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20 Awesome and True Malaysian Breakfasts!

Breakfast is not called the most important meal of the day for nothing. With good breakfast, your day can be full of energy to get ready for challenges ahead.
Being a multicultural society comes with some gastronomical benefits – Malaysians are incredibly fortunate to have the luxury of eating a wide variety of food for breakfast each day, from delectable Chinese dim sum to a more spicy Malay food.
What is your favourite Malaysian breakfast food? In no particular order, here are 20 Malaysian breakfasts you must try during your stay here and where you can find them.
It is definitely worth reading!

Nasi Lemak

Nasi lemak is a favourite breakfast among all races in Malaysia. The fragrant rice dish is infused with coconut milk, and served with fried anchovies, sambal (spicy shrimp paste), boiled or fried egg, and sometimes cucumber as well as peanuts. Nasi Lemak has even been listed as one of 10 most healthy international breakfasts by TIME Magazine. The price ranges between RM2 and RM20 for a plate of nasi lemak, mainly depend on where you buy it. Nothing beats getting up early on a weekend than eating Village Park’s famous nasi lemak at Damansara Uptown for a true Malaysian breakfast!

Nasi Kerabu

Nasi Kerabu is a unique Malay rice dish with the rice in blue colour, a type of nasi ulam. It is quite popular as a breakfast dish for Kelantanese. It is eaten with various mixture of Ulam (traditional local salad), crackers, fish or fried chicken, pickles, hard-boiled salted egg. The blue colour comes from flower’s petals used in cooking it. Try out nasi kerabu at Kesom Café, Petaling Jaya for your stay as it is packed with a good amount of flavour, various ingredients for texture and a price you simply can’t resist! But, in Kelantan, one of the best places to sample this dish is Kak Ma Nasi Kerabu in Kota Bahru.

Classic Combination (Kaya toast + Half-boiled egg + Coffee)

This is a classic combination as all walks of life love to eat it. A sweet start to your day with kaya toast, normally filled with coconut jam or peanut butter.
This is usually paired with a cup of coffee or tea, and sometimes complemented by a couple of soft-boiled eggs. The combination of this meal could be found at any kopitiam (cofffee shop). It is also one of the best sellers in some retail outlets such as Old Town White Coffee and Toast Box.
Tips: Popular kopitiam with this classic combination include Yut Kee Kopitiam, one of the oldest kopitiams in KL (Established in 1928) and Transfer Road Roti Bakar in Penang.

Tosai

No Malaysian breakfast list is complete without Thosai! This long, crepe-like meal may look huge when served, but you’ll soon see that it takes up a small room in your stomach. This is typically served with yogurt or curry on the side.
Charred to a mellow crisp on the edges, warm and a tad tart from fermentation, it’s hard to believe that something so simple and humble can turn into one scrumptious dish.

Famous restaurant to sample tosai: Chat Masala Restaurant in Brickfieds, Kuala Lumpur. (Specializing in authentic Indian cuisine)

Roti Canai

If there’s only one roti you’ll try in Malaysia, this should be it. Roti Canai, a type of flatbread influenced by the Indian ethnicity and it is usually served with dal (lentil-based soup) or kari ikan (fish curry) and is best eaten with bare hands.
Roti Canai is commonly sold in our local Indian tea stalls, famously known to the locals as Mamak stall. Mamak stall is also our locals favorite not only for food but also as a hang out place! Roti canai is variable from original, to the locals – Roti kosong, which means no fillings to choices of fillings with eggs, banana, chicken, lamb, tuna, etc, served with chicken curry, fish curry, dhal or combination of any curry of your preferences. Watching it being prepared itself is a spectacular as the roti is flung into the air like a pizza base.

Dim Sum

If you prefer snacks to breakfasts, or snacks for breakfast, this bite-sized style of cuisine will suit your palate and your gastronomic fashion. Fresh, flavourful and steaming food is typically served in bamboo steamer baskets and Chinese tea.
There are loads of variations to choose from, although some of the more popular ones are the Xiao Long Bao, Har Gow (Shrimp dumpling), Siu Mai (Steamed dumplings with pork and prawns) and Loh Bak Gao (steamed turnip cake).
Some of the famous outlets for your breakfast selection include Foo Hing Dim Sum in Puchong, Jin Xuan Hong Kong Restauratnt, Dragon-i Restaurant and etc. If your preference is halal, Malaysia has plenty of halal dim sum restaurants to choose from, with one of the popular brands in town being Dolly Dim Sum.

Yong Tau Foo

This Hakka dish is a mix of fish, meat, vegetables and tofu. Traditionally, only tofu cubes were stuffed with a paste of fish and pork, and then deep fried or braised. Vendors later got creative and started stuffing vegetables like bitter gourd, ladies’ fingers, chillies and brinjals. Along with the stuffed ingredients are fish and meat balls, and also fried tofu skin. The dry version of the dish is enjoyed with chilli and sweet sauces, but the ingredients are also served in a clear soup. Side dishes such as chee cheong fun and rice are optional. Some of the famous stalls for this dish include Foong Foong restaurant at Ampang and a Yong Tau Foo at Puchong Batu 14 in front of a Chinese vernacular school.

Bah Kut Teh

The name literally translated as “meat bone tea” where various parts of pork is slow-cooked in a complex broth of herbs and spices. Bak Kut Teh is one of the local Chinese favorite breakfast for a nutritious meal, a calorie dense breakfast where it is said that this dish was once created for the hard labour. It comes in various forms as it could be strong and intense, or light and soupy; it could come in a humble bowl with only pork, or it could come in a claypot of goodies.
Klang is regarded as the city of Bak Kut Teh as there are more than one hundred Bak Kut Teh restaurants in the city itself. Under The Bridge Bak Kut Teh is one of the first to come to mind when the question of best Bak Kut Teh arises. This restaurant in Klang dates back to 1979, but the recipe has over 70 years of history.

Noodles soup

If you like your noodles, why not have it for breakfast? Some of the exciting choices here include curry noodles, soto, wan tan noodles, fish soup noodles, shredded chicken noodles and asam laksa.

Noodle soup is another preferred local breakfast, where lots of variation is widely available across Malaysia. From a bowl of delicate curry noodles, soto, fish soup noodles, shredded chicken noodles and lots more exciting choices.
Noodle soup is an excellent pick for breakfast as the soup is highly nutritious especially when the soup is done right.

Laksa Perlis

Many may not familiar about dishes or cuisines from Perlis. However, you should not miss out Laksa Perlis.

At first glance, the dish looks just like the Malay laksa you find in the other northern states of Kedah and Penang. But if you’re looking for traditional Perlis laksa, head to the Laksa Kak Su at Jalan Siakap 1, Kuala Perlis.
Fresh house-made thick rice noodles are served in a fishy gravy along with “ulam” such as julienned cucumber, onion, chillies and daun selom.
Interestingly, Laksa Perlis, or known as “Laksa Kola” locally, is always eaten with pulut udang or kuih spera (like a curry puff but with a savoury grated coconut filling). It makes the gravy thicker and more delicious.

Big Breakfast

A huge plate of Big Breakfast for a breakfast or brunch with family or friends is the best way to kick off the first episode of the day.
With the mushrooming of fancy cafes in KL, most Malaysians have taken a strong liking for the western style hearty breakfast sets.
These usually come with a large portion of well-arranged sausages, sautéed mushrooms, baked beans, toast and eggs.
Places to check out if you love a good brunch or Big Breakfast include FEEKA Coffee Roasters @ Bukit Bintang (pork-free), Plan b, Merchant’s Lane @ Petaling Street (pork-free), Acme Bar Coffee @ The Troika (pork-free) and many more!

Stir-fried noodles/Char Kuey Teow, Mee Goreng….

Stir-fried noodles or Char Kuey Teow or Mee Goreng and etc. are always the favourite dishes for Malaysians. It can be enjoyed as your breakfast, lunch or dinner as it is quite easy to find it on the streets.

Mee Goreng literally translated as fried noodle or commonly known as “chow mein” in Cantonese is another widely favoured choice of breakfast. It is fried with high temperature to create a strong aromatic plate of delicacy.
Char Keow Teow, which is basically flat rice noodles stir-fried with shrimp, bloody cockles, Chinese lap cheong has won the heart of diners from all over the world. It is a must-try dish when travelling to Penang. You have not visited Penang if you have not check it out.

Lontong

Lontong is an Asian dish that is commonly served with nasi impit (compressed rice) which is cut into cubes. It is drenched with a coconut milk and turmeric-based broth cooked with a variety of vegetables along with condiments such as fried tempeh, fried tofu and boiled eggs. You can add to the mix with sambal. An addition that’s highly recommended is the fried beef lung. It’s sliced thinly and fried until very crisp so that even in the broth, the pieces remain crunchy. Famous spot to try out Lontong is Chawan in Bangsar, whereby many white and blue-collared men and women will gather there in the morning to take this dish to kick start the day.

Teh Tarik, Milo, Cham, Hoi Nam Cha, etc.

You haven’t been to Malaysia until you’ve tasted Teh Tarik, or “pulled tea”. It got its name from the way the tea is poured from cup to cup to achieve that frothy surface. It pairs well with any breakfast meal.

Apart from Teh Tarik, the locals love a cup of coffee, better known as “kopi” (Local Malay word). A mixture of coffee and tea and you will get a cup of “cham” which means “mixture” in Cantonese. Malaysians basically love a dose of caffeine in the morning. Not to forget that Milo, a malt chocolate drink that Malaysian children raved over.

Most people choose to dip their cream crackers or biscuits into a nice, warm cup of this yummy drink. Be sure to have a cup of our local beverages and you can be considered as truly visiting this country.

Buns, pastry and kuih

It is not to difficult to look for a bun stall in most of the local breakfast places especially the morning market. Some of the bun with good demand include sweet coconut jam (kaya) bun, dried meat bun, hot dog bun, minced meat bun, tuna bun, peanut bun and etc. Besides, some of these stalls also selling pastry and kuih – local desserts. Nyonya kuih, for example, is a proud invention that most Malaysians choose to surrender their sweet tooth upon.

Chee Cheong Fun

Chee Cheong Fun is a steamed flat rice noodle rolls and taken with sauce, either sweet or savoury. In Penang, the rolls are cut into short cylinders and served with condiments such as thnee cheo (a sweet dark-red sauce), hae ko (black, prawn paste sauce), chilli sauce, oil and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Some people prefer the Chee Cheong Fun lightly tossed in curry sauce as well. People in Penang all have their favourite but you can’t go wrong with the stall outside Seow Fong Lye Cafe on Macalister Lane. Be prepared to wait for your order.

Yau Char Kwai

Yau Char Kway (Cantonese) literally means “oil-fried devil” a name in accordance to the Chinese culture. The traditional deep-fried snack has been a breakfast staple for the Chinese for as long as any of us could remember. Here in Malaysia, it has been always served for breakfast with rice congee or dipped in soy milk, the long golden-brown snack is also eaten with bak kut teh or a cup of brewed coffee. You can also just simply munch on it.

Nasi Dagang

Nasi Dagang

Nasi dagang is one of the most popular breakfast dishes in Terengganu. Nasi dagang is a mixture of white fragrant rice and white glutinous rice. Here, most of the people prefer to eat it together with a curry made with ikan tongkol, a tuna species fished off the coast, and simple side dishes of acar timun and a hard-boiled egg.
Some of the top picks to check out this dish include a stall called Mak Ngah located at Kampung Bukit, Kuala Terengganu and also Kak Pah’s stall at the Batu Buruk food court.

Fish Noodles

 As most of the breakfast dishes introduced here are famous in peninsular, let’s take a look on a common dish for Sabahans called fish noodles.
Fish noodles at Jong Fa Pai restaurant in Kota Kinabalu served with meaty chunks of fish in a fish-based broth (clear or with milk) along with tofu, preserved vegetables and tomatoes. A halal version can be found at Wan Wan outlets.
Ngiu chap (In Hakka dialect), which means “mixed cow”, is another favorite breakfast noodle among Sabahans. Eaters can expect every single part of the cow in this dish, including beef balls, tripe, tongue and tendons. Some people even add in liver and other innards.

Sarawak Laksa

 For Sarawakian, Sarawak Laksa makes for an amazing breakfast. The late Anthony Bourdain, who featured Sarawak laksa in his TV shows once called Sarawak Laksa “Breakfast of the Gods”.
Significantly different from the many other types of laksa available in Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak Laksa consists of rice vermicelli, shredded omelette, cooked prawns and strips of chicken in an aromatic broth, with sambal and lime served on the side.
This dish is beloved by all Sarawakians and is enjoyed by families and friends no matter what time of the day. Highly recommended Kuching restaurants that serve Sarawak laksa are Mom’s Laksa @ Gita (halal) and Golden Arch Cafe.

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10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MALAYSIA’S LATEST ATTRACTION, ENCORE MELAKA

Hear ye! Hear ye! There’s a new attraction in town and we’ve got the 101 on it for you right here!

From the Impression series of world-acclaimed performances in China comes Encore Melaka, specially curated and directed by Wang Chaoge (the creative force behind the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Opening Ceremony) to express her feelings for Melaka, its past, present and future.

Having just opened its doors on 7 July 2018, Encore Melaka puts up a magnificent and spectacular show. Expect emotive storytelling, high-energy choreography, vivid stage settings with creative lighting and unbelievable stage effects along with a score of moving music that will not only inspire audiences but capture their imagination, too.

We had a chance to be among the first to view the performance on its grand launch, which coincided with the very date that Melaka was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage City in 2008, and came away fully impressed (no pun intended)!

Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect of this awe-inspiring show that spans 700 years of story-telling through beautiful costumes, light, music, dance, folklore and history, all using top-notch technology that will blow your mind away!

  1. A new landmark in Melaka: The theatre itself is a work of art! Overlooking the scenic Straits of Melaka, it sets a new landmark in Melaka with its contemporary design. The façade is tiled with fish scale-like LED panels which reflect light from the ever-changing and vibrant sky of Melaka. It is the largest permanent theatre in Malaysia designed by chief architect Wang Ge from the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, and is purpose-built for Encore Melaka and nothing else! Tip: Come early before the show to catch the beautiful sunset scene of the theatre hall against the Straits of Melaka.

  2. State-of-the-art theatre hall: This theatre hall is unlike any other. The audience seats are situated in what seems to be an island surrounded by massive screens. In fact, to get to your seats, you will have to cross over the stage! Seating capacity is 2,000 and it has state-of-the-art theatre technology including a sophisticated hydraulics system to support the 240 meter-long stage, multi-layered stages, advanced audio and 3D video mapping projection equipment. All this technology is synchronised to create a vivid and immersive theatre experience for all.

  3. The 360 degree rotating audience platform: The “wow” factor of this theatre is definitely the 360 degree rotating audience platform surrounded by four stages, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. The entire island of seats rotate automatically during the performance but you might not even realise the movements as the turns are so subtle. But, it will move you from stage to stage, bringing you a new perspective of the performance each time.

  4. Abstract storytelling: Don’t expect a linear re-telling of Melaka’s history in this show. Instead, Wang Chaoge wanted to compile cultural stories of Melaka and vignettes of life that reflected a society which embraced diversity and inclusiveness. There are snippets depicting Baba Nyonya wedding traditions, but in other scenes are abstract representations of Melaka and its people through symbolic dance movements. Never mind if some of the scenes are too deep, the production itself, through artistic choreography, creative stage use, costumes and music, and 3D mapping technology, will keep you mesmerized. 

  5. A performer’s dream: During the 70-minute live performance, about 200 local performers from all over Malaysia, aged between 18 and 63 years will take to the stage. The show’s producers proudly shared with us that putting together the show had brought about the realization of dreams for many of their performers. Indeed, the production supports the full-time careers of these performers and goes to show that the arts is well and truly alive in Malaysia.

  6. Memorable scenes: Keep your eyes open for some of the most memorable scenes of the performance: mesmerizing abstract lines dancing across the scene/stage depicting waves that later transform into a fleet of ships during the Cheng Ho scene; rows of shirtless drummers masterfully hitting drums in sync against projected imagery of waves; the water effects accompanied by emotive choreography in one of the show’s most thought-provoking dance sequence; the scene when a line of ladies dressed in colourful kebayas take on the stage with their stirring and nuanced performance. The show is presented in English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, and other local dialects, reflecting the multi-racial and multi-cultural society in Melaka, but even so, remember that theatre, dance and music breaks all barriers. 

  7. The work of an accomplished director: The whole storyline of Encore Melaka is the brainchild of Wang Chaoge, after studying Melaka’s history, culture, traditions and people for two years. It showcases her own perceptions and interpretations of the Melaka culture, after immersing herself in its history, experiencing the modern Melaka and envisioning its future. In fact, she has been famously quoted as saying, “I did not choose Melaka; Melaka has chosen me…” when explaining why Melaka was handpicked out of 150 competing countries lobbying for their own Impression show.

  8. The tenth Impression series and first out of China: The Impression series was started in 1998 by Wang Chaoge, along with fellow directors Zhang Yimou and Fan Yue. In China, six Impression shows and three Encore shows have been created under the series. Some of the famous Impression series include Impression Sanjie Liu and Impression Lijiang which are outdoor performances utilizing natural backdrops of mountains, lakes and rivers. When Melaka was handpicked by Wang Chaoge as the coveted home of Encore Melaka, it made Malaysia the first country outside of China to continue the legacy of this well-established performance series.

  9. Impression City in Melaka – The Encore Melaka theatre is part of a larger waterfront integrated mixed development called Impression City Melaka which encompasses hotels, serviced apartments, commercial complexes, office towers, educational and wellness facilities, a shopping mall, retail shops, a yatch club and a marina. The landmark 56 ha project with a gross development value of RM7 billion, is being developed by Yong Tai Berhad and expected to be ready in eight to ten years’ time. Encore Melaka theatre will remain as the centerpiece of this new destination.

  10. Close proximity to other tourist attractions – The theatre is located in Melaka’s most prominent site, along the city’s waterfront, just 3.5 km from Jonker Street, a renowned China town in the city. It is quite close to the city’s shopping, historic and cultural areas. In fact, from the Melaka city centre, it will barely take you 15 minutes to reach the theatre site. Bear in mind, though, as the theatre is located within a new commercial district, there aren’t many retail outlets just yet, so it is best to dine in the city before going for the show.

 

Contact Details/Information:

Address: No. 1 Jalan KSB, Impression 8, Impression City @ Kota Syahbandar, 75200, Melaka, Malaysia.
Ticketing: The ticket prices is from RM128 onwards. Visit https://encore-melaka.com/ticketing for ticket purchase.
Show Time: Monday –Saturday (5.30pm 8.30pm); Sunday (2.30pm 5.30pm).

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MALAYSIA SUPER SALE 

The Malaysia Super Sale will begin on 1 February until 15 March, offering shoppers 43 days of discounts and bargains at shopping malls and retail outlets nationwide.

The sale season coincides with significant celebrations including Valentine’s Day on 14 February as well as Chinese New Year on 16 and 17 February, thus providing ample opportunities for shoppers to make advanced preparations for the special day.

Shoppers can expect not only discounts of up to 70% on goods and services but also marvel at the gorgeous decorations put up at each shopping mall.

Among the shopping malls in the Klang Valley contributing towards the excitement of the sale, season is Pavilion KL, Sunway Pyramid, Sunway Putra Mall and Sungei Wang.

At Pavilion KL, the Chinese New Year decorations begin at the iconic landmark just outside the entrance of the mall at the Pavilion Crystal Fountain where shoppers can toss a coin to make a wish. Then step into the colorful gardens of the Main Entrance where flower blooms cascade from above “blessing” those who visit. Pavilion KL’s “Dream Garden of Prosperity” theme goes all out to bless its visitors with good wishes and prosperity. It’s all part of the Visit Pavilion KL 2018 campaign to encourage more people to stopover at the award-winning mall.

Meanwhile, Sunway Pyramid goes with “The Merriment of Spring” theme, rewarding shoppers with a chance to grab All-Season Prosperity Angpows and Reunion Dining Sets. A photo booth featuring a traditional tea house set-up is where shoppers can snap as many photos as they want. There is also a variety of stalls selling the usual Chinese New Year offerings such as beard candy, traditional candies, calligraphy, fresh flowers, and traditional costumes. Shoppers can also enjoy lion dance performances every Saturday at the Concourse.

Not to be outdone, Sunway Putra Mall will ring in the celebrations with its “Wind of Blessings” theme. Visit the Flower Market by Green Pasture selling bountiful blooms, or look out for festive essentials at the Spring Bazaar. Apart from that, there are also great deals and irresistible offers at RM8 at selected outlets. Lion dance performances and art and craft activities are also scheduled while the public are encouraged to toss their wishes at the Tree of Blessings for a special someone and the mall will grant selected wishes. To add to the festive atmosphere, there will be a “Mandarin Orange Eating Competition” for the public to participate and win amazing prizes.

Sungei Wang, one of the oldest shopping malls in KL, is also ready to usher in the year of Earth Dog with the theme “Sungei Wang Garden of Wealth” to spread wealth and prosperity to all its visitors. One of the main highlights at the mall is the Golden Money Tree Ang Pao Pick where shoppers have a chance to win the grand prize of RM888 cash if they are lucky enough to choose the right red envelope! Also not to be missed at the mall is the attempt by the QiLing Dragon Lion Dance Association to enter the Malaysia Book of Records for the title of Longest LED Dragon Dance. The dragon, at a whopping length of 668 feet, will be paraded around the entire Bukit Bintang area at 7pm on 3 February.

 

Other shopping malls are also going all out to make this sale season a spectacular one. Don’t forget to check out Fahreneit88 with their “Bundles of Luck” celebration; Intermark Mall with their “Streams of Harmony” theme; Suria KLCC with their daily prosperity giveaways; and more!

While shopping in Malaysia is considered one of the popular tourist activities due to the favorable exchange rate, quality of products and diversity of choice, the experience goes up a few notches during the three annual sale seasons in the country.

The other two sale seasons not to be missed are the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival from 15 May to 31 July and the Malaysia Year End Sale from 1 November to 31 December this year.

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PARK HOTEL MELAKA

Park Hotel Group has signed a management contract with a subsidiary of Jaya Mapan for its first hotel in Malaysia.

The Park Hotel Melaka, scheduled to open in H1 2019, is Park Hotel Group’s sixth country and ninth city in its development pipeline.

Located in the heart of Kota Laksamana’s entertainment and business district, the 245-key new build Park Hotel Melaka is 90 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and a 10 minutes’ drive from the Melaka Sentral bus and taxi terminal.

The hotel will be part of The Green, a mixed-use development that also comprises retail outlets, shop offices and serviced apartments.

BW Lim International is behind the design of the development that seeks to create a new lifestyle urban living environment by incorporating contemporary landscape features into open, green spaces.

In addition to 245 guest rooms, the 16-storey hotel will feature a bistro and rooftop bar, as well as a complete range of facilities including an infinity pool, a sauna, gymnasium, business centre and meetings rooms.

A plethora of dining and shopping choices are within close proximity, with the vibrant Jonker Walk and famous attractions such as the historical A’Famosa fortress, St. Paul’s Church and Baba and Nyonya Museum less than 10 minutes away.

For business travellers, the commercial area in Melaka Raya is easily accessible in 5 minutes.

“Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, Melaka is a beautiful city with a wealth of history and unique blend of cultures and experiences to offer. Upcoming developments such as the Melaka Gateway and Impression Melaka are also set to transform the city, ushering significant investors and travellers to this part of Malaysia,” said Mr Allen Law, Chief Executive Officer of Park Hotel Group.

Park Hotel Group owns and manages 13 hotels in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Japan and Australia. The group extended its portfolio to resort properties with Park Hotel Nusa Dua, Bali last year. Park Hotel Farrer Park, the group’s 5th hotel in Singapore is scheduled to open at the end of this year. Its first hotel in Australasia – Park Hotel Adelaide is slated to open in 2018

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The Eastern & Oriental (E & O) Hotel during Penang, Malaysia (Part 1)

The Eastern Oriental Hotel (popularly famous as a E. O) (N5.42314 E100.33597) is located during 10, Farquhar Street, Georgetown, Penang. We spent a family vacation here for 3 days 2 nights on May 2013.
I will apart into 2 blog posts since a page competence bucket unequivocally delayed due to many photos.

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About a Eastern Oriental Hotel :-
Established by a famed Sarkies Brothers in 1885, whose architectural landmarks also embody a Raffles Hotel in Singapore, a Eastern Oriental (EO) Hotel in Penang island is a usually hotel in a heart of a George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site that possesses primary sea frontage. Over a century-and-a-quarter history, a EO Hotel has played horde to some of a world’s many distinguished artists, writers and heads of state.

Today, a lush 100 all-suite hotel stands as a grand lady of birthright hotels, a particular exemplary magnificence and beauty of use extended with time. Majority of a suites demeanour out onto a elaborate garden and swimming pool with views opposite a Andaman Sea.

The Hotel’s restaurants and bar—Sarkies, 1885 and Farquhar Bar—have a distinguished repute for portion an endless menu trimming from Penang’s internal delicacies to European glorious dining.

EO’s noble grand ballroom is ideal for hosting grave banquets, full with observation balconies and discriminating joist floors to honour a epoch and intrigue of debutante’s balls and black tie cooking and dancing.

The adjacent annexe retard is now being propitious out and scheduled for execution in late 2012. The 15-storey building will be named a Victory Annexe, a namesake being an aged retard of a hotel, so named after a British feat in World War I. The Annexe will supplement a offer 139 suites, all sea-fronting, to a benefaction 100, complemented by new restaurants, assembly rooms, pool, spa, and niche sell outlets. To heed between a dual hotel sections, a existent hotel building will be famous as a Heritage Wing.

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The hotel staffs were unequivocally good and helpful. The feeling started from a reception. At initial we went into a Heritage Wing and found out that a room was during a Vicotry Annexe Wing (the new wing), therfore they beam us all a approach to a other accepting area kindly though any hesitation.

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Then we walked by a Nice colonnade from a aged building to a new building. Honestly, we never feel sleepy walking by this birthright passageway…especially during a night time where all a lights up…I’ll share a photos with we later…

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The check-in was good and fast! we like a respectful lady who attended to us and we were tender when she ask us to wait during a loll sitting area afterwards she brought all a keys to us.

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The immature lady (from a reception) was patiently explain each trickery that we can implement within a hotel, we like a approach she presented to us.
I will uncover a room photos in my subsequent post, and now…let me uncover we around a hotel…

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The Gallery is situated behind a lift run (on a right), a place tell all about The Eastern Oriental Hotel of Penang. It was only like a mini museum…

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The above print showed a opinion of E O Hotel on year 1885, it was a fisrt look…

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The above print explain a debate of a 4 Sarkies brothers and a year they built a hotel…
There was a good lady who good famous a story and patiently explain to us of a pleasing stories of Eastern Oriental Hotel of Penang. Appreciated.

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The History :-
In a early days as an outpost of a East India Company, Penang drew travellers of each shade and outline – merchants, missionaries, mercenaries, sailors and adventurers. From London to Singapore, one was compulsory to cruise around a Cape of Good Hope, an strenuous debate that took 4 months on a average. In a 1840s, an overland rail track was determined that done it probable for travellers to by-pass a Cape of Good Hope altogether.

But it was not until a opening of a Suez Canal in 1869 and a attainment of a steamship, that transport to Asia insincere rare character and luxury. Writers, actors, playwrights, a abounding and a titled, wearied with Europe and America, looked to a outlandish East to prove their wanderlust. Suddenly, there was a new multiply of travellers – a globetrotters.

It was to accommodate a final of these new abundant travellers that a Eastern Oriental was born.

Already eminent in Southeast Asia for their craving and business acumen, a Armenian Sarkies brothers, Martin and Tigran, staid down in Penang and determined a Eastern Hotel in 1884. Encouraged by a success, they non-stop another hotel, a Oriental in 1885, on an adjacent square of land confronting a sea. Combined, these dual hotels became a largest hotel in Penang, charity 80 gentle and tastefully allocated rooms.

The above story is Only part of it, if we meddlesome to know about a hotel, greatfully revisit their ‘Gallery’ in a Victory Annexe Wing. Thanks.

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As we said, we like to travel pass a colonnade between a aged and new wings countlessly since of a birthright deco. The pathway was opposite during a day time and a night time…

During day time…

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Then we reached a Lobby of a Heritage Wing…the Dome pattern is marvelous! It’s echoing each singular difference below, that’s mean…there will be no tip underneath a Dome area…:)

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The Antique Lift that is still duty well, according to a Manager of E O Hotel.

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Follow by a restaurants in a hotel….

The hotel has 2 Sakies Corner, they are located during a Heritage Wing and a Victory Annexe Wing…both are carrying a opposite sourroundings and decorations…

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This grill looked so old-fashioned and we like a ambience unequivocally much! The comfortable lightings during a dusk make a grill feel some-more comfort and cozy…
Operating hours are from 10.00 am – 11.00 pm (Daily)

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Next to a Sarkies Corner, it is a 1885 Fine Dining Restaurat.
Named for a year that a EO Hotel was established, 1885 offers exemplary nonetheless contemporary cuisine in an glorious sourroundings in a glorious traditions of colonial glorious dining.

The preference of resourceful alloy dishes from thier achieved chefs, accompanied by a glorious preference of wines, outlines 1885 as a ideal choice for an beguiling dining experience.

The sourroundings of a 1885 Restaurant

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The atmosphere was Perfect! we can’t unequivocally report in difference though we have to try it yourself…

Traditional English Afternoon Tea is also served in this glorious setting.
Candlelit tables, stiff linens, china service, and courteous staff emanate a enchanting experience.

Operating hours are from 2.00 pm – 11.00 pm (Daily)

Not to forget, a Farquhar’s Bar is situated beside a run of a Heritage Wing. You can have some beers or others ethanol to relax yourself after your wealthy dinner…

Operating hours are from 11.00 am – 12.00 am

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There is a live rope opening during a dusk and we like a wooden armchair pattern unequivocally much!

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I did mentioned that we like to travel along a colonnade large time…and when a night tumble and all a lights up, it presented a other beauty of it…

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Beside a passageway, a garden also embellished with all a pleasing comfortable lightings accompany by a sea zephyr from Penang Strait…it’s kind of regretful garden area in a evening…

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It was another delight strolling in a garden during night, a Penang Strait was on a left and a credentials lights was from Butterwoth city of mainland.

We had 2 restaurants to select for a daily nominal breakfast, The Sarkies Corner or The Planters Lounge on a 6th Floor. Both are located in Victory Annexe Wing and also called a ‘New Wing’. The Sarkies Corner had many some-more varieties review with a Planters Lounge, though a loll has some-more remoteness for a hotel guests.

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Full of varieties in a breakfast, they offer internal foods, western foods, tender foods, breads and many more…you can simply spend 2 hours by enjoying a breakfast here…

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And my breakfast is always ‘simple’…

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The Planters Lounge is a private loll exclusively for all a guest who stay in Victory Annexe Wing. It dining area connected from a loll to a 6th Floor Infinity swimming pool. The loll is open from a afternoon unitl 10pm, though we visited during 5pm – 7pm where they served all a finger dishes and alcohols.

The interior and dining area of Planters Lounge (6th Floor of Victory Annexe Wing)

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And we can also select a outside event area where with a glorious perspective of a Penang Strait. It connected to a Infiity Pool area…

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The dishes and drinks by a Planters Lounge

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And they do offer soothing drinks, Red Wine from Chile, white booze and Anchor Beer. All on a house!

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We like to suffer a dishes and drinks during a pool area, we did it for 2 days! 🙂

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After a dishes and drinks, we jumped into a pool…we did that for continual 2 days during a stay…:)
I like to float to a edge, admiring a perspective of a Strait…

The hotel has a good jetty located in between a 2 wings, maybe we can get down from a Cruise directly and travel to a hotel in a nearby future…

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The Eastern Oriental Hotel is one of a Best place to relax yourself and it is also a Only 5 starts Heritage Hotel in Penang. we felt a opposite within their services review with other 5 starts hotel.
We were unequivocally comfort interacted with a hotel staffs, and not to forget a many accessible chairman in a E O Gallery. we apologies that we can't remember her name, she easily explained a histories of E O Hotel to us was unequivocally appreciated and we like her attitude! Great!

Definitely it’s value for a second revisit and it was one of a Best Hotel we ever stay before!

Ms Eileen Chong and Ms Melvis, interjection for your warmest liberality and we unequivocally appreciated.

*  The practical debate for a few forms of bedrooms will be continue in my subsequent blog post.

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