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Penang Food Trail – Gurney Plaza

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Gurney Plaza

Gurney Plaza

Gurney Plaza, located at the Gurney Drive Promenade in George Town, is touted as Penang’s premier lifestyle mall. It houses many restaurants, cafes, fast food joints and small dining places. And hence our food trail carried on into Gurney Plaza.

Egg Tarts from Wong Kok Kitchen

Egg Tarts from Wong Kok Kitchen

Egg Tart from Wong Kok Kitchen

Egg Tart from Wong Kok Kitchen

Crispy Yam Paste from Wong Kok Kitchen

Crispy Yam Paste from Wong Kok Kitchen

We were enticed by the array of sweet and savoury pastries at Wong Kok Kitchen (B1-31/32). We bought the egg tart and crispy yam paste. The egg tart was pretty good, the crust was crispy and the egg custard feeling was smooth, with a strong egg taste. The crispy yam paste (香酥芋角) was a bit of a letdown though. The layer of yam was quite thin, hence the taste of yam was rather mild. We were never fans of barbecued pork or rather, char siew, and with the mild yam taste, it seemed like we were having crispy char siew pastry, rather than yam paste.

New York Cheesecake from Secret Recipe

New York Cheesecake from Secret Recipe

Cheeze Choc from Secret Recipe

Cheeze Choc from Secret Recipe

Secret Recipe (G-37) has got to be one of the more popular dessert/cake places in Malaysia which Singaporeans like to visit. The simplest reason being the cakes are priced exactly the same as that in Singapore, only in different currencies! That essentially means that every slice of cake in Malaysia is “half-priced” that of Singapore’s. We ordered 2 slices of cake and since the afternoon tea special was still on, we had 2 free cups of tea.

New York Cheesecake – Baked soft creamy cheese with chocolate cookie base. It’s our first time trying the cheesecake from Secret Recipe. And we were glad that we did. The cheese had a smooth, sticky and velvety texture, with a strong cheese taste. The cookie base was not too bad, a good complement to the cheese. This cheesecake is similar to the kind we like from Coffee Bean in Singapore.

Cheeze Choc – Soft chocolate mixed with baked cheese and biscuit base. The chocolate was rather creamy, which we didn’t like. In addition, there were extra toppings of whipped cream at the sides, which we didn’t like either. I guess, to some extent, chocolate never does go well with cheese. Though we are chocolate lovers, we preferred the pure new york cheesecake. The biscuit base wasn’t that crunchy, and was rather soft. Overall, it was the new york cheesecake which impressed us more.

2 slices of cakes and 2 cups of tea from Secret Recipe: RM15.10!

 

John King

John King

(clockwise from top left) Walnut & Oat Tart; Portuguese Egg Tart; Red Bean Egg Tart; Mushroom Chicken Pie; Hongkong Siew Pao
(clockwise from top left) Walnut & Oat Tart; Portuguese Egg Tart; Red Bean Egg Tart; Mushroom Chicken Pie; Hongkong Siew Pao

John King (B1-K4) sells different pastries and tarts. The Portuguese egg tart was pretty bad. The puff pastry was soft and not crispy at all. The egg custard was weakly caramelized as well. Generally speaking, the pastries we tried from there weren’t impressive, except for the Walnut & Oat Tart. We love oats and the walnut & oat tart packed a generous taste of oats. Coupled with the crunchiness from the walnuts, this tart is our only recommendation from this stall.

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Written by foodphd

March 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm

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