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Kuala Lumpur - Authentic Nyonya kuehs at Nyonya Colors


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Kuala Lumpur - Authentic Nyonya kuehs at Nyonya Colors

klyeoh | | Jul 31, 2012 08:21 AM

My curiousity was piqued when a Malaccan-born auntie, who happened to be a true-blue 7th-generation Nyonya recommended this place to me. She tasted the Nyonya "kueh-kueh" (cakes) at Nyonya Colors in Mid Valley during a visit to KL a few months back, and loved the kuehs so much, she'd told me not to miss them.

I finally got round to go to Nyonya Colors this evening: I must say that their "kueh" were probably the best I'd tasted in KL, though still miles behind (in terms of taste/texture) to those from Singapore's Princess Terrace, Subway Niche or even Bengawan Solo, and also the two fantastic Nyonya stalls in Penang's Pulau Tikus market.

That said, I quite liked Nyonya Colors' "kueh talam" with its lovely pandan-infused green half, and the salty-sweet coconut-creme white half.

The "lapis sago" was bland and tasteless, whilst the white-and-pink pin-striped "lapis beras" lacked the fresh coconut creme flavor I was expecting.

I quite like the "kueh seri-muka", with its green pandan-scented custard top--half, and with the glutinous rice bottom half tinged blue using butterfly pea flower.

Besides the sweet cakes, I tried Nyonya Colors' very Penang Nyonya-sounding "Nasi Kunyit" with chicken curry. The yellow turmeric-tinted, coconut-flavored steamed glutinous rice was generously studded with whole white peppercorns. The chicken curry which came with it was rich, spicy and redolent (perhaps overly so) with lemongrass. Pretty average-tasting dish.

Oh well, I guess this is the "best" Nyonya that one can find in Kuala Lumpur. I wondered what my Malaccan aunt was thinking!

Address details
Nyonya Colors
LG 230A, Lower Ground Floor
The Gardens Shopping Mall
Mid Valley City
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Main enquiries line: +6012-515 8822

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