Best Gui Ling Gao in Penang

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Move aside those health-sapping meals; it’s time to soothe your tummy with an earthy and herby ride. Regular suspects of herbal and chrysanthemum teas usually pop up your mind, however changing our frame of mind is Gui Ling Gao, also known as Tortoise Jelly. Keep calm, no tortoises were harmed. This black jelly is infused with a myriad of Chinese herbs and tinge of tortoise shell powder which is packed with health benefits. We have handpicked the finest spots in Penang where mum never stops you going as it's downright healthy and easy on the wallet. 

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    Hui Lau Shan

    History trails back to 1960s when this renowned eatery started offering traditional desserts and today it has it has extended fame and range of desserts across Asia. Housed in the basement of Queensbay Mall, patrons soothe themselves with an array of delectable desserts where Gui Ling Gao is the anchor of attraction. The jelly concoction is served both hot and cold with a silky smooth texture. This black jelly is escorted with white sugar syrup to balance the bitterness from the Chinese herbs. 

    Tips

    Branches are available at Sunway Carnival and Gurney Plaza too

    Things to expect

    Array of refreshing desserts, never miss their mango desserts

    Best with

    Herbal drinks

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM5.00

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    Hui Lau Shan - Queensbay Mall View restaurant

    Queensbay Mall, 100, Persiaran Bayan Indah, Bayan Lepas, 11900, Georgetown, Penang
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    046451145

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    Every day
    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    U-Desserts

    Penangites are undeniably swooning with joy as this famous dessert cafe has touched down in the food capital of Malaysia. Tucked along Karpal Singh Drive, stepping into this treasure trove of desserts is absolutely magical and be ready to puzzle to pick one. If your palate craves to match Gui Ling Gao with a punch of sweetness, U-Desserts allows crowning your herbal jelly with slices of sweet mangos or scoop of vanilla ice cream. Sweet, bitter, creamy and reasonable, your palate is on a party. 

    Tips

    Get in early during weekends

    Things to expect

    Amazing desserts with reasonable price tags

    Best with

    Mango Chong Fun

    Price

    RM5.80 to RM10.00

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    U-Desserts - Karpal Singh Drive View restaurant

    Maritime Piazza (29C-01-07), 11600, Georgetown, Penang
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
    12:00PM—12:00AM
    Friday, Saturday
    12:00PM—10:00AM
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    Gurney Drive Hawker

    You wouldn’t ask for a better gastronomic scene of Penang. Feast your tummy with scrumptious spread of street foods that reflects our multicultural makeover while overlooking the breezy Gurney Drive. Keep a little space, make your way to the herbal tea stall to wash it all down with their Gui Ling Gao. This black jelly gives you a smooth mouthfeel and exudes notes of bitterness; you might grab a few before leaving. 

    Tips

    Grab a few cups, amble along the soothing Gurney Drive

    Things to expect

    Packed with herbal flavours

    Best with

    Soya Bean

    Price

    RM2.50 to RM5.00

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    Gurney Drive Hawker Center View restaurant

    172, Solok Gurney 1, George Town, Jelutong, 10250, Gurney Drive, Penang
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    Every day
    05:00PM—01:00AM
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    Sweet Temptations Shop HousePork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    When was the last time you had desserts with wolfberries, fresh black sesames, mung beans, lotus seeds or Gingko nuts? Or do you even know they can all be added to desserts? Burrowed between houses in Sungai Dua, this humble joint is breathing healthy twists into traditional Chinese sweet treats, which is an ideal winner, especially for those who pay attention to sugary intake. Their Gui Ling Gao comes in a huge mound shape and paired with raw honey. With its wobbly texture, the mildest touch of the spoon is enough to slitter through this herbal jelly.  

    Tips

    Check their Facebook page

    Things to expect

    Reasonable and healthy desserts

    Best with

    Herbal drinks

    Price

    RM2.50 to RM5.00

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    Sweet Temptations Shop House View restaurant

    No. 41, Jalan Nipah, Taman Lip Sin, 11900 , Bayan Lepas, Penang
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    0124853627

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
    03:30PM—11:00PM
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    Shong Hor Hin

    For generations, this humble joint has been an herbal pilgrimage for people of Penang. Upon entering, your nostrils are greeted with aromatic whiffs of refreshing herbs and sights immediately adore wide spectrum of healthy desserts. Nab their Gui Ling Gao which is served with sweet honey, after shoving spoonfuls of this black jelly, be amazed at the punch of herbs that bombards your palate. Wash it all down with a glass of herbal tea, all you need to keep you going all day long.  

    Tips

    Take away a few cups

    Things to expect

    Realm of healthy meals

    Best with

    Herbal tea

    Price

    RM2.00 to RM5.00

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    Shong Hor Hin View restaurant

    194 Lebuh Kimberley, 10200 , Georgetown, Penang
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    Every day
    04:00PM—11:00PM
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    Maple Palace RestaurantNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Among the most celebrated Chinese cuisine restaurants in the island with a lavish colonial facade that hooks you up with luxurious vibes. The classy dining area and attentive service are additional reasons why regulars mind waiting for an empty table which is scarce. No meal is complete at Maple Palace without their Chilled Mango Sago with Herbal Jellies (Gui Ling Gao). It’s a perfect medley of taste and texture, sweetness of the mango pudding, chunks of ripe mango, sago pearls and herby bits of the black jelly, it's raining rhapsody in a bowl. 

    Tips

    Make reservations

    Things to expect

    Fine dining experience with Chinese delicacy

    Best with

    Authentic Chinese cuisine

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM20.00

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    美宝阁 Maple Palace Restaurant View restaurant

    47, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10050, Georgetown, Penang
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    042279690

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    12:00PM—02:30PM
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    06:00PM—10:00PM
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    Poh Chi Lum Restaurant

    A heritage restaurant in the heart of Georgetown that awes patrons with its unique ambiance and alluring range of set meals. You’ll certainly feel like stepping down into a scene from Kung Fu Hustle, with martial art murals, ancient weapons and Chinese artistic carvings filling up space. Despite its theme, the dining area is surprisingly simple and contemporary while the menu is a blend of Western and Asian. Besides their hearty meals, the customers also rave about their Gui Ling Gao. The herbal jelly is not overwhelmingly bitter with hints of sweetness, thanks to the sugary syrup ladled on top. 

    Tips

    Opt for their set meals

    Things to expect

    Unique ambiance

    Best with

    Longan Ginseng Tea

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM9.90

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    Poh Chi Lum Restaurant View restaurant

    67, Jalan Irving, 10400, Georgetown, Penang
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    042265466

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    11:00AM—03:00PM
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    06:00PM—10:00PM
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