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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.