Malaysians in general are no strangers to Nyonya-style cooking, mostly due to the many recipes this cuisine shares with Penang Hokkien dishes as well.
Baba Nyonya Restaurant in Avenue K is located on the same level as the LRT station, so it’s very easy to spot.
Its interior decor is tasteful, and most tables in the restaurant cater for two to four people in one sitting, though accommodating larger crowds can be arranged.
The menu offers quite a variety of dishes, with selections from individual servings of noodles or “daily plates”, as well as ala-carte options to be enjoyed in a group with steamed rice.
Dinner consisted of Ayam Masak Merah, Terung Belado, Chicken Pongteh, and Claypot Asam Fish Pedas.
The Ayam Masak Merah made for a tasty meal, drenched as it was with a thick sauce that had a good balance of sweet and spicy.
The Claypot Asam Fish Pedas meanwhile was the star of the table. This fish had a tantalising crispy crust while not being over-fried, while the Asam Pedas gravy was tart and flavourful and absolutely perfect with steaming white rice.
The Terung Belado too was a winner – soft, tender, and packed with flavour. However, the Chicken Pongteh was rather average by comparison, or perhaps simply overshadowed by the bold flavours of the other dishes at the table.
All in all, the meal here was a good experience with memorable food that definitely warrants a repeat visit.
Lot UC-1, Upper Concourse,
156, Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.159257, 101.713610
Tel: 03 2181 5544
This article first appeared in kyspeaks.com