Malaysian/Singaporean: Nyonya

Eating Out
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I’ve visited Nyonya, on the outskirts of Chinatown, so many times that I assumed I had already written it up.  Yeah, well I was wrong – no write-up on Nyonya? What a travesty!  And why do I visit Nyonya so often? Well, for the authentic Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine of course!  While I change up the dishes I order every so often, I always start with my favorite appy:

I’ve written about roti canai before (here and here, for example), and the light, fluffy bread with accompanying chicken curry sauce gets me every time.  Different restaurants have different roti styles, but I favor Nyonya’s – light, flaky and just a tad chewy.  A mix between a crepe and a puff pastry, you’ll find yourself addicted at first sumptuous bite.

On this visit, my eating buddies and I also ordered the prawn mee (mee = noodles):

Considering that prawn mee was the first dish I had the minute I landed in Singapore the past 2 times I visited (yes, this was with my luggage in tow and everything. No, I did not look great), I was a bit skeptical about how good this NYC version would be.   Well color me surprised – while Nyonya’s version had a thicker, brinier broth, it was extremely appealing in its weighty manifestation.  I’ll be ordering this again fo’ sho’!

To round out our meal, eating buddies and I also ordered the mee siam (first picture), rice noodles stir-fried with tofu, eggs, shrimp & bean sprout in a spicy thai chili sauce and garnished with peanuts.  We ordered it “dry,” which means stir-fried – if you want a light gravy, you’d order the “wet” mee siam.  These noodles were spicy sweet with a well-proportioned ratio of tofu, shrimp and carbs. Yum.

And since, FINE, we really should have veggies (grumble), we ordered the kang kung belacan as well:

Belacan (pronounced “baLAchan”) is a shrimp paste and chili pepper sauce that is briny, pungent and gives the veggies the perfect kick.  Kang kung, or Chinese water spinach is a green veg (obvi) with a hollow stem and tender leaves.  On the occasions where I *must* eat veggies, kang kung belacan is a piquant choice.

Our bill came out to less than $35 for 3 people, making Nyonya an authentic, delicious and economical dinner option.  I’ll definitely be returning here (as I have many times already) for my Singaporean/Malaysian food fix!

Authentic, delicious and economical to boot!

Nyonya
199 Grand St. (btw Mott and Mulberry)
212.334.3669

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Joanne
    May 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I don't think I've ever had Malaysian food before so I definitely need to make a stop at this place! Looks fantastic!

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    Layla
    May 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    This post literally has me drooling.

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    kelsey
    May 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I loved this post because you are so hilarious!! And, of course the food looks delicious too. Yum. 🙂

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    Kim
    May 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Looks great! If you have heard about any great Malaysian places in SF let me me know! That is one type of cuisine I haven't stumbled upon here, but all of your posts have me drooling (and craving)!

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    Alice
    May 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    mee siam and kang kung belacan?? Drooling once again and it's barely past 9!

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    Amanda
    May 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Like Layla, I'm drooling. There is a grumbling noise in my stomach that just can't contain itself.

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    Elle
    May 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    The kang kung belacan looks yummy. I might just order it for the heck of pronouncing it hahaha

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    lavenderpug
    May 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    must go find noodles to eat. any noodles. now.

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    Kate
    May 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Yum. Yum. Yum.

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    San Jose Love
    May 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    malaysian cuisine is one of my favorites. I've also heard of Kang Kung being called Ong Choy. That's my fave dish too.

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    Jade
    May 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Nyonya is definitely one of my favorite restaurants when I lived in Chinatown. I am craving that crispy roti canai now! I think I'll have to make a stop here when I visit next week!

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    Jessica
    May 5, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    The prawn mee looks and sounds delicious, I don't blame you for wanting to try it in Singapore straight off the plane!

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    Cathleya
    May 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Chinese water spinach is my FAVORITE! My mom makes it for me every time I go home. I have never had Malaysian food. I know this is really sad and weird. 🙁 I should find a good place here in the Bay!

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    Mo
    May 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    *droool*
    My very good friend is visiting New York for the first time and now I must send her your blog! Reading your posts always makes me want to go back and eat my way through the city. 🙂

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    Jen
    May 6, 2011 at 2:25 am

    This post made me hungry! I need to make a trip back to Malaysia or Singapore to get my fix!

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    Mrs. Hot Cocoa
    May 6, 2011 at 2:53 am

    I so miss authentic roti . . .

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    Ivester
    May 6, 2011 at 3:00 am

    mm love their ong choy

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    Bonnie Joy
    May 6, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Oh how I miss Malaysian (or Indonesian which is extremely similar) food. Especially kangkung. I had a dream about it the other night and woke up drooling. I wish we had a restaurant like Nyonya's in Palmerston North!

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    honey my heart
    May 6, 2011 at 8:12 am

    oh my, i love kang kung! you've made my weekend goal to eat some good malaysian food.

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    Katie
    May 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Seriously…I have to have this food! It looks so insanely good!

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    Ghenet
    May 9, 2011 at 3:38 am

    Sounds and looks SO good! I will have to add this to my list. 🙂

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    Firewater_Tigerlily
    May 14, 2011 at 12:43 am

    These dishes look divine! I hope to try some of it out sometime! I Love Sweet Thai Chile Sauce!The Prawn Mee sounds good,the mi siam looks pretty yummy too! And the Roti Canai looks yummy also! Isn't there something similar to Roti in Indian and Arab food?

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    BigAppleNosh
    May 14, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Firewater_Tigerlily, one of the great things about Singaporean food that is influenced by Malay, Indonesian, Chinese, Indian and Western cuisines! 🙂

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