Modo Alimentare a.k.a. food way

Compared with those Dim Sum restaurants at Georgetown, one of the advatanges of Maxim Dim Sum Restaurant is its plenty parking lots.
Since it was Sunday, not surprisedly, We saw many people in the shop.

Many are old folks and also some youth accompany their parents or grandparents for breakfast.

It starts to operate from 6am to 2pm.

After grab a seat, a staff very quickly approached to our table, asked about the order for tea and passed us the above card.
This restaurant is slightly different from ordinary Dim Sum Restaurant, as we need to we should go over the Dim Sum & Pau area and order for foods. After we choose and get our Dim Sum, the staff will tick on the card.

Waited for 5 mins, we get our tea, "Xiang Pian".
Then we started to go getting our Dim Sum.
Maxim Dim Sum Restaurant offers a huge varieties of fried and steamed Dim Sum which includes Egg tart, Lao Po Peng, HK-style Custard bun, glutinous rice rolls, Paos, dumpling and rice rolls with ingredients of chicken, pork, prawns and vegetables , fish balls, Chee Cheong Fun and many more .

Carrot Cake. This is the 1st MUST-TRY item at Maxim Dim Sum Restaurant.
The outer layer is crunchy but the inner part is very soft.

The 2nd MUST-TRY item at Maxim Dim Sum Restaurant is the very delicious fried prawn dumplings. So sorry that I forgot to take the photo as all of us cannot "tahan" its temptation...
There’s not a hint of oil smell. As usual, we dipped the fried prawn dumplings into the mayonaisse and trust me, they are more tasty than plain-eating them.

Char Siew Sau. This is not Good. Cannot feel the aroma of Char Siew at all.

The Best Char Siew Sau is still belonged to Wang Kok Restaurant's.
Siew Mai with Red Colour Skin. Taste ok.

The Vegetable skinned Har Gao. Very nice. The prawns are very fresh and the skin is more special than plain skin. We can taste the vegetables inside too.

Normal Plain Har Gao. The prawn is very fresh.
Shark Fin Har Gao.
The har gao here is fresh and they have one prawn in there and the taste is ok.
However, i cannot find any different from the normal plain Har Gao except the price.
The Fried Fish Cake. Quite nice. The juice of the fish is trapped inside the skin.

We also ordered the Lao Po Peng, some assorted siu mai, and Fried Glutinous Ball with Lotus and peanut pastings.
Overall, 3 of us spent total of RM 29 for this breakfast. I am quite satisfied with the service and the food.

Before this breakfast, I read some comments from Duckie Food blog before and it worries me.

Luckily, the restaurant has improved itself and stripped off the Dim Sum Trolley idea. And of course, no more "super Model" waiter/waitress.

Just hope that they can improve the quality of their tea. It is my 1st time to taste bitter "Xiang Pian". haha
Food Type: Chinese Food
Name: Maxim Dim Sum Restaurant
Address : Located at the Pekaka Building (It’s located just next to Tesco Extra)
Price:from RM2.10 to RM3.00 per basket
Modo Alimentare a.k.a. food way

Restoran Sin Tai Tung is a chu char place that serves great home cooked Chinese dishes.

One night, again, my family suddenly crave for good food, so we decided to pay a visit to Restoran Sin Tai Tung !

Tofu. The sauce is quite nice.

Fried vegetables in Sambai.
This one is nice. I always like to eat it even it is cooked with chilis.

Sweet & sour Fish Fillet.
THis is my Favourite!
super tasty ya...

The meat is very stiff.

RM 40.60 for 4 people... Reasonable bah?

Food Type: Chinese Food

Name: Restoran Sin Tai Tung

Address : 130 Macalister Road, 10400 Penang.

Tel: 04-227 1745

Note: Close on Every Tuesday

Modo Alimentare a.k.a. food way

Let's see, T.G.I. Friday's has been introduced to Penangites for like almost 3 years and I have yet to dine there.

We have heard a lot of the T.G.I. Friday's , some said their food & service is good and some said lousy.

So who is correct?

Last Sat, I have tried T.G.I. Friday's the 1st time together with my parents & my brothers.

I am now going to tell you my true experience of dining.

The answer is Not Too Bad.

At least the service is considered as good. The waitress kindly helped us to refrigerate my Brother's Secret Recipe Birthday Cake right after we stepped into TGI.

After our dinner, they also sang 'Happy Birthday' to my brother to celebrate his Birthday. Although we were surprised but we indeed felt their passion & good service. =)

However, I must admit that the food quality still has much to be improved...

T.G.I. Friday's = GOOD service + poor taste of food = not too bad...

The Menu:

After deep consideration, we have decided to order the RM 29.90 2 course meal set.

We can choose an appetizer and an Entree.

This was our appetizer ~ Boneless Wings

This was very juicy.

This was the most delicious food!

Now you know how pity is the Food quality...
Entree: Sizzling Chicken & Cheese

So sorry that i have forgotten to take the photo of this...

As it was the last meal that presented to us...

The chicken breast is claimed to be garlic-martinated. But we did not feel any garlic aroma.
And the chicken breast is quite dry.

But the cheddar cheese mashed potatoes was Nice...

My Brother's meal ~ New York Strip

You can choose the sauce on top of the steak...
My Brother asked for fully-cooked and this was a BIG mistake.
The meat was cooked till so dry and hard.

After the explanation of the waiter, we only get to know that my youngest brother (who is 10 years old) was given a Free Kid's Meal for the main course that we had ordered.

Note: Each kid is only entitled for one free meal no matter how many main course that the adults order.

From the list of FOC Menu, my youngest brother chose this...

Kid's Hamburger
Charbroiled and served on a toasted sesame seed bun with Friday's® Fries. You can choose beef or chicken.

Lastly, this is the Birthday Cake from Secret Recipe!

Love it...

Happy Birthday, Wei Sheng!!! =)


Food Type: Western Food

Name: T.G.I. Friday's @ Queensbay Mall

Address : Lot GF 131 & 139, Ground Floor Queensbay Mall,100 Persiaran Bayan Indah, Bayan Lepas,Pulau Pinang

Tel: 604-6413363
Fax: 604-6413263

Price: Main Course (Start from RM 20) (price updated till July 2009)

Modo Alimentare a.k.a. food way
There are Many Sushi Restaurants in Penang, one of the famous one is Sushi King. (famous but not compulsory tasty)

Last week, I went to the Sushi King in Queensbay Mall...
We normally will choose to seat in front of the SUSHI BElt so that we can get the sushi. But sometimes, I felt that the freshness of the sushi is not fresh enough.

some of the unpopular sushi have been on the sushi belt for so long but Sushi King still does not dispose it away.

My favourite sushi. I cannot find it along the SUSHI BELT.
So i decide to order it.
Freshly made so it is very nice...

Soup come together with the Una Don.

Una Don. the eel is tasty.

Garlic Fried rice in Japanese style. So so.

Curry Udon.
The curry soup is too watery. Cannot feel the aroma of curry.
My mom guess that the curry soup is made of curry powder+water.
but the Udon taste good.
sigh, so qe end up finishing the udon by not drinking any of the soup...

Tako ball. The size is smaller than the Tako ball sold in Jusco. But it is more expensive.
Nothing special so Not recommended.

The receipt and the address. Enjoy! =)

Food Type:Sushi + Japanese cuisine

Name: Sushi King @ Queensbay Mall

Modo Alimentare a.k.a. food way

There are 2 Kim Gary Restaurants in Penang, 1 in Queensbay and another in Gurney.

Last week, I went to the one in Queensbay...
Actually, Kim Gary Restaurant really attracts a lot of customers.
Even though it is weekdays, there are still so many customers keen to go back visit again & again...

Now they are having the promotion of new membership/renew of membership.
The details please read the flyer above.

one of the attraction points of Kim Gary is they always introduce new menu.
Hence, the thickness of their menu is increasing...=)

this is 1 page of the menu. I ordered Pork Chop Burger in Macau Style RM 6.50.

The meat is grilled but not fried. So it is very succulent & tasty. Yum Yum///

But dunno why, the cucumber inside of the burger is very bitter, haha...
It is so bitter until i need to remove all of the cucumber before i can continue my burger... =(

Cold HK-style Yuan Yang 冻鸳鸯。 The yuan yang is a real typical HK style, a mixture of coffee and milk tea.

One of my favourite dishes in HK Kim Gary Restaurant --> French Toast!

My friend, Sin Yee ordered this.

I like this more than the French toast from other HK style restaurants because Kim Gary uses Thick Toast. Very aromatic, very tasty....

A must-try side dish in Kim Gary I would say...

Cold Honey Lemon.

Frankly speaking, The dishes served inKim Gary are indeed very HONG KONG style.

The whole interior decoration is also broad, brightly lighted, and clean. The menu covers different types of dishes, you can sure find your favourites there.

too bad I forgot to take the receipt this time...

Food Type: Hong Kong Food

Name: HK Kim Gary Restaurant

Address : Queensbay

Modo Alimentare a.k.a. food way

It has been a long time since I last had Taiwan food.

So i am very glad that my cousin ask me to have dinner with her & her friends at Kocha Taiwanese Delight 台湾古早味.

The outlet size is quite big. There are several sections you can sit. But most of the time are occupied and you need to wait outside to be seated. So it is good that if can come here before 630pm.

Taiwan Curry Spare Ribs & Rice Set 台式咖喱猪排饭. The set is coming with soup of the day, 2 types of vegetables, dessert of the day, a cup of drink (coffee, tea or milk tea) and fruits. RM 18.80

The Spare ribs are very juicy and its size is just reasonable. Beside of the spare ribs is boiled egg (卤蛋). the curry sauce is not the typical Nanyang Curry flavor.

It is more similar to the Japanese sweet curry flavor, but not too as sweet as Japanese curry. But it is a good match with its plain rice with minced pork sauce.

The vegetables and the soup tasted just normal, not my cup of tea.

The dessert , according to my cousin, is 腐竹薏米,but to me the taste is abit plain.

I choose original flavor Milk Tea for my set dinner. If you want to order the other types of drinks from the menu , you need to pay extra RM 1 for change of drinks.

This is the only thing I wanna grumble after dinning in this restaurant.

My cousin's friend (who I just met that day) and me had ordered two sets of dinner on that day.

So the waiter just simply put the fruit of our two dinner sets onto the same plate (see the picture above).

This makes us very confused.

This is quite unreasonable. How can the waiter assume that the two person who ordered the two different sets of food will not mind to share the fruits on the same plate?

and they gave different types of fruits (watermelon or jambu) for different sets of food, how can we know which fruit is belong to which set? =(

Hope that they wont make this mistake again.

Minced pork rice. RM 3.20

same rice and same minced pork with the dinner set.

but comes with salted vegetables.

The rice is a perfect match with the micned pork sauce. the minced pork is not oily because they use lean meat 瘦肉。

Dumpling in Beef Soup Noodles set 水饺牛肉面。RM 13.80

I did not taste it.

But according to my cousin's friend, the soup taste good. Dumpling is just normal taste.

pay RM 1 to change the set Drink to honeydew bubble tea.

The receipt and the address. Enjoy! =)

Food Type: Taiwan Delights

Name: Kocha Taiwanese Delight

Address : No. 229, Jln Burmah 10350 Penang.

Contact: 04-2275048
Modo Alimentare a.k.a. food way

my breakfast - 嫁女饼 Part 2

My 2nd time of buying 嫁女饼 (Jia Nv Bing) or "Bride Piah",
this time, it is yellow in colour.

Compared to the 20 cents coin, we can see that the Piah is medium in size. It is bigger than normal tau sar piah but smaller than Pong Piah.

The paste is Lotus 莲蓉。

The paste is soft and not dry at all.

It is very tasty but yet not too sweet.

Quote from

" 按照广东传统习俗,婚嫁之前,礼饼是绝对不能少的,女家派礼饼给亲友就等于正式宣告家中有女儿将要出嫁。因此,以 嫁女饼 (Jia Nv Bing) or "Bride Piah" 为首的传统礼饼是婚礼至显隆重的尊贵聘物.
嫁女饼也叫绫酥. "

Based on the paste, I rate the awesomeness of the Piah as 80%.
Actually I like both Tau Sar & Lotus paste.... =)
And I would like to buy and taste it again. =)

Food Type: Chinese Desserts

Address : Jelutong market
Contact: -
Business Hour : Morning
Price: RM1.00 per piece (price updated till June 2009)
Modo Alimentare a.k.a. food way
Let us see, how many Zhu Char stall/restaurant (煮炒档)can we found in Penang?

Every Zhu Char has their own secret recipe or 招牌菜。
Normally, Zhu Char stall has no air-cond but Zhu Char restaurant do.

Putting aside the penang hawker food in
to consideration, if you are looking for a comfortable air-cond environment for a simple dinner, I believe Shang Pin Restaurant 香宾餐馆 is one of the ideal places. With very reasonable price , Shang Pin Restaurant 香宾餐馆 can provide you a great Zhu Char or great Seafood.

The outlet size is just as big as the normal coffee shop. But You can choose to seat outside or dine in at the air-conditoned restaurant. Most of the customers who like to smoke after having their dinner, they will choose to seat outside instead. hehe =)

Tie Ban Tofu 铁板豆腐 or sizzling plate tofu. This one is a must to be ordered whenever my family come to Shang Pin Reestaurant.

You can choose between Japanese Tofu or local Tofu. To increase the texture of this dish, you can ask the cook to add in egg. The sauce contains chili, minced meat and mushroom.

Fried Kang Kung with Sambal / 马来风光。 taste good but Not very spicy.

forget the name of this dish. But it tastes acceptable. "mai hiam beh pai"

招牌菜 : balacan Chicken
The chicken meat is juicy. & the texture of the meat is soft but munchy.
Some of the Zhu Char cannot handle this dish well and the chicken becomes too dry. But Shang Pin has no such problem.

The receipt and the address.

Enjoy! =)

Food Type: Chinese Cooked Food
Shang Pin Restaurant 香宾餐馆