September 30, 2009

MAA ROY Thai Restaurant......

What shall we have for dinner tonight? Western, Indian, Asian.....? We finally settled on this restaurant. Maa Roy a Thai restaurant. Brother-in-law has been there and (if I'm not mistaken) said we should give it a shot after our recent stint at Chok Dee. Here we are for dinner.
We were served fresh cucumber and long beans together with Thai chili (some sort of sambal) as appetizers. The 'sambal' was great. Our dishes arrived shortly. Deep fried Kangkong, Tom yam, Secret Pork and Otak otak.
This is the Secret Pork. How secret is it? Well, it actually is nothing more than slices of pork marinated in lots of Thai spices and some herbs. It is then deep fried. I don't find any surprises in this dish.
The deep fried kang kong? A dish which happens to be one of my favorite and a must have at any Thai restaurant I visit. This time I must say I was disappointed. The kang kong not only came in batter that wasn't crispy, it was also bland.
A sweet and sour peanut sauce is served together with the dish. It does make the kang kong taste a bit better but it'll be better if I could eat it without the sauce like I normally do.
The Thai style Seafood Otak otak looked really appetizing when it arrived. The aroma was great but somehow the taste wasn't so. I think too much basil leaves were included and also the egg was over beaten. H didn't like it much but I thought it was quite bearable.
Ah....the savior of the night's dinner. The seafood Tom yam. Now, this is really good. The tom yam is sour, a little bit sweet, spicy and not liquid. The fish, calamari, prawns and a few ladies' fingers all tasted good and fresh. Now be forewarned, the spiciness of this dish overloads your taste buds.

Tup Tim Krop..Urghhh.....is this the way the dessert is supposed to be? I can't remember how many times I've had this dessert and loved it but this is the one time I'll give the thumbs down. The santan (coconut milk) tasted old and 'expired', the starch is gooey. No more next time.
Maa Roy is run by Thais and all I can sum up is; I think it is too authentic for our taste buds. The staff here are friendly and it did make our visit better with their politeness. The one thing is, they charge 80 cents for a cup of plain water. That's rather much, no? Anyway, these are my comments and thoughts. If you would like to visit this restaurant, it is located at: 6A Abu Siti Lane, Penang. Tel: 04-2265816. Hope you enjoy! :o)

September 15, 2009

Apom....Ooooo yummy

This is my family's favourite stall. Apom, Yes. This couple makes the BEST apom in Penang. At least it is for my family. Why I say it is the best is simply because of the fragrance and texture. No smoky smell and the apom thin but not too thin. I know charcoal made ones are better but somehow some stalls makes them 'smoked'. I needn't have to go further on this little piece of apom. You run along down to Chulia Street and taste if for yourself. Where? This stall is found at the end of Chulia Street, Penang(near the end where Mesjid Kapitan Kling is situated).













See the number of people waiting for their orders of Apoms? Enjoy :o)

September 8, 2009

BLUE REEF is the place......!

Blue Reef is a restaurant we have walked by and drove past many times but have never visited. All these while we thought it was just a Fish n Chips shop just like any other found in town. Boy, was we surprised when we visited? The place was near full as we can see when we stepped inside. Brightly lit, very cozy, quite spacious and the staff.....they are friendly.
I had Blue Reef's trademark dish.....The Fish n Chips done in beer batter. Notice how it is served? It comes with a green salad! It isn't just this but the fish itself. The batter is light and what I noticed when I took a bite is this. You don't bite into batter and then air but light crispy batter then fish. The fish is chunky and not tiny sized. I must say Blue Reef serves sizeable portions of food for the price paid. Even malt vinegar is supplied together with Heinz brand tomato and chili sauce. Now is this value for money or what?
This is the interesting and different part of Blue Reef. They serve other dishes besides Fish N Chips. A fish shop with a difference, no? Hmmm......had I known I wouldn't have taken this long to visit. Hubby had the Lamb Cutlet and he couldn't talk to me. He was too busy savoring every mouthful of the lamb plus the wonderful mash potato, etc. All he could muttered was ooh the lamb is very well marinated and tender. There is something very different about the mash potato here. Check this out.

We were served Crème brûlée after the meal. Courtesy of Blue Reef's owners Chris and Swen.

You will find drawings of patrons' children pasted on the wall. I find this really amusing, very interesting and a great idea. Something that I've not come across so far.
Now how did we find the food and service here?
This drawing here sums it all and you bet we'll be back for their other items on the menu.

Trot to the place which is run by Chris and Swen a young affable couple. BLUE REEF is located at Permai 32. Tanjung Bungah. Penang. Tel: 04-8999128. (Closed on Mondays) Have a Great Time and enjoy. :o)