Gourmet Garden

Hunting For The Flavors & Texture Of Yesteryears'

Gourmet Garden hunts for the flavours and texture of yesteryears’, and review eateries for their values worth. We strive to conserve the rich food heritage and culture that are slowly fading, and to share the enjoyment of wining and dining.

We expect every dining experience to be a tasteful journey for our palates and senses. EAT WELL, LIVE LIFE!

Weekend Sausage Sizzle By G Pool Bar At G Hotel Penang

Posted by Jason Wong On April - 7 - 20143 COMMENTS |

A few weeks ago in March 2014, G Hotel launched its “Saturday Sunday Sausage Sizzle” offering a variety of specially crafted hotdogs at its own G Pool Bar. Set in an urban rooftop pool setting, the Saturday Sunday Sausage Sizzle encourages hotel guests, Penangites, shoppers from the adjacent Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon to step out into the sunny weekend afternoon to soak up the sun while enjoying cook to order jumbo hotdogs and a glasses of ice cold beer or an interesting cocktail mixed and... (more...)

On that fateful day (3rd of Feb 2014) we planned to go to Bali Hai in Gurney Drive for a seafood dinner, but there were 2 staggered dinner time, one at 6pm and the other at 8pm. Who wants to dine at that kind of conditions, pay a not so inexpensive price and not be able to enjoy the dishes that await us?!  So, we decided to try out Angus House at Gurney Paragon, where we could take our time to savour the juicy Japanese styled charcoal flame grilled steaks with constant sea breezes blowing on our... (more...)

Stone Bay Restaurant At Jelutong Expressway

Posted by Jason Wong On March - 3 - 20142 COMMENTS |

Heard and seen much of it, but didn’t really thought of dining in Stone Bay Restaurant. This dining experience would be the first and most probably the last, unless I’m forced to attend events or function held there. Gill and I usually avoid restaurants that have menus that do not have price indications; it is a hassle to ask for the price of every dish. The occasion for the virgin visit to Stone Bay was an impromptu family gathering of sorts on the 16th of February 2014, Amos and Wendy... (more...)

Homemade “Yee Sang” Recipe with Chicken and Salmon Skin

Posted by Jason Wong On February - 6 - 2014ADD COMMENTS |

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year! May the year of the Wooden Horse bring you bountiful harvest and many wonderful flavours of life! Back in 2012, I have written about Yee Sang salad and its origins and evolution. This year, it will be about the non-commercial, homemade Lao Sang  (撈生) or Yee Sang salad that we prepared for the Reunion Dinner on Chinese New year. The recipe is more than sufficient for 15 diners. No artificial food stuffs, all natural ingredients with lots of passion and skills, and... (more...)

Kuih Kapit, Where Did It Come From and How to Make It?

Posted by Jason Wong On January - 10 - 20143 COMMENTS |

Kuih Kapit, Kueh Kapit or Kuih Belanda which they are fondly called in Malaysia is a type of festive food that are traditionally made with simple ingredients of sugar, flour, eggs, fresh coconut milk and lots of love and hard work  to usher the Chinese Lunar New Year. It is one of the must have in our family, but after the passing of my late mother some 10 years ago, we no longer make our ones. “It is not about the destination, but the journey”, the preparing and making of the kuih... (more...)

Edo Ichi & Friends, A Salon of Artisans

Posted by Jason Wong On November - 4 - 2013ADD COMMENTS |

Edo Ichi Japanese Restaurant got its name from the period when Japan was under the rule of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Edo period 江戸時代, from 1603 to 1868. The Edo period was a period characterized with economic growth, strict social order, isolationist foreign policies, environmental protection policies and the exponential growth in the appreciation for the arts and culture. Edo literally means estuary or bay entrance and is the former name of Tokyo, which is also the seat of power for the Tokugawa... (more...)

7 Wonders of Pizza Promotion By Italiannies

Posted by Jason Wong On October - 16 - 2013ADD COMMENTS |

It was in June 2013 that we first cross path with Italiannies in Gurney Paragon when we were invited to sample their “Festa della Pasta Promotion“, this time round our paths meet again for their “7 Wonder of Pizza Promotion”.  Available for a limited time, until 31st October 2013 the end of the year (2013),  the pizza promotion aims at introducing 7 new varieties of unique pizzas that is said to give foodies, especially pizza fans, an opportunity to try  and taste some... (more...)

MyKuali, Penang White Curry Noodle and More

Posted by Jason Wong On October - 14 - 20135 COMMENTS |

The recent craze and hype for MyKuali’s Penang White Curry Noodles has brought us their headquarter where we were introduced not just to their famous instant noodle but also to their other range of products, ready to cook “Instant Pastes” used for preparing some of Penang’s local favourites like Sambal Seafood, Chicken Curry Kapitan, Chicken Satay, Hainanese Sour & Spicy Fish Curry and even a paste prepare Hainanese Chicken Rice. In addition to the local Penang flavours, MyKuali also... (more...)

The Cronut™ is a croissant-doughnut pastry developed by chef Dominique Ansel for Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City, and in May 2013 the bakery trademarked the name. It is best described as a cross between the two, “Half Croissant, Half Doughnut” which is not made by simply frying croissant dough, but a type of laminated dough using a proprietary recipe that took chef Dominique Ansel two months and 10 recipes to create. Cronuts are first proofed and then fried in grapeseed oil... (more...)

Early September, we received a packaged sent through courier service from Guan Heong Biscuit, a biscuit shop in Ipoh Perak that was established in 1918 by the Mr. Sitt Kun Shan. After being first approached by their 4th generation proprietor in waiting in mid-August to sample and write about their traditional and hand-made signature biscuits and their Hokkien and Teochew mooncakes, we were eager to experience them especially after knowing that they are 5 years shy of being a century old and still... (more...)

In the search for inspiration to create new dishes for their That Little Wine Bar menu Chef Tommes was in France recently (April & May 2013), travelling, eating, tasting and rekindling with the rustic world of  French cuisine. Through his travels, he found that many small-town and countryside restaurants in France, which are manned by a husband and wife team, have returned to the basic rustic French cooking, stripping away all the luxury costs to wade out the current slump in the French economy.... (more...)

Buka Puasa (Breaking Fast) At Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Posted by Jason Wong On July - 13 - 2013ADD COMMENTS |

Time flies fast when you least expected! Just last year in July we were at Hard Rock Hotel to sample their “Buka Puasa Buffet” and with a blink of an eye we are now tasting their 2013 Ramadhan offerings. Muslims around the world will abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until dusk during the Ramadhan month, and it is also the time when an abundance of traditional Malay cuisine and newly assimilated Halal dishes are on displays in daily street markets, restaurant and hotels. This... (more...)