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Jul 31, 2012 08:21 AM

Kuala Lumpur - Authentic Nyonya kuehs at Nyonya Colors

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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  1. My favorite way of eating kueh lapis beras (we used to get them as 'diamond shaped' pieces, normally) was to peel it apart one or two layers at a time. Early "deconstruction" tendencies. :-)

    Is this the best KL can do? :-(
    I remember a nyonya restaurant in PJ on the north side of the KL-Klang highway which was *quite* the favored place at that time...

    11 Replies
    1. re: huiray

      I wouldn't expect nyonya kuih from a shopping mall or a chain to be much good because you'd need to reduce the highly perishable coconut milk content to accommodate a longer selling window. The ones I like in the Klang valley are sold in stalls which open for a couple of hours and close when they run out, and I wouldn't keep them hanging around for more than another couple of hours before eating. No special claims that they are 'the best' but certainly better than say Begawan Solo.

      1. re: shakti2

        Any specific stall you'd recommend?

        1. re: shakti2

          I don't think I've found any good Nyonya kueh in KL. I like the ones from Melaka (Baba Charlie Lee - and Singapore (Glory Catering, Bengawan Solo and Kim Choo Kueh), if I'm out of Penang.

          1. re: penang_rojak

            sakti is right - you need to look at the right places. imho the best nyonya kuih in Klang Valley is from A'Han in Sea Park, PJ - standouts include seri muka, sago, ubi kayu, pulut tai tai (served with their excellent kaya) ... i doubt the ones in SG can come close

            1. re: cyberK13

              How does A'Han compare to Peggy who used to sell outside TMC in Bangsar?

              1. re: mikey8811

                Hi Mickey, have not tried Peggy's .. So can't comment

          2. re: shakti2

            Oop, sorry, I've only just seen this ! Very very belatedly : there's a really good lady in a stall upstairs of TTDI market although I'm afraid I don't have an exact location (I usually order her stuff for parties and pick up at home). Everything is excellent - wobbly and heady with the aroma of coconut milk - but my family's favourite is the kuih talam. Our sentimental favourite however, is the old uncle who sells outside Nam Chuan coffee shop in Bangsar in the afternoons, particularly the ones he makes himself, including the 2 varieties of ubi kayu (light and dark), the sago kuih and the kuih talam.

            I myself would avoid eating anything from the stalls outside TMC ...

            1. re: shakti2

              Thanks for the update, shakti2.

              I'll have to check out the Nam Chuan @ Bangsar spot!

              1. re: klyeoh

                He's there for a couple of hours from 3.30 pm ish and tends to sell out fast. He follows Nam Chuan's mid-week day off, I think.

                1. re: shakti2

                  It's Deepavali in Malaysia tomorrow (Saturday) - the largest festival on the Hindu calendar and widely celebrated in Malaysia & Singapore - I wonder if he's open on a public holiday. I'll go check it out anyhow :-)