Thursday, January 22, 2009

Nyonya Delight @ Rock Cafe Food Court, Dataran Sunway

Anyone who's from Penang will at some point or another hanker for some good Nyonya dishes. Although KL is a melting (or is it cooking?) pot of flavours, nothing beats some good food just like how Mom used to make them.

It is for this reason that we decided to try Nyonya Delight at the newly opened Rock Cafe Food Court at Dataran Sunway. My parents were away on holiday and being so used to eating home-cooked food everyday, it is quite a challenge deciding on what to eat for a week.
I won't dare say that Nyonya Delight's dishes are anywhere close to my mom's for that would be risking incurring her wrath. ;) But the dishes there are not too bad either.
We tried the Nyonya fish head curry which was creamy curry in coconut milk. We were given a sizeable portion of fish head that was more than enough for 3 persons. The curry came in a claypot with brinjals, ladies fingers (okra), sliced tomatoes and mint leaves. The fish head curry was quite good indeed especially with a plate of steaming white rice.
For vegetables, we ordered the Jiu Hu Char which was essentially julienned jicama and carrots with dried cuttlefish strips. It looks like an easy enough dish to make but as any true-blue Nyonya will tell you, it is not that easy to replicate. My hubby liked this dish enough to polish off the plate.I love Perut Ikan which is a sourish curry made with preserved fish stomaches. I know it doesn't sound quite right, in fact it sounds offending even to some people, but this dish is a delicacy found only in the best Nyonya homes. Lots of shredded herbs are also added to this dish that imbues it with a delicate herbal fragrance. I could usually eat a whole bowl of this all by myself. Nyonya Delight serves this curry, but sadly it doesn't quite lived up to my standards. I'm used to the Perut Ikan served by Nyonyas in Penang and unfortunately something seems to be missing here. I suspect they must have added a little bit of coconut milk to the curry. I didn't like this dish at all.The stall owner has graciously offered us a free plate of sambal petai prawns which were excellent! The prawns were deliciously smothered in thick sambal paste with the perfect balance of spiciness. Nyonya Delight @ Rock Cafe Food Court is located at Dataran Sunway. They provide food catering as well and can be contacted at 017-3144942 (Lawrence).

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