Wednesday, 27 November 2013

I Mum Mum Pan Mee at Pengkalan Weld (Weld Quay), Penang

Pan mee on a sunny afternoon!

Go on either weekdays or weekends during lunch time, and you'll find yourself having to wait a while for table and also for your food to come.

For our visit this time at Weld Quay's branch (they have another shop at One Precinct), they took quite a long time to serve ur our orders. We actually had to remind them couple of times. Hmmph. What a start to a good lunch.

Their menu is pretty simple and straightforward.

Spicy Pan Mee (small) - RM3.40
Thin style pan mee with minced pork, fried crispy anchovies, pork balls and their hot chilli with lime.
He says: Yum yum! nyiam nyiam! biam biam! or whatever.. this one tastes good!
She says: The chilli is indeed the bomb! Mix it all well together and quite yummy. I quite like this one.

Crispy Pork Pan Mee (small) - RM4.00
He says: The crispy pork is nice. 'Garing outside and soft inside'. 
She says: The pan mee itself is pretty okay with the normal sauce. The crispy pork is delicious! So tender and juicy. I love it!

Egg Vegetable Soup - RM1.80
He says: Pretty good :)
She says: Love the leaf-like-vegetables. The soup tasted like normal chicken-cube-infused. I don't know. It tasted very normal and quite bland. It was okay-okay kind of soup.

Deep Fried Dumpling - RM0.80 per piece
He says: Haha. Krispiii!
She says: Just a normal dumpling. Nothing special.

I Mum Mum Pan Mee at Pengkalan Weld (Weld Quay), Penang
Price: Reasonable

His rating: 7.5/10
Her rating: 6.5/10

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Next Stop at 1st Avenue Mall, Penang

You know this shop.

You walked past this shop EVERYTIME.

You know it because of it's unique look. It's outstanding shop makes me know-able.

You probably won't realize it that you know of this shop, but you know it at the back of your head.

We asked a few friends about it if they have heard of this place called Next Stop, and after 1 minute of so, they all said the same thing (roughly the same thing).

"Oh, the one on the bus one ah?" and "Oh the one that sells fried snack food eh!"

This, my dear friends is the Next Stop.

So, we went for dinner to the 1st Avenue Mall's branch and had amazing dinner there. You are probably wondering if those fried snacks could actually fill our tummy. Yes indeed it did. There were quite a lot of people who actually had their dinner there. 

We felt that their location at the cinema level was very strategic. Afterall, their motto is "Take a break, have a bite!" 

So, after all that walking around mall or before you go watch a movie, stop by their very bright red bus and get a bite!

Before we go on ahead with our thoughts of the food, we must first say that we were totally shocked to find that their menu serves a wide range and variety of food. From fried fish fillet to soup to dessert. At Next Stop, you certainly can have a full wholesome meal.

We kid you not :)

Oh, and also all their frozen seafood products are of Pacific West brand. They literally used their products and cook them for people like you and me. Next Stop is like Pacific West's sister/brother company/brand, sort of. So yeah, high quality food and we don't even have to but them frozen and having to cook by ourselves. All ready to be served at Next Stop :) 

Alright, so now it's time to talk about the food that we had. LET'S GO!

Fish Burrito - RM8.90
Juicy white fish fillet coated with Mexican spice and crispy core chips in Tortilla wrap, served with salsa sauce, special mayonnaise, lettuce and sliced tomatoes.
He says: Look at that! The sauce, the fish fillet in the wrap! One of the best wrap I've tasted. =)
She says: I love tortilla wrap with almost just anything. This one is the BOMB of all bombs! Let me start with the fish fillet! It's super crunchy outside and super soft and moist inside. It's perfectly cooked for sure (I'm no Masterchef but you can tell because it tasted so delicious!). Then, the sauce. Wahhhh! The salsa sauce made this dish such a perfect one. It's sweet, a little spicy and have that tangy taste. Ahhhh! AMAZING STUFF THIS ONE! You have to try this! It's super yummy!

Cheesy wedges - RM4.50
He says: Hmm.. Its a bit soft but its still a yummy snack!
She says: It is just like any wedges that you can find elsewhere The cheese topping is somehow a little different than the ones they serve in KFC. This one tasted better. Don't ask me in what sense because I can't really tell. Just try and let us know what you think.

Crispy Fish Wrap - RM8.90
Juicy white fish fillet with black pepper in tortilla wrap, served with mayonnaise, lettuce and sliced tomatoes.
He says: CRUNCHY! When you bite, you can actually feel the sauce oozing out into your mouth eh! Gahhh.. Would go back for that!
She says: Oooh. Another fish wrapped in tortilla. Crunchy outside and softly moist inside. Next Stop knows how to cook a perfect fish fillet I tell you. This one is not spicy. This is very soothing-kind-of-wrap, with mayo and lettuce and tomatoes. It does taste like fish burgers but only thing is this one is a lot nicer and healthier.

Tempura Salmon Fish Fingers with Mango Chilli Sauce (3 pcs)- RM8.50
100% wild-caught salmon Goujon.
He says: My favourite of all! Salmon 'goreng' wei! Where can you find that? Here in Next Stop! Not only that, the mango, yes MANGO sauce totally owned everything. MUST MUST TRY!
She says: Salmon fish fingers.. Hmm.. THIS BLEW ME AWAY TOO! Insanely delicious. If you love salmon or eat a lot of salmon, you know there is some kind of taste/smell that salmon has on them, and surprisingly, that's the thing that makes people like to eat salmon. This one, although deep-fried, still has the fragrant taste/smell of salmon. It's superb! Oh, and the mango-chilli-sauce is so unique that we both finished the whole thing even when we already finish the salmon fingers. BEST CHILLI SAUCE I'VE EVER TASTED. Whoever that thought mango can go well with chilli, you are a genius! GENIUS! :) 

Salmon Burger - RM8.90
Succulent 100% salmon burger meat with herbs and spices.
He says: My first time trying this! Salmon blended with a mixture of herbs and spices made this the UUUMH thing.. somehow it tastes a bit like MURUKU! (Maybe I'm still stuck in the Deepavali mood) Haha! Thumbs up!
She says: I'm not a big fan of burgers, because I don't really like to eat buns/bread/flour-y stuff. Anyways, when I had my first bite, instant in love with the bun. Hot and super soft. SUPER SUPER SOFT. And the burget patty that's made of salmon meat, another genius. One thing I love about the patty is that it's mixed with herbs and spices, so it's actually very fragrantful (I don't know if there's such word. Haha). Thumbs up for this burger!

Salt & Pepper Squid (Next Stop's top selling item in UK) - RM7 
He says: How can this go wrong! I would go back for this as well.. Crunchy outside and soft inside. Yums! British's favourite!
She says: Best selling in UK for sure must try. When it first came to us, it looked quite cute because they're like these round round puffy things. I didn;t expect it to be good. Surprisingly, it's not chewy. It's soft inside and quite crunchy outside. Best to take them when it's hot.

Traditional English Fish & Chips - RM7
He says: Hmm.. normal. deep fried fillet aka fish and chips without fries. =p
She says: How can a deep-fried fish fillet like this go wrong? It's huge and it's yummy.

Hand-dipped corn dog - RM5
Chicken sausage coated in a thick layer of crispy cornmeal batter.
He says: Hahaha.. This is really really really huge. Good stuff.. The flour coating outside tastes different from normal ones! Smells good, tastes good. Maybe if you eat it with the mango sauce, it'll taste a lot better!
She says: Like I said earlier, I'm not a big fan of anything that is deep-freid with flour-y stuff. One bite, and I straight raised my right eye-brow. Something is different with the batter outside coating the sausage. It's different. It has more taste and more appetizing. Sausage inside is normal. Overall, quite a good dish.

Clam Chowder with a dinner roll - RM6.90
He says: Hahha.. Pretty good =) A lot of 'liau' inside!
She says: Oooh. Who doesn't love soup? I love ittt. Clam chowder. There's so many things in that bowl I tell you. Clams, potatoes and I have no idea what else. It's little sweet and a bit spicy feeling in the end. Not a bad clam chowder.

Dessert is Orange Sorbet (small) - RM5.90 and Pineapple Sorbet (big) - RM7.90
This product is imported all the way from Africa, and they are all made with real fruits.
He says: Hahah! I like this one a lot. The orange one is pretty good and the pineapple is even better! I'll go back for the coconut sorbet real soon!
She says: What I love about these sorbets are it tasted exactly like a real fruit, in an icy form. The orange and pineapple (as you can see in the photo above) is real! Love the smell the moment I tore that plastic open! SUPER LOVE THIS ONE!.

Next Stop at 1st Avenue Mall, Penang
Location: 182, Jalan Magazine, 10300, Georgetown, Penang
Price: Reasonable

His rating: 8.7/10
Her rating: 8.5/10

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Famous Nasi Melayu at Terengganu Road, Taman Free School, Penang

This is the night when we both wanted something completely different, and the fact that we couldn't settle for wanting to eat the same thing. Problem laa.

Then, she said something like, "How I wish nasi tomato is open now.." 

Well, one of our favorite place to eat is here, but they only opens from 11pm till 1am. So, for dinner that's out. 

Then, suddenly we remembered there's another yummy and famous nasi melayu that also serves nasi tomato at Taman Free School area. WIN!

And they have curry fish head too, which was what she craved for but in the end she got herself a deep-fried-sambal-stuffed-fish. Girls and their random cravings!


He happy. She also happy. Everyone happy :)

He says: Gah... Ate this since I'm in high school but could never get bored of it! You gotta ask for the nasi tomato though instead of the usual white rice. The curry sips into the rice perfectly and the taste is simply awesome!
She says: Flavour of the mixed curry were so delicious! The deep-fried fish was okay though. Tasted better ones elsewhere. The tomato rice is quite nice. Overall, quite a satisfying dish!

Famous Nasi Melayu at Terengganu Road, Taman Free School, Penang
Price: Reasonable

His rating: 7.5/10
Her rating: 7/10

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Tammin Pasembur at Bangkok Lane, Pulau Tikus, Penang

What's the PERFECT food after swimming on a very sunny day?

Laksa? Err.. actually yes hah. Laksa is quite nice for tea time after a swim. Anyways, that's not what we had after a good swim dip in the pool.



Our local Malaysian Indian salad with all its goodness (potatoes, beancurd, deep-fried prawn fritters, shredded cucumbers, bean sprouts etc) mixed together with the special homemade kuah (dressing)!

It's literally finger fork-licking good kind of dish. MUST HAVE IF YOU ARE HERE IN PENANG! 

You can add more ingredients as you wish or if you're really hungry.

The special recipe kuah/dressing for our local salad.

And here you have it, PASEMBUR for three persons.

He says: It's a bit cold already. Great combination of sauces but could be better if it is served hawt!
She says: First spoonful, it's alright. Second onwards, not that nice as it looks. I would love it to be a bit more spicier. Ingredients are okay.

Tammin Pasembur at Bangkok Lane, Pulau Tikus, Penang
Location: Bangkok Lane, Pulau Tikus, Penang
Price: Slightly expensive

His rating: 5/10
Her rating: 4/10

Monday, 4 November 2013

Sushi Zanmai Restaurant at Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang

We have been hearing all the buzz here and there about Sushi Zanmai and we decided that one of the date night we were gonna eat there.

What better night to go there for dinner than on a Friday night right?

Many people also warned us before that if you go on Friday and the weekends, especially dinner time, there will be a long queue right in front of the place, but we didn't really care. We, risk-takers. Hahaha. So we walked towards the restaurant after saying a fast and short prayer because we obviously don't want to beratur.

Saw the restaurant from a distance and no line! HOOORAYY! We got there, and waited like less than 5 minutes for them to clear the table and then we got our place. And dinner begins :)

Tamago Mentai (Omelette roasted with cod roe) - RM2.80
He says: Would recommend this one to you! 
She says: When he took this sushi, I was like, "You came here to eat omelette on rice?" but then after I took one bite, I took another plate of this. SO YUMMY! Must be because of the cod roe. SO SO YUMMY!

We-forgot-the-name-of-this-sushi - RM1.80
He says: Erm.. typical sushi?
She says: Normal le.

Inari (Sweet beancurd) - RM1.80
He says: Love it.. the tofu pouches were sweet and tasty.
She says: No thanks for me. So weird to be eating the skin of tofu. HAHA.

Stir-fried vegetables (Teppanyaki style)
He says: Nah.. not so good.. Could taste much better..
She says: Worse stir-fry veg ever. Even I can do better than that.

Chicken Katsudon (Chicken cutlet simmered with egg on rice) - RM8.80 (small)

He says: Erm.. Not as good as I expected it to be but it was okay :)
She says: It says small in the menu but the real size was pretty huge. Rice was soft, chicken was crunchy and hot, but not much flavour to it. Not so nice overall.

Unatama Don (Roasted eel simmered with egg on rice) - RM18.80 (small)
He says: Definitely much better than the chicken katsudon for me. Try this!
She says: This one has more flavour than the chicken one. Maybe it's because of the unagi sauce, the sweet sauce. But also okay only la. Nothing to shout about really.

Sushi Zanmai Restaurant at Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang
Location: 6th floor of Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang
Price: Reasonable

His rating: 8/10
Her rating: 8/10