PENANG Food @ Kings

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The irreverent Travelling Gourmet goes to Princess Terrace in King’s Hotel for…

MANY Penang specialities cooked by cheerful Chef Loh Hong Chye which attracts food lovers & celebrities like Senior Minister Emeritus Goh Chok Tong, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, retired Minister Lim Boon Heng & the Princess of Brunei. Chef Loh always fries up a la minute a special plate of his Char Koay Teow for me. Chef Loh’s Char Koay Teow of tender slippery rice noodles with giant prawns, lashings of crunchy bean sprouts and real Bak Eu Phok (crispy pork skin crackling) & scrambled egg is to hijack a plane for! It’s authentic beacuse Chef Loh hails from Penang. Ich liebe es! (I love it in German) 


                                             Chef Loh frying up a hurricane!

The Ark Thui Mee Sua is also delicious…fall off the bone tender duck drumstick meat with sphagettini-like noodles (mee sua) in a rich broth double-boiled with powerful Chinese herbs and red wolfberries and red dates is super-yummy. I matched this with a glass of squid ink black & suprisingly youthful 17 year old 1995 Chateau Troplong Mondot St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe (13.5% abv) with silky tannins and cassis notes plus nuances of cloves. They went well together.

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Hong Ark or braised duck in a velvety sauce and Chee Cheong Fun with sweet sauce, sprinkled with white sesame seeds and fragrant sesame oil are other palate pleasers.  Nyonya delights like yellow Roti Jala (net like pancake) with Penang style Chicken Curry, and Nasi Kunyit or Turmeric glutinous rice with whole black peppercorns, and Ch’air Hu or bean curd & fermented soya bean salad with tangy Tamarind sauce tempt and delight. Popiah and Kueh Pie Tee is made a la minute for your enjoyment. On occasion there is also Lor Bak which is spring roll of lean pork wrapped in crispy bean curd skin with crunchy fresh cucumber!. One of my favourite dishes!

Delectable Desserts of colourful Nyonya Kueh like Kueh Talam Hijau topped with Santan gelee and Apom Balek or coconut pancakes with a thick, luscious toffee-like sauce with banana medallions as well as Ice Kachang, Chendol with loads of crushed ice and fragrant Gula Melaka (coconut sugar) plus Ban Ch’an Kueh or crispy 0.5mm thick crispy peanut pancake make for a satisfying sweet finale!    

Penang or Pulau Pinang is a small island known as “The Pearl of the Orient” in West Malaysia known for its culinary specialities.

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                                                                                  The Travelling Gourmet & Chef Loh


Copthorne King’s Hotel

403 Havelock Road

Singapore 169632

Tel: 67330011

About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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