Enough Of Ramadan. Raya already.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is now going on with the first day of Raya last week on 15 June 2018. It’s a month long event. I have been posting a lot of Ramadhan related posts and also about food previously. Then I stopped posting for a while. Have been on a break, taking a rest and yet also busy with so many celebrations going on, from Raya open house visit to Father’s Day celebration, Daddy’s birthday, sister’s birthday etc. Even World Cup is going on now. Even if I’m missing from online life, my real life still goes on.

 

Too much of Ramadhan maybe ?

 

This Ramadan ?

Ramadan Sobhi Egypt football player
Picture from StokeOnTrentLive

 

This is Ramadan Sobhi, a 21 year old football player who is playing for Egypt’s national theme at this World Cup 2018. Look at him and some can buka kain puasa already. Buka, open everything. Makan puas puas lepas puasa.

 

Ramadan Sobhi shirtless
Picture from http://football-hqs.tumblr.com/

 

Aiyo, buka baju, buka kain some more. Later all pengsan.

 

For me, he’s ok lah, quite good looking. I prefer his clean-shaven, short hair look. I still would very much prefer my Ramadhan food over any other Ramadans.

Ramadhan food buffet

 

Food keeps you filled in your stomach rather than just looking at footballer, for what ? See only, won’t keep you full. Not like it’s foodball. Of course, the best would be this…

Money Ringgit Malaysia

 

Money ! Anytime and over anything else. Got money, you can do many things in your life. Not being materialistic but being realistic. While it’s true that money should not be your sole purpose in life and we should value (some) relationships with people (animals as well), you can’t deny that we need money in life. You try lah, without money and you’ll see who’s left in your life. There are some people, even if you help them when they’re in financial trouble, they don’t help themselves or worse still, they are ungrateful.

 

One man asked me recently why I’m single and hasn’t anyone gone after me in these recent years. I told him I didn’t notice. He ask me, “Don’t tell me not even a single person has asked me out during these recent years ?” I told him I don’t bother to remember or notice because the first thing I think about when I speak to someone is to know the person and if it’s possible to do business with each other.

 

He said that I should stop thinking about business. So I told him to go and find some single men and see if they’re interested or not in me. Actually I’m not interested, if anyone is interested, then they should take the initiative and put some effort. My mind is set on money and business for the longest time. He was asking too many questions about my private life like how much my business makes, why I’m not married etc so I simply answer him. I’m not born yesterday and I’m not stupid to reveal my private life. It’s none of his business, really. It’s too invasive. Then he said I have no market already in the dating life. Fine with me, so I’ll just focus on business. Yet this is the same person who said I have no market and later on hinted to ask me that he wants love, and what he can do with me like hugging. What in the fucking shit is this. Don’t hint hint all, just be straightforward. Stupid fella. Orang macam ni, either you do business with me on a more professional basis or else sila pergi mampus. Thank you very much.

The Gurney Hotel’s Selera Kampungku Ramadhan Buffet

Recently I went to The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residences Penang for an event they held in conjunction with Ramadhan 2018. They served their Ramadhan buffet for dinner, which is called “Selera Kampungku”. It translates to English as “My Village’s Appetite”.

 

If you haven’t gone to try their food, you would need to go today as today is the last day for their iftar Ramadan (break fast evening meal). Their sahur set (meal before starting to fast for the day) is until tomorrow, 13 June 2018, so you can still go tomorrow. It is advisable to give them a call to check if they are serving before you go. The hotel’s number is in the flyer I have enclosed below and I have also included at the end of this post.

The Gurney Hotel's Selera Kampungku, Ramadhan 2018 Buffet flyer

 

I have made a video about the dinner that night which shows some of the food they are serving. You will be tempted with their roasted lamb and chicken meat, which was succulent with 3 types of sauces for you to choose from.

 

Their chef made bhatura which was served with dhal curry. This is the first time I’m trying bhatura, which is new to me and it reminded me a bit of naan bread. I had it with dhal. I like their dhal curry which was not spicy at all because I don’t take spicy food and it was just right for my palate. It might not be the favourite of those who like spicy Indian food but to me, it was just perfect. If you want to know more about what bhatura is or how it looks like, watch my video below where the chef will show you how it’s made and he will tell you about bhatura.

 

They had many varieties of local delicacies like rice with dishes, kuih, desserts like ice kacang and drinks suitable to quench your thirst after breaking fast. My ice kacang was cleared after only having a spoonful or so of it as I went away from the table to take pictures and videos. Mana ais kacang saya ni…

 

I would have enjoyed having more of their food but I was busy going round taking pictures and videos plus interacting with some of the people present at the event. Amongst the few outings for blogging these 2 weeks which includes food, at this event I became Miss Cakap Banyak, not Miss Makan Banyak.

 

I want to eat and I want to talk also but if I talk, I eat slower than usual because I don’t like to talk with my mouth full. You know how people talk when their mouth is stuffed full of food and you have no idea what they are talking about ? It’s disgusting especially if they start spewing food from their mouth. So, sometimes I let the other person talk as much as they like and I just listen so that I can happily eat my food. Sometimes I eat in silence and I don’t mind eating on my own because it’s at my own pace without distraction. This blogging is a bit different because they had an event along with the buffet dinner blogging. At events, I became a bit hyper – so many things to see and do, so I go round and around.

 

Here’s the video regarding the dinner : https://youtu.be/pROmYYoLkiA

 

COFFEE HOUSE

The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residences

18 Persiaran Gurney, 10250 Georgetown, Penang.

04-3707000

http://www.gurney-hotel.com.my/

Mustika Rasa Buffet Dinner at Lemongrass, Hotel Neo+ Penang

Last week, I went to Lemongrass restaurant at Hotel Neo+ Penang for their Mustika Rasa Buffet Dinner which is for their Ramadhan 2018 buffet.

 

Hotel Neo+ Penang Lemongrass Ramadhan buffet dinner

 

Even though their Ramadhan buffet is going to end on 10 June 2018, which is soon, you can still visit their Lemongrass restaurant for breakfast. It would be best to give their hotel a call before visiting their restaurant in case they are not serving on that day. The hotel number is in the picture of the flyer in this post and also at the end of this post. Their Ramadhan buffet is also available upon prior reservations only so if you are thinking of going there, it’s best to give a call to the hotel before going to check if their buffet is on for that night.

 

Here is a video I made regarding the buffet dinner I went to that night at Lemongrass : https://youtu.be/UtnmAH7YhKY

 

Their nasi briyani kambing (Briyani rice with mutton) was really delicious.  The sauce for the roasted lamb was tangy-lishly tasty. Somehow if you combine the sauce with the briyani and eat it with the lamb, it tastes really good. I’m salivating thinking about their briyani with the lamb sauce. It was so good that I had 2 servings of these even after I had plates of other types of food.

 

No need to tipu-tipu malulah (translation : faked shy). I may be petite size that can fit into dress size 6 but I can eat. Some more this is buffet, so their buffet spread is for people to eat as much as they can. Takkan leave for the plates to display only. The plate can’t eat the food and you wouldn’t want to leave the food there until it gets fermented. Only if busy or not convenient to eat, then I won’t be eating much. If buffet, sila makan lebih, if not the food will be wasted.

 

They recommended their chicken tomyam soup which I included in the video for you to see. I don’t want to eat spicy food, so I tried their sup ayam (chicken soup) instead. Their chicken soup was tasty too and reminded me of the famous sup kambing (mutton soup) that you can find at well-known nasi kandar stores in Penang. Their chicken satay was nicely made and tasted alright.

 

I like how they presented their dessert section which looked fancy with changing colourful lightings shining on them. It’s like you’re at the dance floor. You can do some dance moves while choosing what dessert to eat. They had ice-cream as well at their dessert section. The only problem was that I chose a secluded area to sit at, near the dessert area because I like the privacy but the air-conditioning wasn’t turned on, so it was a bit hot, so I had to change seats. After moving to somewhere in the middle of the restaurant, it was comfortable in terms of temperature as their air-con was turned on but it was a bit noisy as they started re-arranging the place a bit too early before the actual buffet ended.

 

Ambience is as important as food, especially being in events, I understand this concept. While it’s true that some good food can be found in the streets but at this moment with skin condition that can’t stand too warm places, I have limited tolerance for such places which would not let me enjoy my food there. At this Lemongrass’ buffet, you can enjoy the local delicacies in a better setting, which these food would normally be served at stalls or shops that do not have air-con installed or turned on. These few days, Malaysian have been seeing a lot of news in the internet about nasi kandar places being closed down for lack of hygiene reasons. Lemongrass is clean and has no flies at their buffet and seating area, so it’s a better place to have your local dishes.

 

Overall it was good in terms of food where they had a decent choice of food spread for you to choose from, with food suitable for ramadhan (e.g. satay, briyani, lamb, buah kurma) and also suitable as a usual average-sized buffet spread where they have local, Malay dishes, Chinese-style dishes, Indian-style dishes and minimal western food to choose from.

 

LEMONGRASS

Hotel Neo+ Penang

2nd floor, 

68, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town, Penang.

04-255 1000

Currently opens 6.30a.m. -10a.m.

https://www.neohotels.com/lemongrass