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Perut Rumah, Penang, Malaysia

The beauty about the internet is the friends you meet through social media. A friend whom I have met through the social media, S, recommended Perut Rumah to me. She tagged a few photos on instargram to show me the food she ate and I was sold! Perut Rumah can be found in Georgetown, about 25 mins by taxi from where we were staying in Penang.

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Perut Rumah can be found on Jalan Kelawai and it serves Nyonya food. The building is an old heritage bungalow house which has been turned into a restaurant. Inside, it was cozy, and had a very old fashioned style which I didn’t expect. The whole atmosphere was unexpected but in a good way. The menu is vast, lots of delicious Nyonya food and I wanted to try everything I saw. The good thing was pretty much each dish can be served in small, medium or large! We opt for small so we can try more dishes!

I couldn’t go past the popiah which was deep fried and absolutely delicious! It was oily or sickly, it was perfect and was hard to stop at just one.

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‘The Mother’ wanted the prawns sambal which was served with cucumber. Unfortunately, both Dragon and I didn’t have this but ‘The Mother’ seemed to have enjoyed it.

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The fried chicken was excellent, the skin was crispy and chicken was full of flavour. Even Dragon had more than one chicken!

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The pork slices was a bit of disappointing. It was pretty ordinary, think I could probably whip something like this at home!

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Unfortunately we didn’t have dessert, they had six desserts on the menu, however, only two for the evening and it wasn’t the ones we wanted – mind you I can’t remember what we wanted now! But at the time, we were a little disappointed.

Service was friendly, they definitely kept Dragon entertained. Food overall I thought was good (except for the pork – probably should have picked something else!) but the fried chicken and popiah were definitely my favourites.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Perut Rumah

17 Jalan Kelawei, 10250

Georgetown, 10250, Penang

Ph: +60 4 227 9917

Siu Lam Kung, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Siu Lam Kung can be found in Sheung Wan. I am on the hunt for the best suckling pig on Hong Kong island. I know there are a few places on Kowloon side but have not ventured that way yet. We were here for a family gathering, the menu is pretty extensive and had every single dish you can think off! However, we were here for one thing, the suckling pig and the penguin chicken. The two dishes we had to order in advance.

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We started with the peppered pork belly soup – this was surprisingly tasty, full of flavours and not to mention the yummy pork belly, as well as chicken feet. I know chicken feet are not everyone’s cup of tea but it was soft and tender. It had a really nice spicy kick to it.

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The dish of the evening was the suckling pig, we only got half serve as we could never finish one! It was still a relatively large serving and the pig was absolutely delicious! Thin, crispy and crunchy skin, and the pork was deliciously tender that I couldn’t stop eating it and in hindsight should have ordered a whole pig!

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The penguin chicken is not something I have seen before. Apparently they roast the chicken vertically like roast ducks and it is one of the more popular dish at the restaurant. The skin was crispy and the meat juicy and tender.

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We also ordered the peppered beef which was excellent. The beef again was melt-in-your-mouth tender.

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The braised tofu, mushroom and vegetables were also good.

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Overall I thought all the dishes were good, I really enjoyed the suckling pig! It’s definitely time to eat another suckling pig, where is your favourite suckling pig place?

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Siu Lam Kung

1/F, Alliance Building,

133 Connaught Road Central,

Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2511 5566

Ser Wong Fun, Central, Hong Kong

Ser Wong Fun is quite famous for its snake soup in Hong Kong. It is located in Central, at the bottom of Mid-Levels. Menu is all in Chinese, thankfully I was with the family so they knew how to read and ordered in Chinese!

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We ordered the snake soup – to be frank, I wasn’t sure what to expect. This is a winter soup but they serve it all year round. The soup is quite thick, and contained a lot of snake meat (which I thought taste like chicken) and on top, big crunchy fried wonton skins. It was quite tasty I thought, the meat wasn’t gamey and I really like the addition of the fried wonton skin. Definitely worth trying!

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I couldn’t go past the char siu and duck rice. The char siu had the perfect fat and meat ratio, and the duck was quite tasty. (Sorry for the blurry picture, had to hold Dragon in one hand and obviously I have not mastered the taking a photo with one hand!)

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Ser Wong Fun is also known for their Chinese sausage – the typical Cantonese style sausages and they are pretty fatty and have a nice sweet taste to it which I absolutely love! The sausages here are well made and the texture and flavour are excellent.

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We also got a rice of pork ribs with vegetables with rice. This wasn’t too bad, I think we probably should have ordered the sweet and sour pork.

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Service is minimal, turnover quite quickly, so don’t be put off by the queues. Would definitely be back to try their other dishes and perhaps when it’s cooler the snake soup. I have also read somewhere that they do snake degustation – oh my.. imagine 8 courses of snake dishes! Hmhmhmh

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Ser Wong Fun

G/F, 30 Cochrane Street

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2543 1032

Spice Market at Shangri-la Rasa Sayang, Penang, Malaysia

Sorry for the lack of post last week, ‘The Mother’, Dragon and I went to Penang for a short gate away. We wanted somewhere relatively close (only 3.5 hours from Hong Kong) and somewhere we can chill and do nothing and that’s pretty much what we did. We tossed the idea of staying in a resort or have a private pool, although in Penang there weren’t many private pool villas so we stayed at a resort – The Shangrila Rasa Sayang to be exact and we stayed most of the time there.

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Traveling with Dragon is different, holidays are never the same again as it is mostly about Dragon and not us. We have to go by HER routine and not ours, but that doesn’t bother us, it just means we have a more relaxing holiday than anything else. More time by the pool, more sleep and more chill time instead of being on the go. However, I guess the most annoying thing would be the food. ‘The Mother’ and I LOVE to eat at hawker centers and on the streets, but with Dragon it is slightly different. We ate probably 50 – 60% of our meals in the hotel, as it was just ‘convenient’ but thankfully they had a really good restaurant that served authentic Malaysian food. We ventured out a few times for lunch and dinner but that was pretty much it. Shame, as I love Malaysian food and I love eating at hawker stalls!

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The Shangrila Rasa Sayang was a beautiful hotel, the pictures really doesn’t do any justice. I am missing the pool already, missing my drinks by the pool and going for a dip whenever I can!

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One of the restaurants that we ate at is called Spice Market, slightly fancy and a little more expensive than Hawker food but it was good! We had two meals there, and for breakfast, this is where they had the buffet.

Started with some popadoms and prawn crackers.

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I couldn’t go past the Hainan chicken rice – good for both Dragon and I and I have to say, it was a generous serving. The chicken was tender, and the sauce was fantastic! The chicken rice was also good, so good that Dragon ate at least ¼ – ½ of the rice!

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We also had the chicken and beef satay (3 each) which was good but I have definitely had better.

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‘The Mother’ had the chicken tikka which was served with rice. The chicken was extremely tender and the flavours were excellent.

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He also had a serving of the garlic naan which was soft and fluffy and delicious.

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On another visit for lunch, ‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the noodles, with chicken, prawns and lots of chili. Unfortunately I didn’t have any of this but ‘The Mother’ did say that it was fantastic.

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‘The Mother’ absolutely loves young coconut – it is one of his favourite drinks.

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I couldn’t go past the ais kacang – oh my! It was indeed a large serving and it was good! I admit though, I am not used to the ice cream on my ais kacang! I was told it is Penang’s style. Regardless, it was quite good and perfect for a hot day!

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We also ate at the Pinang Restaurant and Bar, which is also at the Shangrila. We had dinner one evening, after our swim. We wanted something relaxing and didn’t want to leave the resort! Dragon and I had the chicken schnitzel which was a little thin for my liking but it was tasty. The salad and chips were a wonderful complement.

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‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the prawn linguini which he enjoyed thoroughly.

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I have heard that the brunch and dinner buffet at Spice Market is excellent. Service was good, the staff knew us WELL! LOL, well the staff knew Dragon as we had breakfast every day there and lunch also.

We really enjoyed our stay at Shangrila Rasa Sayang, the staffs were great and we had a fantastic time! Will definitely come back!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Spice Market, and Pinang Bar and Restaurant

Shangrila Rasa Sayang

Batu Feringgi Beach,

Penang, 11100,

Malaysia

Ph: +60 4 888 8888

Il Milione, Central, Hong Kong

Il Milione Bar and Ristorante Italiano is named ‘after the fabled book of travels by Marco Polo.’ The restaurant is quite glamorous and very sparkly. It is located in Central on the ground floor of Hutchinson House. It offers diners a set lunch menu (2 or 3 courses), a la carte and 5-course dinner tasting menu priced at HKD900 per head.

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It is run by Chef Marco Gubbiotti, officially representing Umbria as the region’s Culinary Constultant and Giancarlo Mancino, an award wining mixologist who created and owns an Italian label. I came here with a friend for lunch and opt for the 2 course lunch menu. We started with the welcome drink, I can’t for the life of me remember what it is! Think it was tomato of some sort.

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The buffalo mozzarella and Umbrian tomato salad was incredibly fresh and delicious.

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J had the marinated fresh salmon with ginger, fennel and orange salad and extra virgin olive oil. Unfortunately I didn’t have any of this, but J said it was excellent and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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I couldn’t go past the pork ribs marinated and baked with sautéed spinach. It wasn’t what I expected. The pork ribs were deboned, however it was incredibly tender that it just melted in my mouth.

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J had the fussili with seafood ragout and tomato. The pasta was el dente, the seafood was fresh, however, I thought it lacked a little flavouring, salt.

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Unfortunately we were too full for 3 courses, but received some petite fours. From left to right, almond cookies, chocolate truffles and some sort of almond cookies which I couldn’t have.

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Service was extremely polite. I wouldn’t mind trying their cocktails and dinner menu next time.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Il Milione

Shop Nos.16-21, G/F, Hutchison House,

10 Harcourt Road

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2481 1120

Daikiya, Central, Hong Kong

There’s really not a shortage of Japanese restaurants in Central, Hong Kong. Daikiya can be found in the M88 building on Wellington Street. Apparently its popular for its buffet during dinner time, however, we were here for lunch and thought the value was pretty good. It was extremely tight and cozy though, tables were so closed together that I am pretty sure I could have reached over and sampled their food! (and hear their conversation also!)

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The menu is vast, so much to choose from. Pretty much all meals come with a salad, miso and dessert. We started with the salad, it was refreshingly light but nothing special I thought.

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The miso soup was a little salty for my liking.

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I opt for the beef hot pot with vegetables and rice. The beef was tender and succulent, I would have preferred more beef than rice though! But that’s just me.

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A small plate full of sashimi came with the beef which unfortunately I didn’t have but my G enjoyed it.

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G ordered the sashimi with rice and thought it was delicious! Fresh sashimi, she loved the salmon sashimi and the prawns.

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And for dessert, which I didn’t take a photo of was black sesame and mango mochi which were great!

Service was pleasant, and food came relatively quickly. What I didn’t like was how close the tables were, and the miso soup was a tad salty.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

Daikiya

6/F, Wellington Place

2-8 Wellington Street

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 3107 1112

Vivo, Soho, Hong Kong

Part of the aqua group, Vivo is the sister venue to Tivo. Vivo is a very contemporary and slick restaurant, I love the sculptural lighting, the colour and the ambience. The menu is mainly Italian with a few modern Asian influenced items for those with more adventurous palates. We were here for dinner one week night, ‘The Mother’s’ cousin, E, was in town and thought we would check out this place.

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We started with some bread, focaccia and warm bread, served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, it was good.

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We all went straight to mains, ‘The Mother’ opt for the crab meat ravioli, blue summer crab mousse, cherry tomato, morel mushroom and rocket leaf. This looked good, however, ‘The Mother’ didn’t think much of it. He thought the ravioli were dry and lacked flavour. I was rather surprised he ordered this, as he is usually a spaghetti bolognaise kind of guy!

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E had the special from memory, smoked salmon pizza. The base was quite thin and crispy, I personally prefer the thicker base but this wasn’t too bad. Thinly based pizza usually mean that you can eat more!

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I on the other hand couldn’t go past the grilled tenderloin of beef, duck fat roasted kiplfer potato, confir of watermelon, truffle veal jus. The beef was cooked to perfection, medium rare, and it was tender. The kipler potato roasted in duck fat was excellent, even Dragon loved it and she doesn’t usually like to eat potatoes!

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We were all quite full and didn’t opt for any dessert. Service I thought was polite, the waiter and waitresses kept Dragon entertained which was good. Despite ‘The Mother’ not enjoying his meal, both E and I thoroughly enjoyed ours.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Vivo

G/F, 41-43 Elgin Street,

SOHO, Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 3106 2526