Peranakan food or Nyonya food combines Chinese, Malay and other influences. Peranakans are descendants of early Chinese migrants into Malaya, inter-marrying the local Malays. As a result of the inter-marrying, nyonya cuisine is born. Nyonya food normally blends Chinese ingredients with various spices commonly used by the Malays.
Straits Food Company is a restaurant which serves peranakan food or nyonya food. Its menu consist a variety of peranakan food such as nyonya laksa, cendol, popiah peranakan and others.
Straits Food Company has a very clean design menu and the first thing that caught our eye is their Nyonya Laksa. So without hesitation, we ordered their Nyonya Laksa which was priced at MYR 7.00 a bowl. This traditional Malacca Nyonya Laksa is served with noodles of your choosing in spicy gravy, coconut milk topped with chopped cucumber, bean sprouts, shrimps, cockles, fishballs and egg in half. Based on its appearance, it is one of the best looking dish of the night. Taste wise, it was one of the best Nyonya Laksa we have tried in Kuala Lumpur and it is definitely comparable with the ones found in Malacca. This is a must try dish.
Since VK ordered the Nyonya Laksa, I decided to go with their Nasi Nyonya Platter Curry Chicken. For the Nasi Nyonya Platter, it comes with rice, dish and okra in sambal belacan. If you would like to have your Nasi Nyonya Platter spicier, you could also order their sambal udang with an additional MYR1.00. I enjoyed their Nasi Nyonya Platter very much. The portion was just right for me.
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Wanting to try more things, we also ordered their Popiah Peranakan. This Popiah Peranakan is basically Peranakan spring roll with turnip stuffing, fresh coriander, fried shallots, bean sprouts, egg strips, cucumber and a dash of gula Melaka or brown sugar, sweet sauce, garlic and grounded red chili. It was stated very clearly on its menu that their Peranakan popiah is freshly made every day. That is good to know.
I won’t go deep into their Kaya Butter Bun as it is something quite common. But if you are looking to this for breakfast or tea break, this is a good place to go for breakfast and tea. Coffee costs about MYR2.00 and plain or toasted bun costs about MYR2.10.
Ahh…Cendol – the homemade fragrant dark green pandan cendol served with shaved ice and flavored by fresh coconut milk and brown sugar or gula Melaka. This is something you can find very easily in Kuala Lumpur but to find one as good this is not easy. This cendol is so good and I would consider this to be a good alternative for those of you who do not have the time to take a trip to Malacca just to have their famous cendol. You can have it here at the Straits Food Company. A bowl of their cendol costs about MYR4.50. For those who would like to have this at the comfort of their home or office, an additional MYR0.50 is payable.
Details about this restaurant:-
Straits Food Company – Makan First, Talk Later
No. 2, Jalan Abdullah, Bangsar Utama, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel No.: 03-2202 0038
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm everyday
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