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2014.12.12 | 唐人之厝

[Volume 9 Issue 12, #1975]
The China House @ Lebuh Pantai, Penang
檳城有樣嘢係我好鍾意嘅, 喺喬治市內, 差不多每處都可見保存得十分完善嘅舊樓, 更多已改作商業用途.. 同處處舊樓都要徹底毀滅, 起晒摩登建筑物嘅「大哥」吉隆坡相比, 簡直係差天共地(=.=").. 嗰晚喺本頭公巷略略行完之後, 我哋就去咗中街(Lebuh Pantai)嘅唐人厝(ChinaHouse)飲嘢.. 唔好誤會, 呢個地方唔係只招待唐人, 而係集餐廳, 酒吧, 藝術坊等等於同一屋檐下嘅地方.. 一個將兩棟戰前舊樓連成一個屋檐嘅地方..我非常之喜歡呢個「懷舊摩登」嘅格調, 聽落矛盾, 但係佢真係俾咗呢種感覺我噃!! :p
there is one thing i love about Penang, everywhere i go in Georgetown, i can still see old buildings very well preserved and maintained, and many are converted for commercial use.. so unlike her big brother KL, where it seems all old buildings must be demolished to give way to modern structures (=.=").. after a brief walk at Armenian Street that night , we hopped over to this place called ChinaHouse for a drink.. nope, it's not a place to house just the Chinese but a place with restaurant, bar, art centre etc under one roof, one roof that links two pre-war colonial house.. i LIKE this "retro contemporary" place, sounds contradicting?? but that's what it makes me feel!! :p
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  1. That's interesting! A marriage of the old and new. I need to see it in person to really appreciate the fusion of old world and new world. Must get my partner to take me here when we go to Penang!

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    1. there are actually many such places in Penang, and this ChinaHouse is my friend's favourite so we were brought there..

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    1. wow, can buy Toto already?? :D

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    2. So...

      Bought or not?

      Win or not? hihihi

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    3. Ya PH is first today, very 'nan tak' wo! ;)

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    4. if she won also she will just keep quiet la~~ :p

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  3. I must say that I love that courtyard! Any place with plants will capture my attention.

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    1. oh yeah, it's a very long place because it links two narrow buildings back-to-back.. this courtyard really gave me a surprise..

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  4. But I think what will really pull me like a magnet would be that long table full of baked goodies! I will have a tough time walking away without sampling at least four of the pastries hah..hah...

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    1. hahaha, the table full of baked goodies was just near the entrance, i have to resist that for a short moment so that i can go explore other sections in there, hahaha!!

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  5. Penang proves to us that the old and the new can co-exist. Preserving history while breathing in new life. I really admire that.

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    1. yes, i absolutely agree with that!! the new and old an always co-exist and they co-exist beautifully!!

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    2. PH says it beautifully.

      I so totally agree too.

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    3. give me five x2!! :)

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  6. Like so 怀旧 this restaurant!! I also agree that, instead of demolish the old one, they should keep it and make for other use of purpose to keep the "history" of it, now many place if want to see back just only can go museum to see or maybe not even museum, just look up online google!! (Anyway be back soon, so so much work to do, haven't finish tah~~~)

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    1. indeed, and also because they converted two old buildings and link them back-to-back, i would say it's a very brilliant idea cos they didn't really touch up much but maintain the original structure.. like that even nicer with the classic feel..

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    2. Feel like Melacca also, but Melacca got a lot of place also just kept there for good but never do anything about it, feel like kind of waste duh!

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    3. errr, at least just keep there is better than demolish them hor??

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  7. I been there once on a weekday for a birthday celebration, nice place, and they are like a narrow but long place, each tables feel more private. But only once, after that got a few times we try on weekends, always full, then we never bother to try anymore :/

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    1. oh, like that we were lucky!! because we were still able to get a table though i can see the place was quite full that night.. we just went for a drink and had some cakes, how's the food??

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  8. Good morning everybody.. I thought today everyone on leave+quiet timmm.. Wah, already so many comments, guess I was wrong, kekekeke.. Ohh, so we are still in Pg today?

    I’ve clicked all your photos from A to J, nice, same restaurant? China House? Call me jakun (I am a jakun I admit), never heard of this place, so it’s already very nice to be able to see everything in your photos..

    My favourite photo has got to be the last one, the one with cakes and bread and pastries, haha, see also drooling liao.. Sorry ahh, I dunno how to “yan seong” all these architectural or historical thingy, so I’m only interested on the food..

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    1. hahaha, too bad that you are only interested on food.. these old + new things really are more interesting than food to me, hahaha!!

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  9. I have sweet tooths, i will loves the cakes, but too many variety, hard to decide which one to eat, kaka...

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    1. oh yes, same same here.. i felt like i want to have all the cakes!! :D

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  10. Penang is becoming like singapore when you reminds me of reusing the old buildings for commercial purposes. I like these buildings too which they renovated it and decor it nicely. It also reminds me of the shop house that I stayed when I was a kid.

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    1. indeed, when we entered Penang from the bridge, i felt like i was in Singapore.. the road and the flats and the cleanliness of the place..

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  11. Ah. ... I don't mind having a cup of coffee here with sandwiches and cakes. What a nice ambience here. Lots of food too and such a beautiful place. They did very well to beautified the place.

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    1. indeed a very nice ambiance there.. and because of the layout of the place, which is narrow and long, you don't actually have to sit side by side with another table of strangers.. good!!

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  12. So you are holidaying in penang now. I be around kl and travel up north somemore few days later but not penang. I hope to visit penang someday or maybe the penang bridge run ? Haha...

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    1. err, no lah.. i don't blog when i am holidaying but alway after lah.. went there two weeks ago now only i post about the trip :p

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  13. Hey SK, you went to China House too? I remember the arch there.. and the variety of cakes! I have yet to put up though... the Tiramisu is one cake worth eating!

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    1. oh you went there too?? hehehehe, when when when?? did we actually bump into each other but didn't see each other that night?? hahahaha~~

      p/s: i had their tiramisu cake exactly!! they recommended one, nice but a bit too sweet for me leh..

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    2. May be you don't like sweet stuff SK? For me their tiramisu is nice, I also tapao mushroom pizzas back home. I love their cakes, I think better than the main course like spaghetti/rice.

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    3. i am okay with sweet stuffs and actually like them lah, just that i don't like it when it's too sweet lah, must be those ngum ngum sweetness then i will super duper love them.. :D

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  14. Good Morning Bloggers!

    I went there when it was newly opened. My friend from London brought me there. Of course she was a Penang born lass who went on to win Miss Malaysia in the 80s and still hogs the limelight as an auntie when she's in town. All the pub and cafe owners are often her friends, so I just tumpang the lights on her! LMAO!!!

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    1. I was very impressed with this unique place that rekindles the old world's charms and their built up space is so damn long with secret gardens and courtyards that reminds me of the garden in Shanghai which you missed but I went, cos you were eating the Xiao Long Bao greedily outside. Muahahahaha

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    2. oh Anay went there before too, why we have not read Anay's post on this?? it's a beautiful place to me, because i always love all these retro style places..

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    3. I malas to write all these places I went la. In Penang i used to blog those places but Thambee forgotten. I always think food and cafes topics not ngum my character.

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    4. then you must blog more about ghost and spirits, gods and deities.. I love reading them dei~~

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    5. Hmm somehow I agree with TM, may be blogging about food is not his style. See he usually blogs about vacation, stories and feng shui, and attract many comments too! =)

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    6. yeah.. TM's vacation, stories and feng shui posts are more interesting to read than his food posts lah..

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  15. China House, so interesting! I like this place too. So unique and nice. Wow! A well-spread of cakes and breads. I must bookmark this place.

    Shame on me! Going to Penang many times, but I didn't know about this place.

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    1. This place tells me the people who run the business is so sensible and good taste.

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    2. It would be an nice place to hang around with friends. A good place for gathering and chit-chatting.

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    3. If you love cakes Yannie, this is a very nice cafe! Their cakes are very tempting, feel like try all of them, haha!

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    4. oh yeah, it would be nice if J and Y can have candle light dinner there on the private function room.. and then dressed up like the 30s Shanghai and dance to the music celebrating your wedding anniversary, hahahaha!! :p

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  16. Yeah, I love the feel of old world charm in Penang.

    So nice to be walking around and savour the atmosphere there. :)

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    1. indeed, give me five!! i love that charm too~~

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  17. But nowadays more and more modern structures are sprouting up and especially more malls... Is it a good thing?

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    1. there's one mall at Gurney Drive that still preserve the colonial building, and extended from behind.. it looks even more grand this way, if not mistaken that is the beautiful Gurney Paragon..

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    2. I must find a reason to re-visit Penang soon lah. ;)

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    3. peribahasa hari ini:
      Hendak Seribu Daya, Tak Hendak Seribu Dalih

      hihihihihi ^^

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  18. I have read about this China house but never been there. Thanks for sharing so many photos about it. So many cakes to choose from. So which ones did you select and eat?

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    1. hahaha, i didn't know what to choose so a waiter came and recommended their signature tiramisu.. and so that was what i had~~ :p

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    2. SK, just one only? You went with friends can order more so that can have a bite of each type, hehe, I guess basically that's what we do la right? Order a few to share.

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    3. errr, we ordered two and shared amongst us lor.. because we went there right after dinner so can't eat much also leh..

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  19. In KL, I only know one restored place like LOKL Coffee Co. If you are interested in places like this, you may want to check it out.

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    1. oh, thanks for the info, i shall check out this place.. :)

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  20. China House sounds interesting! I must visit it one day!
    Wow, lots of varieties to choose from. Would love to try each and every kind of those cakes!

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    1. yes, this is a very interesting place indeed, i really enjoyed the ambiance in there.. the cakes, wow, took me so long to decide :p

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    2. Next time, try everything! LOL

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    3. cannot lah, unless i bring a team of 20 and everyone order a piece, then i "tax" one spoonful from each~~ :D

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    4. Wenn now busy exploring Malacca ya? Yes you should visit ChinaHouse, their menu is interesting!
      Since you travel outstation quite often, sure no problem for you ;)

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    5. yeah, i think from Ipoh to Penang is so near that Wenn can go there more often..

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  21. another shophouse that is turned into Gallery cum cafe...
    Penang island has lotsa such cafes...mushrooming now..

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    1. oh yeah.. i guess so too.. :)

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    2. Yes indeed, what mister and miss cafe, mustache cafe la and so on, I think need a few days to explore these cafes.... ;)
      Really 看不出 ho, such a small island but pack with lots of interesting cafes.

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    3. hahahaha.. i guess all these cafes are a in thing, especially among the youngsters.. me old uncle already, usually only go to kopitiam~~ :D

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  22. after busying for some time, finally have some time blog walking liao, lol~ i miss penang too~

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    1. oh, you should call yourself Busy Blog Walker instead, muahahaha!! :D

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  23. Yes I agree, many buildings in Penang still maintained well, 很有古早味! I think the local authority made a great effort in maintaining this thing, they want to continue 发展 but won't sacrifice the beautiful old buildings and monuments.
    Hmm Taiping also got, come drop by next time and you'll see, I guess many are those you won't get to see at big busy city like KL ;)

    Hmm this ChinaHouse is actually very famous hor? People from far or near also know about it, I purposely went there to dine after hearing my friend who gave positive feedback about this cafe, she stays at Taiping but purposely drive all the way there to eat, more than once somemore. So I think it must be really nice la! Usually I go Penang is to shop at the big malls but that time I persuaded my hubby to visit this ChinaHouse, din't bring GPS that time so we took a while to locate the cafe, somemore it was a hot afternoon, carrying Aden pula that time! But after the visit, I think ok also la, since I satisfied my craving already... And I can tell people 'yea I went there before already!' xD

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    1. But actually it's a bit difficult to locate the cafe, I mean look at the signboard, no big fancy colorful 招牌 one, so must look carefully then only can find.

      I do love their whole designs inside, a few different corners, salute the boss's effort in designing these corners, give people a different feel and 'wow' effects, and got these vintage and modern feels. I think it has been renovated a bit? Cause some corners you shared in the photos I haven't seen before... That time I went I sat downstair, near to the staircase, and there was a big mirror just beside the table.


      The courtyard with the pond ho, now I think they redesign and add on decorations already, so with the lightning it actually looks romantic. But during the time I went, it was so quiet and without much decorations, looks spooky to me actually, haha!

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    2. The time you went looks crowded, I guess night time got more customers? That time I went was Sunday noon, also kinda crowded but still got empty tables, and I saw got a lot of 鬼佬 inside ;)

      Their cakes are indeed very attractive and interesting, so many types right? Don't know which one to choose also, so when you said you needed to spend 10 minutes thinking what to choose, I can totally understand, haha!
      Hmm their service is quite good also right? Waiter/waitress is polite ;)

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    3. yes, i actually like this place but it was a saturday night when we went, it was quite full but luckily we were still able to get a table.. i actually walked from the front to the back of the place and took photos like there's no tomorrow!! hahaha, but i think the people there also are used to tourists taking photos already.. it's a nice place leh, nice environment, and i especially like the 懷舊 but not really 懷舊 feel lah (hehehehehe, you know what i mean??).. and their cakes, fuyoh, so many choices and i really feel like trying all of them.. have not tried their dishes, maybe next time if i go to Penang again and by chance go to this ChinaHouse, must try their food already..

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  24. OMG!! How many posts did I miss? Now you are blogging about Penang?

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    1. And you, my dear Foong, are still blogging about Vietnam? haha..

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    2. it's easier to count how many you have seen than how many you have missed lah..

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  25. Oh the China House looks like an interesting place! And so many cakes!!!

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    1. it is indeed an interesting place..

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  26. OK will take note and visit China House next time I go Penang! :)

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    1. you've just been there lately right?? or it was just very outdated posts you published recently?? :D

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  27. Great effort in Penang at preserving heritage and the country's history - not wiping it out. Oops!

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    1. yes!! that is what i love about Penang.. the old and the new can actually co-exists perfectly..

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  28. 后花園帶嚟驚喜,靚!

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  29. 很独特的窄长型古建筑~

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    1. 是真的很特別的喔~~

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  30. yea over there and Melaka they preserve the old buildings well. Become historiacal sites. KL....everything demolished liao lo. But what to do.....have to make way for bigger road and stuffs like that . City planning not well enough :(

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    1. yeah, i think it's the direction of the development of the city lor.. guess being a sesame citizen of KL, i have no power to do anything also..

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  31. Interesting China House wor. Modern mix with old days

    From ouside looks like just any old place but inside so surprisingly big a good mixture of the good new and old. The stairs looks very steep leh.

    Mak oi...they even managed to fit a pool table there.

    from G onwards...my mouth nearly drop to the floor leh....so surprise to see such big court yard behind there

    and got koi fish pond some more. if i didnt know i thought u go vacation in china liao. reminds me of the stories in Lisa See's books. Peony in love and such.

    wei wei wei...tu photo (I) ...is that the library?? so many shelves leh ...real book or just fake ones? drooling liao...wish can go and touch and see those books .

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    1. yah, initially i thought just explore a bit but then the more i walked the deeper i got in and the more things i see!! fuyoh, really a lot of surprises, especially the courtyard in the middle, thought it's the end but still got another section at the house linking back-to-back behind..

      oh yeah, not really a library but a shelf with books and magazines.. errr but i didn't see anyone reading.. maybe only book lovers like Small Kucing will go and pick up one to read~~ :p

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