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Posted by crizlai On May - 20 - 2020

When you think about convenience, Pacific West’s products would be the first brand which come into your mind. Pacific West has become a caring household seafood brand name throughout the Asia Pacific Region, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and the Middle East. In conjunction with the holy month of Ramadan as well as the celebration of Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, the company has launched a “Taste-At-Home” Contest, where you could share your creative Ramadan recipes and stand a chance to win some attractive prizes. The contest would be ongoing from 1 May 2020 until 15 June 2020. Hurry up to submit your entries. Terms and conditions apply.

Just follow the easy steps below and you are on your way to your eligibility for the contest.

With Ramadan as the stated theme, all my creations are of curry based, with herbs and spices packed fresh ingredients to make Sahur, Iftar as well as your festive celebration simple, easy to pep up with some slight twists to impress your family members and guests, with recipes included below too.

Pacific West’s products have always been great for convenience to pep up dishes within the shortest time, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, where Muslims would break fast during Sahur and Iftar~ Here a great dish idea – THAI-STYLE SWEET CHILI FISH COCKTAILS WITH CHOO CHEE CURRY~ 🙂

Pacific West’s products are simple to cook, especially when you have some guests around~ It’s as easy as taking them out from the freezer and right into your frying pan~ However, I would always like to impress my guests with something local, right from Penang~ Thus, here’s my tweaked version of BELACAN PANKO COATED SQUID STRIPS WITH SWEET SAMBAL TUMIS DIP~ They could be rather addictive too~ 🙂

As a Penangite, I always appreciate the Nyonya/Peranakan heritage by trying to keep its cuisine alive~ However, time has changed and everyone barely has much time in the kitchen~ Thus, I’ve created something fast and tasty with one of Pacific West’s convenient products~ Now I wished I had cooked more~ 😛 Here’s my TEMPURA PRAWNS IN NYONYA-STYLE CREAMY CURRY WITH WILD BETEL LEAVES~ 🙂

Do check out the latest products by Pacific West at your nearest supermarkets.

#TasteAtHome #PacificWest #PacificWestMY


For the two patriotic months of August and September 2019 (1 August 2019 – 30 September 2019), Spice Brasserie @ The Light Hotel, Seberang Jaya, Penang, would be serving Khazanah Sajian Nusantara Buffet Dinner, to commemorate our National Day on 31 August 2019 with the theme “Sayangi Malaysia/Love Malaysia” and Malaysia Day on 16 September 2019 with the theme “Malaysia Bersih/A Clean Malaysia”, from Sundays to Thursdays, 6.30pm until 10.00pm. The “Back by Popular Demand” themed buffer dinner with over 100 favourite Malaysian dishes would be priced at RM116.00nett per pax. Do grab the Early Bird vouchers which are now available for purchase at RM80.00nett (Adult) and RM60.00nett (Children & Senior Citizen). Advanced reservations are encouraged. Terms and conditions apply. For reservations and enquiries, please contact +604-382 1111 or email to

The hotel’s Executive Chef, Chef Halim Mohamad, has infused in the dishes that embodies the essence of being Malaysian and able to fusion the tastes into new pleasing forms and flavors for both the eyes and the palate with favorites such as Nasi Biryani Ayam Wawasan, Nasi Dagang Murni, Nasi Kerabu Sehati, Nasi Kabuli Sejiwa, Nasi Daging Sejati, Nasi Ayam Melaka Gemilang, Kambing Panggang Perwira, Kari Kepala Ikan Semangat Jati, Shawarma Daging Pujangga, Itik Panggang Tuah , Asam Pedas Ikan Pari Harmoni, Sambal Sotong Petai Makmur, Ayam Masak Lemak Warisan, Gulai Nangka Muda & Ikan Bilis Abadi, Murtabak ala Lasagne Muhibbah, Char Koay Teow Sejahtera, Ais Kacang Setinggi Angkasa; Piza Buah Nangka Berkeju Semangat, Piza Quarto Nasi Kandar Sedunia and more. Other selection ranges from wide variety or traditional salads or locally known as ulam accompanied with aromatic spicy Sambal to give it that extra zing. Salad, Appetizer, Soup, Selection of Breads & Rolls including roti benggali, Grill Station, Roast and ‘live’ action station such as carvery, noodles, deep-fry, Indian Station, Chinese Station as well as Western favourites will certainly satisfy your palate.

Diners will not be disappointed as there will be an extensive spread of desserts ranging from local and Western such as Sago Gula Melaka Putra Putri, Serawa Durian Dirgahayu, Aneka Kuih Melayu Jalur Gemilang, and other sweet delicacies to complete the journey of Merdeka gastronomy.

Other promotions would include special treats for Merdeka Babies-Dine-For-Free-Buffet, that is applicable with two accompanying paying adults from 25-29 August 2019, and there would be a draw fortnightly with a minimum spending of RM350nett in a single receipt.

Do also look out for the “Stay & Dine Package” which is inclusive of a “2 Days 1 Night Stay” in Superior Room with Complimentary Buffet Breakfast and Khazanah Sajian Nusantara Buffet Dinner from RM300+ (single). Terms and conditions apply.

The Light Hotel is located along Lebuh Tenggiri 2 at Seberang Jaya, Penang. Upon entering the main entrance of the hotel, just drive around to find your parking space at the front of the premises. Walk into the lobby of the hotel and you can see Spice Brasserie on your left.

Address: Lebuh Tenggiri 2, Bandar Seberang Jaya, 13700 Seberang Jaya, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-382 1111
Business Hours: 7.30am-11.00am (Breakfast), 12.00pm-2.30pm (Set Lunch), 7.00pm – 10.30pm (Set Dinner)
GPS: 5.394646, 100.397951

Ambience: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 9/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 9/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

About The Light Hotel: The Light Hotel Penang is wholly owned and managed by The Light Hotel (M) Sdn Bhd. It is located within a fast-developing industrial area of Seberang Jaya, Penang. The 5-star Hotel offers a luxury resort-style experience with a total of 303 rooms of 6 different categories. Its private and fully equipped meeting facilities and boardrooms offer high class stylish business environments which cater to all business needs. Meet your partners or hold your business gatherings in the comfort of our function rooms. Expand the possibilities in fascinating surrounding and ultra-modern interior of The Light Grand Ballroom with 1200 banquet seating or choose from any of the 12 other meeting rooms that caters for a small intimate affair to larger scale events. Opt for a casual all-day dining at Spice Brassiere or an exquisite experience at Flavour@3 that caters for in-door and Al fresco style dining whereas Lumino Lounge serves refined food and beverages as well as fine cigar brands. The beautiful outdoor landscaped swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna room, yoga studio, kid’s playroom, are namely some of the facilities on the 3rd floor, whereas the Spa is located on the Mezzanine floor. The Light Hotel Penang represents the perfect combination of luxurious destination of Delightful Mix of Business and Comfort for a truly unique experience. Visit for more information.



Posted by crizlai On August - 4 - 2019

Under the artistic and creative helm of Ixora Hotel Penang’s Executive Chef Ong, the hotel has launched an exclusive cake collection of delicious and premium cakes for any occasion. Options include cake slices as displayed at the chiller next to Straits Café & Lounge as well as 1/2kg whole cake which requires an advance order of 3 days. Do drop by to make your order or call in +604-382 8888 for more enquiries.

Currently, there are 8 options, namely Rose Truffle, Gorgeous Lavender, Carrot & Walnut Torte, Pick Me Up Tiramisu, Miracle Berries Chilled Cheese, Mangolicious Cheese Cake, Lecious Banana and Cioccolato, as shown in the slides below.

My verdict? Every single cake mentioned were delicious, especially the Miracle Berries Chilled Cheese, Mangolicious Cheese Cake, and Cioccolato, which remained my favorite. On the other hand, the Rose Truffle and Gorgeous Lavender had quality floral extracts being used and they could be acquired flavors for some.

Getting to the Straits Café & Lounge @ Ixora Hotel won’t be hard as it’s just located next to the Megamall Shopping Complex at Bandar Perai Jaya. If you are coming from the island via the 1st Penang Bridge, just look out for the second exit on your left upon reaching the mainland. Drive all the way via Jalan Baru until you reach the 1st traffic lights. Turn left into Jalan Perai Jaya 1 and you can see Ixora Hotel at the junction of Jalan Baru/Jalan Perai Jaya 1. Drive straight for about 10m and you can see the basement car park on your left. Park your car and go up Level 1 and you can see the café & lounge there.

Address: Jalan Baru, Bandar Perai Jaya, 13600 Perai, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: 604-382 8888
Business Hours: 6.00am-10.00am (breakfast), 12.00pm-2.30pm (Lunch), 6.00pm-10.00pm (Dinner)
GPS: 5.378357, 100.398322

Ambience: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 8/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 8.5/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)



Posted by crizlai On June - 28 - 2019

The Potatoes USA’s U.S. Fries Fiesta campaign, which is ongoing from 17 June to 21 July 2019, has 5 participating outlets and one of them is Speakeasy Bar and Kitchen. This outlet has one of the most extensive dining menus compared to others, with options ranging from main course, pasta, platters, pizza, burger, salad, soup and a long list of finger snacks. More additions would be available within these few weeks to satisfy your appetite even more. If not for dining, there would also be some alcohol promotions and lots of U.S. potatoes snacks to chill out while enjoying some Mandopop live band music during weekends.

The outlet would be promoting 3 dishes, namely Garlic Butter Escargot in U.S. Potato Boat, U.S. Waffle Pan-Seared Norwegian Salmon and U.S. Wedges Lamb Cutlet.

The Garlic Butter Escargot in U.S. Potato Boat (RM18nett) was impressively tasty, especially with the added cheese which brought out the ultimate umami sensation.

I was expecting a normal serving of U.S. Waffle Pan-Seared Norwegian Salmon (RM35nett) but the portion was humongous and the dish came with lots of ratatouille and U.S. Criss Cut Fries. Moreover, the salmon cut given was way bigger than most I’ve eaten.

If fish is not your choice, you could also go for their U.S. Wedges Lamb Cutlet (RM36nett). Who could resist two big slabs of delicious lamb cutlets with so much of mashed potatoes and potato wedges at that price? It’s surely a dish value for the money paid.

There will also be a Facebook Contest where the public can win dining vouchers on a weekly basis with a grand prize of an iPad at the end of contest. All they need to do is to order any US Fries Fiesta dish from any of the participating outlets and post a creative caption and photo of the U.S Potatoes dish with #MYPotatoesUSA, plus “Check In” to the participating outlet. Terms and conditions apply.

Please refer to the 20 participating outlets for Penang and Ipoh as below:

Address: 40 & 42, Jalan Lau Ek Ching, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Contact: +6016-353 3222
GPS: 4.599242, 101.085733
Business Hours: 4.00pm-1.00am (Fri & Sat 4.00pm- 2.00am)


The Sigi’s Bar & Grill on the Beach @ Golden Sands Resort, Penang, has started a new menu to tickle the taste buds of diners. Beginning April 2019, the restaurant will launch its new a la carte menu, featuring its own style of casual Italian dining experience by the beach. Diners will get to enjoy an Italian gastronomic tour while taking in the sea breeze on this popular stretch of the Batu Feringgi. The concept behind the new menu showcases traditional farm-to-table Italian dishes, which recreates the fresh-source-to-dining-table approach to cuisine, and it’s a great way to create great dining experiences that embraces family gatherings and encourages the act of sharing dishes around the table with friends and family. For reservations, please call +604-886 1852 or +604-8811 911.

From classic to contemporary dishes, guests can take a bite of Italy how they want it. Starters feature a Traditional Bruschetta, Marinated Mozzas, Calamari Fritti and Antipasti for two. Health-conscious diners can go for the fresh greens. For flexibility, guests may choose to customize their Insalata or Caesar Salad with delectable choices, such as grilled prawns and smoked salmon. Signature soups include Sigi’s Minestrone, Wild, Wild Mushroom and Tomay-to, Tomah-to.

The highlight of the new menu is the Griglia (grill). Diners are given a multitude of scrumptious options for grilled Surf and Turf, such as king tiger prawns, salmon, beef ribeye and lamb rack, to be paired with their choice of homemade sauces, such as Mama’s Secret Chunky Tomato Basil, greens and sides like Polenta Chips and Roasted Potatoes with Italian Herbs.

Casual Italian cuisine would not be complete without pizza and pasta on the menu. Thin-crust Pizza Haven offers crispy crusts with hearty toppings, such as Lady Valtellina, The Godfather, Margherita Baby, and more. Pasta flavors range from Squid Ink Pasta and Spinach Ricotta Ravioli to meat-based options. Classic selections of the mains include Petto di Polio ala Milanese, a beautifully pan-fried chicken breast with crisp fries, fresh garden salad and Cacciucco, a heart-warming seafood stew.

Those seeking sweet endings can look no further than the ‘There is always room for dessert’ selections. An assortment of desserts ranging from sorbets to gelatos, Sigi’s Panna Cotta and the new Not Your Regular Tiramisu featuring a flaky crust and homemade golden fingers is available.

For drinks, guests can select from alcoholic and non-alcoholic quenchers. Italian beverages available include Aperol Spritz, Limoncello Margarita and Bellini. The beverage selection includes Zonin Prosecco DOC, an Italian sparkling wine perfectly paired with Grilled Salmon from the Griglia and an Americano to match a Chocolate Lava Gateau to end the meal on a sweet note. Non-alcoholic options include freshly squeezed juices, tea and coffee.

Sigi’s Bar & Grill is located on the beachfront of Batu Feringgi, facing the Straits of Malacca. It has four dining sections with an ambience for casual dining: an air-conditioned section, a private dining room, a patio section with a view of the garden and the beach, and a semi-open upper deck that can seat 20 persons. The restaurant is open daily from 11.00am to 10.00pm daily. Every Sunday, Sigi’s will feature its popular barbecue complete with grilled cuts, seafood and a whole lamb in the open fire pit by the beach.

The restaurant is just located within the premises of Golden Sands Resort. Drive all the way up towards Batu Ferringhi. When you see the Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa on your right, slow down and watch out for the Golden Sands Resort entrance which is right after the Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa. Park your car at the ample car park there and walk into the main lobby of the resort. Head towards the beach area and you would see Sigi’s Bar & Grill on your right.

Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: 604-886 1852 (Direct Restaurant Line)
Business Hours:
11.00am-6.00pm, 6.30pm-10.00pm (Bar: 11.00am-11.45pm)
GPS: 5.477405, 100.251657

Ambience: 9/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 7/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 8/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)


About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Group: Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 90 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 37,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at


Posted by crizlai On June - 25 - 2018

Since its inception in Australia in 1995, Pacific West’s product range has become a family’s choice. Its products have graced major international events such as the Sydney Olympic Games, Wimbledon Tennis Tournaments, Manchester United Football Club, and World Rugby among many others. Pacific West’s products are available in over 20 countries worldwide and most recently; in Disneyland (Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai). In conjunction with the FIFA World Cup 2018, Pacific West is committed to bringing people of all cultures together to celebrate the world event and share their delicious food with the people while fostering healthy and binding relationships. Thus, Pacific West has launched its “FOODball Fever” campaign from 16 April 2018 until 15 July 2018. Yup, you read it right. It’s FOODball, meaning enjoying some great Pacific West products while watching your favorite football team in action.

During this campaign period, customers who purchase any packet of Pacific West value-added seafood products in a single receipt at any retail stores will stand a chance to Win a Fantabulous Trip to Your Favourite Football Country worth RM10,000. There are also 100 Pacific West FOODball Fever Merchandises to be won too!

For more information, please contact Pacific West careline at 1800 888 389 or log on to their Official Website and Facebook Page. To try to win some attractive prizes, please visit their Official FOODball Fever Campaign Website.

Most recent, Pacific West brand has won the Best Innovative Seafood Product in Asia Halal Brand Awards 2017. This award is judged by representatives from JAKIM, HDC, MITTI, MATRADE and ENTREPRENEUR INSIGHT respectively. With our continuous improvement and best practices to quality and innovation, Pacific West offers you EVER THE BEST! Pacific West range of products are carefully developed by our team of Culinary Chefs and Food Technologists to add value and enrich consumer lifestyles with their C.I.Q. the concept of Convenience, Innovative & Quality. It’s as convenient as to get their existing and innovatively created products served from freezer to table with quality assured. Other than being HALAL certified, their premium choice of seafood and ingredients complied with international food safety and process standards with BRC, IFS, HACCP and YUM! accreditation. Their products are available at all major and independent retail outlets in Malaysia such as Cold Storage, Sam’s Groceria, AEON, AEON Big, Tesco, Giant, Sunshine, Village Grocer and many more.

Recently, a group of us had the opportunity to try out some of their skillfully pepped up dishes in their Get-Together Dinner in collaboration with More by Arang Coffee in Penang. The café had prepared Crumb Fish Fingers, Tempura Natural Calamari Rings, Popcorn Fish and Tempura Prawns with their homemade dipping sauce for the salad bar.

On top of that, we were also presented with a 5-course meal which included Charcoal Croissant Burger with Cheezy Fish Fillet and Dusted Baby Squids & Torpedo Prawns with Green Curry Pasta as the main course. As I had always told my group of friends, if you put on your thinking hat, Pacific West’s products can be extremely flexible for your every meal.

We were also introduced to two great products for exports to Europe, Australia and USA – The Red Velvet Prawns (Beetroot Breadcrumbs Coated) and the Seafood Excellence Global 2017’s “Innovative Product of the Year” – the Kuro Prawns (Charcoal Breadcrumbs Coated). Both were product-perfect with the sweetness of the Argentine Red Shrimps used.

There were also some new products which we were asked to give our feedbacks prior to their launch such as the Southern Fried Fish Cocktail, Firecracker Fish Cocktail and Peri-Peri Fish Cocktail. All of them had their different level of spiciness to suit the consumers.

It was an enlightening experience during the Get-Together Dinner and thank you Pacific West for sharing with us “the taste the world loves”.


Posted by crizlai On December - 18 - 2017

Pacific West is no longer a new name in the F&B industry as well as in many households throughout the Asia Pacific Region, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and the Middle East. Since its inception in Australia in 1995, Pacific West has evolved over time to become a caring household seafood brand name which exudes friendliness and warmth. It evokes a vibrant calibration that gels well with the cosmopolitan lifestyle of the people who enjoy good food and good health.

In conjunction with new improved Cheezy Fish Fillets launched, Pacific West is in collaboration with Holiday Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd. (Penang Office) to bring you the ‘Win Your Dream Holiday’ contest from 15th November 2017 until 15th January 2018. Stand a chance to experience the riverside capital of Western Australia, Perth (4D3N for 2 pax) or the famed island of the gods, Bali (4D3N for 2 pax) by purchasing a minimum of any one (1) Pacific West product in one receipt from any of the participating outlet in Malaysia within the contest period stated above. Joining the contest is easy as you could either fill up a form available at the outlets and send via Pos Malaysia or Whatsapp to +6013-601 9224 with all the necessary details stated in the poster below.

Pacific West Products can be real versatile if you just put on your thinking cap and think out-of-the-box or you could merely just fry them and enjoy with your family members and friends, especially during this coming festive seasons. Let’s me show you some simple preparations which you could use to impress your family members or guests. I’ll be using the newly formulated Cheezy Fish Fillets, natural white flaky fish fillet, topped with a mixture of premium Mozarella and Nacho cheese and coated with a crispy Japanese breadcrumbs, thus giving the product a unique aroma and taste for consumers.

You can check out the recipe below:

Other products usages might be as shown below:

Product: Pacific West Oven Baked Fish Fillets
Item Created: Cheezy Oven Baked Fish Puff

Product: Pacific West Calamari Rings
Item Created: Deep Fried Calamari Ring with Thai Style Mango Pomelo Salad on Cheezy Toast

Product: Pacific West Cheezy Fish Fillets/Pacific West Tempura Fish/etc
Item Created: Deep Fried Cheezy Fish Fillets with Wasabi Mayo on Greens with Sesame Dressing

#PacificWestMy #PWDreamHoliday


Japanese beverages are not only on green tea or sake but also on coffee as of today Japan is among the world’s largest importers of coffee. With this statistic, coffee lovers from around the globe are eyeing on Japan’s booming specialty coffee scene with vast imports of coffee beans from great coffee-growing countries around the world. There are various preparation methods available such as aeropress, French press, paper drip and more to cater to the needs of its consumers. Penangites would be happy as a famous Japanese coffee has landed on the shore. Doutor Coffee Japan continues to grow in Malaysia with its fourth outlet now in Gurney Plaza Penang, Malaysia. The opening ceremony is officiated by the Executive Chairman of Texchem Resources Bhd, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr) Fumihiko Konishi and President of Doutor Nichires Holdings Co. Ltd., Mr. Masanori Hoshino.

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The very first Doutor outlet in Tokyo’s Harajuku district which was founded in 1980 by Mr. Hiromichi Toriba was a teeny-tiny 30sqm. Despite its humble beginnings, today Doutor Coffee has an international presence throughout outlets in Taiwan, Singapore and now in Malaysia; with three outlets opened late last year – in Aeon Tebrau, Johor Bahru, Sunway Velocity Mall and Aeon Bukit Tinggi. “While the coffee market is growing all over South-East Asia, Doutor decided to open in Malaysia because they found a good partner in the Texchem Group, which owns 106 Sushi King Outlets in Malaysia, so they know what to do, and we can expand easily,” says Mr. Minoru Mori, the Deputy Managing Director of Doutor Malaysia.

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Doutor Coffee is renowned for its roasted beans, which are open-flame roasted, a method that takes a lot of time and involves a labyrinthine process that yields complex, richly flavored coffee beans. As open-flame roasting traditionally only allows for 5kg to 20kg of coffee to be roasted at a time, Doutor developed its own industrialized open-flame roasting equipment to achieve the results that it wanted, using larger quantities of coffee. According to Director of Doutor Nichires Holdings Co., Ltd who is also a Master Roaster; Mr. Masahiro Kanno personally goes to select the beans that Doutor uses from over 10,000 plantations from all over the world, including its very own plantation in Kona, Hawaii. As such, Doutor Coffee practices the ‘3 FRESH’ philosophy; freshly roasted, freshly ground and freshly brewed. Doutor ensures that it provides freshly brewed coffee and fresh food inspired by Japan which is prepared upon order.

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The Doutor chain in Malaysia is designed to cater to the different Malaysian taste buds with a beverage menu that not only offers Espresso-based coffee, mixed blends, and hand-brewed coffee of single origin, but also whips up non-coffee beverages for non-coffee drinkers. The hot food choices are prepared fresh and are inspired by Japanese elements and ingredients. There are also a range of cakes, desserts and pastries. Serving artisanal coffee with a modern and contemporary ambience which offers comfortable experiences for their patrons, Doutor aims to be a local hangout spot for ‘Penangites’.

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Now let’s head onto some of items served in Doutor Coffee Japan in Penang. Firstly, let’s look at their beverages section where they have Hand Brewed Coffee (RM8.90), Honey Latte (RM12.90), Cafe Mocha (RM11.90), Signature Crème Brulee Latte (RM15.90), Signature Military Latte (RM15.90) and a specially concocted beverage for Penang, the Fizzy Berry Soda (RM13.90).

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I quite like the Military Latte as it had the prefect ratio of espresso and matcha to my liking. Moreover, their Signature Crème Brulee Latte was superb as the creamy bitterness combined with the burned crisp of the added brown sugar was simply irresistible.

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Next, we have the pasta section where you could try out their Signature Spaghetti (RM14.90), Seafood Tomato Sauce Spaghetti (RM16.90), Mentai Shrimp Spaghetti (RM18.90), Carbonara with Yolk & Bacon Spaghetti (RM15.90) and more. Somehow, their Signature Spaghetti caught my attention the most as the overall dish was colorful and had all the ingredients which I like such as chicken ham, sausage, shimeji mushroom, eggplant, tomato, spinach, onsen egg and sesame. Each mouthful was truly well balanced and heavenly.

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As for the rice dishes, we also tried out their Fluffy Soufflé Doria (RM19.90) and Fluffy Omu Rice (RM17.90). Both were equivalent tasty but I fancy the Fluffy Soufflé Doria more due to its unique presentation.

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There was also the sandwich section where everyone can indulge into their Shrimp Avocado Sandwich (RM14.90), Shrimp & Tuna Sandwich (RM14.90), Sukiyaki Beef Sandwich (RM14.90), Tuna Cheddar Sandwich (RM12.90) and Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich (RM12.90). I quite like the Tuna Cheddar Sandwich with the oozy cheesiness.

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As for desserts, they do have many signature items to tempt your sweet tooth. Some of them include Matcha Soufflé Pancake (RM14.90), Vanilla Soufflé Pancake (RM13.90), Matcha Soufflé (RM8.90), Vanilla Soufflé (RM8.90) and Caramel French Toast (RM15.90).

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Since the options in different outlets may differ a bit, do click on the Penang outlet menu to enlarge to have a clearer view:

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Overall, I’m pleased with the spreads available here as it caters for all ages under one roof. Moreover, each dish is not more than RM20. Some of the dishes such as their Signature Spaghetti, soufflés and coffee are rather interesting with the right taste and texture to my liking. However, services during peak hours of the day could be a bit chaotic. Please bear in mind that they are still new and would need some time to get everything in proper.

Doutor Coffee Japan is located at the al fresco area of Gurney Plaza, opposite G Hotel and next to Dome. If you would like to buy good quality coffee for your home, this cold brew coffee online is a great option to find incredible flavors and good prices.

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Address: 170-G-41 Ground Floor (al fresco area), Gurney Plaza, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: N/A
Business Hours: 10.00am-10.00pm (Sunday-Thursday), 10.00am-11.00pm (Friday & Saturday)
GPS: 5.437830, 100.310012

Ambience: 7/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 8/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 7/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 7/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

About Doutor Malaysia: D&N Coffee and Restaurant Malaysia Sd.n Bhd. was established as a joint venture company between Texchem Restaurant Systems Sdn. Bhd. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Texchem Resources Bhd) and D&N International Co. Ltd. from Japan, making it one of the newest subsidiaries under the Texchem Group of Companies. D&N Coffee and Restaurant Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. aims to continue expanding more outlets in 2017 under its brand.

With the planned USD35 million upgrading project for the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT) in Georgetown, Penang, to accommodate berthing of larger cruise ships, you would be expecting more international cruises to berth within the next few years. With such a competitive cruise market in the future, travel agencies have to evolve to be more innovative in their travel packages. One such agency would be the Hwajing Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd., an established travel and tour company with almost 3 decades of handling cruise packages. Not only did the company offer a niche for luxurious modern cruises at affordable prices, it also caters perfectly to the needs of its customers in terms of various vacationing styles and experiences – the latest being their first ever “Royal High Tea” experience onboard Star Cruises – SuperStar Libra. Each of their registered passenger would have the privilege to indulge in their 2-hours refillable Royal Hi Tea package for FREE.

With the burgeoning demand for elevated travel experiences, luxurious getaways in exotic locales like Hawaii are becoming increasingly sought after. Midway Vacations, a premier vacation rentals specializing in upscale Hawaiian escapes, sets the standard for opulent stays in paradisiacal settings. Their meticulously curated packages offer discerning travelers the chance to immerse themselves in the lavish comforts of world-class resorts, secluded beachfront villas, and exclusive retreats nestled amidst Hawaii’s breathtaking landscapes.

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Of course, they would be pampered with the services of some highly trained “royal” waiters and waitresses to assist you in your every tea-time needs.

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Do check out their latest promotion where you would get to purchase the BUY ONE FREE ONE offer where everyone would still get to enjoy the luxurious tea-time pampering.

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Hwajing SuperStar Libra Travel Package Promotion (4D3N: Penang-Krabi-Phuket-Penang)

– Matta Fair (March) Promotion – RM1928 (BUY 1 FREE 1) **RM1928 for 2 pax
– FREE Royal High Tea
– FREE Shuttle: KL-Penang & Penang-KL
– Departure period: 16 April 2017- 30 July 2017 (Depart on every Sunday)
– The above fare not included all taxes and charges

Let’s have a look at the spreads that would be available during each “Royal High Tea” experience.

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There are 4 types of teas: English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Pure Peppermint and Pure Green Tea.

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There are the 3-tiered serving tray, first and second layer are mainly savory items while the last tier would be filled with sweetness.

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First Tier (Entree): Prawn Fritter, Savory Quiche and Baked Mushroom Mini Pie.

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Second Tier (Hors d’oeuvre): Mini Ratatouille on Tart, Smoked Salmon on Brioche, Aloo Vada on Prata Bread, Smoked Duck on Mini Baguette, Camenbert Cheese on Rye Roll, Tuna Mousse on Croissant Roll and Spiced Squid with Caramelized Onion.

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Third Tier (Sweet Temptation): Cupcake, Fruit Tart, Red Velvet, Cheese Cake, Creme Brulee, Rainbow Macaron, English Fruitcake and Scones with Jam Marmalade.

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“The main objective of introducing the ‘Royal High Tea’ onboard SuperStar Libra, is for cruise travelers to get away from hectic lifestyle, thus get pampered and discover the greatest and ‘quality’ moment in the world. We wish to inspire and educate our passengers on how to celebrate and enjoy good times by rewarding themselves with a majestic and distinctive of afternoon tea, a taste for life pursuing unique experience in our lifetime,” said Mr. Kenny Cheong, Managing Director of Hwajing Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd. He also added, “We are aware that price is a key decision making factor for our Malaysian travelers especially during the period of country’s economic recession. Therefore, we have been working towards the price and innovative content in our travel itinerary that we believe is fair to our travelers. Hoping that the first ever “Royal High Tea” concept is just appropriated to the market as it is exceptional, great value added and provided as FREE Surprise to our passengers.”

For more information, please contact below:

KL (HQ):
Address: Block N-26, 2nd Floor, Warisan Cityview, Jalan 3/93 A, Batu 21/2 off Jalan Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact Number: +603-9200 2929 (Phone), +603-9283 6566 (Fax)
Business Hours: 9.00am to 6.00pm, 9.00am to 1.00pm (Saturdays) – (Closed on Sundays)

Penang (Branch):
Address: 15A, Jalan Rangoon, 10400 Penang.
Contact Number: +604-229 3566 (Phone), +604-229 0566 (Fax)
Business Hours: 9.00am to 6.00pm, 9.00am to 1.00pm (Saturdays) – (Closed on Sundays)


Ambience: 9/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 8/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 8/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: N/A
Service: 9/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

A big thank you to Hwajing Travel and Tours Sdn. Bhd. and Star Cruises – SuperStar Libra for having us onboard to experience the royal treatment.

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About Hwajing Travel and Tours Sdn. Bhd.: Hwajing Travel and Tours was established in 1989. The company increased its’ market position in 2001 and 2008 with the introduction of affordable travel plans coupled with operating excellence. Hwajing Travel and Tours Sdn. Bhd. is committed to provide high quality yet affordable travel packages and experience for the travelers. Hwajing is also one of the main travel cruises for Asia Pacific. In the past 30 years, Hwajing Travel and Tours Sdn. Bhd. has gathered a series of high quality resources, through an elite team to provide the best service to the travelers. It currently has a branch in Penang.


About Star Cruises SuperStar Libra: SuperStar Libra packs a punch with 6 restaurants (Blue Lagoon – 24-hour Dining Outlets with Asian Specialties, Four Seasons Restaurant, Spices, Taipan, Mariners Buffet & Ocean Palace) and 2 bars (Pool Bar & Coconut Willy’s), karaoke club, two pools, recreation & wellness activities, designer shops and more. Now homeported in historic Penang, the ship visits the picturesque destinations of Krabi and Phuket, offering a range of great tours and excursions. Leave the cares of the world behind when you step onto this floating holiday resort. SuperStar Libra offers award-winning restaurants, immaculate suites and cabins, duty free shopping, excellent wellness, pampering and sporting facilities, pulsating night spots and traditional Asian hospitality.


Let’s welcome the Red Fire Rooster for this coming Chinese New Year 2017 with abundant of seafood products during the forthcoming Chinese New Year Mega Sales 2017 organized by Golden Fresh Sdn. Bhd. at its warehouse, Butterworth Iceworks Sdn. Bhd., from 10.00am until 7.00pm on 24-25 January 2017. Various seafood and seafood products are up for grab on these 2 days. It’s a “Cash & Carry” sale while stock last. In line with being environmental friendly, please bring along your own carriers.

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To find out what are the items on offer, you can view the slides in the slideshow below:

If you are coming out from the ferry terminal, just drive straight into Jalan Chain Ferry and drive on until you see a Shell petrol kiosk on your left (as well as right). Drive up until the traffic lights and turn right into Jalan Kapal. You can see Restoran Nasi Kandar Al-Bismi Maju at the corner unit. Drive on until you see Lengkok Kapal on your left. Drive in further and you can see the Butterworth Ice Works factory on your right. Alternatively, if you are driving via Penang Bridge, turn left into the second exit leading to Megamall. Drive on Jalan Baru until you see a flyover. Drive up the flyover and turn right into Jalan Chain Ferry. Drive all the way, crossing over Sungai Perai until you see a tall metallic silver building (Wisma Unimech) on your left. Drive on until you see the traffic lights and turn left into Jalan Kapal. Perodua Service Center is just opposite at the corner unit. You can also see a sign leading you to Taman Limbungan Indah/Econsave Butterworth. Drive all the way until the end and you would see the factory on your right.

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Address: 4402 Jalan Chain Ferry, 12100 Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-333 3388
Business Hours: 10.00am-7.00pm (24 & 25 January 2017 only)
GPS: 5.397600, 100.378252


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