We had came to this place twice, the first time it was far too crowded for us to want to wait to buy any food souvenirs, so we figured we should return here to check out what is so good about this place. We came back on Monday, and it was empty (including no one queuing to take pictures with the ‘I-Want-Pau‘ mural just outside the shop) 🙂
While trying to decide what to buy home, we figured that we should try out the patries first, since there were seats available. We got ourselves the 2 most popular items, the Rickshaw Egg Tart 三轮车蛋挞 (RM2/pc), and the Salted Egg Yolk Pastry 咸蛋酥 (RM1.90/pc). We plonked ourselves at a table with the air-conditioning blowing at us 😀
The egg tart was still warm, and it was filled with flaky goodness that was made of many layers of thin pastry. The fillings were not overly sweet, and the combination was awesomely delicious (dare we say better than Tai Cheong’s)! Very worth the money, but probably too difficult to fly home with it still retaining its freshness.
The salted egg yolk pastry was quite disappointing though. It was super sweet with very little egg yolk, and we could barely distinguish the taste of egg yolk from the very sweet lotus paste. We ended up not buying anything and went back to the Ghee Hiang, the bean pastry place to get our souvenirs instead.
- Location: 26 Armenian Street Ghaut 10200 Penang, Malaysia
- Website: www.facebook.com/MingXiangTai1979
- Contact: +60 4261 9887
- Hrs: 10am – 9pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 9pm (Sat-Sun)
It was a full loop, where we took the shuttle service from IMM back to Westgate, and decided to end our night at Paul Bakery, which was just next to Cafe Crema.
We got ourselves a lovely 2-seater by the corner, and we liked the pleasant environment!
Hubby had an original Shakerato ($7.50++), which was served with whipped cream. This version was quite nice, though not as strong as the one we had in Hong Kong.
My Rosemary Lime Iced Tea ($7.50++) was very refreshing, and quite light in flavour.
Most of the tarts and cakes were sold out by 9pm, so we settled for a Raspberry Tart ($7.90++). We enjoyed the nice balance of sweet and tartness, and the pastry was deliciously buttery.
Note that iced and warm water was served for free, which was great, because we were so thirsty despite our drink 😛
With this lovely supper, we ended our day trip to the West 🙂
After dinner indulgence
We had a hard time trying to find a cafe on a Monday night… This was our 3rd attempt tonight!
Bread and Hearth is a small little bakery, specializing in handcrafted artisan bread, where every bread and pastry is baked using traditional European methods.
We didn’t had any bread though, but the Latte ($5) and Gryphon Straits Chai Tea ($4.50) were great! We did try the Raisin Roll ($2.80), as there was a current promotion of coffee and any $2.80 bread for $6.90. We enjoyed the rasin roll too!
We loved the relaxed atmosphere, with lovely music and 3 couples having their own quiet moments 🙂
Note that there is a current UOB credit card promotion, 10% off total bill.
Pretty bakery deco
We were walking and walking till we were so tired, before we finally spotted Primrose Bakery, that was recommended by LadyIronChef!
It was also upon reaching this place that I realized it was the same shop where the gals and I bought some cookies for a quick dinner prior to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
Having only just a coffee at Whale & Cloud is definitely not enough, so we venture on to find breakfast!
Carpenter and Cook (in Lorong Kilat) opened a new takeaway outlet in Jasmine Road and they named it Carpenter and Cook Jr. The website says no seating here, but there are still some counter seats inside and a couple of alfresco chairs if you want to just laze around and watch the world pass-by…
Besides selling freshly home-made baked goods and confectionery, they also sell curated vintage furniture, home decor, as well as provide dessert tables, styling services, vintage props and decor for weddings, parties, photo-shoots and more!
This interesting place was setup by 3 friends, a Carpenter (Phoebe who picks out beautiful vintage pieces), a Cook (Shenn who trained at the prestigious Cordon Bleu in London) and a And (Eunice who likes to dabble in a bit of everything). 🙂