July 16, 2014
Celebrate the rain with the first of its kind Nyonya food festival at The Wall, located at posh south Kolkata, near Deshapriya Park. Nyonya food, essentially Malaysian, is in a unique gastronomic realm of its own – with specific and subtle nuances of tastes and flavors, quite undiscovered still in the city’s culinary world.
Nyonya cuisine is eclectically seasoned and flavorful. I started with some tantalizing ‘Mee Siam Soup’ (spicy and tangy noodles soup) followed by ‘Rojak’ (seasonal fruits and vegetable salad). Mee Siam Soup was extraordinary testy while Rojak was completely different than traditional salad I had tasted, hints of sweet in its taste really tickled my taste buds. If you’re up for something spicy, definitely go for the spicy and tangy soup Nyonya Style.
It was then time to dig into ‘Nyonya Fried Chicken’ served with ketchup manis. It was simply mind-blowing, be it the perfect mix of spices, or the chicken which was so soft it just melted in my mouth. ‘Udang Masak Lemak Nenas’ (Everyday prawn curry with pineapple) and ‘Ayam Pengteh’ (Chicken cooked in fermented bean curry) was also awesome. Not many places serve authentic Nyonya cuisine, and if you ever decide to try it (which you should), the Udang Masak Lemak Nenas here was game-changing.
‘Bakmi Goreng’ noodle was perfect combination with ‘Stir Fried Vegetables’. Share the nicely done Stir-Fried Noodles topped with onions, potatoes and other vegetables. All this goodness gently rests on just the right amount of perfectly cooked and seasoned Bakmi Goreng noodle, giving you that hard-to-achieve ratio of toppings to noodle.
‘Ikan Bakar Deli’ was the hit of the day; its taste just touched my heart and brought a smile to my face. Hats off to the chef for cooking this fish delicacy so perfectly. The famous Ikan Bakar Deli comes with grilled whole fish, bell pepper, garlic, Thai chills and unique sauce, just amazing, heart-stopping fish cooked in medium heat.
In dessert, I had ‘Mango pudding with Coconut milk custard’. It was simply divine thick and gooey and even better than real mango. If you like pudding, you won’t be disappointed with their fresh Mango Pudding with Coconut Milk Custard.
The menu has been carefully selected by Celebrity Chef Sushanta, who has first-hand knowledge of the cuisine due to his extensive tours across South East Asia. Here is a chance for Malaysian food lovers to explore the different taste of Malaysia.
While Nyonya Festival going on this humble eatery at Dr. Sarat Banerjee Road near Russa Telephone Exchange is always packed on the with families happily tucking in, and with good reason. You’ll understand why, once you try their signature dishes of Nyonya cuisine – Mee Siam Soup, Nyonya Fried Chicken, Rojak, Udang Masak Lemak Nenas, Ayam Pengteh, Bakmi Goreng, Ikan Bakar Deli and Mango Pudding with Coconut Milk Custard. With pleasant service and honest, good food, you’ll be back. It is strongly recommended to visit The Wall for an optimal Nyonya cuisine experience!