Friday Night Poolside Barbeque – The Royale Bintang, Weld Quay, George Town
By Doris Lim
Often we think of BBQ Night but I often say it should be BBQ right!
I’m a fan of outdoor cooking from my scouting days when we learnt to light a fire for camping. We have a make shift stove and use a beat up pan to fry up an egg. That is the extent of my cooking abilities.
When it comes to man size fires of stroking a great big BBQ, I would leave it to the men.
There’s so many way to cooking meat that my head spins to think of the recipes for grilling, smoking, using a Dutch oven, and pit cooking.
When I go to a BBQ I get excited thinking of what I could eat that’s right off the flaming coals, piping hot and delicious with that smoky flavor.
SEASONAL COLOURFUL VEGGIES
Vibrant, seasonal veggies on skewers are favourites. Roasted root/ bulb vegetables like pumpkin, beetroot, carrots, corn and potatoes are great low GI carbs to go for.
If you love grilled seafood, steamed or fried fish, then the dipping sauce to shoot for is a Thai style dipping sauce made of fresh chilis, coriander (leaves and stalks) garlic, oyster sauce, fish sauce, fresh lime juice and salt, sugar to taste!
Powerful and sultry, this a sure fire way to liven up your next seafood meal. Remember the dipping sauce is meant to be fiery so load up on the chilli padi!
Another great dipping sauce is a yogurt mint sauce that goes beautifully with grilled or roast lamb. If you’re used a jar mint jelly all your life, it’s time to throw that store bought safely boring sauce and make your own.
Mix Greek yogurt, finely chopped mint leaves, minced garlic, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper with fresh lemon juice together.
You will dance around the bon fire like me. It’s so DELISH. I kid you not.
Another dessert that we would dive for is a baked banana and apple with brown sugar and raisins in tin foil.
MEAT + FIRE
The poolside BBQ has an impressive whole roast lamb. The heady rich flavour of a roasted lamb is irresistible.
There are lots of awesome smoky flavoured meats, chicken, beef, lamb, sausages, and delicious burger on grille.
EAT YOUR GREENS
There’s plenty of starters and greens; pretty standard fare.
Wait until you try the best creamy coleslaw EVUH!!! With the amount of food available, I have to confess I had two portions of this perfectly chilled classic coleslaw that hold up and doesn’t becomes limp and soupy! Not too vinegary or sweet. This is just perfection if you end up in coleslaw heaven.
DRINKS ARE SERVED
The Sup Tulang Rawan Kambing is a delicious full bodied soup with a beautiful bouquet of herbs. Thumbs up chef!
BUFFET LINE UP
For carbs I opted for the delicious mouth-watering roasted pumpkin and grille sweet corns.
MAKE A COLOURFUL MEAL
It is so easy to overeat at a BBQ buffet. The trick is choose your carbs wisely, load your plate with veggies and meat with just enough sauce.
CAN NOT SAY NO TO DESSERTS
I had several rounds of desserts. It is so hard to resist when all your favourites are there.
The pengat pisang full of lemak from the santan has my top vote.
The rest is a night of laughter and camaraderie with blogger friends, guru Steven Goh, Barry and Johnny.
And best of all an afogato cuppa made extra special by my sifu, Blogger Criz Lai.
That incredible classic affogato is just vanilla ice cream and strong coffee. This is a beautiful end to a poolside BBQ with friends.
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Friday Night Poolside BBQ Dinner
The Royale Bintang Penang
No. 1 & 2, Pengkalan Weld, Georgetown, 10300, Penang
Call: 04-259 8888 ext. 8914
Time: 7.00pm – 10,00pm (Friday only)
Venue: Poolside (Level 2)
Adult: RM88.00 nett
Senior Citizen 60 years old & Above – RM44.00 nett
Child 6 – 12 years old – RM44.00 net