Five of the Best – the Secrets of Chinese Spice

Five Spice mix is an essential ingredient in almost all of traditional Chinese cuisine. Exquisitely balanced between bitter and pungent, spicy and sweet, sour and salty, a well-made Five Spice mix is truly a “wonder powder” that lifts your cooking into the stratosphere. You can use it a rub, in a marinade, as a cooking … Read more

Spice Up Your Stay at PARKROYAL Penang Resort

PARKROYAL Penang Resort – CREATING MEMORABLE HOTEL EXPERIENCES Featuring our friendly neighbour just five minutes down the road from the Tropical Spice Garden –  PARKROYAL Penang Resort! A modern day paradise with 5-star standards of accommodation, amenities, and personalised services within a tropical landscaped garden with wide-open and breezy spaces, providing every opportunity for guests … Read more

For the love of feathers

  My name is Rod Gowen… I am a retired British Telecom Health and Safety Manager, raised in a small seaside town called Ilfracombe, on the North Devon coast in England. My interest in watching birds started when I was young. At school, when I was ten years old, I won first prize in an art … Read more

A Natural Mosquito Repellent – Citronella Oil

Although most people love warmer weather, it does have one serious downside – mosquitoes. Not only are they an irritant, leading to itchiness and other allergic reactions, they can carry serious diseases, including malaria, dengue, and the newly discovered zika virus. So it’s important to avoid being bitten but that’s not as easy as it … Read more

Soya Sauce Factory Visit – More than just Salty

Mr. Cheah, third generation owner of Jin Chang Soya Sauce Factory treated a bunch of foodies and us from the gardens to a fantastic morning at this factory in Permatang Pauh. His various sauces are on the shelves under the Ayam Piru Brand. Mr. Cheah shared some of his secrets of achieving good quality and … Read more

Batik the Monkey Weekend!

  A weekend of Batik Painting with Lusy Koror – Artist & Creative Facilitator in support of Langur Project Penang! It is a FREE batik painting workshop for all ages 8 and above! At the same time, 50% of all garden entrace ticket sales for both days will be donated to Langur Project Penang if you … Read more

The G Sisters – Ginger & Galangal

Same botanical family but so different in taste and use in cooking various Asian dishes! There are around 400 members of the ginger family grown wild in the tropical Asia but these 2 particular variety is the one universally  known as Ginger & Galangal.   A young ginger has a very thin skin, is pale yellow and has … Read more