Vietnamese Cuisine - Miss Saigon

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Written on 10:46 AM by Penang Tua Pui

Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon
In one of the feng shui talks we attended at the E-gate Starbucks some time last year, the speaker mentioned of the auspicious place E-gate was going to be, being able to attract businesses and making the place prosperous.

We were not sure if his claim was true because every time we went to E-gate, there will be one new tenant replacing the old one.

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In this case, the Vietnamese restaurant Miss Saigon. The previous tenant was an Italian cuisine, Bequadro Restaurant & Café.


Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon

This place was also reviewed by Lingzie before just a couple weeks back. The environment was quite simple and inclined to the restaurant theme with tables and chairs in dark brown, made of wood instead of plastic or metal.

Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon

Miss Saigon also has a lot of mirrors hung along the wall, to create a larger space and more people effect.

Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon

We opted for set lunch which consists of one main meal and a beverage. We ordered Traditional Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup, Duck Breast Skewer Wrapped in Pomelo Leaf and Special Fragrant Paste Wrapped in “La Lot” Leaf.

Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon

Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon

As for the beverage I ordered for Instant Vietnamese Coffee while Tam Ciak and Huat Koay ordered Traditional Lemongrass Tea.

Little did they realize they had ordered the wrong drinks thinking it was Ice Lemon Tea instead! It was hilarious watching them taking a sip of the lemongrass tea and their facial expressions changed instantly… hahahaha

Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon

The noodle was more like local koay teow th’ng, much to our disappointment of craving for the real Vietnamese noodle soup.

The noodle came in a bowl of soup and the chicken meat while the vegetables and bean sprouts were put on another separate plate. You will need to add them into the soup before eating.

Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon

Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon

The beans sprouts we had were not that fresh as they started to oxidize, turning to brown and losing freshness as seen on the photos.

Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon

We were divided taste wise on the duck breast skewer as Fei Fei said they tasted good but Huat Koay’s view was there was strong ducky scent. Special Fragrant Paste was good as the herbs were not too strong and just nice to our taste buds.

Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon

We did order a side dish called Miss Saigon Platter consists of 4 different types of Vietnamese popiah (rolls).

Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon

It is quite unique to have four different flavors of Vietnamese rolls we could try out but was curious us was that this side dish is more expensive than the set lunch we had. A high class Miss Saigon, perhaps? ?

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Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon

While we were busy snapping photos for our review, the supervisor (maybe it’s the owner too) came near us and observed us. He was quite a "busybody" as well, keep looking into our LCD display every time we try to take the shots. And he was quite chatty too, keep talking to us all the time while we were snapping pictures.

Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon

Trying to publicize the restaurant, he promoted us to try their Vietnamese apple pie dessert. After some persuasion, we ordered one (was hoping he would give us free of charge!). The apple pie was an apple filling on top of croissant and shaped almost like shredded apple. It was delicious!

Penang E-gate, Vietnamese Food, Penang Restaurant, Miss Sagon

Our experience with the set lunch was not to our expectations though the dessert was quite a consolation. The ambience is quite relaxing which is preferable if you intend to have less noise environment.

Still we do hope for something better from this restaurant during our next patron. Perhaps it could be a different story if we were to come for dinner. Yea, we shall make a trip here for dinner next time ?

Miss Saigon is opened daily including weekends, from 11am to 3pm and from 6pm till 11pm.

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Toh Soon Roti Bakar

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Written on 7:59 PM by Penang Tua Pui

Penang Food, Hawker Food, Restaurant, Roti Bakar, Campbell Street, Breakfast
Tucked in a small alley that looked like escape path when you need to ‘chau lor”, is this small coffee shop that specialized in everyone’s favorite breakfast.. Roti bakar!

It is not exactly a coffee shop but rather a portion outside a shoplot that had been converted into coffee shop like structure.

Toh Soon Café is at the front end of Campbell Street which served nostalgic roti bakar and half-boiled eggs. It is easy to miss out this place despite you trying to search for it.

The café is on the left side small alley, the moment you turn into Campbell Street from Penang Road.

Penang Food, Hawker Food, Restaurant, Roti Bakar, Campbell Street, Breakfast

We keep saying nostalgic because that is how those roti bakar are prepared, under the charcoal fire. Yup, the roti bakar here has a more conventional, old style of toast, unlike the one at Sungai Tiram.

An oil drum was used with middle section cut to make holes that allow breads to be toasted directly under the charcoal while the top portion is used to boil the water. Occasionally, the charcoal ash may fall down but they will brush it off immediately.

Penang Food, Hawker Food, Restaurant, Roti Bakar, Campbell Street, Breakfast

The roti bakar here is thicker and toasted to perfection. You can choose from either having butter spread or the kaya spread. Yummy…. Tam Ciak loved them so much that he ordered three sets of kaya spread roti bakar.

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The half boiled eggs came in transparent cups, just like how it used to be. (Told you, we really felt nostalgic coming to this place.) The eggs were more than just half boiled but with soy sauce and pepper, they tasted excellent!

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This place is open from 8am till 6pm, daily. From what we know, this is also a favorite hangout for newspaper reporters. Even the current Penang CM, Mr Lim Guan Eng was seen patronizing this place too.

Wow, so famous till they can get a VIP guest. Perhaps next time if you want to know some insider stories or you want to get your autograph with the CM, you may get lucky here…hehehe

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Speedy Makan-makan: Part 5 - Pisang Goreng

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Written on 10:50 PM by Penang Tua Pui

Penang Food, Pisang Goreng, Ubi Goreng, Penang Free School Garden, Hawker Food
Here we are at the last pit stop of our Speedy makan-makan trip I.

Time is running out and we did not stop here for long. Well, we don’t have to… we can just pack and go for this one.

Penang Food, Pisang Goreng, Ubi Goreng, Penang Free School Garden, Hawker Food

This stall is located at the roundabout of Jalan Free School, at the opposite end of Greenlane McDonald’s and just outside Eng Car Spray Workshop.

It is pretty much visible and you will unlikely going to miss it

Penang Food, Pisang Goreng, Ubi Goreng, Penang Free School Garden, Hawker Food

The stall sells fried items like pisang goreng (fried banana), tnee kueh (glutinous cake), green peas, potatoes, yam and tapioca rolls that have been fried till golden crisp, which are quite crunchy too.

Penang Food, Pisang Goreng, Ubi Goreng, Penang Free School Garden, Hawker Food

Penang Food, Pisang Goreng, Ubi Goreng, Penang Free School Garden, Hawker Food

Penang Food, Pisang Goreng, Ubi Goreng, Penang Free School Garden, Hawker Food

Furthermore, these fried items do not smell bad (rancid) as if the oil used to fry these items had been used repeatedly. Another stall nearby actually have this smell.

This is place is open from noon till 5.00pm daily.

Penang Food, Pisang Goreng, Ubi Goreng, Penang Free School Garden, Hawker Food

Penang Food, Pisang Goreng, Ubi Goreng, Penang Free School Garden, Hawker Food

Penang Food, Pisang Goreng, Ubi Goreng, Penang Free School Garden, Hawker Food

Okay, it has finally come to the end of our Speedy Makan-makan trip covering five different foods within 2 hours. We feel stuffed and satisfied, being able to taste various delicacies at scattered locations yet without burning a big hole in the pocket.

Having been able to complete this quest gives us more ideas of what to do in our future 2 hour breaks. We might go crazier, bolder and more daring to hunt around for places in order to satisfy our appetites. So…… what do you think?


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