Japanese food

Miraku Japanese lunch buffet

buffet details

buffet details

Miraku has been doing their Saturday lunch buffet again for a while now.  Details in the brochure above.

1st floor of G Hotel

1st floor of G Hotel

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

cooked food

cooked food - fish

cooked food – fish

my choice once

my choice on one trip to the buffet

wine - not so generous

wine – not so generous helping

beer expensive, wine prices reasonable

beer expensive, wine prices reasonable

It was surprisingly uncrowded for the earlier session compared to last time we went.  Beer prices are quite high, but wine prices are more reasonable – although the serving by glass for wine was not very generous.  A bottle is better value.

Japanese Osechi-ryōri at Miraku, G Hotel, Penang – お節料理

On New Year’s Day, for the past few years Miraku has offered free to its patrons a dish of Osechi-ryōri when they lunch or dine there. It is better to reserve (+604 229 8702) as otherwise you may have to queue.


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Otherwise, you just order from the menu, the same as usual.

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sushi sashimi set

I ordered the sushi sashimi set lunch.

Note that dish of Osechi-ryōri is given to each group, so if you are three or more, it would be better to book in twos, and then sit near each other.

G Hotel, 1F
Gurney Drive, Penang
+604 229 8702

Melonpan Queensbay Mall, revisited

It seems like the distant past, but in early October I discovered Melonpan in Queensbay Mall, and consequently wrote a blog about it.

On Monday I made one of my relatively rare visits to Queensbay Mall – after all, it’s about 20 minutes drive to get there, and for most things I never need drive more than 10 minutes.  So I looked forward to trying a different flavour Melonpan.





As you can see I had orange flavoured melonpan. But I think I will take in consideration the word “flavour”. Usually, nowadays, flavour is artificial. For example,at home, if I make a mango smoothie – it really is mango, and the flavour comes from real mango. I did enjoy the oranged flavoured melonpan, but, I think, the original melonpan is the best.

Japanese Melonpan in Penang – ペナンのメロンパン

あなたは、Queensbay Mallでメロンパンを見つけることができます

尊敬的客户我们已经到了Queensbay Mall.三楼Queens食品市场,GSC电影院旁边或荣寿司楼上噢~~~~

For any and all Melon Pan fans, you can find it in Queensbay Mall, 3nd floor Queens Food Market beside GSC Cinema or Sakae Sushi on the northern end of the food court.  It has custard in it, but Mrs Tropical Expat enjoyed it, and so did I.

And if you want to hear the Melon Pan song

Japanese buffet at Miraku, G Hotel, Penang – ランチブッフェ

Mrs Tropical Expat noticed on this Japanese blog that Miraku has a Saturday lunch buffet.  As this is our favourite Japanese restaurant here, we immediately booked. (+604 229 8702).

Miraku ランチブッフェ.

The below gives more details:


A rough list of what was served when we dined is as follows.


  • Mango, orange, pineapple juices.
  • Hot and iced green tea
  • Instant coffee


  • Japanese salads including potato salad, green salad, jellyfish salad, and several others
  • Sushi including custom-made roll sushi on request
  • Sashimi – salmon, tuna, octopus, scallops, and several others I don’t know the name of
  • Queen crab (boiled)
  • Karaage (fried chicken Japanese style)
  • Tempura
  • Oden
  • Chawan mushi
  • Grilled fish
  • Salmon garlic rice and plain rice
  • Takoyaki (octopus balls)
  • Edamame and Soramame
  • Egg
  • Udon and o-soba

sesame ice cream


  • Sesame and vanilla icecream
  • Anmin Dofu
  • Anmitsu

The food quality is very good, and they replace anything that runs out, or you can just ask if they haven’t yet done so.  The “juices” very sugary, so I stuck to the green tea. The total for two with all taxes was RM136.90. Strangely, as soon as you start eating they come and charge. Otherwise, heartily recommended.

For more photos, please see the aforementioned Japanese blog.


First sitting: 11:30 – 13:00
Second sitting:13:15 – 14:45

Adults: RM59++
Children: RM35++ (children under 5 years old, free)

G Hotel, 1F
Gurney Drive, Penang
+604 229 8702

ペナンの2012盆踊り – 2012 Bon Odori Festival in Penang

Today is one of my favourite festivals in Penang – the Japanese Bon Odori festival. (And this is my 100th blog post.)

You can find details and some photos here.

Some years it rains – so a small fold up umbrella could be handy.

A big problem is parking if you go by car. And an even bigger problem is actually driving home as there is a monumental traffic jam.  Of course, you can leave early, but then you miss the fireworks, which are really good.

I would suggest parking further away, between your home and the festival, and walking for a few minutes – as Malaysians hate walking you will find a space much more easily, and you will avoid the worst of the traffic jam.

You could try catching a bus, but whether they will be running returning home I don’t know. And whether taxis will be available or hard to find, again, I don’t know.

I will try to catch a bus there, and walk back home – unless I happen to spot a bus.

***FREE Shuttle Bus will be provided from Jetty and Komtar every 20 minutes from 6.00pm-12.00am**** according to the programme, but this is not a lot of use if you live on the island.

Here, after the programme and Japanese text,  are a few photos from previous years, followed by photos I took at today’s festival – as long as I have a good enough signal to upload them.




何年か、それが雨が – 非常に小さい傘は便利かもしれません。


あなたはバスをキャッチ試みることができるが、彼らは帰国実行されるかどうか私は知らない。とタクシーは再び、見つけることが可能か難しいかどうか、私は知らない。 私はそこにバスに乗ると、家に戻って歩いていく。

ここで前の年からいくつかの写真があります。 そして、今年からいくつかの写真を私がそれらをアップロードすることができます。




























It is early.


Opening ceremony

Japanese Consul General

the crowd is growing

Now quite a crowd. Last year 70,000 people attended.

The Chief Minister seems rather more interested in his mobile than his companion or the speech

Chief Minister’s speech

media photographers

The press photographers totally blocking everyone’s view of the presentations.  You may have been there, but the only way you will see is if you buy tomorrow’s paper.

Presentation –

Well, I and a few people wanted to see, so in the end we went up to the stage too.

all the dancers together

the first performance



coupon book

To buy food or drinks one had to buy coupons  – one book RM20

RM20 worth of coupons

Water was RM2, soft drinks RM3, beer RM12, food about RM8 for a small serving


nice costume




public buildings

final dance before fireworks

firework display at 10pm

And then as usual, terrible traffic after.  I walked home, but inconsiderate people parked on the footpath, so I had to walk on the road sometimes.

one of the many inconsiderate drivers totally blocking the footpath

And interestingly, for me, a lot of people had big SLR cameras, many had compact digital cameras, but the majority of people taking photos were using their mobile. But here is a photo of two people using their tablets (ipads?) to photograph or video a dance.

ipad photographers

Japanese note / 日本のノート; 盆踊り

Checking my blog statistics I was very surprised to note that I had such a large number of visitors today. And the majority were from Japan.


I don’t know why. I haven’t written about Japan, or in Japanese. I did write about Korean food, though.

So, I will mention a couple of things concerning Japanese. Tomorrow, Sunday 25th March there is a Japanese theme at the monthly Upper Penang Road market.

A lot of Japanese do live in Penang.  More Japanese took up the MM2H visa than any other nationality last year. And many live here on tourist visas for part of the year, and live in Japan for the rest of the year.

Otherwise, my favourite Japanese restaurant here is Miraku, in the G Hotel on Gurney drive. Miraku details. But for all you can eat salmon sashimi, then the E&O lunch buffet is probably impossible to beat.

And my favourite Japanese event of the year is the Bon-Odori festival, held around mid- July.

A couple of photos from last year’s event.

Bon Odori