Tiger Char Koay Teow @ Ping Hooi Cafe, Penang

Posted by : foongpc | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Published in


One of the food I had planned to eat in Penang was char koay teow.

It's not everyday that I eat char koay teow since I consider it a pretty unhealthy food, but it would be a sin not to eat it when you visit Penang!

So where is the best char koay teow in Penang? Well, I did some research and narrowed it down to a few. Among them is Tiger Char Koay Teow at Ping Hooi Cafe located at the junction of Carnarvon Street and Malay Street in George Town.

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Ping Hooi Cafe is more like a coffee shop than a cafe, and in this shop, you can find a few stalls selling other food. I heard the duck drumstick mee suah is good there but unfortunately the stall was not opened at that time.

I ordered a plate of char koay teow with duck eggs. It was indeed the best char koay teow I have ever tasted! I am not sure if it's the best in Penang, but it definitely beats all the char koay teows I have eaten in Kuala Lumpur.

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The prawns were plump and juicy, the bean sprouts fresh and crunchy and the eggs blended nicely with the flat rice noodles or koay teow which had just the right amount of 'wok hei'.  It was also not too oily, which I liked! Perhaps it would be even better if it was spicier, but for those who cannot eat spicy, I would say this is the perfect char koay teow!

I also ordered a glass of iced cold nutmeg juice to wash down the sinful char koay teow.

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Did you know that this Tiger Char Koay Teow was featured in the Singaporean food show (I think it's called 'Makan Unlimited' or something) hosted by Mediacorp artiste Bryan Wong?

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If you visit Penang, don't ever miss Tiger Char Koay Teow or you might just regret it! :)

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Gartien Pineapple Cakes - Mid Autumn Edition

Posted by : foongpc | Thursday, July 17, 2014 | Published in


The Mid Autumn Festival is coming soon and it's time for .... Gartien pineapple cakes!

Yes, I know most of you associate pineapple cakes with Chinese New Year and moon cakes with the Mid Autumn Festival, but maybe you want to try something different this year?

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Anyway, this Gartien pineapple cake arrived at my house one fine Wednesday morning all the way from Penang. Look at the beautiful packaging - makes good gift, no? : )

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Opening the box revealed 10 pieces of pineapple cakes individually wrapped in Japanese washi paper for freshness.

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I have blogged about the Gartien pineapple cakes before in the style of an Agatha Christie poem which I called "Ten Little Gartien Pineapple Cakes". LOL! Read it HERE.

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Being a fan of pineapple cakes especially those from Taiwan, I did not hesitate to open up one to try.

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This is how the pineapple cake looks like. There is an oxygen absorber to help preserve the freshness.

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I have to say that the Gartien pineapple cake was really pretty good! The pastry was quite milky and buttery although I would prefer it to be even more buttery and slightly thinner. The generous pineapple fillings were juicy, not too sweet and had a nice, chewy texture. Yummy!

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I gave some to my friends to try and all of them agreed it was delicious. However, one of my friends said that the size of the pineapple cake was too big - she prefers it to be smaller.

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Each box of 10 pineapple cakes are priced at RM45. Deliveries are available within Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia for an additional charge of RM10 and RM40 respectively.

However, the good news is there's a promotion now for the Mid Autumn Festival.
BEFORE 4 AUGUST 2014 : Buy 5 boxes and above and you will get 1 box FREE.
AFTER 4 AUGUST 2014 : Buy 10 boxes and above and you will get 1 box FREE. (upon availability) 

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So what are you waiting for? Instead of the usual moon cakes, let's go get some Gartien Pineapple Cakes for Mid Autumn!

Website : Gartien.com
Address : 380, Jalan Penang, 10000 Penang, Malaysia. (next to Kek Seng Coffee Shop)
Contact : 604-229 0068
Business Hours : 9am - 6pm

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