Baba Nyonya @ Avenue K
Are there days where you can't decide what to eat or even which cuisine to choose from? Thanks to cultural assimilation, we can have chinese-malay food or better termed as "Baba Nyonya", which is... essentially also the name of this shop.
The deco of the restaurant sure feels comfortable and thought of, but will their food, which they claim are freshly prepared upon order, taste as good . . .
Drinks from L to R: Cincau Bandung, Serai Lychee, Bandung Selasih Frappe, Markisa (Passionfruit, Lemon, Lime, Lychee and Calamansi Fruit), Pandan Kasturi, Cincau Selasih (RM 12.90/each)
Since they're lined up similar to a beauty pageant contest, we narrowed them down to our top 3 (in no particular order):
- Serai Lychee, a refreshing one where any "serai" / lemongrass devotee is going to adore
- Bandung Selasih Frappe, a modern twist on your all time favourite bandung, now a smooth ice blend with tiny "selasih" / basil seeds for texture. Pretty genius, why didn't I try this before?
- Markisa, an appetizing, sourish and refreshing.
First up for food was their Nasi Lemak with Ayam Goreng Rempah (RM 16.90). Literally yummy in my tummy and the ultimate comfort food my fat soul sometimes dreams of. The chicken was tender, moist and well seasoned * thumbs up* while their rice was legit "nasi lemak" /directly translated as "fat rice", laden with rich and fragrant coconut milk. That was enough for us as we had totally forgotten about the small plate of sambal that came together *hehe*
Receiving the stamp of approval from major salted egg fanatics, is their Salted Egg Sotong + Brinjal (RM 21.90). Its profound salted egg flavour was key to the hearts of our "makan" team and I was left with only brinjal pieces to taste as they have devoured all the sotong / squid at high speed.
Chef's signature Assam Pedas Fish Claypot (RM 58.90) exuded a kind of flavour that gets better the more you eat. Our fish was huge, fresh and fried before being flooded by the slightly sourish and spicy gravy along with ladies fingers and fluffy taufupok / beancurd puffs.
The Chicken Kapitan Curry (RM 27.90) is the kind of dish that could get a little annoying because I like trying new food but then now I'm thinking I want to have this again. The tender meat of the chicken fell easily off the bone and was met by a thick savoury gravy, fragrant and deeply flavoured by a complex mix of spices. This mild curry with coconut milk goes excellent with rice.
While their version of Curry Mee (RM 12.90) was mild and not designed to satisfy super spicy cravings, it didn't lack in flavour or aroma.
With an intriguing name such as Flying Fish (RM 56.90), the taste didn't disappoint either. The large portion of fried fish was topped with a nice tangy gravy and some fresh coriander leaves.
Cendol (RM 3.90) and sago gula melaka dessert was quite good although personally not my taste. The ice - fine, coconut milk - in abundance, rich, thick and fragrant while the gula melaka authentic. What's wrong with it or what's wrong with me then? Well I just prefer roadside versions as this was too rich and heavy after a nice big meal.
Verdict: While authenticity may not be their game, try it with an open mind and you'll find there're pretty good food here.
Lot UC-1, Upper Concourse, Avenue K Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur.
603 –2181 5544
Operation Hours: 8am - 10pm daily
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