The Resort Café

This article is part of my Christmas 2019 compilation.

Special thanks to Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa for extending this food review invitation.

Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa is a 5-star hotel in Sunway City. The hotel's primary eatery is The Resort Café. The all-day dining restaurant serves a wide range of local delights and international dishes from around the world.
The Resort Café has an enormous dining area. One section of the restaurant affords a panoramic view of Sunway Lagoon. Exotic motifs on the walls reflect the cosmopolitan nature of the restaurant's cuisines.
Today, The Resort Café is giving a sneak peek of the upcoming Christmas-themed buffets. This preview session only covers a subset of the actual buffet spreads, so diners can expect to see substantially more dishes in December.
As per tradition, the yuletide menu revolves around the Traditional Roasted Turkey at the carving station. Cooked to golden perfection, the turkey is paired with the chef's special giblet gravy and cranberry-orange compote. Be sure to savour the cornbread stuffing too!
Diners are spoiled for choice when it comes to red meats. This year, The Resort Café is serving premium wagyu beef, which is prized for its marbled texture. Shown here are Slow Roasted Wagyu Beef Striploin and Oven Roasted Wagyu Beef Karubi. Beef is served with baby potatoes, beetroots, baby carrots and fragrant rosemary sprigs.
Wagyu beef can also be enjoyed as shawarma! The beef is marinated with Middle Eastern spices for several hours, and then roasted on a vertical spit. Cooked beef is shaved off the block and stuffed into pita bread. Other ingredients of Wagyu Beef Shawarma are tomatoes, pickled cucumbers, onions and frisée lettuce.
Risotto is an Italian rice dish which uses a special cultivar of rice. The rice is cooked with broth until it reaches a creamy consistency. Other ingredients of Risotto are beef bacon, smoked duck breast, clams, dried Roma tomatoes, asparagus and mushrooms. A hint of saffron gives the dish a distinctive yellow color.
Speaking of saffron, Seared Salmon Fillets & Mussels are cooked in rich saffron broth. The dish is garnished with asparagus and cherry tomatoes. Another chafing dish which I enjoyed is Slow Cooked Duck Breast On Truffle Jus.
Seafood on ice includes tiger prawns, raw oysters and several types of caviar. The prawns are extremely fresh; I enjoy their sweet taste and crunchy texture.
Yuletide confections play a key role during Christmas celebrations. One of the most iconic Christmas pastries is the Yule Log. Two versions of Yule Log are prepared this evening. The traditional version is coated with chocolate ganache, while the white version is covered with grated coconut.
Dresdner Stollen is a traditional cake-like bread from Germany. The bread is filled with candied fruits and nuts, and has a modestly dense texture. Icing sugar on top gives the illusion of snow.
Christmas Pudding is another essential dessert during the holiday season. The pudding is topped with red berry coulis, and is further garnished with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. I am also fascinated by the dainty Santa Cupcakes with festive icings.
Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread House are simply eye-catching. In case you just want a morsel to nibble on, there are smaller, star-shaped pieces of gingerbread too. Also present this evening is Panettone, an Italian sweet bread that is typically prepared during the Christmas season.
Other mouthwatering desserts that bring out the festive spirit of Christmas are Raspberry Éclairs, Tiramisu, Assorted Macarons, Pecan Tarts, Mango Compote Panna Cotta and Blueberry Compote Panna Cotta.
Last but not least, Pumpkin Bread & Butter Pudding is prepared from buttered bread and a custard mixture made of milk and spices. As the theme is Christmas, the pudding is infused with pumpkins too. Vanilla sauce is provided.
I am thrilled to quaff a refreshing "glass" of virgin Piña Colada, which is interestingly served in a hollowed-out pineapple. The pineapple-flavored drink does a great job in quenching thirst. Its tangy taste is gratifying indeed.
In the days leading up to Christmas, The Resort Café serves "Let The Feasting Begin" buffet lunch from 13 December 2019 to 23 December 2019 (except on Sundays). Meanwhile, dinner is available daily between 13 December 2019 and 21 December 2019.

The Resort Café has more elaborate Christmas menus closer to Christmas. As expected, the most extravagant feast is served in the evening of Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day itself, The Resort Café serves both buffet lunch and dinner. Customers who confirm their bookings before 15 December 2019 enjoy 20% discount on the regular prices.
Name: The Resort Café
Address: Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 03-7495-2009
Business hours: 6:00am-11:00pm
Website: Click here
Coordinates: 3.07087 N, 101.60880 E
Directions: Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa is located next to Sunway Pyramid. The hotel is accessible from the one-way road on the east of the shopping mall. Sunway Resort provides multilevel parking.

Sunway Hotel

This article is part of my Christmas 2019 compilation.

Special thanks to Sunway Hotel Georgetown and Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya for extending this food review invitation.

Sunway Hotel Georgetown and Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya are jointly hosting a preview of the upcoming Christmas Eve Seafood Buffet Dinner. The menu is crafted by Executive Chef How, a 34-years veteran in the culinary line who has served in many hotels around the world.
Starting at the carving station, the Oven-Roasted Turkey is an essential dish during Christmas. As per tradition, the bird contains chestnut stuffing. Giblet gravy and cranberry sauce are prepared to go with the turkey. Other delectable delicacies here are Marinated Lamb Rack With Herb Crust, and Roasted Virginia Chicken Ham With Caramelized Pineapple Gravy.
Next, Buttermilk Crispy Fried Chicken has a lovely coating that truly delights the palate. The poultry dish is served with sweet chili sauce. Also present this evening is Braised Beef Brisket garnished with juicy asparagus.
Wok-Poached Squids are cooked with a special blend of soy sauce. The squids are neither too tough nor too soft. Meanwhile, the vegetarian dish of Broccoli With Roasted Almonds serves to cleanse the palate between savory bites.
Pineapple Fried Rice is one of my favorite dishes this evening. Cooked with pineapples and dried shrimps, the rice has a mouthwatering taste that is absolutely gratifying. Hollowed-out pineapples serve as bowls for this delectable rice dish.
Seafood lovers can help themselves to fresh tiger prawns, flower crabs, mussels and scallops on ice. Dipping sauces like Thousand Island dressing and herb mayonnaise are provided.
Salmon Gravlax is a Scandinavian delicacy in which raw salmon is cured with salt and dill for several days. As the fish is high in brine, it is often eaten with bread. Gravlax is also served with dill and mustard sauce, onions and capers.
Christmas confections play an important role in yuletide celebrations. Right off the bat, diners can sink their teeth in Festive Fruitcake, Gingerbread, Madeleines and Chocolate Cookies. Please refrain yourself from eating the Gingerbread House as it is meant for decoration.
Christmas Pudding is very popular in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is sometimes called "plum pudding" despite the fact that no actual plums are used. Instead, Christmas Pudding contains raisins. Although the traditional recipe involves brandy, alcohol is absent in today's menu in order to appeal to the public.
Yule Log is essentially sponge cake that is arranged to resemble an actual yule log. The dessert is covered with chocolate ganache, which is raked with a fork to mimic the rough texture of bark. There is another version of Yule Log that is covered with vanilla cream.
Christmas Stollen is a traditional German bread that contains candied fruits and nuts. Like many Christmas confections, the cake-like bread is covered with icing sugar to give the appearance of snow.
Sunway Hotel Georgetown will be serving Christmas Eve Seafood Buffet Dinner in the function hall at LG Level. Dining tables are arranged according to the size of each group, so prior reservation is highly recommended. For each party of 12 adults, 2 persons' meals are on the house!
The Christmas Eve Seafood Buffet Dinner will be held concurrently at Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya in the Sri Cengal Ballroom. This sister property has an additional dinner session on New Year's Eve. Meanwhile, diners who prefer a more intimate setting can opt for the Exclusive Christmas Eve Set Dinner in the Club Lounge of either hotel. Call Sunway Hotel Georgetown at (+60) 4-229 9988 or Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya at (+60) 4-370 7788 to reserve your tables today!
Name: Sunway Hotel Georgetown
Address: 33, Lorong Baru, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-229-9988
Business hours: 6:30pm-10:00pm
Coordinates: 5.41425 N, 100.32575 E
Directions: Sunway Hotel Georgetown is located at New Lane (Lorong Baru) in George Town. The hotel is accessible from either Macalister Road (Jalan Macalister) or Jalan Dato Keramat. There are parking spaces inside the hotel as well as along New Lane.

Left Handed Char Koay Teow

Left Handed Char Koay Teow (左手炒粿条) used to operate a roadside stall on Lebuh Keng Kwee (near Teochew Chendul). I stumbled upon the stall at M Mall today by chance. Interestingly, the food stall still has an actual motorcycle attached to it.
The man behind the wok, Uncle Chan, always dons his signature yellow T-shirt and red baseball cap. As the stall's name suggests, Uncle Chan cooks with his left hand. According to him, he is naturally left-handed except when writing.
The walls of the shop are covered with photos of the stall's former location and encounters with celebrities. A flight of stairs leads to more dining space upstairs.
Char Koay Teow (炒粿条, RM6.50) is the signature stir-fried dish of Penang. Flat rice noodle is cooked with prawns, cockles, eggs, bean sprouts and garlic chives (韭菜) using high heat. Left Handed Char Koay Teow does not use pork nor lard. Instead, the texture of lard is imitated by pickled radish (菜脯). Brine is removed so that the radish is not too salty.
Left Handed Char Koay Teow serves Chendul (煎蕊, RM3.50) for dessert. The shaved ice is sweetened with gula melaka (palm sugar). The dessert also contains red beans and green jelly noodles.
Address: 79-G-11, M Mall, Jalan Dato Keramat, 10150 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Contact: N/A
Business hours: 11:00am-9:00pm, closed on Wednesdays

Cha Yen

Special thanks to Cha Yen for extending this food review invitation.

Cha Yen (ชาเย็น) is one of the few, if not the only, Thai-style cafés in Penang. The shop is located at i-Avenue, a commercial area near Kompleks Bukit Jambul. Cha Yen has moved 2 shops over since my last visit, but most people including myself did not realize this subtle change.
The new café's new décor is more apparent once inside the eatery. The spacious dining area has many wooden tables as well as a drinks counter at one side. In addition, Cha Yen's beverage menu is now drawn on the wall.
Since Cha Yen's inception, Thai-style drinks have been its forte. The eponymous Cha Yen (ชาเย็น, RM6.90), or iced milk tea, is the most popular refreshment in Thailand. Meanwhile, Cha Keao Coco (โกโก้ชาเขียวเย็น, RM11.90) is a combination of green tea and chocolate. Last but not least, Blue Lemon Soda (RM6.90) is soda water mixed with fruit syrup.
Like its Vietnamese counterpart, Thai coffee has a rather strong flavor as it is brewed from dark roast beans. Cha Yen's coffee can be served hot or iced, which are called Kafae Ron (กาแฟร้อน, RM9.30) and Kafae Yen (กาแฟเย็น, RM9.90) respectively.
As for customers who would like to order some food, Cha Yen has introduced croissants to the menu. Charcoal Croissant (RM18.90) contains succulent slices of smoked duck and scrambled egg. Meanwhile, Salted Egg Croissant (RM7.90) is filled with savory salted egg paste. Each croissant comes with vegetables on the side.
Cha Yen serves Set Lunch from 11:00am to 2:30pm every day. Customers can choose from a menu of 4 dishes. Priced at RM9.90 each, the meal comes with a glass of Lemongrass Tea (น้ำตะไคร้).
One of the Set Lunch choices is Sour Spicy Fish Fillets (RM9.90). The dish comes with rice, fried egg and cucumber slices. Thai chili sauce is provided separately. You can either dip fish fillets into the sauce, or pour sauce into the rice bowl.
If you prefer poultry, go for Sweet & Sour Chicken (RM9.90) instead. Like the previous dish, Sweet & Sour Chicken is served with rice, fried egg and cucumber slices. The meal is reasonably filling for a quick lunch.
Moving on to desserts, Cha Yen has several flavors of homemade ice cream to select from. An alternative choice is Chao Guay (เฉาก๊วย, RM5.90), a sweet iced dessert that contains refreshing cubes of grass jelly. A slice of lemon imparts tangy sensation on the tongue. Overall, this dessert is an excellent thirst quencher.
Cha Yen sources most ingredients like coffee beans and tea leaves from Thailand. Unlike many similar shops, the café prepares all food and drinks upon ordering. In spite of this, Cha Yen is able to sustain surprisingly affordable prices. It is also interesting to note that Cha Yen does not serve pork.

Name: Cha Yen (ชาเย็น)
Address: 1-1-51, Medan Kampung Relau 1, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 012-419-6565
Business hours: 10:00am-10:00pm
Coordinates: 5.33333 N, 100.29361 E
Directions: Cha Yen is located at i-Avenue, just several shops away from Mr & Mrs Fruit. Street parking is available in front of the shop.