Spice Up Your Stay at PARKROYAL Penang Resort


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 to unwind in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The perfect holiday resort and spa for both local and international, leisure and business travellers!



Each of the over 300 guest rooms, inclusive of 46 suites, are well-equipped with an LCD television installed with in-house movies, BBC and Astro channels, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, air-conditioning, international direct dial (IDD) and free WiFi, minibar, ensuite shower and bath, and complimentary coffee and tea making facilities, bottled mineral water, bedroom slippers and personal grooming items.

Indulge in unforgettable dining experiences at an array of idyllic dining and entertainment outlets, each with its own special character and atmosphere. From the open-air Tamarind Brasserie that serves sumptuous international and local cuisines, to the al-fresco Uncle Zack by the Beach that offers unique dishes from Penang-style tapas to char-grilled steaks, to the stylish Javana Lounge with live music and the child-friendly Cool Bananas Poolside Cafe.


This resort and spa offers an ideal blend of Asian contemporary charm and modern facilities such as a gymnasium, tennis court, shopping arcade, business centre, self-service launderette, and two swimming pools – one of which is equipped with two waterslides, providing endless of splashing fun for adventurous kids.


An excellent children’s club, the Koko-Nut Klub, is open daily from 9.00am to 9.00pm and is free of charge for children aged four to 12 years old. Among the fun activities offered in the club are face painting, badge designing, ceramic workshop, hair-plaiting and t-shirt painting. Babysitting services are available for children below four years of age with a minimal charge.

For rejuvenating and relaxing treats, pamper yourself at Malaysia’s very own St. Gregory, a renowned spa outlet since 1997, with supreme Thalgo marine facial and massage treatments or simply relax with a menu of soothing traditional massage rituals and facial treatments, a complete holistic programme integrating spa therapy, fitness, aesthetics and active-ageing for the active and well-balanced lifestyle.

There is no other way to complement your exotic venue hire at Tropical Spice Garden –  either for a garden wedding or green-space conference meeting – with a stay at the 5-star PARKROYAL Penang Resort to complete your contemporary oasis!



PARKROYAL Penang Resort PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts

Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach 11100 Penang

Hotel Telephone: (604) 881 1133  |  Fax: (604) 881 2233

Email: enquiry.prpen@parkroyalhotels.com

Website: PARKROYAL Penang

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Garden to Kitchen : a hands-on gardening workshop

Garden to Kitchen Workshop

A hands-on gardening workshop to promote indoor gardening.

Using a selection of popular herbs and spices, you will learn from Daniel Ng, also known as Mr. Ang the proper gardening techniques to grow seeds and cuttings.

~*Did you know, Ang was the head gardener for Penang Botanical Gardens for 38 years?!*~

Not only you will be able to bring home the materials from the workshop, grab this opportunity to receive a 15% discount off seedboxes available at our Gift Shop to kickstart your kitchen garden!

Now anyone can have a green thumb 😉

Quickly register now to secure your spot!

Enquiries & Bookings:

E: education@tropicalspicegarden.com

T: +604 8811 797  |  +6012 4988 797

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How to Use Turmeric

Healthy eating is one of the key ways to maintain good health, do not overlook the importance of spices. Head over to your spice rack to add more interest in your food and to supercharge the health benefits of the food you’re eating.

Turmeric has a unique flavour and can range from fairly mild (white turmeric and turmeric from the Anders) to slightly bitter and astringent like the yellow Indian turmeric found in curry powder. The great news is that you can improve its taste by blending it with other spices such as cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg and ginger. Turmeric pairs well with almost any spice. Mixing it with black pepper will enhance absorption of curcumin found in turmeric as stated in “The Health Benefits of Turmeric”

Store ground turmeric in a dark cool cabinet or spice rack. Keep away from direct sunlight which can damage the natural oils and pigment. For the fresh root, it is best to keep them in an air-tight container. First layer the bottom of the container with clean, dry paper towels. Arrange one layer of roots, cove them with another paper towel. Repeat the process until the container is filled and closed. Keep refrigerate, changing the paper towels as they become damp. This is to keep the roots from molding.



The Health Benefit of Turmeric


Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow colour. It has been used in India as a spice and medicinal herb for thousands of years. Turmeric has been used by the ancient Ayurveda as a curative panacea, and to this day the yogis eat turmeric and even bathe in it!


The health benefits of turmeric are well documented. In fact in recent years several compelling studies have been made on obesity in animal trials and diabetes in small human trials. Turmeric is astringent in nature and it is this prize quality that ‘draws out’ poison and infection in the body. Ayurveda considers turmeric to be purifying for both the skin and blood. From medical studies it has been shown that it has anti-inflammatory properties (inflammation is the root of many health problems) and increases the anti-oxidant capacity in our bodies.


However it must be said that how well the benefits of turmeric works, depends also on the general health of the individual and his or her diet. There is no overnight cure or rather improvement in your health. What you eat in your daily diet is important and exercise always helps.


Recently science has shown, what the Indians have known for a long time. Turmeric realy down contain medicinal compounds called curcuminiods, the most important of which is curcumin. Curcumin (not to be with cumin)is the main active ingredients. It has anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. It continues to fascinate the medical community because of its multi-faceted curative benefits. From boosting your memory, to helping your body recover from neurodegenrative diseases like Alzhemir’s and even getting rid of ulcers in animal trial studies


However it must said that the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high. Most of the studies on turmeric are using turmeric extracts that contain mostl curcumin itself. For best effect the dosages usually exceeds 1 gram a day. It would be very difficult to reach these levels just using turmeric spice in your foods. Having said that, if it is in your diet and you generally health, the benefits of using turmeric in your food is there. Therefore you want to get the full effects, then you will need to take an extract that contains significant amounts of curcumin. Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream.

However it will help; if consumed with black pepper, which contains piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcummin by 2000%.


Heart disease is the biggest killer in the world. Curcumin may help reverse many steps in the heart disease process. Several studies suggest that curcummin leads to improvements of the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels. Endothelium regulates blood pressure, blood clotting and various other factors.


It is potent anti-flammatory agent and antioxidant of curcumin that improves the function of the endothelium. As stated above earlier, watching your diet of consuming excessive fats is also key to your health. After all “prevention is better than cure”.


Given the believe that oxidation and inflammation play a role in ageing, the curcumin in turmeric has become very popular in anti-aging supplement!


Source of informaion: GreenMedInfo & Authoritynutrition.com

How to Make Your Own Pure & Liquid Stevia

Stevia Powder


Stevia is fast replacing sugar and the sweetener that is becoming popular. There are a lot of packaged stevia for sale in the stores today. However we recommend that you make your own pure and liquid stevia from the stevia leaves.


  • Dried stevia leaves
  • 1 cup of hot filtered water
  • ¼ cup of pure grounded stevia (this is needed to make liquid stevia)


  • Grind the stevia leaves in a food processor or better yet a coffee grinder to make pure stevia. Make enough for a cup or more if you prefer. Store the grounded stevia in an air-tight jar, ready for use.
  • Note – To cook with stevia simply replace every 1 cup of sugar with 3 to 4 teaspoons of stevia.
  • To make liquid stevia, dissolve ¼ cup of the stevia powder with 1 cup of hot filtered water. Stir well and leave out to cool at room temperature for a day. After a day strain the stevia out of the liquid and store the liquid stevia in the refrigerator


That is it! The taste is amazing with the calories and it’s good for your health. The Tropical Spice Garden Gift Shop sells top grade stevia leaves in 40gms and 110gms packages, ready for use.

Sweetie Stevia – What are the benefits?

Benefits of Stevia

SteviaDid you know that recent scientific trials have confirmed that the stevia plant; also known as Stevia Rebaudiana, has in fact many health benefits other than its use as a sweetener. It has many plant derived phyto-chemical compounds that help control blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure in addition to its use as natural sweetener. With the rise in health consciousness, stevia has become a replacement for low-calorie sugar alternative. It is a safe and effective plant derived rather than a synthetic sugar substitute. The sweet glycosides are typically concentrated in its dark-green serrated leaves.


Health Benefits:

  • Although stevia herb dry leaves are roughly 40 times sweeter than sugar, it contains no sugar component, thus making it safe for those suffering from diabetes. However it must be taken in moderation. This sweet property of sugar in stevia is due to several glycoside compounds includingstevioside, steviolbioside, rebaudiosides A-E, and dulcoside
  • Stevia can also help to inhibit plaque growth and overall oral health. It has shown its effect on suppressing infectious organisms in the teeth and gums. It can be used as a mouthwash by mixing 3 to 4 drops of it in a half cup of warm water or add 2 drops to regular toothpaste and brush as usual. Regular use, at least twice daily, can keep your teeth and gums in a healthy state.
  • Certain glycosides in stevia extract have been found to dilate blood vessels, increase sodium excretion, and urine output.
  • In addition, to it being an herb, stevia contain many vitals minerals, vitamins that are selectively absent in the artificial sweeteners.


Serving Methods:

  • Dried Stevia LeavesDried stevia leaves can be used as a sweetener in your tea or coffee. Use only small amounts as it is nearly 30 times sweeter than cane sugar. Approximately one teaspoon of dried leaves is equivalent to one cup of sugar!
  • You can also ground into in powder form and store it in an air-tight jar
  • To make it into syrup add a cup of hot water to a ¼ cup of grounded dried stevia leaves. Stevia syrup can be used for cooking.

You can find the instructions on how to make grounded stevia and the syrup in our ‘How To’ section.

*Source of information from herbwisdom.com and www.nutrition-and-you.com

Fresh Vanilla Bean Pods

Vanilla Pods

We are happy to announce TSG gift shop now stocks fresh, pure vanilla pods! Adding fresh vanilla to your recipes, will add the extra flour in your baking recipes!

Frederic Rosengarten, Jr. described vanilla in The Book of Spices as “pure, spicy, and delicate”; he called its complex floral aroma a “peculiar bouquet”. As a result, vanilla is widely used in both commercial and domestic baking. It is also used for perfume manufacture and aromatherapy! Vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron because growing the vanilla seed pods is labour-intensive.


How to Prep a Whole Vanilla Bean

What You Need

Fresh, plump, soft vanilla pod

Small, sharp paring knife
Smooth-surfaced cutting board
Small hook or pushpin (optional)


  1. Split the pod lengthwise into two halves:Assemble your cutting board, knife, and vanilla pod. Anchor the pod to the cutting board with your non-dominate hand. This helps you to maneuver the pod without getting your fingers full of the precious vanilla seeds. Start cutting gently without cutting the pod into two, as close to the hook as possible; firmly run the tip of the paring knife down the length of the pod.
  2. Scrape the pod halves: Still holding the hooked area down on the cutting board, run the unsharpened side of your knife down the length of each of the pod halves, using firm pressure. Use the dull side of the knife to carefully but thoroughly scrape the seeds.
  3. Use the seeds and save the pod!Go ahead and add the seeds to your recipe but don’t throw away the pod! You make your own vanilla sugar by adding the split and de-seeded pod to a canister of sugar sealing it well. Let it sit for at least two weeks and voila you have just make your own vanilla sugar!


Storing Spices?

TSG Cooking School

TSG Cooking School Spice Rack

Whether you’re partial to bold curries, homemade chilli, warmly spiced granola, or all three, chances are you’ve accrued quite the spice collection, but do you know how best to store your flavourful bounty? Protect your investment by keeping a few simple guidelines in mind:

  • Store spices in airtight containers away from direct heat and sunlight, preferably in a cupboard, pantry, or drawer, so as to avoid damage to their essential oils. If storing spices in a drawer, stock up on a brand whose lid is labeled on top, like Morton & Basset, for easy identification of the contents within, or label the lids yourself. If housing spices in a cupboard or pantry, try a tiered shelf or lazy Susan for the best access.
  • When you first crack open a spice jar, make certain to label it somewhere — we typically mark the bottom of the jar — with the date using a permanent marker. This way you’ll know when the contents’ potency has dulled, avoiding bland, disappointing dishes ahead. Whole spices are typically good for up to three years, while pre-ground should be discarded after one year.
  • If possible, purchase whole spices and grind them to order. As explained above, whole spices have a much longer shelf life, particularly with delicate varieties like nutmeg and cardamom. And the extra step of either grating or grinding up just the right amount — try a Microplane or dedicated coffee grinder, respectively — takes little extra time and will boost flavour immensely.
  • When in doubt, purchase the smallest container of a spice available. If your grocer sells bulk spices, they’re a best bet as turnover is typically high, and you can purchase just what you think you’ll use up within the next few months, storing any extra in a tin or glass container. Alternatively, we’re fond of Spicily, which packages spices in smaller quantities than average.

Smart Uses For Tea-Tree Essential Oil

TSG Tree Tree Oil | Essential Oil series

TSG Tree Tree Oil | Essential Oil Series

Tea-tree essential oil is an antibacterial powerhouse, making it so useful around the house. Tea-tree, or melaleuca, oil has a slight camphor-like odor and is made from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to South East Queensland in Australia. You can find tea-tree oil at most health food stores for a few dollars per bottle, making it a smart investment — with so many uses!

  • Clear skin: Because tea-tree oil is a natural antiseptic, you can get rid of acne fast by dabbing the oil directly on irritated skin.
  • Kill head lice: Not a topic you want to discuss, but head lice happens. Mix one half cup of apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon tea-tree oil and rub it into clean hair. Leave on it the hair for 20 minutes then comb with a lice comb. And this natural treatment can be used as often as needed.
  • Freshen laundry: If your laundry smells a bit musty, add 10 drops to your laundry detergent, and then wash as usual. The antibacterial oil helps freshen and remove lurking mold or mildew.
  • Kill mold: Stop mold and mildew buildup with the help of a simple solution of tea-tree oil, vinegar, and water. It won’t get rid of mold or mildew stains, but it will stop further growth! Just spray, and walk away.
  • Stop bugs: DIY your own indoor or outdoor insect repellent that keeps bugs away.
  • Naturally disinfect: If you have small kids or pets, using store-bought cleaners can leave lingering smells and harsh chemicals. DIY your own all-purpose cleaner with tea-tree essential oil that leaves things safely clean.
  • Eliminate fleas: Add a few drops to your pet shampoo to kill fleas and prevent future outbreaks.
  • Treat athlete’s foot: If your toes are a bit itchy, rub tea-tree oil directly on your feet daily. Tea-tree oil is antibacterial and antifungal, making it a safe way to treat the outbreak.
  • Treat nail fungus: OK, another not-so-fun topic, but if one of your nails has a bit of funk, treat it with a direct application of tea-tree oil until the nail is clear.
  • No more dandruff: Get rid of flakes, and add 10 drops of tea-tree oil to your favorite shampoo. Along with leaving your scalp smelling fresh, no more flakes!
  • Get rid of bruises: If you’re sporting a bruise, gently rub a few drops of tea-tree oil mixed with olive oil over the area.
  • Soothe stuffy noses: When you’re congested, create a soothing steam by bringing four cups water to a boil and adding 10 drops of tea-tree oil. Drape yourself with a towel, and breathe in the steam.
  • No more dry skin: Tired of dry, itchy skin? Add 10 drops of tea-tree oil to your favorite lotion, and shake or squish to distribute. The antibacterial qualities of the oil help soothe skin.
  • Freshen moldy clothes: Forgot about your wash in the washing machine? If you have seriously moldy clothes, soak in one gallon hot water and two teaspoons of tea-tree oil for one hour. Wash as usual, and enjoy the fresh-smelling clothes.
  • Soothe bites: If you happen to suffer from a bee, flea, or mosquito bite, dab the area with a drop of tea-tree oil for instant relief.
  • Relax muscles: Tough day? Fill your bathtub, and add 10 drops of tea-tree oil for instant relaxation.
  • Treat sunburn: Mix together one tablespoon of coconut oil and two to three drops of tea-tree oil for a soothing sunburn helper that can be massaged onto sunburned areas as often as needed.
  • Remove ticks: If you happen to find a tick on yourself or your pet, drip a few drops directly on the little sucker, and it should release, making it easy to remove.
  • Refresh carpets: If your rugs are a bit damp-smelling, mix together one cup of baking soda with 20 drops of tea-tree oil, and sprinkle over the carpet. Let sit for 20 minutes, then vacuum.


TSG Essential Oil series can be found at Tropical Spice Garden’s Gift Shop or send in a purchase order to retail@tropicalspicegarden.com