Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Invited Review @ KO-FU- LOFT, Gurney Plaza, Penang.

Ah.... some of you might say... "Finally! you blog this!". ^-^ I am sorry as I am quite busy for the past few weeks as too many visitors at a time. So I keep postponed to write up this posts. As it needs extra time to put all the photos together and find a right time to do my "homework".^-^ And I told myself my dateline is the last day of June and phew... finally I do it on time.
Ok back to the post. First of all, I would like to thank Alicia Ng of KO-FU-LOFT, Criz Lai and Jian for inviting us to this review. And this is the first biggest ever food review gathering I ever attend.

Some of KO-FU-LOFT interior settings and also the three chefs postings for us to take photos. Since I am running a bit late (due to traffic jammed) , so I did not take much photos of the interior. If you still remember the settings of Food Loft, then it still maintain more or less the same settings.
KO-LU-LOFT located @ 170-04-59, Level 4, Plaza Gurney, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact Number: 604-229 5011
Business Hours: 10.00am-10.00pm (Weekdays) and 9.00am-10.00pm (Weekends)

Ko Fu Sesame Seed Ball ~ RM10.90
We start by having two appetisers. One of the appetisers is Ko Fu Sesame Seed Ball. It is basically meat stuffed with some ingredients such as capsicum, spring onion and..... in there and coated with white and black sesame seed. It is then served with some sauce.

Crystal Spring Roll Skin Stuff with Vege & Chicken Meat ~ RM6.90
Spring roll....... that's another appetiser we had for that day. There are lots of vegetables such as carrot, cucumber, glass noodles, chicken and...... in the spring roll. It is good for those who want to go for something light and healthy eating style. As some think that it is a bit tasteless if it does not go with the sauce provided.

Photos from clockwise are Pork Dumpling with Fish Roes (Siew Mai), Signature Steamed Custard Creamy Bun, Minced Squid with Crab Claw Meat and Steamed Fresh Prawn Dumpling (Har Kau).
Next, we had some dim sum. The dim sum that we had are Pork Dumpling with Fish Roes (Siew Mai) ~ RM5.50, Signature Steamed Custard Creamy Bun ~ RM5.50, Steamed Fresh Prawn Dumpling (Har Kau) ~RM5.50 and Minced Squid with Crab Claw Meat ~ RM6.90
Dim sum is best consume while it is hot. And since we took lots of time to take some pictures, all the dim sum turns cold. I personally love siew mai very much when I am having some dim sum. I found that the minced squid with crab claw meat cute. ^-^ The har kau that I had is a bit disappointed as the prawn in there tested not so fresh. But other's har kau is ok. Their signature steamed custard creamy bun is one of their attractions. And the custard cream is not so sweet. So it is suitable for people who take care of their diet.
Overall, I would say that it is best to test it while it is hot. As the textures might be different while it is hot.

Deep Fried Homemade Bean Curd ~ RM12.90
The textures of the bean curd that that they use is like the Japanese bean curd. It is very smooth and silky but it tastes very plain and lack of the bean curd aroma. It will go well with the sauce provided.

Szechuan Aromatic Duck ~ RM18.90
Have you try the Szechuan Aromatic Duck before? Well.... I have not try it before, I tried Peking Duck and also Jia Su Duck before and I like both very much. As for this Szechuan Aromatic Duck, I don't really like the duck slice that is being served because when we had our Szechuan Aromatic Duck, it is cold already. So I really can't comment much about this. I need to go back there and try it out next time when it is hot. ^-^

Deep Fried Five Spices Calamari ~ RM13.90
I personally love calamari very much. I usually love calamari in ring shapes rather than the shapes above. And the calamari here is added with some five spices and deep fried. I still prefer the original types of deep fried calamari. However, the textures of the calamari is still there.

Fried Seafood Emperor Noodle ~ RM12.90
Next, is the fried seafood emperor noodle. The noodle tested a bit mild. And I cannot feel any "Wok Hei" in there. I prefer my noodles have "wok Hei". The textures of the noodles itself is ok.

All in 1 Roasted Meat with Vegetables ~ RM19.90
Ah..... next is the "Poon Choy". Ah this is also another economy type of poon choy with the price RM19.90 only. The soup base is not consistence as some of the floggers tried out all the 4 pots of poon choy and they reckoned that the one in our table tasted the best. But you can always give it a try. As everybody have different taste bud.

Photos from clockwise - Deep Fried Yam Paste with Minced Pork~ RM4.50, Deep Fried Pandan Lotus Paste Dumpling ~ RM4.50, Sago and Water Chestnut in Coconut Milk, Jingdo Pork Ribs ~ RM14.90
Actually I found that the deep fried yam paste with minced pork and deep fried pandan lotus paste dumpling is quite suite my taste bud. And I quite enjoying having it. The lotus paste is not so sweet. As I don't like very sweet lotus paste. ^-^ The Jingdo Pork Ribs are ok but not the best that I have tested before. As for the hot desserts that we had are Sago and Water chestnut in Coconut Milk. I would like to try out their Mango desserts when I revisited them.
And with this review, we were given a RM5 voucher by KO-LU-LOFT . Once again, thank you KO-LU-LOFT for their arrangement and invitation. You can pop over to other attendee review:
Gill and Jason - http://www.gourmetgarden.com.my/,
Steven - http://www.stevengoh.com/,
Bee -http://buzzingbee.blogsome.com/,
Carrie - http://cariso-food.blogspot.com/,
Waco -http://www.noweating.com/,
Eunice, Siew Ying and Iris - http://www.foodpromotions.com.my/,
Allie - http://alliefoodtalk.com/,
Allen - http://yummy-station.com/,
Christy - http://yumyumbites.blogspot.com/,
Low - http://food-4tots.com/,
Penang Tua Pui - http://www.penangtuapui.com/,
CK - http://www.what2seeonline.com/,
Cheryl - http://nuttyeve9.blogspot.com/

and KDU F&B Lecturer - Chef Khoon.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Kedai Kopi Swee Kong @ Solok Moulmein, Penang

I have been busy for the past few days but still try my best to squeeze in some time to do some blogging. ^-^ And today, I choose to blog about
Kedai Kopi Swee Kong @ Pulau Tikus. The actual location is @ Solok Moulmein. Directly opposite the Police Station. This blog consists of two visits, one during breakfast time and the other during late lunch.
I found the way the boss prepare the Apom is so interesting. As the way, he can quickly move the pot from one charcoal stove to another with fast speed using one hand. I think for me, I have to use both hands and not with that kind of speed. ^-^
Hubby captured some of the photos from the stall as following:
The boss in action.

I usually love the crispy type of apom like the one that sell in Air Itam. But this one is a bit different. It is very crispy at the edge of the apom and soft in the interior. And it tastes great when serves hot. And we ordered twice from the owner as my gal loves it very much.

Wantan Mee
When I entered the shop, I saw the stall owner of the wantan mee is so busy and most of the table order this. And since my gal wants some wantan mee, hubby ordered one for her. She comments that the wantan mee tastes nice and she loves the wantan mee textures.
Hokkien Mee
I opt for the hokkien mee. The hokkien mee tastes not bad.
Ban Chang Kueh
This is the second visit to this shop and hubby told me that the ban chang kueh is very famous there. So he went and ordered. Then the stall owner told hubby, you have to prepared to wait as there are so many ordered. And there are lots of people standing on the road site and some wait inside their car for this ban chang kueh.
After hubby finished his late lunch, he went to the stall and wait. He still have to wait for very long time. However, my gal and I just sitting inside the coffee shop had our late lunch. ^-^
The Ban Chang kueh is very crispy and thin textures and it has many peanut fillings in there and hubby ordered one with egg. It tastes delicious when it serves hot.
Hokkien Char
Char Tua Pan
The hokkien char and the char tua pan came from the same stall and it tastes very delicious as the "wok hei" is there. We are thinking to order another plate but at last we decided not to as we still have the ban chang kueh. ^-^
I am not too sure whether you will get the thick laksa soup when you order it in the normal hour. As when I start digging this, I told hubby that this laksa stall have a very thick and strong soup base. Hubby agreed with me when he savour some. Then I just realise that the laksa that I had was the last bowl. ^-^ As I overheard one of the customers sat next to our table want to order the laksa, he was told that it all sold out. So I guess I am quite lucky. ^-^

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

New World Park Food Court @ Swatow Lane, Penang

It has been quite a long time that we did not patronise this coffee shop. As nowadays, there are too many foods around to savour in Penang itself. But during one heaty afternoon, we decide to go to this place for some hawker foods. As this place have two kinds of sitting. One with air condition and one with fans. So we opt for the air condition seats as my gal is the one always complained of hot. ^-^
And we were so hungry at that time and we ordered many foods to share among 3 of us. The foods that we ordered are
Chee Cheong Fun
Every place chee cheong fun have different textures and the sauce and chili sauce that they used are different from one to another. One of my gal comfort food is chee cheong fun. So she loves to try out different kind of chee cheong fun and she found that the chee cheong fun is not bad. ^-^
Dry Koay Teow
Hubby opt for dry koay teow. Hubby comments that the dry koay teow is not too bad. And we were thrilled that the dry koay teow is with some bean sprout. And hubby loves it.
Majestic Rojak
As my gal and I are so fond of rojak few months ago, so every where we go and we saw rojak, we will order one to try. As we tested this before the 127 Food Court Centre Majestic Rojak, so we reckon that we prefer this one than the other. ^-^ But towards the end, it turns watery. ^-^
Hokkien Mee
My gal wants some hokkien mee, so she tries out the hokkien mee there and she find that hokkien mee is so spicy for her, so end up, i have to finish it for her.
Char Koay Teow
I opt for CKT as feel like having some CKT. And it tastes not bad.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Happy Father's Day 2009

Father's day in Malaysia falls on the 21st June this year. As some other countries celebrate in different month. I recall while I am studying abroad, father's day in that country is celebrate in September. So each year, I have to remind myself that Malaysia father's day is in 3rd week (Sunday) of June.
So I would like to wish all my readers and every one,
" Happy Father's Day"
I think most of you already have some things plan for you father, father in law, hubby....... where to celebrate Father's Day and wish every one of you enjoy every moments with them.
Following are some of the desserts that hubby prepared for my gal and me during boxing day last year. Hubby wanted to get rid of all the fruits that he brought for preparing Christmas dinner early on. So the following are hubby creations:
Hubby home made desserts
To make this post more interesting and surprise for my hubby, I request my gal to write something for her daddy for this father's day. The following are what she wrote:
" Dear Daddy, I love you very very much and you are the best daddy in the world ~ by gal."
Anyway......" Happy Father's Day" to everyone!!!!!! and don't forget to pamper your dad as the way you pamper your mum on "Mother's Day". ^-^

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Chu Char next to Shell Station along Pengkalan Weld, Penang

Whenever we passed by this chu char stall next to the Shell Petrol Station in Pengkalan Weld, it is always full of people. Especially when it is at dinner time. So hubby and I marked down this place in our "makan list" for quite some time. Then during one weekend, my gal wanted to have chu char, so we decided to give it a try.
We are not sure what they are offering and ask for some recommendation and we ended with the following dishes:
Watercress Soup
Ah....... when there are watercress soup, my gal will automatically asked for one. And the watercress soup is very nice. As usual, my gal consumed most of this.
Stir fry vegetables with garlic

Deep Fried Promfret with BBO sauce
When hubby heard that they have deep fried promfret with BBQ sauce.....he looked at me and I knew that he wanted to try. As we never try the deep fried fish with BBQ sauce. Well.... the texture and freshness of the fish is very nice and indeed delicious. As for the sauce, my gal found it a bit spicy for her.

Tom Yam Bean Curd
This is one of their famous dishes according to the auntie that take our order. And since we never try tom yam bean curd before, we decided to try. Actually we are so curious to find out what is that. If you are fond of lots of herbs, combination of tom yam and bean curd, then you will sure to savor this dish. However, we found that the aroma is too strong for us. ^-^

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Bayan Baru Market Part 2

This time around I am going to posts some food that are available from Bayan Baru Market in the morning session. Whenever we go to Bayan Baru market in the morning, we will either order one of this or from other stall. And this used to be hubby hot spot for breakfast many years ago before he off for work.

Prawn Mee and Lor Mee Stall No. 6
Hokkien Lor Mee
This is hubby order. This stall offers hokkien mee, lor mee, hokkien lor mee and you can add on extra chicken feet if you like it. And it is also depends on the availability.
This photo is taken while I brought my friend there for breakfast before she departs Penang.
And the following photos are photos that I took by using hand phone previously:
L to R: Hokkien Mee and Lor Mee
Curry Mee Stall No. 7
Curry Mee
Ah..... whenever I am craving for curry mee when I am in Bayan Baru Market, I will opt for this stall curry mee. It has a very rich curry aroma. And i like the way that they cook the noodles. As some tend to over cooked it but this stall never fail me each time I ordered from them.
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