* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 19th January 2011.

Ivy’s Kitchen is offering an alternative from the common Chinese meal for this coming Chinese New Year festive season with a menu sprinkled with several tantalizing Nyonya dishes. This restaurant is offering two different menus, priced at RM388++ and this special menu at RM688++. Both the food menus boast a wide range of dishes filled with auspicious meanings for this special day.

Traditionally the Chinese New Year banquet is kicked off with the Yee Sang. This dish of raw fish, crispy cracker and colorful ingredients which are symbolic is eaten with a coarsely ground peanut, plum sauce and lime juice dressing.

Nyonya Touch to Chinese New Year Menu at Ivy’s Kitchen by what2seeonline.com

The fish is a must in Chinese banquets, and Ivy’s serve up this simple festive dish with a thick piece of Cod fish steamed in light soya sauce.

Nyonya Touch to Chinese New Year Menu at Ivy’s Kitchen by what2seeonline.com

The large king prawn is cooked in curry with salted fish and pineapple, which in Hokkien, sounds similar to the word “prosperous”.

Nyonya Touch to Chinese New Year Menu at Ivy’s Kitchen by what2seeonline.com

One of the highlights of the banquet is The Jewel of the Orient Soup. It comes with generous portion of white fungus, fish bladder, sea cucumber, pacific clams, chicken meatballs and mushroom in thick chicken stock.

Nyonya Touch to Chinese New Year Menu at Ivy’s Kitchen by what2seeonline.com

Nyonya Touch to Chinese New Year Menu at Ivy’s Kitchen by what2seeonline.com

Signature Nyonya dishes are indeed great addition to the menu. The traditional Nyonya mixed vegetables, Joo Hoo Char, is presented with fresh lettuce and sambal.

Nyonya Touch to Chinese New Year Menu at Ivy’s Kitchen by what2seeonline.com

On the other hand, the Inche Kabin also known as Nyonya deep-fried chicken, is prepared with crispy skin and is flavorful with the long hours of marinating. The combination of the chicken with the savory dipping Worcestershire sauce is divine.

Nyonya Touch to Chinese New Year Menu at Ivy’s Kitchen by what2seeonline.com

Nyonya Touch to Chinese New Year Menu at Ivy’s Kitchen by what2seeonline.com

The vegetable dish of Stewed Assorted Mushroom with Broccoli and Scallop is brilliantly done at Ivy’s Kitchen. The sauce is flavorful, with a hint of oyster sauce and there is a generous amount of scallops. The mushrooms are braised until soft.

Nyonya Touch to Chinese New Year Menu at Ivy’s Kitchen by what2seeonline.com

The meal is topped off with the dessert of the day – the Hot Red Bean Special with colorful Tong Yan (glutinous rice ball).

Nyonya Touch to Chinese New Year Menu at Ivy’s Kitchen by what2seeonline.com

During this festive season, Ivy’s Kitchen makes it convenient to its customers by hosting two rounds turnover for lunch and three rounds for dinner. Price includes free flow of rice and Chinese tea.

This pork-free restaurant run by Mr Tan and his wife is located within the heart of Chow Thye Road, one of Penang’s bustling food streets. Click here for the Map Location.

Ivy’s Kitchen
58 Jalan Chow Thye
10250 Penang

Tel: 013 4337878 (Mr. Tan)

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7 comments so far

 1 

This CNY menu seems to mix the traditional with a few Nyonya twists… Looks to be a hit! :)

January 24th, 2011 at 1:41 pm
 2 

OOooh…I’ve got my eyes on that The large king prawn is cooked in curry with salted fish and pineapple and fried chicken and ju hu char! I’m salivating here already.

Happy CNY to you in advance!

January 24th, 2011 at 6:58 pm
 3 

The prawn curry is to die for

January 25th, 2011 at 1:32 am
Stephen
 4 

I hope the dishes you’ve shown is for the 388 menu and not the 688 menu. If it costs 688++ then it’s a bit expensive as there are no expensiveingredients like sharksfin or abalone.

January 25th, 2011 at 1:06 pm
 5 

the dishes are quite different from what we normally had for CNY set, a good different indeed :)

January 25th, 2011 at 1:46 pm
Ivys Kitchen
 6 

CK it was a wonderful write up. We have customers from KL and other state coming to check it out this CNY.It is amzing. So my wife and me wants to thank you very much for all your contribution and also wish you , not forgeting your helpful husband and your family a Happy & Prosperous Chinese New year.

February 3rd, 2011 at 1:04 am
Ivys Kitchen
 7 

Steven i understand your feelings on this. Try to come on normal days it will not be at this price.You realise during CNY, workers wages 3x and then ingredients also up dont know how many percent. Wish you and wife and baby Nadia a Happy & Prosperous CNY.

February 3rd, 2011 at 1:07 am

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