June 12, 2009

Dining at Bagan Penang....

This is my (our) second visit to Bagan. Hubby thought he'd take me to a real romantic place since I considered the dinner at Soho was romantic to me. I was told that this is a gay bar but I see many couples like us dining here. I like the interior; colour and all. Housed in an old Colonial like building, there is even a separate section for the bar/lounge area. You get a kind of warm ambience with the simple interior and dark but not too dark lightings. At least you can see what you are eating.
Don't you just love the uniform the waitress wears?
We had the full course dinner starting with the salad. Salad was just alright. Nothing spectacular. Next was the wild mushroom soup. Oh, it is heavenly. Thick and creamy with lots of mushrooms. A mixture of wild and shiitake mushrooms. It is thick with cream and milk and not corn starch.
My main course was the macadamia and coconut encrusted rack of lamb with prune and rosemary seasoning. Mmmm...It is so tender. Cooked yet so uncooked. You can still see some juice oozing out as you cut into the lamb. It is something different from the normal grilled rack of lamb. The coating of macadamia and desiccated coconut gives the extra flavour. Hubby had the Chief Waiter's recommendation, the Char grilled rack of lamb marinated with mint and garlic sauce. Simple seasoning but it was tasty and aromatic. Did he like it? You bet. Mm mm....yummy is all he could say.
Our dessert was the lemon cheese cake and as usual my favourite...tiramisu. The cakes are simply delicious. These two especially the lemon cheese cake is a must try.

After dinner, we were serenaded by Rose and The Frequency Band. This place is a bit pricey and I would like to think that it must be because there is entertainment after dinner. Many come in for Rose's singing. On that night she sang I Dream a Dream and Cry me a river. I guess it must be because of Susan Boyle. Oh, you've got to time your dinner time such that you stay long enough to grab a drink and listen to Rose sing. She has a voice so powerful I always thought she'd bring the roof down. The food wasn't bad but the service was. You can't help noticing the nonchalant attitude of the people who works here. Double standards are practised here and that is bad in the hospitality line. I think bearing with the price is enough. Anyway, we enjoyed the food here. Bagan Bar and Restaurant is located at No. 18 Jalan Bagan Jermal, Penang. Tel: 04-2264977


June 8, 2009

Sabah Pan Mee...in Penang

How many times have I visited this stall? I think this is the fourth and I finally remem-bered my camera. Sabah Pan Mee, Yes! I remember my auntie making this dish when I was younger. This dish is well-known in Sabah that is what I found out from the vendor.

A machine is used to flatten the flour dough and then cut. Back then, my auntie uses her fingers to make the 'mee' though it wasn't exactly longish but flattened bits.
This is the 2nd place I've come across in Penang selling this Sabah Pan Mee. Very tasty stock this vendor uses. The bowl comes with a good portion of the mee, abundance of anchovies, black fungus and the 'kau kee' vegetables. I finished every morsel of it. Ahh...good memories and yummy to the last drop.

The Ampang Yong Tou Foo here isn't bad either. Good stock and what I like most is the TeoChew fish ball. Good value for money. Paid only RM7 for this big bowl.

Ah ha...the drinks? Gosh...I wonder if the lady knows I'm going to write about it. She charged me RM1.80 for this glass of iced Nescafe. As it is, I was quite reluctant to pay RM1.80 for this glass and what more...when I tasted the drink, it was quite diluted! Now in case you are wondering where this place is, it is Goodall Kopitiam, Gottlieb Road, Penang. Try the food here but the drinks...the decision is yours to make!:o)

June 4, 2009

No.113...Fried Porridge.

This is my second visit to this restaurant. The first time was for their signature dish Fried Porridge. Porridge fried? Yes, it is. It is on the cover of their menu.  If you have not tasted fried porridge before, you have got to try it. It is this dish that we came back for. Their other signature dish. The Fried Curry Wildboar. The curry is 'ear tingling' hot and spicy but it is sooo delicious. The good amount of onions added in and the curry leaves makes it aromatic.
Next comes the 3 Mixes Fried Pomfret. The 3 mixes means it is spicy, saltish and sweet. How true to the menu. It is hot as in spicy. Watch out for the 'little boms' mixed with the gravy. I mean the chilli padi (bird's eye chilli). The fish is deep fried crispy but not dry. We finished every single bit of the fish. Oh...the bones were left behind. LOL. There is one dish of vegetables I would recommend. It is one of my family's favourite. The Black Four Season Bean. Just a simple dish of long beans fried with 'chai poh' (preserved turnips) and black soya sauce. The chef did a very good job here. The beans came fried, cooked and still retain that bite in it. It is good. Oh...did we have a scrumptious meal? Yes, even with only 3 dishes for 2 persons. Where is it? Restaurant 113 is located in Fettes Park (Opposite Prima Tanjung), Penang. :o)