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Patsa Thai Thai Shop, Jalan Dato Keramat – The emphasis of quality ingredients

Patsa is a family name for Thais and this family is famous in Thailand for Thai Boat Noodle. Back in Thailand, Patsa has 4 branches of Thai Boat Noodle shops. The food prepared by the Patsa family is emphasizing on quality. Therefore most of the ingredients prepared in Patsa Thai Thai Penang are homemade and this has made them stand out from the rest.

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Currently, there is only one Patsa Thai Thai Shop in Penang.

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The environment of the shop is very cozy and the shop is run by a couple whose wife is a Thai. Patsa, is the family name for the lady owner. The shop is located at Jalan Dato Keramat. If you are driving down from Jalan Masjid and facing Komtar, you will see Ivory Time Square is on your right, keep driving and you will see there is a small Indian Temple on your right as well, at the same row you will see Hotel 118. Patsa Thai Thai shop is just a few doors before the hotel.

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The food prepared in this shop is Pork Free and Beef Free. There are 18 tables in this place. This place also serves non-alcohol drinks and it is also a family friendly restaurant.

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The hand rest pillow and also the utensils in this place were all fully imported from Thailand.

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Matum Water, RM2 per glass – Thai kiwi juice in which the fruits were also imported from Thailand. It tasted appetizing and non-sourish. The taste resembled our local Lo Han Guo except this had lower sugar content and was boiled in long hours. It is good for cooling down after the hot and spicy dishes.

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There are 2 types of homemade chilies served on each table. This dark red type of chili is the mild and delightful one. The level of hotness will increase if you eat it constantly.

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For this type of green chili, the spiciness is supreme and it is very hot. Just a few drop of this chili will make a non-spicy eater like me cry like mad.

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Kiaw, complementary with any dining purchased - it is a Thai snack similar to our deep-fried wantan skin. It was crispy and great to go with Thai chili sauce.

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The chef will only prepare Kiaw when the customers are seated. Therefore it will be fresh and crispy when served. If placed too long it will become soggy. It is a very unique dish where you will hardly find this at other Thai restaurants.

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Thai Boat Noodle – RM1.90 per bowl. With the choice of 3 noodle types:

  • Thai Kuey Tiew
  • Thai Mee Hoon Noodle
  • Thai Yellow Noodle

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There are 2 options for the Thai Boat Noodle, soup base or dry base. The soup is cooked using free range “kampung” chicken. 3 birds of chicken are used to prepare around 100 bowls of boat noodle. The chicken meat balls are also homemade and made from chicken drumsticks. The balls are chewy partially due to the tendon from the chicken drumsticks. For my personal preference, I still prefer the soup base as the fragrance of the soup tasted better compared to the dry version. The homemade yellow noodle was bouncy and smooth which make this another highlight of this restaurant. The cooking has no MSG added.

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The stacking of the bowls is the usual way to show how appreciative you are towards Thai boat noodle.

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Song Tam – RM25, the ingredients are carefully selected by the chef. This dish is the authentic type of Song Tam and it includes green papaya, fresh mussels, pickled salad, imported sausages from Thailand, hard boiled eggs and Thai bihun. Everything is made from fresh including the slicing of papaya is by using knife to chop instead of shredding. As you can see the sausage looks different from our local ones and it tasted nice and unique too. The overall taste of this Song Tam is different but is an authentic Thai version.

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There are 2 types of sauce which are used to make song tam. The usual one that we had in other places has been improvised with localized flavour which is usually sweet and sour. However, the authentic type of Song Tam is more salty and surprisingly once I tried, I love it. However, the price of RM25 per plate is considered on the higher side compared to others. However, authenticity is the key.

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Thai Boat Noodle Special – RM6.00. With the choices of 3 noodle types:

  • Thai Kuey Tiew
  • Thai Mee Hoon Noodle
  • Thai Yellow Noodle

It also comes with either the dry or soup base options.

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The portion of the noodle is 3 times more compared to the RM1.90 version. It consisted of a free range (kampung) chicken drumstick which was very chewy and tender. For me, I will chose a bowl of this compared to 3 bowls of RM1.90.

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Even the bill here is also shown in Thai which makes this place more Thai-feel.

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Overall, the food here is made fresh daily and the emphasis of the Chef to make the food taste fresh and perfect make it a huge selling point here. Part of the revenue earned from this restaurant have been used for temple renovation in Thailand. The average waiting time of each table will be 6 – 15 minutes as most of the ingredients are made fresh. As for parking, the shop only operates for dinner time so there will be ample public car parks surrounding this place by that time. The price of the food here is reasonable except for Song Tam which is slightly expensive.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Taste
Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation
Service
Overall

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Credit Card
Smoking
Reservation
Private Room (Private Area)
WIFI Available

Operation hours: 5:00pm – 12:00am, Open Daily.
Contact: 016- 476 6156
Address: 29C, Jalan Dato Keramat, 10150, Georgetown, Penang.
GPS: 5.413338, 100.326969

Glow Hotel, Zest Bar Cafe – Krup for Thai Festival

Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia.

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For those that read my blog before, you will know how to go to Glow Hotel, else you can refer to this link for details: http://www.stevengoh.com/glow-hotel-zest-bar-cafe-show-your-gratitude-on-fathers-day/

In conjunction with the Thai Water Festival which is also known as Songkran, Glow Hotel Penang has arranged varieties of Thai selection on their set lunch menu. Thai Set Lunch Menu and Ala Carte Menu as shown below. The meals will be available from 11.30am – 5.00pm daily. Click on the pictures below to enlarge the details.

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Starter:

Miang Kam RM8 – betel leaves, coconut, dried shrimps, red onions, peanuts, gingers & chili.

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Commonly the sauce of this dish should be sweet and sour. However, this round the homemade sauce is hot and spicy. For those non-spicy eater, this is a big no-no dish.

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Som Tam RM10 – young papaya salad with dried shrimps.

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Som tam is one of the dishes that you can order to test out the determination and passion of a chef towards Thai food. For this case, the som tam tasted averagely good.

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Yam Moon Sen RM12 – glass noodle salad with prawns, ginger flower and lime leaves.

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Fresh prawns were used and it blended very well with the rest of the ingredients.

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Soup

Tom Yam Goong RM18 – Fresh prawns in spicy tom yam soup

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The hotness of the tomyam was just nice. The ingredients of the tomyam was also sufficient. The soup also had the right level of sweetness and saltiness. If the sourness could be leveled up more it would be a perfect tomyam goong.

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Tom Kha Gai RM12 – Siam chicken soup with galangal in coconut cream & local spices.

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Although this dish might looks like it had plenty of red chilies, surprisingly the hotness of this soup was very mild. If I were to scale the hotness from 1 – 10 (10 is extremely hot), I would give this dish a level 2.

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Main Dishes

Gaeng Keow Wan RM18 – Green curry and coconut milk with Thai basil leaf (choice of prawn or chicken).

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Green curry is one of the famous dishes for Thais. The hotness level for this green curry was very high. However, it was balanced off by a sweet ending and fragrant spices.

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Pad Thai RM15 – Wok-fried Thai noodle with prawns, bean sprouts, bean curd and egg in Pattaya style.

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The first bite into this dish was not that hot, but the hotness gradually increases as you go into the second bite or so. The taste of this dish was good.

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Pad Kra Prao RM18 – Sautéed spicy minced chicken or beef with Thai kra prao leaf.

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The stir fried of the minced chicken together with the sautéed sauce was so nice. The meat was well-marinated and the tenderness of the meat was perfect. I would come back for this dish.

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Red Curry Prawn RM18, Kaeng Phet – spicy red curry and vegetables with choice of prawn or chicken.

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This was a very hot and spicy dish. The level of hotness of this dish was up to level 8. For those that love spiciness this will be a great option. The prawns were fresh and the taste of this dish had a sweet ending.

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Gaeng Massaman RM18 – chicken or beef cooked with rich roasted peanut curry sauce and potatoes.

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The mixture of the gravy together with chicken cubes, peanuts and potatoes was just nice. The chicken was flavorful and the hotness level was around 6. It was a very nice dish.

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Dessert

Sang Kaya Fug Tong RM7 – steamed sweet pumpkin with custard and coconut milk.

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The custard-like jelly was made of coconut milk and stuffed inside the pumpkin. When served, the pumpkin was cut into slices with the custard on top. I prefer to eat it plain instead of with the accompanying honey or coconut milk.

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Khanom Khao Mao RM7 – fried bananas with grated coconut and sticky rice.

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It was a very unique and different type of dessert that we usually had. The dip of fried banana with coconut milk is a perfect match.

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Overall, the Thai food here is more into fusion than authentic type. Some of the food was good while the some still could be improved. The problem here is the limited parking space nearby the hotel.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Taste
Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation
Service
Overall

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Credit Card
Smoking
Reservation
Private Room (Private Area)
WIFI Available

Operation hours: 11:30am – 5:00pm
Contact: 04-226 0084
Address: 101, Macalister Road, 10400  Penang.
GPS: 5° 41′ 66.38″ N, 100° 32′ 29.52″

Break The Code, Gurney Plaza – Games That Make You Think Out of the Box

What is thinking out of the box? In real world, there are a lot of problems for us to solve. Some of which might require logical thinking. However, many times the problem remained unsolved although we applied our logical thinking. This is when “thinking out of the box” or “creative thinking” will help to solve the problem.

There are 2 methods to acquire the skill creative thinking. The first one is by inheritance. The second method is by training, reading and practicing. One of the places where you can train your creative mind by solving the puzzles at Break The Code.

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Break the code, or better known as BTC offers “escape the room” experience by searching the clues and solving puzzles within a time limit. Their unique game offers an experience that will definitely keep your mind occupied! If you like answering riddles, solving puzzles , looking for challenges and want to be the next Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew, this game is just for you! 

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There are many puzzles from the list which you can choose from:

1. Da Vinci – Take this chance to uncover a hidden map and the secrets beneath Da Vinci’s paintings.

2. Mission Stealth – Be an agent to steal a life threatening virus in Mission Stealth : Biohazard Virus.

3. Indiana Jones – Aspired to be another Indiana Jones and hunt for secret relics?

4. Lost – Ever tried to be stranded in the Amazon? Survive and find your way out in our Lost.

5. Code Red – Mayday! Mayday! Stop the missile from launching!

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6. Pontianak – Do you dare to enter the abandoned house haunted by a Pontianak and explore your way out this haunting Halloween? Rumors surrounding the abandoned house have circulated for decades. A pregnant lady is said to be brutally murdered and since then have roamed around in the night. Disbelieve with the story, you and yours friends decided to check it out but she didn’t welcome you well. Locked and stranded in the house, you will need to explore your way out before something bad happens.

There’s another one which is very special:

7. Ghost Bomber – My team and I were assigned to solve the bombing crime mystery and defuse the bomb in time. It was an outdoor game and the duration was 90 minutes.

For more about this outdoor session you’ve to go visit and enquire for more! :)

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My team.

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Teams who had successfully solved the puzzle will be featured on their “Hall Of Fame”.

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The price list for Break The Code:

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The game takes about an hour or more. For bookings:

Phone number: 04-2280684

Web: http://www.breakthecode.com.my/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/breakthecode.my

Email: gurney@breakthecode.com.my

Macallum Connoisseurs, Lebuh Maccallum – Long Waited and Overpriced Experience

Macallum Connoisseurs has been the talk of town recently. It is known to be the biggest and newest cafe in Penang. The cafe looks like it has been converted from a warehouse to a new and modern cafe.

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If you are driving along Lebuhraya Lim Chong Ewe (Jelutong Express), the location of Macallum Connoisseurs is just at the junction of this Highway with Gat Lebuh Macallum.

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Tacology, Rose Garden – A Mexican street fare

A company that handles information is called a Technology company. Let me ask you, what about a stall that prepares fresh taco’s? It is called Tacology.

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Tacology is a humble stall that is located inside Rose Garden Cafe in Tanjung Bunga. The stall is a family business which was started not long ago. The owner used to stay in the US for quite some time and managed to get some secret recipes of making good Mexican food.

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Idealite, Gottlieb Road – A Healthier Chinese New Year 2015 Feast

Instead of having the same old steamboat every year for Chinese New Year, why not try something different and healthy at Idealite? There are a few Idealite branches in Penang. For Gurney Plaza branch, please refer here.

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As for Jalan Gottlieb branch, you will need to drive through Jalan Utama from Penang Bridge towards Gurney Drive. When you reach Jalan Gottlieb, you will see Idealite restaurant is on your right.

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What The Duck, Nagore Place – Pleasant Ambience with Reasonable Price

Usually to organize a family eat out, the first concern would be the ambience and the second would be the food and pricing. It would be a bonus if the price of the food is reasonable and the taste is good. The recently opened restaurant “What The Duck” located at the center of Georgetown is a place which has a 3″wow factors”, which are: comfortable ambiance, good food and reasonable pricing.

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What The Duck serves Set Lunch which is inclusive of appetizer and drinks.

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It is not hard to locate this place. If you are driving via Burma Road, you will pass by Jalan Kedah which is on your right. Keep driving and you will see Swatow Lane, moving further is Jalan Nagore. Turn into Jalan Nagore and keep driving for another 20 meters, What The Duck restaurant will be on your left.

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