Mu­se­ums, gal­leries and na­ture trails

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - News -

Who says learn­ing can’t be fun?

49 Le­buh Pan­tai, Ge­orge Town, Pe­nang (04 251 9095 /www.face­book.com/Won­der­food­mu­seum). What kid hasn’t read ‘Gul­liver’s Trav­els’ or watched ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meat­balls’ and dreamt of gar­gan­tuan por­tions of food? Won­der­food Mu­seum Pe­nang brings the fan­tasy to life by ex­hibit­ing re­al­is­tic mod­els of food, some fit for gi­ants.

The mu­seum was built in di­rect re­la­tion to the founders’ unique vo­ca­tion; Mr and Mrs Lau spe­cialise in mak­ing the kind of life­like food repli­cas you see dis­played at the en­trance of eater­ies, es­pe­cially Ja­panese restau­rants. The cou­ple, who have been sup­ply­ing restau­rants, ho­tels and food stalls with faux food since 2007, deemed it a waste that some of their hand­i­work were swept un­der the car­pet without the chance to be ap­pre­ci­ated, which led to the mu­seum’s grand open­ing in Novem­ber 2015 to show­case their works.

The mu­seum dis­plays minia­ture, reg­u­lar and mas­sive mod­els of food, but it’s the last of which that grabs most vis­i­tors’ at­ten­tion. You can pick up a colos­sal sa­tay skewer that’s as long as a javelin, fake a head-split­ting brain freeze next to a moun­tain of cold cen­dol, or pose next to a bowl of Pe­nang laksa that’s as big as a hot tub. See­ing a dish en­larged by more than a hun­dred times isn’t just sur­real; it draws one’s at­ten­tion to the in­di­vid­ual in­gre­di­ents that go into your favourite dishes, giv­ing the in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence an in­for­ma­tive edge. Daily, 9am-6pm. Adults, RM25, Chil­dren (ages 3-12 years), Stu­dents (with ID) and Se­nior cit­i­zens (above 60 years), RM15; (My Kad hold­ers) Adults, RM15, Chil­dren (ages 3-12 years), Stu­dents (with ID) and Se­nior cit­i­zens (above 60 years), RM10.

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