Contributed by Mei Yee: Coffee Terrace @ Maxims Genting Hotel Lobby
Not Only a Casino but also a Mountain of Food
“City of Entertainment”, “Las Vegas of Malaysia”, “Genting Highlands”. Call it whatever you want but Resorts World Genting, that place with the only legal Casino in Malaysia, is now also a Mountain of Food. Launched recently on the 15th of January 2011, Resorts World Genting aims to make Genting Highlands not only a “Fun City Above the Clouds” but a food paradise with over a 100 restaurants serving over 200 dishes on any day and time at the resort.
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witch and Saucer with Celebrity Chef Datuk Chef Wan
“Like the gigantic version of the Ice Kacang, this Mountain of Food is swathed in a blanket of nature’s rare green forest. Instead of kidney beans, corns and peanuts, it is embedded with delightfully edible gems and trinkets of palatable food outlets. The magnitude and extensiveness of food gets beyond one’s imagination!” – Mr Kevin Sim, Executive Vice President of Genting Malaysia.
When I was much younger, Genting used to be the place where adults did things that children were not allowed to be part of, and food choices used to be limited and expensive. (We used to make sandwiches to be eaten up there! Really.) Fast forward years later, Genting has now become a food paradise with a melting pot of cuisines all centered at one peak. Instead of packing my food up there, now I would be more than willing to make a trip up there to savour the food!
Lion Dance for the Launching of Mountain of Food
The colourful and lively launching ceremony was graced by none other than our international Celebrity Chef Datuk Chef Wan, whose name is no stranger to anyone of us.
“It’s a discovery, the entire journey up to Genting Highlands. It’s a trail of food by itself dotted with little food treasure spots all the way to the peak” – Datuk Chef Wan.
Mock Penang Bridge at the entrance of Coffee Terrace
Kicking start the Mountain of Food, Genting is offering Penang Hawker Food Festival from now till 23rd of January 2011. Various famous Chefs who have made themselves popular in Penang have been specially brought over to Genting Highlands exclusively for this promotion.
Datuk Chef Wan getting ready for his speech
It was my first time in Coffee Terrace and the whole place looked like it had been transformed into a Penang food street! There were various stalls from char kuey teow, prawn mee, chee cheong fun, roti canai and satay, just to name a few. The various road signs around Coffee Terrace also bore Penang road names, giving me a feeling of nostalgia (since I used to stay in Penang for a good 5 years).
The Mountain of Food ice sculpture
Datuk Chef Wan giving his keynote
After the opening keynote by Datuk Chef Wan, it was the officiating ceremony, joined by Mr Kevin Sim and Mr Edward Holloway. They were supposed to knock the ice off the sculpture to reveal the Mountain of Food plague within. Interesting!
Officiating the Mountain of Food
And it’s official!
Without further ado, we took a good look around the buffet spread and capture pictures of the food that screamed “Delicious!”.
Pulut panggang – Rice wrapped in banana leaf with filling made from grounded dried prawns and grated coconut
Mee Rebus stall
The presence of a life-size trishaw in the buffet area somewhat brought back memories of my time in Penang. This cute method of transportation is still practiced especially in the Georgetown area, and is a must-ride to discover the side of Penang that you would not have discovered otherwise.
Penang trishaw / Beca
Preparing a giant ice kacang
Datuk Chef Wan giving his thumb of approval
During a brief press conference, Datuk Chef Wan emphasized on the fact that people in KL spend too much time in shopping malls. Instead of going shopping, why not take a trip up to the highlands for a mini getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, as well as for the cool and fresh air?
Datuk Chef Wan speaking at the press conference
He later joined all of us and savoured the variety of food offered.
Pappadam - Indian appetizer famous in Nasi Kandar places in Penang
Indian-style fried chicken
With so much Penang food in sight, I can’t help but to present to you, the Top 10 Penang Food that you must try (in no particular order) !
#1: Lor Bak
No food trip to Penang would ever be complete without having a taste of Lor Bak, which is a spring roll made from thin soybean sheets, wrapped around marinated minced pork and then deep fried. Savoury and fragrant, this delicacy is best eaten when dipped into the starchy sauce with chilli.
Lor Bak stall
Lor Bak with chilli and thickened corn starch sauce
Of course, another famous delicacy would be the satay, skewers of marinated and grilled meat. Watching the skewers being grilled while capturing photos was really a challenge since the strong aroma was simply too enticing!
Satay – Skewers of marinated meat
Best eaten with peanut sauce
Buffet Lunch – Price: RM53.00++ (Adult); RM26.50++ (Child)
Buffet Dinner – Price: RM61.00++ (Adult); RM30.50++ (Child)
Coffee Terrace @ Maxims Genting Hotel Lobby
Buffet Hours: Lunch: 12.00 noon – 2.30pm & Dinner: 5.00pm – 9.30pm
Contributed by Mei Yee
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