Flamingo Café

Special thanks to Flamingo Hotel By The Beach, Penang for extending this food review invitation.

Flamingo Hotel By The Beach, Penang is debuting an all-new Penang Lang Porridge Fest today. Held at Flamingo Café, the meal is served in a buffet setting. Although the main emphasis is on rice porridges, the menu also covers à la minute action stalls, cooked dishes, snacks and desserts.
An important aspect of congee is the variety of condiments. Flamingo Café provides nearly 20 types! Popular ingredients are anchovies, silver fish, salted fish, fermented bean curd, salted eggs and century eggs. In addition, douchi (fermented black soybeans), pickled lettuce, preserved radish and braised peanuts add flavor in different directions. Roasted peanuts, fried shallots, scallions, sesame oil, garlic oil and soy sauce are essential too.
Meanwhile, the rice porridges themselves are served in large pots. 4 types are available: Plain Porridge, Chicken Porridge, Sweet Potatoes Porridge and Goji Berries Porridge. I think the sweet potato version is my personal favorite.
The buffet also includes several action stalls outside Flamingo Ballroom. Be sure to sample the Ayam Golek. The chicken is marinated thoroughly and then roasted over burning charcoal. Condiments are provided but I think the rotisserie chicken is already tasty on its own.
There is another stall which serves deep-fried mackerel. For diners who enjoy vegetables, another stall cooks stir-fried cabbage, French beans and Chinese kale. Other popular food choices are Mee Rebus, Roti Canai, Roti Tisu, Murtabak, Chinese Herbal Soup and Hot Soya Bean Milk.
While waiting for food to be cooked at à la minute stalls, help yourself with cooked dishes at the buffet line. Seafood lovers may want to try the Clams Cooked With Preserved Beans & Ginger. I enjoy the tantalizing spiciness that this dish imparts to the tongue.
The Dried Style Curry Chicken is also presented in a large wok. The gravy has extremely rich taste as it is saturated with coconut milk.
Stir Fried Golden Chai Por Eggs is enjoyable despite its simplicity. Sometimes, even the simplest dishes can delight the palate.
Since rice is the staple crop of Malaysia, rice dishes are essential in any buffet menu. Today's rice dish is Village-Style Seafood Fried Rice. Although the rice is mild in terms of taste, it nicely complements with the saltiness of fried anchovies.
Malay salads include Kerabu Mangga and Acar Timun Nenas. Children will also enjoy deep-fried snacks like pandan chicken, oyster rolls and century egg rolls.
Pasembur and Rojak are popular street foods here in Penang. The former is dressed with sweet-and-spicy peanut sauce, while the latter uses a thick sauce that is based on belacan (shrimp paste).
The desserts section gives a good combination of local Malaysian kuih and Western pastries. There are also several types of puddings and fruit jellies. Meanwhile, warm soupy desserts include Bubur Pulut Hitam, Bubur Kacang Hijau and Bubur Gandum.
Ais Kerim Goyang is prepared in a specially-made machine. Each cylindrical mold is filled with flavored syrup and a skewer. Since the bottom compartment is filled with ice, the syrup becomes frozen after some time. The machine is shaken back and forth in order to speed up the freezing process, hence the name "goyang" (shaking).
Once frozen, the popsicles are removed from the molds and served immediately. There are three flavors: corn, sirap bandung and Milo. My personal favorite is the corn version.
The Penang Lang Porridge Fest is served every Sunday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. The price is RM28.00 net for adults, and RM18.00 net for children (4-11 years), making this promotion among the cheapest buffets in Penang. Due to overwhelming response, prior reservation is highly recommended. Meanwhile on Saturdays, Flamingo Café serves High Tea Buffet and Flavours Of Meat & Seafood BBQ in the evening.
Name: Flamingo Café
Address: Flamingo Hotel, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-892-7167
Business hours: 7:00am-12:00am
Website: http://penang.flamingo.com.my/dining
Coordinates: 5.46739 N, 100.28891 E
Directions: Traveling westbound on Jalan Tanjung Bungah, drive past the pedestrian bridge near Dalat International School. Make a U-turn at the next traffic light-controlled junction and immediately turn left to Flamingo Hotel. Flamingo Café is one level below the lobby. The hotel provides complimentary outdoor and indoor parking.

The View

Special thanks to Hotel Equatorial Penang for extending this food review invitation.

Hotel Equatorial Penang is a prestigious resort next to the 18-hole Penang Golf Club. This 5-star hotel welcomes arriving guests with its spacious concourse that rises to the height of nearly 10 floors. Vines hang gracefully from the upper floors, while an artificial stream flows within the hotel's expansive grounds.
Hotel Equatorial has 5 eateries in total. Located right above Golden Phoenix, The View serves French cuisine in a fine dining setting. Smart casual attire is expected.
As the restaurant's name rightly implies, The View provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding areas. The scenery is particularly mesmerizing with the setting sun casting from the back.
This evening, The View is hosting the Flametree Margaret River Wine Dinner in collaboration with Évian, Badoit and The Wine Shop. This 5-course meal takes diners on a gastronomical journey while savoring several wine labels from Flametree.
Flametree is a renowned winery in Margaret River, Australia. Located on the west coast of the continent, Margaret River is surrounded by the Indian Ocean on three sides. The region's temperate Mediterranean climate produces some of the finest wines in the country.
While waiting for dinner to be served, diners may help themselves with a basket of bread rolls to keep the appetite up. Salted butter is provided.
The first course is Sesame Crusted Hamachi. Also known as yellowtail, the fish is served raw à la sashimi. The sesame-coated crust gives the fillet a scrumptious touch of crispiness. The fish is served with tomato salsa, spicy-sweet plum sauce and microgreens. The paired wine is Flametree Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon 2017, which carries a burst of nectarine sweetness with hints of fresh herbs.
The next course, Pan-Seared Foie Gras, is cooked to absolute perfection. The buttery goose liver virtually melts upon contact with my tongue. I also appreciate the use of Melba toast, baby spinach, grape relish and fig infusion for the plating. This evening's foie gras is meant to go with Flametree S.R.S. Wallcliffe Chardonnay 2015. The wine's fruity flavors shrouds a touch of salinity - a hallmark of Margaret River's unique soil.
Seafood Cappuccino Provençale Olive Oil is a lovely soup that combines rich flavors of seafood with olive oil and truffle. Its light and foamy consistency is the result of an espuma. The soup is served in a coffee cup alongside a grissino (breadstick).
The subsequent dish is Oven-Roasted Australian Grain Fed Beef Tenderloin. Flavored with port wine emulsion, the steak rests on a bed of crispy potato noodles. Baby-cut carrot and microgreens serve as icing on the cake. I feel that the beef is on the dry side; medium doneness might have been a better choice. Assigned to this dish is a red wine, Flametree Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2015.
On the other hand, the Pistachio Nut Crusted Young New Zealand Rack Of Lamb is substantially juicier. The tangy grain mustard sauce also does a great job in accentuating the succulent flavors of lamb. Served on the side are roasted honey pumpkin and sautéed wild mushrooms. Another red wine, Flametree S.R.S. Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, is paired with this delectable lamb dish.
Cheese holds a special place in my heart, so I am thrilled to sample the exquisite Cheese Platter. Today's cheese selections are Gouda, blue cheese and cheddar. Accompanying the cheeses are Fuji apple compote, fig, apricot, pecan, almond and walnut.
As for the dessert, Ice Cream Bon Bon consists of vanilla ice cream with white chocolate coating. Dry ice vapors present a mystifying illusion. Also included is an assortment of butter cookies and pralines. These sweet treats are paired with a dessert wine, Flametree Botrytis Sémillon 2017. The wine is fermented from grapes that have been deliberately infected by a fungus called noble rot, resulting in more concentrated sweetness.
Last but not least, a cup of coffee concludes the dinner on a high note.
The View serves à la carte dishes on normal days, but course meals like the one this evening can be arranged upon request. It is important to note that pork is absent from the food menu. Vegetarian options are available too.

Name: The View
Address: Hotel Equatorial Penang, 1, Jalan Bukit Jambul, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-632-7000
Business hours: 6:30pm-10:00pm
Website: https://penang.equatorial.com/dining/the-view
Coordinates: 5.33736 N, 100.28512 E
Directions: Hotel Equatorial Penang is located near the intersection of Persiaran Bukit Jambul and Lebuh Bukit Jambul. Jalan Bukit Jambul is a small offshoot from Persiaran Bukit Jambul near this intersection. The View is located at the same level as the main lobby. The hotel provides multilevel parking for RM10.00 per entry.

Sri Tanjung Cafe

Special thanks to Royale Chulan Penang for extending this food review invitation.

Special offer: Mention "RCPPGFFT7C" to get 20% discount off the total bill.

Sri Tanjung Cafe is the main restaurant in Royale Chulan Penang. The coffeehouse is located at the ground floor of Boustead Building. This historical structure along Weld Quay (Pengkalan Weld) was meticulously restored as part of the hotel's construction.
Effective October 2018, Royale Chulan Penang is introducing the 7 Continents Buffet Dinner to replace the Friday Night Poolside BBQ. The dishes in the new menu are the brainchild of the hotel's Executive Sous Chef, Chef Khamarul, who amassed a diverse range of recipes while serving on a luxurious ocean liner several years ago. The 7 Continents Buffet Dinner is held at Sri Tanjung Cafe; the indoor setting makes the dinner more resilient to inclement weather.
One of the buffet's main attractions is Roast Beef Striploin. The striploin is cooked to medium doneness, resulting in a pinkish middle that retains the meat's natural juiciness. Black pepper sauce is provided. The beef is also served with grilled vegetables and mashed potatoes. In addition, there are also à la minute counters that serve local dishes like Mee Rebus and Char Koay Teow.
Chilled seafood is meant to represent the frozen continent of Antarctica. Served on ice are flower crabs, spannar crabs, shrimps and bay mussels. A variety of condiments such as tartar sauce and Thousand Island are provided to go with seafood.
İmam Bayıldı is an exquisite Turkish dish. Whole eggplants are stuffed with tomatoes, onion and garlic, and then cooked with olive oil for a lovely aroma. I love the juicy texture of eggplants and how they blend with the stuffings.
There are a variety of salads from around the world. For instance, Caprese Salad is a combination of mozzarella cheese, tomato and basil; these three ingredients represent the tricolored Italian flag. Also from European cookbooks are Mediterranean Squid Salad and French Mesclun Mix. As for local salads, there are Sotong Kangkung and Nyonya Prawns Kerabu.
For a taste of local Malay cuisine, Dhalca Kambing highlights the prevalent use of spices in the region. The pungent gravy is necessary to mask the strong smell of mutton. This spicy dish is cooked with potatoes, carrots, onions and tomatoes.
Meanwhile, Stuffed Chicken Kiev is a popular poultry dish from Russia. It is known in Russian as котлета по-киевски, which literally means "Kiev-style cutlet". Made from chicken breast, the cutlet is rolled with butter and coated with eggs and bread crumbs. The roll is then fried to golden crispiness. The resulting dish is somewhat similar to Chicken Cordon Bleu.
An iconic dish in Louisiana cuisine, the Seafood Jambalaya brings green-lipped mussels, clams and shrimps together in an appealing presentation. The shrimps are particularly succulent. Other seafood delicacies this evening are Crispy Nestum Prawn, Stir Fried Squid With Dried Chili & Black Pepper and Baked Oyster Sabayon.
As for Asian style Stir-Fried Vegetables, the fresh ingredients here are broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, baby corn, capsicum, button mushroom and straw mushroom. The vegetables are cooked with light oyster sauce in order to accentuate their natural sweetness. This vegetarian dish serves to counteract the heavy flavors of previous dishes.
Moving on, the pastry section presents a variety of sweet treats to delight the taste buds. Western confectionery is represented by bread & butter pudding, strawberry pudding, chocolate moist cake, chocolate truffle and homemade cookies. On the other hand, Asian treats are longan jelly, strawberry jelly, sago gula melaka and sago & honeydew coconut cream. I am particularly fond of the cookies; they carry a gentle touch of sweetness in a non-surfeiting manner.
Last but not least, fresh tropical fruits like papaya, pineapple and watermelon serve to end dinner on a sweet note.
Royale Chulan Penang's 7 Continents Buffet Dinner is served from 6:30pm to 10:00pm every Friday. The buffet is priced at RM75.00 net for adults and RM50.00 net for children and senior citizens. For every 3 paying adults, the 4th person's meal is on the house.
Royale Chulan Penang is offering an exclusive discount to my readers. Simply provide the promotion code "RCPPGFFT7C" to get 20% discount off the total bill. You can just show the flyer below using your phone; there is no need to print on paper. This special code is valid until 2 November 2018. It cannot be combined with other ongoing promotions.
Name: Sri Tanjung Cafe
Address: 1 & 2, Pengkalan Weld, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-259-8888
Business hours: 7:00am-10:30pm
Website: http://www.royalechulan-penang.com/dining
Coordinates: 5.41700 N, 100.34401 E
Directions: From the ferry terminal at George Town, turn right and drive along Weld Quay (Pengkalan Weld). Royale Chulan Penang is located shortly on the left, at the same block as Made in Penang Interactive 3D Museum. There is a small lane right after the hotel, which leads to the main entrance and multi-level car park. Guests who dine in Sri Tanjung Cafe can get their parking tickets validated for a flat rate of RM5.00 per entry.

Morganfield's

Special thanks to Morganfield's for extending this food review invitation.

Oktoberfest is an annual celebration in the German city of Munich. The 2-week festival is marked by costumed parades, live music, Bavarian food and endless flow of beer. In the spirit of Oktoberfest, Morganfield's is rolling out a limited-time Porktoberfest menu. The word "Porktoberfest" is obviously a word play on "pork" and "Oktoberfest".
Viewed from outside the mall, Morganfield's is one of the more prominent restaurants in Queensbay Mall. Besides the air-conditioned dining area, Morganfield's also sports a large al fresco section where customers can enjoy the cool evening breeze.
The ultimate spread this month is the Porktoberfest-Feast! (RM209.90). The meal comprises of Crispy Pork Knuckle, Octo-Hotdog, Sticky Bones Spare Ribs, sausages and other side dishes. The enormous platter is meant to feed 3 or 4 people. If the portion is too large, go for the Mini Porktoberfest-Feast (RM109.90) for 2 persons.
Crispy Pork Knuckle is probably the best known German delicacy to most Malaysians. This dish is called Schweinshaxe in German, and also known as Schweinshaxn in Bavarian dialect. Using the hock section of the swine, the pork is roasted to perfection. As per tradition, it is served with sauerkraut and goes well with bacon onion gravy.
The platter also includes an Octo-Hotdog. Sandwiched inside a white bread roll is bratwurst, a type of German sausage made from pork. The bread roll is also filled with coleslaw, onions, chili con carne (spicy meat stew) and cheese. Sliced jalapeños are added on top.
Morganfield's signature sausages are also featured in the Porktoberfest-Feast! meal. Three types take the center stage: Footlong Farmer's Bratwurst, Herby Hog and Spicy Devil. The Spicy Devil is my favorite. Despite its infernal name, the sausage is not terribly spicy. It is interesting to note that Morganfield's stuffs sausages at its own central kitchen.
Porktoberfest-Feast! comes with half a slab of Sticky Bones Spare Ribs. Customers can choose any of the five flavors: Hickory BBQ, Garlicky BBQ, Smoked Peppercorn, Asian Charred and Rib Rub. We opted for Rib Rub today. This is a classic dry rub recipe that does not use barbecue sauce.
Also included are three pieces of corn bread; I love their crumbly texture. In addition, grilled corn on the cob, red skin mashed potato, flat chips, garden salad and garden veggies serve to complement the meat-heavy Porktoberfest-Feast! meal.
Porktoberfest-Feast! does not cover Candied Bacon (RM15.90), so this snack has to be ordered separately. The crispy bacon strips are grilled with a caramelized layer of brown sugar, resulting in a gentle sweetness with delights the taste buds. To add flavor, the basket of bacon strips is given sprinkles of chili flakes and spices. This finger food goes well with beer.
Speaking of beer, Oktoberfest will not be complete without endless kegs of booze. In conjunction with the festive season, Morganfield's is pouring draft beer by the glass for only RM9.90 each. The German beer, Erdinger Weißbräu, is unfortunately not available today. Therefore, we substituted it with Hoegaarden and Kronenbourg Blanc instead.
Morganfield's Porktoberfest promotion runs throughout the entire month of October 2018. It is available in all outlets in Malaysia, but the prices may differ for Genting Highlands and Kota Kinabalu restaurants.
Name: Morganfield's
Address: GF-121, Queensbay Mall, Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-643-5049
Business hours: 11:00am-1:00am
Website: http://www.morganfields.com
Coordinates: 5.33421 N, 100.30668 E
Directions: Morganfield's is located on the Ground Floor of Queensbay Mall, right next to Starbucks Coffee. Queensbay Mall has a multilevel parking garage and several outdoor parking spaces.