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Published August 21st 2012
Classical Malaysian Straits Chinese food Yum
What is Nonya food? It is basically a genre within Asian cuisine that originated from the Straits of Malacca, Malaysia. A marriage between Malay spices found in the region and Chinese ingredients, the food is highly evolved and has its own distinct character today.
I went with a couple of new friends to D'Nonya Penang at Victoria Park. R is an American, while K is from Perth. K has been frequenting D'Nyonya and introduced their "Roti Canai" to me for dinner. Roti canai is basically the same as roti prata (or paratha). Canai is a Malaysian term, while prata is the Singaporean term for the same roti. I was a little sceptical initially since most of the roti that I have encountered in Perth so far is *gasp* f-r-o-z-e-n.
I was not disappointed! The roti is freshly made - crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The chicken curry that was given was full of coconut goodness. Mmmm! The sambal chilli given provides an extra spicy kick to the curry dip.
R is having K's recommendation of the Penang assam laksa. Traditional laksa is a coconut-based curry, while assam laksa is a sour fish-based curry made with tamarind. Apparently, R loves it! It hits all the right notes with her and K said that its authentic. It does look beautiful!