July 28, 2016

Just Nyonya @ Bandar Menjalara, Kepong


Nyonya Soul Food

Nynoya cuisine has always been a part of my favorite list of cuisine that I can never get enough of. As my family hails from the northern Baba and Nyonya heritage, it makes sense why I adore the cuisine so much simply because I grew up eating it and loving it. Living in Kepong, there is hardly any Nyonya restaurants available here so I was pretty thrilled to see Just Nyonya Restaurant in Bandar Menjalara one day when we drove past the area.


Just when I thought I would go to Just Nyonya to try, a good foodie friend of mine invited me to go with her to Just Nyonya one weekend. Just Nyonya has been churning out dishes of Northern and Southern Nyonya cuisine for a year already in that location. Just Nyonya is owned and run by chef K.S. Tan whose 30 years of culinary career in the Peranakan restaurants has him learning the tricks and trades of the labor intensive cuisine.



The restaurant is relatively simple in décor. Light pale walls are decorated with few Nyonya memorabilia throughout the restaurant. Well ventilated and cool, dining at the restaurant was really comfortable and at ease.



The menu at Just Nyonya is filled with lots of classic Nyonya dishes that hails from Northern and Southern Nyonya cuisine so there’s plenty of dishes to please many. I was pleased to see some of my favorite dishes there, especially a very hard to find classic of Perut Ikan.


While waiting for our food to arrive, we sip on our hot and cold house brewed Serai Tea (RM 4.00)


When the Perut Ikan (RM 16.90) came, I knew it was going to be a good one at sight. Looking rustic, the hodgepodge of pickled fish stomach may not sound appetizing but the flavours of the dish is divine. Cooked for hours and has lots of vegetables, spices, herbs and the salted brined fish stomach, the version here is piquant and moreish. It has just the right hit of tangy notes and the various textures of the vegetables with pineapple and soft fish stomach. I kept savoring spoonfuls of the Perut Ikan happily because this version was so delicious. A must order if you enjoy Perut Ikan!


A bowl of bright orange curry of Sweet Potato Leaf Masak Lemak Keledek (RM 13.90 small) was next. This dish was also a crowd pleaser simply because we enjoy how creamy the curry was and it also had just the right balance of spices in this light curry filled with soft braised sweet potato leaf. The distinctive pungent dried shrimp gave the light gravy a wonderful boost of umami flavour. We literally ended up enjoying the last drop of curry in this bowl.


Since my mom makes a solid Kapitan curry, I had high hopes for the Chicken Kapitan (RM 16.90 small) here. And Just Nyonya’s version didn’t disappoint. Thick, robust and a nice hint of creaminess with a soft tang, the curry makes you want to pile on more steamed rice. We loved how generous Chef Tan is with the gravy as the pieces of chicken is literally smothered in much happiness. It is not too spicy so it is a great rich curry that many will enjoy even if you are not a spicy fan.


Chicken Pongteh (RM 16.90 small), a dish that hails from the Peranakan in the South, is another dish that literally beckons for rice. Unctuous savory and sweet notes are the flagship of the thick bean paste gravy. Tender chicken pieces and melt-in-the-mouth potatoes cooked in the thick bean paste sauce is literally comfort food for many while they were growing up in the Nyonya clan. Just Nyonya’s version has a very good balance of savory and sweetness that the adults enjoy just as much as the young ones.


Tempra Egg (RM 11.90 small) is Chef Tan’s tweak on the classic Tempra Chicken. Instead of chicken, we had fried egg drenched in the Tempra sauce that has loads of onions and minced chicken. It has a light savory flavour with hints of tang. Not spicy at all, the dish was a hit with the kids.


Chuan Chuan Fish (RM 34.90 small) is a Nyonya staple and most households, though shares similar recipe, have their own version that is slightly different. Here, it is crispy fried fish drenched in a savory bean paste gravy topped with onions, tomatoes and spring onions. Simple comforting flavours that is a sure daily favorite…


Just Nyonya’s Nyonya Asam Prawns (RM 38.90 small) is what every asam prawns should be. The unctuous tang of the asam sticky glaze on the prawns will have one sucking the shells to every last bit of its sauce. Yes, it’s that awesome. Prawns were firm and sweet too but the asam glaze is what makes this dish utterly addictive and so delicious! Another must order …


More dishes to savor and another Nyonya favorite of mine is Otak Otak (RM 13.90 per piece). While most recipes varies, the one here is pretty yummy. Laden with spices, the fish custard has a good hint of creamy and robust note. While most Otak Otak are steamed, this one is also grilled lightly for a smoky note.


Last of the savory lot, we also had their Inchi Kabin (RM 16.90 small). Piping hot, these pieces of chicken are well marinated with lots of aromatics and fried to crispy and deep amber hue deliciousness. Juicy and tender, we polished off this plate happily between the adults and kids.


Our Nyonya meal ended with some refreshing sweetness of Cendol (RM 5.00), ABC (RM 6.50) and Sago with Gula Melaka (RM 4.00). The desserts are very generously filled with ingredients and makes a good ending to a lovely meal at Just Nyonya. Enjoy slivers of cendol with creamy and nutty red bean topped with thick coconut and rich gula Melaka in Cendol or tiny pearls of Sago drenched in creamy coconut milk and gula Melaka are desserts that I can never get enough off. I also enjoy the hodgepodge of ingredients in the ABC with fine saved iced and doused with gula Melaka and syrup.




With decent pricing and good portions, Just Nyonya proves to be a solid place for Nyonya food. Flavours are solid for most dishes with top favorites of mine that includes Perut Ikan, Chicken Kapitan, Sweet Potato Leaf Masak Lemak Keledek, Asam Prawns and more. There are also set lunch with very decent pricing and I spied Nyonya Laksa on the menu too. I will definitely be back to try other dishes on their menu!



JUST NYONYA RESTAURANT
25, Lorong 5/62a,
52200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 3-6279 9996 /+6019-260 3996


Business Hours:
Lunch          12.00pm – 3.00pm
Dinner         6.00pm – 10.00

(Close on Tuesday)

8 comments:

  1. Please share to all Buddhists

    DATUK YIP KUM FOOK is a fraudulent lawyer who uses tricks to defraud other people's property and harass Buddhists monks at the SAMNAK SAMBODHI BUDDHIST TEMPLE, Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong

    DATUK YIP KUM FOOK is also a rich man who spends his time having fun, especially those who behave irresponsibly or have a lot of casual sex with people's wives in Kepong, now many people know about this man (yip)

    Recently, the Malaysian police planned to arrest him in jail, and many suspected him, there was also a lot of bad news on the internet about him, some people complained about him in politics and Buddhism

    Again share to all, you will get more merit for protecting Buddhism and human rights

    By Ng Swee Huat, Kepong

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  2. VEN. U NANDIYA AND YIP KUM FOOK......THEY ARE CHEATING PEOPLE IN MALAYSIA
    Dear brother and sister,

    I am Myanmar who working in Malaysia more than 10 years and I would like to explain about SAMNAK SAMBODHI BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION. Therefore, recently I stayed at Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), Taiping, Perak. I am very close with Ven. U Nandiya Maha Thero.

    My monk Ven. U Nandiya is very good heart and compassion to everyone in the world, also I heard when he stayed at Kuala Lumpur Buddhist Temple, he lend donation money to President of Temple(Datuk Yip Kum Fook, MCA Gombak) with amount RM20,000.00 only and he said that money belong to Myanmar society in Malaysia.

    On the other hand, my monk said, also many things happened when he stayed there because committees always disturbing, I am very sadly about that matter, why committees are very poor and crooks. Others Temple, people come to Temple to respected Buddha and Monks, also give red packet to monks. Why this Temple, monks must give money to committees, this is opposite.

    If anyone receive or read this message, please inform to DATUK YIP KUM FOOK to return that amount to my monk as soon as possible.

    My monk contact place:

    Ven. U Nandiya
    Sasana Daja Buddhist Temple
    49 Bombay Street, Lidcombe NSW 2141.
    Tel: (02) 9649-8124

    With kindness

    KO KO NAING
    Taiping, Perak, Malaysia

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  3. Dear brother and sister,

    I am Myanmar who working in Malaysia more than 10 years and I would like to explain about SAMNAK SAMBODHI BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION. Therefore, recently I stayed at SASANARAKKHA BUDDHIST SANCTUARY (SBS), Taiping, Perak. I am very close with Ven. U Nandiya Maha Thero.

    My monk Ven. U Nandiya is very good heart and compassion to everyone in the world, also I heard when he stayed at Kuala Lumpur Buddhist Temple, he lends donation money to President of Temple (Datuk Yip Kum Fook, MCA Gombak) with amount RM20,000.00 only and he said that money belong to Myanmar society in Malaysia.

    On the other hand, my monk said, also many things happened when he stayed there because committees always disturbing, I am very sadly about that matter, why committees are very poor and crooks. Others Temple, people come to Temple to respected Buddha and Monks, also give red packet to monks. Why this Temple, monks must give money to committees, this is opposite.

    If anyone receive or read this message, please inform to DATUK YIP KUM FOOK (president of SAMNAK SAMBODHI BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION) to return that amount to my monk as soon as possible.

    My monk contact place:
    Ven. U Nandiya
    Sasana Daja Buddhist Temple
    49 Bombay Street, Lidcombe NSW 2141.
    Tel: (02) 9649-8124
    And:
    SĀSANĀRAKKHA BUDDHIST SANCTUARY
    c/o: 28 & 30, 1st floor, Jalan Medan Taiping 4.
    Medan Taiping 34000, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia.

    With kindness

    KO KO NAING
    Taiping, Perak, Malaysia

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    1. About YIP KUM FOOK, it is better to you are escape from the Kepong area because you were my good friend in the previous days until today

      YIP KUM FOOK better leave Kuala Lumpur area because someone to report to police and Sentul Police Station and Breakfield Police Station want you

      We know you make more mistakes but you can't run away from the country's laws, on last time you can solve problems with pay money to shut people-mouth up, but now it's different, now is the age of technology like the internet

      I hope, you will understand me what I said in the verses above, I love you in my heart like my brother and I will protect you from what people gossip about you..ok

      Lee, Selayang

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  4. The largest rebel against Buddhists and Hindu in Malaysia is YIP KUM FOOK and he is a lawyer in Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong, maybe his lawyer is a fake certificate because he is not like someone who studied law. Lawyers must be at least 6 years to study, but we're the same age, but we've never seen him take that class because YIP KUM FOOK is busy with a furniture store business in Kepong area

    He ordered the people to burn the Hindu Temple in Taman Daya, Kepong because at that time he was the MCA chairman in Taman Daya and he had power there, the other because he needed a place to set up his furniture shop business

    In Buddhism, he was the president of SAMNAK SAMBODHI BUDDHIST TEMPLE in Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong in 1994, before the president of the temple was SHIA KOK SUN, YIP KUM FOOK this joined the committee members then he rejected SHIA KOK SUN, then he took over as president

    Happened at the SAMNAK SAMBODHI BUDDHIST TEMPLE, from him taking over the presidential temple, was never peaceful and always a problem because he was a trouble maker, pushing the old committee and various making a mess in the Temple

    Instead, he defrauded a Myanmar monk (ven. Nandiya) of about rm20,000.00, called police and gangster to remove the Buddhist monk, a monk is from Penang (Ven. Piya Dhammo), and ordered his group to lock down the temple

    YIP KUM FOOK will receive his Karma in what he does, all the GODS have seen and always commented on him and he will suffer forever in this life and the next life… all need to care about YIP KUM FOOK…

    Description by Cikgu Cheong

    This is with your message Excellent and please share with everyone .... thank you ... by Hindu groups in Malaysia

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  5. About YIP KUM FOOK, it is better to you are escape from the Kepong area because you were my good friend in the previous days until today

    YIP KUM FOOK better leave Kuala Lumpur area because someone to report to police and Sentul Police Station and Breakfield Police Station want you

    We know you make more mistakes but you can't run away from the country's laws, on last time you can solve problems with pay money to shut people-mouth up, but now it's different, now is the age of technology like the internet

    I hope, you will understand me what I said in the verses above, I love you in my heart like my brother and I will protect you from what people gossip about you..ok

    Lee, Selayang

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  6. YIP KUM FOOK (MCA Gombak) was a very big mistake to expel monks from SAMNAK SAMBODHI BUDDHIST TEMPLE in 2001, Buddhists still in remember that time, he and his thugs(gangsters) and 2 polices came to destroy(arrest) the Sangha in the Temple, and the devotees were very sad to hear it had applied

    How long, Buddhists cannot forget what happened in the SAMNAK SAMBODHI BUDDHIST TEMPLE but YIP KUM FOOK how to live in the world, he damaged the Sangha or separated Sangha, which is a very big sin in Buddhist teachings. This Kamma, the earth will suck or swallow you (YIP KUM FOOK) like His Venerable Devatta on Buddha time

    “you are a Buddhist and you are a lawyer, also a graduate, why don’t you know what is wrong or right, like us as ordinary people, we don’t have any graduates or degrees but we know about the good and the bad”

    Kenny yap, Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong

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  7. https://cn.cari.com.my/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=2848979&mobile=2&mobile=
    不知廉耻!马华简直是禽兽集团!——转载:马华是反佛教!

    刚才在偶然间,突然给我看到这样不仁义的事情。愤怒!咬牙切齿!涌上心头
    身为佛教徒的我,这种事情对我而言,简直是如针毡肉。

    马华,以及雪州联委会副主席拿督叶金福(yip kum fook),还算是人吗?

    为了金钱和权力,出卖人民不打紧,反正丑态已经深入民心
    现在还想打宗教的主意,谋取精神层次方面的利益和权力。

    所谓唇亡齿寒,马华可以对佛教这样,也可以以同样的态度对待天主教、基督教、道教和其他非穆斯林的宗教团体。

    所以,现在那个马华公会鸱唛区主席叶金福不是国会议员都这样了,以后有了权力还得了?
    而那个蔡CD知道了这样的事情后,毫无谴责之意,依然让这件事情发生下去。
    正所谓,看到杀人犯在杀人,你不去阻止和谴责的话,你和杀人犯还有什么差别?

    为了更安宁的未来,在马华的良心泯起时,请马华基于人道主义这方面,请自我解散吧
    This Datuk Yip Kum Fook is very bad because he cheated people everywhere and also bring politics to play in Buddhist Temple, now Buddhist Temple near collapse and destroy.... Chinese and local people are not go Temple already..

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