Thursday, January 18, 2018

Chinese New Year Buffet Dinner 2018 @ Eastin Hotel Penang

Henry Tan | 12:02 PM | | Be the first to comment!
Chinese New Year is coming real soon! Baby and I had our first food review for Chinese New Year Buffet Dinner 2018 at Eastin Hotel Penang. With less than a month to go until CNY, you may want to start looking for a dining place, be it Chinese New Year Eve Reunion Dinner, Chinese New Year Day Buffet Lunch or Dinner, Eastin Hotel Penang got it all!

Chinese New Year 2018
Family Reunion Buffet Dinner
15 February 2018 (Thursday)
6.30pm - 10.00pm
RM138 nett per pax

Buffet Lunch
16 & 17 February 2018 (Friday & Saturday)
12.00pm - 3.00pm
RM98 nett per pax

Buffet Dinner
16 & 17 February 2018 (Friday & Saturday)
6.30pm - 10.00pm
RM118 nett per pax 

Senior Citizen - 25% Discount
Children - 50% Discount (6-11 years old)

Early Bird Promotion DINE 4 PAY 3
Offers valid for 3 full paying adult only!
Full payment before 5 February 2018

Since it is for Chinese New Year celebration, Eastin Hotel Penang decorated well with all the Chinese elements, while most of the dishes are Chinese-oriented too. As usual, the meal must started with Eastin Hotel Penang's Fortune Yee Sang tossing, which is symbolic of good luck, prosperity, health and all things auspicious.

After the Yee Sang tossing, we started off our Chinese New Year Buffet Dinner with all the main courses. The most luxurious dish during Chinese New Year would be the Poon Choi & Yook Poon (Big Bowl Feast of Auspicious) where all the expensive ingredients such as abalone, fish maw, prawns, dried oyster, scallop and broccoli. 

Among all the hot dishes available, baby and I love the Salted Egg Mantis Prawn. Eastin Hotel Penang is being generous as this is a rare dish that would appear in a buffet dinner or lunch, given that mantis prawns are expensive. Sea Cucumber with Garden Green can be found in the buffet too! 

Soup wise, Eastin Hotel Penang serves Leng Chi Kang and Chicken Herbal soup too. Personally, I love the Chicken Herbal soup as the soup is warm and sweet, probably after slow-cooked for hours with chicken, Longan, Chinese Wild Yam (Huai Shan), Codonopsis (Dang Shen) and many more. Certainly nourishing for the body and soul, which is vital to health and longevity! 

Eastin Hotel Penang also serves Roasted Chicken, Roasted Duck, Grilled Lamb and Char Siew Chicken, they were all great. But what amazed baby and I the most was actually the yellow color Rosemary Cream Sauce. Unlike those typical BBQ Sauce or Brown Sauce, Rosemary Cream Sauce is creamy and probably cheezy with a sweet base to keep us craving for more! 

If you would like to have a change of taste, seafood on ice such as oyster, prawns, scallops, mussels, crabs are available. Eastin Hotel Penang also serves cold platters such as Broccoli and Duck Salad, Baby Octopus Salad and Jellyfish Salad too.

Since it is a Chinese New Year Buffet Dinner, I focused more on the Chinese dishes. Even though fruits and cakes are all available, but I had my eyes on the Chinese assorted biscuits! Basically you can find it all here at Eastin Hotel Penang!

Overall, all the dishes are up to par, baby and I enjoyed our buffet dinner very much at Eastin Hotel Penang. So if you are interested especially if you are staying in Bayan Lepas area like me and don't like to stuck in the traffic in town, don't miss out the early bird promotion, make your booking now! 

Make Reservation Now!
Call 604 612 1111 

Till then!
Happy Chinese New Year in Advance!
Enjoy the big feast!


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner 2017 @ Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang

Henry Tan | 4:05 PM | | | | | 26 Comments so far
Still have not made up your mind where to celebrate Christmas Eve? Here's another option for you, probably the last recommendation for Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner 2017! Thanks to Cititel Penang, I had the chance to go for the preview of their buffet dinner at Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang. Read on to find out more about it!

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner
24 December 2017
7pm - 10pm

Adult - RM118nett
Child - RM59nett

It has been a while since the last time I attended a makan session alone without bae. Nevertheless, I still managed to try a little bit of everything except all with tiny little portion. Main Street Cafe at Cititel Penang has always been a popular place for family gathering given their affordable price and this year is the same too.

As usual, I started off with the soup, appetizers and seafood on ice. Same like their sister hotel, St Giles Wembley Hotel (click here to read), this year Cititel Penang offers Lobster Bisque too! Cream were added on top to give creamier texture to it. If you love lobster, this surely will impressed you.

For the seafood on ice wise, crayfish, scallops, oysters, prawns and mussels are all available. The crayfish were all big in size that it worth the trouble to peel all the shells. Otherwise, imagine how sad you will be after getting thru all the hardship only to find out that the crayfish meat is so small that it is not enough to get stuck in between your teeth (direct translate in hokkien). πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I didn't take any of the sushi as well, except for the sashimi such as salmon, white fish and tuna since there's no way I am letting my stomach stuffed with a lot of the rice! Nothing to shout about as it can never go wrong when they are fresh enough. 

For the Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner in Cititel Penang, we were being served with Lobster Thermidor, except this time they are using Slipper Lobster instead of the typical Spiny Lobster. As usual, they taste heavenly with the creamy texture and fragrance of lobster. πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

Meanwhile for the main courses, some of the noteworthy ones are Stir Fried Prawns with Milan Sauce, Steak Diane, Chicken Fricassee, as well as the Chinese BBQ Duck. The Lamb Navarin caught my attention too as it was my first time having it. Basically, it is a French stew that packed with vegetables, slow cooked until the meat is tender! 

Dessert wise, Cititel Penang offers a wide range of Christmas desserts, which I do not even know where to begin with! Each of them were being well decorated. Trust me, you will want to go slow with food so that you have space in your stomach for each and everyone of them!

Overall, I enjoyed my Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner at Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang even though bae was not there with me. I got to spend more time talking to friends that we even stayed there until midnight! The environment is comfortable and joyful, where not just us, but a few tables are packed with friends and family celebrating birthday and even just simple gathering!

Call 04-291 1128 for Reservation!

Till then! ;)
Merry Christmas in advance! 


Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner 2017 @ St Giles Wembley Cafe Penang

Henry Tan | 4:47 PM | | | | | 14 Comments so far
Christmas is coming! Have you made up your mind on where to enjoy a big feast on Christmas Eve with friends and family? Well, here is another good choice for Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner 2017 at St Giles Wembley Cafe in Penang. Read on to find out more! 

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner 2017
7pm on 24 December 2017

RM138nett (Adult)
RM70nett (Child)
RM97nett (Senior Citizen)

Our last visit was back in 2015 when St Giles Wembley Hotel Penang just opened. So fast it has been 2 years already. Nevertheless I still have a fond memory of the seafood on ice here particularly snow crab! Thanks to St Giles Wembley Hotel Penang, baby and I had the chance to preview their Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner.

We were impressed by the scrumptious International fare that includes dishes like Lightly Smoked and Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Rosemary Lamb Leg with Garlic and Rosemary Sauce, Chicken Gelatine with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Pan Roasted Nile Perch with Almond Butter, Salmon with Avocado Pesto and many more! 

Personally, I like their Spaghetti with Turkey Slice and Bell Pepper, Chicken Gelatine and Salmon with Avocado Pesto. Satay was good too. Same like the previous visit, baby and I enjoyed eating their seafood on ice which consists of spanner crab, snow crab, oyster, crayfish and many more. 

Besides the main course, the appetizers, soups, sushi and sashimi are all available too. The lobster bisque caught our attention as this is rare to find in any other buffet dinner in Penang. The fragrant of the soup certainly can spice up our appetite and hunger for more food. 

One of the main highlights for Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner in St Giles Wembley Cafe is the Lobster Thermidor. Yes, I am talking about the French dish whereby the creamy mixture of lobster meat were stuffed in the lobster shell and topped with cheese. I can eat a lot of this!!! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

One of the must-eat-dish for Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner has to be the Roast Turkey with cranberry sauce, Giblet sauce and chestnut stuffing. But we also enjoyed the typical Chinese style of Roast Chicken, White Chicken (boiled), as well as "Char Siew" Chicken (grilled).

Overall, I always think that buffet dinner are all about the same unless there is product differentiation. So for me, what I like about the Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner here is because St Giles Wembley Cafe Penang offers something like Louisiana Seafood Boil or like "Shellout", "Crab Factory" or "Lobster and Crab" in Malaysia, where you get down and dirty eating with your hands.

Lazy to read? Watch the video here!

For Reservation
Call 04-259 8123 

Enjoy your big feast!
Merry Christmas in Advance!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Recipe: Cheezy Fish Fillets with 4 Dipping Sauces

Henry Tan | 3:53 PM | | 36 Comments so far
Thanks to Pacific West, baby and I got to try out some of their products, particularly the latest Cheezy Fish Fillets! By now you would have known that we both fancy for cheese, so we got excited just by having the thought of melting cheese in fish fillets! 

To actually enjoy the original taste of Cheezy Fish Fillets by Pacific West, baby and I decided to just fry it with Air Fryer and make our own dipping sauces. The simple-to-make 4 dipping sauces are Mint Yogurt Dipping Sauce, Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce, Garlic-Chive Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce and Cilantro Yogurt Chutney. 

We rarely buy frozen food but now only I realized that it is so advanced that they can be cooked from frozen and direct from freezer to fryer! How astonishing is that! 😲😲😲 I reckon it is for the ease of cooking for people nowadays, everything needs to be fast and instant. So if you are one of them, the recipes here will be suitable for you!

We put all our dipping sauces into the containers so that they can be kept in the fridge and eat whenever you need it. Other than Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce which uses mayonnaise, I would like to think that all the other 3 dipping sauces are very healthy with Greek Yogurt, herbs and spices.

Mint Yogurt Dipping Sauce
4 Tablespoons of Greek Yogurt
4 Stalks of Fresh Mint Leaves (minced)
2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
1 Teaspoon of Salt to taste

Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl and season with salt. 
Put into a container, seal and refrigerate until well chilled. 

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
4 Tablespoons of Mayonnaise
4 Teaspoons of Yellow Mustard
4 Teaspoons of Honey

Stir Mayonnaise and Yellow Mustard in a bowl. 
Add in honey to give the sweetness as per liking. 

Garlic-Chive Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce
4 Tablespoons of Greek Yogurt
4 Stalks of Chopped Chives
2 Cloves of Garlic
2 Teaspoons of Cayenne Pepper
1 Teaspoons of Salt to taste

Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
Put into a container, chill before serving. 

Cilantro Yogurt Chutney
4 Tablespoons of Greek Yogurt
4 Stalks of Chopped Cilantro/Coriander/Chinese Parsley
1 Tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Small Green Chili (finely chopped)

Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl.
If prefer less spicy, remove the seeds of green chili. 
Put into a container, chill before serving. 

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Thanks for reading!
Enjoy cooking and eating! ;)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner 2017 @ Eastin Hotel Penang

Henry Tan | 7:04 PM | | | | | 17 Comments so far
Christmas is coming real soon! Have you decided where to enjoy the big feast on Christmas Eve? Well if you are same like me staying in Bayan Lepas area, Eastin Hotel Penang will be a great choice given the convenient location which is just next to Queensbay Mall. Read on!

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner
24th December 2017 (Sunday)
7pm - 10.30pm

Adult - RM128 nett
Senior Citizen - RM90 nett
Children (Age 6-11) - 50% discount

Swez Brasserie located in Eastin Hotel Penang will be offering full spread of buffet dinner starting from Cold Delicacies, Carving, Hot Delicacies to Desserts. One of the Christmas-Must-Have - Chef signature Roasted Turkey with Roasted Apple Stuffing served with giblet or cranberry sauce are available too! 

As usual, baby and I tried a little bit of everything. Among all the 8 hot delicacies available, we love Salmon Fish Head Curry with Brinjal and Lady's Fingers the most. Not many places would provides fish curry using salmon since it's expensive, so that's very generous for Eastin Hotel Penang. 

Besides the hot delicacies, we had the cold delicacies too. Seafood on Ice, Seafood Terrine, Tomato Mimosa, Chicken Galantine, German Potato Salad, Red Snapper Medallion, Waldorf and Orange Salad and many more. 

As a typical Asian, in order to make it worth the money you pay, Oysters and Prawns must be in the plate! #ifyouknowwhatimean πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Nevertheless, we were satisfied with the cold delicacies, particularly impressed with the Chicken Galantines and Red Snapper Medallion. These deboning and stuffing methods are quite rare to find in buffet dinner! 

We had the Roasted Turkey and Beef Wellington too. Although Roasted Turkey is a must for Christmas but I have all my attention on the Beef Wellington as this is another rare one in a buffet dinner. As you can see from the photo above, the Beef Wellington we had was done medium well with slightly pink center, exactly the way we love!

For desserts, Eastin Hotel Penang prepares quite a number of well decorated desserts such as Floating Island with Almond and Caramel, Chocolate Truffle Cake, Christmas Log, Classic Cheese Cake and even Creme Brulee! We were amazed by the Tiramisu which was contained in an edible chocolate cup! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

Overall, Eastin Hotel Penang offers a great deal for big family to enjoy the Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner since there are 50% discount for children aged 6-11 years old and cheaper rate of RM90 nett for senior citizen. Most importantly, you can walkover to Queensbay Mall after the big feast.

If you missed out Christmas Eve, no worry, Eastin Hotel Penang covers the whole festive holiday!

Check out our Youtube Video!

1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queensbay, 
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang

Call 04-612 1128 for reservation! 

Till then ;)
Merry Christmas in Advance! 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Christmas Eve Seafood & BBQ Buffet Dinner @ Ixora Hotel Penang

Henry Tan | 8:55 PM | | | | | 37 Comments so far
Christmas is coming! Ixora Hotel Penang will be offering both Christmas Eve Seafood & BBQ Buffet Dinner and Christmas Day Buffet Lunch at a very affordable price. So if you are looking for a place to celebrate Christmas, Ixora Hotel Penang should be top of your choice! Read on to find out more!

Christmas Eve Seafood & BBQ Buffet Dinner
24 December 2017 (Sunday)
7.00pm - 10.30pm

Adult - RM88 nett
Children - RM58 nett (Aged 4-12)

15% Discount for Early Bird
Full payment before 20th December 2017

If you can't make it for Christmas Eve, no worry cause Ixora Hotel Penang will be offering Christmas Day Buffet Lunch as well from 12pm to 2.30pm at RM58 nett for Adult, RM38 nett for both Children aged 4 to 12 and Senior Citizen aged 60 and above!

We started off with the December special drinks, Christmas Rudolph Cocktail at RM22 nett and Santa Punch Mocktail at RM18 nett. These drinks are not included in the buffet dinner, but fret not, Ixora Hotel Penang provides free drinking water, coffee and tea. 

First and foremost, we took appetizer and salad to kick start our big feast. Too many options are available so I will just mentioned a few noteworthy ones like the Smoked Salmon, Smoked Duck and Smoked Tenggiri. We had Potato Salad, Japanese Baby Octopus Salad and the mixed fruit salad. 

Then, we moved on to the Seafood on Ice section, where I took a lot of prawns, oysters, scallop with roe and flower crab! Both baby and I love seafood, so we really enjoyed ourselves a lot, you can tell from watching the video below! We took the wasabi and mayonnaise from the salad dressing section and made ourselves Wasabi Mayo. This is baby's favorite dressing that you should try too! 😁

Apart from that, Ixora Hotel Penang also serves Hot Dishes such as Corn on Cob, Roasted Potatoes with Herbs, Oven Baked Spring Chicken with Gravy and many more. Personally, I like the lamb stew and the chicken stew very much. The chefs stewed it long enough to have that melt in the mouth texture. πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦

If you know me well, I always tried to taste each and everything in a buffet dinner. So we moved on to the BBQ section where you can find assorted sausages, chicken, lamb, beef, slipper lobster, salmon and even Shishamo (smelt fish)! Komochi Shishamo means smelt fish with their belly full of egg, which you can find it in Japanese Restaurant, but this is rare in buffet dinner! I LOVE IT! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

Ixora Hotel Penang really put in a lot of effort on food presentation. We were amazed by how delicate the chefs made with Christmas theme. Even the fresh seasonal cut fruits were decorated into a Christmas tree sitting next to the chocolate fountain. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Our big feast ended with a sweet ending by indulging ourselves into their dessert. To name a few such as the Ginger Bread House, Yule Log Cake, X'mas Pudding, Vanilla Horn and Petit 4 Types which are the compulsory dessert for Christmas! My personal favorite are the fruit tartlet and chocolate tart. Each of them were so elegantly presented.

Overall for Penang Island people like me, I really think it is worth the money to make a trip to Ixora Hotel Penang for Christmas Eve Seafood & BBQ Buffet Dinner, after all it is on Sunday and Monday no blue because it is Christmas! Given all the food that were being served and it is only at RM88 nett per adult, certainly make it to the top of the list of all Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner in Penang! πŸ‘

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Happy Food Hunting!
And Merry Christmas in advance!
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