Get Free Tickets to Celcom XPLAY Shout Awards

Have you got the passion for music? And a thirst for awesome parties? If you answer Yes to both the questions, I have good news for you! Celcom XPLAY is now here to satisfy your craving needs.

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XPLAY is a series of music events nationwide that brings various genres of music together. What’s more we bring only the best local and international DJs for an electrifying show. Experience a party like never before with beyond-imagination line-ups and ground-shaking music to give you one of the most memorable nights you will ever have. The big bang theory will have nothing on this when XPLAY comes through!

I have been watching TV quite a bit lately and saw a few ads on Shout! Awards. It was this ad telling us the various nominees of  Shout! Awards, asking us to vote. The Shout! Awards is really an entertainment award show created to celebrate the Malaysia entertainment industry. The award recognizes people of music, television, film and radio industry as well as the entertainment industry as a whole.

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Shout! Awards

Combining XPLAY and Shout! Awards, you get Xplay Shout!, which is the pre-show party for Shout! Awards happening at The Library e@curve on 13 November 2010 to celebrate the nominees. There will be performances by the 2009 Shout! Awards winners and also DJs. People will also get to mingle with the Mobile Content Award 2010 Nominees at the party!

Guess who will be there at the Xplay Shout! party?

Disagree

Disagree embodies the energy of Alternative Rock, delivering unique sounds that are distinctive, straightforward and yet seemingly radio friendly. Their hit numbers such as ‘Crumbs’, ‘Scarecrow Adam’, and ‘Suicide Note’, have substantiated high recognition in the Malaysian English music scene. By delivering music which that is more mature and intensely melodic, Disagree continues to be the rage in the alternative scene.

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Mizz Nina

Mizz Nina, the reigning queen of Malaysian hip hop scene shot to fame as part of the seminal Malaysian hip hop group, the Teh Tarik Crew, earning two AIM nominations for the group’s full-length album “How’s The Level?” in the process. Her growing repertoire of music has exposed the public to an unprecedented level. Lending her unique take on hip hop artistry, Mizz Nina continues to deliver a resounding display every time she’s on the mic or on the decks and is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the local entertainment industry.

DJ Ash

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Originally hailing from Malaysia, Ash started DJ-ing in2004 in Australia. Since then, he has played most of Melbourne’s finest nightclubs and bars. He revolutionized and continues to lead the Mash-Up scene in Melbourne with his residency at the famed Seven Nightclub’s Sideroom, Melbourne’s Mash-Up scene by unleashing his creativity through mixing assorted music genres in his set. Ash has also played in special events such for Akon, T-Pain, MC Jin, MizzNina, Too Phat’s Joe Flizzow Montell Jordan, Justin Timberlake’s dancers and Australian Idol showcase.

How to get FREE passes to XPLAY Shout! Party:

To get an exclusive FREE invitation, you just need to register at the Xpax Facebook at www.facebook.com/xpaxfb
1. Join as a fan and click on the “XPLAY” tab
2. Register for a FREE invitation.
3. 1st 150 customers to register on Xpax Facebook will get Free Drinks as well! (If you are an Xpax or U.O.X. member, you’ll get 2 drinks!)

How to get free passes to Shout! Awards?
Just download 3 Call Me Tones of the Mobile Content Award 2010 nominees from www.channelx.com.my and stand a chance to win free passes to attend Shout! Awards on 20 November 2010!

I am going to register for the Xplay Shout! party, hoping to be the first 150 customers. You should do it too! After all, how often do you get free parties with awesome performances right? :)

Freshwater Prawns at Luen Fong, Tualang

Most people out of Perak may not have heard about Tanjung Tualang, a small town district in Perak, famous for its freshwater prawns. Previously a tin mining area, the ponds now have been converted to rear huge and fleshy prawns instead. Located just 20 minutes from Kampar, we were there one weekend to savour its famous prawns. There were quite a number of restaurants in Tualang but we settled for Luen Fong restaurant in the end.

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Home made chilli sauce

There were about 9 of us and we ordered 2 kg of freshwater prawns, done in 2 ways – the Pan-fried (Kon Chin Har) and Steamed prawns. The Pan-fried prawns were really fragrant and savoury. It was a simple dish with minimal seasonings but the freshness of the prawns was unmistakable.

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Pan fried prawns (RM60/kg)

The Steamed Freshwater prawns were the highlight of the meal. One of the distinguished feature of Tualang freshwater prawns was their very big heads compared to the body, and the red skin. In fact, there are restaurants in Tualang that use non-Tualang prawns to be ‘mixed’ with the Tualang prawns to trick customers. If you look at the plate below, some prawns were not as red as the others, and we’re suspecting some ‘mixing’ to have taken place.

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Steamed Freshwater Prawns (RM60/kg)

Tualang or non-Tualang, we never really know, but what I know was the prawns were really succulent and sweet. Each bite was oozing with the freshness of prawns, juicy and delicious. It was really different with sea water prawns. You have to try it!

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Red Tualang prawns

Other than prawns, we also had Squid which came in a pretty sizable portion. The squid was springy and fat, with spicy peanut sauce. Very appetizing!

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Squid (RM11)

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Fleshy squid

If you’re in Luen Fong, you simply must try their Home Made Beancurd. Perhaps it has something to do with the water in Perak, but somehow I always find bean curd here to be much smoother and more delicious than the ones found in KL. I might be biased so you have to try it out and let me know. I loved the home made beancurd here, in fact, in most of the restaurants in Kinta Valley. They’re superbly soft and smooth!

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Home made beancurd with anchovies (RM12)

Some vegetables dishes to balance up our cholesterol-laden meal. :)

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Some greens (RM8)

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Vegetables (RM8)

And finally, fried rice for those who were not full yet. The fried rice was not something to shout about, but definitely served the purpose of filling the tummy with carbs. It was fragrant and savoury, though perhaps a little lack of ‘wok hei’ or heat of wok. Perhaps a busy kitchen that day?

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Fried rice (RM9)

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The bill

If you haven’t tried freshwater prawns from Tualang, you really must drop by. If not Luen Fong, then any other restaurants here would do too. It’s simply different from seawater prawns. :)

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Luen Fong Restaurant in Tanjung Tualang

Restoran Luen Fong
No. 19, Market Street,
31800 Tanjung Tualang,
Perak, Malaysia.
Tel: +605-360 9267

A Walk Down the Memory Lane at Reminisce Cafe

Entering the new cafe in Mid Valley, I was brought to a whole new era of the past. Boasting of white chairs and tables, the restaurant named Reminisce was decorated with plenty of knick knacks from the 80’s such as comic books, stickers, telephone cards, soft drink bottles and more. It was really interesting to see ornaments that I used to play with, and the junk food that I used to it!

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Interior of Reminisce Cafe

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Ever played with the ‘sticks’ game?

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Old comic books

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My grandpa still has one of this!

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Tora and Ding Dang – anyone’s favourite?

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True enough, Reminisce Cafe aims to bring back the memories of the past through food. Some of their food were even designed with the past in mind. For example, they serve Hot Milo with a cracker! Ah, I don’t know why, I only did that years ago, with my grandpa or grandma. Now it doesn’t even cross my mind to have Milo with crackers anymore.

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Sun dried longan & luohan fruits drink (RM3.90)

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Milo (RM3.90)

The menu is pretty extensive with street snacks, noodles, rice as well as desserts. Some of the street snacks we sampled were the Stuffed Pork Balls, Spring Rolls and Deep Fried Nian Gao. I simply loved the Nian Gao, it was done just the way my grandma does it during Chinese New Year! Now I don’t have to wait until Chinese New Year to be able to savour this snack. :)

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Stuffed pork ball with satay sauce (RM5.90)

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Chef recommendation crispy spring roll (RM3.90)

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Deep fried nian gao with yam & sweet potato (RM4.90)

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Traditional yam cake (RM3.90)

For the mains, we started with Toasted Soft bun with Bakwa, Meat Floss and Egg. This was something I wanted to try from the menu since I love Bakwa and meat floss! But I didn’t know how it would taste like combining with fried egg though. I thought the chef was pretty creative in combining the savoury meat with an egg for a more balanced meal in terms of texture and taste. However, this should be eaten while it’s warm since the bread started to become a little hard when it’s left for too long.

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Toasted soft bun with bak kwa, meat floss & egg (RM7.90)

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An egg inside with bread

Then, we had something more heavy, which was the Crispy chicken chop with steamed rice combo. I took a bite of the chicken chop and I loved how it was not overly oily, which is usual with deep fried stuff. It was very crispy, light and savoury. Something I would order when I have a big appetite. But I would, however, prefer to have some gravy with the chicken and rice so that it wouldn’t be too dry. Perhaps some mushroom sauce?

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Crispy chicken chop with steamed rice combo (RM11.50)

The next dish was my favourite that night! Though simple, the Dry curry chicken noodle was cooked to perfection! The noodles were springy and light, while the curry was fragrant and flavourful. In fact, all of us loved it so much that we ordered a second bowl with just the noodles itself!

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Dry curry chicken noodle (RM7.90)

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Steamed loh Mai Kai (RM3.90)

The lucky us that night had the chance to savour a dish which is not in the menu yet – Steam rice with spare ribs crowned with special Mongolian sauce. The ribs were braised and had a soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture when eaten with the layers of fat.

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Steam rice with spare ribs crowned with special Mongolian sauce (RM16.90)

The Braised duck drumstick with Chinese herbs on rice vermicelli was another hit especially with the few of us who stayed in Penang before. This is something famous in Penang but not widely available here in KL, so we’re really grateful now that we can have it here at Reminisce.

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Braised duck drumstick with Chinese herbs on rice vermicelli (RM15.90)

Finally, the Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken had one of the hottest and fiery sambal ever! But it was very addictive and made me wanting to eat more, especially with the spicy sambal. A very local Malaysian dish indeed.

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Nasi lemak with curry chicken (RM8.50)

Moving on to the desserts! We sampled a few types that night but Saucer and my favourite was the one and only Lemon grass jelly with Aloe Vera. Served cold, it was refreshing and just slightly sweet and sour, together with the aloe vera jelly which was very cooling to the body. It was perfect during the hot weather or when you’re feeling heaty.

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Lemon grass jelly with aloe Vera (RM4.50)

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Yam purée with sago pearls (RM4.50)

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Black sesame tang yuan in coconut milk & sago pearls (RM5.90)

Even though there were some hits and misses with the food, Reminisce definitely hits the spot when it comes to bringing back memories of the past. The feeling of being there was very surreal, evoking different emotions and definitely lots of childhood memories.

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Reminisce Cafe, Mid Valley Megamall

Reminisce Restaurant (along the same row as Maybank, Chilli’s and Delicious Cafe)
Megamall Mid Valley Lot G(E)- 019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 59200
Phone:+603 2201 8168
Opening hours: Mon – Sat = 7:30 am – 11:00 pm & Sun = 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kuala-Lumpur-Malaysia/Reminisce-jiu-xiang-hao/113005048748441?ref=ts

Unboxing the Samsung ST600 Dual Screen Camera

Recently Samsung launched a new dual-screen compact camera, with the tagline “Two Screens. Twice the Fun”. Ever since I sold my LX3 about 2 months ago, I have not had the chance to use another compact camera, until now. Thanks to Advertlets and Samsung Malaysia, I now have the chance to review the new ST600! The camera came in a box shaded with red and pink.

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Samsung ST600 box

Opening the box, the standard items that come with it are a charger, USB cable, A/V cable, a manual, a CD, camera case, warranty card and of course, the camera itself. The ST600 comes in 2 colours – purple and black, and the one that I got was a sleek black colour.

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Inside the box of ST600

My first impression of the camera was how compact it was, and how solid! The body was shiny and sleek, with gleaming black colour. The surface is really nice to hold and to stroke. *LOL*

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Samsung ST600 Dual screen camera

Also, the back side of the camera has a huge 3.5″ screen which covers the whole of the camera. It was a touch screen camera! Being a user of iPhone, I am used to the responsive and sensitive screen of iPhone so when I used the Samsung ST600 touch screen, I felt that it lacked sensitivity. Most of the time, I had to press it either longer or deeper for the touch to be recognized.

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Samsung ST600 with touch screen LCD

The size of the camera almost fits my palm. It’s really compact and small compared to my previous bulky LX3. And of course, the new feature that I can’t wait to test, the front LCD.

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Small and compact ST600

The LCD on the back side has vivid and bright colours. I love the big and wide screen for it allows me to see what I’m capturing clearly. Did I also mention that the ST600 has equivalent of 27mm focal length, which means it can capture a wider viewing angle. I will show you how wide it is in a test shot later. ;)

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Touch screen on the back of Samsung ST600

The front LCD can be activated with a tap on the front LCD or by pressing the hot key ‘F.LCD’ on the top of the camera. It’s really useful for people who like to camwhore. There are just too many times when I tried to take picture of myself only to end up being out of frame or out of focus.

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Front LCD of Samsung ST600

I have yet to fully try out the functions and capabilities of this camera but let me show you just a few test shots taken recently. I didn’t do any touch ups to the photos (just resizing them) so that you can see the actual performance of this camera.

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Petronas Twin Towers – check out the wide angle

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Couple shot

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Self portrait :)

I will post up more pictures and review of the Samsung ST600 in another post. Getting the hang of using it now. :)

Samsung ST600 is retailed at RM1,199 in Malaysia.

3-day Getaway to Penang – Part 3 (finale)

After the 2 days of my Penang getaway here and here, it was finally our last day in the Pearl of the Orient! Since my mom’s visitors needed to leave Penang in the afternoon, we woke up early for breakfast. Looking for food in the early morning was not my forte, since I’m not really a morning person, :P but thankfully, I remembered the place that Wai Lian brought me to once! The place with Super Hokkien Mee that you need to go preferably before 9am or risk it being sold out. Breakfast was at One Corner Cafe at Jalan Bawasah, where the signature dish is the Super Hokkien Mee.

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Super Hokkien Mee

The Loh Bak here was just average but the Char Kuey Teow was a hit! My mom’s friends ordered a plate after another!

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Loh Bak

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Char Kuey Teow/Fried flat noodles

After breakfast, it was shopping time! I had stayed in Penang for almost 5 years before this and never knew of the places that we went to until that day. We actually went to this place in Tanjung Bunga with a row of shops all selling souvenirs! The first stop was at the Cocoa Boutique, where all kinds of chocolate were displayed and sold. The customers were also allowed to taste the chocolates before buying them and seriously, the variety was just humongous! There were chocolates with all kinds of flavours – orange, alcoholic, strawberry and even durian!

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Cocoa Boutique in Penang

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Interior of Cocoa Boutique

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with my mom and her visitors

Just a few doors away, was the Penang Coffee Tree shop. Penangites! Have you heard of this coffee brand before? I still haven’t! Until then, that is. Which makes me wonder whether this brand was just created for the sake of tourists or was this really Penang White Coffee as claimed by their signboard?

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Coffee Tree brand

The shop was huge and filled with all sorts of coffee. Again, variety was aplenty such as Hazelnut, Cinnamon, Green Tea, Chocolate and possibly 20 others.

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Interior of Coffee Tree shop

Visitors were allowed to try any type of coffee they wanted to, with the coffee coming from these thermos flasks.

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Coffee tasting?

Surrounding the shop were very cute coffee beans and decor made from coffee beans.

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Coffee beans in a sack

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More coffee beans

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Coffee bean grinder

The visitors loved the coffee very much and ended up buying them by the bags! Yes, a luggage bag, no less! Every purchase of 12 packs will be given 3 packs free, and on top of that, a luggage bag was complimentary too. The luggage bag could fit EXACTLY 15 packets of coffee. Coincidence?

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Packets and packets of white coffee

Look at how happy he was, buying 2 luggage of coffee!

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Coffee luggage

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Coffee for sale! :P

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Penang White Coffee at Tanjung Bunga

Just next to the White coffee place was a Batik place! This was again a shop made for tourist, judging from the looks of it.

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Well Known Souvenir and Batik Centre

We were there just in time to watch someone painting a piece of batik cloth. I guess the consolation is that the batik from this shop is really hand-made.

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Drawing batik

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Interior of batik shop

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Some paintings on the wall

Finally, it was time to leave! Before we left, Saucer and I insisted to go for lunch at our old-time favourite Kuey Teow Thng shop in Sungai Nibong cafe.

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Toasted Bread with eggs

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Awesome kuey teow thng with pork soup

And that, my friends, marked the end of our 3-day Penang getaway! It was very satisfying to finally savour some of the food that I missed after moving to KL. Definitely there will be a return trip! :)

3-day Getaway to Penang – Part 2

Day 2 on my 3-day getaway to Penang! After I was done with my work in the morning, Saucer and I met his brother for lunch! We went to Penang road for their famous cendol and laksa. :) Parking can be a big problem here so it’s advisable to go during off-peak hours. Still, no guarantee! We had to make 2 rounds before finding a car park. First off, Penang cendol!

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Penang Road famous cendol

The service was really fast and efficient. Just tell the guy how many bowls and you’d be served within seconds! I love the cendol here because it’s full of coconut milk fragrance, with lots of fat cendol and thinly shaved ice. Oh, not to forget the delicious gula melaka (palm sugar) of course! The combination just rocks!

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Famous Penang road cendol

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Saucer enjoying it!

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Delicious and cooling on a hot afternoon

Next, we proceeded indoors to the coffee shop Joo Hooi Cafe, for the Assam Laksa and Loh Bak. The portion was quite small, which meant we could eat more variety. Ah, I miss Penang Loh Bak already!

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Joo Hooi Cafe Assam Laksa

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Loh Bak

Every time I visit Penang, I never forget to buy their famous Tambun biscuits! There are simply too many shops making/selling it now, but I’m forever loyal to the one and only Him Heang. :) There’s only one shop selling it and it’s located at Burmah road. I love the biscuits from this shop as I found them to be very fragrant, light and flaky skin with compact filling. If you’re lucky, you might even get some which just out from the oven. Best!

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Him Heang biscuits

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The delicious Tambun biscuits

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Yummy!

For dinner, I met my mom who was there with her visitors from China. We had a fantabulous seafood dinner at Bali Hai, located along Gurney Drive. Their tagline is “If it swims, we have it”. Let’s see if they really have anything under the sea? The restaurant was incredibly packed that night! Tuesday night! Amazing.

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Fully-packed restaurant

My mom and her friend did the ordering and before long, our table was brimming with seafood. Plates and plates of them!

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Oyster Omelette (RM20)

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Blanced Lady’s fingers (RM12)

The Blanched Baby Octopus was really good! Some people may not be used to this type of cooking but it’s really the best form to retain the freshness and original sweetness from the octopus. This was really fresh and chewy!

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Blanched baby octopus (RM25)

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Steamed fish

We had fish done 2 ways, a Steamed Fish and another Assam Fish. The fish was fresh and smooth but we all agreed that the price was a bit too steep for the size given. Both the fish cost a total or RM253!

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Assam Fish

The Nestum Crabs were huge and meaty, something that I would recommend on a return visit.

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Nestum Crabs (RM90)

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Kam Heong Lala (RM25)

Have you ever had Snails before? Or better known as Balitong? They come in small and hard shells, with a hole at the end for you to ‘suck it in’, literally. Some people might find it gross to eat, but after a while, it’s actually pretty fun! The Balitong fried here was very hot and spicy and flavourful! It makes me keep eating one after another. *LOL*

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Escargot/Snails (RM15)

In my previous visit to Bali Hai, I had the chance to taste the cheese-baked lobster, so I suggested this to my mom. We had a medium-sized one to be shared and everyone loved it! The lobster was fresh, the meat was succulent and the cheese was fragrant. Bali Hai really trumps in making this dish.

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Cheese-baked lobster ‘Thermidor’ style (RM149)

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Stir-fried seafood noodles (RM20)

Overall, there were some hits and misses with the food here, but there must be something they’re doing right to keep getting return customers and a full house on a weeknight! Incredible business really. Guess how much dinner cost? We had 5 bottles of beer as well, and there were 8 of us, costing a total of RM770!

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Bali Hai Seafood restaurant

Bali Hai Seafood Restaurant
90, 90A, 90B, 90C & 90D, Persiaran Gurney,
Georgetown,
10250, Penang
Malaysia
Telephone: +604-2288272 / 2281272
Fax: +604-2288273
Website: http://www.balihaiseafood.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1