Wednesday, November 30, 2011

生命阳光 Idealite (Malaysia 1st wholesome dining place)

I must say organic food has seen its demand over the recent years. With more people being conscious over their health, this business can definitely earn their profits.
A friend recently took me to this place named IHS natural healing of which i have never known of its existence. This place offers a variety of food, all healthy (to start of with) and meat-free. They also have different menu for different days of the week.

ample parking space in the premise

translating the Chinese words (sheng ming yang guang):- "bright life"

shelves of organic food from sauces to oats to cereal bars

wall decoration

dry ramen, RM9.70 (see all the vegetables? this also tastes superbly good. ramen is handmade)

ginkgo fuyu, RM4.70

Hakka Leicha, a famous Hakka dish meant for healthy purposes as it's made up of different kinds of vegetables and a vege-compressed soup, RM12.70

vegetarian bak-kut-teh, very "herbarlish" and strong in taste, RM9.70

Perhaps you might notice the prices of the food are rather high, this place assures the non-usage of white sugar, artificial salt, preservative and MSG. They guarantee that all food is cook with olive oil and grape seed oil, high in fiber and that all vegetables and fruits are cleaned using ozone technologies.
Besides offering a wellness kitchen, Idealite also organise detoxification camp, wellness & healthy education classes, gua sha strengthening, organic stations and ultrasonic hydrotherapy/spa and many more other services. Visit them today to find out more.
Idealite also provide delivery services. Call 04-2286650 for more information.

Where at?
Jalan Utama (near Little Cottage 2)

Tel no: 04-2286650

Opens Tues-Sun, 11am-8pm

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Lowell's Restaurant Seattle, United States of America

If you ever visit Seattle, Lowell's Restaurant is a must-go. Conveniently located at the Pike Place market, Lowell's Restaurant buys from vendors in the market and thus providing the freshest vegetables, fruits, seafood, herbs and spices. Views from the restaurant includes the Mt. Rainier and Seahawks Stadium as well as beautiful sunset from the three floor window views.

as you can see, this restaurant has got a history of over 100 years

wild Alaskan king salmon filet (simply grilled, herb sauce, jasmine rice pilaf, seasonal vegetables) $21

local's favorite Lowell's clam chowder which comes in 3 sizes; 8oz. cup ($5), 16oz. bowl ($8) and 16oz. sourdough bread bowl ($9)

A friend who had this clam chowder and another at the Fisherman's Wharf at San Francisco even said that the clam chowder at Lowell's could beat that of Fisherman's Wharf.

Where at?
1519, Pike Place
Seattle WR 98101

Tel no: (206) 6222036

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

lunch @ Eng Loh kopitiam

After my first visit to Eng Loh kopitiam for breakfast, I noticed that they also cater a variety of other food for lunch. So, I decided to visit again to try out the others.
packed with patrons

economy rice, 1 sotong, 1 fried chicken and 1 egg: RM4.50 

wan tan mee stall sign - they have a wide variety of wan tan mee's besides the normal ones
you can choose add ons such as phoenix's claw, dried fungus and etc

normal wan tan mee RM3
taste: the noodles is pretty springy

Where at?
48, Church Street, Georgetown Penang

Opens daily except for Sundays

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Xuan Xin Restaurant, Gurney Plaza

This is the fourth Xuan Xin restaurant review i am writing and the third Xuan Xin restaurant branch in Gurney Plaza itself. This places caters more for big family as it serves mainly dishes with rice.

Xuan Xin at a glance

poached chinese spinach with egg RM11.80

crispy chicken with mango RM15

yang chow fried rice RM11.80

crispy roasted chicken-half RM16

fried bee hoon Singapore style RM11.80

deep fried eggplant with wasabi sauce RM7.80

deep fried beencurd with salted egg RM8.50

barley "fu chok" (RM4.50) and red bean soup (RM4.50)
plain water is also available at RM0.80 per glass

As you can see, the prices are rather high but if you go in a big group and share the portion, it should be just alright. Also, i would give an "above average" grade for all the food there so a re-visit is probable especially when I have relatives coming to visit again.
All prices are subject to 6% government tax and 10% service charge.

Where at?
Gurney Plaza 3rd floor (new wing)

Tel no: 04-2297882

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Aroi Thai Restaurant

Penang is definitely a haven for food. Just talking about Thai food alone, you have so many restaurants offering plenty of varieties. At Aroi, one can opt for normal dishes and rice order or 'lunch xpress' set of which the main course comes with a bowl of tomyam, 1 meatball and fruits starting from RM9.90++.

the entrance facing main Burma road

lunch xpress menu

Aroi's usual menu

Thai style fried noodle with prawn set RM12.90

pineapple fried rice with prawn set

the free tomyam soup which I find not sour enough

for every bill of RM50, you are entitled to 1 stamp and after collecting 10 stamps, you are entitled for 1 free meal :)

Personally I would still rate Sebai-sebai Thai Restaurant as my top Thai restaurant but if you're around the area of Pulau Tikus and are looking for quick, affordable lunch at air-conditioned place, this place is a good try out.

Where at?
387 Jalan Burma, 10350 Pulau Tikus

Tel no: 04-2276771

Lunch: 11am - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6pm - 10pm (closes on Tuesdays)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mizi, Tesco Tanjung Pinang

A recent birthday celebration brought us to the newly opened Mizi at Tesco Tanjung Pinang. This is the second edition to the first branch opened at New World Park. However, just like all other product prices which have increased, Mizi has also increased their set to RM25 from the previous RM21.50. Set comes with main soup, main course, drink and unlimited ice cream.
I would not suggest set to small eaters though as their main course is always very big in portion. One more thing to compliment Mizi about is their conscious about health. So, every main course comes with big chunks of broccoli, cauliflower,  carrots and potatoes.

probably this is a new place, so it's deco is nicer than that of New World Park

fish cordon bleu, RM16.50

fish filet Grenobloise, RM16 (a little to butterish and oily)

vegetable tempura, RM14.50 (has a variety of brinjal, corn, carrot, cauliflower, broccoli & potato)

Besides Western food which is their main cue, Mizi also offer a variety of Oriental food such as fried rice and fried noodles. However, as mentioned, i would definitely go for their Western food since it's their main cue.

Where at?
G3, Ground floor, Tesco Tanjung Pinang

Tel no: 04-8982921/ 04-8907086

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

CRC Taiwanese Cuisine, Penang

Ever felt lazy at times to go out and get food but still wants to have a good meal? With the availability of take away service from CRC Taiwanese Cuisine. CRC actually stands for "Chinese Recreation Club". The club also offers badminton court rent, tennis court rent, basketball rent, swimming pool facilities and other sports facilities. For every order that is less than RM20, a delivery fee of RM2 is imposed to the total bill.
Food prices starts as low as RM1.20 for braised egg to a complete set of rice/noodles at RM5.90. I have made 2 orders in less than a month and as a person who is not so much into yellow noodles, I must commend that their food is definitely delicious! 

"yong koi fei" drumstick noodle RM6.80 (comes with home made sambal, half braised egg and boiled vegetables)

Taiwanese crispy chicken chop noodle RM7.50 (also comes with home made sambal, half braised egg and boiled vegetables)

They have lots of other varieties and I more strengths about them is having friendly and polite workers (people who take order and people who deliver).
So, what happens to meals when you are lazy to go out? No worries, call CRC! :)

Where at?
Jalan Padang Victoria (a few blocks after France Taipei Bridal House)

Tel no: 016-4419101

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Recipes for spaghetti

A few years ago, i discovered that i actually have a deep passion for cooking. Perhaps i inherited it from my father. It doesn't take me a long time to understand a recipe and eventually know how to execute it.
I didn't have much time to cook then when i was working. Recently, i took my free time to explore more recipes and even improvise some. Cooking gives me a sense of satisfaction and in fact i find cooking a very good way to distress myself.
This post shows some of my pasta recipes. Pasta is one of my favorite recipe as it is easy to do and can cook with almost anything over the shelf.

 aglio olio spaghetti with broccoli 

 fried spaghetti with minced meat and vegetables 

ham and egg fried spaghetti

As you can see, cooking is really not that hard if your taste-buds work just fine. ;p

A little improvisation gives you almost a whole new recipe ...well literally!

p/s: Do drop me a comment if you are ever interested to have any of these recipes ;)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Carnavon Street Tiger Koay Teow Thng 亞虎粿條湯

There are a few koay teow thng stall along Carnavon Street and most of them are frequented by pretty long queues. This one we went to for breakfast one morning is not exception. The owner calls his stall "Tiger Koay Teow Thng". The koay teow thng basically comes in 2 sizes, RM2.50 for small and RM3.50 for big. Honestly, these are pretty good and affordable prices for hawker meals at this time.

the cook showing his waiter which table to serve

on the signboad "tiger koay teow thng"

crowded with people

order, take a number and wait for food to be served :)

the koay teow is very smooth

all the extra ingredients besides koay teow

and guess what, their toilets are so cool!

By the way, for those of you who are unfamiliar with dialects, "koay teow thng" is literally translated as flat noodles cooked in plain soup.

Where at?
At the junction of Carnavon Street and Prangin Lane