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Delighting Your Family and Friends with Gartien Pineapple Cake, Mid Autumn 2014

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.


The relocation notice for Gartien has been sent out to the public so that they can visit their new location instead of the previous one.



Besides the relocation launching, Gartien also marked the new launching of their Mid Autumn Festival Pineapple Cake.


During the launching, various finger food was served.


Beside finger food, wine was also served to the guests which made the ambience more warm and welcoming.


All the guests mingled around while waiting for the great moment to the launching of the relocation and new packaging.


The lion dance performance made this place even merrier.


The ribbon cutting ceremony started right after the lion dance performance, which marked the launching of Gartien’s new relocation and new packaging for this Mid-Autumn Festival.


The speech by  YB Dr. Afif bin Bahardin, briefing the public the history of Gartien and also some introduction of the products.


The review of the new packaging by Dato Dr. Kenny Ong.


Gartien’s pineapple cake is fully produced in Penang, started from planting of pineapples until the baking and packaging of the cake. The standard packaging is in white colour. However, in conjunction with Mid Autumn festival, Gartien is launching its limited edition packaging which is in purple packaging.


The new look of Mid Autumn packaging is as below.


The posing of all the VIPs after the launching.



– Booking order BEFORE 4 AUGUST 2014 for 5 boxes and above will be entitled to A BOX FREE.
– Booking order AFTER 4 AUGUST 2014 (upon availability) for 10 boxes and above will be entitled to A BOX FREE.

Note: Each box is fixed price throughout the year. The selling price per box with 10 pieces of pineapple cakes is RM45 (self collect only).
A fix courier charge of RM10 & RM40 will be applicable to all deliveries within Peninsular Malaysia & East Malaysia respectively.

These fresh and locally made pineapple cakes come in a nice box suitable to be given away as gifts for friends and loved ones. It is ideal for morning and afternoon snacks and it is best to go with hot coffee or tea. The pineapple cake has an excellent balance of sweetness and sourish taste.


Customers who come to Gartien will be entitled to free parking. Park your vehicle next to the space of Hotel Central and get your parking ticket stamped at Gartien for the entitlement.


Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation

Operation hours:
 9.00am-6.00pm (daily)
Contact: 604-229 0068 (http://fb.gartian.com)
Address: 380, Jalan Penang, 10000 Penang, Malaysia. (next to Kek Seng Coffee Shop/格成茶室)
GPS: 5° 41′ 16.29″ N, 100° 32′ 93.80″ E

DCOVA Cafe, Logan Heritage – A Place to Hang Out for Coffee

Recently it is getting so common to see lists of Penang famous food shared over in social media sites. I have recently discovered a list of Penang’s 10 new cafes. Unfortunately, the information listed is not very accurate especially on the operating hours. Also there isn’t much introduction or highlights of what do the cafes have to offer and what makes them so special. So it has become my job to find it out myself.  Most of the new cafes only start operating at 11 am or 12 noon. For someone like myself who usually wake up at 9+ during weekends and start to look for breakfast during that time, this is not really practical. Out of the many cafes, only one that I have found to be operating before 10am, that is DCOVA Cafe.


DCOVA cafe used to be known as “Light House Coffee“. However, this cafe was taken over by another owner and hence the name changed as well. The cafe is now known as “DCOVA Cafe”.  DCOVA Cafe is located at the central of town. If you are driving to town area from Penang Bridge via Beach Street, you will surely pass by OCBC on your left. Keep driving and just before Standard Chartered Bank, turn left to Union Street. Keep driving until the junction which leads to the one way street of Penang Street, at the next junction turn into Bishop Street. Drive for another 50 meters and keep a look out on your left and you will see DCOVA Cafe is there.


The cozy and inviting interior still looks the same as the previous Light House Coffee.


Even the drinks on the menu are still mostly the same.


As for now the staircase to the second floor is visible unlike last time which was covered up.


The arrangement of the tables is also almost the same as before. The only difference is the painting on the wall and also some tiny decorations that made the difference.


Aussie Strong Latte – RM9.50, the strong aroma coffee is still around.


The price of the coffee per cup is still similar as before. However, the taste of the coffee is even richer and better. You can tell the taste of the coffee by looking at its color. The taste of Aussie Strong Latte is by far the most well-balanced coffee in my opinion. The bitterness of the coffee is not too much but of course stronger than the regular latte. Paired with rich and creamy fresh milk in the coffee and thus making it aromatic and rich.


As for mains, this round we had heavier dishes for breakfast (or rather “Brunch”). The signature here is the Carbonara Dcova – RM16.90. Slices of bacon were used to mix together with the spaghetti in creamy white sauce, then sprinkled with some herbs and black pepper. On top of the spaghetti, it was topped with a raw egg yolk and a parsley.


The taste of the white creamy sauce was not too rich which was just right for me. The addition of bacon made a great combination to the pasta. The egg yolk was the main ingredient that created the harmony and enhanced the smoothness of the dish. No wonder this dish is the signature of this cafe.


Another dish to be introduced here is the Sausage Baked Rice – RM16.90. The rice was mixed with white sauce, herbs and sausages and topped with cheese. It was then baked until golden crispy on the top. It was than garnished with parsley and sided with some greens.


The taste was rich and packed with flavor. However, compared this to Carbonara, I still choose the previous one. Maybe the richness of this dish was overwhelmed by cheese which is not my cup of tea.


Overall, the concept of DCOVA Cafe is very similar to Light House Coffee Bar. The coffee here gives the best impression, while the food is on par as well. However, the drawback of this place is the price of the food and drinks is slightly on the high side and also the difficulty in getting parking during working hours.

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: 9:00am – 10:00pm, Open Daily.
Contact: 04-261 3121
Address:  Logan Heritage No.4, Bishop Street, Georgetown, 10300 Penang
GPS: 5° 41′ 80.75″ N, 100° 34′ 26.19″ E

Que Huong Toi Cafe, 正宗越南小食馆, Jalan Sungai Pinang – Authentic Vietnamese Food

Vietnamese food is a very rare cuisine in Penang. There used to be some nice Vietnamese restaurants in Penang few years back but not many of them survived until today. Recently there seem to be a few Vietnamese cafe’s started to pop up in the town’s vicinity. One of the nice and famous one is Que Huong Toi Vietnamese Food.


The location of Que Huong Toi Cafe is at the middle of a bustling street. If you are driving down town from Penang bridge via Jelutong Express, take the left junction which turns to Sungai Pinang. After you are out from the junction, you will find Sungai Pinang food court is on your left. Keep driving until you reach the traffic junction in front of you, turn left and you will see Que Huong Toi Cafe is on your right. The cafe is a quaint little cafe with only few tables. Other than the boss, most of the workers here are Vietnamese.


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For those musliman and muslimin that looking for a great place to dine after a long day of fasting. One of the great place that you can try out is the E & O Sarkies Corner that serve buffet for Ramadhan.



The E&O Hotel has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. It is very easy to locate E & O Hotel. It stands at the intersection of Farquhar Street and Penang Road. The hotel is about 20 kilometres from the Penang International Airport and if you are driving from Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, keep driving until you pass Farquhar Street at the junction that will lead to one way street. Keep driving for a few metres and you will see E & O Hotel is on your left.


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Noodle and Wok
Penang Char Koay Teow, Yellow Mee, Mee Sua, Wantan, Mee Maggi, Beehoon, Bee Tai Bak.
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Via Pre Italian Restaurant is known for its fine, authentic and exclusive Italian food. However, little did we know that this place also provides a reasonable and delightful breakfast everyday. Via Pre is very easy to be spotted. If you are driving from Penang Bridge to town area via Jelutong Expressway (a.k.a Jalan Tun Dr. Lim Chong Ewe), drive all the way down until you reach Penang Jetty. Just opposite the Jetty, you will see a heritage building with the signboard, Via Pre.


One thing nice about this place is its cozy environment where there are not many people to disturb your peaceful Sunday morning.



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Four Points by Sheraton Hotel is also previously known as Tanjung Bungah Hotel. It is located at Jalan Tanjung Bungah. The hotel is just located along the road en-route to Batu Ferringhi. After by-passing the Chinese Swimming Club on your left, keep an eye for the hotel which is just a few blocks from the swimming club.


There is a bar counter which serves other drinks besides wine and beers. It is a relaxing place to sit and chit chat with friends after a long day.


For those who love socializing, there are cocktail tables specially for you to have a chat and some snacks.


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