Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Economy Rice at Mandarin Cafe (Greenlane)

Like some people, I am a big fan of rice. I need to have rice whenever I have my meals. One of the things that I like about Mandarin Cafe is that they have a stall that serve good economy rice. For some of you who might not be aware of Mandarin Cafe, it's located at Island Glades just behind the Delima coffee shop. It was used to be occupy by Chok Dee Thai Restaurant which has now moved to Burma Road.

A front view of Mandarin Cafe next to the 4-D shop.





The economy rice stall is operated by the same owner of N & Q which is located some distance away next.. The owner of N & Q also used to operate the famous Sar Chew restaurant located along Cantoment Road. It was well known for the economy rice and cendol until she decided to sell off that business. As for the stall at Mandarin cafe, almost every dish is tasty. I particularly like the fried egg, chicken and fish curry, steamed minced pork, sweet and sour fish and stir fried cauliflower with bean curd. Prices are slightly higher than elsewhere but it's worth paying.


A good selection of dishes. All of them are cooked at N & Q and brought over to the stall at Mandarin Cafe.





Is this tempting or what?





Besides the economy rice, what's worth trying at Mandarin Cafe is the wantan mee. This is the famous wantan mee stall from the Genting coffee shop on the other side of Island Glades. She has now moved her stall over to Mandarin Cafe. It's extremely popular and sometimes you have to wait for 20-30 minutes before you get you plate of noodles. She normally closes every Thursday for a break.






The pasembur here is also quite famous. This is the same stall as the one at Brown Garden. Personally, I still prefer the pasembur stall in front of the Delima coffee shop. Like the wantan mee stall, it's not open on Thursday.






The claypot rice isn't too bad too.












In total, there are about 20 food stalls in Mandarin Cafe. I have tasted most of them (except the yong tau fu) and would recommend only what I mentioned above. Feel free to venture out from this list as after all, taste is quite subjective. You probably might take a liking to the other stalls too. Lastly, Mandarin Cafe is open daily from 6.30am to 10pm.

10 comments:

durianberry said...

Thanks for the info. It's been a awhile since I go there to eat. The economy rice stall does look good!

PenangTuaPui said...

wat a great sharing, always jump into the Genting and had yet to drop in for the food...

hmm... it is show time for Tua Puissssssssss

CK Lam said...

Used to buy tau fu fah from Island Glades but haven't been there for a while.
All the food at this new place makes me hungry especially when its near lunch hour now. I will venture into Island Glades again...thanks for sharing.

Criz Lai said...

I have not gone there for some time now. Most of the time, I will just drop by Genting Cafe to grab my chee cheong fun and straightaway bring them home for my parents.

By the way, since you frequent here a lot, maybe you can recommend me a good caterer for dinner. I'm still finding one good one for my parents. I heard there are quite a few nice ones up there but I have yet the time to visit any of them.

http://crizfood.blogspot.com/

Fortesfidelis said...

criz lai - the more popular ones would be E&Q which is located next to the shop selling tau fu fah. This shop is slightly more expensive but its more tastier than the rest.

Another place which serves good catering food is the coffee shop besides Gembira Parade (behind BP petrol station along Greenlane). I go there sometimes for economy rice as the food is extremely fresh (especially fish curry) and the price is very reasonable. My relatives also cater food daily from this place.

I will try to get the phone numbers for you if you are interested.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. I've tried the economy rice. Its really nice. In fact the Curry mee and Beef Koay Teow soup is good too. Beef Koay Teow soup only sells in the evening about 5pm onwards til dawn. You guys should check it out too!Yummy...

Fortesfidelis said...

Anonymous - thanks for your comments. Yes, the curry mee is actually quite nice. They use to sell at Delima Cafe before moving to this coffee shop. As for the beef koay teow, I haven't try it as I dont come here for dinner. Nonetheless, I will take up your recommendation if I do come here the next time.

Ah Boy said...

Hi, I've tried the Beef Koay Teow Soup and it's really tasty. Thumbs up! I will definitely go back again.

Anonymous said...

Wow... hot news... cafe boss fight with indian customer... bad boss...

Anonymous said...

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(檳城20日訊)二十多名頭戴著罩頭鋼盔的印裔刀匪襲擊咖啡店,分持巴冷刀和鐵枝在店裡行兇,砍傷東主和兩名顧客,並砸破二十多個熟食檔。

初步瞭解,這群刀客是於週一晚上10時許,分乘多輛摩多來到德里瑪路一家咖啡店,一進店就二話不說揮刀和鐵枝逞兇。

砸壞電眼

一時間,咖啡店內亂成一團,小販和顧客見到這批兇神惡煞的男子持著武器,紛紛逃竄躲避。

據瞭解,當時坐在柜台、人稱“阿源”的60歲咖啡店東主首當其衝,遭其中一名兇徒揮刀砍傷手。其他兇徒則在咖啡店裡大肆破壞,掀翻桌椅,還砸破二十多個熟食檔的玻璃,其中兩名顧客也遭殃,在混亂中也被砍傷。

兇徒在咖啡店逗留約10分鐘後才離開,臨走前還砸壞電眼,並取走收銀機內近千令吉的現款。

遭大肆破壞的咖啡店凌亂不堪,躲在遠處的小販見兇徒離開,才重回咖啡店,看到負傷的東主和顧客後,馬上打電話召來救護車,將他們送院治療,並撥電向警方求助。

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直到凌晨約1時30分,警方才結束調查,收隊回警局。

初步瞭解,警方目前已掌握部份兇徒的身份,但仍未逮捕任何嫌犯。

小販跳下9呎深溝逃命

“前有刀匪,後無退路”,小販爬過欄杆,跳下八九尺深的溝渠逃命,所幸沒有受傷。

不願亮相的小販們說,他們看見兇徒手中鋒利的巴冷刀,逃都來不及了,根本不敢抵抗。

“我看見他們向我衝來後,拿起椅子丟向他們轉身就跑,幸好躲得過。”

事後,他們聚在咖啡店外向記者敘述事發經過時,都慶幸自己跑得快,沒被砍傷。

東北區警區主任顏康民證實,這起案件的動機是復仇,其中兩名刀匪於事發前一晚在咖啡店裡醉酒打人鬧事,遭東主教訓,相信是心有不甘,才糾眾砸咖啡店砍人。

他說,警方援引刑事法典148條文調查,目前已掌握其中兩名分別為18和19歲嫌犯的身份。警方在事發後不久,已前往兩名嫌犯位於牛汝莪和打鎗鋪的住家欲扣查他們,但他們不在家。(光明日報)