The Sire Museum Restaurant @ King Street, Georgetown

Last Saturday was my mom’s best friend’s birthday. She and the others planned to give a surprise for her at Ferringhi Garden (at Batu Ferringhi), but due to the serious traffic jam, which I heard was about 2 hours jam just to get to Batu Ferringhi, they called off the plan. However, they switched the venue to The Sire Museum Restaurant, which has the same owner as Ferringhi Garden.

The Sire restaurant was previously the home of a prominent businessman and philanthropist named Yeap Chor Ee who was born in Fujian, China in 1867. He came to Penang at a mere age of 17 in the 1890s, virtually penniless and later on emerged as the richest man in Penang. Over a course of 30 years, he built an empire with real banking, real estate and commodities trading activities. And he also founded the Ban Hin Lee Bank and many other companies. With his massive fortune, he became a philanthropist who contributed in the education field. His elegant mansion “Homestead” located at No.54 Northam Road was donated to the Wawasan
Education Foundation in 2006. He passed away in 1952 at the age of 85 and was known as the Grand Old Man of Penang, well known for his courtesy, generosity and integrity.

This is the photo of Yeap Chor Ee which I downloaded from Google Images 🙂

This is the dining part. And there’s a small dining area at the 2nd level as well, but the tables are rather small. So for big groups, like us, haha…definitely we had to sit at the ground floor. Amazing isn’t it? Can you believe this is actually a house? In the olden days, the houses were much much much larger than our current ones as many of them lived with their own families, which include their great grandmother and grandmother and many more. Unlike our modern era, most homes consist only parents and kids :/ Oh yeah, of course this house had been renovated before it established as a restaurant, just saying, because it’s funny to imagine people in the earlier days have this kind of house :p

I loved the spiral staircases, and this fountain part, so exquisite!

Tiny me in the mirror…….

Alright, let’s head upstairs!

A small art gallery on the 2nd floor which displays many perfectly shot photos around the house.

I think this might be the actual dining room where Yeap Chor Ee and his family used to dine in. Really grand isn’t it? Just take a look at the furniture….all with amazing carvings. What do we modern people have in our homes?! Ikea table and chairs…LOL~! Look at the dragon carved on the wood…it’s perfect!

Not everyday you get to have a chance to camwhore in an antique mirror, am I right?! Haha…nevermind me. Just being plain random. That’s my outfit of the day 🙂

This is the 3rd floor of the house. Probably a resting area. I was being freaked out by the buddha statue there once I crept upstairs alone…I admit, I’m a coward, but it’s quite eerie to go to the 3rd floor on your own whereas everyone was at the ground floor.

Collection of antiques. How wealthy was the family in the past?! Nearly every corner of the house has at least 1 antique. Salute and applause!
ps: I couldn’t take a picture of every single piece of antique there…there were too many of them. Sorry~

My personal favourite among all the antiques. If next time I were to have a huge mansion, surely I will put one in my living room :p hehehe!

This honey bear was a gift to the Yeap family by Tun Tan Cheng Lock (a famous local politician, whom I used to read about a lot in my high school History textbooks) who’s a close family friend. It is said that Tun Tan Cheng Lock had the similar honey bear in his home in Malacca as well.

Even the fan’s an antique, but it wasn’t on as the whole museum has air conditioners.

Mom asking me to get back to the dining table. She was in a rather weird pose with a funny expression, and I called out “You are so gonna go up my blog, mom!” Surprisingly, she was totally alright with that…Rare case for a mom, cause aren’t all moms preventing their kids from uploading stuffs onto the net publicly :S

Camwhoring with my mom and her friend, and her friend’s son while waiting for the meal to be served. I was dead hungry at that time x) ps: The one on my right is my mom, pretty huh?!? 😀

I was very fond of their table set up. So neat and clean and also…high class ^^

*Sigh* The lighting of The Sire restaurant was too dim for close up photographing. This is the result. Dull and boring…Even the food doesn’t LOOK good…

Thankfully, ever since I discovered the benefit of using my cellphone’s camera light in Sushi Kitchen, I begin to love my phone more than I used to. The photos below were taken by my Canon Ixus camera with the help of my phone’s flashlight. See the differences?

After waiting for a long time, finally the appetizer’s here. Something like garlic bread but it’s not as solid as the ordinary garlic bread. Pretty good though. A savior for a hunger, i.e. ME!

The similar unique glasses as Ferringhi Garden‘s. It’s slant! How I wish I could bring one back home! To my astonishment, my mom’s friend’s son, who’s only 4 years old enjoyed this a lot….and it’s COCKTAIL juice. I was teasing him if he would get drunk.

Salad with Scallops. I like the scallops but the salad there didn’t match my likings. I only ate up the scallops and the tomatoes and the rest was given to my mom’s friend :p

Tomato soup with garlic bread. The colour of the soup changed because of the flashlight, I’m SO SORRY. But I couldn’t take a clear picture of it if there’s no light 🙁 This and the dessert were my only favourites throughout the night. The only flaw of this soup was that it’s a little too spicy. Did they put a whole load pepper into it o.O

Another bad shot. Come to think of it, flashlights don’t guarantee good quality shots. Now I get it….

Lamb chop and fish. The lamb chop was okay to me, nothing special about it, just a normal one. The fish…….I think the fish that I had was not fresh, it had a pretty weird smell, but I still managed to force myself to swallow half of it.

Another favourite of mine. For those who know me, I am a 100% dessert junkie! Ice cream was such an indulgence after dealing with the awful fish.

The birthday girl’s birthday cake. It’s a chocolate moist cake which we ordered from Jenni Cake House. (Click here for my previous birthday cake made by Jenni Cake House as well)

Frankly speaking, you pay more for the ambience in The Sire restaurant than the food. To me, the food there isn’t really special. Exclude the birthday cake, the sum of the dishes that I showed above was approximately RM100. Over-rated. No offense, but it’s the truth. Fortunately, their desserts were great. So for those dessert lovers, I recommend you to come here after your meals. Order a dessert and some cocktails and this place shall be a perfect hangout for you and your friends!

THE SIRE MUSEUM RESTAURANT

Address:
4, King Street,
Georgetown 10200,
Penang.

Contact Number:
04-264 5088

Business Hours:
Tue – Sun
11:30 am-3:00 pm
6:00 pm-10:30 pm
(closed on Monday)

 

Ferringhi Garden Restaurant @ Batu Ferringhi

A lazy Saturday afternoon, having nothing to do at home, I decided to plan a trip out with my “girlfriends”. Haha…we always call ourselves “The Malaysian Version Sex & The City”! Just as we were planning our hangout location, my friend suggested Ferringhi Garden which was not far from her house. She said that they serve great food with great ambience, so we decided to give it a try. I knew the main reason that she recommended this place was it was easier for her to get home after dinner. That was her main point~~~~

This was my first time to Ferringhi Garden, to my surprise, this place turned out to be much more better than I had expected. Words are kinda hard to explain all the joyness that we had from this picturesque restaurant. So, let the pictures tell you everything.

Filled with lots of tropical plants. Sink yourself into Malaysia’s tropical rainforest now! It’s time to please your eyes~~~

I could not hold back my lust for food for any longer. After I placed my order, I went around shooting photos with my camera. When I got back, the dishes were already served.

Mango juice & Mocha Frappe

The drinks were ordinary. But do you find anything abnormal about this photo? Take a closer look to the glasses. They were SLANT! Unique, right?!

Baked Garoupa

Spicy Snapper

Seafood Pasta WG

Baked Crab M’nay

Garlic bread

The night was getting darker….the atmosphere at night became more and more comfortable. Unquestionable, Ferringhi Garden Restaurant really offers a memorable dining experience.

Ferringhi Garden Restaurant

Address:
34C, Batu Ferringhi,
11100 Penang.

Tel:
04-811 1193

Fax:
04-811 1195

 

Fullhouse Lifestyle Store & Cafe @ Niu Ze Xiu, Ara Damansara

Upon seeing a great review of this restaurant on a magazine, I had chosen this wonderful and sweet concept restaurant as the venue for our gathering in KL.

I am a totally concept-restaurant-addict. I have no idea when did I start to be crazy about concept restaurant.

Using the concept of ‘HOME SWEET HOME’, just like the Dream Family Cafe in Taiwan梦飨家, and the idea as well as the name of a Korean drama, [Fullhouse浪漫满屋], Fullhouse was designed to make you feel right at home. Pleasing to the eyes, the senses and the palates Fullhouse is a truly novel experience.

experience the greatest difference~~~only at FULLHOUSE!

Aside from an array of mouth-watering fusion deligts listed down in a quirky, super cute menu, almost everything under the roof of Fullhouse is for sale, from clothes and fashion accessories to gifts and decorative items!

Lavender and Peppermint Tea 薰衣草+薄荷茶
A new combination which I had never tried! However, you can hardly smell the lavender as the smell of peppermint is stronger!

Aglio Olio Spaghetti橄榄油和干西红柿意粉
Sauté spaghetti with garlic, extra virgin olive oil and sun-dried tomato

Fish & Wedges
This dish is quite ordinary, nothing special to me, but it’s sure a good choice to keep the kids busy eating instead of running around!

Wok-Sear Chicken Chop 招牌鸡排与黑椒葡萄干酱
Grilled chicken thigh served with mashed potato, daily vegetable and black pepper raisin juice.
One of their specialties, GOOD! Give it a try, highly recommended~~~

Oven Roasted Chicken Tenderloin 烤鸡里脊与番茄罗勒奶油
Roast corn fed chicken tenderloin with shitake mushroom and tomato basil cream

Smooties-Fruities Fish
Pan-fried butter fish infused with passion berries fruit reduction and sun-dried tomato. Erm….I am not into this dish…I think it is too sweet. Should try the Grilled Mix Seafood, I saw that on the menu, looks quite good to me, too bad, I didn’t order it as I was too full!

Overall, the ambience of this restaurant is great, but most of the dishes are average only. As for the desserts, they are exquisite, but kinda expensive. Check them out~~

Fullhouse Lifestyle Store & Cafe

Address:
C-G-11, Nui Ze Xiu @ Ara Damansara,
No 2 Jalan PJU 1A/41B, Ara Jaya PJU 1A,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Tel: 03- 7885 0836
Fax: 03-7885 0839

Business Hours:
Sunday~Thursday > 12pm-11pm
Friday~Saturday & Holiday Eve > 12pm-12am

Web: http://www.fullhousecafe.com.my/

El Cerdo @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

Speaking of El Cerdo, I am sure that no KL resident will ask, ” What on earth is that?” This restaurant was first established in 2005, due to its endless stream of customers, the owner, Werner, had expanded his business by to the lot next to the original one. Now, upon visiting El Cerdo, you may find a modern-looking Italian restaurant opposite it. That restaurant is named after the owner and was known as PIZA.

This trip to KL, I had made early arrangement with my friend to pay a visit to El Cerdo. Despite the tiredness we had from all those shopping, we set our feet in El Cerdo. The ambience was a bit quiet when we arrived and the waitress served us with cool mineral water once we got ourselves seated. And, I found something special about this restaurant at that moment. The waiters were busy carrying bottles of mineral water from table to table just to refill the customers’ half-emptied glass and I concluded that their service was really great. I rated them as 8/10!! (For such a fussy person like me, the rate was way too high~~~)

At first, we ladies could not decide what to order. Just then, Werner, came and greeted us warmly. He gave us some recommendations of the specialties of his restaurant and suggested some refreshing drinks for us too. Obediently, we ordered whatever that he recommended except for a few that we thought it would be too much for our dinner.

Love At First Try
Refreshing and thirst quenching~~

Mushroom Soup
This was really nice. My friends’ kids were totally obsessed with it. Really creamy and nice prepared! As for the garlic bread served, I personally thought that it was so so only. Soft yet not not crispy and not to mention hot from the oven!

Cold Ham with Rock Mellon & Salad
Absolutely something unique! The pork ham was cool and really thin! A bit salty when tasted but could be eaten together with the rock mellons served together too.

Meatball Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce
This was ordered to shut the kids’ mouths. They never dare to try those piglet and ribs.

El Cerdo’s Farmer Sausage served with Sauerkraut & Mashed Potato

One Plate of 4 Different Mini Sausages
Farmer, Thuringer, German Pepper, Spicy Lyonner Sausage with a choice of Sauerkraut or Potato Salad

1 Pair Wiener Sausages with Potato Salad from Germany

Roasted Suckling Piglet
Also known as “Cochinillo Al Estilo Segoviano”. It was believed that the piglet on the table was only mere 3 weeks old. Honestly, I felt quite guilty after my meal. However, on the other hand, I had to admit that it was really nice. Be prepared too, this half portion of piglet was shorter than half my arm and it cost us about RM100++, the whole piglet was RM200++. El Cerdo had a special way of eating. To prove that the piglet was crunchy and crispy, when the dish was served, one of the waiters would come over and picked a lucky person from the table to “perform the plate-breaking show”.

First, to prove that the piglet is crunchy and crispy, you will need to use a plate to chop the piglet at the head, the center of the body and somewhere at the ‘butt’ of the piglet, each part 3 times with all your might! Then, the waiter will push a big wooden tub towards the table, make a wish and then smash the plate into the wooden tub. This is a Greek tradition which symbolises good luck.

Pork Ribs
To tell you frankly, the pork ribs were better than the roasted piglet. The tomato at the side was totally nutritious yet delicious!

Ice Cream
Vanilla, Pistachio, Chocolate, Rum & Raisin, White Chocolate, Hazelnut

Churros Con Chocolate
Ermm…..regarding this plate, I really don’t have much to say. I am not a chocoholic, so I just ate a piece of that and I found that it was something similar to Aunty Anne’s. However, my friends enjoyed them very much.

At the end of the meal, we got a surprise. Glasses of cute little drinks were served for easier digestion after such yummy meal. For the kids, they got a tiny glass of orange juice (or mango, i am not very sure, but it sure tasted great). We, adults got glasses of vodka with lime with a salt-laced rim.

Be sure to be there early as the restaurant will appear to be crowded around 7.30pm. Kind advice for you, the food there is delicious, with a capital letter D without doubts! But they are quite pricey. 5 adults and 3 kids, our total bil came out to be RM478, a bit scary, right?! Indeed an interesting pork`licious experience!!

El Cerdo, Nose To Tail Eating

Address:
43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang,
50200 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.

Tel: 03- 2145 0511
Fax: 03- 2145 1375

Web: www.elcerdokl.com

New Boston Restaurant (Restoran Boston Baru) @ Klang

Found this well-known restaurant ( more like a coffee shop ) at Jalan Kapar, Klang. My cousins who stay at Shah Alam brought us there for dinner. It’s not far from Shah Alam, only about 15 minutes drive. Since only 4 of us, we did not order much.

Personally, I think the Tai Luk Mee here is better than the Tai Luk Mee at Petaling Street. Of course, a lot more pork lards were added here. Anyway, I love the lards which made the whole plate of noodle so nice and smells good! Hokkien Mee is a ‘ must-not-miss’ food when one visits to Kuala Lumpur. Can be easily found anywhere in Kuala Lumpur or Klang valley. Very affordable street food. Some would come with big prawns. So, after introducing so much, we decided to order this delicious Hokkien Mee there in this Boston Baru Restoran, in English, it’s called New Boston Restaurant.

Basically we ordered seafood the most. We ordered a curry sting-ray. But unfortunately, someone stole a bite already and had ruined my whole plan. Sorry for that~ Will beware next time. In short, the seafood here is quite tempting, try it out!

Tai Luk Mee大碌面/Hokkien Mee福建面

Look at this Tai Luk Mee or Hokkien Mee, if you are from overseas, you should not miss this. Even locals like this so much .

Steamed “Lala” 清蒸”啦啦”

This steamed lala with lots of soup is so yummy that we all finished the soup as well as the la-la. The cook has added some white wine into it but do not worry, you would not get drunk. Some chili padi were added to make it a little bit spicy. No problem, even a kid can stand the spicy taste.

Mantis Prawn with Butter & Corn 奶油濑尿虾

Children love these mantis prawns a lot. If you bring children with you for dinner, make sure you order this. They would happily sit down and eat quietly.
Mantis Prawn with butter and corn is my favourite but then mantis prawn with salted egg yolk is a good try too.

Fried squids is also one of the children’s favourites.

This is ‘Nestum’ mantis prawn. The mantis prawns cooked with corn flakes. I love this one!

Cuttle Fish & Water Convolvulus 鱿鱼蕹菜

While waiting for your ‘ main course’ , you could order this cuttle fish+water convolvulus ( kangkung) as an appetizer. The prawn paste and the peanuts on it would make the cuttle fish more tasty.

Restoran Boston Baru
Jalan Kapar, Klang (Opposite KWSP, Same row as Lembaga Tabung Haji)
Open at 7.00pm
016-268 3104/012-905 3523