PETALING JAYA: Petaling Jaya is a food haven, with restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars in every nook and corner offering an overwhelming choice of eats and treats.
It can get a tad overwhelming. But if you need some direction, Auntie Sim’s Kitchen is a good place to try.
Set-up in memory of the Sim family’s grand matriarch who passed away some two decades ago, Auntie Sim’s Kitchen is a dining establishment that offers both homely and luxurious food tailored for your budget.
Of Teochew descent, her home-cooked food left a lasting impression on the family and thus, Auntie Sim’s Kitchen carries on her legacy, offering Teochew cuisine but with a few Cantonese delicacies incorporated into the menu as well.
Located just outside Starling Mall which provides ample parking, Auntie Sim’s Kitchen provides customers with a comfortable and homely dining atmosphere.
The menu is large and diverse, with offerings fit for both a simple family dinner or an extravagant office party.
A great appetiser is the Teochew Traditional Prawn Balls. Made with Blue Tail Prawns, these are unbelievably meaty and juicy. They come served with Auntie Sim’s own special chilli sauce that packs quite a fiery punch.
Once the prawn balls have gone down the hatch, it’s time to slurp on some Double Boiled Dried Wild Mushrooms with Top Shell Soup. It’s a crowd favourite here.
The flavour of the wild mushrooms, plucked from the mountains of Yunnan Province, is thoroughly infused into the clear soup, rendering the sweet-savoury flavours close to heavenly. It comes with large chunks of chicken.
For a Western twist, give the French Style Smoked Duck with Salad a try. The meat is so tender, you can almost cut it like butter. And the distinct flavour of garlic lend the meat its Chinese flavour.
Even the cold salad of vegetable and fruits deserves a mention, being as it was a great respite from all the spicy food.
Fancy eating a dish so rare that you might only eat it once in your lifetime? Auntie Sim’s Kitchen serves a vegetable dish that younger diners might likely have never seen or heard of in their lives.
The Steamed Chinese Cabbage with Premium Dried Seafood is often only recognisable to older patrons, but it is one that can be enjoyed by folks of all ages.
Served in hot Supreme Broth, of similar taste to Shark Fin Soup, the soft cabbage acts as a fragile shell to the juicy morsels of oysters and scallops inside.
While Yee Mee can be found in most Chinese restaurants, Auntie Sim’s take on the dish will leave you gobsmacked.
The Dry Fried Hong Kong Yee Mee comes with big and juicy Freshwater Prawns which are a feast to eat on their own.
The underlying Yee Mee is nothing to scoff at, and you ought to scoff them down instead as the noodles are flavourful and stringy, served with crunchy Nai Pak Choy.
Made with preserved bean curd from Taiwan, the dish is also cooked with tangerine skin that gives the fish a distinctive flavour. The fish itself is noticeably fresh, and the skin a delight to pick at as it is chewy.
And what better way to end your fabulous feast than on a sweet note?
Perfect as a dessert for a scorching hot day, the Ice-Cold Thai King Coconut with avocado is cooling and not overwhelmingly sweet.
With the coconut already a cooling fruit on its own, having its water infused with avocado and filled with sago makes it all the more perfect as a dessert. Little wonder that it’s a top-seller here.
And if you can’t afford to leave your home or workplace, fret not for this chilly dessert is available for GrabFood delivery along with other treats.
Speaking to FMT, Elaine Sim said that she’s “fussy” about the quality of the ingredients that goes into her food and she frequently travels overseas to buy the best from foreign marketplaces.
“Give us your budget, and we’ll tailor your meal accordingly,” she said regarding her dishes’ affordability.
How fitting then that this hidden gem of a restaurant has the motto of “Always above the ordinary”, for that is really what it is.
Auntie Sim’s Kitchen
24, Jalan SS 21/58
47400 Petaling Jaya
Monday-Thursday: 11.00am – 3.00pm ; 5.00pm – 10.00pm
Friday-Sunday: 11.00am – 10.00pm