Li Bao Tang (立寶堂) @ Armenian Street, Georgetown, Penang.
Ditch the pretentious and hipstery desserts and go back to the classic ones, find your traditional Chinese elixir at Li Bao Tang (立寶堂), a brand dedicated to serve timeless Chinese sweet treats that are believed to carry medicinal health effects. The brand has long-established in Penang and has been churning out Chinese Herbal Tea or Gui Ling Gao (龟苓膏) but their recent expansion has an interesting twist to it. The newly opened branch at Armenian Street (opposite the famous "little children on bicycle" mural) brings you back to Hong Kong in 1960's. Not only that it is well-furnished with fancy wallpapers, it has some real gadgets to enhance the experience too. Expect to see some retro saloon setup and a fashionably nostalgic Mahjong table with a spittoon placed next to it; while they have nothing to do with the food, it sure adds some marks to the dining experience. Though the menu seems great, more than of the items are not available (at least they were not available on my visit). If variety is not what you seek for, it's a fun place to visit and to have your share of the nourishing and invigorating Tong Sui.
Purple Sweet Potatoes with White Fungus Dessert (Rm 6)
Pear with Lily Bulb Dessert (Rm 6)
Osmanthus-Lily Jelly (Rm 4)
All items under "Wellness Stew" can be served either Hot or Chilled, the Purple Sweet Potatoes with White Fungus is a good variant to the conventional Sweet Potato dessert. Taste-wise, they were rather identical but the Purple Sweet Potatoes carried a bolder sweetness. The Pear with Lily dessert paled when in comparison with the Purple Sweet Potatoes, it carried a peculiar acidity and lacked of the sweet Apricot kernels. But no, I am not complaining for that price.
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 3, Lebuh Armenian, 10200, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 10 am to 10 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 6012- 410 3585