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Blue Reef Fish & Chips @ Elit Avenue, Bayan Baru

There had been approximately 20 restaurants/cafes that been operating in this area – Elit Avenue (which is the commercial area right below the Elit Heights apartment/condominium). Blue Reef Fish & Chips, where their main branch is at Straits Quay, had been operating in this urban commercial area for approx. 2 months now (please correct me if I’m wrong). Blue Reef offers a huge varieties of seafood at pretty competitive prices as well (The word that I would always use would be ‘value for money’).

For the starter, I’ve ordered Seafood Clam Chowder and this is seriously good. The aroma of the soup does reminds me of the clam chowder that I used to have in United States. It came with 2 pieces of bread for dipping. Though it may be too hard, once dipped with the hot clam chowder soup, it tastes just perfect.

Blue Reef

Next, I’ve ordered Spaghetti Seafood Pesto. The herbs and the spaghetti is pretty good, but it’s too oily to my liking. Once you downed approx. half of the plate, you’ll start to feel full as well as your mouth will be completely covered with oil. The amount of (olive?) oil used in this dish is too high. Overall, this dish is pretty good. The combination of herbs and spices does bring out the fragrance of the mussels and chickens.

Blue Reef

Breaded Tilapia Fish and Chips. A dish that I’ve consistently ordered for every visit to this wonderful restaurant. Something that would never go wrong. The breaded tilapia fish, together with the fries blend very well with the tartar sauce. Feel free to ask for second serving of tartar sauce, as the one that originally comes with the dish is pretty small (as you can see from the picture below).

Blue Reef

Total bill comes up to RM68 (I don’t have a proper breakdown of each meal, and I would say it’s approx. RM20-RM25 per dish. Should have done my due diligence to update more precisely if I’m going to write this as a food blog. Haha).

Blue Reef Fish & Chips
1-1-38, Elit Avenue,
Jalan Mayang Pasir 3, Bayan Baru,
11950 Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Tel: 016 – 447 9182
Business Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Facebook: Blue Reef Fish & Chips, Elit Avenue

Tomyam Goreng @ Jiao Sai, Abu Siti Lane, Penang

Jiao Sai – literally means ‘Bird Shit’ in Hokkien. Indeed a funny name  for a restaurant. Heard some rumors before that they got the name when they were operating few years ago under a big tree where there’s tons of bird’s poo around it. Well, hopefully there’s no Jiao Sai in the food! Located at Abu Siti Lane (the last road on Macalister Road, few roads away from Lorong Selamat), this restaurant is fully packed at night. Perhaps many will drop by once they came back from clubbing or partying.

Jiao Sai

You can take a look at the big menu located inside of the restaurant. There’s basically 2 types (of course there’s more. :P) of mee that they served here – Normal Maggi Goreng or Tomyam Goreng. Maggi Goreng is using Maggi Noodle, and Tomyam Goreng is using the famous Thai Rama Noodle.

Jiao Sai

Here’s what I’ve ordered – Tomyam Goreng Kecil (means Small Fried Tomyam Noodle). One basic plate of tomyam goreng (without any special order) comes with the Rama noodle, few pieces of fried chicken and sunny side egg. This is what you will get if you just order for 1 normal plate.

Jiao Sai

Other varieties of selection would be extra chicken, double (double the size), and double + extra chicken. If I remember correctly, this plate above cost me RM6 and I would say this taste pretty good. Rama Noodle tastes good by default, and when it’s fried, the fragrance of the Rama seasoning being brought to next level. Together with an Iced Milo (RM2.50), this is the place that you can hang out even at 2AM in the morning. It’s perfect for anyone craving for late night supper.

Jiao Sai / Restoran Yunus Khan 鸟粪 (Behind Red Rock Hotel)
No. G3, Red Rock Commercial Centre
202-A, Jalan Macalister
10400 Georgetown

Tel: 011 – 1645 5440

Bachi Bites Food Truck @ Suntech Bayan Lepas, Penang

Food truck craze had landed to Malaysia for quite some time now, especially in Kuala Lumpur. Nowadays, we get to see quite a number of food trucks offering either food, drinks or both in Penang as well. Bachi Bites, a food truck serving sandwiches that I bumped into few days ago. Not entirely sure of their exact operating hours or their common location. The time I had a taste of Bachi Bites is in the morning and I bumped into them right in front of TM store (next to Suntech Bayan Lepas). Operated by 2 young gentlemen, Bachi Bites offers a variety of sandwiches, all served in a small mini truck.

Bachi Bites

From the picture below, you can see that it’s located at pretty strategic location – where there’s many working people that would love to have a quick and nice sandwiches to gear up their morning blues.

Bachi Bites

The menu is pretty straight forward, you can select a variety of sandwiches. I took Braised Chicken and it’s pretty good. The setup of the shop as well as the sandwich is pretty simple. As you can see in the picture, there’s a wood pallet that served as the base of the entire truck. With few metal rods combined together and set up with small glass container, this served as an area for their lovely pies. Other than the hand-made sandwiches, all the other choices of food that they offer here are ready-made. I believe it’s either they had it ready from home, or they get the supply from another suppliers, to sell them as sides.

Bachi Bites

Sorry that I didn’t take a picture of the Braised Chicken Sandwiches. I bought it to the office and had it while working on my work laptop (pity me). As mentioned earlier, the setup of the sandwich is pretty simple and yet delicious. The bun is those that you can purchased anyway in the supermarket, and they will have it toasted in their gas-stove-operated-oven (which save their renovation cost of adding any power supply to the truck). They’re pretty generous with the cabbage and that’s a good strategy. The fresh cabbage made the whole crunchy texture of the sandwiches. Then with few strips of sliced cucumber and carrot to add up the flavor and crunchiness. And here come the main character – the chicken. I believed the chicken was marinated previously and they had it baked/roasted in the oven. Taste pretty good I would say and value for money. It only cost me RM5.90 for such a delicious sandwich, and that’s a better deal than Subway.

Bachi Bites
Last seen location: Right in front of TM store, next to Suntech Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Operating hours: Had it in the morning during weekdays

Kim Poh Roasted Chicken and Duck Rice @ Golden Triangle, Penang

There had been quite a number of restaurants start their business in Golden Triangle Condominium. Golden Triangle is the newly-developed residential apartment by GSD Lands, which situated right in the middle of the intersection of Sg. Ara and Relau. Came across this restaurant few days ago – Kim Poh Roasted Chicken and Duck Rice. Didn’t know that it is a famous franchise of chicken & duck rice till I googled them. Located few shops from I Mum Mum (the famous franchise of Pan Mee).

Kim Poh Roasted Chicken and Duck Rice

The interior is pretty simple and cozy. Though some of the times there might be tons of customer, but we never fail to find a good table spot to have our meals. The front is where they sell all the chicken and duck and you’ll see a drink corner at the back of the restaurant.

Kim Poh Roasted Chicken and Duck Rice

Kim Poh Roasted Chicken and Duck Rice

Here’s the back area of the restaurant where they serve the drinks. Just grab a seat first and the waiter/waitress will come to your table to take your order. Usually whenever I go to any chicken rice shop, I’ll order breast meat together with roasted pork (siew yok) if there’s any. Perhaps will top up with eggs as well.

Kim Poh Roasted Chicken and Duck Rice

Kim Poh Roasted Chicken and Duck Rice

As you can see above, the menu is pretty straight forward and you can’t go much wrong with it. If you fancy to try out some new drinks, you can go for their signature drink – Lemon Jelly Ice. I didn’t take any photo of it since this trip was my second time being there. Lemon Jelly Ice is pretty refreshing and delicious. Try it out and see it’s to your liking

Kim Poh Roasted Chicken and Duck Rice

Here’s my order – breast meat chicken rice together with eggs. Truly like the chicken rice over here. What made it so special is the sauce that they’ve put on top of the rice and chicken. I would say it’s sweet hoisin sauce perhaps? The rice smells really nice, and the chicken is juicy and tender. The chili sauce (they put in a small container and you can take as much as you like) is really good and honestly, a good chili sauce can make or break a good chicken rice. Over here, it’s excellent combination – the sauce, the chicken, the eggs, the rice and the chili sauce all dance together in perfect rhythm. The price is pretty cheap as well. What you see above cost me RM5.60 (together with an Iced Chinese Tea). Try out Kim Poh Roasted Chicken and Duck Rice and let me know what do you think.

Kim Poh Roasted Chicken and Duck Rice
Golden Triangle Condominium (next to I Mum Mum Pan Mee)
Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim, Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Laksa Soup Seafood Steamboat Buffet @ Water World, Batu Maung, Penang

Steamboat buffet – no longer a new thing for most of the people nowadays. You pay a sum of money and you get to eat as much as you want. Varieties may vary from one restaurant to another. Laksa steamboat buffet – something special that I would like to introduce today. In another word, steamboat buffet with laksa soup as their soup base. Laksa steamboat buffet is available at Water World Restaurant, Batu Maung, Penang. If you know ‘Simpang Ampat Yam Rice’ at Batu Maung, it’s at the exact same restaurant. Go straight at the Coastal Highway, pass by Motorola and turn right at the crossroad with traffic light (where you’ll get to see the Mah Sing Southbay at your 1 o’clock direction). Go straight and turn left at the first traffic light. Go straight for approx. 200 meter, and turn left. The restaurant is the first shop lot that you’ll come across.

Laksa steamboat buffet

The price is RM42 for adult and RM20 for children of 7 years old to 12 years old. Standard operating procedure – every waste of food will be charged. This is good to ensure everyone is not simply taking and ended up wasting all the food.

Laksa steamboat buffet

I’m pretty amazed with the varieties of seafood that they provide over here. All are served in a small plates which made it easier to be placed on the table. If you want more, you can always let them know so that they can put more on the same plate.

Laksa steamboat buffet

The prawn is really huge (there will be a picture down here showing how big is the prawns). And oh boy, it’s really fresh and delicious – with or without the laksa soup. Ha-ha. Please make sure to always talk to the boss over there of any special-of-the-day. Sometimes they display those stuff pretty late, and you might thought it’s not served over there. For example – clams, mussels, crabs and many more.

Laksa steamboat buffet

There a few areas that serves the food, one at the main table where all the seafood are located. And 1 more table at the front entrance of the restaurant – where they serve condiments (the condiments are really good) and vegetables (like cabbage, baby corns). As you can see at the top picture, they do serve laksa noodle and beehoon as well – which is pretty good to be paired with the laksa soup.

Laksa steamboat buffet

A table full with foods! There’s a saying goes – Never leave a man hungry or horny. 😛 Suddenly thought of this saying though it doesn’t really relate to all this. Ha-ha. We get to pick what soup base that we want. Come on, since we’re here for the laksa steamboat buffet, of course we’re going all out for the laksa soup! We chose yin-yong (which is a standard term of having dual soup base – 1 normal clear soup, and 1 laksa soup). One thing to take note here is the drinks. We do noticed that if you opt for a jug of drinks (any drinks), it’s actually far more expensive than ordering them individually. As in, 1 jug could easily cost you RM18 and it’ll be approx. 7-8 servings. Meanwhile, ordering individually may save you a little and everyone get to order what they really like, instead of everyone chipping in for the same drinks.

Laksa steamboat buffet

Look at how gigantic the prawns are. I would say this is really delicious. I mean the prawn, not the laksa soup. Ha-ha. Honestly speaking, I don’t really like the laksa soup as there’s not enough taste of laksa in it. Perhaps the lack of sardine (which is 1 of the main ingredients for laksa soup base). Nevertheless, the seafood varieties here are truly awesome and fresh. Besides that, it’s a very good hangout place for families, friends and co-workers. Since Chinese New Year is coming, it’s good to have ‘closing work ceremony’ (a tradition where the employers and employees will be having lunch/dinner as a closing for the year (Chinese Calendar) and for a better upcoming year).

Laksa Steamboat Buffet
Water World Restaurant
25, Lebuhraya Batu Maung, Taman Iping, Bayan Lepas, 11960 Penang
Operating Hours: 5.30PM to 10PM (closed on every Tuesday). Last call on 9.30PM,
Contact No: 010-9000627

Laksa Soup Seafood Steamboat Buffet @ Water World, Batu Maung, Penang

Shawerma Wrap @ BSP Waterfront Food Court, Persiaran Karpal Singh

There’s a new (not really new by now, I guess) food court nearby to McDonalds Persiaran Karpal Singh (the place with the iconic Ubah Bird last time). Went there the other day, and I would say this is indeed a really good foodcourt (except for the smell, since it’s pretty nearby to the rubbish dump. But if not mistaken, this rubbish dump will be demolished in the future to make way for future housing development). Mr Shawerma, a franchise of Arabic food (didn’t know that there’s one in Gurney Paragon till I googled it) serves authentic and delicious Arabic food. Shawerma Wrap, is the one that I went for.

Mr Shawerma

(Honestly speaking, I should start to invest into better photo quality. Sometimes, I feel bad quality photo is doing no justice to such delicious food. Ha-ha). This stalls is taken care by 2 Arabic worker (I assume they’re Arabic since this is Arabic food stall. 😛 ). Friendly, humorous I would say. Their menu is pretty straight forward – Shawerma Wrap, Arabic Plate, Rice, Platter and Bukhari (which I’m not sure what it means) Chicken and Lamb.

Mr Shawerma

There’s a sample of Shawerma Wrap that you can see here. And yeah, the portion is pretty huge. RM19 for that. Hmm, I wouldn’t say it’s way too cheap, nor way too expensive. 1 serving of this can easily serve 2 people.

Mr Shawerma

Shawerma Wrap

Here you go. Shawerma Wrap. The one that I’ve ordered. RM19. Look exactly like the sample that they had in front of their stalls. Verdict? Awesome. The wrap is nicely baked and the kebab chicken is nicely roasted. The condiments are unique and the coleslaw is pretty good. Like I mentioned earlier, this 1 order could easily be serving for 2 people. I couldn’t finish it up at 1 go, hence, brought it back to the stall owners for wrapping it for to-go.Shawerma Wrap

Try it out and let me know what do you think about this Arabic food. After a nice meal of this, went for a walk in the market (which is right inside the food court) where they sells typical groceries (which is really good for anyone that used to cook at home).

BSP Waterfront Food Court & Market
Jalan Perusahaan Jelutong, Jelutong, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operation hour: 9AM till 3AM (usually I see Mr Shawerma opens from evening, you can definitely taste it out for dinner time)

Wan Tan Mee Plus 2 – Sg. Dua, nearby USM Penang

Back from a long hiatus due to exams, works (well, doesn’t mean the work is completely done, hahaha) and many other things. And honestly speaking, it really takes a huge discipline to keep on blogging (as once you stopped for a while due to any reason, even though you’re a person that love to type, you’ll eventually tends to slow down on updating your blog. Okay, let’s get back to foooood. This time I’m going to talk about one of my favorite food – Wan Tan Mee. And we’re going to talk about Wan Tan Mee Plus 2 at Sg. Dua, Penang. Plus 2 is actually located at Sg. Dua, just next to RHB bank. Probably you will know Baskin Robbins? It’s in the same row.

plus 2 wan tan mee

Honestly, at a glance, you won’t probably notice this shop, or even notice that they’re selling such a good Wan Tan Mee (one of the best, other than BB restaurant nearby Suntech Penang, which I’ll talk about it next time).  If you’re coming from USM (let say USM Sg. Dua entrance is on your right), keep going till you see Pelita on the left and RHB Bank on your right. Turn right into the shop lots and start to find a parking (make sure you get a valid parking with valid parking coupon – I got a summon here before. 🙁 😛 )

plus 2 wan tan mee rhb bank

Wan Tan Mee Plus 2 has its distinctive flavor which I believe the secret is with the broth. I mean come on, how a wan tan mee can differ that much from other ingredient. It must be the broth! *Wearing sunglasses to show awesomeness in guessing right. 😛

Wan Tan Mee Plus 2

The aunty is not a local but can converse and take whatever order that you have in mind. I’ve ordered 2 packs of Wan Tan Mee here (one with extra wan tan (wrapped dumpling?)) to go. Not planning to eat over there as I was rushing time to get back home.

Wan Tan Mee Plus 2

Sorry for the bad quality of picture. Verdict? There’s 2 packs that I bought. One which they have accidentally added in the chili sauce (more to sambal sauce) and one with pure ingredients. I would say the sambal actually destroy the taste of it (not to my liking), and the one without the chili sauce is really really awesome. The broth is very special and it does reminds me of a Wan Tan Mee shop that I’ve tasted since young, which is made of duck sauce. Probably this is the secret ingredient? A sense of sesame oil as well. I can’t remember the price that I’ve paid, but it’s not so expensive. Try Wan Tan Mee Plus 2 out and let me know what do you think.

Plus 2 Sg. Dua, nearby USM Penang
4K, Ground Floor, Desa University Commercial Complex,
Jalan Sungai Dua, Gelugor,
11700, Penang, Malaysia.
Phone: +60 4 656 7118
Business Hours (Closed on Tuesday):
8:00am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 9:30pm


Wan Tan Mee Plus 2. Wan Tan Mee Plus 2. Wan Tan Mee Plus 2.

Crispy Duck Meat at Ped Restaurant, Dannok, Thailand

Went to Dannok on Christmas for a small getaway. Been here few times (ahem, for food and shopping, okay, not what you’re thinking right now, ahem). This is like the quickest international trip that you can go for, ha-ha. Just 2 hours away from Penang by car and here you go, Dannok – the famous place for guys to be here. Ha-ha. Was googling for nice restaurant around this area and 90% of the search result will be showing Water View restaurant. Haven’t try that out yet, will do next time. It took a while to come to this wonderful restaurant serving awesome crispy duck meat – Ped Restaurant. It’s located very near to the Thailand Immigration center. I would say the crispy meat at Ped restaurant is one of the best dishes I ever had in Dannok.


Walked into this restaurant at 6PM (Thailand time) and it’s their exact operating hours. Phew.. Lucky. This restaurant will easily be fully booked by any tour agency. When we were there, approx. 60% of the restaurant had been booked.

Went through the menu and don’t be surprised that there won’t be any price tag on every dishes. I would say the price is slightly higher than any restaurant over there, but it’s really worth it for the deliciousness that you’ll be having. We ordered 2 dishes – Crispy Duck Meat and Stir Fry Kailan with Pork Meat. We were served with sliced cold cucumber and this starter is pretty refreshing. It came with the sambal (chili paste) and I hereby give you a stern warning that this sambal is no joke. The spiciness can set your tongue on fire, and the fragrance of it – 10/10.


We ordered Iced Tea as well. If you haven’t try out Thai style Iced tea, you can order one and try it out. The taste is very different from the iced tea served in any places in Malaysia. Probably due to the milk that they used? Not that sure either. It may be too sweet for most of the people. I like it though, it’s quite similar to the taste of Iced Tea that I had in most of the Thai restaurants in United States.

Here it comes – Crispy Duck Meat. The tenderness of the meat and crispiness (flour batter?) that wrapped the meat is awesome. But I wouldn’t give full mark yet. Reason being I personally feel that it could have re-heated or re-fried. I might be wrong, just that it feel that way too me. But don’t get me wrong – it’s still good (awesome) actually. The Kai Lan vegetable dish is pretty good as well. The total bill come up to RM50 for 2 dishes, 1 full bowl of rice, and an Iced Tea. The price is indeed at higher range, but it’s seriously worth it. Try it out, and tell me what do you think about Ped Restaurant.


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Ped Restaurant
Dannok, Thailand
Location: I wish I could add in the Google Maps (the plugin is not working that well)
On the way heading towards the Thailand Immigration (Heading back to Malaysia), you’ll be seeing the Oscar Palace Hotel. Go straight, and turn at the second left (that’s the last road before reaching the immigration). The restaurant is on the left. The signboard is quite visible from the main road as well, so you can take a look first before making the turn into the road.

Ssambap Korean BBQ @ Krystal Point, Bayan Baru

More and more Korean restaurants start to bloom in Penang. Thanks to the Korean Craze (K-Pop song, Running Man, PSY!), more and more Korean influence is coming up. Well, it’s a good thing, which means there’s more choices of restaurants for us to choose. Ssambap Korean BBQ located in Krystal Point, Bayan Baru. It’s right next to Sriwan Thai Food and Domino’s Pizza.


First impression when I walk into the restaurant – Cozy and nice. Maybe it’s due to the wood interior design that they have in the restaurant. There aren’t many tables around but it does easily get packed in a short period of time. Menu is pretty straight forward and for the BBQ sets, you have to order 2 sets minimum. Hence, we ordered Samgyeopsal (Grilled Pork Belly), RM28 and Dak Bulgogi (Chicken Bulgogi), RM25. With additional one more order of Bibimbap (Stone rice), which made my stomach bloated at the end of the dinner session. Ha-ha.


The side dishes (the standard trademark for all Korean restaurants) is pretty awesome and there’s more variety compared to the rest. Here, they serve total of 9 side dishes (compared to the usual 5-6 in other places). Some of them are pretty good – sliced mushroom; as well as potato topped with corn and mayonnaise.


The grill plate that they have is pretty unique as well. There’s small area (4 of them) circle around the grill plate, where 1 of them is packed with kimchi, 1 of them is packed with mushroom, and 2 of them is filled up with stirred eggs with chives. First time seeing this and the taste is pretty good. But let’s focus on the main hero, shall we? The BBQ items – Samgyeopsal and Dak Bulgogi.


The Samgyeopsal that they offered is pretty thick. For meat lovers, they will definitely feel the value for money. Taste wise, it’s pretty good but definitely not extraordinary. Meanwhile, the Dak Bulgogi is pretty tasty. Think probably the meat had been seasoned for quite some time. But there’s quite a huge number of skins (maybe I’m just being picky that they should have remove the skins, or just leave it with some).


The Bibimbap, I would just rate is 6/10. I would say it’s due to the sauce that they have used. Nothing to shout about for this dish. Ordinary. Probably they can consider to change the Kochujang (Bibimbap sauce) and that can boost up the taste of it.

Try it out and let me know what you think about Ssambap Korean BBQ.

Ssambaq Korean BBQ
1-1-24, Krystal Point, Jalan Tun Dr. Awang, 11900, Bayan Lepas, Penang
Operating hours: 11 am to 3 pm; 5 pm to 10 pm

Burger Special @ Hilmee Burger Jalan Tengah, Bayan Baru

Similar to the coffee café trend, burger trend has landed to Penang for quite some time now. Sometimes, just normal burger stall can be awesomely delicious too, and most importantly, economical. One burger at those hippie burger joint can easily cost you RM20 per burger, with fries and maybe without drinks. I’m not saying those aren’t good. It can be awesomely good as well. Today I’m going to blog one of my favorite burger stall – Hilmee Burger Jalan Tengah. And my usual favorite – Burger Special.

This burger stall is located at those flats at Jalan Tengah, Bayan Baru. If you’re in the main road (the road to the airport, turn right into Jalan Tengah. You’ll be seeing a few blocks of flats over there. Make a left turn into the flats, and the burger stall is on the right side of the road. It’s just right opposite of the Surau (smaller version of mosque).

hilmee burger opposite surau

Burger special – the usual one that I would have ordered every time I’m at Hilmee Burger Jalan Tengah. Together with an Ice Lemon Tea and a nasi lemak. Ha-ha. Heavy dinner.

mustache owner hilmee

I didn’t really take any picture of the burger as I personally feel picture won’t do any justice to the quality and deliciousness of the burger. This is not gourmet burger that you’re paying RM20 for, hence, looks may not be the first priority of this mustache owner. Ha-ha.

The method of making the burger ain’t new to me, may be very new to lots of Penangite (by the way, I’m Penangite as well, I’m from the Mainland side). What is it that makes this burger so delicious? The owner will cook the burger patty (Ramly brand) and once it’s 70% cook, he will slice the burger into half, and pour the Lea & Perrins sauce on it. Once done, it will be wrapped with egg (depends on what you order). Paired with heavy mayonnaise applied on the bread, combo-ed with tomatoes, lettuce and slightly cooked burger bread, there you go. A nice and cheap burger.

hilmee burger

Hilmee Burger
Jalan Tengah, Bayan Baru (among the flats)
Operating hours: I would say starting from 5.30PM on the weekdays. Not really sure if they’re selling during the weekends.
Contact Number: 012-409 3644

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