What I love the most about living in Malaysia is that we have a rich culture in our food history dating back to the 15th century where the Peranakan Cuisine or some may call it Baba Nyonya was birthed. This intricate cuisine is a mix of various cultures, which include Dutch, Portugese, Malay and Chinese.
Being passionate about food history and how it has evolved, we were excited to indulge in some of these dishes at Che Nyonya, The Pine Cafe tucked away from the hustle of the KL city life.
We started off with the traditional Nyonya Curry Laksa (RM13.90).Personally, this was a stand out dish for us as the broth of this laksa had so much depth in flavour with the combination of the other ingredients.
We moved on to the Coconut Cream Pineapple with Prawns also known as Udang Masak Lemak Nenas (RM18.90). This dish was not spicy at all. Plus, the combination of pineapple and tumeric really brought the dish together. Although, we would have preferred a bit more chilli in the curry.
We dare say that this Chicken PongTeh (RM14.90) is absolutely delicious. It's one of those classic dishes that has been cooked for a few hours on the stove and a great blend of the Malay and Chinese culture in one pot.
Next we tasted Che Nyonya's Fried Rice with Tamarind Prawns (RM13.90).The rice dish was average, but we really enjoyed the tangy flavour coming from the prawns which was cooked well.
Sadly to say that the Nyonya Assam Ikan Merah (RM18.90) did not live up to our expectations, as we were really looking forward to dig into it. The fish was not fresh and it did not leave a good taste in our mouth. The saving grace of this dish was the Assam base to the curry that was well balanced.
We ended our meal with the Baba Nyonya Cendol (RM8.00) overlooking the swimming pool. It is not the best cendol we have tasted but on a hot sunny day this was exactly what we needed.
Overall, we had a good lunch at Che Nyonya and the best part is that you don't have to be a club member to dine in the cafe. So, if you are around the area and would like to chow down on some affordable Nyonya food by the pool with your family, this may just be the place for you.