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David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terraces on Penang Hill

In Breakfast, English on July 14, 2011 at 8:54 am

If you find yourself on Penang Hill, fret not, sustenance is available at David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terraces on Strawberry Hill. There are two options to get to the top of the hill : a hired 4WD’s or the new funicular train. Tickets for the funicular train can be purchased at the foot of the hill.  Ticket prices varies for locals and foreigners.

The restaurant is a few feet away from the main station. There’s a small hut and little signs to lead you to the top of Strawberry Hill. Why Strawberry Hill?

“….Strawberry Hill where David Brown’s now stands was believed to have been originally leveled by Captain Francis Light for planting strawberries which grew well here until the outbreak of the Second World War in 1941” – David Brown.

The menu clearly states that they do not believe in churning out fast food, so most of their items will require a 30 to 45 minute wait. We were a large party and were in no hurry. Furthermore, it gave one the chance to explore the beautiful surroundings.

Food items ordered (all not vegan). Not pictured, various teas and drinks ordered:

1. Vegetable pie

2. Scones with strawberry preserves, clotted cream and butter

There are other things one can do when on top of the hill. Here’s a fraction of what’s available.


David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terraces

Address: Lot 400, MK 17, Dearah Barat Daya,

Strawberry Hill, Penang Hill,

11300, Air Itam, Penang

Phone: (04) 828-8337

(016) 442-2630 (Hanson Li)

(04) 826-6337

Website: David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terraces

E-mail: info@penanghillco.com.my

Hours: 9am-9pm

Other reviews:

1. Lingzie’s Tummy Treats

2. What 2 See: Best of Penang Food!



In Dessert on July 14, 2011 at 8:45 am

Sweet-i is a dessert shop specializing in tong-sui. Under the detailed care given by Mr. and Mrs. Soon, many rare types of tong sui are now made available for those unable to make tong-sui themselves as there are some skills involved in making tong sui.

Mountain yam & lab lab beans tong sui. Health benefits – contains cancer fighting agents.

Mountain yam.

Lily bulbs, red dates and coralline algae. Health benefits – beneficial for joints.

Peanut paste soup.

Black sesame paste.

Leng Chee Kang.

With compliments from Mr. and Mrs. Soon.

They are closed on Mondays and they offer delivery service via their website.



Address: 727-F, Jalan Sungai Dua,

11700, Gelugor, Penang

Phone: (012) 485-3627 (Mr. Soon)

Website: Sweet-i

Facebook: SugarBoss

Hours: 5.30pm – 9pm

Other reviews:

1. Penang Food, Penang Travel and Penang Lifestyle

2. Eaterland

Homecoming at Chai Diam Ma & Ch’ng Kian Kiean’s Line Line Journey

In Arts & Culture, Mix cuisines on July 12, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Chai Diam Ma welcomes you home.

Tan Wei Ming of Ownly Penang. His other video exhibition can be found at The Whiteaways Arcade this month.

John Tan | Photography | Untitled – “Is home a place you’re just owning or renting, or a place where you are comfortable to be?”

Carey Ooi | Inner construction between 2.4 and 12 | Installation -I am not a nomad, I am coming home.

Ernest Zacharevic | Cage | Kinetic Installation – “Home life is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo.” – George Bernard Shaw. His mural can also be seen on Armenian street.

Okui LaLa | Duduk | Photography and live installation – “Home is not where you are living right now but somewhere close to your heart” – Max, Australia, Chew Jetty.

The space.

As previously mentioned, a new item on their menu, udon with mushrooms with an interesting twist, slivers of preserved vegetables.

Drinks : Wild Flower Honey & Lemon Lime Tea.

Next stop was Ch’ng Kian Kiean’s fourth solo exhibition this time held at Galeri Seri Mutiara. The artist with Mr. Koay Soo Kau and Dato’ Tay Mo-Leong.


Chai Diam Ma

Address: 15 Queen Street

10200, Penang

Phone: (016) 431- 4452 [Queen Lee]

E-mail: chaidiamma@gmail.com

Facebook : Chai Diam Ma


Mon – Thurs : 11am -2pm

6pm – 9pm

Fri – Sun : 11am – 9pm

Closed on Tuesdays

Previous visit : 06.26.11



Galeri Seri Mutiara

Address: Lot No. 2 & 4, First Floor,
The Whiteaways Arcade,
Church Street, 10200 Penang

Hours: 12noon- 6pm

Scenes from Georgetown Festival (Day 3) & Sri Ananda Bahwan

In Arts & Culture, Indian on July 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm

The final day of the 3 day event, Tapestry of Cultures but the Georgetown Festival will be on going till the end of the month.

First, a stop for a quick bite at Sri Ananda Bahwan’s main outlet down the block from Sri Ananda Bahwan (Pure Vegetarian).

Food ordered:

1. Roti Paratha

2. Vadai & Curry Puff

First stop, Penangism photo exhibition housed in a majestic building.

Tour group going on a heritage trail walkabout.

Tan Wei Ming’s video exhibition at the Whiteaways Arcade.

Line Line Journey exhibition at Galeri Seri Mutiara.

The Whiteaways Arcade.

One of the pieces from Wayang! exhibition at Gallery 29.

The highlight of today’s event is the highly anticipated 12 Monkeys & more featuring individual performances by Ghaffar Pourazar (Beijing Opera), Jitti Chompee (Thailand) and Zubin Mohamad (Malaysia).

Held at the Botanical Gardens, the open space accompanied by the moonlight and performing arts at its best, Penang shined, showcasing the bright cosmopolitan city she really is.

Our little picnic with food from Evergreen Vegetarian (post coming soon).

Pre-show fun with the kids from the audience and an improv amongst cast mates.

First up, Zubin Mohamed and his musical troop from Kelantan with influences from traditional wayang kulit and Mak Yong (both preserved by UNESCO).

Jitti Chompee’s 18 Monkeys.

And lastly, Ghaffar Pourazar and The Beijing Opera.

Tapestry of Cultures (Day One & Day Two)


Georgetown Festival

WebsiteGeorgetown Festival

Date – Month long celebration in July every year



Sri Ananda Bahwan

Address: 55 Penang Street, Georgetown, Penang

Phone: (04) 264-4204

Website: Sri Ananda Bahwan

Hours: 7am-11pm

Scenes from Georgetown Festival (Day 2) & Nasi Kandar Festival

In Arts & Culture, Indian on July 8, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Tapestry of Cultures – Day two.

Mural by Ernest Zacharevic.

Teochew Puppet Show at Yeng Keng Hotel.

Nasi Kandar Festival.

Rice with cabbage spiced with turmeric.

Tapestry of Cultures – Day One & Day Three.


Georgetown Festival

WebsiteGeorgetown Festival

Date – Month long celebration in July every year

Scenes from Georgetown Festival 2011 (Day 1) & Water Drop Teahouse| Revisited

In Arts & Culture, Taiwanese on July 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm

What is Georgetown Festival?

“The George Town Festival is a month-long celebration of the inscription of George Town on the UNESCO World Heritage Listing on 7th July, 2008. Scheduled to be an annual event, the Festival is a feast of theater, music, dance, film, art, opera, food, fashion, photography, and inspirational talks.”Georgetown Festival

This year the Georgetown Festival 2011 kicked off on a bright and beautiful day.

The first 3 days, inner city Georgetown comes bursting alive with many free exhibitions, street performances and open houses. The 3 day event has been named Tapestry of Cultures. The following are exhibitions at the recently restored Whiteaways Arcade.

A break for lunch at Water Drop Teahouse.

Food pictures:

1. Sesame Bao

2. Dan Dan Noodles

3. Wheat grass

4. Soy milk

Next stop are the open houses at St George Church (oldest Angelican church on the island), Penang Supreme Court and Penang Museum (no photography allowed).

As we move towards the evening, almost every street corner in the heritage enclave has street food vendors, bazaars, performances and the finale, a multi-cultural show at Khoo Kongsi.

Tapestry of Cultures – Day Two & Day Three.


Georgetown Festival

WebsiteGeorgetown Festival

Date – Month long celebration in July every year



Water Drop Teahouse

Address: 16 Penang Street,
Georgetown, 10200 Penang



Tue – Fri : 9am – 5pm
Sat – Sun : 9am – 3pm

Closed on Mondays

Other reviews:

Previous visit – July 1st 2011

Sri Ananda Bahwan (Pure Vegetarian)

In Indian on July 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

This particular outlet offers purely vegetarian items. They have a full menu, ranging from one plate meals to banana leaf rice. They also have many kinds of desserts.

It was tea time for the triumvirate, so light items were deemed appropriate with a promise to return for a full meal in the future.

Roti paratha & iced lemon tea

Roti paratha


Pulut kacau

Teh limau panas

Other visits:

Yellow lentils snack

Teh tarik


Sri Ananda Bahwan (Pure Vegetarian)

Address: 66 Penang Street, Georgetown, Penang

Phone: (04) 263-3841

(016) 524-5819

Website: Sri Ananda Bahwan (Pure Veg)

Hours: 7am-11pm

Other reviews:

1. Hungry Ang Mo

Mews Cafe @ Muntri Mews

In Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks, Mix cuisines on July 3, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Muntri Mews is a new boutique hotel located on Muntri Street. The building is part of the UNESCO heritage city protective site. Right opposite Muntri Mews is another new addition to Georgetown, a chic hostel called Ryokan.

Here’s a little information about the street and the building taken from Muntri Mews’ official site.

“Muntri Street has perhaps the best preserved rows of 19th Straits Chinese architecture in Malaysia, equivalent to Singapore’s Emerald Hill.

The grade 2 listed building was formerly the stables and carriage works of the street’s grandest terraces. Carriages were kept below while drivers and staff were housed above in 12 worker’s quarters. In the Edwardian period it became a garage for some of the smartest cars in Penang.”

The menu is fairly small. On the day we went, the Gado Gado was their daily special. A special request was made to veganize the Gado Gado. On their fixed menu, the only hot food item is for lacto-ovo vegetarians – an egg & cheese/tomato croissant. Two of their desserts are vegan friendly while most of the rest contain dairy and/or eggs.

Food ordered:

1. Gado gado (veganized, usually comes with hard-boiled eggs and shrimps)

2 & 3.  Cheng Th’ng (longan, winter melon, sea coconut, red dates and sugar) – available two ways, hot or cold.

4 & 5. Sago gula melaka with gula melaka and coconut milk

6. Long iced melon tea ( macadamia and watermelon syrup, tea and mint)


Mews Cafe

Address: 77 Lebuh Muntri
10050 Georgetown

Phone: (04) 263 -5125
Fax : (04) 263- 4125

Website: Muntri Mews

Hours: 8am-11pm

Other reviews:

1. What 2 See: Best of Penang Food!

2. ShiokorNot

Water Drop Teahouse

In Chinese, Taiwanese on July 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Water Drop Teahouse is housed in a beautifully maintained heritage building. A few meters away is The Sire Museum Restaurant.

Their menu changes daily with a few items that’s constant. They also have daily specials and otak-otak. Their version of otak-otak is better than the real thing.

Food ordered:

1. Sesame Bao

2. Otak Otak

3. Taiwanese Vege Meat Rice

4. Taiwanese Noodle Soup

5. Barley with soy milk and fu chok


Water Drop Teahouse

Address: 16 Penang Street,
Georgetown, 10200 Penang



Tue – Fri : 9am – 5pm
Sat – Sun : 9am – 3pm

Closed on Mondays

Other reviews:

1. The Princess Diaries – Cheryl’s Travels

2.Nutty Eve #9 Food Blog

Special Mention:

Hungry Amo’s review of their Singapore branch.