Monday, August 4, 2014

The Day of Awesomely Insane Good Food

For want of a better post title, this is pretty much it. The day stretched itself around food, glorious food and our bellies were very much contented :D

We kick started the morning with hokkien mee, not the stir fried noodles that most are familiar with but the good ol' Penang version that comes in a rich pork-prawn soup base, noodles and a serving of kangkung, beansprouts and egg.

We found this new shop nestled within Lip Sin Garden - Granny's Hokkien Mee that starts its business as early as 7am and was popular with the morning crowd. We were lucky to find an empty table and quickly plonked ourselves on the seats. The inside of the shop is clean, properly ventilated and reminds me of Old Town outlets. After reading the laminated menu that provides details of each dish and add ons, you then write your own on the slip of paper and pass it to the cashier. You then pay when food is served. Cutlery and bottles of chilli are readily available on all the tables.

The menu had some varieties that I was unfamiliar with and so, I eschewed the more exotic add ons and stuck to the basic (RM3.30). If you're feeling adventurous, you can opt for pig's heart (!), pig's skin, pig's intestines, pig's ears ... and interestingly enough, abalone too.

The serving was quite small and Hubs polished his off in 3 mouthfuls. The soup had a very strong, prawn taste - which means that this should pass most Penangite's standards and making this one of the better hokkien mee stalls here. A couple of hokkien mee aficionado fiends have said that although this isn't exactly the best in Penang, it is certainly nice, albeit slightly on the pricier side.

Granny's Hokkien Mee
Taman Lip Sin Block 2, No. 2, Lengkok Nipah 3 (this is in between Super Tanker and Sunshine Lip Sin)

We've been meaning to try Veloo Villas for quite a while for its famous banana leaf rice. Let's face it, any eatery that has been in business for more than half a century, must be really awesome. However (there usually is), its location smack in the middle of town means that parking is near to impossible and you've got to fight for space find an empty seat there.

So when we drove past D'Piazza at Bayan Baru, we were pleasantly surprised to find an outlet there, plus it was still empty at 6.30pm. The moment you step into the airy and spacious shop, the scent of mouthwatering curries and spices hit you. The array of food were all so tempting and the wait staff were very friendly.

We opted for the banana leaf rice set after a few discreet peeks at the other customers around us - the place fills up very quickly. Bubs was delighted that we ate on real banana leaves and kept asking where were the plates. As with most banana leaf rice eateries, you get unlimited servings of the vegetables, mounds of white rice and curries to drench your rice in. Watch out for the fish curry - it packs a fiery punch and Hubs was left gasping for an icy drink.

We also ordered a tandoori chicken which I forgot to snap a photo of but take my word for it, it is GOOD. Usually tandoori meats are done halfheartedly at most places where you get a stringy piece of rock hard meat charred to a carcinogenic crisp. The one at Veloo Villas was moist, tender and oh so yummy!

And ... to end the day on a sweet note: dessert. There were a bunch of bananas sitting on the kitchen counter for close to a week and no one touched them. They were getting awfully ripe so I made banane au chocolat, which is fancy pants French for the simplest, easiest dessert that converts non-banana eaters into lovers.

1. Sliced the bananas (after peeling them) length wise
2. Chopped a chocolate marshmallow biscuit up. You could sub it with a Kit Kat, Nutella or any chocolate that you have.
3. Sprinkle the chocolate chunks on top of the banana, add a dollop of peanut butter
4. Wrap them in tinfoil and pop in the oven for maybe 5 - 8 mins, around 160 degrees/low heat.

These tasty morsels lasted less than 5 minutes on the dining table: Hubs and Bubs were fighting each other for more helpings of these ;)

What a perfect foodie day *burps*

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