【Kuala Lumpur】Famous Nyonya Cuisine Spot, “Old China Cafe”


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Old China Cafe, which is located in Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur, is where you can enjoy Nyonya cuisine.

It is very famous among locals and tourists alike and always filled with them. As well as authentic foods, the atmosphere transforms you to the past.

This is definitely a must visit when you are in Kuala Lumpur.

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What You Can Have

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What Old China Cafe mainly serves is Nyonya cuisine. Nyonya cuisine is the traditional cuisine in Malacca and is a combination of Chinese and Malay cuisine.

Most of foods are cooked with herbs and spices such as clove, star anise, cinnamon, turmeric, galangal, candlenut, lemongrass, torch ginger and kaffir lime leaves.

While most dishes can be on the spicy side, they also have less spicy ones such as soya beans or tamarind. So even kids can enjoy their dishes.

Kuala Lumpur doesn’t have many places which serve Nyonya cuisine, hence you can not miss Old China Cafe.

The Vibe

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Old China Cafe is like an old house and has very unique atmosphere.

First of all, what catches your eyes is two large mirrors facing each other, which is called feng shui mirrors. The Chinese believe it brings or reflects perpetually good luck.

Many pictures, photos and calligraphy scrolls on the wall represent Nyonya culture, and wood paneling and dim lights make it somewhere deserted and old days style.

This place has not been unchanged for a long time and the fading Chinese community’s old social life remains at Old China Café.

The Menu

Their menu is wide and you will have a lot of choices such as he fish head curry, Laksa, Nyonya Fried Chicken…etc. However most of you don’t have any ideas how those dishes are like. Hence here let me suggest three recommended menu for you.

1. Pie Tee (Top Hats)

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Pie Tee is a recommended appetizer. This looking cute dish is hat- shaped cones made of rice flour and filled with minced chicken, sweet turnip and carrot. It is flavorful and you will enjoy the crispy texture.

2. Beef Rendang

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Beef Rendang is tender beef  braised with a coconut milk and spices. It is a bit spicy and really good. Please have it with some rice.

3. Coconut Rice

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Look that beautiful blue rice. The rice is cooked with a coconut cream and tinged with the natural essence of the blue pea. It is a traditional way to cook rice in Nyonya culture.

The rice itself doesn’t have a much flavor but will be a fun twist.

The Dessert and Coffee

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For the dessert,  sago with gula melaka is recommended. The tapioca is served with the coconut cream and dark palm sugar syrup.

The texture is very springy and bouncy but not to chewy. It is a very lovely dessert especially girls like.

Old China Cafe serves Malacca coffee, which is roasted in butter and cocoa. It has a flavor like a Chinese tea and has very mild taste. Please enjoy it with adding extra sugar and milk.

Restaurant Details

【Address】11, Jalan Balai Polis, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
【TEL】+603-2072 5915
【Opening Hours】11:30 am – 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
【Official Website】http://www.oldchina.com.my/cafe.html