The Daily Dose Cafe is part of my short listed must visit cafe since the past few months. But with the endless pile of work coming my way, it has definitely delay my trip to this cafe. We decided to have brunch in the cafe for a change instead. The cafe is situated along the narrow Steward Lane, walking distance to the Cafe Atelier and the Goddess of MercyTemple. The ambience of the cafe is lovely with a fish pond located in the middle of walkway. Decorated with pictures of wars and fights. Be warn! It could be rather disturbing after observing the picture further. Back to their menu, there were limited choices for main dishes.
One of the famous Hong Kong Wanton Mee restaurant has set foot in Penang. Opening their first Malaysia branch in Gurney Paragon, 5th floor. Tasty restaurant mainly served an a la carte menu of their chef specialities, wanton noodles, congee and a wide variety of dim sum selection. Bagging the title of being a One Star Michelin restaurant for their wanton noodles and delectable soup rich with the sweetness of prawns and pork taste. The quality of the wanton is similar to the one we tasted in Hong Kong airport. Most of their wanton are freshly made with their fresh ingredients directly flown in from Hong Kong.
Being born in the land of hawker’s paradise definitely sets my expectation higher. Hopping from one corner of the island to the other to seek for the best hokkien mee. Some may argue, there are better Hokkien Mee in KL or Ipoh has the best Chee Cheung Fun. But you can never go wrong when it comes to the authentic taste and originality of the hawker’s food, it would be Penang Hokkien Mee and Laksa. Wu Jia Zhuang at Jalan Siam outshine the others by serving the hokkien noodles in the claypot. This way, the soup will be preserved warm until one finishes the entire bowl of noodles and wiping it up to the last drop. Also in the list of their menu, Wu Jia Zhuang also serves some local favourites chu char catering for those who prefer to have fried vegetables or steam fish with rice. It definitely gave me the impression of healthy and light meal. Good news is, they served their chu char and hokkien noodles all day from 10am – 9:30pm. Their chu char will be next on our list
Recently we visited Huo Tan Wang located at the newly refurbished Chime Heritage behind Penang Plaza. Huo Tan Wang is well known for their charcoal fish head steamboat.The restaurant uses charcoal for their steamboat to enhance the slurp worthy rich and sweet taste of the fish soup based. On top of the ingredients inside the steamboat, we also ordered their chewy Hock Chew and Sai To fishballs / enoki / pork slices and some green veges. They were very generous in refilling the strong flavoured soup. *thumbs up*
The beautiful seafood mural paintings on the wall and the traditional steamboat pots sets the entire ambience. The murals of the sea animals like the gigantic prawn and their catch of the day made our stomach hungrier.
The air-conditioned is not fully blast and the lacking of ventilation causing the 2nd floor to be slightly smoking when dining. Definitely one would prefer to wear a casual outfit when visiting. However the prices maybe a little higher compared to other restaurants but nevertheless the quality of the steamboat (ingredients/soup) is above par. Overall, we are happy with the great service, and friendly owners.
Shang Place located at the corner of the Krystal Point building approximately 10 minutes from the Penang Bridge and Penang International Airport. Serving their crowd-pleasing dishes of pork knuckle, claypot fish, and boneless almond deep fried chicken prepared by their chief with more than 20 years of experience. Shang Place offers a venue for dining and chatting for families and working adults while savouring the good food prepared by the restaurant.
Grab their Groupon deal, for RM198, you get an eight-course Chinese Meal for 10 people (RM415.80 value) .
So what do you get,
1. Four Season’ platter (Crispy Kataifi Rolls / Spring rolls / Mantis prawns in Kung Po style / Chicken drumstick in Szechuan sauce)
2. Superior fish maw & crabmeat soup
3. Steamed red lion fish with preserved vegetables
4. Nestum prawns
5. Crispy spring fried chicken (whole chicken)
6. Braised bean curd skin, mushroom & garden green
7. Lotus leaf rice
8. Honey sea coconut with longan
5% service charges (RM19.80 value)
Customers also get a free lifetime membership, which comes with 11% off on normal priced a la carte items valid from the next visit.
Porridge Time’s 11th outlet is now in Penang. Opened in Queensbay Mall North Zone near Okomen and HotStar. Serving different type of rice porridge a.k.a as congee and dried noodles in their menu. Congee is made from white rice which is boiled for a long time until the rice breaks down and becomes a thick texture. Most of the time, the congee is eaten with salted duck eggs, pickled vege/tofu, century eggs, youtiao, bamboo shoots and canned dace with black beans. We have more variety now, where our congee is eaten together with fresh seafood / frog / chicken / minced pork with meatballs for a better taste. Asians have this belief where porridge is for the sick and old to eat.
Porridge time uses the olden traditional claypot as our bowls when serving. This help to keep the warmth and the aroma of the porridge while the customers are eating. We love the texture of the porridge, smooth and melts into your mouth. Easy to eat for infants and old grandparents. The portion is enough for 2-3 person per bowl. For the price that we are paying, it is considerably reasonable and good service. *thumbs up*