Not Only a Casino but also a Mountain of Food

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“City of Entertainment”, “Las Vegas of Malaysia”, “Genting Highlands”. Call it whatever you want but Resorts World Genting, that place with the only legal Casino in Malaysia, is now also a Mountain of Food. Launched recently on the 15th of January 2011, Resorts World Genting aims to make Genting Highlands not only a “Fun City Above the Clouds” but a food paradise with over a 100 restaurants serving over 200 dishes on any day and time at the resort.

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witch and Saucer with Celebrity Chef Datuk Chef Wan

“Like the gigantic version of the Ice Kacang, this Mountain of Food is swathed in a blanket of nature’s rare green forest. Instead of kidney beans, corns and peanuts, it is embedded with delightfully edible gems and trinkets of palatable food outlets. The magnitude and extensiveness of food gets beyond one’s imagination!” – Mr Kevin Sim, Executive Vice President of Genting Malaysia.

When I was much younger, Genting used to be the place where adults did things that children were not allowed to be part of, and food choices used to be limited and expensive. (We used to make sandwiches to be eaten up there! Really.) Fast forward years later, Genting has now become a food paradise with a melting pot of cuisines all centered at one peak. Instead of packing my food up there, now I would be more than willing to make a trip up there to savour the food!

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Lion Dance for the Launching of Mountain of Food

The colourful and lively launching ceremony was graced by none other than our international Celebrity Chef Datuk Chef Wan, whose name is no stranger to anyone of us.

“It’s a discovery, the entire journey up to Genting Highlands. It’s a trail of food by itself dotted with little food treasure spots all the way to the peak” – Datuk Chef Wan.

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Mock Penang Bridge at the entrance of Coffee Terrace

Kicking start the Mountain of Food, Genting is offering Penang Hawker Food Festival from now till 23rd of January 2011. Various famous Chefs who have made themselves popular in Penang have been specially brought over to Genting Highlands exclusively for this promotion.

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Datuk Chef Wan getting ready for his speech

It was my first time in Coffee Terrace and the whole place looked like it had been transformed into a Penang food street! There were various stalls from char kuey teow, prawn mee, chee cheong fun, roti canai and satay, just to name a few. The various road signs around Coffee Terrace also bore Penang road names, giving me a feeling of nostalgia (since I used to stay in Penang for a good 5 years).

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Gurney Drive

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The Mountain of Food ice sculpture

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Datuk Chef Wan giving his keynote

After the opening keynote by Datuk Chef Wan, it was the officiating ceremony, joined by Mr Kevin Sim and Mr Edward Holloway. They were supposed to knock the ice off the sculpture to reveal the Mountain of Food plague within. Interesting!

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Officiating the Mountain of Food

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And it’s official!

Without further ado, we took a good look around the buffet spread and capture pictures of the food that screamed “Delicious!”.

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Pulut panggang – Rice wrapped in banana leaf with filling made from grounded dried prawns and grated coconut

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Delicate cakes

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Mee Rebus stall

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Desserts galore!

The presence of a life-size trishaw in the buffet area somewhat brought back memories of my time in Penang. This cute method of transportation is still practiced especially in the Georgetown area, and is a must-ride to discover the side of Penang that you would not have discovered otherwise.

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Penang trishaw / Beca

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Preparing a giant ice kacang

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Datuk Chef Wan giving his thumb of approval

During a brief press conference, Datuk Chef Wan emphasized on the fact that people in KL spend too much time in shopping malls. Instead of going shopping, why not take a trip up to the highlands for a mini getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, as well as for the cool and fresh air?

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Datuk Chef Wan speaking at the press conference

He later joined all of us and savoured the variety of food offered.

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Pappadam - Indian appetizer famous in Nasi Kandar places in Penang

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Salad spread

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Indian-style fried chicken

With so much Penang food in sight, I can’t help but to present to you, the Top 10 Penang Food that you must try (in no particular order) ! :)

#1: Lor Bak

No food trip to Penang would ever be complete without having a taste of Lor Bak, which is a spring roll made from thin soybean sheets, wrapped around marinated minced pork and then deep fried. Savoury and fragrant, this delicacy is best eaten when dipped into the starchy sauce with chilli.

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Lor Bak stall

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Lor Bak with chilli and thickened corn starch sauce

#2: Satay

Of course, another famous delicacy would be the satay, skewers of marinated and grilled meat. Watching the skewers being grilled while capturing photos was really a challenge since the strong aroma was simply too enticing!

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Satay – Skewers of marinated meat

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Best eaten with peanut sauce

#3: Roti Canai

One particular stall that caught many people’s attention that day was the Roti Canai stall. The man behind this stall was amazingly skillful in tossing and twisting the piece of flat bread around that everyone was caught in awe. I even captured a video for your viewing pleasure. :)

The Making of Roti Canai (The Flying Bread)

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Preparing roti canai

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Tossing it up and about

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The final product – roti canai

There were lots of other Penang specialties that were made available. Good food is meant to be shared, and indeed, that was what I did, along with Saucer and Bok. :)

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witch and Saucer

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Bok and witch

#4: Oh Chien

Oh Chien, also known as Fried Oyster Omelette is yet another famous street food in Penang, since seafood is in abundance there.

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Oh Chien – Fried Oyster Omelette

#5: Pasembur & Rojak

Pasembur - A dish of Indian salad with shredded cucumber, potatoes, turnip, bean sprouts, prawn fritters, spicy fried crab and other seafood served with a sweet and nutty spicy sauce. This was among the best that we had! The seafood was fresh and sizable, and the sauce was delightfully appetizing.

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Pasembur

Rojak - A dish of mixed fruits and vegetables topped with a sweet and thick sauce topped with finely chopped peanut.

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Rojak – Mixture of fruits

#6: Hokkien Mee/ Hokkien Prawn Noodles

Hokkien Mee/ Hokkien Prawn Noodles – A dish of egg and rice noodles in fragrant shrimp stock, which is usually served with slices of fresh prawns. Do not be deterred by the bright red colour of the stock for it is just the colour emitted from the shrimps, and it is nothing close to fiery hot or spicy. :)

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Hokkien mee/Prawn noodles

#7: Char Kuey Teow

Char Kuey Teow – Stir fried flat noodles over very high heat with soy sauce, belacan, cockles, prawns, eggs and bean sprouts. This is extremely popular in Penang, so much so that it is synonymous to Penang food. One hasn’t been to Penang if one has not tried this dish.

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Frying Kuey Teow over high heat

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Char Kuey Teow

#8: Chee Cheong Fun

Chee Cheong Fun or Rice Noodle Roll comes in a variety of versions. Even within Malaysia, the chee cheong fun found in Kuala Lumpur is not the same as the one found in Penang. What differentiates Penang chee cheong fun from the rest is the usage of the shrimp paste, dark in colour, gooey and pungent. Some might say that it is an acquired taste, but really, you’ll find yourself loving it after the first bite.

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Penang Chee Cheong Fun

#9: Muar Chee

Muar Chee is a Penang local dessert made from steamed glutinous rice balls, topped with finely chopped peanuts,  sugar and sesame seeds. Usually sold in Penang hawker stalls, these balls are meant to be eaten right after served to maintain the crunchiness of the peanut and the softness of the rice balls.

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Muar Chee

#10: Ice Kacang

Ice Kacang, or Ais Kacang in Malay, is another popular dessert made from shaved ice served with sweet syrup and various condiments within. The usual suspects are corn, grass jelly, cendol, kidney beans and agar-agar, later topped with either fresh fruits or a scoop of ice-cream. Found widely on Penang streets, you would see this stall crowded with people usually in the afternoons, with people seeking solace in the bowl of glorious ice.

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Ice Kacang with a scoop of ice-cream

There you have it, the Top 10 Penang food that one must try based on the witch’s opinion. :) There are certainly more Penang food around, in fact too many to be fit into one post. But you get my drift! Penang is such a colourful place gifted with amazing food that I am more than happy to be able to savour it right at the peak of Genting Highlands!

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Coffee Terrace at Maxims Genting Hotel Lobby

Hurry, this promotion ends on the 23rd of January 2011!

Buffet Lunch – Price: RM53.00++ (Adult); RM26.50++ (Child)
Buffet Dinner – Price: RM61.00++ (Adult); RM30.50++ (Child)

Coffee Terrace
Maxims Genting Hotel Lobby
Genting Highlands
Buffet Hours: Lunch: 12.00 noon – 2.30pm & Dinner: 5.00pm – 9.30pm

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35 Comments
  • January 17th, 2011 10:06 AM
    J2Kfm

    What a splendid feast you had there. Well worth the journey up the mountains eh?

    Anyway, love his show on AFC. SO much better than the other local productions.

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  • January 17th, 2011 10:15 AM
    Caroline

    whoaa! with Datuk Chef Wan! :D food feasting horr!!

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  • January 17th, 2011 10:16 AM
    Caroline

    i saw giant ice kacang!! @.@ wow! n so many other delicious foods there! :D

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  • January 17th, 2011 10:18 AM
    mimid3vils

    Price is not expensive too for Genting standard :P

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  • January 17th, 2011 10:41 AM
    Baby Sumo

    So gutted I missed this food festival by 1 day!!

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  • January 17th, 2011 10:48 AM
    uLi

    Woooo….great event!

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  • January 17th, 2011 10:49 AM
    khengsiong

    Hmm… ends this Sunday?

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Yes this Sunday! :)

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  • January 17th, 2011 11:08 AM
    ai wei

    great that they have this concept up there

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  • January 17th, 2011 11:36 AM
    Leo (thule)

    really hope that the food taste as good as it looks! Was it the photograph technique that made all the food looked awesome?? LOL! For some reason, I have never come across any places in Genting worth visiting… well, apart from ultra-expensive Olive!
    Like you, my parents brought us up to Genting almost every year when we were small… and we brought instant cup noodle instead of making sandwiches :P

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  • January 17th, 2011 12:04 PM
    suituapui

    I HATE YOU! I REALLY REALLY HATE YOU! LOL!!! Oooooo….I would love to meet Chef Wan in person – I always watch his shows on tv, love his humour, love his style, his personality….and I often see that he also cooks agak-agak like me – even though he has recipes, he will taste and then tambah sikit of this, sikit of that because it must be a bit more this and a bit more that… That’s how I cook too. LOL!!!

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Don’t hate me! :P Yea he’s really down-to-earth and friendly too! So when is my turn to try your cooking? :P

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  • January 17th, 2011 12:06 PM
    LeslieTravel

    Looks like a fun launch party! Love the photos. I’m especially impressed by the ice sculpture. Is that a Christmas tree?

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Yea it does look like a Christmas tree, doesn’t it? :)

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  • January 17th, 2011 12:24 PM
    ericleeh

    wahhh….datuk chef wan so old dee.haha

    wah..promotion price so cheap? i think it’s worth it for the variety of the food there…too bad not free.. T3T

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  • January 17th, 2011 12:51 PM
    M-Knight

    like that flying roti canai

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    The video is amazing right? :)

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  • January 17th, 2011 1:22 PM
    mommy ling

    Awwww…a huge ice kacang with huge spoons..LOL!!

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  • January 17th, 2011 2:04 PM
    KY

    chef wan is our local food hero! no one promotes malaysian food better than him.

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  • January 17th, 2011 3:42 PM
    ciki

    excellent post.. i really also see Genting in a new light now!

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  • January 17th, 2011 3:50 PM
    Merryn

    wah…. can get penang food minus the penang heat! awesome stuff! u so lucky! :(

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  • January 17th, 2011 4:11 PM
    smallkucing

    really mountain of food wor

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  • January 17th, 2011 4:40 PM
    email2me

    Wah such a nice place to be …. too bad class come first ….

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  • January 17th, 2011 8:52 PM
    Gabriel

    i am more fascinated by the ice sculpture. hehe…i like it, so creative. hehee…

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  • January 17th, 2011 9:53 PM
    [SK]

    hahaha, genting also want to become a place for gastronome?? i quite like the concept “mountain of food”, and the giant ABC is just very creative huh?? hehe.. but i think this is more of a 1-Malaysia food buffet in the hotel, haha~~ :p

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Yea the giant ABC also represents the “Mountain of Food” concept.. with the shape like a mountain! :)

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  • January 17th, 2011 11:21 PM
    taufulou

    wow.. u really spend alot of time in this post~

    craving just for the chee cheong fun, lobak and pasembur

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  • January 18th, 2011 12:22 AM
    Shingo T

    Witchy always get invited to such food events. So nice! ^_^

    I love Genting Highlands, already lost count of how often I go liao. Will pay the restaurant a visit if I strike jackpot there. Haha. =p

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    So you go to Genting very often eh? Next time let me know so that we can go eat together! ;)

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  • January 18th, 2011 12:41 AM
    ken

    chef wan with white hair edy.. long time didnt see him on TV already.. haha.
    i miss genting and i wanna go there.. but the food can be a little price up there :P

    nice pictures as usual!

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    He looks more manly with the grey hair don’t you think? *wink* hehe

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  • January 18th, 2011 9:35 AM
    wyyv

    I know why it call Mountain of Food edi, it really got A LOT of choices there.. haha.. I’m sure I will gain weight after eating at there :)

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  • January 19th, 2011 11:49 AM
    Alice Law

    Hi bewitch! Mommy Ling led me here… so that’s the Mountain of food, interesting! Thanks for sharing and I’ll be greateful to drop by on my next Genting visit!

    You keep well and have a nice day!

    p/s: Hopefully the prices are reasonable!

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Hi Alice! Nice to see you dropping by :) The Mountain of Food has different promotions every month, so do watch out for it. As for the pricing, it’s available on the second page at the end of my post! :)

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  • January 19th, 2011 1:12 PM
    foongpc

    So much nice food! And how nice – get to take photo with celebrity chef Wan too! : )

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