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Penang, my small little hometown, that it will be super pack when comes to short or long holiday. An island filled with amazing food including mainland with different taste and types of food available. Not only street food are famous, now I am happy that better eatery are mushrooming out at the moment in this small island with a discovery of my favourite authentic Italian Food Via Pre located at Weld Quay. El Faro is one of the latest edition.

Now the latest outlet that pop out into Penang shore are this little Spanish dining located at Jalan Burma. If you drive pass this road daily, you would not notice this little place as I think the signage of Tong Pak Fu overshadow them. Nevertheless it was an introduction of my friend that insist want me to dine there of their superb taste and unique range of food that he came across with his friends a week ago. The outlet is in operation less than 7 weeks to date.

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As we place our order, the owner is quite suprise to see us order so many food and came over to our table to introduce more. Manage to found out that she is from Penang locally. I was very curious why so many types of food and why Spanish, as Penang not many people enjoy it, in terms of taste. She said that there was a boom while she was working in Singapore 2-3 years ago as its popping out like crazy. Therefore she saw a huge potential in Penang and came back here to operate it here whereby also her hometown, also know that the chef is from Penang with international exposure.

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A small restaurant with about 40 seatings, design in a way to provide comfort dining to customers .

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There are 2 sections available with indoor and outdoor.

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Open kitchen concept is one of the trend now to allow customer to see the cleanliness of kitchen and how chef work around.

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When I was seated down, I am surprise to see their small little menu that its only 2 pages available. Easy flipping. kekek

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For first time customer, I would say go for their set meal as they are pretty much covered their signature item

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They have wine promo on the list and we decided to go for it as it was as cheap from RM75 per bottle with Chilean, South Africa and a few other wine selection which is pretty reasonable and good. This is the first bottle we kick start off with, Chilean wine, smooth, slightly dry and easy to drink for a start. Then the lady boss came by and introduce us Spanish wine. After drinking that, this is no longer in the league.

Worth to try out Spanish wine in this outlet.

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Been quite a while since many of us get together for a nice dinner like that. 😀 Cheers!~!~!~

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Haaha, something went wrong with my best childhood friend that day as its very rare to see him in action like that. I guess his gf posion him alot of K-Pop.

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Here comes the Cold Tapas range. Looks simple and some of them find it weird in its look as they see it for the first time but well presented. Boquerones @ RM 18 is a cold Tapas that you must not miss. Top with a slice of spanish white anchovies on top of watermelon top with a mint leaves with olive oil shower at the bottom along with sea salt. Its love at first bite, that one piece you would not have enough. Burstling in flavor that watermelon juice burst out the sweetness follow by light saltiness of anchovies and hard sea salt taste kicks it. Great mix of flavour and we order another plate of this. – Highly recommended!

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Ham platter  comes with 4 different types – Bellota Ham, Serrano Ham, Lomo Iberico & Salsichon

Comes with a plate of bread for you to go along.

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El Faro Smoked Salmon @ RM 18

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Ensalada Tomate its a saled in El Faro style. Unique in taste with rocket, fresh tomato and a bit of chili oat flakes top along.

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Tender Pork Belly @ RM 18.90, cook to perfection with the fats that near melt on your  mouth, meat is soft and well marinated. Slightly salty and a bit after taste of lime and pair with red wine is one of a great combo to go along.

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Bikini @ RM 18

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Another dish that you must not miss, looks simple but the cheeze and ham is the star attraction of it. Soft inside out and the bread is toast both side to fragrant. It was gone within seconds, top on another order after that. – Highly Recommended!

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Chipiron @ RM 17 – crispy baby octopus with tartar sauce & Lemon

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Mushroom

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Rocket Salmon – Rocket & basil crust, Frisda Salad, spinach, mash potato  & olive oil @ RM 28

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first look of this, it doesnt look tempting but the small of it, is awesome. Gambas al Ajilo is fresh prawns sauteed with garlic, white wine and herbs. Juicy and big, with the sauce slightly sourish yet fragrant with herbs that sprinkle on top.

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When comes to pig, there are a few sucker on the table including me. Crispy Pig Ear is well fried and season well. Perfect for bites. @ RM 14

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What do you have in mind when comes to Pork Knuckle? its a huge ass fried meat with huge bone that would be German Style. When we were told this is El Faro Tender Pork Knuckle, we were dumb-fold for a while as those were always our thought and never knew it be flat and well cut out. I guess this is Spanish style. @ RM 32

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pork cubes are really tender, juicy and fats are even. HOw to eat it is rather simple, take the wraps and put everything 2 piece, wrap then put in the whole piece into your mouth. – highly recommended~

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Squid Ink Rice – with seafood, tomato, olive oil & herbs @ RM 32.  A dish that is well presented that its balance out on the top with 1 piece clam, squid and prawns. Simple combination in taste with tomato sourish and light seafood sweet end.

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In Spanish restaurant how can we miss out their paella. El Faro Paella is something similiar to quid ink rice just that this version is being pan fried. Taste also slightly different as this is more fragrant with light pan wok hei, sprinkle with some chili powder to get the light spiciness and seafood were friend along to enhance the sweetness of the rice. Both dish have its unique taste as one is light in taste.

In the end of the meal, we are all very satisfied and what do you say when comes to pricing. I find it reasonably price as total meals comes out RM700 with 2 bottles of wine and there are 8 of us. I find the food is rather authentic and its very unique, even those outlet in KL are on different types of offering.

This is sure one  of a restaurant to go after if you are bored with street food, and any special occasions like Valentines Day coming up, this is surely one of a recommended restaurant by me. Great wine, great food, great service and nicely price.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8.5/10, pretty good~ Recommended~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
El Faro
231 Jalan Burmah,
10050 Penang, Malaysia

Tel: 04-227 2310
email: [email protected]

Mon – Tue: 15:00 – 23:30
Thu: 15:00 – 23:30
Fri – Sat: 15:00 – 00:30
Sun: 15:00 – 23:30

Heee, as some of you might have seen my previous post on Famous Yew Char Kuih & Ham Chi Peng that is located next to them, is actually related as I went on the same day. Lets head to next door which is the famous Zi Wei Yuen Steamboat Restaurant which is very famous in Raja Uda. One of the reason they are famous is because of the soup base, which is the only super important ingredient for steamboat.

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I have been talking with my family and friends to come and dine at this restaurant for like bout 1 n half years already till date it was all wrong timing and since this round I am quite free and my friends love this restaurant, the agreed without any hesitation since its their favorite also.

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To make an efford here, it is highly advise to reach here before 7pm or after 9pm as during peak dinner hours, you have to fight with  many families to get a spot in the area as its super pack.

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This is what I mean as those who are standing are hunting for a table, so you better disperse your family members or friends to get a spot.

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We lazy to order what is in the menu therefore we go for their set dinner, my friends opted for the most expensive set RM220 that consist of at least 10-14 items if I am not mistaken.

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All the hungry people are ready in action . .

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One of the thing that they are famous for is their special signature Fish Head Steamboat that available in two version, with fried fish head or the steam type. We choose the steam type then another attraction is that their soup base is milky version that you cant really find that in Penang and mostly I would say its the KL version.

Not only that, they use charcoal steamboat version to make it more nice. I only have charcoal steamboat when I went back to my grandmother’s village at some where deep in mainland only get to enjoy it.

 

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This is what happen when the pour everything inside and waiting for it to boil as charcoal takes time to make it cook.

Find that the soup base is aromatic and sweet, as you can taste that they really take something to boil it long time to make it there and milky version of soup just make it look interesting. As you refill the soup many times then the soup gets more salty towards the end and the base.

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Another thing that best pair with the steamboat is their own homemade chili sauce, that dip along with the ingredient is just perfect.

After a while after the dinner most of us gets very thirsty and I guess that they have added on alot of MSG to make us drink lots of water after that. No doubt that the soup base is good that we drank alot of the soup and just need to drink alot of water hours later. 😀

Its pretty good and worth to try. . .

*NON-HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7.5/10 pretty good . . -stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Zi Wei Yuan Steam Boat
紫薇園魚頭火炭爐
No. 6525, Jalan Raja Uda
12300 Butterworth
Penang

Tel: 04-331 2736 / 012-452 4741

Biz Hour: 6pm to 11pm, off every Wednesday

If you happen to drive by Raja Uda which is another part of Penang at Mainland that is famous for alot of hawker food too. . . One of the stalls that I often hear from my cousins or friends from around that area is a few restaurant and stalls that must not miss to eat. One stall in particularly that run by the whole family itself that enjoy brisk business for very long time. For last round I went back to Penang I particularly force my friends to go over to this area to dine with me .. ehehe

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As I remember a stall that is famous for the Yew Char Kuih and Ham Chi Peng is nearby a mini food court only my friend told me that they have move to a new location which is bigger and brighter.

Hardly you will miss this stall as its usually flock with alot of people and nearby the famous temple along Jalan Raja Uda too or famous  Fish Head Steamboat next too it.

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All their items are made fresh and serve pippin hot from the wok after being deep fried.

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Many of the siblings are helping out from making process and some of them taking care of the deep fried process.

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Price wise still did not change much starting from RM0.70 at the most of RM0.20 increase as compare to 2 – 3 years ago. .  I love their Horse Leg, Ham Chi Peng, Yew Char Kuih as I ate it this round and forgot to take pictures. Apologize!

If you happen to be in the area, this is one of the stall that you must not miss. Its a recommended stall by me .. 😀

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10  love this and recommended! . . -stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Jalan Raja Uda, Penang
If not mistaken In between Famous Raja Uda temple and Zi Wei Steamboat.

[Updated] 22/5/2016 after a reader inform me, this stall is called Wong Ji Bak Kut Teh and have moved with updated address as below.

Quite sometime ago, my best friend brought me to try out a bak kut teh stall that she find very good. Its quite a hidden one as travel all the way to mainland to try it out. One of the reason that she always told me that, have to be there early, cuz its often sold out if we arrive late. So this round we arrive at 6pm. I called it BM Pasar Bak Kut Teh.

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To locate this stall, its not hard nor easy, as its located along Bukit Mertajam wet market, nearby Pos Office. What you can do is either double park if you have the chance or park further behind or front and walk there. I was lucky that day to park by the road side next to the stall. One of the problem is that, the coffee shop doesnt have a name and you just have to drive pass slowly to locate it.

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Mostly they are doing neighborhood business which they do not cook it alot ..

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They have a few pots for you to choose if you do not know what you want, best of all is always go for a mixture of everything.

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One of the trick that make it so good is because they using charcoal to heat up the claypot that makes the taste extra umph. . not like those normal ones using gas stove to make it warm. . .

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Here is my pot of Bak Kut Teh Mixture. .  everything also masuk of all the pig spare part. .

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Quite like the taste of it, which is a bit strong on the herbs taste, yet not too thick and well prepared. Taste of the soup is much better I think its because using Charcoal to boil on it or its just my mind always have the impression using charcoal to cook stuff is always better. Price is pretty decent as for 2 pax is around RM18 with such generous amount of ingredient.

Well, I have visited this place a few times yet often forgot to ask the auntie what is their name of the stall. . .:d

*NON-HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, pretty good~ Recommended! -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Jalan Pasar
(next to the Pasar itself)
14000 Bukit Mertajam
Penang

New Address: Taman Betik Manis, Jalan Betik Bukit Mertajam

For larger map and directions, Click HERE

Along the highway as I always travel back and forth, by trailing away Nibong Tebal small town sign board along the highway as it was last round that I was heading back to KL by following my best friends Ian, both he and his friend decided to bring me to dine in this small little town. They told me that you will be surprise what they can offer for that kind of cheap price. Cheap as in SERIOUSLY CHEAP. *doubting.

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Nibong Tebal is actually located at Penang, Mainland and I rate Swee Garden Seafood restaurant is a hidden gem in the town as a place that famous among local that is about 10 minutes drive away from the toll exit to reach here. Which is pretty easy to drive here by recognizing a huge flyover to make  a turn.

Was told by both of them have to reach here freaking early to avoid massive huge dinner crowd that many dining tables will spill out to the road side as we reach around 5.30pm to have a very early dinner before heading back to KL.

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AS early as 5.30pm there are quite a number of families are already dining here.

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Fried Lala with Ginger is something that is fried simple yet infuse with chinese wine in it make it very addictive with hint of some spicy from ginger and fine slice chili.

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Asam Prawns is a big fat juicy prawns that well prepared and marinated. I whack nearly half of it.

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Simple fried veggie nothing much to shout about.

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Signature Crispy Fried Pork Knuckle 

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A portion that most of the table would order or I would say must not miss. Deep fried to perfection that the skin is very crispy, yet the meat in it is still soft and the amount of fats in between is just nice. This is not German Pork Knuckle therefore they do not serve any gravy along as this is Chinese Cross over cuisine. Just serve along with pickled shallots and tomato slices. – Recommended!

Total Damage we had for the dinner is about RM 75 for 3 pax which I would rate it reasonable cheap and not as ‘very’ cheap as my friend mention since its located in this small town, as also since we have a huge chunk of Pork Knuckle and some seafood along its decently price in this small town.

Surely I would not mind to recommended for you to drive all the way here to try it out for travelers also.

*NON-HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10,  pretty good for a small town operator~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
SWEE GARDEN SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
No 1, Jalan Punai,
14100 Nibong Tebal,
Seberang Perai, Penang, Malaysia.

Telephone : 604-5934768

Business Hours : Dinner only, from about 5.30pm onwards.

GPS Coordinates : E100 28′ 39.2″ N5 10′ 8.0″

It was recently that, I have tried something new when I was back to Penang for holiday. Then my friend insist that I must try out this, and I did came to this place 2 times the stall did not open until the third time, it was there. Well, I have try out Satay Celup in Melaka, Lok Lok in Penang Island and for the first time, I went over to the mainland Bukit Mertajam area to hunt for food then I have come across, Lok lok in Rojak Style (that filled with prawn paste – heh kor) that if famous among the neighbourhood. My friend called this Chiam-Chiam Rojak.

This is the little stall that park right at the road side, nearby opposite a school and I am surprise to see this little stall flock with many people and it was drizzling still many people stand by it to eat.

Choices available are more like fruits, young mango, mengkuang, jambu air, cucumber and a few more.

The trick is, choose your favorite stick of fruits then just stuff the whole stick into this thick filled with lots of peanut rojak sauce that separate into two section, spicy and non spicy.

This is how it looks like after dipping into the sauce and I find that spicy is challenging, that first few sticks you do not feel the spiciness, but once it kicks in, your mouth will go numb a bit, yet still I keep dipping into the spicy sauce.

As the effect of it, of course your fruits will be fully coated with the rojak sauce, of course it will drip onto the floor like bird shit, what you have to do is. . . ..

spread your leg wide and shove your head out a bit like girrafe, so that it wont drip onto your shoe or shirt.

This is how good the business is, and many people stop by to make a take away of the sauce also.

If you are looking for something new to eat, as for me, this is something new that I was shown by my friend. Price is pretty cheap.

Remark: the stall doesnt have a fixed operation hours, so it depends on your luck!

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, quite okay, for a outlet like this~ ~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Chiam Chiam Rojak
Jalan Sri Bukit,
Bukit Mertajam, Penang
(opposite Bukit Mertajam High School)


View Chiam Chiam Rojak in a larger map
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