovely on the stone bread, but be sure to keep some bread for the next dish… the Garlic Prawns with Dried Chili, Parsley & Olive oil! This popular Spanish dish featured fresh succulent prawns with a hint of spiciness from the dried chilli. The sweet taste of prawns is prevalent here and the olive oil used in the dish has soaked up the all ‘prawn-y’ goodness. So be sure to take the stone bread, dip it in the olive oil and enjoy! We couldn’t stop eating in this fashion and polished off our bowl of bread & prawns in no time!

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Homemade Chicken Liver Pate served with Stone Bread RM28

Kalamata Olives RM14

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Garlic Prawns with Dried Chilli, Parsley & Olive Oil RM30

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Feta & Cherry Tomatoes with Balsamic Vinaigrette RM18

Next we had a light and refreshing salad that was topped off with some crumbled feta cheese. The greens were crispy and fresh, well tossed in the balsamic vinaigrette.

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Chicken Kebab with Pimiento Sauce RM16

I did not expect to be impressed with a chicken kebab for the name itself seemed rather ordinary. However, it easily became one of the most enjoyable dish to eat that night. The chicken pieces were juicy with a well charred exterior; well seasoned and marinated. The pimiento sauce added richness and more flavour to the chicken kebab.

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Lime calamari with Coriander & Garlic RM15

Next, we were spoiled with more fresh seafood to tickle our tastebuds. The lime calamari was delectable with hints of tanginess from the lime.

But the dish that shone was definitely the Grilled Snapper with Tomato Onion Salsa. We were told that the fish was freshly caught earlier in the day which attributed to its meaty texture and sweet briny flavour. The freshness of the fish stood out on its own and was just right when paired with the light and tangy tomato onion salsa.

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Grilled Snapper Tapa with Tomato Onion Salsa RM28

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Paella

Next, we dug into a hearty paella that warmed our bellies with its well balanced use of spices. A seafood version of the paella is also available at Tapaz.

Then, our tastebuds sang yet again with the Grilled Tiger Prawns! The bouncy succulent texture of the prawns were a joy to eat!

And finally, we tucked into the Grilled Tuna with Pico de Gallo. For me though, I would have preferred the tuna chunks more underdone with pink centers instead of cooked all the way through.

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Grilled Tiger Prawns with Garlic Butter RM38

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Grilled Tuna with Pico de Gallo RM32

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Creme Brulee 

And finally, we had a sweet end to the night of gorgeous food, in a lovely setting with wonderful company. Tapaz will bring the gorgeous food and beautiful ambiance to the table, just bring along the wonderful company and you’re all set for a night to remember!

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*Many thanks to Tapaz for hosting us

Tapaz Restaurant 
Address: Perdana Quay Telaga Harbour Langkawi 07000

TEL: 017-582 2889

Operating Hours: Lunch 11am-3pm, Dinner 6pm-11pm DAILY

Upsidow – An Upside Down House & Cafe, A Langkawi Attraction

If you’re visiting Langkawi and looking for something fun to do, you wouldn’t want to miss paying a visit to Upsidow, where you Turn Your World Upside Down! Upsidow is an Upside Down House Art Installation where everything inside is made from recycled, up-cycled and unwanted materials. Plenty of photo opportunities await inside Upsidow, which promises to be a fun activity for friends and family.

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On our recent trip to Langkawi, we had the opportunity to visit Upsidow and spent a few hours in the double storey house. Spanning 3200 square feet, there were plenty of rooms/areas to check out and pose for photos!

The rooms and areas are what you would find at a regular house – living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, study, music room and even a garage with a convertible car! The fun factor is that everything is upside down. The house also has ‘Windows’ in the form of TV screens. In addition the floors are purposely built in a slightly tilted angle to further augment the upside down factor (which may result in slight dizziness but it went away after a while once we got used the the place)

The owners of Upsidow have built the place using recycled materials such as pallets, oil drums, discarded wood and unwanted pieces of furniture and decorative items. Therefore, it would be apt to call Upsidow an Upcycle Art Installation. 

Now let’s check out some of the rooms inside Upsidow~!

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Bedroom

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Oh No! I’m falling into the toilet~! lololol

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Yep, just chillin’ upside down like Spidey… 😛

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Hmm… what’s for dinner… Lamb perhaps?

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Yes I can totally do acrobatic acts on my car…!

And because coming up with interesting poses can be quite hard (you do need to stretch your imagination a lil  here) there are some photos with ‘pose suggestions’ placed at each section/area. Some of the ‘pose suggestions’ below… (photos courtesy of Upsidow)

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For some reason I really like this one in the bathroom!

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Can you read a book Upside Down? It’s entirely possible at Upsidow!

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If you’re very flexible, do try out this pose for maximum Wows! Streeeeetch! hehe

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Oh, why is the telephone so hard to reach… 😛

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Jammin’ in the music room

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Breath taking sunset view… I was so amazed that the sky was pink!! <3

Upsidow is strategically located at Look Out Point along Jalan Padang Matsirat. From the roof terrace of Upsidow, one can enjoy the amazing sunset view that Langkawi has to offer.

Entrance Tickets to Upsidow:-
Adults: RM25 (ticket only), OR 
RM30 (including a selected meal)

Children: RM20 (ticket only) OR
RM25  (including a child’s meal)

Family Package (2 adults + 2 children):
RM80 (tickets only)
RM100 (including 2 selected adult’s meals and 2 children’s meals)

Within the same vicinity as Upsidow, a quaint food court up-cycled from a shipping container allows diners to enjoy affordable cuisine while basking in warm glow of the sunset.

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Quaint & Cozy dining space dotted with colorful tables & chairs refurbished from oil drums

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Re-purposed Pink Mini Bus from Kuala Lumpur – turned into Upsidow’s beloved ‘Bas Burger’

which sells… burgers of course! 🙂

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Pizza & Pasta Stall + Taco Stall

The setting at the dining area is casual and relaxed. Orders are to be placed at a the order counter (a bright yellow container which you cant miss). Drinks are available from the drinks vending machine (canned drinks + mineral water). After that sit back on the repurposed oil-drum chairs, enjoy the view/sunset and food will be served very soon!

We tried a variety of foods from all 3 stalls – burgers, pizzas, pastas and tacos.

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Schnitze Burger (No Fries) RM15

Breaded Fried Chicken Breast in a bun with Cocktail Sauce

A good option for those who don’t take beef.

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Curry Fries RM4

The Curry fries were my personal favourite! Fear not, the curry fries are not spicy, but instead have a delicate fragrance of spice that makes for unstoppable snacking. I honestly nearly finished the whole plate of fries on my own!

The Paprika fries were good too, but I just preferred the Curry version.

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Paprika Fries RM4

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Australian 100% Beef Burger (No Fries) RM15

Beef patty Charbroiled, Tomato, Onion, Lettuce, Coleslaw

I thoroughly enjoyed the Beef Burger as the patty was juicy and hearty.

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Mixed Salad RM10

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Garlic Bread RM5

Garlic bread was yum~! Not too strong on the garlic flavour, but bread was good and toasted just right.

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Pizza Hawaii RM19

Next up were the pizzas, I enjoyed both but leaned towards the Margherita pizza. Sometimes, simple done well equals to great! Upsidow’s Margherita pizza just hits the spot.

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Pizza Margherita RM15

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Aglio e Olio RM12

We got to try 3 different types of  pastas – Aglio e Olio, Bolognese and Carbonara Chicken Ham. Out of the 3, the favourite of the night was the Aglio e Olio. The flavours were spot on with a hint of spiciness, combined with al dente pasta. A simple dish again, but done so well!

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Bolognese Pasta RM15

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Carbonara Chicken Ham RM15 

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Mixed Sausages & Sauerkraut RM18

Beef, Chicken & Lamb Sausages

We also tried the mixed sausages platter which was pretty good. The platter comes with some slightly chargrilled bread on the side which was really good. And I always appreciate good home made bread! 🙂

Chicken Taco RM10

(Beef Taco also available RM10)

Next up, we had tacos (Chicken & Beef versions). The taco set comes served with Mexican style rice which has a lovely tomato flavour.

Burrito Chicken RM15

Chicken Quesadilla RM18

Meanwhile the chicken quesadilla makes for a delicious, easy to eat meal. I love the slightly toasted tortilla wraps encasing the ground chicken meat, tomatoes, veggies and cheese.

So if you’re in Langkawi and wondering what to do, be sure to check out Upsidow for a good time and good food! (Don’t forget the sunset view too!) 🙂

*Many thanks to Upsidow for hosting us

Upsidow 

Jalan Padang Matsirat

07000 Langkawi, Kedah

Operation Hours: 11am-9pm DAILY

TEL: 012-3294094

Website: www.upsidow.com

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