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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Chef Martin Yan Joins The "Rooted in Nature" Journey at Golden Sands Resort

Chef Martin Yan, an Iconic Chinese Chef  of TV series fame "Yan Can Cook"with his catchy tagline "If Yan can cook, so can you" recently joined Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La in the resort's recently introduced on-going campaign "Rooted in Nature". "Rooted in Nature" campaign which began on the 22 of April 2015, is part of world wide Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts' culinary sustainability initiative.

Chef Martin, who was  in Malaysia and specifically in Penang for the "Taste of Malaysia" TV programme, made a trip to the resort's seafood supplier and "Rooted in Nature" partner, GST Group Fish Farm, to discover the source of sustainable seafood. Chef Martin was seen scooping and selecting life fish at the farm at Pulau Jerejak. 

Upon returning back to Golden Sands Resort at Batu Ferringhi, Chef Martin then teamed up with the resort's Executive Chef where they storm up a not only famous but also delicious Nyonya dish called "Curry Kapitan Fish" at Sigis Bar & Grill.  

Chef Martin even brought his own knife, which was custom-made and best of all it has his very own signature on it. That is amazing.

He even spare a few minutes prior to even show us how find he could actually slice the garlic. It was paper thin. 

We were given the opportunity to savour some of the dishes from the "Rooted in Natures" sustainable set menu.

"We will be offering a sustainable menu highlighting sustainable seafood and free-range chicken as our main ingredients. The local partners we are working with are GST Group for seafood and AyamPlus for chicken. Locally sourced seafood and free-range chicken will be offered to our guest in line with our 'Rooted in Nature' theme," said  Mr Suleiman Tunku Abdul Rahman, director of communication at both resorts.

Special Rooted in Nature events and promotions are taking place at all Shangri-La and Kerry hotels will highlight sustainable sources of produce, fish and meat that can be found on the hotel's menu year-round and celebrate the purveyors who responsibly steward the land and sea to provide Shangri-La chefs with the best possible ingredients. Dishes on offer will include produce and herbs grown on hotel grounds, locally sourced organic vegetables and fruits, line-caught fish, free-range poultry and beef, honey from a hotel's own beehive and more.

The meal started with Grilled Free Range Chicken & Organic Tofu Salad. When everything is fresh, it makes it taste good. Fresh romaine lettuce with onions, deliciously made tofu, slices of succulent juicy tender free range chicken meat and balsamic vinegar.

Next was the Rosemary Scented Broiled Chicken, free ranger tender chicken served with sides of vegetable of the day and mash potatoes. 

Nothing beats ending a meal with such heavenly dessert. The yam ice cream and coconut ice cream was really good. You will find small tiny bits of yam pieces in the yam ice cream.

"Shangri-La is commited to promoting greater trace-ability and transparency of where our food sources come from by working with local and sustainable providers. By 2020, our goal is to serve 75% more sustainably sourced food on our menus," said Peter Finnegan, Shangri-La's group director of food and beverage. "Through the Rooted in Nature dining experience, we invite guest to join us in embracing and celebrating the benefits that sustainable food brings us."

With Shangri-La's Rooted in Nature initiative, the luxury hotel group aims to:

  •  Support local agricultural and fishing communities,
  • Buy chemical pesticide-free local produce,
  • Source from free-range livestock and poultry products where possible,
  • Acquire sustainably sourced seafood caught through ethical means
  • and serve organic and fair trade products indicated by national and local food safety standards. 

Meeting Chef Martin in real was something that I had never ever imagined. He is as cheerful as you see him on TV. Would like to sincerely thank Golden Sands Resort for such warm hospitality given.

Read more about my first experience on "Rooted in Nature" here
Golden Sands Resort
Batu Feringgi Beach, Penang, 11100, Malaysia 
T:(60 4) 886 1911    F:(60 4) 881 1880 

For more information : Web / FB

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chiak Penang at Eastin Hotel Penang

Penang, an island of food paradise. Without doubt you will find the best foods to indulge is all here in Penang from Peranakan cuisine, Nasi Kandar and local fare of hawker food. Each kind will make you craving for more.

Eastin Hotel Penang is here with their special buffet lunch "Chiak Penang" which is on-going from now til the 30th of June 2015 at Swez Brasserie. Oh just if you did not know, "Chiak" in the  local dialect hokkien means eat.

With load and loads of delicious local flavours and  taste for you to savour.

For appetizers, there's the Kerabu Telur, Kerabu Mango, Roasted Chicken with Mushroom Salad, Gado Gado, Fajita-Marinated Beef with Avocado Cream, Penang Famous Fruit Rojak, Cold Cuts, Prawn Crackers, Fish Crackers and Papadum.

Why not make you own salad at the salad bar which offer greens such as mixed lettuce, capsicum, carrot, olives, crouton, sundried cherry tomato, pickle in oil, crispy bacon, cheese, hard boiled eggs and various dressing.

Well not forgetting there is the Sweet & Sour Hainanese soup as well as Chicken and Smoked Sausage Soup.

For main course, there is Minced Lamb Kofta on Onion Compote, Chicken Scaloppini with Beef Bacon and Sage, Oven Baked Red Snapper Fillet Lemon Infused Creas Sauce, Baked Fennel with Pepper and Tomato, Homemade Mushroom Cannelloni Filled with Cheese and Spinach and many other varieties.

As for the Asian section, you will find dishes such as Ikan Panggang dengan Air Assam, Wok Fried Mussels with Black Bean Sauce, Fried Okra with Belacan, Nyonya Chicken Pong Tei, and many others.

Penang is known for Nasi Kandar, back here you will find popular items such as Udang Goreng, Ayam Goreng, Ketam Goreng, Ikan Goreng, Ayam Masak Madu, Kambing Masak Merah, Dhall Masak Sayur, Kari Ikan Kepala dengan Bendi, Nasi Minyak Hujan Panas and even Mee Mamak.

There is also the Action Stall which serves Yong Tau Foo, Mamak Popiah, Teppanyaki Chicken, Murtabak as well as something refreshingly cool that is the Ais Kacang / Chendol.

Now why not end the meal with mouth watering desserts such as Assorted Fruit Platter, Assorted French Pastries, Whole Cakes, Fruit Jelly, Coconut Panna Cotta, Red Ruby with Jack Fruit, Sweet Corn Pudding, Red Velvet and many other irresistible desserts. 

The "Chiak Penang" promotion is until 30th June 2015 and it's the place to be to enjoy various local items under one roof. 

Thanking Eastin Hotel Penang for hosting.


Duration : 1 May - 30 June 2015

Lunch : Monday - Friday
12.00 pm - 2.30 pm
RM 66 nett (Adult)  RM33 (Child)
*Senior Citizen are entitled to 50% discount

Citibank card members are entitled to a “Buy 1 Free 1” offer for Buffet Lunch until September 2015.
 Maybank and Citibank card members get to enjoy a 15% discount for the Full Buffet Dinner from 6.30 pm – 10.00 pm until end of 2015. 
*Terms and conditions apply.

For inquiries or reservations, kindly call Swez Brasserie at 
+604-612 1128

For more information, 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Gartien's Seasonal Crystal Pineapple Confiture

Gartien, the brand which is a no stranger when it comes to pineapple cakes in Penang. Well did you know that Gartien has recently came up something new? Well if you not aware, it's the Seasonal Crystal Pineapple Confiture. Is it a Pineapple Jam? The difference between confiture and jam is that confiture is rich in texture and made of whole or roughly chopped fruit contains more fruits while jam is where the fruit is crushed or mashed during cooking until a uniform puree is obtained. It is priced at RM 16.80 perbottle and it's perfect to compliment any kind of sweet or savory cooking. 

Just so you know, there are limited bottles and it is definitely while stocks last. You'd better hurry to get yours today.

So Gartien has a crossover with a few partner creating brand new creations. It's like having the best of both worlds in a masterpice haha

Let's have a look at their crossover with the other famous food in Penang.

Among the crossover partner is Zi Zai Restaurant  自在饭店. For this restaurant they have fired the wok up
 with this combination dish, the Zi Zai Crystal Pineapple Pork at RM 12 per plate. Pop by to even try out the other dishes the restaurant has to offer such as the Phoon Choi, Granny Fried Chicken and many others

Add: 1239-G, Ground Floor, Jalan Paya Terubong, 11600 Penang, Malaysia.
Tel: +604-826 5173
Operating Hours : 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Zi Zai Restaurant Facebook

If cheesecake is your thing, then this Gartien Crystal Pineapple Confiture Cheesecake by Nicole Ann Ng will make you crave for more slices. Nicole Ann Ng has been in the market producing such lovely cakes and other savoury items as well. Do check out Homemade Delicacies and be amazed at all her creations. 

With Mother's Day around the corner, 
Gartien Crystal Pineapple Confiture Cheesecake is having a promo where the cake now is only 
RM 80 per cake,the usual price is RM95.
Pop your oders by reaching her at 0124921648

I've got some good news for you. Wanna win a bottle of  Gartien's Seasonal Crystal Pineapple Confiture for Free? Here what you have to do 

Or you may buy yours at Gartien outlet
Name: GARTIEN @ 小田佳園
Address: 380 Jalan Penang, 10000 Penang.
Contact: 604-229 0068
Business Hours: 10.00am-5.00pm (weekdays), 9.00am-6.00pm (weekends)
GPS: 5.416195, 100.328433

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