Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang

August 31, 2012 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang
Jalan Tanjung Bungah
Tanjung Bungah
Penang Island 11200
Malaysia


http://www.copthornepenang.com/
http://www.millenniumhotels.com/copthornepenang/


Aging Facilities, Affordable But Average Experience

Overall: 5
Visited: Aug-2012
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 4
Service: 6
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $250 per person.
- Accomodation 5D4N



Nearby Attractions: Kek Lok Si-Temple of Supreme Bliss, Penang Hill, Penang Botanic Gardens, Amazing Nibong Tebal, Orchid & Hisbiscus & Reptile Garden, Penang Butterfly Farm, Penang Bridge, Snake Temple, War Museum, Tropical Spice Garden, Fort Cornwallis, Toy Museum, Penang Bird Park, Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion, Old Penang City Hall, Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Penang Islamic Museum, Penang Peranakan Mansion, Mirrors George Town Street Art, iBox Museum Of Glass, Penang State Museum, Clan Jetties, Gurney Plaza & Gurney Drive, Queensbay Mall, Straits Quay, Prangin Mall, Queen Victoria Clock Tower, Made In Penang Interactive Museum, Amazing World Studios


Resort Facilities: 2 Restaurants (Terrace Bay Restaurant, Hua Ting / Hu Ji Chinese Restaurant), 1 Bar (Pool Bar), Swimming Pool, Gift Shop, Gym, Laundry Service, Safe Deposit Boxes, Valet Service, Currency Exchange, Internet Centre, Private Beach, Complimentary Wireless Wi-Fi, Sauna, Jacuzzi, 1 Ballroom, 5 Meeting Rooms, Massage Centre, Arcade, Babysitting Service, Karaoke Lounge, Playground


Resort Activities: Swimming, Exercise Work Out, Massage, Karaoke, Video Games, Arranged Tours


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Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang


Introduction
Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang is an aging hotel. The actual building itself has changed ownership at least 3 times over the last 20 years, and is currently operated by Copthorne International. Not surprising, the facilities and decor show signs of age, fortunately, the Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang is well maintained.


Ambience
Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang has its own private beach, and while small, is rather scenic. Most rooms also have a sea view, which is one of the highlights of staying here.


Room
We stayed at a Superior Room during our stay at Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang. The room is comfortable, with proper beds, bathroom facilities, air conditioning, and enough space to place a third bed. TV channels are the standard Malaysian channels, with the option to upgrade to cable. However, the bathroom sink didn't have any hot water, and the mini fridge was empty. There is also no safe deposit box in the room.


Food
The main restaurant at Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang is Terrace Bay Restaurant, which is open 24 hours daily. Food quality is average to below average, and I wouldn't recommend dining here, as Penang has plenty of good street food at all hours of the day and night.


Service
The staff at Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang are friendly and professional, able to converse fluently in a few different languages. They can, upon request, help to arrange tours, transportation or water sports. Plus, they also give some slight leeway when calculating usage time of the Internet Centre... They always round down by about 10 minutes. However, the gift shop doesn't stock bottled water, requiring you to purchase it directly from room service instead.


Facilities & Activities
Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang has somewhat limited facilities. Both Gym and Arcade are rather small, and the Pool Bar has a small menu. There isn't much activities to take part in around the hotel, and not much to occupy children. If you're staying at Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang, plan external activities instead. Fortunately, Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang is located just behind one of Penang's tourist attractions, the Toy Museum.



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Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang 01 - Lobby

Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang 02 - Superior Room Bedroom

Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang 03 - Superior Room TV And Desk

Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang 04 - Bathroom

Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang 05 - Gymnasium

Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang 06 - Terrace Bay Restaurant With Complimentary Wireless Wi-Fi

Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang 07 - Swimming Pool And Pool Bar

Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang 08 - Hotel Facade Back

Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang 09 - Hotel Facade Front

Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang 10 - Ballroom Corridor





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Street Food - Scrambled Eggs Breakfast

August 31, 2012 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Street Food - Scrambled Eggs Breakfast

Also Known As:
Scrambled Eggs Breakfast, Scrambled Eggs, All Day Breakfast, Continental Breakfast, Scrambled Eggs And Toast, Scrambled Eggs And Bacon, Scrambled Eggs And Sausages,
Traditional English Breakfast, English Fry Up, Full Breakfast, Full English Breakfast, Full Monty,
Traditional American Breakfast, American Fry Up, Big Breakfast, Country Breakfast, Sunday Breakfast



Average Price Per Serving:
SGD $7 - $18



Description:
Scrambled Eggs Breakfast is a type of dish that originated in Britain, and comprises of Scrambled Eggs along with a few other sides. Today, Scrambled Eggs Breakfast is popular throughout the United Kingdom and the United States Of America.


The Scrambled Eggs for Scrambled Eggs Breakfast is usually made with beaten eggs, cream / milk / butter, salt, water, pepper and oil. This gives it a smooth, creamy consistency.

Other sides that traditionally accompany a Scrambled Eggs Breakfast include Baked Beans, Sausages, Bacon / Ham, Hash Browns / Potatoes, Toast / Biscuits, Mushrooms and Tomatoes.

The Mushrooms used in Scrambled Eggs Breakfast are traditionally button mushrooms or field mushrooms, and are either roasted, grilled, pan fried, or battered and deep fried. The Tomatoes in a Scrambled Eggs Breakfast are prepared in a similar way, using either the standard tomatoes or cherry tomatoes. The Baked Beans used are normally the canned variety which has a sweet tomato sauce.

Toast / Biscuits are also served with a Scrambled Eggs Breakfast, and the bread has to be soft and absorbent enough to soak up any juice or sauce on the plate, or combined with the Scrambled Eggs and eaten. Because of this, the bread used is either plain white bread, brown bread, brioche, sourdough, rye bread, American biscuit or British scones. The bread is lightly toasted, and served with butter.

The Sausages served in a Scrambled Eggs Breakfast are normally plain, meaty sausages, without any herbs or spices stuffed within. Thus, Sausages served are normally plain pork sausages, plain chicken sausages or plain beef sausages. Herbed sausages or spicy chili sausages are never served in a Scrambled Eggs Breakfast.

The Bacon / Ham used in Scrambled Eggs Breakfast is either back bacon, streaky bacon, plain pork ham or smoked pork ham. Halal stalls may substitute this with turkey bacon or turkey ham. The Bacon / Ham is either grilled or pan fried. The Hash Browns / Potatoes in a Scrambled Eggs Breakfast are either grilled potatoes or deep fried hash browns.

In Singapore, a Scrambled Eggs Breakfast is also commonly known as a Full Breakfast, Big Breakfast or Continental Breakfast. Stalls that serve Scrambled Eggs Breakfast throughout the day often term it as an All Day Breakfast. There is often an option to choose the preparation style of the eggs, either scrambled, omelette, fried, sunny side up, soft boiled, hard boiled, over easy or poached.

In Singapore, Scrambled Eggs Breakfast isn't a street food, rather, it is typically sold in mid-range cafes / bistros.


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Scrambled Eggs Breakfast is one of my favourite dishes to have for breakfast. Love the smooth, creamy eggs!

These are the top 3 stalls which I feel serve the best Scrambled Eggs Breakfast in Singapore.


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Cedele (All-Day Dining Restaurants)
@ Parkway Parade 80 Marine Parade Road #B1-83D
Opening Hours: 8am - 10pm Daily

@ Wheelock Place 501 Orchard Road #03-14
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm Daily

@ 4 Maju Avenue
Opening Hours: 8am - 10pm Daily

@ Takashimaya 391 Orchard Road #B1-37
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm Daily

@ The Rail Mall 398 Upper Bukit Timah Road
Opening Hours: 10am - 9.30pm Mon - Fri, 8am - 9.30pm Sat - Sun

@ Raffles City 252 North Bridge Road #B1-01
Opening Hours: 11am - 10.30pm Daily

@ Great World City 1 Kim Seng Promenade #01-01
Opening Hours: 9am - 10pm Mon - Fri, 8am - 10pm Sat - Sun

@ Marina Bay Link Mall 8A Marina Boulevard #B2-07
Opening Hours: 8am - 9pm Mon - Fri, 11am - 6pm Sat, Closed Sun

@ Greenwich V 1 Seletar Road #02-14
Opening Hours: 10am - 9.30pm Mon - Fri, 8am - 9.30pm Sat - Sun




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Food For Thought
@ 8 Queen Street
Opening Hours: 9am - 9pm Daily

@ Botanic Gardens 1 Cluny Road #B1-00
Opening Hours: 8am - 9pm Daily




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Fika Cafe
@ 257 Beach Road
Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm Daily

@ Millenia Walk 9 Raffles Boulevard #01-20
Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm Daily



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Honourable Mention

Wild Honey
@ Mandarin Gallery 333A Orchard Road #03-02
Opening Hours: 9am - 9pm Mon - Thu, 9am - 10pm Fri - Sun

@ Scott's Square 6 Scotts Road #03-01
Opening Hours: 9am - 9pm Daily






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Lil Papa's Wieners Beerstro

August 29, 2012 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Lil Papa's Wieners Beerstro
7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-108

2 Kallang Avenue
#01-K2 CT Hub


http://www.facebook.com/lilpapawienersbeerstro


Fantastic Premium Hot Dogs And Craft Beer

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 9
Value for Money: 6
Spent about SGD $18 per person.


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The unique name first caught my attention when I walked by Lil Papa's Wieners Beerstro. A beerstro? First time I've heard of it. But Lil Papa's Wieners Beerstro is aptly named, for they have over 50 different types of craft beers from around the world.

Lil Papa's Wieners Beerstro is a small snack joint / kiosk, capable of seating about 20 people. You do however, have a choice of dining indoors or outdoors, although most of their customers order take-away instead. But the ambience at Lil Papa's Wieners Beerstro is just right for a relaxing afternoon beer, or chilling in couples / small groups at night.

Service at Lil Papa's Wieners Beerstro is friendly and personal, and as they don't have many staff, the Boss, Fabio de Souza, and his wife Judy, often mingle with customers, take orders, and also prepare the food. Tip: Ask for recommendations of Hot Dog and Craft Beer pairings!

As for food and drink at Lil Papa's Wieners Beerstro, they only have 2 very specific categories to choose from; Craft Beers and Hot Dogs. Fortunately, they have many different types of beer as mentioned above. And while their only food available is Hot Dogs, they offer over 30 different toppings and 6 types of sausages, including 15 pre-selected combinations. Plus, you can choose to customize your own Hot Dog. Each Hot Dog combo is served with a glass of Lemonade and a side of potato chips. Beer and Hot Dogs... The perfect American snack!

When Lil Papa's Wieners Beerstro first opened in June 2012, they only had craft beers on the menu. Hot Dogs were then introduced a few weeks later. Hopefully, as word of this niche bistro run by passionate owners spreads, they'll be able to offer more variety of items on their menu.


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Lil Papa's Wieners Beerstro has over 51 types of craft beers, and more than 30 different Hot Dog toppings that can be paired with 6 different types of sausages.

Lil Papa's Wieners Beerstro Brochure


Lil Papa's Wieners Beerstro Menu 01


Lil Papa's Wieners Beerstro Menu 02



You can choose to customize a Hot Dog, or order any of the 15 pre-selected combination of Hot Dog toppings.

Hot Dog Spicy Chicken With Onions, Relish, Mustard And Chili 01


Hot Dog Spicy Chicken With Onions, Relish, Mustard And Chili 02


Hot Dog Spicy Chicken With Onions, Relish, Mustard And Chili 03


Hot Dog Hot & Spicy Italian Pork With Onions, Relish And Chili 01


Hot Dog Hot & Spicy Italian Pork With Onions, Relish And Chili 02


Hot Dog Beer Bratwurst Pork With Sauerkraut, Relish And Mustard 01


Hot Dog Beer Bratwurst Pork With Sauerkraut, Relish And Mustard 02


Hot Dog Beer Bratwurst Pork With Sauerkraut, Relish And Mustard 03



An order of a Hot Dog combo comes with a refreshing glass of Lemonade. Good, but not house-made.

Lemonade 01


Lemonade 02



The Jungle Beer Tropical Wheat Mango And Orange Beer is a locally made Singaporean beer. I loved the fruity citrus flavour, and it didn't have a bitter aftertaste.

Jungle Beer Tropical Wheat Mango And Orange Beer 01


Jungle Beer Tropical Wheat Mango And Orange Beer 02


Jungle Beer Tropical Wheat Mango And Orange Beer 03


Jungle Beer Tropical Wheat Mango And Orange Beer 04


Fuller's Organic HoneyDew Refreshing Golden Beer 01


Fuller's Organic HoneyDew Refreshing Golden Beer 02


Fuller's Organic HoneyDew Refreshing Golden Beer 03


Fuller's Organic HoneyDew Refreshing Golden Beer 04


Fuller's Organic HoneyDew Refreshing Golden Beer 05






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Street Food - Otah

August 23, 2012 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Street Food - Otah

Also Known As:
Otah, Otak, Otah-Otah, Otak-Otak



Average Price Per Serving:
SGD $0.50 - $2



Description:
Otah is a popular Malay / Nonya-Peranakan snack food that originated from Penang, Malaysia. Today, Otah is popular throughout Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.


Otah is a flat cake made from fish paste, usually spanish mackerel fish. The fish paste is mixed with water, salt, chili, shallots, ginger, garlic, oil, corn flour, rice flour, powdered turmeric, curry powder, sugar, kaffir lime leaves, shrimp paste (Belacan), lemon grass and coconut milk. This Otah mixture is then wrapped in a steamed banana leaf, and grilled.

While Otah made from fish paste is the most common, other types of seafood paste have been used to make Otah as well. This includes squid paste, prawn paste and crab paste.

The Otah sold in Singapore usually comes in 2 sizes. The most common version is a long thin strip of Otah, while the other version is a flat rectangular cake of Otah.

Otah is often eaten as a snack, or served with bread or rice, especially during breakfast.


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Otah is a great snack food, and I find the spicier ones more addictive!

These are the top 3 stalls which I feel serve the best Otah in Singapore.


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Tan Beng Otah Delights
@ 51 Old Airport Road #01-74
Opening Hours: 9am - 7pm Mon - Fri, 7am - 3pm Sat - Sun




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Molly's
@ 27 Defu Lane 10 #02-164
Opening Hours: 3am - 3pm Daily

@ 104 Hougang Avenue 1 #01-1121
Opening Hours: 5am - 8pm Mon - Sat, 5am - 5pm Sun



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Hiang Soon Otar
@ 261 Jalan Kayu
Opening Hours: 8am - 6pm Daily




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Cedele (All-Day Dining Restaurants)

August 23, 2012 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Cedele (All-Day Dining Restaurants)
80 Marine Parade Road
#B1-83D Parkway Parade

501 Orchard Road
#03-14 Wheelock Place

4 Maju Avenue

391 Orchard Road
#B1-37 Takashimaya

398 Upper Bukit Timah Road
The Rail Mall

252 North Bridge Road
#B1-01 Raffles City

1 Kim Seng Promenade
#01-01/02 Great World City

8A Marina Boulevard
#B2-07 Marina Bay Link Mall

1 Seletar Road
#02-14 Greenwich V


http://www.cedeledepot.com/


They Make Food You'll Love

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 9
Service: 9
Value for Money: 8
Spent about SGD $20 per person.


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Cedele (All-Day Dining Restaurants) claims they make artisinal food you'll love... Well, I loved it! Their food is fresh, with a clean, healthly approach to cooking, you can taste the difference!

As a bakery, Cedele has some great baked goods, bread and cakes. But their Cedele (All-Day Dining Restaurants) also feature healthy food that taste good. Prices are reasonable for a mid-range cafe, and quality of the food is above average.

Service at Cedele (All-Day Dining Restaurants) is good, staff are friendly, cheerful and polite, and dishes are served quickly. Tables are cleared promptly as well.

Ambience at Cedele (All-Day Dining Restaurants) is clean, simple and cozy. Great place to chill and relax over coffee (or tea), with a cake or pastry.

I especially love the Hot Chocolate and Breakfast / Brunch at Cedele (All-Day Dining Restaurants)!


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A New Zealand dessert named after a Russian Dancer, the Mixed Fruit Pavlova has fresh, sweet fruit, complementing the sweet candy base.

Mixed Fruit Pavlova



Loved the various types of Hot Chocolate here, I feel it's probably among the best Hot Chocolate I've had in Singapore.

Cinnamon Chocolate


Chocolate Addiction 01


Chocolate Addiction 02



They also have quite a good range of teas and coffees, including flavoured ones.

Irish Cream Latte 01


Irish Cream Latte 02


Lemongrass Tea


Red Rooibos Tea


Egyptian Mint Leaves Tea


Hibiscus Roselle Tea


Coffee



I liked the flaky, buttery crust of both the Butter Croissant and the Raisin Cinnamon Danish. The crust just shatters when bit. The Banana Walnut Muffin was quite a disappointment however, and probably the only item I don't like thus far. The texture was slightly hard, and difficult to cut. There were few walnuts within, and the banana taste could have been stronger. Not good.

Butter Croissant


Banana Walnut Muffin Outside


Banana Walnut Muffin Inside


Raisin Cinnamon Danish


Chocolate Walnut Brownie


Red Apple Oat Cake



The Everything In And Egg consists of bacon, mushrooms and a sausage, with your choice of eggs. I went with my favourite, scrambled eggs. The eggs were done really well, creamy and smooth, the mushrooms were fresh and well seasoned, and the bacon added a nice smokiness. The sausage was just decent.

Everything In And Egg 01


Everything In And Egg 02



Cedele has a rotating daily list of soups, and every order also allows you to help yourself to complimentary Bread. I tried the Apple Pumpkin Soup; it was thick and smooth, with a slight sweetness complementing the overall savouriness. The Boston Clam Chowder had a good helping of ingredients, but I felt the taste of clams was slightly overpowered by the taste of mushrooms. The Chicken, Tofu And Mushroom Chowder was rather thick, and I felt it lacked substance.

Apple Pumpkin Soup


Boston Clam Chowder


Roasted Vegetables Soup


Chicken, Tofu And Mushroom Chowder


Curry Pumpkin Soup


Bread


Olive Oil And Vinegar



Their Red Seafood Spaghetti has sea bass fish, prawns, and mussels. All the seafood is very fresh, and tasty! I also loved the clean, fresh flavours of the Fish Coriander Pesto Linguine. The Beef Patty Bolognese Linguine was slightly on the oily side, but the beef was well grilled and extremely tasty. The tomato sauce isn't very prominent in taste though. The Prawn Chilli Lime Linguine has a unique lime-based sauce, and the overall dish is rather sour and tangy.

Red Seafood Spaghetti


Fish Coriander Pesto Linguine


Beef Patty Bolognese Linguine


White Bacon Mushroom Linguine


Golden Crab Linguine


Prawn Chilli Lime Linguine


Chicken Mushroom Arrabbiata Linguine


Prawn & Chix Spaghetti



Both dishes which feature sea bass fish, I personally prefered the Sea Bass And Shrimps, Tomato Salsa, Red Capsicum Quinoa, which had an interesting quinoa base (something not commonly served in Singapore), over the Sea Bass, Avocado, Mixed Vegetables Sauteed With Edamame Beans, as the avocado was still slightly unripe.

Sea Bass And Shrimps, Tomato Salsa, Red Capsicum Quinoa


Sea Bass, Avocado, Mixed Vegetables Sauteed With Edamame Beans



The Pancake Chocolate Cranberry With Irish Cream Ice Cream was packed with chocolate chips and cranberries, plus a choice of Ice Cream. However, I did feel the pancake was a little too thin for my liking, making it less fluffy.

Pancake Chocolate Cranberry With Irish Cream Ice Cream



The Eggless Chocolate Truffle Cake was voted by readers of the Straits Times as one of the 10 best cakes in Singapore... in 2005. Now, in 2015, nearly 10 years later, the cake is still as good as ever. Smooth, almost creamy in texture, very rich with a deep chocolate flavour, the cakes just slides into your mouth like velvet, decadent and luscious. Highly recommended!

Eggless Chocolate Truffle Cake



The Chocolate Banana Espresso Cake has a moist, rich chocolate sponge cake, layered with espresso coffee cream, with sweet fresh banana slices within, and crunchy sugar coated oatmeal on top. Love the combination of textures and tastes, it all works together delightfully!

Chocolate Banana Espresso Cake



The Red Velvet Cake has a really thick layer of cream cheese frosting, but at least the vanilla sponge cake is moist and soft. Decent.

Red Velvet Cake



Loved the Sunrise Risotto, with its turmeric infused risotto rice, edamame beans, and large fillet of deboned sea bass fish, topped with a fresh tomato salsa. Tasty and lovely!

Sunrise Risotto






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