Restaurant 53 Muntri Street, George Town, Penang Island Published on: 20-07-2016
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Why Moh Teng Pheow Nyonya Kuih is special ?
Recently, Moh Teng Pheow has thrown open its cavernous kitchens to curious visitors who'd like to see the labourious processes involved in preparing the various types of Nyonyas kuehs: from the multi-layered "Kueh Lapis", with its alternate pink-and-white layers; to the tapioca-flavoured "Kueh Bengka Ubikayu", which is 99% similar to "pone" found in Trinidad & Tobago.
You can also find "Kueh Talam", its lower half a delicious, sweet pandan-flavoured pudding, whilst its upper half is a saltish, rich coconut crème custard. Taken together, juxtaposing the sweet versus the salty flavours, you know why salty-caramel works beautifully.
Then, you have the "Kueh Lapis Beras Ungu", its striking violet shade came from the use of "bunga telang", a purple bloom often used in Nyonya cooking
The "bunga telang" is also used to colour the blocks of "Pulot Tay Tay" glutinous rice blue. These are served topped with Nyonya "kaya" egg custard. And Moh Teng Pheow's "kaya" is the best I'd tasted anywhere in Malaysia or Singapore
- Authentic koay cakes
- Average taste for premium price
- Lovely authentic food, pretty cafe and friendly staff
- Delicate nyonya kuihs
- One of the best
- Noise level Normal
- Budget Budget
- Alcohol NO
- Air condition NO
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card NO
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal YES
- Serve vegeterian NO
53 Muntri Street, George Town, Penang Island
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This 70-year old factory is run by a family and they are super-friendly and speak good English. The guy explained all the types of kueih to us. We liked it so much we went back the next day. You can see the family making the Nyonya cakes as you walk through the 'warehouse' and then you come to the cafe at the back. It is air-con but it is not that cold. I guess this is why they can keep prices cheap. My Mum says it is not as cheap as in KL but it was the real thing. They use pandan leaves ad they have some colouring but you can ask which are natural and which are not. It is at the end of Jalan Masjid Lane which is off Lebuh Chulia. It is just around the corner from Mugshot Cafe (3 mins walk). I saw lots of people driving up in their cars to buy and take away. Their menu said they serve assam laksa and nasi lemak but I did not have stomach space to try. They are a family run business. Their product is top quality. Closed Mondays. Every other day is 10.30-5pm. Front of shop has a faded pink sign. It is easy to find. it is at the end of the lane. It is a very hot 10 minute walk back to the E&O hotel. The second day I was lucky and hailed a taxi back to the hotel from Lebuh Chulia. One of the aunties was very kind and gave me some free lemon grass on the way out. I am dreaming of their nyonya kaoys now. The koay koci was my favourite. It has gula melaka and coconut on the inside and pandan on the outside. This one didn't have rice in it and was wrapped in a leaf. All the ones with leaves were good. Their sri muka had the right balance between salty and sweet.
One of the hidden gem in Penang. The stuff here are quite pricey because of its authentically penang nyonya food.. Should try their nyonya koay, nasi lemak & nasi ulam!