Christmas Buffet 2016 @ E&O Hotel, Penang

Christmas Decoration

In conjunction with upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations, Sarkies in Eastern & Oriental Hotel, George Town, Penang (GPS: 5.42361,100.33472) is offering special buffets for those looking for a wonderful and premium dining experience next to the Strait of Malacca in the heart of heritage city. We recently visited the 5-star hotel for a Christmas buffet preview session.

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Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner @ G Hotel Gurney

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This Thanksgiving Day (24-Nov-2016), Taste Cafe in G Hotel Gurney (GPS: 5.43778, 100.31056) will be cooking up a storm for a gourmet Thanksgiving feast at an attractive price. This is also a good opportunity for early Christmas celebration in case you plan to avoid crowd during holiday session. We recently visited the premise for a preview session prepared by the culinary team led by Sous Chef Ketut Gede Dodi who excels in French, Indonesian and International cuisine, backed with 12 years of international experience.

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Tian Yew Claypot Restaurant 天佑砂煲鱼头

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Compared to other Choo Char restaurants, Tian Yew Claypot Restaurant 天佑砂煲鱼头 offers only few dishes such as the signature claypot fish head. Founded by young couples, the restaurant is located at Arena Curve, The Arena opposite of sPICE (formerly PISA). To get there, assuming you are coming from Sunway Tunas traffic light, turn left when you see the new Toyota show rooms. Go straight and the restaurant is on the left (GPS: 5.32573,100.28026).


砂煲焖鱼肉 Stewed Claypot Fish

Opened since June 2016, Tian Yew Claypot is opened daily during lunch  and dinner times (11am-3pm, 6pm-9pm) and is closed on Monday. As mentioned, their signature dishes being claypot fish in two variances – stewed or curry. Note that despite of “fish head” title, customers can opt for fish body as well and as a matter of fact, we ordered fish block/tail all the time.

砂煲焖鱼肉 Stewed Claypot Fish

It took a while for the dish to be served as the fish along with other ingredients such as yam, leek, tomato, spongy beancurd cubes, and salted vegetables will be stewed in the claypot itself for few minutes. The key ingredient here is the yam which turns the soup into sweet and savory flavor. Honestly, we have phobia when ordering fish dishes like this as we always get “bill shock”  (e.g. >RM40 for small plate) after the meal. Fortunately, price at Tian Yew Claypot is quite reasonable with claypot containing a single block of Barramundi (a.k.a Siakap in Malay) like this priced at RM27. Note that fishes are counted by weight and is based on market price.

砂煲咖喱鱼肉 Claypot Curry Fish

For those preferring something spicy, they may opt for curry fish head/block. The curry with mild spiciness tastes more like an “Indian” curry with strong aromatic taste from spices. As ladyfinger lover, we had some extra ladyfingers added. Pricing-wise, it is similar to the “stewed” version.

树子菜炒蛋 Stir-Fried Sweet Leaves with Egg

Another unique dish here is the Stir-Fried Sweet Leaves with Egg 树子菜炒蛋 (RM10 small). We were surprised that sweet leaves (also known as “Mani Cai”) commonly used in complimentary soup of Pan Mee can be stir-fried into a scrumptious main dish hardly found in other restaurants.

清炒青龙菜 Green Dragon Vegetable

Green Dragon Vegetable 清炒青龙菜 (RM12) – our new favorite for vegetables and tastes as good as other vegetables by plainly stir-fried it. Other than claypot, other signature dishes include Teochew porridge and stuffed bitter gourd.

As a whole, despite of its limited choices, Tian Yew Claypot Restaurant is a great place for claypot fish along with some unique dishes. Pricing-wise, it is quite reasonable as well. A little wait time is required as the food is usually prepared by the chef cum owner himself.