Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Nyonya.Love Cafe | Nyonya Food - Kueh Bar - Desserts @ 8 Kinrara, Puchong, Kuala Lumpur

Now in KL you are able to enjoy some authentic Malacca Nyonya food, kuey in Nyonya.Love Cafe located in 8 Kinrara, Puchong. 
Nyonya.Love is founded by passionate cook, Madam Irene Ho who is specialised in Nyonya cooking with the help of her daughter, Sheryl Ong when the people who have tasted their cooking will always ask them to open up a Nyonya food restaurant. 

Not only madam Irene Ho is a cook, she is also the author of 古早味糕点 Nostalgic Kueh Recipes, the book that teaches you on how to make the authentic Nyonya kuih muih. So if you are too lazy to make your own kuih, you can always taste the actual kuih muih made by Mdm Irene in Nyonya.Love Cafe. 

The place is really spacious but they do have limited seats due to social distancing rules, reservation is highly recommended to avoid long waiting time or any disappointment.

The menu in Nyonya.Love Cafe consists of some signature dishes of their own as well as daily specials, a la carte dishes, desserts and many more. Sometimes you can also enjoy some of their special items that are not available on the menu.
You can always invite your friends and family so you get to try all the dishes available when you share with them. 

Pie Tee(5pieces) - RM9.90
Nyonya Pie Tee is something very delicious and addictive in Nyonya cuisine. It is the best appetiser to start your Nyonya meal with especially the crispiness of the pie tee skin matches perfectly with the braised jicama. This is definitely a must try in Nyonya.Love Cafe.

Nyonya Laksa Lemak - RM15.90
You are here alone and you are not sure what to try first?
There's one dish that you die die also must try first if you are in for something rich and creamy. The Nyonya Laksa Lemak here is the best I've tried yet and you have to hold yourself from ordering another bowl because it is so addictive. 
It is served with hard boiled egg, some beancurd, prawn and etc. The soup is so thick and rich that you feel like asking for another bowl of soup. Definitely MUST TRY!

Rendang Ayam with Nasi - RM14.90
If you fancy some curry dishes, do try their Rendang Ayam that is very rich in flavours and also lemak which serves with Chap Chye(Mixed Vegetables) and their homemade sambal. The portion is quite big and there were a few pieces of chicken in that bowl of Rendang Ayam. If you are sharing with your friends, you can also order this portion at a la carte price which is RM9.90 only. 

Pongteh Ayam with Rice - RM14.90
Pongteh is definitely a Nyonya dish as this dish will never appear in any other cuisine. I've tried many times the Babi(pork) version but I am not very familiar with the chicken version. However the Pongteh Ayam did braised well and the chicken is so soft, tender and flavourful. Same as other dishes, you can order this at a la carte price at RM9.90 only.

Mee Nyonya with Sambal Rojak - RM14.90
Among all the dishes we have tried, this Mee Nyonya does taste ordinary and less attractive maybe due to other strong flavouring dishes we had. However, the Sambal Rojak that served with the Mee Nyonya is very appetising and and refreshing. 

Lemon Kasturi Aiyu Jelly - RM5.90
Ginger Gula Melaka Aiyu Jelly - RM5.90
If you are into some refreshing desserts, do try out the Aiyu Jelly dessert available on the menu and the ginger gula melaka version that is not available on the menu. The restaurant do come out with special dishes of the day that are not available on the menu and they will recommend you when you order your food. We really like taste of lemon kasturi juice on the sweet aiyu jelly that put our meal to a good ending.

If you are into some hot dessert, they also have desserts like fuchok yee mai, pulut hitam and etc. Depending on which day you visit because the desserts available on the menu are on rotation basis. That makes you have to visit them a few times before you get to try out all the desserts available.

Trio Kueh Platter- RM5.00(Any 3 pieces) / RM1.80(per piece)

How can we walk out from a Nyonya restaurant without having any traditional Nyonya Kueh?
Nyonya.Love Cafe has a Kueh Bar that offers varieties of traditional Nyonya Kueh and they are all so delicious. You should really try them when you visit or do tapao back for tea time.

Overall it was a good experience dining in Nyonya.Love Cafe. Not only because of the food but also the exquisite service that makes you feel like you are dining in a five star hotel restaurant. The waitresses are really friendly and helpful that makes you feel like you are such a precious customer to them. If you are staying in KL or Selangor, you must really visit this place. If you are visiting KL then please put this in your itinerary also. 

Nyonya.Love Cafe @ 8 Kinrara, Puchong
Address: B-LG-5, Eight, Jalan BK 5a/3, Bandar Kinrara, 47180 Puchong, Selangor.
Business hour: Daily 11:00am - 7:30pm(Closed on Monday)
Contact number: 018-989 9223
GPS: 3.0500211,101.645556
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Monday, November 8, 2021

Ichi Tong 一桐 @ Lorong Prangin, Penang

I believe most Asians grew up having noodles, especially those dried noodles that is available in so many versions. 
In Malaysia we have something quite common within the Chinese community, Tok Tok Mee (a.k.a. Asian style dried noodle) that most of us will fall in love with since young. When I was a kid, i remember my family will always ask me if I want to have Tok Tok Mee, which generally refers to Wan Tan Mee in Penang.

Ichi Tong 一桐 is a noodle specialist in Penang that specialise in several cooking style of their homemade Tok Tok Mee. The concept here is they offered a few cooking style such as the Kochabi Tok Tok Mee series, Special Curry series, Szechuan Spicy series, Chaozhou Spicy & Sour series, Tomato Milk series, Korean Luncheon Meat series and Seafood Mix Plate series. 

Ichi Tong is located in Lorong Prangin, which is a bit off the busy streets in George Town but still part of the UNESCO heritage building. That leads the place to be very beautiful renovated and maintained the nostalgic and cozy vibe in the restaurant. Just like any other UNESCO heritage house, Ichi Tong has really long corridor and able to accommodate a lot of customers within the restaurant. 

The restaurant feature an limited Asian style menu which are the Tok Tok Mee available in several cooking style, fried rice, snacks and some signature local beverages. 

Drinks like Hor Ka Sai, Yun Yong, Milk Tea are all available on the beverage menu.

Fried Fish Fillet in Tomato Milk Soup Noodle - RM16.80
I am always up for some hearty food like this. Tomato Milk soup is one of my favourite kind of food especially when I am up for some soup noodle. The fried fish fillet that came hot, crispy and fresh also an added value to your meal. Just soak it in the soup for a few seconds and enjoy the crispy bites for your meal. 

Fried Fish Fillet in Special Curry Soup Noodle - RM16.80
If you are looking for some spicy option, do try the noodle in special curry soup which is really rich and creamy as it is served in thick curry gravy with some homemade chili that goes well with the soup, just similar to Penang White Curry Noodle. If you think that it is not spicy enough for you, do ask for extra chili. This version comes with some bean curd, lady fingers and etc, very appetising and addictive.

Special Tok Tok Noodle with Fresh Prawn Wantan - RM13.80
If you feel like going basic, do give the signature tok tok mee a try. This dried version of noodle can let you taste the original tangy noodle in dark soy sauce which really brings back childhood memories. This one in Ichi Tong is really fragrant and it comes with some pickled chili which makes it more appetising and hearty as well.

Signature Tok Tok Noodle with Korean Luncheon Meat - RM16.80
For the Korean Luncheon Meat series, it is actually the same as the other series just that the noodle comes with Korean Luncheon Meat. Nothing much to brag about the Korean Luncheon Meat though, just enjoy the noodles with their homemade ingredients are better. 

Signature Duck Egg Fried Rice with Salted Egg Prawn - RM16.80
If you are not the mood for some noodle, Ichi Tong has some fried rice options available. They have their Signature Duck Egg Fried Rice available and you just gotta choose what kind of toppings to go with your fried rice. Choices available are roast pork, salted egg, spicy and etc.

红油抽手 Vinegar Oil Fresh Dumplings (6pcs) - RM12.80
炸椒盐鸡扒 Fried Taiwanese Chicken Chop - RM12.80
炸香脆鱼皮 Fried Crispy Fish Skin - RM10.80
炸脆皮云吞 Fried Crispy Wantan(6pcs) - RM12.80

We have also ordered some snacks to try out. Everything on the snack menu looking really tempting and they do taste good. The Vinegar Oil Fresh Dumplings are quite appetising and refreshing as the sourness from the vinegar kinda makes you ready for your meal. The other fried stuff are kinda good as they all came hot and really crispy. Not bad to order all these snacks for sharing or to go with your noodle though.

Overall it was a great meal we had at Ichi Tong 一桐 as the food were great and the environment is kinda cozy too. Definitely will come back to try other items on the menu next time. 
Reservation is recommended cause the place is usually crowded especially during weekends.

Ichi Tong 一桐
Address: 33, Lorong Prangin, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Business hours: Daily 11:00am - 10:00pm(Closed on Wednesday)
Contact number: 012-448 9128
GPS: 5.4131869,100.3318294