Sunday, January 06, 2008

Christmas Dinner @ Bukit Genting

Christmas dinner was another enjoyable "eating-out" experience as we went to this highland in Penang after the Batu Maung area where they nicknamed it as the mini version of Genting Highlands (one of the famous highland in Malaysia).
Cool and breezy, this place was an interesting place for a family dinner cum mini relaxation trip.
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The winding and steep road leading to the restaurant at the top was no easy feat and it will help with a more powerful vehicle like a jeep. But the view and the cool and fresh air greeting us upon the arrival was worth the effort.
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There is only one restaurant; and they serve seafood ala Thai style.
There is no pork served here; only seafood and chicken and spicy food:)
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One unique thing about this place is the enchanting setting and layout of the place where there are private huts for their diners to enjoy their dinner in.
However, take note, the private huts are usually for early reservations.

Since we made this spur-of-a-moment decision to dine here, we were fortunate to get a table next to the edge which offered us a marvellous view and definitely more COOL air:D
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Bro and I enjoyed taking pictures of the picturesque view and the beautiful nature spread around us:)
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If you can't stand the cold like me, a sweater would be good to bring during your dining experience;) (The wind was really chilly up there and it gets colder at night)
We ordered hot Chinese tea and hot water to warm our mammal blood:)
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This is a famous Thai cuisine served as an appetizer; Meng Kam (RM10)
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Similar to our Malaysian Ulam which comprises of raw vegetables with sauce, the Thais serve raw tree leaves with a tray of 7-8 appetizing treats or food conditioners; namely garlic,onions,dried shrimps,lemon/lime,dried coconut shoots,cili padi and ground nuts.
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In the middle was a special signature sauce prepared by the chef; which tasted slightly sweet with a light tinge of spice:)
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I enjoyed wrapping the leaves with these little things; omitting garlic, cili padi and ground nuts...and the sauce really left a memorable taste in my mind till today:)

The next dish was the Stir Fried Kangkung ala Thai style which used specially prepared fermented bean sauce (RM8)
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This was the only non-spicy dish of the night for us:D
The vegetables were fresh and the light taste of the sauce was just right to relieve our taste buds from the remaining "hot" and spicy dishes.
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Kerabu Sotong; also a famous appetizer dish (RM8) was really made to perfection with the blend of the exotic sourness of the lime and the spice of the chopped garlic and cili padi.
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Note: Beware of the little chilli padi in the dish or you could shoot yourself up higher than the hill:D

The famous Thai Green Curry which was served with Chicken. (RM12)
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However, the amount of vegetables clearly exceed that of the chicken according to my family.
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And how can a Thai meal be complete without a boiling bowl of Tomyam Soup?
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Seafood tomyam (RM14); cooked in fiery red tomyam soup using chilli powder spiced up the meal even more and the warmth of the soup reached to our chilly state:)
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The last to arrive which was supposed to be our finger bites was the local Thai favourite; Fish Cakes (RM15) ~RM3 per piece.
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Their fish cakes were unique in taste and was one of our fave for the night.

To dilute the spiced taste buds, everyone besides me(too full) ordered the favourite Thai dessert; Tab Tim Trob (iced water chestnut and jackfruit in coconut milk) - RM1.50.
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Since I was too full and also I can't take coconut milk, I didn't taste it and the testimonials received were that the dessert only tasted on the average:)
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Night scenery with the lights and their decorative structures.
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It was an enjoyable and chilling experience to have a spicy dinner up on the hill.

The price was reasonable; RM75++ for our dinner (5 pax). Food wise, it was on the average; however, The warmth of the hot and spicy food and being with my family was really memorable for me:)

It's a good experience for anyone who wants to enjoy good view and a great family time:)

6 comments:

  1. I visited Bukit Genting 2 years ago with my ex-colleagues. It's quite difficult to drive up there. It's a nice place to dine out for seafood dinner. Quite romantic...

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  2. Celine, Couldn't agree more:D

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  3. Malaysian Ulam ?! yamm nv try be4! green curry, tomyam!! slurp!! oh and the price is real cheap! love it!

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  4. I've never been to this place... heard it's a nice place and romantic place also.

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  5. ooo... so bukit genting is not genting highlands XD

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  6. New kid, yups, you should try it out:)

    ling239, haha...nope nope, bukit genting is "Xiao Yun Ting"!;)

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