Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Onde Onde @ Waterfront, Parkcity

Nyonya & Local Delights

Onde Onde
Nyonya & Local Delights

Ever try Nyonya food before? 
Just so you know, Nyonya cooking is the result of blending Chinese ingredients and wok cooking techniques with spices used by the Malay and Indonesian community.
The food is tangy, aromatic, spicy and herbal. The key ingredients includes coconut milk, galangal, candlenuts as both a flavoring and thickening agent, laksa leaf, pandan leaves, belachan, tamarind juice, lemongrass, torch ginger bud, jicama, fragrant kaffir lime leaf, rice or egg noodles and cincaluk (a powerfully flavored, sour and salty shrimp-based condiment that is typically mixed with lime juice, chillies and shallots and eaten with rice) fried fish and other side dishes.

 Check out the layout of the restaurant
The layout is simply nice. 
It is nicely done with the ambience of bringing back the Nyonya feel.

Onde Onde focusses on bringing scrumptious Nyonya and local delights to residents in the neighbouring housing areas.  Placing strong emphasis on delivering great taste and food quality are the business’ laurels. onde onde believes that when serving local food to the Malaysian public, one has to deliver results, by surpassing consumer expectations as Malaysians know their food well.
In order to do so, onde onde individually selected many of its ingredients from specialty towns and household suppliers whom only produce and supply exclusively to the establishment. It’s ‘Cincalok’ and ‘Gula Melaka’ are sourced from none other than Melaka. Another highlight ingredient is onde onde’s ground coffee which is sourced from a traditional family roster in Ipoh. The end-product is a smooth, robust and fragrant coffee which is free from sharp acidity, palate-numbing bitterness and margarine residue.

As consumers become more sophisticated and appreciative of lifestyle quality, using unique and premium ingredients sets onde onde apart from its competition. It’s ‘kaya’ is home-made, using a traditional recipe of duck-eggs, fresh coconut milk and ‘Gula Melaka’ as key ingredients. It involves 7 hours of continuous and gentle stiring to prevent the ‘kaya’ from over-caramelizing or cuddling.

Amongst onde onde’s best sellers, are its Assam Laksa and prawn noodles (‘Mee Yok’) which are family recipes passed down generations and is now available to onde onde customers. With an extensive food list and 20 Nyonya ‘kuih-muih’ varieties, a specially-designed combo sets allows consumers to taste 2 food items at any time and it comes paired with side dishes, and a complimentary nyonya kuih.

Upon stepping into onde onde, one will be attracted to its striking pink and turqouise walls which are lined with antique Nyonya pottery, porcelain and decoratives. Nyonya folk painting is also featured prominently on wall murals and furniture, giving the restaurant a cosy and alluring ambience.

So our evening started off with some Nyonya Kuih-Muih
Pulut Tai Tai
The Pulut Tai Tai, also know as Kaya Kuih for some people is nicely done. The Pulut wasn't too dry, it's sticky enough yet it's not too sticky. The kaya was normal. But with the Pulut put together with the kaya to eat together, it was just nice for the mouth...

Onde-Onde (left), Angku (right)
 RM 3.50 & RM 2.50
Onde-Onde, I would say it is really nice. The syrup inside it was made purely by Gula Melaka, which tastes perfectly awesome. The texture was really nice as well. But bare in mind, use your hand but not fork to eat it. Why? This is because when you pork it with your fork, the Gula Melaka would just burst out. This would be a waste.

Angku, was kind of different compared to the one I usually have. The texture inside was unique different. You should try for a different taste though the outer colour is not Ang(red)..

The Nyonya Kuih-Muih was nicely done I would say. As a Penangite, I was brought up with lots of Kuih-Muih every single morning for breakfast. And being my grandma was largely influence by the Nyonya culture, I am quite particular with my nyonya food..haha.

Drinks was served.
Kopi (left), Japanese Cucumber (right)
 RM 2.80 & RM 5.90
The Kopi was nice... Really nice. I thought it will be just some typical coffee from a pack. But it doesn't taste like that all. The flavour was really full.
This Japanese Cucumber, I would say it is a really healthy drink. The taste is not that strong. 

Penang Chee Cheong Fun
RM 6.90
When they associate this Chee Cheong Fun with the word "Penang", my expectation went sky high straight away! haha... First of all, I was a bit disappointed when the food was served. Why? The Chee Cheong Fun supposed to be round and not long straight. Oh well, anyways I asked the manager about it. He mentioned that customers prefered this type of Chee Cheong Fun. Oh well, customer is always right. haha. 
The taste is the most important after presentation. So I tried. Suprisingly it tastes quite good. The texture and the taste was just nice.

Assam Laksa
 RM 9.90
Assam Laksa, the moment it was served, I did not expect much from it AT ALL. The reason being because after staying years in KL, all the Assam Laksa that I have tried, being at hawker stall or fancy restaurant, all tastes just bad.....BUT this, honestly speaking, I swear, it was really really nice. The taste was just there, the rempah was just enough and you can also taste the fish in the soup as well. It wasn't just some plain laksa soup with colours on it, the taste is there, the colour is there, everything is there! It was just a perfect laksa for me! =) *just so you know, I finished the whole bowl of the soup, it's THAT nice*

Prawn Mee
 RM 9.90
Prawn Mee also know as Hokkien Mee for Penangites, was alright for me. Nothing special, not too bad I would say. It spicy enough for me. haha

If you feel like eating rice, soups, noodles, and some snacks. You can actually consider some of the Sets Combo that they offer.

Combo B(Nyonya Curry Laksa & Fried Rice)
 RM 15.90
It comes with Nyonya Kuih Muih, some fried Poh Piah, Fried Rice and Nyonya Curry Laksa.

Combo A(Assam Laksa & Nasi Lemak Fried Chicken)
 RM 15.90
It comes with Nyonya Kuih Muih, some fried Poh Piah, Nasi Lemak Fried Chicken and Assam Laksa

Both above are just perfect meal if you're super duper hungry like me! XD

Then it's desserts time
Daily Tong Sui [Green Bean with Sago](left), 
Daily Herbal Tea [Sea Coconut](right)
RM 4.90 & RM 4.90
Both of the dessert was just nice for me. The only concern for me in regards of desserts, it's that it might be toooo sweet. But both of that weren't too sweet. It was just nice...

Sago Gula Melaka
 RM 4.90
This is the best for me! why? I love Gula Melaka. For your information, they word "Gula Melaka" that was used as the name for the dessert is not just for marketing purposes, they actually really uses Gula Melaka. It tastes really really good. I would go for it again if I were to go back there again!

Overall, the food was really really good for me. If you are worried in regards of pricing and all, just so you know, the price is pretty reasonable there I would say as you can see above!

So do drop by to this Restaurant if you're feeling Nyonya! 
onde onde
GF-3A Ground Floor, Waterfront @ Parkcity
5 Persiaran Residen, Desa Park City 52200
Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: +603 - 6280 7419
Opening Hours: Everyday, 9.00am - 10.00 pm 

I would definitely go back again for some awesome Nyonya food!

1 comment:

missyblurkit said...

My regular fave is the asam laksa. Sour and spicy enough. The broth is quite lavish with fish too.