PENANG, MALAYSIA, March 18, 2019 – For 12 days from 18 March 2019, Hotel Jen Penang collaborated with local food hero, Ban Heang Biscuits, for a pop-up campaign at the Lobby Lounge under Hotel Jen’s “Get.Set.Eat.” initiative. “Get.Set.Eat.” was launched in 2018 and serves as a platform to showcase the breath of authentic flavours and local produce in a Hotel Jen destination by featuring local food and beverage vendors.

Synonymous with Penang are oven-baked Tambun Biscuits or round balls of flaky pastry, locally known as ‘Dragon Balls’, with a sweet or savoury filling, such as red beans or pandan. The pastries are believed to have been introduced by Chinese immigrants during the British colonial era and have evolved into a global snack.

The pop-up will feature a selection of flavours, such as Durian, Red Bean and the Original Tambun Biscuits. To try the iconic treat, which will be supplied by Ban Heang Biscuits, visit Hotel Jen Penang’s Lobby Lounge during lunch from 18 to 29 March 2019, call +60 4 262 2622 or send an email to For more information, please visit our page - Local Food Heroes.

In conjunction with this campaign, Hotel Jen Penang is offering Golden Circle members MYR 5 savings on NEXTGen Char Spaghetti or Beer Milkshake orders. The quirky offerings from Jen’s Signature Menu are an exploration of authentic local and regional food and beverage cultures.

The “Get.Set.Eat.” pop-up campaign is happening simultaneously across seven Hotel Jens – in Beijing and Shenyang, China; the Maldives; Manila; Penang and Johor, Malaysia; and Singapore – and will feature a similar concept, which is a line-up of pop-ups with celebrated local food and beverage vendors.

Here is a round-up of the pop-ups taking place.

Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, Johor

Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, Johor is elevating tea-time treats from 18 to 31 March 2019 with traditional pastries from famed Ming An Confectionery. Stationed beside the hotel’s On the Go outlet, the pop-up will carry eclectic products, including dried durian, Kaya Puff, Wife Cake, Chicken Floss Puff, Yam Cookies and Portuguese Egg Tarts, among others. Call +60 7 560 8888 or send an email to for enquiries.

Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore

From 18 to 24 March 2019, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore will welcome vendor Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah, which serves one of the city’s delicious Popiahs and Kueh Pie Tees. Popiah, a wafer-thin spring roll wrap, consists of finely grated turnip, bean sprouts, French beans, lettuce leaves and Chinese sausage. It is eaten with a sweet sauce or with chilli sauce. Another delicious Peranakan dish which is difficult to experience elsewhere is Kueh Pie Tee. The handmade crispy thin pastry shell is filled with a spicy–sweet mixture of thinly sliced vegetables and prawns.

Both dishes will be available from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm on 18 and 19 March 2019, and 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm from 20 to 24 March 2019 at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway’s OnTheGo. In addition, there will be a Popiah skin-making demonstration from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm on 18 and 19 March 2019. Guests can call +65 6708 8899 or send an email to for enquiries.

Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore

When it comes to tradition, majority of the people in Singapore may have heard of Uncle Chua, who serves ice cream sandwiched between crispy wafers or, as the locals prefer, between slices of bread. To better appreciate this local practice, Hotel Jen Tanglin has invited Uncle Chua and his mobile cart to be stationed at the hotel’s Jen’s Kitchen On-the-Go and J65 Alfresco from 1 pm to 4 pm from 18 to 24 March 2019. The ice cream flavours on offer include Chocolate, Vanilla, Durian, Yam, Sweet Corn, Jackfruit, Red Bean and even Chendol. For enquiries, call +65 6738 2222 or send an email to

Hotel Jen Manila

From 18 to 24 March 2019, Hotel Jen Manila will shine a light on two of the city’s favourite snacks, Ginataang Turon and Kakanin. Turon – a classic Filipino snack of sliced bananas and jackfruit in a spring roll wrapper – is fried to a golden brown and dusted with brown sugar. Like Turon, Kakanin is also a humble sweet delicacy. Made from prepared rice, the result is a sweet-and-sticky dessert representing the Philippine’s varied food culture. The snacks will be served at a pop-up in the hotel lobby. For enquiries, call +63 2 7795 8832 or +63 9 17 806 2017 or send an email to

Hotel Jen Shenyang

The cultural significance of dumplings makes it the snack of choice to serve at Hotel Jen Shenyang. The tasty staple, from Shenyang Laobian Food Company, will be served at the hotel’s Shang Palace, where diners can enjoy the pouches in four variations and steamed, boiled or fried. Seats can be reserved from 18 to 24 March 2019 via telephone +86 24 2341 2288 extension 6223 or by email at

Hotel Jen Beijing

Beijing’s big six favourite street foods combined with indigenous tradition make Hotel Jen Beijing’s San Wu Tang Kitchen the place to visit for trademark local fare from 18 to 31 March 2019. The offerings include Yangzasui Soup and Zhajuanguo from Huguo Temple Snacks, Quick-Fried Tripe from Lao Bao Du Man, Stir-Fried Pork Liver from Yao’s Stir-Fried Pork Liver and Pork Stew and Beijing Pancake from San Wu Tang. For lunch or dinner enquiries, call +86 10 6505 2277 or send an email to

Hotel Jen Malé, Maldives

Hotel Jen Malé, Maldives gives a nod to a much loved local fruit – kashikeyo (screwpine). It will be featured at Jen’s Kitchen On-the-Go from 18 to 24 March 2019 as traditional Kashikeyo Fani or Screwpine Juice, and as sweet bite-sized dessert spheres known as Kashikeyo Gulha. A staple of Maldivian cuisine, kashikeyo tastes similar to a mixture of sugar cane and mango, and has a thick nectar-like consistency that is rich in vitamin A and beta carotene. Call +960 330 0888 or send an email to

The Get.Set.Eat. programme will not be available at Hotel Jen Hong Kong.

About Ban Heang Biscuits

Located in the UNESCO city of Georgetown, Penang, Ban Heang Biscuits was established in 1997. Famous for its signature Tambun Biscuits, Ban Heang is the first outlet to offer it in a variety of local flavours, such as Durian, Red Bean and Pandan. The founder, Mr. Leow Tit Ban, started the family-style business in 1997 with three workers and oversaw the entire process from production to delivery. Ban Heang produces over 200 types of products, with freshly baked Tambun Biscuits being one of the hot-selling favourites. Tambun Biscuits are a mini-version delicacy made from wheat flour, sugar and green-bean paste. Nicknamed ‘Dragon Balls’ by the locals, the biscuits have a salty filling with a sweet crust. Today, there are 12 Ban Heang outlets across Malaysia.

About Hotel Jen

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel owners and operators, currently manages over 100 hotels globally in 75 destinations under the Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen and Traders brands. Catering to immersive explorers so they can seize the stay, the Hotel Jen brand delivers quality, comfort and value with a playful twist. Hotel Jen embraces the love for life and travel by offering guests spontaneous experiences, unpublished insights and unconventional perspectives. Launched in 2014, Hotel Jen offers 9 vibrant hotels in some of the great locations across South East Asia, China and the Indian Ocean, including Singapore; Manila, Philippines; Johor and Penang in Malaysia; Hong Kong, Beijing and Shenyang in China; and Malé, Maldives. Hotel Jen is slated to open in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, in 2020. For more information, visit or join the conversation on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.