Aunty Nat

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I visited Aunty Nat recently with a friend for lunch, and I am happy to say … it was a good lunch. Hmm… how’s that, to start off my article. And should I also say that it’s alright to think that this is going to be a good review, since I started it by mentioning “I had a good lunch?”. Of course not ! One should also take into consideration your lunch company, the traffic in the restaurant and also … the logistic of the place.

Aunty Nat is located in MidValley Megamall (someone told me it’s now known as Mid Valley City) … and it’s at the Boulevard. Alright, for the uninitiated … The Boulevard is not IN MidValley but opposite it. That’s right …. away from the mall. So don’t come complaining if you go hunting for Aunty Nat in the mall and can’t find it !

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Having said that, I’d like to add that Aunty Nat some decent Nyonya food. Not only that, having a nice setup in the restaurant helps as well.

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As quoted by Star Kuali “It’s rustic charm and quaintness, coupled with a touch of the contemporary, certainly appeals to many Malaysians, especially those with a penchant for Nyonya food”.

As for the food, we had 3 dishes … namely Brinjal with Dried Prawns, Assam Sotong and a Nyonya signature dish, Chicken PongTeh. Very often, this dish is the benchmark of a good Nyonya restaurant. I have tasted some of the ‘best’ homecooked Ayam (chicken) PongTeh and Ayam (chicken) buah keluak hence meeting my expectations on the quality of these Nyonya dishes will not be easy.

In Aunty Nat, the Brinjal with Dried Prawns were served with largely cut brinjal slices and sprinkles of dried prawns to add to the tasted. It’s a little spicy (most Nyonya dishes are either spicy or sour) but unfortunately the brinjals slices were a little to thick. At times, you may taste a little rawness in the brinjals.

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As for the Assam Sotong (squid), I absolutely love the assam gravy. Spicy and sour, mix it with rice and you will have tingling ears as you swallow your next piece of squid down your throat. My thumbs up for this dish.

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As for the Ayam (Chicken) PongTeh, the chicken is tender and just right … but as I took the first mouthful, I was expecting the aroma of the sweet bean paste but it was bland. Nothing close to my expectation. Just too bad I did not try the Perut Ikan dish … that’s another classic Nyonya dish that one should try in a Nyonya restaurant.

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Have you ever wondered how did Nyonya food came about ? More often than not, we only say “Nyonya food” or “Peranakan food”, but we do not say “Baba food”. This is due to the fact the women do most of the cooking. Nyonya food was invented by the Peranakan people of Malaysia and Singapore. It uses mainly Chinese ingredients but blends them with South-East Asian spices such as coconut milk, lemon grass, turmeric, screwpine leaves, chillies and sambal. It can be considered as a blend of Chinese and Malay cooking.

Examples of Nyonya dishes include:

Laksa lemak is a type of laksa served in a rich coconut gravy.
Otak-otak is a fish cake grilled in a banana leaf wrapping. The town of Muar is famous for it.
Ayam pongteh, a chicken stew cooked with tauchu and gula melaka that is sweetish
Ayam buah keluak, a chicken dish cooked using the nuts from Pangium edule or the “Kepayang” tree, a mangrove tree that grows in Malaysia and Indonesia
Cincalok, a distinctly Peranakan condiment made of fermented shrimp
Se Bak, pork loin, marinated overnight with herbs and spices, cooked over a slow fire and simmered to perfection.

REVIEWS & INFORMATION

Contact Details

Aunty Nat
5G, Signature Office
The Boulevard Mid Valley
Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan

Outlets:
• No. 26, Jalan SS21/39 (next to Standard Chartered bank) in Damansara Utama, Damansara
Phone: 03-7725 3011
• 4, Lorong Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 03-2168 8126

Ratings
OVERALL RATINGs : * * * (Nice setup but foodwise, there’s room for improvement)
Environment Ratings : * * * * (Authentic, nice & quiet)
Food Ratings : * * * (2 out of 3, come on … you can do it !)
Service Ratings : * * * * (Very attentive waiters)
Value Ratings : * * * (Quite EX. I rather wait my annual chance to eat my homecook ones)

Operation Details
Average Price : RM20++ per person
Business Hrs : Monday to Sunday 12:00 noon till 10:00 pm
Accepted Cards: AMEX, VISA, MASTERCARD

Miscellaneous Details
Halal : Yes
Dining Method : Dine in, take-away
Food/Cuisine : Nyonya
Specialities :
Tumeric Fried Chicken, Kiam Hu Curry, Lemon Grass Steamed Fish, Nyonya Assan Fish, Pan Fried Soya Sauce Prawn, Homemade Otak-Otak, Sambal Angle Beans, Ju Hu Char, Perut Ikan, Caramel Custard, Sago in Gula Melaka, Kan Sui Choong with Kaya.
Ambiance/Features : Authentic traditional settings
Reservations : Yes

– Set Menus and a la Carte Available

  1. Said,

    No regrets to face the traffic jam for a good lunch huh? 🙂

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  2. Said,

    wow… u r a professional photographer? The picture really shows yr talent!!

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  3. Said,

    I have been to Auntie Nat before about 4 years ago, i haven’t been back there for a reason. Their food is far from authentic. Some people said it was excellent, perhaps the chef cooks with his mood 😛

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  4. Said,

    jason aka ipohwav3, no lah. meeting someone for lunch there.. and dunno where to eat and since haven’t eaten in Aunty Nat.. might as well try loh.

    jackson, paiseh la … me not professional. trial by error only.

    The Expedited Writer, what you say is true. Maintaining consistency in cooking is far from easy though.

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  5. Said,

    ah, so talented and yet so modest. well, your trials seems to have less errors than hits then.

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  6. Said,

    i realise that aunty nat has been operating for quite some time but i’ve yet to visit them… maybe because i don’t take rice therefore, it has never come across my mind to give them a try.. perhaps, i should bring my parents along 😀

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  7. Said,

    you dont take rice, mei yen? why? are you allergic to it? or because its carbo? wow…while i am not a farn tong, i dont think i can go without rice for more than say….3 days.

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  8. Said,

    I used to go to their outlet in Sri Hartamas..food was ok but slightly overpriced. But I loved their Cantonese Hor Fun, wonder still as good.

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  9. Daniel Said,

    I have to say, that I could not agree with you in 100% regarding Aunty Nat, but it’s just my opinion, which could be wrong 🙂

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  10. Lela Said,

    we were 4 ppl, ordered 2 fried rice, 1 fried kuay teaw and 1 fried beehun.
    and it took 50 minutes and only ready for 1 fried rice and 1 fried kuay teaw.
    just unacceptable slowness, black listed.

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  11. Raj Said,

    Please be informed that in the following posting:
    http://www.3-meals.com/2007/05/11/aunty-nat/

    wrong contact number has been posted (03-7725 3011) This number is registered to a company hence please rectify this as we are receiving unnecessary calls. Kindly provide us a feedback on this. Thank you.

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