Published on August 22nd, 2009 | by email2me


Vintage Bulgaria Restaurant Host Penang 4th Food Blogger Gathering

*All the picture in this post can be enlarge by clicking on them.

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I have been really tied up with my day time job building websites and email hosting for people. Last week, I flew back to Penang to attend the 4th annual Food Blogger Gathering organized by fellow blogger Alan Choong and Allie. The 1st gathering was attended by mere less than 10 persons. Then the second one was 25 at Edelweiss Swiss Restaurant follow by the third one around 30 for pot luck style gathering.

This round it was held at Vintage Bulgaria Restaurant at Tanjung Bungah.

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I think this restaurant would be the first Bulgarian Restaurant in Malaysia if not mistaken. Bulgarian food were almost similar to German where they serve pork trotter as main course. The restaurant comes in 3 level sittings. The lower part is the part you see upon step in.

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The entrance

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Lowest level sitting

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Bulgarian Style Decorations

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2nd Level sitting where most people sit here to chill out

For this event, the management reserve the whole 3rd floor just for the gathering. They also print a banner for us to mark our event.

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This is where all of us were seated

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Decorations on the cupboard

On the gathering night, due to overwhelming respond asking for the menu which served to us blogger, the owner decided to make it standardize for that night menu. What we have is what the walk in customer going to eat.


The menu were tailored for this event and readers get to enjoy what we had that night. When I reach the restaurant, it was full house! There are beef, chicken, fish and porks in the menu. All were my favorites. I opt for something which more authentic Bulgarian home style which is their Bulgarian Platter which comes with mixed grill trio kebapche, kyofte and karnatche (Traditional Recipe Home Made Bulgarian Sausages and pork fillet).

Before I show you the main course part, I am going to show you our soup for a start.

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Mushroom soup served with Vintage Garlic Bread

I arrive a bit late due to the traffic jam. When I arrive, I place an order for this soup but I guess the waiter forgotten about it. So I can’t comment about this dish.

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Bulgarian Pork Djolan (Traditional Roasted Pork Knuckle)

This is a must order for pork lovers. Unlike German and Chinese style where they deep fry the pork knuckle, Bulgarian roast it. It is roasted until look like char siew. The skins were crunchy and the meat are succulent. I get to try this because CK pass me some as she can’t finish it. Thanks CK! The meat is good on its own without the side BBQ sauce that came with it.

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Chicken Stroganov (Boneless chicken drumstick cut into strips. Then  cooked with mushroom, wine, cream, herbs and spices)

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Bulgarian Platter (mixed grill trio kebapche, kyofte and karnatche. Traditional Recipe Home Made Bulgarian Sausages and pork fillet)

The meat patty taste almost like our ordinary Ramly burger patty but with more juice inside. The sausage too taste very home made. Unlike the normal sausages the meats were not totally mashed and you still can the meat bits. They didn’t blend it too fine and hence the texture still remains.

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Plovdiv Ribs (Tasty pork ribs grilled till tender)

I didn’t get to taste this one as no one on my table that order this dish. Mostly went for the pork knuckle and the platter. If you wanna know how it taste, checkout Cariso’s food post on the same event.

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Baked COD Fish Served With Creamy Mushroom Sauce

I didn’t have the chance to test this one either. Checkout Cariso’s food post on the same event. That’s all for the main course and let’s checkout the dessert.

We were introduced to 2 of their house famous dessert which chocolate lover couldn’t resist. The first one is the Chocolate Brulee. Eggs with Chocolate and caramelized sugar on top …… Yummy!

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See the inner texture beneath the caramelized layer …… smooth as silk baby!

Next were the most ordered that night which is the chocolate soup. Imagine a big glass of hot milo dinosaur with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on it. It drive me nuts just by thinking of it. I wish I can try on the event but I was a bit out of appetite due to the travel and session in Penang.

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See the ice cream melting away to cool down the chocolate

Courtesy of Dennie Yeap from Winter Butterfly Homemade Cakes, we were sponsored with  Strawberry Mousse Cheesecake, Oreo cheesecake a Chocolate Brownie which make the event more happening with so much desserts. I get the opportunity to cut one of the cake too as my birthday fall on July celebration group.

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Oooppppsssss ………. Michael Jackson color … black or white 😛

Beside cakes, we get to taste some fresh made Gelato courtesy by Gelatisimo. I previously tried them when they first open their outlet at The Gardens Midvalley.


All the gelato were fat free and very healthy since they are purely made of fresh fruits. I can lick the whole tub alone if you put me in front of TV with it.



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Food Blogger At Work

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Ah Shui Wondering whether Moi‘s Picture are nicer …. Moi …. OK I got it …. SUI!

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Jess …… Kenot the food look not sexy enough ….. especially the pork knuckle … no umph! Anna …. mine OK la …. Ah Shui …. Lingzie senpai … show me how to snap this! Lingzie …. Ah Shui ….. This is how we do it …. That’s the way I like it …. aha aha …

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Jessica the Event Blogger

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Ken and Jessica love to cam whore

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From left front green shirt guy – Jason, Gelatissimo Penang and KL Boss, Anna, Gourmet Garden’s Guest and Gill

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From left front Jian, Bee, Criz, Right Back – Sorry man … didn’t get your name, Mary, Cariso

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Left Front – Cheryl, Sorry gal I forgot your name, Right back – Forgot name, second to the right also, and Steven Goh

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Far Right Back – Alan Choong and Guest

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My Table – Far Left , the middle and back (Food Mice’s Guest), Right Back – Wong, yours truly and Allie

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Left Front – Celine and husband, Far Right – CK Lam and Lingzie

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Left Front – Kathleen, Mei Yi, Jessica, Far Right – Shi Hui, SP Moi and Allen

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All Gals Flogger

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All the male flogger for Penang

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18SX …..

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Guest Picture of the event with Steven perasan sit there …..

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Steven : Darn … I kena halau =.=||

That all for the event and I really enjoy the event that night minus the traffic jam. Penang food blogger grow by year and is a good sign for it and all can sit down together and have a wonderful event. Thanks Alan and Allie for organizing this event and it turn out really good.

Food Blogger Who Attend :

Ken Chan –
Lingzie –
Anna –
Jason and Gill –
CK Lam –
Celine –
Cynthia and Husband –
Huat Koay –
Bee Hui –
Allie – – Organizer
Alan Choong – – Organizer
Allen Ooi –
Carrie Soon –
Criz Lai –
Jian –
Rebecca –
Mary Teo –
Steven Goh –
Chan Chee Wah –
Mei Yi –
Kathleen Tan –
Wong Zi Yi –
SP Moi –
Shi Hui –
Cheryl Wee –
Desmond Ch’ng –
Jessica Tan –

Place: Vintage Bulgaria Restaurant

Location : Next to Ingolf German Restaurant at Tanjung Bungah
GPS Coordinate :N5 27.872 E100 17.559
Location Map :


Address : 1E Jalan Sungai Kelian, 11200 Tanjung Bungah Penang
Contact No : 04-898 1890
Website :
Business Hour : Daily 11.00am till 11pm
Food Type: Authentic Bulgarian Food
Price: Reasonable
Payment Terms : Cash / Credit Card
Cleanliness Votes : 4/5
Food Votes : 4/5
Air Conditioned : YES
Smoking and non smoking zone : NO
Tax :
Recommended Foods : Bulgarian Pork Djolan (Traditional Roasted Pork Knuckle)

Recommended Drinks :


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44 Responses to Vintage Bulgaria Restaurant Host Penang 4th Food Blogger Gathering

  1. That’s so fun! I like the shot with everything taking pictures with their dslrs haha
    .-= pigpigscorner´s last blog ..Sketch, The Lecture Room & Library [Restaurant Review] =-.

  2. ai wei says:

    whoaaaa… the gathering was super huge!!! must be a great and enjoyable one.

    it is really nice to meet you today 🙂
    .-= ai wei´s last blog ..Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurant @ One Bangsar =-.

  3. cariso says: are super fast too with sooo many photos to share out!! I always love reading your gathering post coz you always got to catch the floggers in action.
    .-= cariso´s last blog ..Tea Break @ Summer Garden =-.

  4. Jessica says:

    ken n jess loves to camwhore indeed! 🙂 🙂 🙂 TAG TEAM!
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..? There’s something wrong w her. =-.

  5. Wah I truly miss out such a great session in Penang! 🙂
    .-= Big Boys Oven´s last blog ..Jamuan Teh Malaysia with Carven Ong & Chef Wan =-.

  6. it was indeed a great gathering with all the bloggers!!! 🙂
    and it was nice catching up with you too!!
    .-= New Kid On The Blog´s last blog ..New Secret Restaurant ???????? =-.

  7. ck lam says:

    Great to have you joining us in the 4th blogger gathering and would love to see you in many more future gatherings.
    .-= ck lam´s last blog ..Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-Hotel Penang =-.

  8. J2Kfm says:

    hahaha, kinda funny when walk in customers are forced to eat from the same menu, eh? 🙂
    .-= J2Kfm´s last blog ..S2S Boutique Resort Bangkok – RM70 per night, in Pratunam?! =-.

  9. Christine says:

    this was really a massive gathering! great job u guys! and nice meeting u Ken 🙂
    the place looks good. the environment was great for gatherings 🙂 love vintage atmospheres 🙂
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..???? I Love Yoo! @ The Gardens =-.

    • email2me says:

      You can probably join us in the future too. It gets bigger and bigger with every event.

      Nice meeting you too and welcome home 😀

      The environment is nice but very hard to take pix. Have to bring a lot equipments just to get some nice shots. 😀

  10. iamthewitch says:

    Great coverage! 🙂 Wonderful food!!!
    .-= iamthewitch´s last blog ..Genting trip in one post =-.

  11. iamthewitch says:

    Great coverage! 🙂 Wonderful food!!!
    .-= iamthewitch´s last blog ..Genting trip in one post =-.
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!

  12. taufulou says:

    wow~ the gathering is totally different but kent. it was nice meeting you and the rest of the blogger~
    looking forward to see you again~

    the food…heee..will surely go back and hunt during my raya break~
    .-= taufulou´s last blog ..Pasta De Gohan @ Sunway Pyramid =-.

  13. It was a helluva night!
    True, Pg food bloggers grows and its good that all remains frens.

    Lovely pics as usual 😉
    .-= thenomadGourmand´s last blog ..Potluck At Nigel’s =-.

  14. Cheryl Wee says:

    I truly enjoyed myself during this gathering! Looking forward to more ya! Nice to meet everyone there 😀

    p/s : in case anyone interested in my honorable guests of the night (re pic named penang-flogger-gathering-4-33)..
    Left back : Phaik Choon,
    Right back most : Yuet Ling,
    Right middle : Kellin

    .-= Cheryl Wee´s last blog ..Chinese dessert/snack @ TianJin, China =-.

  15. Hmmm… really missed this event! Hope to join you guys next round.
    .-= Foodntravella´s last blog ..FISH AND GLASS NOODLES SOUP =-.

  16. It’s nice to catching up with you. When are you coming back to Penang again? ^-^
    .-= FoOd PaRaDiSe´s last blog ..Kopitiam Good Corner @ Jalan Mas, Green Lane, Penang =-.

  17. Jessica says:

    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..Penang Floggers Gathering | Vintage Bulgaria =-.

  18. email2me says:

    I bet more than 50 next year …. getting more exciting by year

  19. cariso says:

    I want food trip!!!! I support you! :p
    .-= cariso´s last blog ..Canton-i ????? : Since when it becomes a MONTHLY visit? =-.

  20. allie says:

    I want food trip too! I”m with cariso! 🙂

  21. allenooi says:

    food trip for whole day? hmmmm, my stomach cannot stand it, but hor…. i will join. LOL.

    So many photos you have. 😀 The other day I sent the photo to u, which one is it? I forgot lo. I just remember I sent. Hahaha.

    See you soon, Ken.
    .-= allenooi´s last blog ..A&W @ Penang Gurney Plaza =-.

  22. MnYfoodtalk says:

    Wah, interesting…u really geng!
    .-= MnYfoodtalk´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

  23. Tawandang says:

    Do they serve imported beers, like Paulaner, Hoegaarden, Stella, Leffe etc..

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