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Lily’s Vegetarian Kitchen, Madras Lane – Varieties of Vegetarian Food

When I was young, I remember looking for a vegetarian restaurant was a headache as there are not many in Penang. Nowadays, with more people getting more health conscious, it is so much easier to get vegetarian food. At Lily’s Vegetarian Kitchen, you will find an array of vegetarian food ranging from Nyonya, Oriental, Fusion to even Western to satisfy the most discerning palates.


It is easy to locate Lily’s Vegetarian Kitchen. If you are driving via Macalister Road and Menara Unmo is on your left, you will see Madras Lane on your left, turn into Madras Lane and keep driving for another 15 meters and you will see Lily’s Vegetarian Kitchen on your left.


There was nothing fancy about the ambience of the restaurant. The layout and surrounding of the restaurant was very quiet and simple.


Green Curry Rice – RM8.00, The green curry was cooked with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, black fungus, broccoli, long beans and prawn-alike made of flour. The set of green curry rice also came with 2 pieces of jelly, some slices of cucumber and some flavoured bean curd skin which tasted like duck meat.


The taste of the curry was very thick and filled with aroma. However, the spiciness level of the curry was extreme and I had difficulty in finishing the dish. For those who could stand extremely spicy food, this is recommended for you.


Bak Kut Teh – RM7.50, The bak kut teh was prepared in vegetable form although the name contains “bak” (meat). It was cooked with bean curd, bean curd skin, vegetable, mushrooms and flavoured flour.


It is diffcult to tell that this dish was prepared without any meat and only vegetarian ingredients were used. It can easily pass as a regular bak kut teh as it tasted similar to the non-vegetarian version.


Soy Milk – RM1.80.  The homemade soy milk which was fresh and with less sugar. It was simply delightful and nutritious.


Coffee with Milk – RM1.80, this is the beverage that will wake me up. For those observing the “Nine Emperor God” festival, this is forbidden as milk is not allowed.


Overall, the food variety here was plentiful and the taste of the food was acceptable. However, the price of the food here was slightly on the high side. If only the price of the food could be reduced a bit, everything would be perfect.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Pork Free
Alcohol (beer)
Credit Card
Private Room
WIFI Available
Operation hours: 8:00am – 9:30pm. Closed on Monday.
Contact: 04-226 3810
Address:  98, Lorong Madras, 10400 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
GPS: 5.416021, 100.325782

Red Hott, The One – Ultimate Hot Dog 1-Stop

One of the places where you can get the one stop of hot dogs is no other places than Red Hott. At Red Hott, you can get the sausages from Eastern to Western, in different sizes and different flavours.


It is not hard to find Red Hott. If you are driving from Penang Bridge via Jelutong Express, you can turn in to Lebuhraya Sungai Nibong. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit into Jalan Tun Dr Awang. After the traffic junction you will see Pesara Mahsuri 3 in front of you. Turn into that street and drive straight with right exit into Persiaran Mahsuri. Keep driving for another 10 meters where you can see Sri Murni Apartment on your left, turn into Tingkat Mahsuri. At the second exit turn left to Lorong Mahsuri and locate the Lintang Mahsuri 5 on your left and you will see Red Hott on your left.


The restaurant has a wild wild west look and the dishes here are nothing else but sausages.


The deers in “Yee-Haw” style.


If you feel bored while waiting for your food, you can always have some board games at the corner of the restaurant.


Red Hott has 15-inch hot dog for couples priced at RM39.90. This hot dog is made with pure chicken thigh meat sausage, customized Mexican bun, coney sauce, cheddar cheese, Mexican bread and homemade German curry dip, crosshatch top with cheddar cheese and coney sauce.


One of the great things about this sausage is the firmness and tightness of the texture which made it special. Moreover the sausage is served on a Mexican bun which is a great combination. The German curry dip is another winning point for this dish.


There are 2 types of Hot dog selection besides the 15″ hot dog.

1) Basic Selection – 6″ RM7.90, 8″ RM9.90

New York Dog – Prepared with Relish, Ketchup, Mayonnaise and Pepper Powder


Chicago Dog – Relish, Ketchup, Mustard and Pepper Powder


Onion Dog – Ketchup, Mustard, Minced Onion and Pepper Powder


Cheesy Dog – Cheddar Cheese, Barbeque Sauce, Homemade Cheese Sauce and Chili Flakes


2) Premium Selection – 6″ RM8.90, 8″ RM10.90

Terimayo Dog – Teriyaki Sauce, Japanese Mayonnaise and Seaweed


Wasabimayo Dog – Teriyaki Sauce, Wasabimayo Sauce and Bonito Flakes

Meat Lover – Turkey Slice, Peperoni Chicken, Barbecue Sauce and Papper Powder

Ultimate Dog – Chaddar Cheese, Gherkin, Peperoni Chicken, Mustard, Barbecue Sauce and Minced Onion

Monte Cristo – Chaddar Cheese, Strawberry Jam, Homemade Cheese Sauce, Mayonnaise, Papper Powder

Coney Dog – Coney Sauce, Barbecue Sauce and Minced Onion


German Currywurst – Homemade German curry sauce with yellow onion


Salsa Dog – Freshly diced tomato, yellow onion, garlic and cider


Overall, this place serves a complete range of sausages. However, there are limited parking available and the difference between the many types of hot dogs here is the topping only.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Pork Free
Alcohol (beer)
Credit Card
Private Room
WIFI Available
Operation hours: 10:00am – 1o:00pm. Closed on Sundays.
Contact: 04-685 2948
Address:  2-1-16, Terrance Plus The One, Tingkat Mahsuri 5, 11950 Penang.
GPS: 5.327915,100.284619


Sunshine Online – Buying Mooncake Can’t Be Easier

The Mid-Autumn Festival is the festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese.  The festival is held on the 15th of the eight month according to lunar calendar. In order to complete the celebration, people often light up lanterns and also enjoy some moon cakes. I remember when I was young I used to follow my parents around just to sort out different brands of moon cake as different manufacturers will have their own signature moon cakes. However, now life has been made easier when everything is online. You can order from different varieties and manufacturers of moon cake with just a few clicks away.


Sunshine Square used to be a local department stall in Penang and now their supermarket is online on the cyberspace. With just a few clicks away you can add your shopping items to your online shopping cart and check your post code for delivery coverage, then finally prepare your payment for check out. In conjunction with Mid-Autumn Festival and the launching of Sunshine Online portal, readers of Steven Goh will get to enjoy the FREE delivery with the purchase of RM80 and above to your doorstep. Just key-in “STVREBATE10″ at the promotion code column and you will get the great deal.


For those who are looking for moon cakes, there are a few brands that I would like to highlight:

Leong Yin Pastry (梁贤)


Lunar Delight – RM17.50. White Coffee Paste with Pure Durian Paste. So far this is my favorite for this year. The outer and the second layer of the moon cake was made of white coffee which tasted slightly bitter while the inner part of the paste was made of pure durian which had strong aroma and tasted sweet. The combination gave an excellent bitter sweet symphony.



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If the sound of water dropping is heard in a place, it means the place is very peaceful and harmonious. In Buddhism philosophy, when people give us a water drop of help we have to repay with abundant thanks like the waterfall. Therefore, Water Drop is an interesting and meaningful place for a cup of tea or dining.


Water Drop Tea House is just located at Penang street. To go to this tea house you need to drive down to Beach Street. If you are driving from Penang Bridge, turn into Lebuh Union where you will see Maybank on your left, keep driving and you will see Water Drop Tea House is just in front of the junction.


Upon entering Water Drop, you will feel at peace. The front part of the cafe is a study area, and if you walk further inside, there is a place for dining at the back of the tea house.


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In order to get to the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA), you need drive through Jalan Perak, until you reach a 3-way junction (the right turns to Jalan Macalister and the straight route is to Jalan Macalister and Island Hospital). You will need to take the left turning which is to Jalan Berek. Take the 3rd junction on your right to Lebuhraya Babington and keep a lookout for TFA on your right.


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Marking a new step forward, Gartien is having a new opening at Penang Road and at the same time has officially launched its limited edition packaging for Mid Autumn last weekend. It was a great pleasure to get invited for the grand opening officiated by YB Dr. Afif bin Bahardin, Pengerusi Pertanian & Industri Asas Tani, Pembangunan Luar Bandar dan Kesihatan, witnessed by Joseph Tan, Gartien’s Pastry Chef, YB Teh Lai Heng, State Assemblyman of KOMTAR, Tuan Haji Ahmad, Pengarah Pertanian Pulau Pinang, Dato Dr. Kenny Ong, Group Executive Chairman of MTT Group of Companies and Mr. Lee See Hai, main supplier/partner.


The new shop of Gartien is just located next to Kek Seng Coffee shop.


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