Sweet-i is always my favorite dessert house when it comes to home-made and healthy desserts, but due to some of their rental issues, they were moving around and now, they have finally stabilized and have their new outlet opened in Taman Lip Sin (opposite to the empty land next to Phor Tay Secondary school). Sweet-i serves their home-made desserts in a healthier way, as in all of their desserts are less-sweetened. In case you might be interested, they were previously located at Sungai Dua, opposite to Tesco Extra. They have moved into their new outlet few weeks ago. They do have some special desserts every day, if you wish to receive more of their latest/updated news, you might follow their Facebook page (will be provided below). Price-wise, I'd consider that as cheap considering their huge portion. Service will be very attentive since they have increased/hired a few staff. They will be offering some other non-dessert but healthy dishes as well, like their Herbal Soup (please check with them personally on the availability if you wish to savor this healthy Herbal Soup). Ample parking spaces around the area, you might park right in front of their place too. I strongly recommend those who have a sweet-tooth to try their desserts out, you will definitely enjoy all these homely and down to earth desserts. For the medicinal effects of certain desserts, you may ask them and I am sure that they will be very happy and proud to tell you that.
Sesame Paste/ 生磨黑芝麻 (Rm 4.50) was rich and creamy in flavor. The aroma of the Sesame was strong and just nice to me whom adores the flavor of sesame. Its pretty hard to find such concentrated sesame seeds in Penang (in fact, I would crown this as one of the best in Penang), I just don't like those diluted ones where they just mixed with powder, unlike Sweet-i whom blended them freshly every day. This is a must-try dessert if you a sesame paste lover.
Seaweed/ Kelp Red Bean Soup/ 海带红豆糊 (Rm 3.50) was something unique. The red bean soup was cooked together with some Japanese Kelp, the kelp itself does not possess much significant flavor but it does make the texture of this dessert smoother. Extra points given to them for making the red beans so soft, some prefer chewy texture on the red beans but definitely not me. I enjoyed this a lot.
Peanut Paste/ 生磨花生糊 (Rm 4) was again, rich and creamy but it was not as creamy as the one I had in 43 Cafe. I just had one sip and I prefer this less-thicker version as compared to the thicker version but my two of my friends actually prefer the thick and rich version at 43 cafe. I am not a fan of Peanut paste, and I always find Sesame paste better.
Mung Beans with Chinese Barley/ 绿薏甘露 (Rm 3) has some Mung Beans (绿豆), Barley (薏仁) and Licorice root (甘草), which makes it a very good dessert to "cool" your body down (traditional Chinese of saying things). The dessert was not too sweet and just nice to my liking, it has a hint of the aroma from the Licorice root too, the Mung Beans and Barley remained the bite-able texture but they were too hard to chew nor they were too soft. A very good choice if the weather is hot.
We had this Pear Soup with Chuan Bei and Honey Dates/ 川贝蜜枣雪梨 (Rm 4.50). We requested for the cold version, but sadly, it turned out a bit bland, I should have opted for the hot version where no ice will be added, with the ice, it diluted the whole dessert. This dessert comes with a lot of ingredients where most of them have medicinal effects, one of the most believed one was, Chuan Bei is very good in curing or easing the pain of coughing/ lung problems. As much as I like this dessert, its not easy to cook at home, as a lot of time and patience needed. I just love how homely and down to earth this dessert is.
Leng Chee Kang/ 六味清补凉 (Rm 4) was something you don't want to miss. I believe this dessert can be easily accepted and adored by all people. You can find some Ginko, White Fungus, Longan etc inside this dessert, you can either have then served hot or cold but as I have mentioned earlier ago, if you wish to have slightly stronger flavor (not too diluted), try to go for the hot version to preserve its "originality" of the dessert.
Taste: 8.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 8/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 9/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: No. 41, Jalan Nipah, Taman Lip Sin, Penang.
Business Hour: 5pm to 10:30pm. Daily.
Contact Number: 012- 485 3627
Penang Sweet-i Facebook Link