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 Hotel Penang’s Great American Buffet

Posted by Jason Wong On April - 3 - 20122 COMMENTS |

The Hard Rock franchise being an American brand, will be introducing an American themed buffet coming April 6th, 2012. Recently, we were invited together with other journalists from mainstream print media and magazines to a simple media preview before the actual launch of the buffet. The “Great American Buffet” will run from April the 6th onwards, on Fridays and Saturdays at their in-house Starz Diner for dinner only. The buffet is priced at RM108++ for an adult and RM54++ per child of... (more...)

Century Old Hainanese Satay

Posted by Jason Wong On March - 28 - 20126 COMMENTS |

In the hope of making a better living and finding a means to support their family, many Chinese migrants left their home and found their way to Nanyang (南洋) or other words Malaya. Some left their loved ones behind and some came with their family. The Hainanese was the last Chinese dialect to have found their way to Malaya back in the 1920’s. Being late comers to the Peninsular, they found themselves having to adorn the aprons of kitchen helpers, cooks, chefs, domestic helpers for the British... (more...)

83 Years Old Hainanese Kopitiam, Nam Kie 南佳

Posted by Jason Wong On March - 21 - 20126 COMMENTS |

Amidst the row of pre-war houses along Kimberley Street in George Town, Penang, there lay many hidden treasures waiting to be uncovered by the young and restless. House in these old buildings is people and businesses who have seen Penang’s development through their century old windows. In this busy street, many famous delicacies that are significant to Penang’s food heritage and culture that are key to it’s food tourism were born, koay teow th’ng stall that once used abalone... (more...)

Lot 10 Hutong, What’s All The Fuzz

Posted by Jason Wong On March - 10 - 2012ADD COMMENTS |

At least 2 years, we have not really been to Kuala Lumpur (KL) to explore the food scene. Last month we were there for a working plus leisure visit. The trip brought us to Jalan Peel for Hakka Yong Tao Fu, Cheras for some old school Hakka dishes, Jalan Imbi for fried Hokkien Mee, China Town for some handmade delicacies and also Lot 10 Hutong for their publicize gathering of famous good eats around Kuala Lumpur. Those unfamiliar with Lot 10 Hutong, it is a food court that gathers the famous and much... (more...)

Eng Aun At Cross Roads

Posted by Jason Wong On March - 2 - 2012ADD COMMENTS |

(Article was republish on What’s On Penang March 2011 issue) “Eng Aun” would not be foreign to those who frequent the aged and colourful Chowrasta Market in George Town. It is located in a corner shop house at the cross junction of Kimberley Street and Kangsar Road. There many regulars that patronise the place for their house specialties that is available on selected days; pork spare ribs in soy are sold on Thursdays, pork knuckle in vinegar and ginger are available on Saturdays and minced... (more...)

Day Off with Chuck Hughes

Posted by Jason Wong On February - 27 - 2012ADD COMMENTS |

Quoting the words from the media kit provided, “Chuck Hughes, the ever charming host of Chuck’s Day Off, is one of Canada’s hottest young Chefs”. Well, he sure was tall and charming with lots of humour in between, and passionate about food – so intensely that he has his favourites ones tattooed on his arms and body, bacon, lemon meringue pie, lobster and arugula leaves just to name a few! It has been awhile since we last attended an Asian Food Channel (afc) event; due do... (more...)

Chalk & Cheese with Chef Tommes

Posted by Jason Wong On February - 17 - 2012ADD COMMENTS |

Equipped with a business degree and “practically” trained by 1 Michelin Star (Wylie Du Fresne) and 3 Michelin Stars (Jean Georges Vongerichten) chefs, the German born Chef Tommes has currently made Penang its home base for culinary excellence and have created “That Little Wine Bar” and “Irrawaddy Fine Foods. Fellow food and wine connoisseurs that are constantly in search of good food and nice wine in Penang would not be foreign to “That Little Wine Bar“,... (more...)

The name “Cheers” reminds me of an American situation comedy television series that ran for 11 seasons from 1982 to 1993. The tag line “Everybody Knows Your Name” from the theme song is still deeply edged in my memories. I guess it would be great to go to a place for some chow and drinks, relax and be recognised for who you are! Last weekend we were invited over to “Cheers Restaurant & Bierhous” situated off Jalan Tanjung Tokong, directly opposite of Caltex... (more...)