Saturday, 1 February 2014

Ah Tuan Ee's Place @ Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya

Frankie Cheah started Ah Tuan Ee's Place in January 2000 in memory of his late mother Madam Lim Chye Tuan also fondly known as Ah Tuan Ee or Auntie Ah Tuan. Hailing from Penang, their first outlet was started in SS2, Petaling Jaya. Over the years, they have been wining the hearts of some loyal customers with their authentic flavours and when their business started to grow, they started their second outlet at The Curve, Mutiara Damansara. 

At Tuan Ee's Place at The Curve

Outside Seating Spaces

Interior of the Restaurant

Interior of the Restaurant

Interior of the Restaurant
This outlet at The Curve is located on the First Floor on the Western Courtyard. It is not a very large outlet but good enough to handle their usual daily crowd except on weekends when it tends to get very busy. From the outside, it may look like a typical Chinese restaurant but once you are in, the decoration simply brings you back to the Nyonya restaurants of yesteryears. 

The  Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu
I love the fact that they have rightfully used the word Nyonya Cuisine instead of Peranakan Cuisine because both are worlds apart and this is a term that is commonly misused. Their menu is quite simple but is packed with a good deal of Nyonya dishes. I also respect the fact that they have included a number of vegetarian dishes in their menu to cater for fellow Vegans as not many Nyonya restaurants out there have catered for that segment. Being a Saturday, the restaurant was quite full despite the fact that we arrived here at only 9 pm. Nevertheless, the staffs were very attentive and managed the crowd well. Though I would have loved to try more dishes tonight, it was just the two of us and both of us were already quite full from a heavy lunch and hence our orders was catered more for a light meal. 


Coca Cola @ RM 4.80
Once the orders were taken, the cutleries and drinks were served. I ordered the above Coca Cola and it was priced slightly on the high side at RM 4.80 per can. My friend had a glass of Warm Water and that was priced at RM 0.80 . Once again, for a glass of water, RM 0.80 is definitely premium price. 

Char Kuay Teow @ RM 12.80

Closer Look At The Char Kuay Teow
The first to arrive was the plate of Char Kuay Teow which was priced at RM 12.80. For this place and the quantity, the price is acceptable. Their CKT was very well prepared. There were loads of bean sprouts, eggs and prawns in the dish. Cockles were not included and I personally would have loved it better if that was included in the dish. The preparation was slightly on the spicy side which is typical of the Nyonya style of preparation and to me, this was a good dish. I would rate this dish at 8.5/10 .

Fried Tang Hoon @ RM 12.80

Fried Tang Hoon
Their Fried Tang Hoon was the next dish to be served. This was not as spicy as the previous dish but had a Serai aftertaste to it. Now, this may be preferred by some and again it is a matter of personal preference, but I found it to be quite interesting and a definite contrast to the Chinese style of preparation which I am commonly used to. A fairly good dish that deserves a rating of 7.8/10 .

Sambal Kiamhoo (Small) @ RM 16.80

Closer Look At The Chunks of Salted Fish
Sambal Kiamhoo is another authentic Nyonya dish which is hard to find nowadays. In most of the Nyonya restaurants that I have visited, this dish is always omitted from the menu for some reason. However, I was delighted to find it here. This dish is typically made of chunks of Salted Fish which is cooked with loads of chili, onions and tamarind. The dish, was acceptably spicy with a definite punch and a taste to remember. I would rate this dish at 9.6/10 .

Chicken Loh Bak (Small) @ RM 17.80

Chicken Loh Bak
This dish is prepared using marinated lean Chicken Meat, Turnips, Carrots and Spring Onions rolled with Bean Curd Skin and deep fried to a golden brown colour. Chili Sauce is served on the sides for those who prefer to dip them and have it slightly more spicy but for me, it was good to be eaten on its own as that brought out greater flavours of the chicken and the other ingredients in the rolls. Another excellent dish here that deserves a rating of 9.5/10 .

Overall, though not being able to try their other signature dishes that go perfectly well with white rice, this was still a satisfying meal for us. I would definitely return here again to try out their other dishes which I missed today. If you are looking for a good place to try authentic Nyonya cuisine, then Ah Tuan Ee's is definitely a great place to visit.

Address: No.155, Level 1, Western Courtyard, The Curve,
                Mutiara Damansara, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Telephone: +603 7710 3603

Opening Hours: 1000 - 2200 Daily

The SS2 Outlet: 74, Jalan SS2/72, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
                            +603 7877 5221 

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