Sun Cafe

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

Sun Cafe is the all-day dining restaurant in Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya. Located at the ground floor of the hotel, it provides breakfast for in-house guests. The eatery also serves Peranakan Buffet Dinner every Friday and Saturday evening. The menu features a variety of traditional Peranakan (Nyonya) dishes, particularly popular ones from the Penang Peranakan community.
For starters, there are a variety of local salads to stimulate the taste buds. Served today are Kerabu Mangga (mango salad), Kerabu Tanghoon (glass noodle salad), Shredded Chicken With Marinated Chili & Lime, and Marinated Jelly Fish With Chili Honey Sauce. Most of these salads use local spices like cili padi (bird's eye chili) quite liberally.
Vietnamese Spring Rolls are known as "gỏi cuốn" in the native language. They consist of shredded carrots, cucumber, jicama and rice vermicelli rolled in soft rice paper. Since the ingredients themselves lack flavor, these spring rolls are often eaten with sweet chili sauce called "nước chấm". As for something more local, Nasi Ulam is a dish of rice mixed with fresh herbs and spices.
The à la minute counter serves another Nyonya specialty, Asam Laksa. The broth is prepared from mackerel and is infused with asam (tamarind), lemongrass and daun kesum (laksa leaf). As per tradition, Asam Laksa is served with thick rice noodle, cucumber, shallots, pineapples, lettuce, ginger flower and chili peppers. However, I feel that the broth needs to be richer with fish flavor.
Kapitan Chicken is yet another iconic Penang Peranakan dish. Chicken pieces are cooked in a curry that is extremely rich in coconut milk. Also included are kaffir lime leaves for the extra aroma.
As for Ayam Pongteh, pieces of chicken and potatoes are stewed with fermented soybeans and gula melaka (palm sugar). The overall taste is sweet and savory. This dish goes especially well with rice.
Taking a detour to seafood, Asam Prawns is a dish of wok-fried shrimps with tamarind juice, sugar and salt. If cooked well, the tamarind's tartness is able to penetrate the shrimps thoroughly.
As for fish, Ikan Asam Pedas is cooked in a spice mix that includes tamarind. Tamarind gives the fish a gentle hint of sourness.
If you prefer something lighter to the palate, check out the Stir Fried Eggplant. I just love the soft texture of the vegetable. The dish comes with a generous amount of minced chicken.
Moving on to desserts, Sago Gula Melaka is a pudding made from miniature sago pearls. While sago is usually translucent, it is dyed red with rose essence. Sago is also nearly tasteless on its own. This is why the pudding is customarily eaten with gula melaka and coconut milk.
Nyonya kuih is an integral element of Nyonya cuisine. Several types are served this evening. My favorite ones are Pulut Tai Tai and Kuih Lapis Pelangi. The former is dyed by the extract of butterfly-pea flowers (bunga telang).
Other kuih choices include Kuih Talam Pandan, Kuih Ketayap and Kek Gula Hangus. Should diners prefer soupy desserts, there are Bubur Pulut Hitam (black glutinous rice soup) and Bubur Kacang Hijau (mung bean soup) too.
The Peranakan Buffet Dinner at Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya is priced at RM51.70++ for adults, RM30.20++ for children and RM38.80++ for senior citizens. The buffet was supposed to run from September to October 2018, but in response to popular demand, the promotion has been extended till 22 December 2018.
Name: Sun Cafe
Address: 11, Lebuh Tenggiri 2, Pusat Bandar Seberang Jaya, 13700 Seberang Jaya, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-370-7788
Business hours: 6:30am-1:00am
Coordinates: 5.39564 N, 100.39810 E
Directions: From Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan (North-South Expressway), take the Seberang Jaya exit and head west. Turn left just before the pedestrian bridge and drive all the way to the end. When the road splits, keep right. Sunway Hotel is further down on the right. Sun Cafe is located on the ground floor. There are parking spaces within the hotel's compound. The parking fee is RM4.00 per entry.

Sunway Hotel

Special thanks to Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya for extending this hotel review invitation.

Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya is one of the longest operating hotels in Perai. This 4-star property is located strategically near Sunway Carnival Mall and the Perai Industrial Estate. It is also adjacent to Sunway Medical Centre, which is currently under construction.
At the hotel reception, guests can help themselves with welcome drinks while waiting to be checked in. There are also reading materials and travel brochures at the sitting area. In-house guests who need a free ride to Sunway Carnival Mall can also approach the front office.
Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya has 202 guestrooms and suites in total. To suit the needs of each guest, the hotel provides 4 room categories: Deluxe Room, Premier Room, Club Room and Club Suite. The Deluxe Room comfortably accommodates 2 guests and can still fit an extra bed if needed. Note that smoking is strictly prohibited in all guestrooms and common areas.
The Club Suite is ideal for guests who appreciate the extra space. This option is particularly useful for business travelers who need a separate living room to conduct business. Shown here is the largest suite of all, Perdana Suite. It is nearly 3 times larger than a standard room!
I am staying at the Club Room this weekend. Located on the top floor, the room affords nice views of the surrounding area. Club-level guests enjoy privileges such as welcome drink, complimentary laundry service, turndown service, evening cocktail and exclusive access to the Club Lounge. There is even a pillow menu to choose from!
Directly across the bed is a flat-panel television with around two dozen channels. Next to it is a writing desk with high-speed Internet connection and USB charging ports. An electronic safe and a clothes iron are placed inside the sliding wardrobe.
In Club Rooms and Club Suites, the minibar is stocked with complimentary canned drinks that are restocked daily. Coffee, tea and snacks are provided too. I am also pleased to see Benitorr white coffee. Furthermore, a box of Ban Heang Tambun biscuits serves as a welcome gift.
The ensuite bathroom has a shower stall with heated water. Basic toiletries such as body shampoo, soap, moisturizer and dental kit are provided. There are also bathrobes and bathroom slippers in the wardrobe.
Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya does not have a swimming pool, but it makes up for that with a well-equipped fitness center. There are around a dozen pieces of exercise equipment such as treadmills, stationary bicycles and weight machines. Changing rooms are located nearby for the convenience of guests. The gym is open 24 hours a day.
Sri Cengal Ballroom consists of two partitions, which when combined, can accommodate up to 350 people in a banquet setting. Classroom- or theatre-style seating arrangements are possible too. The hotel has smaller function rooms on other floors; each room is named after a tropical wood like merbau and nyatoh.
The business center is located at the ground floor under the spiral stairs. There are two computer termnals and a printer here. The latter is useful for guests who need to print boarding passes. On top of this, Club-level guests may also use the Club Meeting Room on Level 15 for boardroom-style meetings.
PressReader is a complimentary service provided by Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya. The mobile app allows guests to read thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world. These publications are accessible within the hotel's Wi-Fi network only, but guests may download them onto their phones for reading later.
The Club Lounge on Level 15 is exclusive to Club-level guests only. It affords a relaxing ambience for those who appreciate a more private setting. Instead of the usual Sun Cafe, Club-level guests can also opt to have breakfast at the Club Lounge.
Evening cocktail is served at the Club Lounge between 6:00pm and 8:00pm. Guests may savor a variety of tapas, cold cuts, cheeses, fruits, salads and pastries. Beer and wine are complimentary. I must also say that the espresso coffee here is pretty amazing.
Sun Cafe is hotel's primary coffeehouse. Open from 6:30am to 1:00am, this halal-certified restaurant covers a range of local and international flavors. In addition, Peranakan Buffet Dinner is currently served on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Breakfast is served at Sun Cafe from 6:30am to 10:30am. A good way to start the morning is with nasi lemak. Nasi lemak is typically eaten with sambal (chili paste), ikan bilis (anchovies), hard-boiled eggs, roasted peanuts, cucumber and chicken curry.
Two types of rice porridge are provided: plain and seafood. Congee condiments include fried anchovies, pickled mustard, roasted peanuts, fried shallots, ginger slivers and more.
Roti canai is enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Potato curry serves as the dipping sauce. In addition to this, guests can also order omelette and noodles from the à la minute counter.
Other popular breakfast food items are roasted beef, chicken meatloaf, chicken sausages, French toast, hash browns, baked beans, breakfast cereals, dim sum and more.
There is even a vegetarian counter where fried noodle, mock meat and buttered vegetables are served.
At the bread section, sliced bread can be toasted using a conveyor toaster. Bread spreads are butter, strawberry jam, orange marmalade, peanut butter and kaya (coconut jam).
Moving on, the pastry section presents freshly baked croissants, Danish pastries, muffins and multigrain bread. Meanwhile, bread and butter pudding comes with vanilla sauce.
Cut fruits include watermelon and honeydew. As for beverages, available choices are fruit cocktail, orange juice, teh tarik (pulled tea), black coffee and tea.
Next to Sun Cafe is The Lounge. The bar where alcoholic beverages like cocktails, liqour, wine and beer are served. A pool table here provides entertainment. The Lounge is only open in the evening.
Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya is one of the two hotel properties in Penang under Sunway Hotels & Resorts; the other is Sunway Hotel Georgetown at New Lane (Lorong Baru). Rooms can be booked through the hotel's website for the most attractive rates. It is also a good idea to sign up for Sunway Pals membership in order to enjoy additional perks.
Name: Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya
Address: 11, Lebuh Tenggiri 2, Pusat Bandar Seberang Jaya, 13700 Seberang Jaya, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-370-7788
Business hours: 24 hours
Coordinates: 5.39561 N, 100.39810 E
Directions: From Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan (North-South Expressway), take the Seberang Jaya exit and head west. Turn left just before the pedestrian bridge and drive all the way to the end. When the road splits, keep right. Sunway Hotel is further down on the right. There are parking spaces within the hotel's compound. Parking is free for in-house guests.

Sri Tanjung Cafe

This article is part of my Christmas 2018 compilation.

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

This evening, Royale Chulan Penang gives a preview of its upcoming Christmas Eve Yuletide Buffet Dinner. Like the actual dinner, the preview event is held in Sri Tanjung Cafe at the Boustead Building. The centerpiece here is a large gingerbread house that resembles a snow-covered chapel.
Right off the bat, the Traditional Roast Turkey turns out to be the most impressive one that I have tasted this year. The meat is delightfully flavorful, partly due to the lovely marinade and partly thanks to mirepoix sausage and apricot stuffing. As per tradition, the turkey is served with Yorkshire pudding and cranberry sauce. Be sure to get some grilled pineapples too. Other meats at the carving station are Roast Beef Wellington and Roast Lamb Crown.
Given my affinity for cheese, it is no surprise that the Goat Cheese & Sun-Dried Tomato Pie appeals to my palate. Be advised that the strong taste of cheese may be overpowering for many people. In addition, the Smoked Duck Breast With Mango Salsa is pretty succulent too.
Cranberry Chicken Terrine and Turkey Ham are scrumptious indeed; I truly enjoy their juicy textures. Other dishes that are certain to tantalize one's taste buds are Salmon Gravlax, Octopus & Abalone Mango Salad, Artichoke Caprese Salad, Pasta Asparagus & Marinated Tomato, and Arugula Spinach & Walnut Salad.
The Four-Cheese Sausage Rigatoni catches my eye right away. The sausages are presented over tube-shaped pasta. Although the sausages are filled with cheese, they are fortunately not too salty.
Speaking of cheese, my favorite dish this evening goes to Spinach & Cheese Ravioli. Filled with chopped spinach and ricotta cheese, the pasta is dressed with creamy sauce. This makes the ravioli extremely gratifying. The same can be said for Spinach, Mushroom & Cheese Casserole. I am duly impressed by the appealing aroma of mushrooms.
Next, Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs are made from ground beef, bread crumbs and seasonings. The meatballs seem to go well with cranberry sauce.
The chilled seafood section covers marine delicacies like flower crabs, shrimps, bay mussels and scallops. Dipping sauces that go with seafood on ice are Thousand Island dressing, garlic aioli, tartar sauce and more.
An integral aspect of Christmas celebration is the variety of traditional Christmas pastries. Some of the popular ones are Yule Log, Stollen, Gingerbread Men and Christmas Cookies. It is also interesting to see Baked Alaska on the menu.
Other delectable treats this evening are Chocolate Almond Cake, Black Forest Cake, Opera Cake, Cranberry Apple Pie, Baked Cheesecake, Apple Strudel, Bread & Butter Pudding, Crème Caramel, French Pastries and more.
Taking a detour to a soupy dessert, I cannot recommend Poached Apples highly enough. The apples are cooked below boiling point, allowing them to infuse their tartness to the liquid without completely disintegrating. The liquid, primarily grape juice, is pleasantly sour. It is a sin not to have a second helping!
The Christmas Eve Yuletide Buffet Dinner is priced at RM120.00 net for adults. The adult price includes a party pack and a glass of wine. Meanwhile, children and senior citizens enjoy reduced prices of RM60.00 and RM80.00 respectively. In parallel, the hotel serves Christmas Eve Western Set Dinner at The Spice.
On New Year's Eve, Royale Chulan Penang is serving New Year's Eve Buffet Dinner at Sri Tanjung Cafe. This is mirrored by the New Year's Eve Western Set Dinner at The Spice. Confirmed bookings before 15 December 2018 enjoy 10% off. This discount applies to the adult price only.
Christmas serves as a reminder for us to lend a helping hand to those who are less fortunate. To this end, Royale Chulan Penang is having a "Candle Of Hope" charity event throughout the entire month of December 2018. Guests can help in spreading the Christmas cheer by buying a Christmas card for RM10.00. This year, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to The Children's Protection Society.
Name: Sri Tanjung Cafe
Address: 1 & 2, Pengkalan Weld, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-259-8888
Business hours: 7:00am-10:30pm
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.