BY CK Lam

Tucked in the heart of George Town’s Noordin Street is Little Kitchen @ Nyonya. The charming restaurant housed in an old two storey shophouse with a distinctive heritage façade, serves home-cooked Nyonya dishes.

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Stepping inside the restaurant is as though taking a trip back in time for us. The well preserved interior offers something unique and the furniture and antiques reflects the atmosphere perfectly. Even the lightings hanging from the wooden ceiling are of harmonious theme, as described by the proprietor Mr Loh. Remarkably, this is home for all three generations of the family.

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The inner section of the restaurant

 

Initially, Mr Loh’s father delved into the bird nest culinary scene in Penang which they continue up till this very day. However, the young Loh decided to diversify his gastronomic scope by serving authentic Nyonya dishes. His mother has been helping in the daily preparation.

Browsing through the menu, it is clear that Mr Loh’s dishes really mean business. Several items that have disappeared off the face of Penang Nyonya cuisine is found in this restaurant, much to the delight of everyone!

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Ulam and home-made sambal with different tone of spiciness is a must-have


One particular must-try offering is the masak titik, which is a soup made from pepper, belacan (shrimp paste), chillies, white radish, dried prawns and fresh seafood. It is a delight sampling this heartwarming dish, with the spiciness and seafood flavors going hand in hand.

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Masak Titik RM10

 

Another dish that is equally appetizing is the perut ikan, which loosely translates into ‘fish stomach’. This Nyonya specialty with pungent flavors of daun kesom (laksa leaves), daun pudina (mint leaves) and daun kaduk is a tedious dish to prepare. The fatty and smooth pieces of salt-preserved perut ikan are cooked with vegetables and herbs in an utterly delicious  sweet, savory, sour and spicy gravy.

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Perut Ikan RM15

 

Little Kitchen prepares the lor bak (pork roll), which in general is a traditional Chinese delicacy whereby marinated pork are wrapped in bean curd sheet and subsequently deep fried. However, the kitchen adds one more ingredient; tu kua (pig liver), which greatly enhances the taste while adding extra texture.

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Tu Kua Lor Bak – RM4 per roll

 

The dishes are complemented with a plethora of all-time Nyonya favorites, and among them are the tau eu bak (braised pork in soy sauce) and jiu hu char (stir-fried yam bean with dried cuttle fish).

The plate of tau eu bak comes with braised meat – fat and lean meat. The kitchen also offers various innards, such as intestines and stomach. The flavors of seasoning and soy sauce we experienced in this dish is more on the lighter side.

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Tau Ewe Bak RM20

 

Mr Loh recommended the acat chia hu (pickled fish in turmeric vinegar). The deep-fried pickled fishes are cooked in turmeric vinegar, ginger, chili and served topped with spring onions and roasted sesame seeds. The combination of  flavors whetted everyone’s appetite.

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Acat Chia Hu – RM8 per fish

 

Served with freshly cut lettuce and spicy sambal, the signature Nyonya stir-fried jiu hu char (RM8) is simply flavorful with sweetness and flavor from the yambean, prawns, meat, mushroom, carrot and dried squid. The restaurant also offers rempah hae (prawns in rempah paste) RM18.

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For those who may prefer noodles, do try the lum mee. The yellow noodle comes topped with pork, big prawns, omelette strips, pee hu (crispy deep-fried dried sole) and cilantro besides a side of  fiery sambal belacan. The lum mee is very flavorful and robust with rich broth of prawns and chicken and the aromatic pee hu.

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Lum Mee with dried sole

 

There are also sweet dessert options, with black glutinous rice porridge and pengat. The latter comes in rich coconut milk with sweet potatoes, yam, white beans, banana and pieces of coloured tapioca flour.

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We enjoyed the drinks served with the Nyonya dishes, with the perennial favorite being nutmeg (Penang specialty) and ginger tea with palm sugar. Served in colourful self service vacuum flasks, the drinks cost RM3  per glass while free flow is at RM4 per person.

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All in all, Nyonya cuisine has always been a cultural icon for Penang, and Little Kitchen @Nyonya has successful carried on the tradition of preparing all these authentic Nyonya dishes. This establishment is non-halal and it is open daily except Sunday lunchtime. Click here for the google Map Location. Parking spaces are available by the roadside.

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The front section of the restaurant

Little Kitchen @ Nyonya 娘惹小廚房
179 Noordin Street (Ji Tiau Lor)
10300 Penang

Tel: 04-2616731


Business Hours:
11.30am – 2.00pm
6.00pm – 10.00pm

 

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9 comments so far

ken chin
 1 

CK Lam, u always makes me hungry! catch up when you have time in PG!

November 6th, 2012 at 6:18 pm
Teong ONG
 2 

CK, the Nonya dishes looks credible. Not sure about the ulam which are not sliced – a bit chor!

November 6th, 2012 at 6:44 pm
 3 

You finally went!!

November 8th, 2012 at 2:28 pm
aslee449
 4 

The masak titik seems more like asam pedas.
The masak titik my mum used to cook has a santan gravy.

November 16th, 2012 at 8:19 pm
 5 

When I was little my mom used to cook acat jia hu. It is my favorite dish besides perut ikan. How convenient now to get all these nyonya dishes without hving to slave in the kitchen now.

November 19th, 2012 at 10:54 am
Esef
 6 

I was told of this place last month but I’m running short of time. Definitely will visit this place after my return from Belgium. Thanks for sharing …my tummy is growling now for Nyonya cuisine :-(

November 19th, 2012 at 11:09 pm
Chooi Im, HO
 7 

Hi CK, Wehere in Penang can we find halal nyonya food?

February 14th, 2013 at 5:12 pm
 8 

I’ll be back in Penang for a short visit from London and would love to have authentic delicious Nyonya food. Is Little Kitchen better than Mama’s Nyonya at Abu Siti Lane? I would love your advice as I am in dire craving of proper nyonya food :)

April 4th, 2013 at 7:00 pm
HWS
 9 

we went there and found although the taste is reasonably fine, but it is not justified for it’s price and attitude. we found the photos of perut ikan and masak titik is misleading as when we ordered, the size of serving is very small.

the place is not value for money and it is kind of one off business as it discourages us from visiting again.

November 11th, 2013 at 9:58 am

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