Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thai set lunch and Ala Carte at Zest Bar Cafe @ Glow by Zinc, Penang

ZEST Bar Cafe @ GLOW by Zinc is a rather unique cafe with loads of funky wall designs and colourful decors all around. I am lucky enough to be able to spend the saturday afternoon well fed with some delectable thai cuisines together with a happy bunch of penang foodies and bloggers.


Don't you loveeeeee cafes that are bright and happy with plenty of colours all around.

The Colourful Interior of Zest Bar Cafe

I'm a huge fan of the design of this cafe, the modern chic look definitely lifts up any unhappy mood! Oh and not forgetting the very friendly bunch of waiters and waitresses too!


 Our first dish of the day, Miang Kam. I have personally tried Miang Kam from a lot of different thai restaurants, this one definitely take the ball in terms of spiciness and taste. How to eat? one may ask. The only true way to enjoy this dish is by wrapping everything (coconut, dried shrimps, garlic, onion, dried ginger, red chili, peanuts and lime) with the Betel Leaf and swallow em' in one bite! (unless you have a small mouth, then two bites!)


 Next up! Yam Woon Sen. This glass noodle dish serves up a bomb that hits the tastebud the moment you try it. Yam Woon Sen is a spicy, sweet, sour and salty dish altogether! Served with lime and fresh prawns, this is a must try Thai cuisine from the menu!


 Gaeng Keow Wan Gai! My personal favourite and thus this shall be the highlight of the day. Gaeng Keow Wan Gai is a green curry dish that is very popular amongst the Thais as well as everybody in general! The green curry is not that spicy but has all the necessary taste needed in a curry from all the added herbs and spices. Not a fan of chicken? Fear not, diners have a choice of prawn or chicken to come together with the green curry.

SOM TAM - RM10.00

 Young papaya salad with dried shrimps and spices to top em off! This crunchy young papaya salad is an excellent appetizer which is very common in all thai cuisine. The savoury taste of the dried shrimps blends up the limey taste of the dish really well. Overall a satisfying dish!

TOM KHA GAI - RM 12.00

Next up will be a series of soup dishes specially served for all those avid thai cuisine lovers! First on the list is Tom Kha Gai, or Tom Kha Kai or Thai coconut soup is a spicy and sour hot soup with coconut milk in laos cuisine and thai cuisine. In Thailand, most Tom Kha Gai recipes typically include coconut milk, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, thai chili peppers, coriander, straw mushrooms (or shiitake mushrooms). chicken, fish sauce and lime juice. This is definitely a new experience for me, and i am proud to say, this soup is the bomb!


Now this is a well known soup! Literally, the words "Tom Yam" are derived from two Thai words: "Tom" and "Yam". "Tom" refers to boiling process, while "Yam" refers to a kind of Lao and Thai spicy and sour salad. Thus, "Tom Yam" is a Lao and Thai hot and clear soup. The Tom Yam Goong served here has its very own version and "twist" in taste. Not being a fan of overly spicy soup, this one is just right for me to fully enjoy the taste of tomyam. Added in with fresh king prawns, this dish definitely carries potential!


Pad Kra Prao, i have personally tried a few variations of this particular dish, and not being a picky eater, i like every single one of them! Which includes this one as well. Pad Kra Prao or much better known as Thai basil chicken, is a contender for the most popular and most beloved street food dish in all of Thai cuisine. The minced chicken is sauteed to perfection with the very fragrant basil leaf. A big thumbs up for this ever so tasty dish!


Kaeng Phet, is a popular thai dish consisting of curry paste to which coconut milk is added. This soup normally has a soup-like consistency and is served in a bowl and eaten with steamed rice. The choice of meat for this dish would either be prawns or chicken, we had prawn Kaeng Phet in this case. The eggplant goes really well with the dish!


Gaeng Massaman is a Southern Thai dish with Indian influence. Diners have a choice of either beef or chicken to come along with rich roasted peanut curry sauce and potatoes. This dish tastes a lot like your usual Indian curry found in most mamak stalls. The main difference is the added cinnamon and nutmeg powder in it which makes it a class above the rest.

PAD THAI - RM 15.00

Pad Thai is a type of wok fried noodles with prawns, beansprouts, bean curd stir fried to perfection in egg pataya style.Pad Thai was made popular in Thailand during World War 2. Pad Thai has since become one of Thailand's national dishes. This savoury dish is listed as number 5 on World's 50 most delicious food readers' poll compiled by CNN Go in 2011. Now you see how highly the Thais rate their Pad Thai. Need i say more?


Dessert time! Now who's up for some banana fritters and pumpkin pudding? Nothing much to say here! Sang Kaya Fak Tong, steamed sweet pumpkin with custard and coconut milk. Tastes a lot like how it looks! A great dessert nonetheless.


Khanon Khao Mao, now that's a fancy name for banana fritters. Our usual friendly neighbourhood snack, the Pisang Goreng. The Khanon Khao Mao goes surprisingly well with the coconut milk. A heavenly combination all should try!

Latest Ala Carte Menu from the kitchen

All in all, this experience is definitely an eye opener for me towards Thai cuisines. For those food lovers with a tolerance for spice and heat. I do hope that you will have one as amazing as mine as well over at Zest Bar & Cafe. Do drop by for their amazing Thai cuisines whenever you visit Penang!  

Zest Bar & Cafe @ GLOW By Zinc
Address: 101, Jalan Macalister, 
11400 Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 7am to 12am. Opens Daily. Set Lunch starts from 11:30am to 6pm. 
Contact Number: 604- 226 0084

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