Tai Buan Porridge Review

Every time that I am fallen in sick, I will always look for porridge for lunch. You may not need to get into sick before you hunt for porridge! This is only valid for me! Today I am going to introduce you a porridge stall called Tai Buan Porridge (大满粥) located in Jalan Muntri.

Tai Buan Porridge wide angle view

Do you able to locate the Tai Buan Porridge stall in above picture? Well, sincerely speaking, I can’t find it in the picture above. There are no clear sign board that talking about a porridge stall.

Tai Buan Porridge

Tai Buan Porridge is actually located in the middle of a shop lot where my red arrow pointed to. It only has a tinny tiny sign board that talk about the stall name. If you are not local, I am pretty sure that you won’t found this stall even thought you drive thru Jalan Muntri daily.  It is actually located directly opposite to Soul Kitchen; if you know where is Soul Kitchen, then you should not have any problem locating the  stall. Click here for the map!

Tai Buan Porridge front view

Tai Buan Porridge environment

The best way to get to Tai Buan Porridge is by walking as there is limited car park in front of the restaurant. I would recommend that you park at the private car park around Penang road and walk to the restaurant.

Tai Buan Porridge stall

Upon you entering the restaurant, you will found the Tai Buan porridge stall located on the left hand side of the commercial lot as shown above.

Tai Buan Porridge stall ingredient

All the selection is properly display on top of the stall cart. What you need to do is to make the order and look for a place to seat.

Tai Buan Porridge dining area

The dining area and the stall are surprisingly clean. I don’t even see a single fly around the dining area even thought the braised duck and bean curd is place in the open air condition on top of the cart. There is no air conditioned environment, and you will need to sweat and eat. Luckily, the roof of the restaurant is high and the air circulation is perfect; you may not sweat even thought there is no air conditional.

Does Tai Buan Porridge taste good?

I and my colleague paid a visit to Tai Buan porridge and we have order 5 separate dishes to try out. Here is how the dishes look like.

Tai Buan Porridge dishes

it consist of braised duck meat, braised bean curd, fried egg with dried turnip, braised pork and preserved salted vegetable on the center.

Tai Buan Porridge and dishes

With all the great dishes, it must accompany with a bowl of plain porridge. I personally likes all these dishes as it has original Penang taste and feel. You do feel that you are going back to future and living in 1960’s. The braised bean curd, pork and the duck meat, all of them are having similar taste that comes with strong smell of duck. My hypothesis to this is; all of them are being cooked in the same wok.

If you do not like the original braised duck meat taste, you may not suitable to dine at Tai Buan Porridge as the choice of the dishes is limited.

Tai Buan Porridge with egg

If you enjoy the food, I would like tell you that; one bowl of porridge is just not sufficient to fill up your stomach full. You may need to consume around 2-3 bowls in order to completely consume all the 5 dishes.

Will I come again?

Yes, I will.

Restaurant information:

Name: Tai Buan Porridge (大满粥)

Address: 173 Muntri Street, Penang

Tel: Nil

Operating Hours: Nil

Cuisine: Porridge

Homepage: Nil

Email: Nil


Best Penang Food Editor’s Review:

  • Great place to get a traditional Teow Chew porridge
  • To fully enjoy the dishes, you will need 2 – 3 bowl of plain porridge
  • No air conditional, only fan
  • Very clean environment
  • Limited parking in front of the restaurant, propose to park in private parking around Penang Road
  • Hard to find as the restaurant sign board is very small
  • Reasonable price

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Luxe 18 Review

When I hear about Luxe 18, it does sound like a high class western food with fine dining selections. Luxe means luxury and elegance. Luxe 18 restaurant and bistro is located in shop lot in front of 1 world condominium. It is actually walking distance from JT western food and Chubi Kitchen. Does Luxe 18 really mean luxury and elegance? Let check it out.

Luxe 18 sign

Where is Luxe 18 Restaurant?

Luxe 18 major in western food that serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at the ground floor but it is a bistro in the second floor. To find this restaurant, it is quiet easy. From the main road, turn right into Tingkat Mahsuri 4. You can easily spot the big “Green Island Western Food” and Luxe 18 is just located beside it.

Luxe 18 front view

Within the commercial area of one world, there is lot of restaurant which served a variety of choices. Among the various dining business, western food faces the most difficult challenges as high competition. In order to win in this challenges, the business owner will need to differentiate their value when compare to peers.

Luxe 18 Environment

Upon you walk into Luxe 18 restaurant, you will definitely feel that the restaurant is well decorated and well lighted.  Here is what you will see.

Luxe 18 dining area 2

The dining area is well decorated with white color as primary color and brown color as secondary color. White color is always being linked with clean and luxury. Entire dining area is fully air conditioned, and you will able to enjoy a comfortable lunch. This is definitely a plus for Luxe 18 restaurant.

Luxe 18 Bistro at ground floor

Luxe 18 dining area

In the second floor, you will found a bistro where you can enjoy beer along with some soft music. There is no live band available, but you can enjoy the happy hours price for the entire night. Not a bad deal for newly startup bistro.

Luxe 18 Bistro

Does Luxe 18’s food taste good?

This is an invited review and I would to thanks you to Luxe 18 for inviting us for this event. During the food tasting event, we have tested 3 dishes; here are the dishes that we have tried.

Luxe18 Garden Salad 3

The first dish is Luxe18 Garden Salad which cost RM11.90. It come with lettuce as main ingredient at base and topped with some onion ring, purple cabbage, carrot slides and some slices of sweet bell peppers. The garden salad is just lightly mixed with some vinegar sauce. It tasted below my expectation and need further improvement.

Spicy Prawns Aglio Olio

The second dish that we tried is the Spicy Prawns Aglio Olio which cost RM14.90. The Aglio Olio is kind of dry (due to cooled down after the photography session) but it is topped with lot of shrimps and some vegetable like sweet bell pepper and cherry tomato. It tasted minor spicy and it meet my expectation.

Grilled Orange Salmon

The third dishes that we tried is the Grilled Orange Salmon cost RM 23.90. The salmon slide is being pan grilled and topped with some orange sauce. The salmon is grilled until the outer layer is crispy but it is still soft at the inner. The sauce tasted like lemon flavor instead of orange but it do match perfectly with the grilled salmon.

Will I come again?

Yes, I will.

Restaurant information:

Name: Luxe 18 Restaurant and Bistro

Address: 2-1-6 & 2-2-6, Tingkat Mahsuri 4, Bayan Baru, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang

Tel: 04-6435708

Operating Hours: Mon – Sun  Restaurant 8:00am till 3:00pm, 5:30pm tills 10:00pm; Bistro 4:30pm tills 3:00am

Cuisine: Western, Bistro

Homepage: Luxe 18 @ blogspot

email: luxe18.pg@gmail.com


Best Penang Food Editor’s Review:

  • Luxury dining design with white color as main color selection
  • Serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in fully air conditioned environment
  • Clean and tidy dining place
  • Western style with affordable and competitive price tag.
  • Bistro that opens till 3 a.m. in the morning.
  • Happy hours pricing all night long
  • Limited car park

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