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Water Drop Tea House, Lebuh Penang – Drooling Vegetarian Dining

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.

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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.

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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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There is a brief story of how Water Drop Tea House started. In fact the founder of this Tea House is also the founder of Fo Guang which is Ven. Hsing Yun. A bowl of pickled vegetable is the inspiration of how Water Drop Tea House started.

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One of  their signature delicacies is the drip coffee which is aromatic and smooth in taste. A cup of drip coffee here is RM13 and it is worth a try if you are a coffee lover.

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The daily special is always written on the board, each day will have a certain menu to be served.

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The machi (mua chee) with black sesame is also another signature here, 3 for RM5. However, the machi is not available everytime. You will need to call to check on its availability if necesssary.

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Water Drop Set – RM8.00, the standard set lunch inclusive of brown rice, 3 vegetarian dishes and 1 soup.

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One thing to highlight about the dishes here is the taste of the dishes are low in MSG which is more healthy.

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Buah Petai Fried Rice – RM8.50, the twisted cluster bean was fried with some mixed veggie and added with some slices of carrot and cucumber.

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The smell of the twisted cluster bean was very strong. Despite its peculiar scent, it tasted quite nice. With a slight of spiciness it actually brought up the taste of the fried rice.

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Fried Sesame Char Siew Bun (Note: Vegetarian Char Siew) – RM2.50 each. The Char Siew was stuffed inside the bun which was covered with sesame.

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The outer layer of the sesame bun was crispy and packed with sesame aroma, while the inner filling of vegetarian char siew tasted like the actual char siew and it was quite nice too.

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Red Mee Sua – RM8.00, the glutinous rice noodle (mee suah) was cooked in herbal soup which consisted of Red Yeast Rice (Ang Zhao), Chinese Anglica (Dong Gui) and Ginger. It was then served some bean curd, mushroom, wolf barries, black fungus  and vegetables.

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The taste of the red mee sua is comparable to the classic non-vegetable red mee sua. It was slightly sour and sweet and tasted nice and appetizing.

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Overall, this is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Penang. The price of the food is still reasonable. The only drawback is the available parking around this place is very limited during working hours.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

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

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol (beer)
Credit Card
Smoking
Reservation
Private Room
WIFI Available
Operation hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm, Tuesday to Friday; 9:00am – 8:00pm, Public Holiday, Sat and Sun. Monday Close.
Contact: 04-263 6300
Address:  16, Penang Street (Lebuh Penang), 10200, Penang.
GPS: 5.418411,100.340838

Temple of Fine Arts, Babington Avenue – The Definition of Fine Art

These days, vegetarian dining is even more expensive compared to non-vegetarian or fast food. A plate of plain rice with 3 options of dish will easily cost up to RM10 and this does not include drinks. Therefore, for vegans it is very a hard to look for vegetarian food with reasonable pricing. However, there is one of the very few places that offer good vegetarian food at a reasonable price, that is the Temple of Fine Arts.

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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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Temple of Fine Arts is also known as TFA. Just like the name of its place, it is a place for fine arts. The definition of “Fine Arts” is not limited to the Culture itself, but also on the Religion and Food as well.

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As for food, there is a restaurant located behind the temple.

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The dining area is an open concept which is very wide and cozy.

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The dining area is also overlooking a nice garden where you can enjoy some greenery while enjoying your vegetarian meal.

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The carving of the statue is very fine, which explains the name of this temple.

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Papadum, this Indian crackers were very crispy and packed with flavor. It was perfect to be dipped with the various type of curry here.

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There were more than 10 options of vegetarian dishes available.

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The chapatis were freshly made and were kept warm in a heat retaining container.

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By taking only a small portion of each dish, the plate was already almost full. Among the options were Biryani rice, plain white rice, yoghurt rice, different types of dhal, vegetables and different types of curry.

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Most of the dishes here were spicy but the taste of the food was nice and delicious.

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The Masala tea and brewed coffee were very nice as well.

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Overall, the food here was very delightful and the best part of all is the payment of the food is by donation basis. It depends on how much you can afford to pay. Finding a place to park is not a big issue as there are ample parking space surrounding the neighborhood.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

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

Quick Facts:

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

Operation hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, Closed Monday.
Contact: 04-228 8575
Address: 1 Babington Avenue 10450 Penang
GPS: 5° 41′ 85.71″ N, 100° 31′ 34.78″ E

 

Plan B, Ipoh Old Town – The Combination of Nostalgic and Modern

If the initial plan is not going to work, what will be the alternative? When there is desperate time, it’s the call for desperate measurement. This is when Plan B kicks in.

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In order to go to Plan B, it is not difficult. First of all, you need to drive to Kinta of Ipoh. Once at Kinta, look for the main road called Jalan Sultan Iskandar, keep driving on the road and you will see Lim Ko Pi coffee shop on your left. At the front junction, turn right to Jalan Sultan Yusuff. Keep driving for another 3 junctions along the road and turn right to Jalan Panglima. keep driving for about 20 meters and you will see Plan B on your left.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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E & O Hotel, Sarkies Corner – Jamuan Buka Puasa

Bulan Ramadhan is the holy month for all Muslims in the world. During this month the Muslims will fast for the whole month in order to purify and cleanse the body and soul. The fasting of the day will only end at dusk when the announcement is made and prayer is done. At this time the end of the fasting day is called buka puasa.

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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.

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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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Varieties of food available at the Sarkies Corner as below:

Noodle and Wok
Penang Char Koay Teow, Yellow Mee, Mee Sua, Wantan, Mee Maggi, Beehoon, Bee Tai Bak.
Choices of Mix Vegetable Served with Chicken Soup and Clear Soup.

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