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Wai Kee Roast @ Chulia Street, Penang

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We chanced upon this roast meat stall and lo and behold, a lunch queue had formed and it was not long before it snaked down the corner. Being asian and queuing is so ingrained in our lives - queueing always means some thing is good and worth our time so yes, we joined the queue and took a grand total of 30 minutes.


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All for Wai Kee, a household name for roast meats, particularly the rosated char siew.

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That glorious char.

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On top of roast pork, duck and steamed chicken, they also offer innards and preserved sausages. Decide what you would like to order before you face the cook, else it would be a harrowing experience facing him.


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He swiftly grabs the chunk and chops away as you are making your order.

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Halfway my order and I topped up with preserved sausages - because why not? I am already in Penang.

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RM 8 of siew yoke, char siew and sausages with vegetables. The meats were chopped so fine, it lacked bite. However, the char siew definitely stood out for that honeyed, burnt and juicy bite.

Perhaps I'd have gone just for the good old char siew rice.

Wai Kee
384 Chulia Street, Georgetown

Mitzo @ Grand Park City Hall

I love having the say at team lunches because I get to pick and try as many dishes as possible and this was the case at Mitzo's, a place that has been on my to go list for quite some time now.


With a number of set lunches available, it starts from $28 and 3 courses. I blame the hunger for nudging me to get the 4 course at $38.




Double boiled Abalone Soup of the Day


This definitely made the set menu a worthy choice to consider over lunch - pork ribs, a reasonably sizeable abalone, Chinese almonds and red dates was so hearty on its own, this would have been lunch!




Royal Shrimp Dumpling with Black Caviar


Steamed Shrimp and Pork Dumpling


Between har gao and siew mai, the the former stands out for being exquisite. The skin is cleverly woven with edible flowers (spy them green and purple spots!) before being wrapped around a succulent prawn ball.


Charcoal Barbequed Pork Bun


A tad dry overall, this definitely can do with more sauce.



Escargot Cheese Puff


Baked to resemble a snail, the escargot was snug within molten cheese and a breaded puff.


Pan-fried Pumpkin and Yam Cake


Deep Fried Shrimp and Crabmeat Dumpling


Both were rather forgettable.




Dry Style Thin Noodles with Prawn Dumplings and Signature Mitzo Barbeque Pork


Sold on the signature barbeque pork - it's sweet and fatty and portions are measly! Three slices tucked with a blanket of alkaline noodles and a single prawn dumpling. The char siew was definitely the highlight and perhaps ordering this ala carte would be more worth while than ordering the set lunch for it.




Porridge with Lobster Claw, Fish and Pork


This fared better with the mains, Cantonese style porridge with a single lobster claw and chunk of fish.




Aloe Vera and Jelly with Redbean Kueh


I was most ready to wave the white flag by the time I reached the end of the meal - food coma was on full blast but how could I give up on dessert?


Lime sorbet in lemongrass jelly and topped with aloe served with red bean kueh as a side. There was a lot going on and really the focus should be on the lemon grass jelly for a refreshing end.


Hits and misses with the set menu yet in any case, I found a signature worth returning for.


Mitzo
Grand Park Orchard

Xing Chang Le (星长乐) @ Aeon Mall

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For the first time, I actually hecked my meal plan and headed into a mall and decided what to eat based on the crowd and the menu.


Located next to Dragon-I, I was surprised the turnout was continuous.

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Shrimp Siew Mai

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Shrimp Dumpling

None to scream about yet decent dimsum staples.

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Sze Chuan Style Dumplings


A let down with sweet chilli sauce.

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Shanghai Style Soup Dumplings were no Din Tai Fung since the skin tore and the soup spilled out even before they got eaten.

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Char Siew Buns

For such a dimsum chain, the paus are pretty decent and is on par with some of the pau specialists out there!


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Shrimp and Beancurd Skin with Cheese

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Shrimp Rice Noodle Rolls


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Deep Fried Shrimp Rice Noodle Rolls

I'm not sure which disappointed more, the rice noodle roll or the over fried dough stick.

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Stir Fried Dragon's Green 

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Stir Fried Baby Pak Choy

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Wanton Noodle Soup

Surprise of all surprises, the wanton noodle is a really legit version with springy noodles (no alkaline taste - hooray!) and meaty wantons.

All for RM 110.95 and with the waiver of GST, the meal became cheaper than expected! For a halal dimsum place, this is worth a visit.

Xing Chang Le
Taman Desa Tebrau

Family Fun Package @ Shangrila Singapore

We booked the Family Fun Package at Shangrila to celebrate the bub's birthday and as adults we were most looking forward to the food to refuel.We had both a dinner and breakfast buffet included as part of our package.

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Next to the noodle station was a roast station which somehow did not tempt - perhaps the spread was really too wide to try everything.

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The noodle station somehow had the longest queues for both dinner and breakfast.

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Indian food too was wildly popular, especially the prata station.

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Lamb of rack at dinner too was gone before I knew it.

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Seafood strangely was a really miserly corner.

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There, nothing spectacular. I'd have expected a wider variety given the way diners were swarmed to it like bees to honey.

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Let's just say I moved onto desserts alot faster than I expected and the assortment of sweets was enough to entertain me longer than the mains.

These mini choux are filled with a variety of fillings.

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I love browsing the dessert section first, when the cakes are still whole and pretty.

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Local dessert alert! This teh tarik jelly wins for creativity!

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I mistook this for ondeh ondeh cake but it was pina colada!

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Avoid the pasta station at all costs - this came overcooked and oversalted.

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I made a beeline for their signature crayfish laksa and was sorely disappointed. Watery laksa gravy notwithstanding, the laksa noodles were definitely overcooked and what a waste of calories.

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I cannot decide which is worse, prawn noodle or crayfish laksa.

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Call me odd but sushi is my comfort food during buffets - almost as if, if nothing goes right, sushi will not go wrong.

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I'd say Shang does Indian food pretty decently, at least I wiped this clean. The hummus too was really tasty. If I had to choose then Indian and Mediterranean dishes are worth the calories.

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I couldn't resist a snap of this World Cup themed sushi spread.


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Of all the desserts I had, gelato deserves seconds.

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I was stuffed from trying too many dishes and not being satisfied with that many, talking a stroll around the luxurious property post buffet was a treat. I got to enjoy Shangrila in its night beauty and it is gorgeous!

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I chanced upon this private pavilion that can be booked and boy, does it not look perfect for proposals already?

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Romantic much? I was swooning over it!

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Good night Shangrila.

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Sunday brunches are massive affairs at The Line and Bud's playground. Even the kid's kitchen gets converted into a dining area for kids.

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If you're lucky or early enough, there is a designated family area for families and there is a play area and a roving balloonist to keep the kids entertained.

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Sucha pretty set up! I hear birthday parties can also be arranged in with cooking classes included too!




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Kitchen aid mixers in a mind boggling array of colours - the kitchen goddess in me squealed.

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Donuts or pancakes for breakfast? I guess on Sunday, meal rules are out of the window and anything goes as long as parents get their meal in peace and the kids eat.

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Breakfast staples and once again, the indian selection gets my vote!

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Kaya toast got me tempted here, talk about being tempted by my own local cuisine.

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I created my own noodle dish with prawn mee broth, meepok and a dash of chilli padi. I reckon the breakfast noodle chef is alot better than dinner at least.

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We caught the attention of the balloonist and scored two balloons!

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The very pleased toddler and we are so stokked he sat through at least an hour for dinner and breakfast - a mighty feat for mister ants in his pants.

The hotel package was booked for the toddler and hence having the meals included are a major bonus and as parents getting out of the hotel to hunt for food is the last thing on our minds since that would mean dragging the toddler out and barang not to mention. It is great value too, considering he had free access to Bud's which would otherwise be really expensive to visit on an ala carte basis. Yet on a gourmet note, standards at The Line have dropped drastically through the years.