Friday, June 17, 2016

Wa-kao (哇-靠) Cafe @ Beach Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Right under the signage of the cafe, it says "be polite, speak no vulgar languages"; the first thought that crossed our mind? We don't fit to be here. But my instinct told me to check the place out and so I did. For the uninitiated, Wa-Kao is an exclamation of excitement (Taiwanese slang). The seemingly curious cafe has a dark and unappealing facade, we literally had no clue on what it could offer. We walked in and found the place to be an Ice Cream Parlor that cleverly marry local Chinese Tong Shui (Dessert) with artisan home-made Ice Cream. If that does not sound amazing to you, they even pair Nyonya Kuih with Bee Koh Moy; all combinations seem to work well for me though. The place is fully air conditioned but the seating could be more comfortable (only bar chairs). To find Wa-Kao, drive along Beach Street, you will find Wa-Kao Cafe right next to the junction of Armenian Street.



Golden Eggs (Coconut Milk + Pumpkin + Sago + Vanilla Ice Cream/ Rm 12)


Good Omens (Coconut Milk + Yam + Sago + Vanilla Ice Cream/ Rm 12)

We had both Pumpkin and Yam dessert... in the form of Pumpkin Sago and Yam Sago. They have cleverly paired the locals' favorite Tong Shui with Vanilla Ice Cream.... and Nyonya Kuih. The Yam and Pumpkin Sago were served chilled, a refreshing solution for the sultry warm tropical weather; it was creamy-thick and robust with flavor. There were huge chunks of Yam and Pumpkin available- soft and mushy the way we like. The creaminess of the Coconut Milk enhances instead of overshadowing the flavor, the amount of Coconut Milk added was right on the dot. 

Though Wa-Kao seems to be an Ice Cream parlor, we did not think that the Vanilla Ice Cream added was of specially tasty. We thought it was a pretty standard-average one. Every order of their Tong Shui will come with a small serving of diced assorted Nyonya Kuih (Kuih Bengka/ Sago Kuih) topped with Bee Koh Moy. Predictable taste but it does add a nice touch to the sweet treat. 


Ratings:
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Pork-Free
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: 278, Lebuh Pantai, 10300, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 12 pm to 10:30 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number:604- 251 9080