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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
Smooth and Happy Appetizer
– mutton meat made of mushrooms
– scallops made of mushrooms
– sea bird nest pattaya salad
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.
Nourishing Soup, this soup resembled the shark’s fin soup. The ingredients consisted of:
– wolf berries
– enoki mushrooms
– carrot slices
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.
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.
The look of the fish was very cute and the taste was very unique too. It tasted like real fish.
Treasure Pot, this pot was made of many ingredients such as:
– 3 types of mushrooms
– pickled papaya slices
– yam slices
– shredded pumpkin
– bak choy
– bean curd
– Chinese cabbage
– carrot slices
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fruitful year (dessert), double boiled with white fungus, red dates, rock sugar and wolf berries.
Very soothing and refreshing dessert. Not too sweet and packed with healthy ingredients.
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):
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Operation hours: 8:00am – 8:00pm (Closed on Mondays)
Address: 27C, Jalan Gottlieb, 10350 Penang.
GPS: 5.430619, 100.299860