BY CK Lam

Bagels are a popular bread product in western countries. Shaped by hand into the form of a ring, the bagel is first boiled and then baked. Sesame seeds and poppy seeds are the most common toppings.

Many enjoy this “O” shaped bread fresh or toasted with a spread of butter or cream cheese and fillings of seafood, meat or egg.

Grab a bagel at The Mugshot Cafe in Chulia Street, Penang by what2seeonline.com

Bagels were not that well known in Penang before the opening of The Mugshot Cafe in Chulia Street. The open kitchen, set aside on the left side of the dining room housed a black wood-fired oven. The fresh baked bagels (sourced from the neighbouring Rainforest Bakery) topped with poppy seeds are heated up in this oven until the exterior is slightly brown and crisp.

 Grab a bagel at The Mugshot Cafe, Penang by what2seeonline.com

 

The menu is not extensive but only with five types of mouth-watering bagels to choose from.  Seafood lovers will want to try the cream cheese and smoked salmon bagel (RM10). Bagel with just cream cheese cost RM5.

Grab a bagel at The Mugshot Cafe, Penang by what2seeonline.com

 

If you are looking for meaty options, do try the Turkey ham cranberry sauce bagel, bacon and egg bagel and the corned beef & rocket bagel.

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Bacon and egg bagel RM10

 

The corned beef and rocket bagel is a popular option, with the freshness of the rockets against the salty meat.

Grab a bagel at The Mugshot Cafe, Penang by what2seeonline.com

Corned beef and rocket bagel RM10

 

Apart from their signature bagels, the cafe also offers muffins, croissants, cakes and yogurts along with tea, coffee, soft drinks and juices. A cup of freshly brewed black coffee is an excellent choice to go with the bagels.

The homemade thick creamy yogurt comes with four delightful toppings of fruits and nuts. The walnuts and raisins yogurt is satisfying with sweetness of raisins and crunchy walnuts while the jackfruit & gula Melaka yogurt has more local flavor.

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Despite its limited menu, the cafe has a surprising number of visitors daily. Customers often have to wait for a table, especially during weekends.

The Mugshot Cafe housed in a narrow heritage shop house (a former budget hotel) has a front seating area with view of the bustling Chulia Street. Click here for its google Map Location.

Grab a bagel at The Mugshot Cafe, Penang by what2seeonline.comGrab a bagel at The Mugshot Cafe, Penang by what2seeonline.com

The Mugshot Cafe
302 Chulia Street
10200 Penang

Tel:012 4056276

Business Hours:8am – 9pm

* This is a reproduction of my article published in New Straits Times

 

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8 comments so far

 1 

i was there yesterday. but they sold out of bagels by 3pm!

should have made mooooore on weekends :(

April 29th, 2013 at 11:52 am
 2 

gula melaka & jackfruit yoghurt sounds yummy! went with my family recently during on of the weekends… but they werent keen on bagels for lunch so didnt manage to try :(

April 30th, 2013 at 12:32 pm
 3 

interesting place, i’ll make a trip to there shortly :P

April 30th, 2013 at 3:02 pm
Dee
 4 

Super choice instead of a sandwich. It’s the same concept but more delicious.

Maybe the owner could take pre-orders and sell direct to office staff and deliver to the door?

Free coffee might help things along.

I just love smoked salmon in a bagle – are you doing different flavour bagles? Used to buy ones with onion inside, as well as herbs, curry etc.?

Put some advertising in the backpackers places e.g. Reggae in Love Lane and other small hostels. Europeans and Americans really love their bagles……

Good luck with your enterprise.

June 27th, 2013 at 9:39 am
 5 

Bad service. When we went, the cafe looked open, we walked in and was told that they were closing. The guy wasn’t even apologetic and was so cocky! No big deal, I make my own bagels, yoghurt and coffee at home anyway! Boycott!

July 29th, 2013 at 4:37 pm
Nisa
 6 

Is it Halal?

August 11th, 2013 at 9:17 pm
Shobee
 7 

Really rude owner. He told us we shouldn’t have just walked in, we should have come to him to ask if there was a seat. Even after we apologized he made us wait at the counter for sometime before he came to take our orders. Really good yummy bagels… not worth the you-owe-me-a-living-attitude of the owner though.

September 16th, 2013 at 2:23 pm
Celine
 8 

Went Today.average coffee n nice fresh bagel.but encounter not so friendly staff.wasnt that eager to serve us (locals) but was seen friendly to Caucasians!

February 25th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

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