Saturday, 2 March 2013

Old China Cafe, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Old China Cafe, Chinatown, Petaling Street, best nyonya in Kuala Lumpur
Old China Cafe - entrance and antique tables
Old China Cafe, Chinatown, Petaling Street, best nyonya in Kuala Lumpur
Old China Cafe - dining areas
Old China Cafe, Chinatown, Petaling Street, best nyonya in Kuala Lumpur
Pie Tee RM6.80
Old China Cafe, Chinatown, Petaling Street, best nyonya in Kuala Lumpur
Lobak RM8.80

Old China Cafe, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Nyonya cuisine, laksa, best food in KL
Coconut Rice RM1.80 
Old China Cafe, Chinatown, Petaling Street, best nyonya in Kuala Lumpur
Mug of Carlsberg Draught
Old China Cafe, Chinatown, Petaling Street, best nyonya in Kuala Lumpur
Ikan Assam RM18.90
Old China Cafe, Chinatown, Petaling Street, best nyonya in Kuala Lumpur
Kapitam Chicken RM13.90
Old China Cafe, Chinatown, Petaling Street, best nyonya in Kuala Lumpur
Cincalok Omelette RM8.80 
Old China Cafe, Chinatown, Petaling Street, best nyonya in Kuala Lumpur
Fried Assam Prawns RM28.90
Old China Cafe, Chinatown, Petaling Street, best nyonya in Kuala Lumpur
Beef Rendang RM15.80

OLD CHINA CAFE

By visiting performance poet, Paul Cookson


A little unspectacular from the outside, The Old China Cafe is situated just off Jalan Petaling in the Chinatown area of KL. It looks a little run down but not dilapidated, old but not tired. Once you walk inside however, the ambience is great and welcoming with plenty to look at - artefacts from “old China” (to these eyes anyway). Tables are spacious, not too crowded together and the room feels relaxed.

First things first, a good cold beer. They're chilled here. I've had trouble getting a truly cold one in other parts. Old China Cafe's fridge is icy.

Starters were light and tasty. Little top hats (pie tee) of crunchy pastry filled with veg and chili sauce were remarkably flavoursome... as was the stuffed pork Labak. Both, very enjoyable. The starters did their job amiably - made us look forward to the main course.

The first dish to arrive was the fragrant blue coconut rice. Visually impressive and equally tasty. My personal favourites were the fried assam prawns - gorgeous texture and taste, I could have eaten twice as many! The beef rendang was spicy, textured and very enjoyable as well. The kapitam chicken, is one to get your fingers into to get to the tasty flesh around the bone. I was pleasantly surprised by the cincalok omelette. To me, the uninitiated, omelette didn't seem the most exciting choice on the menu. This was not was I was expecting however. It was light with plenty of veg and assorted fillings. It's strong savoury flavour went down well with my chilled beer.

So, would I eat at the Old China Cafe again? Definitely.
Did I enjoy it? Definitely
Would I recommend it? Definitely

Monica recommends returning for the Nyonya Laksa.

PAUL COOKSON

Old China Cafe
11 Jalan Balai Polis
50000 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 2072 5915

8 comments:

  1. Very nice. Despite the name it is more nyonya or peranakan. My kind of cuisine. I like!

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  2. The cafe is a visual delight. Anything old and China..and Chinese, though the food looks more Peranakan or Nonya. The lobak looks visually inviting and that ikan assam taken with the rice washed down with a nice cool beer in the relaxed 'ancient' ambience, that is my idea of how to have your cake (ah,food) and eat it too. You did not mention anything about the fried assam prawns. Were they any good? The dish sure looks tempting.

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    1. The prawns were fabulous! Yes, the setting is great - especially fun location to bring friends from out of town.

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  3. i heard that the mee siam is superb. have to try soon!

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    1. Yes, quite reasonable for a tourist area.

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