With new designer furniture and refurbished interior, one hardly notices that the famous hotel next to Komtar was once known as a business hotel called Traders Hotel. Welcome to the new Hotel Jen Penang (GPS: 5.41361,100.33028) with younger and more elegant look. We recently revisited it for one-of-its-kind Chinese New Year dinner course meal.
Reunion dinner is a traditional Chinese culture in which all family members gather together one day before Chinese New Year. Other than returning to hometown, in modern society, an alternate option is to have reunion dinner outside, such as Eastern & Oriental Hotel’s Chinese New Year Steamboat Buffet Dinner (GPS: 5.42333,100.33583)
Oriental Red Seafood Market (GPS: 5.39569,100.32404) is not the usual Seafood restaurant in the neighborhood. With no prix fixe menu, diners are given the flexibility to handpick their own desired Seafood from the Seafood counter. The Seafood comes in a wide variety, with some fresh and some frozen. Selected Seafood will then be cooked by the dedicated team and served in way of Nabe (Japanese Hot Pot). It is noteworthy that the special broth for the Nabe is authentically prepared in Japan and air-flown to the restaurant.
Don’t worry, no one is harmed (including chef and the building) in the making of this photo. As a matter of fact, squid, king prawn, minute steak, lamb chop and Bratwurst Sausages are scrummy when grilled with charcoal. This is just a highlight of the upcoming Christmas Buffet at SPOON of G Hotel Kelawai (GPS: 5.43560,100.31005).
You may have seen Chinese tea houses scattered in busy streets of Penang. How about Japanese tea house? Located in narrow lane of Lorong Toh Aka is Komichi Tea House (GPS: 5.41383,100.33651) operated by a Japanese daughter, and you can’t go wrong with a tea house with green tea from owner’s farm.
How to be successful in Sungai Petani? The simplest way is to keep your business running long enough. Even better, pass your business to younger generation and re-package it to catch up the trend. Old Moments Cha Chaan Teng 好味茶餐廳 (GPS: 5.64025,100.48053), for instance, is an eminent example of latter approach.