* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 12th July 2011.

The recently opened Nyonya Breeze Desire restaurant in Straits Quay carries on the tradition of Peranakan cuisine associated with Penang. The food are similar to that at its outlet in Abu Siti Lane.

Cooking Nyonya food has always been a meticulous affair and Nyonya Breeze Desire had the cuisine prepared with great attention to detail, balancing flavours and taste. The impressive range of dishes include nasi ulam, inche kabin, sambal goreng, asam pedas and braised meat.

The dishes came in large and small portions. I chose the latter. The starter was a plateful of jiu hu char or stir-fried sengkuang (RM13.90) served with fresh lettuce and sambal belacan. The gravy had hints of mushroom, carrot and dried squid. All in all, a perfect dish.

Plate of stir fried sengkuang, served with  lettuce and spicy sambal belacan_resize

Kari Kapitan is a classic chicken curry with emphasis on lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk. The rich full-bodied gravy was not too spicy, and it was an excellent complement to white rice.

Kari Kapitan with thick creamy gravy_resize


A Nyonya meal is not complete without soup. Pepper too tor t’ng, (pig’s stomach soup) was served with ginkgo nuts and tender pieces of pig stomach and chicken.

A bowl of peppery Too Tor T’ng (pig’s stomach soup) with gingko nuts, tender pieces of pig stomach and chicken_resize


The deep fried spring rolls (RM8.90), also known as choon peah were complemented by Worcestershire sauce. The stuffing of minced chicken, sengkuang (yambean) and carrot tasted doubly flavourful with the sauce.

Deep fried spring rolls, also known as choon peah


Tau eu bak (pork in soya sauce) was braised for several hours to make the meat flavourful, with the gravy complementing it well. However, the meat was a bit tough as most of the pieces were lean.

Nyonya Breeze’s Tau Eu Bak (pork in soya sauce)_resize


Another must-try is perut ikan (RM11.90). Literally translated as Fish’s Stomach, this is a signature Nyonya specialty. The very thought of it sets stomachs rumbling! Perut ikan is a curry-like dish with vegetables, aromatic herbs and fermented fish’s stomach in the bath of rich, savoury, sweet, sour, and spicy goodness. Every spoonful of the soup was simply orgasmic.

Perut Ikan is a signature Nyonya specialty_resize


The meal ended with a serving of fragrant nasi ulam, which is a combination of cooked rice with toasted grated coconut, toasted belacan (dried shrimp paste) powder, fried salted fish, dried shrimp and finely chopped fresh herbs including daun kaduk (betel leaf).

Fragrant Nasi Ulam_resize


Nyonya Breeze Desire is open daily. Located on the first floor of Straits Quay, the restaurant has a gorgeous sea view. The decor is that of a modern simple cafe. Its outlet in Abu Siti Lane closes on Tuesday.

Nyonya Breeze Desire
3A-1-7 Straits Quay
Tanjung Tokong
Tel: 04 8999058

Nyonya Breeze
50 Lorong Abu Siti
Tel: 04 2279646

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12 comments so far


Nyonya Breeze is our favorite place for nyonya cuisine cravings. Love the huge crispy spring rolls and the not too spicy curry kapitan.

July 12th, 2011 at 10:54 am

Those belacan makes ‘me’ endorphines oozing… lol.

July 12th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Happy Birthday CK!! :-)

CK Lam Reply:

Thank you so much Min!

July 13th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I need to learn how to make choon peah !

I was addicted to them, but there are no places here where i could buy them :( (i moved)

If you have a good receipt for them i would be glad to know it!

July 25th, 2011 at 12:25 am
Tan KY

I plan to bring my family member to go for dinner on next sunday at Nyona Breeze located at Abu Siti Lane , do you think the one at Straits Quay will be better? and how about the price, is it more expensive due to the location?

CK Lam Reply:

Each outlet is different in presentation, deco and ambience.

August 1st, 2011 at 12:05 am

Oooo. I loved the one in Abu Siti Lane! Must tarik MZ to go makan d when I come back to Penang :D

Hope all is well with you aunty!

August 9th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

i’ve been there ,the food is not bad but one of the guy with bold head was very rude to my in law n sis in law when they complaint the fish maw soup smell different !!!after thet we wont be there anymore even the taste is not bad!

August 11th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I’ve been to the restaurant at Abu Siti Lane quite a few times and once to Straits Quay. The guy with the shaved head has always been friendly and personable. Maybe you’re just not used to his style. Courtesy begets courtesy.

August 19th, 2011 at 11:05 am

I quite like the food though still a little off from home cooked nonya food. The baldy guy Alvin I think does not belong to the service industry.

December 19th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Gave a dinner for a group of 25 ( average age of 50 yrs ) on 29th Dec 2011. Service poor ( only 1 waiter around) , Food not up to standard, tiny portions and charges exceptionally high.
Paid RM1133.50 + 113.35. Later had to buy food from Gurney drive as guests were still hungry after the meal from Nonya Breeze. Really Unforgetable meal.

January 2nd, 2012 at 12:14 am

Hi I really like your site. I am in Penang for a very short time and wonder if you could recommend the best place for Nyonya food in Georgetown and a favourite Hawker market there? Thank you and keep up the good work.


Chris Johns

March 17th, 2012 at 7:04 am

I went to this restaurant during my trip @ Penang. The waiters were very friendly but the food was so-so. The one who prepared drinks for us had an extremely bad attitude towards customers! They even mixed up our food! I would say this restaurant is overrated.

July 12th, 2012 at 11:13 am

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