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):

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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″

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