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Sunday 31 December 2023

Cat's Birthday Treats: BaBa Phang • Secangkir Kopi Hitam

Cat's Birthday!

After returning from Chowrasta Market I began searching online for a suitable place to take Cat out to her birthday luncheon. I asked her what she was in the mood for, and she said she wouldn't mind trying the Peranakan cuisine here in Penang since we've been to so many such restaurants in Melaka.

I then asked Jen of SmokePapa BBQ for her opinion, and she immediately suggested we try BaBa Phang. It was an excellent recommendation since it was just a 10-minute walk away.

Instead of walking in I thought it best to call for reservations, and thankfully I did. Nicole kindly booked us for 1pm since the 12pm slot was fully booked.

We left the Green House at 12:30pm and walked along Jalan Transfer headed northeast for about half a kilometre before turning right onto Jalan Sri Bahari. Soon enough we had arrived at BaBa Phang.

After a short wait (we were kind of early) we were seated. Our first time here we perused the menu carefully and eventually settled on:

  • Asam Tumis Ikan Pari for RM38.00
  • Tau Ewe Bak for RM32.00
  • Kerabu Kacang Botol for RM20.00
  • Blue Pea Rice each for RM2.00
  • a pot of Chinese Teams for RM15.00

We also added the following for dessert later:

  • Pengat for RM6.00
  • Pulut Hitam for RM5.00 
  • Sago Gula Melaka for RM5.00 

Together with a service charge Cat's birthday lunch came to RM139.70 (approximately USD30/EUR28).

We were done at 2pm and then went on search of a cake shop for the birthday girl. The first shop, Passion Heart was full of humans while the second, 250C Boulangerie was full of fur! Third time was the charm as we settled on a cosy little cake cafe called Secangkir Kopi Hitam (roughly translated to a cup of black coffee).

The cafe had an interesting array of beverages and cakes, and we eventually settled on:

  • My Butterscotch Maksu for RM12.00
  • Cat's Mojito for RM15.00
  • Brendan's Pesen Fruit Soda for RM8.00
  • a slice of Nutella Burnt Butter Cheesecake for RM9.00
  • a slice of Pistachio Burnt Cheesecake for RM9.00 
  • and a slice of Pandan Gula Melaka cake for RM9.00 

Together with a service charge of RM6.20 Cat's birthday treat came to RM68.20 (approximately USD15/EUR13).

We then walked back to the Green House southwest via Lebuh Clarke; then northwest along Jalan Hutton and finally southwest again along Jalan Transfer.

We have lots of packing to do so we'll probably order in tonight.

Tomorrow we're leaving for Kuala Lumpur!

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