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):

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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

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