[Travelogue] Penang Day 2 – Famous food and places!

It is very heart-warming to know that many of my readers actually enjoyed my first blog post on Penang day 1! Thank you so much, you don’t know how these positive feedback from you guys really mean to us! It gives us bloggers even more motivation to blog 🙂

Here is how my day 2 in Penang went.

First stop was to the Pinang Peranakan Mansion. This was where the local film the “Little Nonya” was filmed at.

Extracted from their official website, “At the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, the typical home of a rich Baba of a century ago is recreated to offer a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions. With over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles of the era on display, this Baba-Nyonya museum is also housed in one of Penang’s heritage mansion of eclectic design and architecture. “

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Address : 29, Lebuh Gereja, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Don’t wish to bore you with the tonnes of pictures I took, so here are some of them :

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Level 2 :

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An antique camera.

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A little gift shop.

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A little cafe selling some of the famous Penang Peranakan food!

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Us trying to imitate the way the “olden people” pose for pictures. LOL.

Overall, I think it is quite an awesome experience. They even attached an English-speaking ‘guider’ to explain to the visitors of the history of the lives of the Peranakan.

And then we continued our journey to hunt for good food again and managed to snap some pictures of the cute little girl 🙂

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Tommy drove us to experience the new bridge which is linked to the mainland. This is the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge and it is the second bridge to link the island to the mainland after the first Penang Bridge.

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Along the way, there were several cows which I didn’t manage to snap pictures of 😦

But here are some villages along the side of the road.

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We had lunch at a chinese restaurant called Ah Yen Seafood Restaurant

Address : 701, Batu Kawan, 14110, Simpang Ampat, Penang. 019-4133379 / 04-5872616

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Review on the food : It wasn’t that fantastic and we were a little disappointed in their food 😦 Mum was of the opinion that the chicken had this ‘frozen’ taste. The rest of the food were mediocre and if I were to pick the best dish, that would be the fried tofu.

The bf showed me a tourist pamphlet and I told myself that I had to pay a visit to this cafe.

Penang Purrfect Cat Cafe

Address : 53, Jalan Muntri Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

I have not visited any cat cafes before, not even those in Singapore so I was really thrilled when I discovered that Penang has one! 😀

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The cafe has 2 levels.

The first level allows you to place your food and drinks orders and they sell loads of kitty-related stuffs too!

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This is level 2 where you can visit the kitties and have a relaxing cuppa~

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I was actually looking forward to having some rainbow cakes but they don’t sell them, so we settled with red velvet. 🙂

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I thought the red velvet was filled with too much cream and felt kinda cheated because the ones we have in Singapore do not have layers of cream in between 😦

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We ordered a cuppa of cappuccino with came with a cute kitty coffee art!

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Caught in the act!! Look at them fat arms! :O

And I’m sure most of you guys are wondering where are the kitties?!

Here they are!

To be honest, I liked kitties before I liked dogs. But kitties are less approachable and look less friendly, unless dogs who are most of the time, friendlier and livelier!

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There was a enclosed glass panel which some cats were placed in. There were signs to informed customers not to knock against the glass. I’m not sure why these cats were segregated from the rest though. Could it be they are feeling unwell? 😦

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Since The Camera Museum was beside the cafe, we popped by for a visit!

Address : 49 Lebuh Muntri, George Town, Penang.

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They sell cakes and coffee too!

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I love these cafes, their concepts and their ambience. Perfect for a relaxing day to unwind and take the stress off your mind temporarily.

Tommy then took us to a very cool and exciting place which is none other than…

Hin Bus Depot Art Centre

Address : 31a Jalan Gurdwara (opposite of the Grand Continental Hotel) , George Town, Malaysia

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Honestly, I had the exact same reaction as you when I first saw the front of the place. I was clueless as to what this place was and what interesting stuffs it can offer, but was later awed by its arty farty style. 

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After that, we went shopping at 1st Avenue, a huge shopping centre (Msia’s shopping centres are mega HUGE!!) located at Jalan Magazine, Georgetown, 10300 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia where we had our dinner at Old Town White Coffee there and Tommy came to pick us up a 9.30pm. No pictures because my camera battery died and there wasn’t anything special and camera-worthy of 😦

We reached the hotel quite early and sort of had an early rest (we watched dramas on the telly).

I guess the second day was the most fruitful day of all, conquering many interesting places all in one day! 🙂

Pique Nique Food Review

We had brunch at Pique Nique a few days ago after my 3rd Sculptra treatment at Celevenus!

Read here for my previous treatment sessions :

1st Sculptra treatment session

2nd Sculptra treatment session

For those who have no idea :

What is this treatment about?

To summarize, it is a type of filler, injected with  l-poly-lactic acid to help stimulate and encourage facial growth via natural collagen production. By ‘natural’, it means that the collagen formed comes from your own tissue. Besides being able to achieve facial volume, Sculptra is also able to target other common areas due to loss of facial volume and ageing problems such as wrinkles, folds and skin laxity.

Will be blogging about my 3rd session soon with pictures and results thus far!

Here’s what we had at Pique Nique 🙂

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2 Cappuccinos!

Cappuccinos were acceptable. I dont prefer using raw/brown sugar because it defeats the purpose, it doesn’t sweeten the coffee at all! Abit of sugar won’t kill so imma always gonna use white sugar instead of adding packets after packets of raw/brown sugar!

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His big breakfast!

Had a few mouthfuls of his bfast and I guess it tasted okay, but scrambled eggs weren’t those fluffy kind.

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My Eggs Benny with Ham!

I kinda regretted not choosing the one with smoked salmon for my eggs benny because the ham was so tasteless! It felt as if someone soaked the whole ham into a pot of water before serving and that totally ruined the goodness of ham! I like my ham salty!

I guess the food were okay, but the customer service, especially by a guy, not sure if he’s the manager or? But he didn’t seem very happy to serve and was even a tad rude with no mannerisms. Well, maybe he has had a bad day?Other than that, the place was freezing cold, but then again, the whole takashimaya shopping mall was sooooo cold! :S

Overall rating :

3 stars

I wouldn’t say I would boycott this place altogether but given the chance and sprouts of new brunch cafes, there are certainly other better places to dine at.

Psst, for all you fellow truffle fries lovers, Pique Nique doesn’t serve that – or at least that’s what we gathered after reading off their menu.

Pique Nique 

#B1-01/02, Ngee Ann City,

391A Orchard Road 

62386705

Daily: 10:00 – 22:00

Fill your tummy with delicious food at Toby’s The Dessert Asylum!

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I was invited to try out the food at TOBY’s which is located at Parkway Parade awhile ago and only managed to head down just few days ago.

I brought my bf as my plus one and boy, were we both stuffed with delicious food!

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TOBY’s is easy to spotted from far due to the spacious area as well as colourful ambience.

The cafe is clean and neat, with loads of beautiful decorations and furniture but yet nothing over the top. Happy colours psychologically cheers one up! 🙂

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These were what we ordered :

For starters, we were highly recommended by one of their staff to try out their Spicy Hot Wings.

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You can see how the wings are fried to perfect golden brown and every bite you sink your teeth into, you will sure to savour every crunch. They are not too oily so it eases some guilt for the health-conscious people. They were really addictive and very yummy! I highly recommend this dish too! 🙂

My bf ordered German and Cheese Bratwurst Dawgs Combi which was served sizzling hot. Creamy cheese oozes out with every bite of the Bratwurst and they literally just melt in your mouth! Another must-try too!

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As I was craving for some breakfast meal, I opted for good ol’  MOB Omelette from their breakfast menu!

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Look at the generous fillings of mushrooms, bacon, onion and cheese! Yummy!

And wondering what to quench your thirst?

Why not pamper yourself with this rich chocolate-y coffee topped with vanilla ice cream for that extra refreshing boost!

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Bf had another energizing and rejuvenating drink called Pear-adise. I really like how TOBY’s pays meticulous attention to the names of their dishes and how entertaining they are!

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And last but not least, how can you walk out of TOBY’s without trying their desserts? They are a dessert asylum for god’s sake!

Bf and I settled with To-By Or Not To-By Mudpie that embraces rum and raisin ice cream, rich double choc ice cream filled with truckloads of chocolate chips and crispy waffle bits!

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Toby’s The Dessert Asylum Pte Ltd 
Parkway Parade #02-68/70

80 Marine Parade Road

Singapore 449269

Check out their Facebook page for more pictures of delicious food!

Have your food fried in a healthier method – Air-fried using Philips Air Fryer

*This is NOT an advertisement at all.

If you guys have been following my on my social media platforms, you would have known that I have been lamenting how I had missed out the Groupon deal on a Philips Air Fryer! I’d actually saw a deal on Mistral air fryer going for $100+ but decided that Philips would be a better choice… What’s more, what comes to mind when people Mistral as a brand?

FAN! That’s right. So no.

Philips Air Fryer.

I was quite upset about it but at the same time, I experienced mixed emotions because I have been receiving reviews from both sides of the fence! Other than stalking people’s lives, Facebook is actually a very good platform to air out your concerns and pose questions. That is if you have helpful friends (be it virtual or not) to provide constructive feedback. Note the word, CONSTRUCTIVE.

What I was told :

Pros –

1. Healthier, less or no oil required

2. ‘Fries’ food much faster than deep frying

3. No oil-splattering all over

Cons –

1. Food isn’t as crispy and tasty compared to deep fried food

2. Food is dried out of its succulence

3. A little difficult to clean the machine – but have read reviews that placing a layer of aluminium foil solves this problem!

4. Not true that no oil is required, food would taste better with some oil. Read here where the advertisement of the Philips Air Fryer was banned as it claims food can be fried with air but a small contradictory print stated that oil was still required.

There are several models of the Air fryer, so do pay attention to the model and specs if you are gonna purchase it.

The older version HD9220/20 – Black and White.

Philips have came up with a newer versions in 2 different sizes:

Smaller size  HD9230/20 – Black and White:

The larger version HD9240/90 (XL) – Black and White :

 

 

And what’s the difference between the older and newer versions?

THIS :

Okay, maybe with some minor discrepancies on some of their specs (which doesn’t seem to be that significant anyway)

The smaller and larger sizes are 800g and 1.2kg respectively. XL caters to larger quantity of food.

So guess which one did I get?

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I got the older version at $239 and was given free baking tins and I forgot what… at SITEX last weekend. The white version was selling at a cheaper price of $229. I was told that Harvey Norman was having the same promo as well and the booth at SITEX was under Harvey Norman too.

As the only difference between the newer and older version was just the digital imaging, and the price difference does not justify the discrepancy, I decided to get the older version. I mean it makes sense right? Why pay over a hundred bucks just for that ? I can make do with non-digital knob as well.

Anyway, I had actually headed down on 2 days – Fri and Sun. I was over the moon when I discovered that SITEX actually does sell kitchen appliances such as the Philips Air Fryer. I don’t know if I’m turning into an auntie or what but recently, after taking an interest in preparing my own food, I started to pay more attention to what others are eating (healthy/unhealthy) and kitchen appliances like the air fryer and happycall pan which make lives easier. Especially so for amateur with very basic culinary skills like myself.

I started out by making my own salads. I have received many compliments on how tasty my salads look in pictures and some have even requested me to prepare for them.

Honestly speaking, I am quite shocked because I’d always thought salads are like idiot-proof food. You just gotta get the ingredients and dump everything together. No offence, I ain’t calling them idiots but it’s actually very very simple. And salads are meant to be healthy so boiling would be the first cooking method to come into mind. You may add broccoli, carrots, sweet corns, mushrooms for enhancement of appearance and taste, just boil them and tadah, you’re done.

Here are some of my salad pics spam before I move on to the air fryer…hee 🙂

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So how did the Philips Air Fryer fare thus far?

It’s been merely a few days since I’ve gotten it, and I have no really been to grocery shopping recently…

So my first food attempt to be air-fried was egg toast.

It turned out not bad actually, except that the bottom side of the bread got stuck onto the metal grill -.-

And then I air-fried my bratwurst sausages with cheese inside. I usually just toast them up but decided to try it out using the air-fryer.

It looks kinda shrivelled…maybe because I overcooked them or maybe the critic is true, that they do ‘dry’ out your food 😦

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If you know me well enough, I’m not a fan of fried food. But if I were to have my food fried, I would definitely choose them to be air-fried, whether they require little oil rather than to be deep fried.

And also because, I am extremely afraid of heat and oil-splattering so innovative kitchen appliances such as the happycall pan and the air fryer is perfect for me, notwithstanding that I did burn myself accidentally while I was using the air fryer -.-

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Oh yes, by the way, I know I haven’t been blogging conscientiously recently…because I’m running outta ideas what to blog about!

I’ve been so lazy on my beauty regime but recently, I bought Vaseline’s Instant Fair body lotion…and will be attending a facial session later tonight (not sponsored), so I guess those interested can keep a lookout for my reviews… 🙂

Cheers and thanks for reading! More food recipes, pics and reviews to be up soon as well! 😀

Food Review : Eng’s Noodles House (Wanton Mee)

Hello guys! Hope your weekend was good and enjoyable 🙂

My sister, who blogs at http://thehootingpost.wordpress.com/ and has a humble Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheHootingPost, recommended the family to this Noodles House! Read and follow her blog, especially for preggers mom because my little niece is due quite soon, so there would be sharing of info as well as tips for preggers mom or moms-to-be! 😀

Anyway, Eng’s Noodles House is located at Tanjong Katong (exact address to be specified later) where there are stretches of food outlets.

Together with my parents and my sis, we ordered 3 bowls of dry wanton mee and 1 bowl of soup wanton mee. On top of that we also ordered fried wanton and you cai.

I’m a ‘soupy’ person so this was my order :

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The char siew tasted normally but special attention must be given to the noodles.

I believe Eng’s Wanton Mee differs from the rest of other wanton noodles in its noodles. It’s a little thicker and coarser, and perhaps a little more ‘flour-y’. It’s not exactly that QQ kind of noodles that most people prefer.

The soup was quite tasty as well.

 

And an example of dry wanton mee (which do come with a bowl of soup separately but not shown in picture) :

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Fried wantons :

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These fried wantons are really addictive and extremely crispy! I quite enjoyed crunching and munching on them, although am trying to stay away from fried food as much as possible, this really made me bend the rules. However, we felt that these fried wantons are a little too small. Wished they could come in bigger sizes 😦

You cai :

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Okay, the english name for you cai is known as ‘Flowering edible rape’… WHAT??? I got this from this website but not sure how accurate and true it is… LOL.

So anyway, these you cai which were repeatedly raved by my dad as it was very soft and easy to chew. I think I am fine with both crunchy and soft veggies, but I thought that these you cai are those baby ones because they are so tiny as compared to those you have at chicken rice stalls. I believe they are both from the same species. Also, while veggies are beneficial, do take note that by adding oyster sauce, it depreciates its value due to the unhealthy MSG and what not. Heh, just thought that I’d included this 🙂

Overall, food were served quite quickly although it was almost full when we visited, save for the very last seat near the kitchen which we were allocated to. I guess Eng’s Noodles House is that famous huh! Oh yes, chilli comes in sliced green chilli as well as their very own self-made chilli sauce in a bottle in bright orange colour.

And it is known to be burning hot and you have been warned…. :

Credits to misstamchiak

Anyway, Mr Ng Ba Eng who is the owner and founder (2nd generation) of Eng’s Noodles House passed on recently 😦

Credits to ieat.ishoot.ipost.

If you’re a fan of wanton noodles and want to try something ‘different’ from the rest or if you are huge fan of chilli, Eng’s wanton noodles is  a MUST-TRY! 🙂

Overall rating :

4 stars

Eng’s Noodles House
287 Tanjong Katong Road 
Singapore 437070
11am to 9pm daily
Takeaway or Order Hotline 
86882727 (45 mins advance)

 

10 MUST-READ Korean articles on MyFatPocket!

With all the K-POP craze, it is difficult to avoid hot topics such as Fashion, Music and Food without excluding Korea now! And if you hadn’t noticed, MyFatPocket has joined in the Korean-craze too!

Here are my TOP 10 MUST-READ Korean articles on MyFatPocket! 🙂

How to Make Korean Style Ramyun Noodles Soup in Super Simple step-by-step Guide

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Bring Korea Back Home: 7 Classes In Seoul You Should Take

 

 

 

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How To Hang Out Like A Korean Local (Rounds)

 

 

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12 Popular Korean Summer Foods to Cool You Down!

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Fashion Spotting In Garosugil, Seoul, Korea

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 Korean Stereotypes: Blood Type Personalities

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How To Eat In A Korean Restaurant Like A Local

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10 Things You Can Do ONLY in Korea!

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Fashion Spotting In Myeongdong, Seoul, Korea

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Fashion Spotting in Apgujeong, Seoul, Korea

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Food Review : I wanna get stuffed

Are you looking for a quieter environment when dining with your loved ones?

Are you more of a heartland area person?

Does the hustle and bustle of the city life prevents you from winding down after a long day at work?

Most importantly, do you want to be served by cheerful friendly staff and settle at a warm cozy cafe that serves yummy food but yet is affordable?

Have I gotten your attention yet?

This is not an advertorial or sponsored food review but I would like to share good deals with you! 🙂

So the bf brought me to this place known as ‘I wanna get stuffed’ and boy, were we really stuffed… with food! 😀

These were what we ordered :

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Potato skin with bacon bits!

 

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Mussels!

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Bf’s grilled fish

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My carbonara!

I consider the standard of the food quite satisfactory, especially for the price paid! My carbonara was less than 15$? And even though most of the times I’m not able to finish my creamy pasta because they are too jerlat, I still opt for them anyways. Haha!!

The rest of the food were okay, but the potato skin were not that crispy as expected. On a further note, just my 2 cents, don’t order another carbo-ish side dish because we couldn’t finish our food but had to still force it down our throats LOL.

The mussels tasted quite good too, chewy and succulent, topped with cheese 🙂

I won’t mind patronizing the cafe again, it’s really a great deal 🙂

I wanna get stuffed

801 Tampines Avenue 4
6785 4690

 

 

Food Tasting at Orchard Hotel for Straits Chinese Cuisine (Baba Theatre Kitchen) by Executive Chef Paul

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I was recently invited to try out Orchard Hotel’s newly themed Straits Chinese Cuisine – Baba Theatre Kitchen by Executive Chef Paul at Orchard Cafe, Level 1.

A little brief history on Baba Nyonya :

Baba Nyonya (Peranakan, the term used popularly for descendants of early Chinese immigrants to the Nusantara region, including both the British Straits Settlements of Singapore, Malacca and Penang, and the Dutch controlled island of Java among other areas, who have partially adopted Malay customs in an effort to be assimilated into the local communities.

The word of Peranakan, is also used commonly to describe Indonesia Chinese. In both BM & Bahasa Indonesia, Peranakan” means descendant. Baba refer to the male descendants and Nyonya the female. Most Peranakanare of Hokkein ancestry, although a fair denomination of them are of the Teocheww or Cantonese descent. The language of the Peranakan, Baba Malay (Bahasa Melayu Baba), is a dialect of the Malay Language which contains many Hokkein works.

The Nyonya Baba were partially assimilated into the Malay culture, especially in food, dress and language used, while retaining some of the Chinese traditions and culture, like religion, name, folk medicine and festival celebrations, thereby creating a new kind of mixed culture of their country of origin with local, among those, like “Nyonya cuisine “ has developed the spices of Malay cuisine. 

Regardless of the history and origins of Nyonya food, making Nyonya food is no simple affair. The unique and highly flavorful cuisine requires abundant amount of time, patience, and skills. A true Nyonya would spend hours and hours pounding her rempah (spices) with batu giling (a flat slab of stone to grind the spices) to cook up authentic Nyonya dishes such as Perut Ikan(pickled fish stomach with vegetables stew), Salted Fish Pineapple Curry(Gulai Kiam Hu Kut in Hokkien), and other scrumptious Nyonya concoctions.

In recent years, there has been an increased interest and urgency to preserve the unique Nyonya culture and Nyonya cuisine as the population decreases. 

I felt privileged and am thankful for this opportunity to try out the Baba Nyonya cuisine which I do not often frequent.

Moreover, these delicious food were whipped up by Chef Paul himself!

A little more on Chef Paul :

Pursuing his dreams from the age of 14, Chef Paul brings with him over 30 years of hotel kitchen management and F&B operations experience. His professional accolades include being an integral part of a two Michelin star Hong Kong restaurant, on the panel of Chef consultants of First and Business Class for Cathay Pacific Airlines, and recognized as part of the 19 Great Chefs in Hong Kong by Heep Hong Society in 2010. Not forgetting that Chef Paul is the creator of the popular Durian Pengat that we have grown to love!

Courage, Passion, Confidence and Determination, Chef Paul has it all. Take a trip down to discover his Long Table full of Straits Chinese delights straight from his Baba Kitchen today! “I am a Peranakan and as such, Straits-Chinese cooking is part of my heritage. I love the rich, unique Asian flavours and am especially proud to introduce authentic dishes to both local and overseas guests.” said Chef Paul

So, in conjunction with the ‘Baba’ theme in mind, the setting was decorated the Baba style, embossed with colour-coordinated prints and style as well as china and utensils used by Baba-Nyonya too 🙂

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Now, time for food pictures! 🙂

Of course, we were served with traditional Baba Nyonya food, which comprises of both Malay and Chinese culture and flavours.

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I was very impressed with the creativity the management has put in to create a different style and look altogether, using an empty pineapple body as a ‘holder’ for the satays.

The chicken satay was tender and flavourful, unlike the usual ones filled mostly with fats, and was also accompanied by the unforgettable curry sauce, onion pieces, cucumber and ketupat (Malay rice dumpling) cubes.

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Moving on to the next section was the Kueh Pie Tee dish which is often seen amongst the Baba Cuisine.

How can anyone give this delicious dish a miss?

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The fun in eating the Kueh Pie Tee is that you can customse your own!

The essential ingredients in a Kueh Pie Tie dish consist of :

1. Prawn bits

2. Sweet sauce

3. Peanut grains

4. Chopped hard boiled egg bits

5. Chilli

6. Parsley

7. Shredded turnip with mushroom and carrot bits

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There were also rice dishes for those who need to have rice in their meals.

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Those who love spicy food shouldn’t miss this dish below.

Assam Promfret.

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Atlantic Pomfret and Brinjal with Tumeric and Peppercorn Gravy
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Close-up :Alantic Pomfret and Brinjal with Tumeric and Peppercorn Gravy

In whipping up a good dish, other than its taste and appearance, another important factor would be the quality of the fish in relation to the thickness of the slabs/pieces.

We were served thick slabs of fresh promfret fish which allowed me to appreciate the sincerity of the Chefs and the management of the hotel, who genuinely want us to enjoy our food in the best context.

That is not all!

The next dish below is the actually the highlight of the night amongst the whole Baba Nyonya cuisine. Everyone (other bloggers), bf (went as my +1) and myself were raving about how scrumptious this Rendang dish was!

The meat was extremely tender, containing no fats, flavoured in the perfect sauce.

I’m not exactly a beef fan but this dish kept me going back for more and I was savouring every bit of it despite the bursting tight dress I wore to a meeting before the dinner, so this Rendang is TO DIE FOR!!!

God.. I can just have this for Bfast, Lunch and Dinner! It’s really just so so good! 😀

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Slow-cooked Australian Beef Cheek Rendang with Nonya Spices

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Close up – Slow-cooked Australian Beef Cheek Rendang with Nonya Spices

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Braised Pork Belly with Fermented Beans

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Traditional Ayam Buah Keluak, Braised Chicken with Indonesian Black Nuts

Chap chai was also served as one of the traditional Baba Nyonya dish which I personally believe that it helps to mellow down the wild spices and strong flavours of the other dishes.

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Laksa has been one of the common food dishes we have seen around in Singapore, but do you know that it originates from the Baba Nyonya culture?

Chef Paul has taken it up to further heights with his versatility and creativity through its very own customisation of the laksa dish, by adding fresh genuine crab meat and

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Nonya Laksa with Boston Lobster &
Candlenut Pesto

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Nonya Chicken Salad

I can’t live without soup, so when we were served with this Meatball soup, I knew I had to finish every drop, by just judging at the juicy meatballs at one look. It certainly didn’t disappoint me.

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Braised Pork Dumpling Soup with Fresh Crabmeat, Bamboo Shoots and Mushrooms

There were other condiments that play a vital role in the Baba Nyonya cuisine such as the one below, Azar.

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Apart from the main dishes, Baba Nyonya cuisine also carries delicious kuehs (cakes) that are not to be missed!

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Chempedak Binchang Kueh

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Close-up : Chempedak Binchang Kueh

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Yuzu Apple Cheesecake

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And here’s a picture of us (Karen and Melva) with Chef Paul who is extremely friendly and humorous, which made us felt very much at home.

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Straits Chinese and Asian Buffet is served daily at Orchard Cafe:

Buffet Lunch 12:00pm – 02:30pm
Adult : $46.00, Child : $23.00
Buffet Dinner 06.00pm – 10:00pm
Adult : $64.00, Child : $32.00
Sunday Brunch 12:00pm – 3:30pm
Adult : $68.00, Child : $34.00
For reservations and information, please call 6739 6565 or email orchardcafe.ohs@
millenniumhotels.com. All prices are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes.

Thank you Shaun and Orchard Hotel for the awesome food tasting session 🙂

Ramen Play @ Somerset 313

Dined at Ramen Play about a week ago with bf for dinner before catching a movie at Cine 🙂

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My Cha Shu Shoyu Ramen 🙂

Soup was salty as with any other shoyu soup and I like it that way 🙂

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Bf’s Toroniku Double Soup Ramen.

I didn’t quite like his soup though, tasted a little weird. Maybe because I was enjoying my own. 🙂

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We ordered an extra tamago because we are tamago lovers! 😀

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Gyoza which bf ordered and I had to compromise by eating 1, despite disliking it =/

The veg inside the gyoza is extremely smelly! It stinks man! 😦

Its skin was a little on the rubbery chewy side…although there were some crispy parts 🙂

Plus, the skin came off quite easily, leaving the meat + veg ‘naked’.

I have always been an udon lover, but recently, ramen seems more acceptable to me. I’m okay with noodles, as long as they are soupy. I’m such a soup lover! 🙂

As usual, I couldn’t finish a bowl to myself and tried very hard to do so.

Overall rating :

4 stars