Nyonya cuisine is now one of the hot picks in Penang as everybody is now exposed to Nyonya food, cultural and history. Nyonya dishes used to be something very hard to find in Penang, but now Nyonya cuisine can be easily found around George Town area.
The other day I saw Ling Tze posted something about this place named Aunty Anne True Penang Cuisine, then I got quite interested to visit this place. The timing was just perfect as Ken was asking if I want to tag along the other day after we have finished another event, so I finally get to visit this place.
Aunty Anne True Penang Cuisine is located at one of the not so popular street in George Town, which is the halfway of Lorong Macalister. You will know where it is if you know where one of the best Chendol in Penang located. This street is rather popular during morning time as everybody would go there for Siu Fong Lye Fried Koay Kak or Penang Chee Cheong Fun.
Lorong Macalister is a one way street, entering from Jalan Burma and you should carefully look on your right hand side then you will see this row of newly refurbished heritage buildings.
Aunty Anne is located at the corner of the building, you would miss it if you didn't look properly.
Aunty Anne True Penang Cuisine is only open for lunch hours, which is from 11:30am to 3:00pm daily, close on Sundays. But they do accept group bookings or special occasions bookings too.
The restaurant and the set up is pretty simple, bringing some homey but rather elegance feeling. We went at around 2:30pm and it is near their closing time so there were nobody in there.
There are quite a numbers of antiques displaying around the restaurants.
They are from artefact and they are for sale too.
The menu of Aunty Anne True Penang Cuisine is very simple.
There are only Set Lunch and add ons to your order.
The Set Lunch comes with appetizer, main course, drinks and dessert too. Every set lunch will be charging at RM18.50nett.
Lemongrass Juice is rather refreshing and nice as it wasn't too sweet. Even if you don't like lemongrass, you will be ok with it because the smell of lemongrass is not too strong, just perfect for my liking. The drinks will be different daily depending on what Aunty Anne is cooking on that day.
The appetizers are the same daily, which is inclusive of one Pie Tee & Jiu Hu Char (Fried Cuttle Fish with YamBean), served with Aunty Anne's homemade Sambal Belacan.
The Pie Tee was very crispy as how it should be, but the Fried Yam Bean was rather good as it is just perfectly cooked, unlike some over cooked yam bean which are too soft or soggy. The yam bean was rather crunchy that you would want to have more.
Jiu Hu Char (Fried Cuttle Fish with Yam Bean) is really something to brag about. It is simply delicious and very flavourful with cuttle fish added. What makes it even better is Aunty Anne's homemade Sambal Belacan that is so damn good. Spiciness is moderate while the taste was rather awesome with generous amount of belacan added into the sambal. Simply perfect!
Lemak Laksa is one of my favourite. If I were to choose in between Lemak Laksa or Assam Laksa, I would usually for for Lemak Laksa as I am really a big fan for coconut milk. The Lemak Laksa here is not disappointing at all. The soup was rather creamy and thick, but you may want to ask for extra soup if you love the soup as much as I do.
Assam Laksa is available on the menu, which is also one of Aunty Anne's speciality. The soup is just nice, not too spicy nor too sour. Adding my favourite shrimp paste made it rather appetizing and delicious as I'm also a big fan of shrimp paste. But I do understand some people do not like it because it will turn the laksa soup sweet.
The portion of the laksa was rather generous, but it is also reasonable for the price they charged.
The laksa noodle was rather springy and the fish meat was rather good together with all the fresh chopped vegetables.
Nasi Ulam is rather delighting with all the mixture of herbs and the rice. One important step about cooking Nasi Ulam is you must make sure that your herbs are chopped finely so the whole plate of rice would be just even and everything can blend well. The side dishes for the Nasi Ulam here are homemade Acar and Otak-Otak. The Otak-Otak here is really something to die for. It is rather delicious with the perfect mixture of the sauce together with the fresh fish meat in it. If the piece of Otak-Otak is not enough, you can order them as extra add-ons charging at only RM4 each.
We are glad that we get to meet Aunty Anne, the owner of this restaurant. She is really friendly and also a good story teller. Thank god that we went at non-peak hours so she actually have some time to prepare our food and sit down and talk to us.
She told that she is always cooking for her family and one day, her children actually asked her to start her own small business so she can cooks for others too. This is where she started her own small business and start cooking for other people too.
Through our conversations, we can see that she do not just focus on her business but also the satisfactions of the customers. She is really someone passionate about her own cooking and also love to share his story with her customers. What a lovely and welcoming lady.
We were too into talking and sharing stories that we almost forgot about our desserts. The desserts of the day was Black Glutinous Rice Soup and Green Bean Soup.
The black glutinous rice soup was rather thick, together with the fresh coconut milk made it rather appetizing and delicious. You can also ask for extra coconut milk if you would like it to be more creamy. But the amount of coconut milk given would be sufficient. The black glutinous rice was cooked evenly, it is just perfect for my liking.
Green Bean Soup was quite delighting as it is not too sweet. I got a bit regretted that I ordered Black Glutinous Rice Soup because I actually prefer this Green Bean Soup more than that because it was very good. The green beans were cooked until soft, and with sago added into the dessert, it became more delighted and favourable to me. Simply good to end a meal!
It is very happy to be able to meet someone so passionate about cooking and customer-centric.
Aunty Anne True Penang Cuisine is really a warm and welcoming place, do hop over and if you have the chance, you may spend some time meeting and talking to Aunty Anne herself and you might just
gain some extra knowledge for yourself.
Aunty Anne's True Penang Cuisine @ Lorong Macalister, Penang
Address: 67, Lorong Macalister 10400 Georgetown, Penang.
Operating hours: Daily 11:30am - 3:00pm (Close on Sundays)
Price: RM18.50 per set, add-ons available.
Contact number: Anne @ 016-4890024 / KC @ 012-4228666
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