I recently caught hip hop duo Leessang’s first Asia showcase at Shanghai Dolly in Clarke Quay with oppa Darren. While both members are more recognized for their participation in Korean variety programs Infinite Challenge (Gill) and the wildly popular Running Man (Gary), Leessang has produced 8 albums with at least one #1 hit in each.
I can never get enough of dim sum. Unfortunately, it is usually available only during breakfast or lunch. So you can imagine my glee when I discovered Yam’s Village at Downtown East – now I can have reasonably-priced dim sum anytime – even during dinner.
Crispy BBQ Pork Buns $3.50
The dim sum restaurant is an offshoot of Yam’s Kitchen located at E-Hub which is popular with the nearby residents. The restaurant is helmed by Kelvin Yam, who won gold at the International Young Chef competition 2011 in China.
The steamed chicken claws with black truffle oil ($2.80) was pretty good.
I don’t touch glutinous rice. But I couldn’t resist this Lor Mai Kai ($2.80). The sausage was lean and rice flavourful, and the small portion convinced me that I wasn’t ingesting too much carbs, hurhur.
The mini Yuan Yang Dumplings ($3.80) were just what I was craving for – carb-guilt in mini portions!
In addition to dim sum, the restaurant also serves a pretty decent Klang-style bak kut teh ($8.80) chockful of pork ribs, pig intestines, beancurd sticks and golden mushrooms. It’s a great choice for a one-dish meal.
The meatball congee with century egg ($5.80) was passable. I felt it didn’t have enough texture.
Yam’s Village is a nice casual eating place for family outings or simple gatherings, and not too crowded for now. The service can be a little slow, but the pleasant service staff make up for the slight wait. It’s also nice to see the chefs making your dim sum at the open kitchen. I’ll be going back to try more dishes, and adding on photos to this post. So check back often :)
Yam’s Village Dim Sum Restaurant
1 Pasir Ris Close
#01-35 Downtown East
Tel: 6584 6678
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri – 10:00AM to 10:00PM; Sat & Sun – 10:00AM to 10:30PM
What’s capturing Darren’s undivided attention underneath a makeshift tent? Don’t let your thoughts run wild… :)
Lim Sisters Curry Mee
Address: Jalan Air Hitam, Pekan Ayer Itam, 11500 Pulau Pinang
Right after the Ayer Itam Bridge (side road leading up to Chinese Methodist Church)
GPS Coordinates: N5 24.020 E100 16.695
Business Hours: Mon – Sun 8:00AM to 1:00PM (except during Chinese festive holidays)
Facebook (yes they are on social media!): https://www.facebook.com/currymeesister
Pasar Air Itam Laksa
Address: Air Itam Market (Jalan Pasar), Air Itam, Penang 11500
Opening Hours: Mon- Sun 11:15AM – 7:30PM
My Facebook page has been flooded with photos of George Town’s street art for this entire year. Curiosity stoked, Darren and I decided it was time for us to do our own interpretations of George Town’s famous street art. You can be sure they will be quite atypical ;)
It was only recently that Penang’s street art stared to generate quite a buzz on social networks from Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic’s series of murals painted during Mirrors George Town for George Town Festival 2012. What is not widely-known is that the seed to plant art in George Town started back in 2009 when Kuala Lumpur-based art company Sculpture at Work won the Penang state government’s commissioned art challenge ‘Marking George Town: An Idea Competition for UNESCO World Heritage Site.’
Sculpture at Work proposed to tell stories of Penang inspired by their residents and culture through 52 steel rod caricatures place all over George Town. Together with the wall murals, they caught the world’s attention and tourists started flocking to Penang for another reason – other than its food.
First, to find the famous murals painted by Ernest Zacharevic…
While Ernest Zacharevic started the street art faze, other Malaysian artists have also started to leave their mark around the heritage town, such as 101 Lost Kittens.
Did you know the streets of George Town were named after its trades, people and events? Learn about how each street got its name through the 52 steel rod sculptures placed all over the city which were inspired by Penangites going about their daily chores.
My favourites happen to be drawn by a young non-commissioned Malaysian artist Louis Gan:
I think it’s a wonderful idea and meaningful art/heritage trail for every visitor to Penang to embark on. I enjoyed my ride on wheels around the city, venturing along small laneways and hidden alleys in search of art. And Darren’s company was icing on the cake – he was great with the map and way -finding!
You will not need to print the maps out; simply get a street art brochure when you arrive at the airport or from your hotel. Have fun :)
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