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Volkswagen On Tour

December 26, 2013 8 Comments

Last weekend I went back to Penang to check out the very first ‘Volkswagen On Tour’, a showcase of Volkswagen with their German-engineered cars that has a reputation of being fast, safe, classy, and at the same time, rather frugal in fuel consumption.

The same showcase is happening at 13 different locations from now until March, 2014, so be sure to check it out when it comes to a location nearest to you.

Volkwagen on Tour, I test drove the VW TSI
‘Volkwagen On Tour’, I test drove the VW Golf TSI

You can’t get closer to knowing a car by having a test drive, so the first course of business was to put ourselves in one of the Volkswagen cars and have a little action in it.

You need to have a valid driving license and be tall enough to participate in the drive. As the photo below shows, luckily myself and Ivan, who actually manages the test drives, passed with little trouble.

thank goodness we're tall enough for test drive!
thank goodness we’re tall enough for test drive!

I test drove the Golf TSI, and I must say that for a car with 1.4 liter engine, it has got pretty impressive performance. The secret is that the TSI engine has both a supercharger and a turbocharger as force induction devices to increase the power and efficiency of the otherwise smallish capacity engine.

With about 140 PS, the 1.4 liter TSI engine performs on par with a 2.0 liter normally aspirated engine, while being lighter and consume less fuel.

the Volkswagen Jetta has good legrooms, and even bigger bootspace!
The Volkswagen Jetta has ample legrooms, and even bigger boot space!

Tian Chad, who was there at the same time, test drove the Volkswagen Jetta, which also uses the same 1.4 TSI power plant.

The Jetta has a really impressive cabin size. As demonstrated on the photos above, I can comfortably sit crossed-legged at the back after adjusting the driver seat to my driving distance.

If you’re a fan of monthly grocery shopping, the boot space is also one of the biggest I’ve seen on any sedan, big enough to fit 2 of me side by side while still having plenty of room to spare.

with Blue, and we made some simulated human-powered popcorns
with Blue, and we made some simulated human-powered popcorns

Other than the test drive, there were also several pretty fun activities that educate visitors about safety, fuel efficiency, Volkswagen’s distinct philosophy, the ‘Think Blue’ attitude, and innovations that go into making the Volkswagen fleet.

For example, one of the activities was a simulated human-powered popcorns, where we peddled for some fresh popcorns that actually turned out to be rather delicious!

learning more about VW, and driving the Golf GTI simulator
learning more about VW, and driving the Golf GTI simulator

Another one of my favorites was the Golf GTI simulator, a driving simulator rig with hydraulic force feedback set up and 3 big LCD TVs. It would be a really neat set up to have at home, and we each got to race the Golf GTI on a race track, almost as good as the real thing.

Golf GTI, Scirocco (I like!), and the ladys' favourite - Beetle
Golf GTI, Scirocco (I like!), and the ladies’ favourite – The Beetle 

Of course, there are the cars, Golf GTI, Golf TSI, Passat, Scirocco, and of course, the Beetle are all there for you to take a closer look and get the seats warm with your butt.

The next locations for Volkswagen on Tour is at the following locations, so do go and check it out!

  • 13 – 15 Dec 2013 Penang Queensbay Mall outdoor carpark
  • 20 – 22 Dec 2013 Perak UO Angsana
  • 27 – 29 Dec 2013 Penang Sunway Hotel carpark
  • 03 – 05 Jan 2014 Selangor Aeon Bukit Tinggi
  • 10 – 12 Jan 2014 Negeri Sembilan Port Dickson TF Value Mart
  • 17 – 19 Jan 2014 Melaka Mydin MITC outdoor carpark

For more info, check out

A couple weeks ago I went back to Penang for a short stay, while I usually take every chance possible to catch up with Penang street foods, this time I decided to try something slightly different by going to the Hainanese Delights restaurant within 1926 Heritage Hotel on Burma Road (where I also spent the night, but that’ll be on another post)

chicken curry kapitan at Hainanese Delights, 1926 Heritage Hotel
chicken curry kapitan at Hainanese Delights, 1926 Heritage Hotel

The restaurant is actually operated by my friend’s dad since about 4-5 years ago. A true blue Hainanese family who follows the traditional recipes of the forefathers.

For the four of us, we started out with the chicken curry kapitan (RM 15) with some “Bengali roti”, the traditional Indian bread that’s has a crispy brown crust but super fluffy inside. The chicken peels off the bones easily, and the curry kapitan carries an intense flavor that goes very well with the equally fragrant bread, I can imagine having this as a great breakfast.

braised lamb with lady's fingers, lorbak & spring roll
braised lamb with lady’s fingers, lorbak & spring roll

Penang lorbak, or lohbak (RM 5.50 per roll) is usually made with pork, but as this is a pork free restaurant, they substitute it with chicken. I must admit that I had my doubts at first, but they’ve really done a fine job with the poultry and the result is a version of lorbak that live up to the reputation.

The spring roll (RM 5.50 per roll) here is another one of their best sellers, stuffed with crab meat and other ingredients. Dipping it with their specially mixed lea & perrins sauce that carries a hint of mustard resulting in a pretty complex and rather delicious appetiser that’s unlike your normal run off the mill spring rolls. This is something I’ll definitely order again.

Braised lamb with lady’s fingers (RM 20) consists of 5 slabs of tender New Zealand lamb covered in brown sauce that goes perfectly with those steamed okra. You can have it with some steamed rice, or perhaps, beer?

assam prawns, Hainanese fried mee
assam prawns, Hainanese fried mee

Assam prawns (RM 7.00 each, min 4) is more of a Nyonya dish than Hainanese (I cooked this too), but the chef did a fine job preparing this dish, though I thought it would be great if they serve it with some sambal.

Lastly, we also tried the Hainanese fried mee (RM 8.90) from the kitchen. A dish that can definitely stand on its own with a combination of vegetables, chicken, prawns, and a side of sambal with a kick.

These were just a small sample of what is offered at Hainanese Delights, other dishes include lobster thermidor, crab mornay, Hainanese mushroom soup, inchee kay bin, yam duck, lamb stew, lamb curry, and of course, their pretty famous Hainanese chicken rice (which I had to forgo trying due to schedule). I’m going to bring mom here next time I’m back!

wenqi and her pastries, tianchad & gf, KY & wenqi
wenqi and her awesome cakes, tianchad & gf, KY & wenqi

We ended the night with some cookies and cheese cakes made by WenQi. These are some really delicious cakes made with quality ingredients, and she is starting to sell them at the restaurant and on her own as well. Will update this space when that is ready!

Thank you WenQi and see you again!

map to 1926 Heritage Hotel, Penang

Hainanese Delights
1926 Heritage Hotel
227 Jalan Burma,
10050 Georgetown, Penang
GPS: 5.42415, 100.32063
Tel04-228 1926