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

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

TSG -Cooking School Open Day

Tropical Spice Garden’s much acclaimed Cooking School is now having an Open Day, filled with fun activities for both adults and children! Delicious cooking classes and tantalising cooking demos to excite a foodie’s tastebuds! Food vendors galore to whet your appetite 😀 Please register for the cooking classes as spaces are limited: only 10 personal cooking … Read more

More Than Just A Cuppa…

Do you ever wonder what goes on before your cup of coffee is served? Where were they planted, how were they harvested, and what is the difference between the blends used by different coffee houses? If all those burning questions are keeping you up at night instead of the caffeine, Coffee Rescue Penang is here to the, … Read more

Tropical Spice Garden – IN THE CITY

Visit the latest extension of Tropical Spice Garden  – a little pocket garden shop in the heart of George Town! Situated near to Little India and the busy Beach Street, our little shop carries all our favourite TSG essentials – high grade spices, aromatherapy and household scents, beautiful fabrics and loads of interesting souvenirs! Visitors … Read more