Posts Tagged ‘Penang’

After a day filled with meetings and discussion, strategizing, BS-ing, trying hard not to fall asleep, trying hard to look intelligent, trying hard to resist the temptation of the buffet spread and other very trying experiences, it was time for dinner. What type of food do you suggest to a mixed bag of international nationalities? Well, Nyoya food sounded pretty interesting.

We asked the hotel concierge to recommend  a good nyoya restaurant nearby and he stopped three taxis for us and told the taxi drivers where to take us. After a few minutes, we were dropped off in front of a double storey row of houses. We spotted the lot with  ‘Nyoya Baba Cuisine’ sign, ahh..the front door was pretty and distinctively nyoya-baba stylenyoya baba

Inside, the place was rather small, if I remember correctly the owner said that they have 7 tables available.  and ours was the only table filled . There was a nice paper lantern hanging over our table.lantern

We saw the logo of Tripadvisor on the door and Mr Husband also mentioned that they were featured on Lonely Planet . The menu was simple and I noticed that some of the numbers were not in sequence, nosy me asked the owner why is that so..err.i don’t think they were too pleased that I asked such a questionP1020279

We decide to start the meal with pie tie –these were RM1.50 a piece. Taste wise, I would say ok lah, I might have enjoyed it more if the fillings were a bit more moist.pie tie

We were told that one of the cooks had returned to Vietnam and at the time of visit, there were only 3 persons running the place, the wife is taking orders cum the cook, a maid to help out with preparation and the husband taking orders and chatting with the guests (Typical male ! haha).    We were rather surprised that being so shorthanded the kitchen could whip up the dishes so quickly and our table was soon piled with dishes.

Mix platter of spring roll and lobak ( pork roll) – these were RM5 a piece. These came with two different types of dips. I don’t particularly liked the spring roll as from the taste I couldn’t tell what the filing was as they didn’t taste like the usual bangkwang based filing, and the popiah skin were a bit too thick as well.  Ms Wife was very painstakingly going around the table making sure that everyone is using the correct dip for the spring roll or the lobak. Kinda like a headmistress making sure that we do our sums correctly. The lobak luckily didn’t deviate from the  expected lobak flavour, so I was ok with the lobak.lobak spring roll

Ah Char awak ( pickled vegetable in peanut sauce) , there were rather too much  of gravy ratio compared to the vegetable content lah . This was ok, not too sourish or too tumeric-ish.acar

Curry tumis assam fish  – the fish wasn’t fresh- enough said.assam fish

Jeu Hoo Char – this was ok – tasty  but I missed the fragrant aroma of the  cuttlefish shreds. One other comment is that the temperature of the dish was lukewarm when it arrived.Jiu Hue char

Duck soup with kiam chye ( sour vegetable / pickled mustard) missing was the sour and the fragrant of the pickled mustard – this didn’t taste anything like kiam chye soup. AURRggggggghhhhh ! what a disappointment.P1020299

Tamarind prawns – ah, the best dish for the night, the blend of taste was just correct- the sour plus sweet , the gooeyness of the gravy sticking to the prawns , which later find their way to your fingers, ah..nice..prawns were fresh too.prawns

Inchi Kaybin ( fried chicken)- we asked Mr Husband what is the meaning on Inchi kaybin – which sounded a bit like the Japanese language , but he ain’t no Wikipedia. did a bit of a search on the WWW and from i learned that –  This dish was popularly cooked on the ship for sailors. Usually when the meal is ready, the chef will inform the sailors ‘Encik dalam cabin, chicken siap”ici kabin

Otak-otak – the otak-otak  bundles didn’t look very pretty or particularly appetizing, but luckily the taste was better , I find the texture a bit tough though. The Mat Sallehs didn’t quite like it as the Kadok leaves have a distinctively strong odour which could be a put-off for some.otak2

Overall, a so-so meal, and I was rather surprised that some of the online articles had some good reviews of the restaurant ..did we catch the cook on a bad day ?

An  interesting incident :  when the RM600+ bill came ( the bill included a large number of beers ), we were told that they only accept cash….it was rather embarrassing to have to pool our money to make up that figure on the bill ..well, on the other hand that is better than having to stay back and wash dishes in the kitchen

Location :
44 Jln Nagor , Georgetown, Penang
Tel 04 2278035

Had a working trip in Penang. A colleague arranged to take us a few of us out for dinner and we ended up at the touristy Gurney Drive, it has been drizzling, so the crowd was thin. We ordered a variety of food, one of the dishes was from the Ikan Bakar stall, which seemed to be popular as there were a large number of people standing around the stall waiting for their orders to be fulfilled. We ordered string ray and another plate of sotong. although the sauce was hot, the meat of the sting ray was rather bland , the sotong fared a bit better.  The char koay teow was ok, i guess, but the rest of the food were just ‘normal’- and ‘normal’ is not something you want to have to eat when you are in a food haven like Penang. I guess lesson learnt – eat where the locals eat – not where the tourist gather – haha..i might be generalizing but in my opinion, food at Gurney Drive is over rated.ikan bakar

The following night, had dinner at Ming Garden which is located at  Times Square .The tagline of the restaurant  :  ‘ the largest Chinese restaurant in Penang’, the space didn’t looked that big to be the largest restaurant in Penang , anyway- how would I know ? The entrance was impressive though ming garden

I loved these decorations – so pretty one..deco

We had a private room, the setting was nice..table

As we were dining with customers, it wasn’t that polite to keep people waiting while I take pictures , as well as having to explain the picture taking…so, I refrained…but the little piggy caught my fancy- not exactly a model in the making but not something that a little nip and tuck couldn’t improve. Oh, sorry, i am still experiencing an aftershock of viewing the before and after photos from a Korean plastic surgery hospital, Everyone can look like a K-Pop Star ! sorry..back to food , little piggy didn’t have too much of fat under the skin, thus making the pleasure of enjoying this a little more guilt free..suckling pig

One other dish which I had managed to take a photo of was the steamed fish. This was not over steamed and the meat was sweet  and juicy, the accompanying fu chuk ( soya sticks) were nice

Overall,  we were happy with the the food at Ming Garden

Oh, when I visit their website – the ‘largest’ was further quantify as  : ‘the 20,000 sq ft restaurant is said to be the largest Chinese restaurant within a shopping complex in the Northen Region.’

Location :
Ming Garden
2nd Floor, Lot 77-2-28, Penang Times Square, Jalan Dato Keramat,
Georgetown 10150
Penang, Malaysia
+6016-661 0777
+604-226 9977
Website :

I am soo soo behind in my postings…and had missed out on something which I wanted to blog about, the trip to Penang happened during the last day of Sept and first day of Oct this year.

Since the trip took place during the Nine Emperor Gods celebration, PW took us to the Too Boo Kong / Nine Emporer Gods temple at Jalan Raja Uda to soak in the festive air , the whole temple was a lighted up with yellow toned lamps and the temple glittered like gold in the night..this was my second trip to the temple, you can read about my first visit to the temple  by clicking here   (Plus-sized) Paper clothes for the godsDevotees paying their respects at the altarI was rather fascinated with a handsome white horse placed at the entrance of the shrine hall, there were two buckets on the platform as well as blades of grasses Upon closer inspection …one bucket was filled with  water and the other with beans of some sort..must be the food offered to the horsyDevotees lighting incense and candles at the temple grounds

Chinese opera….now modernized with LED subtitles (left of pixs) , which is a good thing for someone like me who can’t understand teochew


The crowd enjoying the live showA famous stall for fried stuff – whatchacallit and hamchinpeng..this was nice, although deep fried, they didn’t felt too oily and ahh, crispy, yet soft, fragrant and very addictive !

The next day, met up with a bunch of old mates at a kopitiam in Lorong Selamat, one of the more famous shop was closed on that day and due to some miscommunication, we ended up at the shop which was not the one originally in the plan…but anyway, the main purpose was to catch up on old times and updates on recent happenings..The ice kacang was not bad, the ice shavings was very fine and melt in the mouth …and I would also recommend  the nutmeg drink .kau-kau…YUmmmAn old lady was going around the tables promoting  yam cakes, we decided to order a mixture of steamed and fried yamcakes…review – floury and tasteless..SC and myself ordered Char koay teow, when the 2 plates arrived at our table, I was rather taken aback that these costs us RM15..wahh…tourist price la…and frankly, the taste was so-so only, overated one and the queue was so long too !EL ordered  Asam Laksa from  the stall across the street, which looked pretty appertizing.After our meal, PW eyes lighted up, the shop across the street was selling one of her favourite food – mi ku , back in Uni days, this shop ‘Hoe Peng Biscuit’ was located opposite KOMTAR, I still remember staring in awe at the big fat miku while waiting for the buses ( well, I don’t see miku  back in my kampong mah)


Literally translated, miku means rice turtle, that probably relates to the shape of the floury buns . Mi ku could probably be described like a Chinese version of bread (?) one could steam it, then remove the reddish ‘skin’ ( optional) and then eat the bun with butter or jam..The regular miku are in red but because it was the nine emperor gods celebration, you get some yellow ones too..

After lunch and stuffed with updates and reminisces , we went for a stroll at Straits Quay which  was very pleasant …I was told that the place is even prettier at night


After the lepak-ing, it was dinner time..and rather then go to a posh restaurant, we decide to reminiscent a bit further and explore our old supper haunt at the Jelutong marketplace..

Duck thigh mee-sua – not sure was this the same stall , but taste-wise not bad..

As I didn’t have a satisfying charkoay teow for lunch, I decided to have another go at char koay teow, at about half the price ( and smaller sized prawns), I found this to be better tasting than what I had at Lorong Selamat.PW had prawns noodles- which was not bad..Juicy and delicious popiahDesserts..ooh….i hadn’t had the peanut soup since I left tasted as how I remember it to be ( way too sweet but oh so good), while PW and SC had the gingko soup- which appeared to have more ice than soup We were looking out for the laksa auntie with her mobile stall but with no luck.. not sure is she still around, I still remember the large chunks of fish in her laksa..makes your mouth water mannnn…

As usual, a truly enjoyable and happy trip in Penang . I love Penang ! And the food of course !