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Review: We were a little war torn when we stumbled in to Zhu Yuan. After a string of unpleasant eating experiences in Penang we were feeling very wary as our eyes cruised through the menu. The friendly and helpful staff did a great job of putting us at ease, deftly guiding us through the options to arrive at what turned out to be a very enjoyable meal. We had already called ahead with the usual MSG question but checked again just in case and the response was a reassuring 'not used at all'. Oh good. There was no shortage of mock meat on the menu, but we managed to avoid all the factory made varieties of such. The food here is mostly Chinese with a bit of Thai and Malay thrown in for variety. We selected a mushroom dish, a handmade soy meat roll with gravy, some seaweed soup and a vegetable curry. The mushrooms were an interesting rubbery texture and tasted good enough. The soy meat dish was made of rolled up yuba and was a true masterpiece - most certainly a great choice. The soup was full of flavour too. The curry, which came last, fully slapped us in the face with its unabashedly sharp and oomphy attitude.. not sure what souring agent went in there but it was fiesty and full of flavour -just wished we had have asked more about it and its origins as it was highly enjoyable. By the time we had ploughed through all of this we were very full and our only regret was that we didn't order any greens. The closing time is 9.30pm, not 10pm as stated here. The steamboat option was not available today for some reason and we were told it probably wouldn't be next week either due to the chaos that is expected to ensue during the vegetarian festival. We'll be back.

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