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Last weekend when I went back to Penang, I do not feel that I am original from Penang. Ken brought all of us for a food hunt and street photography equip myself with a camera and went to all the food places I have not went before. I thought of doing it a random post and a new discovery place for me that must share with all of you. One of them is  Ais Tingkap at Lebuh Tamil.

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 It was hot sunny afternoon and Ken decided to bring us for a refreshment break as most of us would definitely know Penang Famous Cendol located at Penang Road but another hidden gem which is hidden at Lebuh Tamil (a road next to it) which is called Ais Tingkap (Window Sherbet) operating with other stalls, the English name got translate by a foreign guy. The name is very catchy and I asked the guy why is the stall called Ais Tingkap and the Indians told me that it was first operate by his grandfather way back in the 1930’s. He serve the drink behind a glass panel and people came by and make a take away taking through the window and that is how the name originate from. Now the grandson had taken it over.

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Then I got to know that Chinese we do have Leong Cha to cool our body down and for Indians they do have this to cool their body down with the ingredient mixing in it.

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Now this stall is operate by his grandson, and this is the only place where you can find Ais Tingkap in Malaysia. Its nice to see and nice to drink, but when you see the preparation you will be amaze how many ingredients are added in.

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Shaved ais like ice kacang are been made.

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Then he shove every glass with the ice

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add this unique ingredient called ‘Getah Anggur’ which is an abstract from a tree, and the purpose of it is to cool our body. . It looks a bit like chewy jelly.

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Next mixed with Basil seeds that looks like Frog egg

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add on with syrup (as our version is Kurang Manis – Less Sweet)

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Add with coconut water

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Next spray with his very own secret ingredient that he told me cannot reveal out.. . . Smells good!

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Last to top up with coconut meat.

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A complete version of Ais Tingkap for ONLY RM1.20 that seriously caught me by suprise as it involves so many steps and I thought it would cost at least RM2, for big packet it is only RM1.50.

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The taste is OMG. Very cooling with the shaved ice that melts into our mouth, fragrant with rosy flavor and the taste is very unique by itself, every taste we sip get to suck on the getah anggur and the frog egg. In this hot weather, we are definitely enjoying yourselves over this little glass of drink. With me, Bernice, my brother and the rest . . . Great Stopover! or I would say a new Recommended place by me if you were to go by Penang.

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Directly infront of the stall, this guy selling Cucur Udang and his business is  very good. Non Stop frying when we were there. Another great new discovery.

Location:

Ais Tingkap (Window Sherbet)

Lebuh Tamil/Tamil Street, Penang.

GPS Coordinates: N5 25.068 E100 19.878

Open daily 12pm to 8pm (Closed on Sundays)

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In Penang there is ineed plenty of street food that you can find. As a Penang Kia, my cousin share with me this place as one of his favourite Classic Nyonya Moh Teng Pheow Nyonya Koay in Penang. He would always buy it whenever he come back to Penang during Chinese New Year. He rated it as one of the best Classic Nyonya Kuih in Penang.

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I only discover this 4 years ago and noob die me, but it is actually quite hidden. Also quite well known now to many tourist. This place had been operating since 1933 and I certainly believe this would be the 3rd generation holding the helm for this place.

The kuih are made fresh every day. There are many classic types of nyonya kuih available with the likes like:

    1. Angku kuih
    2. Kaya Kuih
    3. Huat Kuih
    4. Kuih Jaging (corn)
    5. Kuih Kacang Merah (red bean)
    6. Kuih Ketayap 
    7. Kuih Kosui
    8. Kuih Lapis
    9. Kuih Bingka Ubi
    10. Kuih Talam
    11. Kuih Seri Muka
    12. Onde – Onde
    13. Kuih Salat
    14. Kuih bugis
    15. Rempah Udang

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Many others also. easily more than 25 types available daily. Happy hunting.

Price certainly is not cheap as they are higher priced and also smaller portion. For the taste itself I love it. Classic, fragrant and filled with flavoures.

If you are looking for one of the best Nyoya Kuih in Penang, this is one of the place to look for.

*Pork Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, good classic kuih but expensive, !!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:

Moh Teng Pheow Nyonya Koay

Lebuh Chulia, Jalan Masjid,

10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 10.30am – 5pm

Tel : 0124152677

I actually quite like LunaBar Coffee in Penang for its ambiance. Outlook is certainly very green as it is filled with plants. It is hard for you miss it as the  most unique one. One of a cafe in Penang that you can plan to visit.

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Lunabarcoffee penangNicely decorated with taste of art and scandinavian style. Most of the souvenir place on table are able to purchase.

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Outdoor seating area with the nature. 
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Love the vibe of indoor seating area, as it certainly do feels like a cafe in Taiwan.luna bar coffeeLunabarcoffee menupenang best cafe

I find coffee here are okay only, as there are better one out there but certainly in for their ambiance. 

It is a nice cafe to chill with is environment. Seems that alot studens are here parking themselves to work. So be prepare to get a spot from them. 

*Pork Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, coffee is not too bad, I am in for the Ambiance, !!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:

LunaBarCoffee 10d,

Jalan Clove Hall,

10050 Penang

Operating Hours: 11am – 5pm (Closed : Tues/Wed)

Maple Palace Chinese Restaurant is one of a famous restaurant among the locals, used to be known as Maple Gold. This place had been my childhood place till now. With the owner now who are constantly upgrading their restaurant to create more comfortable dining for their regulars. certainly is one of the best restaurant in Penang.maple goldUsually they have functions on weekend and it is constantly full house. Best advise to make reservation. 

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Maple Place offer classic Cantonese cuisine with its owner cum chef is the main person behind the menu. Not only that, with strong demand as more people have traveled across continents coming back with variety of expectation. The owner and team constantly challenge the team and by being creative to design their special new hidden menu which is Modern Cantonese cuisine. All the dishes are require to pre-order 24-48 hours in advance so that the chef team can prepare the freshest ingredient for this. 

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There are also constant demand on surprise me menu with customer giving them a budget. This have to be 7 days in advance booking and will be more like Omakase style. Diners would not know what will be serving out. It will be a suprise ingredient, style and dishes. So really depending on your budget that you wish the chef to surprise you with. this is also another segment that is growing its popularity besides the classic menu.

Part of their hidden or surprise me menu as below:

saladSeafood Ice Plant Salad (海鲜冰菜沙律)

This is indeed recommended. Its a entry dish that definitely stir up your appetite which is currently part of their current menu.  Nice bite of mixture of cripsy ice veggie, soft boil prawn. Sauce A great balance of sourish, hint of salty and more like Chinese Kerabu. It is like an uplift of classic veggie. Satisfying entree

One of their best seller dish.

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Stuffed assorted Seafood Crab Meat and Black Truffle on Crab Shell with Pan-seared Foir Gras (黑松露海鲜酿蟹盖拼香煎鹅肝)

For Chinese food, this is defiantely the elevated version. When I saw this, it is like woah, they moving to healthy eating too, as it is serve with bed of barley. Nicely presented with chunk of foie gras just top ontop of the crab.

Love this dish. Look simple yet taste is unique. Hint of truffle that is not ovepowering, with fresh crab meat and  I wish the foie gras to be torch burn to give me exxtra umami flavour, then will be perfecto.

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Four Treasure Soup (美宝阁秘制椰皇黄焖四宝羹)

A bowl of soup that is pack with flavour. Creamy yet every bite is generous with ingredients.  Serve with fresh scalllop and prawn. coconut soupDSCF8595Double-boiled Abalone,  Corn Lip Soup served in Coconut (椰皇鲍鱼螺唇鸡汤)

If creamy is not your preference then you can let them know you prefer clear soup. Love this too as the soup is packed with flavour. Simple yet satisfying.

best sesame chickenMaple Palace Style Golden Flaxseed Corn-fed Chicken (4 months Corn – fed Chicken) 名鸡*美宝阁脆皮金麻籽槽鸡

I used to have this dish in sesame seed. Yet they have make a slgiht twist on this by replacing with a unique healthy ingredient. Carefully selected with 4 months corn fed chicken as with this cooking style, it gives you the juicy flavour of chicken. Surprisingly soft even on the chicken breast area. Perfectly cooked as the skin is crispy on every bite. 

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One of my favourite dish is this Braised Aromatic Duck with Abalone Sauce &  5 Heads South Africa Abalone (鲍鱼汁焖香酥鸭扣5头南非鲍鱼)

Duck just sitted there that looks like a perfectly crips skin which is actaually not. A unique vision that give you a mind twist. Its soft skin is meant to go well with its 8 hours cooked abalone broth. White raddish is superbly good as it is cook in their superior soup stocked.  Duck is cook to perfection, juicy, soft and can even tear the meat with chopstick easily. 

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Toasted Wild Patin Ulu with Scallion (葱烧油浸野生黑金巴丁)

I have never had wild Patin before and this certaily caught me off guard. Fish meat is so fresh that near to melt in your mouth fish meat texture. (I am not sure is this suppose to be but was told yes). Chef did not want to over do this fish as it is hard to get yet handle with stim and some dressing of fried garlic slices with its special soy sauce.

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Never had dishes that in this style. It is fried with white truffle sauce, not overpowering yet egg white can still be tasted. 

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BBQ Iberico Pork Loin Rib (香料2烤西班牙黑毛猪小排骨)

This is actually one of their best seller. Can be ordered with normal ribs or Iberico. They carefully curate Iberico ribs that suitable with their cooking style. Ribs that gets you finger licking good. Well carramelize, and every mini bite you take is pretty spot on

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Boiled Superior Chicken Rice 名鸡*黄油槽鸡王,鸡油饭 ( 3.5kg 7 Months corn fed chicken) ( 3.5 公斤 7个月玉米饲喂槽鸡王)

I must say this is one of the best chicken rice I have eaten over the years. Not to mention those old classic this but this is cook with generous flavours. 

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Chicken is cook to the right style, soft inside out yet chicken skin is smooth and glistering. Meat is soft and juicy. Soy sauce with some hint of sesame oil is at the right amount.

The most addictive is their chicken stock rice with hint of ginger and oil rice. Once you start its hard for you to stop. just drech it with their side sauce with Chili, soy you can even just finish the rice it self.

I am sure this does not come cheap if you were to compare on those hawker/ kopitiam but indeed will be highly recommended by me.
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To end your meal, you can opt for Pork Lard Rice with Char Siew and Egg (黯然销魂饭) or even for your simple lunch to pair with some other dishes. A bowl of rice that is pack with flavours. top with pork lard and char siew sauce is just sweet caramelize that make it even more appetizing. 

For classic dessert you can go with their signature Chilled Mango Sago with Pomelo,  Deep-fried Sesame Ball (杨枝美甘露,芝麻枣)

 

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This will be highly recommended dessert to end with. Chilled Herbal Jelly with Almond  Milk (杏汁龟苓膏) . I am not a fan of almond soup but this is so good. Creamy to a point that I like the taste of almond and the bitterness of Herbal jelly is just a perfect combination. 

Location:

Maple Palace Chinese Restaurant

47, Jln Sultan Ahmad Shah,

10050Penang

Operating Hours : 12pm – 2.30/ 6pm – 10pm

Tel: 042279690

Fresh Dim Sum at Yong Pin Restaurant at Kimberly Street, Penang is one of a signature dim sum around the area. They have been operating more than 40 years and this current one is their latest upgraded outlet. They used to be operating a street away.



with the new modern classic vibe, certainly do attract alot of tourist too. Offerings here are pretty fresh and more choices than Tai Tong where is also one of my parents favourite which is just next street.

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Enjoy fresh dim sum in Penang that you can find. Price wise is affordable and filled with variety choices. 

*Non-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, love the ambiance and variety fresh dim sum !!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-location:
59A, Lebuh Kimberley,
Penang

Operating hours: 7am – 2.30pm
(walk in only/ no reservation)

This bar Backdoor Bodega in Penang had forever been in my list since 2018. Not only till recently they have been crown at no.97 as Asia Best Cocktail Bar (a bar list which is reliable) then I rushed to book a place with them. Backdoor Bodega that also known as Best hidden Cocktail Bar in Penang.

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This is a bar where the founder not only form one of our well known best street wear – Lansi over the years now they have make another mark as one of the best cocktail bar not only in Penang but also in Malaysia too. 

This shop is operating right under your radar as they operates within their own street wear shop The Swaggar Saloon next to Hins Bus Depot. 

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Their signature drinks that rank them over top 97 best bar is also a smart usage of local ingredients like nutmeg and others. 2 of their best signature seller drink that most of the people will start off with is :best cocktail bar in kl

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There’s their signature Kelapa Hotak @ RM35 which is made of house-made coconut rum, pandan and a spoon of kaya.

One of their top best most ordered is Mango Martini @ RM38, which features strong gin flavoured with Pamplemousse Rose, mango and grapefruit, and sago.

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Tried  a few of their signature drinks. Turns out to be better than expected. 

Kawan Lama is an very interesting drink @ RM 50 – Makers Mark, Campari, Dolin Dry and Penang Pat Poh
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After trying out their basic drinks that pass in flying colors, next I move to my own classic again. I would always have Negroni and my palate was spoilt when I was in Bangkok 6 years ago. 

I must say they have serve me one of the Best Negroni that I have come across. Perfect, well balance and even it is punch with alcohol but it still balance out well.. Highly recommended.

Then I challenge the mixologist that I would love to have a Smokey Negroni that I had one of the best when I visited in Bangkok and told him to do it what he thinks he can. Fuh! the drinks come out, and I had 2 in a row. Customize is only at RM 50 which I think very reasonable and also the kick is up there. 

anything out from their menu is consider as Custom drink @ RM 50 (is my assumption)

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best cocktail bar in penangIt is a small cocktail bar and do be prepare to cramp with humans. There is a strong support from local to international tourist and best advise to book thru their Insta/Fb as link below. Above 9pm is walk in and you will be seated in random ods places like stair case, talk to the wall, next to toilet door if you do not mind. One of a highly recommended cocktail bar for Penang.

So happy drinking for round 1. Next to their shop on the left is another hidden cocktail bar – Best Friend Bojio!

*NON-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10, highly recommended, !!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Address: Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Opening hours: Thu – Mon 8PM-12AM (Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Telephone: 012-320 2218
Backdoor Bodega’s Facebook | Instagram

Operating hours: 8pm – 12pm (best advise to do bookings thru their FB/ Insta)

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