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Baa Baa Black Sheep Cafe, Tanjung Bungah – Baa For Better Food and Coffee

Baa baa black sheep have you any wool… Does this lyric remind you of our childhood nursery rhyme? No doubt this nursery rhyme has already been implanted in our memories since we were little kids. Now after we’ve grown up, we sing this to our kids almost every day too. However, today the focus is not about the song, but it is more about the title of this song that has been used as the name of a cafe.

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The main entrance of Baa Baa Black Sheep is at the main road of Jalan Tanjung Bungah. If you are driving from town you will drive through Gurney Drive towards Jalan Tanjung Tokong, keep driving for about 3km and you will be arriving at Jalan Tanjung Bungah. Watch out on your left where you will see a lot of shop lots and one of the notable ones is Sri Ananda Bahwan restaurant. You will find Baa Baa Black Sheep is just a few doors away from it.

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The main theme of the cafe is of course sheep. You will find sheep in all sorts of forms and sizes on the wall, counter, tables and windows.

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Other than black sheep, there are a lot of white sheep joining the crowd as well.

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Some very cute drawings of the sheep: A black sheep uses a parachute to cross over the fence.

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Even the cartoon character from Timmy Time can be found as a plush toy sticking on glass window of the cafe.

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The paper cups with hand-drawn cartoon characters were displayed at the edge of the windows.

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The white sheep family.

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The stand alone black sheep.

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Even the reservation notice has been made into a sheep figure using card boards.

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Salmon & Egg Croissant – RM11.90, the croissant was filled with salmon slices and scrambled egg. It was then topped with some mayonnaise and mixed herbs. Sided with the dish was some mixed salad.

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The taste of the salmon was very fresh and the scrambled egg tasted great when they were served hot. The combination of the food was excellent.

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Bacon & Egg Waffle – RM11.90, waffle was used as the base and on top of it were bacon and poached eggs. It was then sprinkled with some mustard and mixed herbs. Serving together with it was some mixed salad.
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The taste was very unique where it combined the sweetness of the waffle with the saltiness of bacon and mustard. It is a very new and great fusion dish.

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Cappuccino – RM8.90, Hot and aromatic cappuccino.

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Those that know me well, you will know most of my meal will involve coffee as I can’t live without coffee. The aroma of coffee here was nice and thick.

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Cafe Latte – RM9.90, the cafe latte also came with a piggy latte art.

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The proportion of the milk and the coffee was just nice. However, the taste of the latte was still not as nice as the cappuccino.

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Overall, the food here was good and the ambiance was cosy with a very unique theme. There is sufficient parking space available behind the cafe. However, the drawback here is the price of the food is slightly on the high side.

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: 8:00am – 10:00pm (Close Monday)
Contact: 04- 890 4733
Address:  8A, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11200, Tanjung Bungah, Penang.
GPS: 5.465956, 100.289459

OktoberFest 2014 – QEII, Church Street Penang.

For this year, the oktoberfest 2014 is held at QEII Penang. The Oktoberfest 2014 is bought to you by Tiger, Guinness, Heineken and etc. This event is specially bought “For The Love Of Beer”

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The entrance of the Oktoberfest is very grand, no doubt it was raining that day, yet there are many people that attend this event.

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For those that love to take their own photo with the Oktoberfest roving girls, there is a counter that provide so. Prost! in German mean Cheers

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A very big hot air balloon just in front of the entrance of QEII.

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The seats for those the guests that waiting for the fest. That day is very windy night.

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Even the bar tenders also wear in Oktoberfest theme.

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At QEII, here not just serve drinks. In fact, there are also food available here. Below are the list of food and beverages available here.

1.Wood fired pizza. 20% off. <– recommended super good
2. Octoberfest beef burger rm18nett.
3. Bratwurst sausages rm17nett.
4. Pretzel rm10nett.
5. Apple strudel rm14nett.
6. Tiger: (3 pints) rm64nett
7. Heineken: (3 pints) rm78nett
8. Guinness: (3 pints) rm78nett
*Order 3 pints get one ceramic mug free

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Complimentary TIGER/GUINNESS drinks with some exclusive Oktoberfest goodies + a Oktoberfest ceramic mug

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Before the event start, there is also Magic show to entertain the guests.

The Oompah liveband from Germany is also there to entertain the crowd.

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Beside the singing from the Germany Band, there are also games that given to the audiences, once the person win the game, he or she will entitled to get the limited edition Oktoberfest 2014 Mug.  The first is the Pretzel eating competition. Where the eating person will eat without touching the Pretzel. The Pretzel is hung at the hook of another person.

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Beside the Pretzel eating competition, there is also a sausages eating competition. For those that can finish the plate of sausages in 3 minutes will win the competition. Else the judge will check out on the most and shortest sausages consumed.

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Overall, this is a very fun and exiting event. I would hope that this event is going on for every year in future.

SOHO Gastro, Tanjung Tokong – Guinness Amplify Music Made of More

Penang, 4th October – Music fans raised their pints in the air and sang along as the GUINNESS® Amplify : Music Made of More steers its way to the pearl of the orient, Penang! With local musical heroes; The Endleaves, Froya and Kyoto Protocol, the crowd was wowed as they took the center stage in celebration of Music Made of More.

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Continuing on the GUINNESS® Amplify live tour movement across Malaysia, fans enjoyed a night of incredible music from talented dedicated and passionate artists which was selected to be part of the new GUINNESS® Amplify: Music Made of More campaign. The campaign will feature 14 amazing Malaysian acts supported by international special guest stars in a series of 6 free-admission gigs in outlets around Klang Valley, Penang, and Johor, topped off with a unique grand finale show in Kuala Lumpur. This is the campaign’s fifth gig of the GUINNESS® Amplify live tour.

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The Endleaves were first to take the stage with their upbeat, high-energy set, which got the crowd moving and ready to rock out. Continuing the theme of a night of music more than the ordinary and in addition to playing a selection of their well-known hits, the band took on the classic, “Feel Good Hit Of The Summer” by the Queens Of The Stonage.

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Next up, singer songwriter, Froya took the stage with her single, “Uncomprehended Child”. The sultry, jazzy and folky singer songwriter also performed an interesting cover, the popular “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People.

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The highlight of the night, was an electric and rocking band performance by Kyoto Protocol. Kyoto Protocol played two covers during the night, “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon, which was nothing short of great and the fan favorite, “Its My Life” by Jon Bon Jovi. Other than that, Kyoto Protocol also thrilled fans with their new single from their unreleased album, “Catch These Men”.

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Throughout the evening, lucky GUINNESS® fans earned themselves exclusive, money-can’t-buy passes to the Grand Finale showcase at the end of the GUINNESS® Amplify campaign, as well as enjoying all-night-long special promos on GUINNESS® Draught and GUINNESS® Foreign Extra Stout.

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Guinness Amplify : Music Made of More Finale International Act Revealed!

Hailing all the way from Canada, the reggae-fused inspired band, topping music charts in the US and UK,  with the record hitting single “Rude” which has gone platinum 7 times, Guinness Amplify : Music Made of More gives to you, Magic!

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Set to be held at KL Live, Kuala Lumpur, on Saturday 18th October 2014, the Guinness Amplify: Music Made of More Finale Show will feature Canadian band MAGIC! as the headline act. MAGIC!, currently riding high in the charts worldwide with the smash-hit debut single ‘Rude’, will take the stage alongside local music greats OJ Law and Dash.

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Tickets for the Guinness Amplify: Music Made of More Finale Show will not be offered for sale; music fans can instead log on to www.amplify.com.my to learn how they can earn a free ticket to the Finale Show. Once the ticket is earned it can be upgraded to a VIP pass, which entitles the holder to a Meet & Greet session with the artists, an exclusive Guinness Amplify t-shirt, and more. Ticket holders can stand a chance to upgrade to a VIP pass by watching exclusive videos of the artists involved in the campaign on the Guinness Amplify website and by attending the weekly free-admission gigs on the Guinness Amplify Live Tour.

 

For more information, kindly log on to www.amplify.com.my

Sushi Kitchen, Sungai Ara – Wholesome Vegetarian Japanese Restaurant

Japanese restaurants and vegetarian restaurants are common in Penang. However, there are not many places in Penang that combine these two options together. One of the places that serves this unique combination is no other than Sushi Kitchen.

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Sushi Kitchen is not facing the main road directly, therefore for those that need to locate this place will face some challenge. If you are driving from Relau to Sungai Ara via Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim, you will surely pass by Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Ara on your left. Keep driving for about 5 meters, you will see a right junction to Jalan Sungai Ara 1, turn into this road and keep driving for another 5 meters, turn to your left and you will see Sushi Kitchen is just around the corner.

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Sushi Kitchen is located on the second floor. In order to go up to the restaurant, you will need to press the door bell and place your shoes on the rack before you go in to the restaurant.

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In the restaurant, although the built-up area is not very big the surrounding made us felt very cozy and welcoming. There are two types of dining style. One of it is the Japanese “tatami” style where all the diners are seated on the floor supported by cushions.

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Another is with the proper dining tables where you can have a proper seat but they are very limited.

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The interior of the restaurant has been decorated with several antique equipment. One of it is an antique fridge that welcomes vegans to the restaurant.

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Another is an old TV with a paper advertisement on job opportunities in the restaurant.

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A giant teddy as big as a child could be found on the tatami seating area

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The restaurant is also surrounded by plants. The owner must be a nature lover.

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Some antique tea cups were seen hanging as decoration.

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There was a fitness challenge in the restaurant. For those who were able to pull chin-up with the strength of finger grip for more than 19 times, you will get a free meal.

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On the menu of Sushi Kitchen, there are some interesting keys to the menu guide. One of it that caught my attention was the flight symbol which is for those who are in a hurry and looking for a quick and simple meal.

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The food here is known to be wholesome as they have been prepared without MSG, Artificial Coloring and preservatives, etc.

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Japanese Green Tea – RM2.00, refillable.

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Hapiness Couple – RM18.80, the set came with 8 pieces of sushi catered for couples.

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Each of the sushi had its own unique taste and was fully vegetarian.

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G-Ken Floss Fried Rice – RM9.80, sounds like chicken floss fried rice but it was actual fried rice with G-Ken floss made from mushrooms. Other than G-ken floss, it contained plenty of greens such as lettuce.

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The so-called “G-ken” floss really gave the feeling like chicken floss. Overall, the taste of fried rice was very nice. This dish is suitable for kids as well as it is not spicy.

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Organic Chilli Padi Fried Rice – RM7.80, the fried rice was packed with chopped chili padi. It was then sprinkle with some G-ken floss too.

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The spiciness of the chili padi can be adjusted upon request. For those that love spicy yet unable to take too spicy food, you can always request for less spicy. The taste of this dish was mainly spicy with a tad of saltiness from the G-Ken floss.

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California Roll, this is a complementary dish from the Chef, perhaps due to our long wait. It was stuffed with sushi rice, carrot strips, romaine lettuce, cucumber, eggless mayo and G-ken floss.

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The texture of the California roll was very crispy and appetizing.

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Overall, the food here is acceptable and the price here is also very resonable. Again, the drawback will be the car park availability on the surrounding and also the small and cozy area will be very pack when it’s lunch and dinner time. Also, the place serves food which are suitable during Nine-Emperor God Festival too.

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 – 8:00pm (Mon – Thurs); 11:30am – 2:00pm; 6:00pm -10:00pm (Fri – Sun), (Closed on Tuesdays)
Contact: 04-644 6739
Address:  2A-1, Jalan.Sungai Ara, Desa Ara Sungai Ara, Bayan Lepas 11900 Penang.
GPS: 5.3250938, 100.2704592

Farquhar Mansion, Lebuh Farquhar – Soothing Ambience Fine Dining

There are many heritage mansions in Penang Island. Many of them had been restored to its previous glory state and converted into commercial use. These mansions are ideal for private upscale clubs, restaurants or museums. Among the many mansions that was recently restored was Farquhar Mansion. Located at Lebuh Farquhar, the owner had spent huge amount of money to restore the mansion. One remarkable difference of this mansion compared to others is the structure and building materials were exactly the same as the original.

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The opening of Farquhar Mansion dated 2 months back and it aims at providing fine foods in an stylish and luxurious ambience. To go to this place, if you are driving from Penang bridge or Jetty, you will surely drive through Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah. This will lead you to the Western Cemetery on your left and on your right you will see Lexus Service Centre. Make a right turn which will lead you to a U-turn back at Lebuh Farquhar. Keep driving for another 150 metres and you will see Farquhar Mansion on your right.

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For those that would like to stroll and loiter a while before entering the mansion, there are a few couches provided in the compound of the mansion.

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Once you feel you are ready to be all sophisticated and stylish you are ready to enter the mansion. Just like other fine-dining mansions, the interior design is posh and classic. Most of the layout of the structure had been restored except for the flooring which is still in good condition.

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The liquor bar that serves wine and other types of liquor.

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Most of the tables catered for couples except a few tables which can cater for more than 2. The reason behind this is to give diners more privacy and a comfortable dining experience.

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For those that prefer outdoors or even taking a puff, you can always take the outdoor seats.

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There are also private rooms for members which are located at the top floor of the mansion.

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The private lounge for members that play different types of classical and jazz music every day.

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Another private dining area.

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Each private room has a unique theme.

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Set Dinner – RM178++ with the list of dishes below.

Pre-Starter

  • White spoon -tempura chicken topped with orange tangy and mayo sauce
  • Black spoon – mozzarella cheese topped with romaine tomato
  • Glass – air dried duck breast with caviar

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Bread & Butter

There were 3 types of homemade butter:

  • Herbs
  • Standard
  • Tomato

Serving together with the butter was a Logan bread, the bread was homemade and it was served hot from the oven.

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Pre appetizer
Poached egg cooked under 60’C for 3 hours, served with premium salmon, mushroom, caviar, salad with balsamic dressing and a thin slice of toasted bread.

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The poached egg was very soft and smooth. No wonder it has to be prepared under a constant temperature of 60’C in 3 hours.

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Appetizer

Foie Gras – with mixed greens, Farquhar dressing, roasted apple & port wine emulsion.

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The soft and creamy foie gras mixed well with the farquhar dressing as it contained some sourish sweetness from the grape.

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Soup
Clear mushroom soup with royal custard (made of egg white and milk), dehydrated mushrooms, balsamic sauce and olives.

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The taste of the soup was clear and refreshing after a series of rich-intense appetisers. The dehydrated mushrooms were indeed dehydrated as they tasted dry and they did not absorb the goodness from the soup.

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Main
Cod fish – with tapenade, prawn and scallop ravioli, potato cream, roma tomato confit and herbs emulsion.

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The cod fish was very smooth and tasted rich. The ravioli was made of edible charcoal and it blended well with the scallop and prawn on sauce.

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Lamb Rack – with lamb shank pie, stewed vegetable and lamb jus.

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The marination of the lamb with salt and pepper was slightly overwhelming with strong pepper scent. This had covered the original taste of the lamb.

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Pre-dessert

Creme brulée with vanilla flavour.

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The crème brulee was prepared in a mouthful size. It tasted creamy and was simply divine.

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Dessert

Chocolate & Almond Crusted Pumpkin Bar

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The pumpkin paste mixed well with chocolate base. It was a rich but unique dessert.

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The mineral water – RM22 per bottle, Pinot Noir Red wine- RM25

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Cappuccino – RM12

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Overall, this place has everything a fine-dining restaurant should have. The only difference here is there are many diners who brought little kids to this restaurant, which couldn’t be seen in other fine-dining restaurants. Another thing to note is some of the staffs here are still new and might not have an in-depth knowledge of the dishes. Parking is not a concern as there are private parking slots for diners and members. Since this place serves fine foods, the price of the food is high. I will only dine here when there are special occasions.

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
WIFI Available
Operation hours: 12 pm – 3 pm; 6 pm – 12 am (last order for restaurant dishes at 10 pm). Opens Daily.
Contact: 019- 528 8933
Address:  No. 33, Lebuh Farquhar, 10200, Georgetown, Penang.
GPS: 5.423333, 100.334156

Too Good to Be True, Just Install MY TEKSI App and Get FREE WONDA Coffee Set

It is too good to be true where you just install the APP on your phone and you will get to receive the Coffee Set for FREE. Some one had told me about this where I don’t believe at first. What you need to do is install the APP call MYTEKSI

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Once install it will appear where your location and at the bottom of the screen you will see TEKSI or WONDACoffee button. Select WONDACoffee and click next

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Vegetarian Stall, Island Park – Simple and Affordable

During the “Nine Emperor Gods” festival, devotees will observe a strict vegetarian diet. In Penang, most of the devotees practise this culture during this time. However, the stalls set up specially for this festival usually charge an exorbitant price for its food. A normal mixed rice with 3 dishes might cost RM8 per plate. To the devotees, this is nothing unusual as there aren’t many options to choose from and this is for a limited time only. Thanks goodness recently there is a stall near Island Park, Jelutong that runs based on donation basis. You just need to donate upon your willingness.

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If you are driving via Jalan Masjid from Penang Bridge, turn to the traffic junction to Jalan Tembaga. Keep driving for 400 meters and you will see a right junction that will lead you to Jalan Besi. Keep driving for another 600 meters and you will arrive to another traffic junction. This time turn left to Jalan Gangsa. Drive for another 200 meters and you will see there is a road side stall on your left hand side. Just like other Nine Emperor Gods stalls, you will see yellow cloth hanging in front of the stall and tables covered with yellow table cloths.

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