From Bukit Mertajam to Taiping

A continuation post from last years returning trip from Penang. While having brunch at an Indian Muslim coffeeshop in Teluk Bahang on Penang Island, a chinese lady with her family suggested I try Bukit Mertajam’s famous laoshu fen (silver needle rice noodle) pork noodles when I headed back to Kuala Lumpur. I have never been […]

Penang the pinang island no more

Penang, the areca nut palm tree island no more. Unlike many south asian destinations, there are fewer betel nut vendors and chewers now on this Malacca Straits island, colonially known as the Prince of Wales Island, and a former free port of the British East India Company. There are no more coolies on the docks […]

Martell, Martell, wherefore art thou..?

CCFoodTavel fly to Penang, for the Martell Pure Gourmet dinner.. would it be worth the journey? Martell, the oldest cognac maker in the world, showcased its Penang edition of the Martell Pure Gourmet signature dinner series in the UNESCO World Heritage Site city of George Town. The capital city’s unique blend of cultural and historical […]

Hennessy XO Appreciation Grows Penang – Chef Michael Han

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When I first heard the word, deconstruction , murmured alongside, Hennessy XO Appreciation Grows and Penang cuisine, my heart skipped a beat. Deconstruction is one of those inventions that has changed the face of gastronomy. To understand how it works, let’s look at a classic Penang dish, say, the Assam Laksa. First, one needs to […]

Hennessy X.O Appreciation Grows – Chef Michael Han

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At first glance, Michael Han is not your typical chef: quiet, soft-spoken and shy, not to mention a law degree holder. No trace of the Gordon Ramsey-esque ‘tough love’ qualities can you see in this young man. However, ask him a question about his restaurant, FiftyThree, and why he decided to pursue a career in […]

Kafe Heng Huat Char Kwey Teow & Ocean Green Seafood, Penang

So my Penang colleagues are making me PICK. And I hate to pick. They say… you can only have ONE Char Kwey Teow… so pick! It was a toss up between the Sister’s Char Kwey Teow.. or the Lorong Selamat Char Kwey Teow… Sister’s – Lorong Selamat – Sister’s – Lorong Selamat… ?! In the […]

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