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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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The best thing about this stall is all the food are made available at affordable prices depending on the stuffing and topping chosen. The dishes also come in “grab and go” sizes which is suitable for those on the move.

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It is not hard to locate this place. Before you can locate Tacology stall, you need to know the location of Rose Garden Cafe first as Tacology is located inside Rose Garden.

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Taco with seabass (Hard) – RM3.99 to RM9.99, mixed salsa sauce with sea bass slices, cabbage slices, sprinkles of spring onion, yogurt base with chili slices and cumin with veggie. It was a unique and special as the wrap was deep fried before inserting the fillings compared to the usual type of taco elsewhere.

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This is the signature dish here as the taco was crispy. The sea bass also presented a great combination with the crispy taco.

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Burritos, beef – RM7.99 to RM10.99, corns, lettuce, onions (additional topping with cheese, beans and Mexican rice), the burritos which was stuffed with beef tasted very rich and delicious. The option of chicken or fish is also available if beef is not your cup of tea.

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Quezadillas, chicken – RM7.99 to RM8.99, the quezadilla was pressed with chicken slices and it tasted perfect with the salsa sauce.

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Churros – RM3.99, A churro is a fried-dough pastry—predominantly choux—based snack. Churros are popular in South America, Spain, France, the Philippines, Portugal. The Churros here were covered with cinnamon powder and brown sugar.

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Churros is a sweet and crispy dessert. Although is not my cup of tea, some people love it a lot as it gives a sweet ending.

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Due to the freshness of the dishes here, the time taken for the food preparation was slightly long. Another concern is due its outdoor setting and the evening operation hours, there were some mosquitoes around but there were no repellent or coils provided

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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: 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Open Daily)
Contact: 016-464 6622
Address: 22, Jalan Tanjung Bungah Tanjung Bungah 11200
GPS: 5.466081,100.288834

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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There are two levels in the restaurant. The ground floor is the common dining area while the first floor caters for private dining. This coming Chinese New Year, Idealite comes up with 2 sets of Prosperity Menu for dinner as listed below:

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Lou Sang (complimentary)
– the artificial anchovies
– fresh veggie
– Plum sauce
– sea bird nest
– brown rice enzyme
– beet root
– mandarin orange
– cherry tomato
– pepper mint leaves
– pumpkin slices

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The taste of the lou sang was so special where it did not contain the coloured and pickled materials. Idealite’s version of lou sang consisted of fresh and juicy ingredients. It was a unique and delicious dish.

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Even the ingredients of the sauce and topping also very much different from outside. The artificial ‘anchovies’ is one of the highlights of this dish.

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Smooth and Happy Appetizer
– mutton meat made of mushrooms
– scallops made of mushrooms
– sea bird nest pattaya salad
– dumplings

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This dish resembled the four season platter which is usually served as the first dish in other Chinese course meals. The only difference is that the ingredients used for this dish were all vegetables. The sea bird nest pattaya salad was hot which gave a kick to this dish. The dumplings needed to be taken while hot else it would turn soggy.

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Nourishing Soup, this soup resembled the shark’s fin soup. The ingredients consisted of:
– mushrooms
– wolf berries
– enoki mushrooms
– carrot slices
– strarch

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Most of the ingredients used were vegetables except egg. For those who are unable to take eggs you can always request for non-egg version.

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Wealth and Prosperity Taro Fish, this fish was made by yam and oat milk, then covered with sweet, spicy and sour sauce. It was then completed with pumpkin slices and mixed veggie.

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The look of the fish was very cute and the taste was very unique too. It tasted like real fish.

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Treasure Pot, this pot was made of many ingredients such as:
– 3 types of mushrooms
– radish
– pickled papaya slices
– seaweed
– yam slices
– broccoli
– shredded pumpkin
– bak choy
– bean curd
– Chinese cabbage
– carrot slices

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This is my cup of tea, I would definitely come back for this dish. This dish is the vegetarian type of “Phoon Choy”. The soup derived from the ingredients was full of flavour and the mixture of each ingredient blended very well into the soup.

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Auspicious Golden Crispy Salmon, the salmon slice was made of carrot with oat milk, sided with mashed potato, cucumber, yam bean, lettuce, carrot slices and tomato. Serving together with it was some homemade tartar sauce.

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Not only the appearance of the ‘fish’ resembled salmon, the taste of it was also very similar to the real salmon. The only difference is instead of the fish odor, it was packed with fresh carrot fragrance.

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Fortune Claypot Rice, the brown rice was cooked in a claypot together with bean curd, mushroom slices, pumpkin slices, carrot, onions and sprinkles of chives.

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The taste of the rice was delightful and very appetizing. This is because this claypot rice was cooked with vegetable instead of meat and sausages.

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Ideal Fo Tiao Qiang, the soup was double boiled with ginseng, 5 types of mushroom, pumpkin slices, konjac, wolf berries and dong quai. The soup was also cooked with organic bamboo shoots.

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For those that love fo tiao qiang (buddha jumps over the wall) this is the veggie version. The most expensive part of this dish is the ginseng. The taste of the soup overall was very nice and thick. The only drawback about this soup is the scent of the bamboo shoot was too strong which made the soup a bit stinky and sourish.

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Fruitful year (dessert), double boiled with white fungus, red dates, rock sugar and wolf berries.

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Very soothing and refreshing dessert. Not too sweet and packed with healthy ingredients.

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Overall, the food here is very healthy and very tasty. It is also a great option have vegetarian meal during Chinese New Year rather than the usual steamboat. There are plenty parking lots around the shop. However, depending on season sometimes there is not even a single car park lot available.

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 – 8:00pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 04-2263650
Address: 27C, Jalan Gottlieb, 10350 Penang.
GPS: 5.430619, 100.299860

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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The restaurant has a few dining sections. The main section is just where you walk in from the front entrance.

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If there are more customers, there is also another section with several tables and chairs and is just next to the counter and kitchen.

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It has no private rooms but you may choose to be seated at the back section for more privacy.

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What The Duck comes with a few options for set lunch. One of the most valuable deal is Wtd Set Lunch – RM19.50

Soup of the day - Creamy asparagus soup with crispy breadcrumbs.

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You could taste pieces of asparagus which made the soup more flavorful and textured. It was a tasty and creamy soup.

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Crispy Duck Thai Salad – The sourish salad dressing was very appetizing with scent of lemon grass and some bird’s eye chili.

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However the  crispy duck slices were a bit too hard and dry. The hotness from the bird’s eye chili was overwhelming for me. For those who love hot, the bird’s eye chili will surely be your excitement. Else, you can ask them to put less or go without it.

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Main Menu, selection of certain main courses as below:
Duck a-la orange, this is one of the signatures here. It was served with potato rissole and caramel orange sauce. There were also some zucchini, capsicums and onion slices which were well pan-fried. The sauce which accompanied the duck had a scent of cinnamon in the orange-flavoured jam.

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The duck skin was crispy and well marinated, although the saltiness level was slightly high. The duck meat blended well with the sauce although the sauce could be a little bit more sourish. I personally find that the scent of cinnamon was too strong where it overpowered the tangy taste from the orange.

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Duck Confit Spaghetti, spaghetti pan fried with some dried chili flakes, mushroom slices, garlic, Thai basil leave, hand-teared duck meat.

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Although the spaghetti was slightly on the dry side but the overall taste was still great and delightful. The portion was more than enough for one person.

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Other options that are not in the pictures include:

  • Crispy mix but batter fish served with waffle potato and greens
  • Chicken roulade with mushroom & prawn mousse

Each set lunch also comes with a drink with choices of:

  • Passion fruit tea (cold)
  • Coffee (cold/hot)
  • Jasmine green tea (cold)
  • Tea (cold/hot)

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With an additional of only RM5, you get to enjoy dessert of the day to complete the meal.

The dessert consisted of a slice of chocolate mud cake with crushed walnuts and topped with a piece of orange slice. Also served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate syrup and based with crushed marie biscuit. Lastly, a red bean flavoured machi to complete the dessert.

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The dessert was not too sweet and it was a very value-added dessert consisted of ice cream, cake and machi.

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Overall, this place had a nice and cozy ambience. The taste of the food was good and with such price it is definitely a thumbs up. The drawback of this place is the servers here did not pay much attention to my requests. I had to repeat several times for them to get me. Again, same as most of the dining places in Penang island, it is very hard to find parking.

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: 11:30pm – 2:30am; 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Closed on Wednesdays)
Contact: 04- 227 8840
Address: 40, Nagore Road, 10050, Georgetown, Penang
GPS: 5.421034, 100.325850

Naughty Nuri’s Warung, Burma Road – Overrated and Overcooked Food

It was supposed to be a highly anticipated visit to Naughty Nuri’s Warung which is still quite new in town. However, it turned out to be a huge disappointment.

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I had been reading a lot of reviews about this place and how nice was the food. It was even frequented by celebrities back in Bali which made me wanted to feel the excitement more. Somehow, something went wrong where it didn’t turn out to be what I expected.

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The location of Naughty Nuri’s is at Burmah Road where the junction next to it is Swatow Lane.

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Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Starz Diner – Auspicious Dining For Chinese New Year 2015

Hard Rock Hotel Penang welcomes the Year of Goat with a variety of Chinese New Year offerings available at Starz Diner, Pizzeria and Hard Rock Café Penang.

On the eve and first day of Chinese New Year, Hard Rock Hotel Penang will be serving a prosperous buffet dinner at Starz Diner from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Guests can choose to enjoy the buffet dinner at only RM80.00++ per person or pay additional RM30.00++ per person to enjoy free flow of house wines, selected chilled juices or soft drinks.

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YouMiQi (有米气) Restaurant, Old Klang Road – The Best of Shunde Cuisine

Sunde also pronounced as Shunde (顺德), is a district in the city of Foshan in the Pearl River Delta, Guangdong Province, China. Shunde was recently awarded the title “City of Gastronomic” by UNESCO. Many famous Cantonese chefs hailed from Shunde. In fact, Shunde may have well been the precursor of Cantonese or “Yue (粤)” cuisine, as suggested in the Chinese saying ‘eat in Guangzhou from a Shunde kitchen’. Shunde traditional cuisine is known for employing diversified and complicated cooking techniques. In the hands of the frugal Shunde people, these skills and techniques transform mundane ingredients into dishes fit for the Emperor.

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Cantonese dishes are very common and available at almost every corner in Malaysia. On the other hand, Shunde Cuisine is a rare cuisine compared to the regular Cantonese dishes. The complexity and the precision of cooking technique make Shunde Chefs precious and difficult to get.

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Kai Curry Bar – A Distinctive Japanese Fusion Curry House

Curry is a common and classic Asian favorite existed for centuries. It is so popular that it is not foreign to Westerners as well. The origin of curry started from India where the spices and the herbs are more hot and heavy in aroma compared to the rest. The popularity of curry has spread until The Land of the Rising Sun where it is so common to find “kare” dishes on Japanese menus.

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Since we are talking about “curry” today, it is important to know the difference between “hot” and “spicy”. If you see in my other articles, spicy is usually referring to the burning sensation. However, in this article, I will use “hot” as the burning sensation adjective and “spicy” to describe the flavor of spices with a hint of heat but not to the extent of having burning sensation. Japanese curry is the type of curry which is rich and packed with aroma and yet less hot compared to the rest of the curries in Asia. Personally, I love Japanese curry as the flavor and aroma of the gravy is more compared to the level of hotness. The overwhelming of hotness is a big no to me.

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