Penang Food Guide : Dim Sum House VS Prosperous Dim Sum Restaurant

Apart from the Char Kuey Tiao, the Loh Mee, the Har Mee and the Cendol, dim sum is most probably the next thing people will go craving for especially during the early mornings or even high tea. I spent two days of my beautiful mornings hunting for dim sum around Penang, or perhaps, around Macalister Road.

Dim Sum House and Prosperous Dim Sum is quite near to each other. Dim Sum House is opposite Red Rock Hotel and Prosperous Dim Sum Restaurant is behind Red Rock Hotel. So let’s see what they have to offer!

Dim Sum House

DSC00019Both of them share the similar open concept restaurant theme, with dim sum carts around and different stations catering different types of dim sum.

DSC00020 DSC00022 DSC00023Need not to say much, lets the picture do the talking. 

DSC00029Steamed pork ribs. This is always my number one choice and the must order in all the dim sum session~ Not too bad. A lil bit greasy as compared to others but very flavourful

DSC00030Braised chicken feet. Another must order. I like their version of braised chicken feet because it is as though all the sauce and marinates had infused in it. Every bite is a bomb!

DSC00027Prawn Siew Mai. Not too bad. Nothing to shout about

DSC00034Egg yolk pork siew mai. Its just a nice siew mai. That’s all I can say. 

DSC00033Prawn and pork wraps in tangy sauce. It’s probably a lil bit too meaty after so many siew mai. But this one with a tangy sauce definitely stood out.

DSC00032Lo Mai kai aka Glutinous rice wrapped in lotus leave. I don’t normally take lo mai kai even the one in Hong Kong. But the Penang version of Lo Mai Kai is quite good. Not only every bit of rice is soaked in the flavours, you can even taste the smoky smell from the lotus leaf. yums!

DSC00031Fried meat roll. I’m not a fried food person but le bro say its quite good.

DSC00026We had xiao long bao as well but it is horrible. Not even worth to be up here. hahahahaha! So guys, avoid xiao long bao at dim sum house unless you wanna eat a siew mai alike xiao long bao!

Prosperous Dim Sum Restaurant

DSC00151 DSC00127 DSC00128 DSC00130For me, I think Prosperous Dim Sum has more varieties. Happy mode straight away when you saw what they have to offer! Lets start! 

DSC00141As usual, Pork ribs!! Dim sum feast will never be perfect without my pork ribs! I like the pork ribs here because its less greasy but as flavourful still.

DSC00135Chicken Feet is awesome as well. Marination is spot on. The meat around the claw is so tender it literally just fall off the bones once you bite it. Oh nom nom!

DSC00136Lo mai kai is a yums too! I like how generous they are with the ingredients for lo mai kai. Mushrooms, meat, sausages. It makes the lo mai kai taste even better!

DSC00137Prawn rice rolls aka chee cheong fun. Its up to snuff but honestly, I still think Guangzhou and Hong Kong had the best chee cheong fun!

DSC00139Pork belly Steamed Bun! The steamed bun is fluffy and sweet but the pork belly needs a lil bit more time to braise it. Kinda tough for me. 

DSC00140Steamed pork stomach with herbs. This one is one of my favourite too! The whole dish is so light with a perfect touch of the herb aroma. I just cant stop drinking the soup!

DSC00142Steamed pork meat with rice rolls. Not my favourite. Too heavy for me.

DSC00145Sweet and sour pork roll. I love how they served the fried meat rolls with the sweet and sour sauce. It balanced up the meaty part of the meat roll. 

DSC00144Char siew pastry. Way more delicious than I thought. The pastry is buttery and flaky and the char siew inside is tender and juicy. Not too sweet, it compliments the pastry just well!

DSC00147Fried Wanton with Mayo. Not too bad!

DSC00149Steamed three layer pork with yam! Nothing to shout about.

DSC00148Steamed egg with prawns, fins and yolks! I’m loving it! Just cant get away from eggs huh me! Yum yum yum!

DSC00132 DSC00133These were our orders of the day! So fulfilling! I personally like Prosperous dim sum more than Dim Sum House. What say u?

 

Dim Sum House : 63, Jalan Macalister, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Prosperous Dim Sum Restaurant :  202-G5, Aboo Siti Lane, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

 

Oriental Park Kolo Mee Kuching : Some say its the best?

A lot of people claimed that Oriental Park Kolo Mee is one of the very few authentic one in Kuching. Some say its the best among all Kolo Mee.. But what do you think?

I’ve always heard good things about Oriental Park Kolo Mee. It was situated at the Old Cathay Cinema which most of us have no idea of. Nevermind, I have attached a google map in the end of the post. 

So one find day I finally went there for a try. Excited with all the good comments and patiently waiting for my bowl of goodness.

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DSC00015 DSC00016Oriental Park Kolo Mee is famous for the Char Siew. Hence, it means that their Kolo Mee Red aka Kolo Mee with char siew sauce is more popular than the original ones. 

DSC00014They roasted their own char siew so I guess this is one of the element that keeps the customers coming back for more? Personally I don’t fancy kolo mee with char siew sauce. I prefer my kolo mee to be the original white one, but what’s the point of not trying their famous kolo mee red right?

So we ordered 3 types to try. Oh. For your information, wanton lovers like me, they don’t sell wantons.

DSC00003We ordered the kolo mee red. Curly noodles

DSC00007The straight cut kolo mee red.

DSC00002And the curly noodles without the Red.

DSC00010I would say, ITS NOT MY BOWL OF KOLO MEE. HAHAHAHA! I’m sorry you are too sweet for me. Sadly I prefer the kolo mee without the red sauce. I like my noodles to be more al dente. I think I just don’t enjoy very sweet kolo mee. Or maybe I put too much expectation on it.

DSC00008However, please go try it out! I might not like it but tonnes of people love their kolo mee. It has been one of the population’s favourite since N years ago. I might be the odd one out so, even though its not my favourite, please go try it out and judge yourselves! 😀

Guangzhou Food & Travel : The very “meh” New Year Count Down at Canton Tower, Shangxiajiu Street 广州上下九街。广州塔:小蛮腰。

Another post on Guangzhou. Its gonna be a short one because I only spend around 4 days in Guangzhou. Not the overwhelming best experience but definitely a memorable and happy one. First check in China, Guangzhou, I am very happy with that! You make it love China. Tried to cover most of the specialty food in Guangzhou but because of time limitations and lotsa shopping spree incurred, I can only do my best to eat as much in a very short period of time. Noms!

DSC00050_pGood Morning Guangzhou!

DSC00045I woke up early in the morning despite the short period of time we had in Guangzhou. Tried out the food in hotel and it is a huge mistaken. My comments : Just simply eat out. Hotel Food Sucks.

DSC00062 DSC00072_p DSC00080So one of the place I spend a lot of time shopping and eating will be the Shangxiajiu street. It is a very well known shopping street for the locals as well as for the tourist. Tents and vendors filled up the place as early as 11am.

DSC00051-vert DSC00092 DSC00094 DSC00096 DSC00103 DSC00123Like Beijing Road street market, they offers a lot of discount. Discount up to 90% and I bought around 9 pairs of shoes including winter boots with the price range of RM15 to RM40. What say u?

DSC00090 DSC00095For guys, the shoes, the bags, clothings, you can find all sorts of item you need at Shangxiajiu Street. For ladies, earrings, shoes, winter clothes, I don’t know man! Too many to offer. But personally I used to wear a few brands of clothings only, that’s why I seldom shop for clothes in street market. But what I am crazy shopping for are shoes and earrings! God knows how much I bought!

DSC00108 DSC00126Not only that, street food vendors are piling up along the street. 

DSC00110 DSC00112_pI had curry fish balls and BBQ squid. Yums! 

DSC00089-tileTime for lunch, we tried out one of the commonly seen chinese food franchise restaurant in China. Not too impressive but the chilli pork ribs is quite okay.

DSC00118And so we continue our hardcore shopping spree. Came across this highly recommended coffee place and so we tried. Its always nice to rest a while for coffee. There’s a lot of cafes around but I saw this particular one in Google and so here we are

DSC00115 DSC00116Not a coffee fans, I have no idea how to judge a good coffee but their coffee is quite nice. At least smooth and fragrant for me.

pageFor dinner, we stumbled upon a canton restaurant. Settled our dinner here before we head back to hotel to have a rest for count down later. I cant get enough of the beef offal stew so I ordered a small portion for myself. So good I must say! Soup is tasty as well. Noodles was alright and the roasted duck is delicious, crispy skin and juicy meat, that’s what we are looking for right? Overall rating is quite high!

DSC00159Rest time!! Our hotel is just in front of the pearl river so every night we will have this magnificent view. Nap for 2 hours and finally heading out to the Canton Tower for New Year Count Down!!

As usual it was New Year Eve! Road is crazily packed with cars and human beings, we headed out around 9pm and its so jam! Stuck in the taxi for about 1.5 hours because the cab driver decided to drop us somewhere else and ask us to walk. 

DSC00175-horzIt’s a long walk like another 1 hour but because the road is packed with human beings, everyone walk with you so it doesn’t feel tiring. Grab a local beer and off we go to Canton Tower!

DSC00230_p-horzI have no idea how far it is but after all the squuezing and running and climbing, we were finally there! Count down was VERY disappointing. WHY?

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1.) They don’t have any emcee to host the events and the counting down and yet that place is crazily packed like you can’t even breathe!

2.) Everyone was looking at their clock then suddenly the clock put out the words : HAPPY NEW YEAR. Everyone was like WTF?? Where is the 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1?? Then people around us start to curse like.. OMG i came so far for this and that’s it? And people started to communicate to each other by complaining how terrible the count down is. 

DSC00257 DSC00262Well, I put an effort to count down at different country every year and by far, this is the “worst” one. So 3 hours squeezing through the crowd and less than 5 mins of happiness. But I enjoy the process so I’m fine with it. We ended up having a drink below our hotel and met 4 new friends from other part of china and so, having a beef offal steamboat together as supper at 5am before we called it a day. Extraordinary experience for me and I actually enjoy it! 

 

 

Guangzhou Street Food (Beijing Road) 广州北京路小吃

A good friend of mine Thanis mentioned he will be going to Guangzhou this few months and it suddenly hit me on the face… OMG, I have a lot of overdue Guangzhou food posts! And here I am, digging out my Guangzhou photos like more than 1 year ago and to share with you guys out there! (29/12/14 – 02/01/15)

DSC09897_pI considered myself very lucky in Guangzhou as compared to others. I’ve heard a lot of advise from people before I go to China and this Guangzhou trip is definitely my virgin China trip! As you know, common things like… people there are very very rude, they spit everywhere, they cut queue, overall, China is very dangerous….! These were all the negative comments I heard before departing. However, lucky for me, I had a very pleasant trip in Guangzhou. People I met, people I talked to, people I ask direction for, people I bargain during my shopping spree, they are all exceptional friendly and helpful!! That’s totally unpredictable. Everyone I encountered was very nice and polite (except when you are snatching for taxis) FYI, there’s a funny incident where I stand by the roadside trying to queue for the taxi. I politely asked the lady in front of me if this is the taxi stand and she replied me in a astonishing way like.. oh.. you must be a tourist, there is no queuing up for taxi, you have to snatch your own taxi! OK!! Thank you!! I managed to snatch a few tho. Hoho!

But not to say none, I encountered a very unhygienic man spiting when we were exploring the mall in the city area. I guess all the kind and polite people stay near the Beijing road or Shangxiajiu pedestrian street area because I spent most of my time there. 

So today I am going to share some street food I had at Beijing road, aka a very popular shopping street and it is very near the place I stayed. Blessed! 

DSC09920 DSC09921 DSC09928 DSC09929It gets merrier when the sun goes down. You can see all the vendors start to operate during the evening time. I personally love this area because I love to explore and shop around shopping street or night market as compared to the malls. 

DSC00324 DSC00328_p DSC00329Oh look, they even have a spectacular display of the road and stone material used in the Qing, Sung or Tang dynasty. 

From street food to restaurants. They’ve got all. 

One of the common street food in Guangzhou will be the beef offals stew. They are like everywhere in Guangzhou!! 

DSC00337 DSC00338 DSC00339Things you are afraid to get in a offals stew is the nasty smell of the intestines. Well, I’m glad all the offals are washed and cooked properly. No nasty taste, only tasty one! I specially love the beef balls and the beef tendons. So juicy and tender!

Sweet Potatoes! It can be easily find along the street as well.

DSC00442 DSC00443 DSC00447_p DSC00448Not only sweet potatoes, they have roasted chestnut as well. My favourite kinda snacks. One touching thing is that, the vendor actually gave us extra chestnut because I am cute. Hahahha! Nah just kidding! Probably because we are tourist or something like that!

Double layered milk pudding is one of the must try dessert in Guangzhou. I selected the one with the longest queue…

DSC00431_p DSC00432 DSC00433Not too bad but if you do not like milk, you won’t like it. The milk and eggs smell is very strong but theres no problem for milk lover like me!

Came across a very small stalls selling seafood. They have a very wide selection of seafood. Choose anything you like!

DSC09958 DSC09959 DSC09962 DSC09964We were curious about this one! Yes…. I never tried anything like this before and so, it will be my first order!

DSC09965 DSC09972Pan grilled in butter. Oh my, everything in butter will taste heavenly

DSC09971 DSC09975I would say there is a lot of flesh in this lobster crab kinda thing. Meat is very juicy and al dente. With a layered of butter crisp. Yums! 

DSC09960 DSC09966We had sea snails and prawns as well. Not the best but not too bad too!

DSC09968Shark fin and scallop skin soup is ok. I should add more black vinegar in it. 

DSC09980Now, this is recommended by the very friendly lady boss. Sprite with lemon and sour plum. Its extremely refreshing even under the cold days like this. I guess after all the heavy flavoured seafood, something refreshing always help!

And what’s Guangzhou without dim sum and wanton noodles! All the Cantonese food!

DSC09943 DSC09944 DSC09945 DSC09954I personally recommend this shop because 1.) they have all types of cheong fan 2.) the queue is damn scary long.

DSC09947I am not a cheong fan person but cheong fan here definitely caught my heart. The flour layers are so thin, fillings are marinated well, the soy sauce is just nice and flavourful. Perfect combination. Just look at the oily silky cheong fan!

DSC09953And my favourite goes to…. the pork liver cheong fan!!!!

Of coz, if you do not like pork liver, they have tonnes for you to choose from.

DSC09951Fresh prawns cheong fan

DSC09948Dried prawns cheong fan

DSC09952Beef and pork cheong fan!

And for noodles, there’s only one which I think its absolutely mind blowing. Its called “Di Yi Mian” or to translate as “Number 1 noodles”

DSC09916A simple wanton noodles beat everything.

DSC09902 DSC09904 DSC09907You want something more than a common wanton? Get a crab roe wanton noodles!!! 

DSC09914_pThe soup is so sweet and flavourful that you basically do not need any condiments. I came here like more than 3 days throughout the 4 days in Guangzhou. Epic right!

DSC09910I tried to order something different, a pork leg noodles but oh well, forget about it, just get the wanton! 

Another noodle place is located at the entrance of the Beijing road. Not as impressive but they have more choices. If you can’t find the “no.1 noodles”, you can always try out this.

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DSC00002Dried flat noodles with shredded pork

DSC09985Wanton noodles.. hmmm! that’s alright..

DSC09987 DSC09990 DSC09998_pAnd my ultimate beef combi noodles. Look at the size of the noodles!!! Add a splash of black vinegar and hot chilli oil and its good to go!

DSC09993What I love about Guangzhou, they have magic beef balls! There are still lotsa juices in the balls man!

And lastly, I would like to share some main dishes and dim sum I’ve tried which is really good.. Discovered the shop by accident and it din’t disappoint me. Service is good as well and this is a restaurant where you can have your own table and enjoy your food slowly.

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DSC00392 DSC00393Tea!!! They served us tea in a much traditional way. Just the way I like it

DSC00397Roasted goose. I prefer goose over duck because somehow I think the goose is more tender and the texture is lighter. 

DSC00402Water boiled beef. I love spicy stuff. Water boiled beef is basically beef slices soaked in a layer of chilli oil with a lot of other spices. It is commonly served with either beef slices or fish slices.

DSC00417 DSC00425Steamed oysters with minced garlic. 

DSC00421_pLook at the size of the oysters! 

DSC00403Pan fried meat buns! The fillings for this is meat and chives! Simple yet delish!

DSC00399Lastly we have stir fry eggs with chives and baby clams. Something that will keep you eating because the eggs itself is so fluffy yet so creamy in texture. The chives and the freshness of the clam add more flavours to the eggs and hence, you will just keep eating it.

So what did i do after my meal, before my meal or in between my meals while waiting for digestion? I went shopping! Shopping is crazy in Guangzhou. They offered like a 90% discount or even 95% sometimes. Holy mama!! The least they will also have like a 50% discount. I bought so many stuff that I have a buy a new luggage back. So cheap! Just so cheap! Totally compatible to Bangkok shopping spree!!

DSC00034_p DSC00332 DSC00334 DSC00335 DSC00440_p DSC09918 DSC09919 DSC09955 DSC09981Some extra pictures for you! XOXO!

 

 

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