Cakes@Ritz Bakery, Penang

follow link My colleague was telling me about how famous and good Ritz’s cakes are, especially the green tea cake.

Being one greedy fart, i just had to try them. The bakery is located near where i was camping, at the scary looking 1926 Heritage Hotel. People out there, do not be fooled by the hotel’s pictures on the internet! Highly recommended.. NOT to stay there.

Anyway, i left the hotel early and so happens we drove by the bakery. Knowing i won’t be passing this area again… We pitstopped for cakes. At 9am! Just as the worker unlocked the entrance. First customer, and totally wierd breakfast.

The green tea was so green i swear it looked like a nice patch of lawngrass placed in front of me. i wished they put more redbeans in the cake and less sponge. Rm6.20. RT and San Terri still have better green tea cakes for sure.

The one with the cherry top is the blackforest cake. That was abit of a letdown. Not good. Rm 6.20.

The final cake is called ButterScoth. Not sure what scoth meant but it surely did not look like a butterscotch cake/ a choc cheese cake. Nevertheless, trying out new stuffs are what i like.

After taking a bite, i still “caught no ball” (cant make out) what was the intention of this cake. The chocolate coating was hard, and abit too greasy. in the middle of the cake lies a layer of crunched up marie biscuits, prolly mixed with butter and another thin layer of sponge cake. The feeling I got was ,” Greasy”. My colleague felt sick in the stomach after finishing it. This, for breakfast, urks. His take home message was,”I think i ate the whole brick of butter”. Poor fella.rm6.20.

My thoughts of this bakery? Probably regulars/locals have developed a love for this place as i must say the bakery’s inner decor is very warm and friendly, plus their tastebuds are accustomed to the cakes since this shop has been around for a really long time already.

For me, i really feel that the few Ive tried did not impress me, especially the fact that they are pretty pricey! There are definitely better cakes here in KL for that price alright.

Btw, a pict of the scary hotel. Please avoid staying there. These people had the guts to give me a room which they already knew that the aircondion compressor was spoilt and was making alot of noise. When i got back from work at 1030pm, there was no other room available and i had to sleep through the night as if i camped in a construction site. Plus, locals were telling me that the hotel is …. Booooooo. Creepy!

First halal chinese food@near Hospital Pantai, Penang

Demona: My muslim colleague brought me here for lunch during my field work in Penang. She hasn’t tried the food here herself, but heard good reviews about this place and seems, this is the first Chinese Muslim restaurant in Penang. The restaurant had minimal interior decoration, and at my first impression, it looked no different than a mamak place, especially the non-airconditioning area downstairs. The weather was fiery hot that afternoon, lucky us, there was a cooling airconditioning option upstairs. Needless to say, these little princesses (and prince) chose the 2nd option.

Demona: The Kong Pow chicken tasted average. Just chicken bits, with capsicum slices and groundnuts. Nothing much to shout about as the sauce tasted like it came from the sweet and sour sauce maggi bottle. No where near our Chinese KP chicken non-halal counterparts.

Demona: This was an interesting dish. When it first came, I could not make out what it was. Initially, I thought it was a deep fried fish looking at its shape. To my biggest surprise, it was actually a brinjal. Nicely, sliced into a giant curly spring, then coated with flour and deep fried. It left me wondering how was the brinjal cut into such a shape. It went really well with the sliced mushrooms, and sweetened sauce. I had never eaten this in a chinese restaurant before.

Demona: This dish was pretty average too. Basically, sliced beef with black fungus. Slightly salty but bearable. After finishing this, I did not have much recollection of it.

Demona: This was CMR’s trademark dish. Fried mutton. Under normal tummy growling conditions, I’d only take mutton when it comes in the form of thickened curry, or rendang, or barbequed (which was also rare). Never once I had mutton which was cooked like the one above. Surprisingly, it tasted really nice. Some what like jerky, but not as hard as one. I couldn’t consume too much of it though, after a while, my breath does smell a little awful and my tummy started to feel sickly. I’m guessing this meat really worked your digestive juices hard to finally break down its structure.

According to the menu, it boasts its trademark CM, by stating that all the ingredients are halal and apparently, their chefs originate from the “Muslim Federal Autonomy of NingXia, China”. NingXia has the largest Muslim community in the whole of China. The food doesn’t really taste very Chinese alright, but I’d give credits to the dishs’ uniqueness. The taste was really different and myself being Chinese, I don’t mind trying out their other dishes on my next visit to see how more unique this peculiar restaurant can continue to offer me!