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Malaysia Nyonya Restaurant with a 33-year old heritage

Posted on | February 21, 2011 | Comments Off on Malaysia Nyonya Restaurant with a 33-year old heritage

Article by NY Chow

Nyonya food (or Nonya as it is sometimes known) is probably one of the earliest fusion cuisine uniquely found in Malaysia and Singapore. What’s more interesting is that Nyonya cuisine has had an interesting history. Intermarriage between early Chinese settlers in Malaysia during the Ming Dynasty and the local Malays, gave rise to the Baba Nyonya generation.

While maintaining Chinese customs, the Baba Nyonya adopted Malay culture. This was when Nyonya cuisine was birthed – a unique blend of Chinese dishes with a Malay cooking style. Both Malay spices and Chinese ingredients are deftly combined in the creation of a Nyonya dish. This clever fusion of tastes is a result of the superior cooking talents of the Nyonya cooks.

Today, Nyonya Restaurant serves diners with authentic Nyonya cuisine from the heart of Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Cooked with diligence that is reminiscent of the traditional Baba and Nyonya, this restaurant’s signature dishes have been popular for 3 generations. First opening its doors in 1974, Nyonya Restaurant’s popularity has stood the test of time for over 30 years.

Over the years, much of Nyonya Restaurant’s line-up has retained its authenticity. Nevertheless, the restaurant has also introduced a host of new Nyonya dishes to its offerings, to keep up with the times and also to increase variety. With this, many customers have been patrons throughout the lifetime of this restaurant, testimony of consistent quality and taste.

Popular favourites include Sayur Paku, a local fern cooked either in coconut milk or belachan, Sambal Udang, delicious prawns in a spicy sauce, and also Ince Kabin, Nyonya-style fried chicken. Other favourites are the Ikan Gulai Tumis, fish in a spicy broth, Beef Rendang and Otak-otak, steamed fish marinated in spices and wrapped in banana leaf.

Desserts are also a delight here. Popular selections include Sago Gula Melaka, Ice Kacang and Bubur Cha Cha, all of which are different combinations of sugar, ice and flour-based ingredients. A myriad of kuih, (a sweet cake-like dessert), with local names such as Onde-onde, Ang ku and Kuih Koci are also part of the menu. Completing a meal with these indulgences is a must for the ultimate dining experience at Nyonya Restaurant!

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