Water Drop TeaHouse (滴水坊) @ Lebuh Penang, Penang.
Hidden in one of the streets in Penang's Heritage area, Water Drop TeaHouse (滴水坊) is a place shall not be missed by Vegetarians. Walking into the place calms one's senses as the front area is filled with Buddhist-religious books, as well as some inspirational quotations, educating the public about lives and how the way they ought to act. Apart from the vegetarian dishes, Water Drop TeaHouse offers some delicate coffees. Their menu changes daily but no worries, some of their best-selling items are made available throughout the week. The servicing speed was slow during my visit due to lack of manpower and diners will be asked to have their orders ordered at the counter by themselves. Price-wise, was definitely very affordable and economical but the parking could be a big issue as the area around Penang Street is known to be very limited in terms of parking. As far as the taste and price are concerned, I would strongly recommend my readers to try this place out.
We had this heavenly done Vietnamese Spring Roll (越南春卷, Rm 6), this is definitely recommendable. The light, refreshing and appetizing Spring Rolls consisted of some julienned Carrots, Cucumbers, Jicama, Coriander as well as some Vegetarian Ham. The Thai Chili Sauce was equally good as they were smart enough to squeeze in some fresh Lemon Juice to give the hint of sourness. I like how the Coriander and Ham blended well with the vegetables, as well as the extra kick from the spicy Thai Chili Sauce. Extra marks for them for not adding the Lemon Juice onto the Spring Rolls as the outer layer of the Rice Paper Rolls will turn soggy and affecting the overall texture. I will definitely come back for more.
Another must-have item (also their best-seller) is definitely their Fried Sesame Char Siew Bun (芝麻煎包，Rm 2.50/each). No, nothing to brag about their filling but instead, their generous amount of Sesame Seeds added, creating a very crispy and aromatic bite at the top but the fluffiness of the bun remain unchanged at the bottom. My only complaint was, the buns were slightly oilier when served. The sweet Vegetarian Char Siew filling was good enough to complement the buns, truly unique in its own.
I had an extra order of this Mushroom Bread (蘑菇面包，Rm 4) as I find it amusing how mushrooms and bread could combine together. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment. It was a mere toasted bread with some Mushroom-Soup (I was told that their Mushroom Paste was home-made, definitely not those commercialized Mushroom Paste) kind of paste with more cheese added. The mushroom flavor does not stand out as I thought it would be. Moreover, it was slightly creamier to my liking.
Sesame Noodles (芝麻干面，Rm 7) was another lovely dish. You can even smell the fragrance of the toasted Sesame Seeds from far, with some Dried Chilies added. The Dried Chilies were quite hot enough to my liking, complementing the springy yet refreshing noodles. It may look bland at first but it was very flavorful to my surprise, I like that they are trying to keep things simple and tasty.
Prosperity Noodles (吉祥汤面, Rm 7) comes in a rather big portion. It has some minced Vegetarian Meat, Shitake Mushrooms, Deep Fried Bean Curd, as well as some Corns inside. The broth has a rather strong mushroom-flavor while the noodles were just okay. A scoop or two of some Dried Chilies would be great to further enhance the flavor but in overall, I would say this is just another normal dish, nothing too special to brag about.
I am not a huge fan of coffee, hence, I had opted for go for their Black Soya Bean (Rm 3.50) instead. The drink was premixed with some sugar before, however, it was not too sweet to my liking. The flavor was quite strong but it could be even better if they could serve a slightly bigger portion.
Taste: 9/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 8/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 16, Penang Street (Lebuh Penang), 10200, Penang. (From Beach Street, turn into Lebuh Union, the junction beside Standard Chartered Bank, go straight and you will find Maybank on your left. Continue to go straight, at the end of the road, you will find Water Drop TeaHouse right in front of you.)
Business Hour: 9am to 6pm for Tuesday to Friday; 9am to 8pm for Public Holidays or Saturday and Sunday (including first and fifteenth day of the Lunar Calendar). Closed on every Monday.
Contact Number: 604- 263 6300