02 Oct, 2011
Ning Malaysian Restaurant & Cookery School
Shortly before returning from the UK, we decided to watch a football match in Leeds. When planning our trip to Leeds, we arranged to also visit Manchester, a neighbouring city of Leeds. In choosing which hotel to stay in Manchester, we relied on TripAdvisor, as we always did.
We came across the Crowne Plaza Hotel Manchester City Centre which ranked 7 out of 122 hotels in Manchester. Since the price was reasonable, we booked and stayed in the hotel for a night. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a stylish and spacious lobby. Checking in was hassle-free and speedy, without delay we settled into our room comfortably.
Before venturing out to the city, we explored the hotel a bit. Gym facilities were provided for and the room was opened 24 hours. In the lobby area, as photographed above, a classy bar and restaurant were available for diners to relax. The hotel location was excellent and it was closely located to the Manchester Piccadilly rail station. Find out more about the hotel on their website.
One of the most visited tourist attractions in Manchester is the Old Trafford stadium tour. It was interesting even though it was my second visit to the stadium.
A photo of the souvenirs sold in one of their gift shops. For more travel information about Old Trafford, check out our previous post.
Again, we relied on TripAdvisor for dinner. We came across a highly rated Malaysian restaurant and decided to visit it.
Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by friendly staff and seated shortly. The interior was chic and trendy, the walls were decorated with Malaysia’s national flower, hibiscus, with a modern and feminine touch.
Since we were craving for nasi lemak very badly, we decided to have one as our main. Priced at £12.95, the nasi lemak consisted of a lightly-fried marinated chicken breast, crispy dried anchovies, fried egg and sambal paste served with coconut rice. The nasi lemak exceeded our expectations, it was excellent! The sambal was mildly spicy but sweet and nice, was very delicious when eaten with the fragrant coconut rice.
The marinated chicken breast topped with curry was our favourite. The chicken was neither too tough nor too soft, it was juicy and very delicious when eaten with the flavourful curry. Definitely a must-order in Ning!
Also priced at £12.95, Ning’s nasi ayam was a very enjoyable dish as well. The chicken breast was lightly grilled and marinated in soy sauce with a hint of ginger and garlic served with chicken flavour rice, clear soup and chilli, garlic, lime and ginger paste. It was delicious with a taste of home!
Feeling greedy, we also ordered a basil padprik from the wok-fried section. Priced at £9.95, the rich wok-fried chicken with peppers, Chinese long beans and Thai sweet basil was sweet, spicy and aromatic. It was good to the last bite!
Craving for sweets, we ordered a Malaysian dessert, seri kaya, which was priced at £4.95. The traditional Malay layered sweet cake of sticky rice and pandan and coconut milk were served with vanilla ice-cream. The layered cake was delightfully sweet, but for those who prefer it less sweet, the vanilla ice-cream made a perfect combination with the cake by toning the level of sweetness down.
Overall it was a very pleasant dining experience. Service was remarkably good too. We highly recommend locals or tourists in Manchester to visit this restaurant. For more information about this restaurant, please visit their well-established and detailed website here.
The Burton Building
92-94 Oldham Street
Manchester M4 1LJ
Tel: 0844 414 5484