Nyonya Cuisine @ Taiping Lang, Puchong Jaya

UPDATE: The place has been closed as of Jan 4 2016.

The Straits Chinese are a unique group of immigrant Chinese who came to Malaya and Singapore in the 1800s, adopting the local Malay customs and cultures by intermarriage. This fusion of cultures has brought about a distinct cooking style and taste, known as Peranakan cuisine.

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In Puchong, one can find tasty, homecooked Peranakan food that is as authentic as they come. Taiping Lang (literally person from Taiping in Hokkien) was started by six siblings, and the recipes were handed down by their mother. The restaurant has been around for more than ten years, but still enjoys immense popularity. Maybe it’s cos it’s hard to find good Peranakan food outside of Malacca and Penang (where there were many Straits Chinese).

The interior is cosy and decorated with loads of nostalgic items, like old posters, photos and kitchen utensils. The walls are also papered with newspaper cuttings, Tv programme photos and magazine writeups.

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The selection is not wide, but enough. 🙂 We ordered one of their sets, which came with (refillable) rice, soup and a side of fresh vegetables.

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Bee Ba Special – braised pork in soy sauce. Super tender, half fatty, half lean pork that melts on your tongue is bathed in a glorious soy sauce with green onions and fermented bean paste. The sauce has that fragrant smell of soy beans and it’s salty savoury flavour is great to go with rice.

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Kali Kay – curry chicken. The curry’s blend of herbs and spices is rich, creamy but not overpowering, and not too spicy. Generous serving of soft potatoes.

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Sambal Hae – shrimp with sambal (spicy sauce) and cucumber. This was quite fiery but also great with rice.

If you noticed, all of the items come with lots of sauce, which is a distinctly Chinese influence (because you can pour it over rice, see?)

The food at Taiping Lang is simple but hearty. My dad loves it because it reminds him of my late grandmother’s cooking (she was Hokkien but learnt cooking from a Nyonya). The price is affordable – this set set us back about Rm50.

TAIPING LANG 

No.19-01, Jalan Kenari 18B, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100, Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia.

tel : +603 – 8076 2686

Tuesday – Sunday: 

  • Lunch  : 11.30am – 3.00pm
    Dinner :  6.00pm -10.00pm

 

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Author: Luna

Bibliophile/foodie. Drop me a line at erisgoesto@gmail.com

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