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Spicy Steve’s Malaysia and Singapore Culinary Tour
  Tour Itinerary:  
  Day 1, Tuesday, April 5, 2011: Depart Canada.  

Board your international flight.

  Day 2, Wednesday, April 6, 2011: Arrive in Singapore.  

After clearing immigration and customs formalities at Singapore International Airport, you will be met by our uniformed English-speaking guide who will organize your baggage and private transfer to your hotel, where you will enjoy a welcome drink while check-in formalities are taken care of. Overnight in Singapore.

  Day 3, Thursday, April 7, 2011: Singapore.  

Your day starts with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. We then embark on a sightseeing tour of Singapore, driving around the Civic District past the Padang, Cricket Club, historic Parliament House, Supreme Court and the City Hall. We will stop at the Merlion Park for great views of Marina Bay and a picture-taking opportunity with The Merlion himself, a mythological creature that is part lion and part fish. We then visit Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of Singapore's oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples, before driving past Chinatown to watch craftsmen at work at a Local Handcraft Centre. Now it is time for refreshments! And what better than the most famous and perhaps the most delicious drink in the world - The Singapore Sling in the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel, the very place the drink originated! After enjoying the Singapore Sling at the Long Bar, we move on to the Tiffin Room at the hotel for lunch - the first of your many memorable meals! Dining at the Tiffin Room is an essential experience at the Raffles Hotel. The Tiffin Room's elaborate curry buffet features authentic Northern Indian specialities including vegetarian curries. The afternoon is free for you to wander round the colonial heart of the city, to discover its riverside walks, or simply to nap in your hotel room! Dinner is at the Tepik Sireh Restaurant - with a sample of Malay food served in the Sultan's Palace, definitely not a standard tourist place. Overnight in Singapore. (B/L/D)

  Day 4, Friday, April 8, 2011: Singapore.  
  After breakfast, we set off on a tour of Little India. Here we will encounter the wild smells of spices, the vibrant colours of jasmine garlands, and the blasts of Bollywood music. We will visit Serangoon Road where you will see goldsmith shops and jeweler shops designed to please both young and old. Some of the best Indian restaurants are found right around here as well. Arriving in the heart of Little India, we'll visit the colorful Hindu temple Sri Veerama Kaliamman, which is dedicated to Kali. Our lunch today is the Straits Kitchen in the Grand Hyatt, which is a Singapore-inspired restaurant presenting the best of local cuisine in a contemporary marketplace setting. Here we indulge in an endless parade of hawker favourites, all of which are halal-certified: Chinese, Malay and Indian, in an open, theater-kitchen format. Straits Kitchen provides the ultimate Singaporean dining experience for guests who wish to savour several local dishes in one seating, celebrate local food, and discover a uniquely Singaporean showcase of tastes, sights, and sounds. After a scrumptious lunch we return to our hotel for an afternoon free for a siesta or for further explorations on your own. We will meet up again for an unforgettable dinner experience at Muthu's Curry Restaurant, which has been taking its guests on a sensuous trip since 1969! We will be trying fish head curry, their classic, and award winning, south Indian classic dish. Overnight in Singapore. (B/L/D).  
  Day 5, Saturday, April 9, 2011: Singapore.  
  Our first stop this morning is for a special breakfast at Ya Kun Kaya Toast! Ya Kun Kaya Toast is a chain of air-conditioned kopitiams across Singapore and Asia. As the name suggests, it sells kaya toast, bottled kaya, soft boiled eggs, and Singapore style coffee and tea. With our bellies full, we'll tour the Singapore Botanical Gardens, which are a dynamic, living monument to the foresight of the founding fathers of Singapore. Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore and a keen naturalist, established the first botanical, experimental garden on Government Hill (Fort Canning Hill) in 1822, shortly after his arrival in Singapore. Today, the garden is internationally renowned. Lunch today is at Boon Tong Kee. With a string of successful chicken rice restaurants and Zi Char (home-style cooked food) joints island-wide, Boon Tong Kee is one of the fastest growing, home-grown, restaurant chains in Singapore. Their philosophy is a simple belief in providing customers with great tasting food at reasonable prices and impeccable service. It has evolved from a tiny stall in a New Bridge Road coffee shop, to a highly successful chain of restaurants. We return to our hotel for an afternoon free. Tonight's dinner is at the Long Beach Seafood Restaurant, synonymous with award winning seafood dishes and best known for putting Singapore on the world-food map for its invention of the legendary black pepper crab. Its humble beginnings took root in 1946 along Old Bedok Road, where dining was a plain and simple affair. Since then, the accolades and culinary awards this restaurant has received show that it is still serving the finest and freshest seafood anywhere. Who better to explore this exotic cuisine with than our host Spicy Steve!? Overnight in Singapore. (B/L/D).  
  Day 6, Sunday, April 10, 2011: Singapore/Johor Bahru/Melaka.  
  Leaving Singapore, we'll drive to Johore Bahru to explore the Larkin Wet Market. A wet market is a place which sells fruit, vegetables, tofu, spices, as well as meat, fish, crabs and lobsters. You may also find food stalls, and stalls selling clothes, silk, shoes, or even cassette tapes! We will stop at the famous Pisang Goreng stand by the Sultan's Palace for a tasty snack of deep fried bananas. After lunch at the Te Brau Hawker centre on your own, we drive to Melaka in the afternoon. Tonight we will enjoy a Peranakan Dinner at Restaurant Seru Nyonya at the Hotel Equatorial or Restoran Peranakan. After dinner we will check in to our hotel and overnight in Melaka. (B/D).  
  Day 7, Monday, April 11, 2011: Melaka.  
  Our sightseeing tour this morning will begin with the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum. This is where the local Strait Chinese have preserved 400 years of their history, telling a clear and fascinating story about Melaka history with their ancient artifacts. Next stop is St. John's Fort, a former Portuguese chapel rebuilt by the Dutch in the 1800's where we'll walk up the hill to get a stunning view of the local surroundings. We'll continue on to see Dutch Square, the Stadhuys, Portugese Square also known as mini Lisboa, and Kampung Hulu's Mosque, built in 1728 and believed to be the oldest, still-existing mosque in Malaysia. We will stop for a light lunch & visit Baba Charlie Lee's to see traditional Nonya kuih being made and enjoy the best curry puffs around. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. At our early dinner we will have a mini cooking demonstration in the courtyard of the Hotel Puri highlighting such delicacies as sambal prawns and butter prawns with dragon fruit juice. We cap off the day with an evening rickshaw ride around Melaka to enjoy the city lights. Overnight in Melaka. (B/L/D).  
  Day 8, Tuesday, April 12 2011: Melaka/Kuala Lumpur.  
  This morning is free for you to enjoy on your own the magic of this historic city. Lunch is also on your own - our suggestion: The local Hawker Food Centre. In the afternoon we drive to a Melaka fruit farm for a tour of the organically grown tropical fruit trees - we may have a chance to sample their fruit. Dinner is at the Satay Kajang in the Kajang Satay Hawker Centre for the most popular satay in Malaysia. Satay fans from all over the world gather here to sample a variety of satay such as mutton, venison, fish, chicken liver, beef tripe, and even rabbit, but the most popular satay are beef and chicken. The satay here have secret-ingredient marinades, and are delicious, tender, and tasty. After dinner we continue onwards to Kuala Lumpur and check into our hotel. Overnight in Kuala Lumpur. (B/D).  
  Day 9, Wednesday, April 13, 2011: Kuala Lumpur.  
  Today we begin at the World Famous KL Towers. The KL-Towers' architecture uses Islamic tiles in a classical Islamic floral and abstract motif, with soothing colour combinations to show off the country's Islamic heritage. The Menara Kuala Lumpur as it is locally known, were constructed over a period of four years, and when completed in May 1996 were the tallest buildings in the world. While no longer the tallest structure in the world, they are still the tallest twin buildings in the world. We will have lunch at the famous Nasi Kandar Restaurant and then drive to Selangor in the afternoon to visit the Shah Alam Mosque. The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque is the largest mosque in Malaysia, and second largest in south-east Asia. The blue and silver dome is 51.2m in diameter and rises up to a height of 106.7m. There are 4 minarets with a height of 142.3m making them one of the world's tallest. The dome's outer surface is clad with vitreous, enamel-baked, triangular, steel panels. It can accommodate 24,000 worshippers at any one time. An early dinner is planned for tonight at the Paya Serai located in the Petaling Jaya Hilton, leaving us enough time to visit the Pasar Malam (Night Market) at Lorong Tuanka Abdul Reman or another Indian or Malay Pasar Malam. Pasar Malam are often differentiated by ethnicity. A Malay pasar malam will often contain stalls selling Islamic books, kopiah hats, sarongs, and other Malay specialty items. Chinese pasar malam may sell Mah Jong sets, incense, joss sticks, joss paper and various Chinese prayer supplies. Indian pasar malam may contain Hindu prayer supplies. Overnight in Kuala Lumpur. (B/L/D)  
  Day 10, Thursday, April 14, 2011: Kuala Lumpur.  
  We'll have breakfast at the Hawker Food Centre this morning, giving us the opportunity to sample Char Tow Kway, Nasi Lemak and a variety of other local breakfast items. Afterwards we continue with a walking tour of the Chow Kit Wet Market which mostly has Malay vendors, and is the largest wet market in Kuala Lumpur. Narrow walkways will lead us through a maze of colors and fragrances as we explore the stalls laden with fish, fruit, spices, vegetables and meat. It's so large that you can even buy silk or even shoes here! Lunch today is a Malay Buffet followed by a cooking demonstration at the Celebrity Chef Ismail's Restaurant Rebung. Your afternoon is free to do whatever you feel up to after such a hearty lunch! Dinner is on your own, perhaps you might like to walk around in the local Hawkers Food centre and sample yet more delicacies. Overnight in Kuala Lumpur. (B/L).  
  Day 11, Friday, April 15, 2011: Kuala Lumpur  
  The famous Batu Caves are our destination this morning. These caves are made of limestone and are 400 meters long and 100 meters high. Chinese settlers have been coming here since at least 1860 to harvest the bat guano. They consist of three main caves and a number of smaller ones, and are a sacred place for Hindus. Climbing the 272 steps leading to the holy and magnificent Batu Caves is sure to stir up a hearty appetite for lunch! On our way back from the caves we will stop at the Hawkers Market for lunch (on your own) and then the rest of the afternoon is at leisure for you to explore on your own. Today's dinner is at a Chinese Regional Specialty Restaurant in the Chinatown area which will allow you to explore the most famous Petaling Street Night Market afterwards. Shop till you drop! Overnight in Kuala Lumpur. (B/D)  
  Day 12, Saturday, April 16, 2011: Kuala Lumpur/Ipoh/Penang  
  We depart for Penang via a leisurely drive to Ipoh, stopping at Kellie's Castle to see a haunted and surreal, early 20th century mansion built by a Scottish plantation owner, perched on a hill amidst what was once a Rubber Plantation. Afterwards, we will drive through Ipoh and enjoy a bowl of the famous Ipoh Kway Teow soup for lunch. The noodles are fresh, the soup stock mild and rich, and the bean sprouts are famous in this area due to the limestone in the surrounding hills. After arriving at our hotel in Penang, the rest of your afternoon is free to relax, reflect, write postcards, or explore the hotel bar! Dinner is a special meal - Indian Banana Leaf Thali! Your meal is served on a large banana leaf. Enjoy a variety of meat, fish, or vegetable curries accompanied by rice and specialty breads - all served on a leaf - and don't be too shy to use your fingers instead of knives and forks! In the late evening we visit the night hawkers markets for a late night snack (on your own) at the Red Garden. Overnight in Penang. (B/L/D)  
  Day 13, Sunday, April 17, 2011: Penang.  
  During our morning city tour of Penang we will stop at Penang Lane for a chance to taste the famous Chendol - which is normally served in a small bowl full of shaved ice and rich coconut milk. It is sweetened with thick syrup made from palm sugar (Gula Enau or Gula Melaka). It is often served with glutinous rice, red beans and rich coconut milk. At the Air Itam Hawker Food market we can also try specialties such as Penang Laksa and many others. In the afternoon we proceed to Kek Lok Si Temple. Without doubt this is the largest and best known temple on Penang. The Temple of Supreme Bliss, better known as Kek Lok Si is staggered on a hillside overlooking the town of Ayer Itam. The hills of Ayer Itam, known as Crane Hills, are used as a retreat for Taoist practitioners striving for immortality. After visiting the temple, we'll ride the funicular railway up Penang Hill for High Tea, while soaking in the spectacular views. We return to the hotel for a bit of on your own time before a Penang style Peranakan dinner. In the late evening Spicy Steve will escort you to the Hawker Food Centre specializing in desserts and late night snacks, where we can walk by the sea shore on Gurney Drive. Overnight in Penang. (B/D)  
  Day 14, Monday, April 18, 2011: Penang.  
  Today is free for you to laze about on the beach, explore on your own, or shop for last minute gifts and souvenirs! Your Farewell Dinner this evening is at Sarkies Corner in the historic E&O Hotel. Overnight in Penang. (B/D)  
  Day 15, Tuesday, April 19, 2011: Depart.  
  After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)  
- Accommodation on twin/double share basis.
- Return Airport transfers.
- Tours and excursions by AC Deluxe Coach.
- Daily Breakfast and meals as stated on the itinerary.
- Mineral water on board the coach
- Services of an English speaking Tour Director.
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Porterage at hotels and airports
- All presently applicable land taxes
- Beverages with meals
- Tips & Gratuities
- Items of a personal nature
- Travel Insurance
- International Airfare
- Optional Tours or Excursions
- Visa fees
  Spicy Steve’s Malaysia - Singapore Culinary Adventure Tour
Tour at a Glance
Tour Length 14Nights / 15 Days
Singapore - Johor Bahru - Melaka - Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh - Penang
Prices Starting At CAD$ 3,690* Only.
Dates See Dates Below
Nights Hotels
Singapore 04 Nights Orchard Hotel Singapore
Melaka 02 Nights Hotel Puri
Kuala Lumpur 04 Nights Traders Kuala Lumpur
Penang 03 Nights City Bayview Georgetown
Tour Date & Prices
Tuesday, 05 April to Tuesday, 19 April, 2011
Per person on a twin share basis: CAD 3690
Supplement for a single room: CAD 1290
* Prices are Based on Per Person on Twin Share Basis.
About Chef Spicy Steve
Chef Spicy Steve
Spicy Steve is no stranger to escorting tours to Asia and has personally designed this itinerary which includes many of his favourite places to eat and visit. This is a highly personalized culinary tour for the passionate "Asian foodie" who wants to experience the tastes, smells, and sensations of everything from a Malaysian wet market and authentic "Hawker" street food to the elegant splendor of an Asian High Tea or an Indian Tiffin Buffet at the historic and elegant Raffles Hotel. This unique trip is designed and guaranteed to be a food lover's paradise!

"Spicy" Steve Sorko was the host for over 17 years of the award winning cable cooking show, Spicy Steve. The highly informative and often zany show highlighted the cuisine of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Steve has been called by local media, "Vancouver's guru of Southeast Asian cuisine". His many public appearances around Vancouver have included countless TV and radio guest spots, as well as being a celebrity chef at the annual EAT Vancouver Food Show for both WEBER BBQ and Tourism Malaysia.

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