Being a half Peranakan, I was never fascinated with most of the commercialized Nyoya cuisine around me. Like the rest, Penang Nyonya in Subang Parade is not an exceptional. Even though, I really do like a few of their dishes in the menu.
I like how I can conveniently head to Subang Parade for some Roti Jala set which is served accompanied by chicken curry.
The Nasi Bojari in particular became my favourite. Perhaps because my mother has rarely made that at home, so what you don’t have is always in your wish list. Thus it instantly became my favourite.
See how colourful is the rice. Simple yet pretty looking, I thought it was brilliant. The sambal and chili is amazing, fiery hot and spicy, but palatable and divine to me.
So because I have such a spicy tongue, I couldn’t resist getting all the spicy food that was luring from the menu like there is a spell casting from within the menu. Hence, Asam fish curry that came with some ladies fingers in it. It is good and at RM 20.50, I guess they have to give you a plump slice.
Next dish is the Asam laksa, which I regretted not ordering it with vermicelli. Well, to be fair to them, it’s somewhat subjective because I happen to favour vermicelli to the usual noodle which supposedly to go with asam laksa. Now, note to Ms Kim Lee whom have been requesting for a good asam laksa on Facebook page, this is a good commercialized asam laksa just to satisfy your crave.
So the soup had thick stock of actual fish with lots of finishing garnish of onions, chilis, mint leaves (my favourite) and lemon grass. I’ve always thought that the use of lemon grass into asam laksa is a fantastic choice. Adding both the lemon grass and fresh peppermint leaves to the asam laksa really help mask the astringent taste of the other ingredients.
What is nyonya food without Nasi lemak ….yum. Hot steamed pandan and santan rice was okay. Not fabulous compared to what I’ve been having all these while from home. But I really like the fresh served nasi lemak. Freshly cut cucumber has always been something I am rather particular with when I eat sliced cucumber. So when ordering this, always expect hot steaming rice with hot curry chicken served with fried groundnuts and crunchy fried anchovies. Don’t forget the cooling freshly cut cucumber and half a boiled egg.
If you aren’t too enthusiast with fiery flavours, there is mild choices in the menu. Cantonese fried kuey tiao or the western menu. Because this is a halal restaurant, eating Chinese menu here isn’t a very wise choice if you are a non-halal consumer. I thought it kind of lack a little without the pork and fried pork cutlets.
However, they compensate with rich seafood ingredient and chicken. I somewhat dislike how they prepare the fried kuey tiao before hand, and throw in the thick gravy into the wok with a stir. I dislike how the kuey tiao sticks in a lump.
The western menu is good. They were served in big and generously delectable portions. Children would love this so this makes the restaurant a great family hangout place as well. See the Black pepper chicken chop for instance.
Speaking of children’s love, there is an array of authentic nyonya desserts which everybody loves. We tried the Bubur cha cha and Cendol, and I love it. Of course there are much better ones, mostly on the streets. I guess you can’t enjoy both privilege of having air condition, comfortable dining place and scrumptious meal at the same time. At least not here in this restaurant, but it was still good. It could use more gula Melaka for the cendol. And they should try not overcooking the taro. Don’t forget to try their Teh-c. It was quite good for a commercialized restaurant. Nothing beats those made by the uncles from old kopitiams. But this was not bad.
The restaurant has a spacious dinning layout
The Penang Nyonya is located at :
LG29A, Lower Ground Floor,Subang Parade,
No. 5, Jln SS 16/1,
47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
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