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!

Hard Rock Cafe Penang New Eats 2013

Posted by Jason Wong On May - 11 - 20132 COMMENTS |

It has been a while, finally I get to see and taste the new additions to the Rock & Roll Menu at Hard Rock Cafe Penang. I have been anticipating for the refurbished menu at Hard Rock Cafe since last year, therefore although we were in the midst of interviewing an eighty year old Peranakan chef for our ‘Food Conservation’ project on the same day, I had to take an earlier exit leaving Gill with the “hard-work” to make it almost on time for the invited event attended... (more...)

KDU Power Chef 2013 Competition Judge

Posted by Jason Wong On April - 20 - 2013ADD COMMENTS |

Recently, I was invited to KDU Penang Campus to judge their annual KDU Power Chef Competition that was held on the 13th of April 2013. This year’s competition was their 6th instalment, and it saw a total of 65 teams from 21 schools from secondary/high schools from Penang putting their culinary skills to the test, competing for the right to be called champion and to have their school crest place on the KDU Power Chef Challenge Shield. This year’s competition was their 6th instalment,... (more...)

Five27 New Nordic Cuisine At Penang’s Straits Quay

Posted by Jason Wong On April - 3 - 2013ADD COMMENTS |

Last month we were invited yet again to a newly establish restaurant in Straits Quay. Taking over from Agua, Five 27 serves Nordic cuisines that are prepared by Executive Chef cum General Manager, Nizar Achmad. Chef Nizar has spent 14 years of his live establishing and mastering his culinary skills in Sweden, where it was said that he has cooked for a list of high-profile patrons which includes the likes of stars, royalty, and Nobel Prize winners. It is an unusual name Five27 is! The named was conjured... (more...)

Scones At Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

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

Scones are originally from Scotland and are single-serving cakes or quick bread. Scones are the basic component of the cream tea or Devonshire tea. Traditionally, they are made from wheat, barley or oatmeal with baking powder as the leavening agent, unlike tea cakes and other sweet buns, which are made with yeast. They are often lightly sweetened and occasionally glazed. A recent interaction with Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa’s Executive Pastry Chef, Chef Nazeri Ismail, has shed some... (more...)

Penang’s Asam Laksa, A Marriage of Cultures

Posted by Jason Wong On December - 17 - 20122 COMMENTS |

Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup that was formed through the fusion of Asian cultures. The dish can be found in Malaysia and Singapore, and Indonesia where migrant Chinese and Malays can be found coexisting in harmony irregardless of religion and and race. There are so many varieties of laksa out there, ready to be explored by gastronomist who has a pungent appetite for the ‘stronger’ ASEAN food cultures that have been molded by the demographic migrations, necessity and uniquely available... (more...)

Sushi Tei, Sunway Carnival

Posted by Jason Wong On December - 10 - 20121 COMMENT |

Since setting foot in Penang with its initial outlet in Gurney Plaza some months back, Sushi Tei has carved a name for itself in the Japanese food scene and gathered a line of loyal clientele. With the confidence built up, they have ventured into the Province Wellesley market with their recently opened outlet in Sunway Carnival in Seberang Jaya. Since its debut in 1994, Sushi Tei has spread their wings to over 5 countries; from Singapore to Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Australia. Their menu features... (more...)

The Norwegian Norway, In A Class Of Its Own

Posted by Jason Wong On November - 22 - 2012ADD COMMENTS |

A recently held Norwegian Consumer Goods Exhibition held at Gurney Plaza that we were invited to for their launch was organized by the Royal Norwegian Embassy from Kuala Lumpur. The exhibition held from 1st November 2012 to the 4th in Penang, was a virgin showcase of some of the range of products and brands that have set foot in Malaysia. Alongside the exhibition, the Norwegian embassy also brought with them the Norwegian life and landscapes captured through the lenses of their photographers in their “Norway... (more...)

Aji Noren (味暖簾日本料理)

Posted by Jason Wong On October - 16 - 20121 COMMENT |

We have been to Aji Noren for quite a few times, then I decided to write it but that was months back. And thus, if can’t quite connect with taste memories please be gentle! Aji Noren is a Japanese restaurant located in the Prima Tanjung business block off Jalan Fettes in Tanjong Tokong. Prior to writing this piece, I have found that many have actually written about this small yet functional restaurant that seems to project a cozy and homey atmosphere with a touch of TLC (tender loving care)... (more...)