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Golden Phoenix, Hotel Equatorial Penang (5 September, 2017)
It is lunch time on Saturday, 26 August, 2017, and we are being hosted for a stay with Hotel Equatorial Penang. Upon arrival at the restaurant, we were ushered into a private room which has a small round table for a cosy couples dining. Our host that evening was the Miss Moon Lee, the Assistant Supervisor, who introduced to us the various dishes that have been prepared, specially for us. We were overwhelmed that the restaurant prepared so many items, even though this meal was only for my wife and me.
The dishes presented to us showcase the artistry of the chefs of Golden Phoenix, led by Chef Denis Wong, the Executive Chinese Chef. It is a combination of popular favourites, new introductions to the menu as well as off-menu items which the restaurant has not yet launched, and we were privilged to be among the first to sample them.
The hotel has prepared an exquisite meal, enough food for a dozen people, even though it is only for my wife and me. We are food lovers, but we are not gluttons. We do not force ourselves to overeat, nor do we want to waste food, so whatever we were unable to finish, we requested the restaurant to pack them up for us. And we got to enjoy them again for the next few days. Yes, few days!
We started off with an appetizer, Sweet Crispy Sliced Beef with Dried Red Chili in Szechuan Style. This is paper-thin sliced beef that is sweet and crispy - and also very spicy! It was a bit plate, and considering there is still so many dishes ahead, we only eat a small amount.
The Seafood Hot and Sour Szechuan Soup is a perennial favourite at Golden Phoenix. I had taken this before at Golden Phoenix before and is one of my favourite Chinese soups here.
All the items make use of the finest ingredients. The fried rice, for example, includes dried scallops and crab meat. The Stewed King Prawn with Prawn Bisque is like a fusion of Chinese and French cuisine, and the prawn bisque I get in French restaurants.
It was such a lovely lunch, and we are most grateful to Hotel Equatorial Penang and Golden Phoenix Restaurant for having invited us to enjoy it. And enjoy it we did!
Sweet Crispy Sliced Beef with Dried Red Chili in Szechuan Style (26 August, 2017)
Seafood Hot & Sour Szechuan Soup (26 August, 2017)
Braised Shredded Beancurd, Black Moss, Shredded Black Fungus and Shredded Carrot in Chicken Stock (26 August, 2017)
Steamed Leopard Coral Grouper Filler Roll with Asparagus and Shredded Black Fungus, Topped with Crispy Homemade Soya Bean Paste. (26 August, 2017)
Stewed King Prawn with Prawn Bisque (26 August, 2017)
Special Honey Glazed "General Chicken", Hunan Style (5 September, 2017)
French Beans with Minced Chicken Meat. (5 September, 2017)
Fried Rice with Dried Scallops and Crab Meat (5 September, 2017)
Chilled Sweetened Pomelo Cream with Sago (5 September, 2017)
Mr Willem Hagedoorn, the Director of Operations of Hotel Equatorial Penang came in for a chat during our meal. (5 September, 2017)
5 September, 2017 Update
Golden Phoenix is open daily from 11:30am to 2:30pm and 6:30pm to 10:00pm on Mondays to Fridays to serve lunch and dinner; and from 8:00am to 2:30pm and 6:30pm to 10:00pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Dim Sum is available at Golden Phoenix for lunch Mondays to Fridays and for breakfast and lunch on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
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