Saturday, July 27, 2013

Old China Cafe @ Balai Polis

One of KL's most atmospheric restaurants, Old China Cafe oozes enough charm to bowl over multiple busloads of tourists curious to sample Nyonya favorites.

Nevertheless, this destination deserves to draw Malaysians too; the food's decent, featuring plenty of pork to help it stand out somewhat.

Pork pongteh (RM16). The essential meat-&-potatoes recipes; could be more aromatic, but still passably pleasurable, with a surprising home-cooked feel.

Siew yok devil's curry (RM25), sufficient pork belly to feed four. Toned down slightly in spiciness.

Sambal belacan, alongside rice beautifully colored with bunga telang. Hits the right notes.

Wine is available by both bottle & glass, not to be taken for granted at Nyonya eateries.

The menu's extensive, also boasting the likes of pie tee, ju hu char, stuffed tauhu, pork lor bak, itik tim, kari kapitan, udang petai, chap chai, telur cincalok, sago gula melaka, bubur pulut hitam.

Be warned: this place gets packed for dinner. Folks might be turned away even on Monday night; these photos were snapped once the chaos subsided.

This entry is dedicated to the memory of my loving grandfather, a wonderful man who made many sacrifices for his family, who was adored by his friends, who treated us with gentleness, who was intelligent, kind, hardworking & curious about the world. He was a born-&-bred Malaccan who enjoyed Nyonya food from time to time; one of his favorites was Donald & Lily's in our hometown. R.I.P. Francis Leong Tow Ngoh (Ah Kong), March 30, 1919 - July 25, 2013.

Old China Cafe,
11, Jalan Balai Polis, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2072-5915
Last orders at 10pm daily

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32 comments:

  1. My condolences to u and ur family =(

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    1. Ulric: sincere thanks. we were all in his hospital room when he passed away peacefully, so there's a measure of comfort in that.

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  2. What a gorgeous spot! So glad to see you reviewing

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    1. Cquek: yes, the interior of this restaurant is amazingly beautiful, especially after sunset.

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  3. Haha...coincidentally I was just looking at my old pics that I shot here some years back and realised I have not revisited this place. Time to do so...thanx for the reminder Sean!

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooo ya, this place really is becoming more and more popular as time goes by. I wonder how its sister outlet, precious old china, is doing. But I guess I prefer this one, old china cafe, since it serves pork, while precious old china doesn't...

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  4. Such a beautiful tribute, dear Sean. I am so glad to know that he was not alone when he died and that he had you and other family members with him.

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    1. Linda: thank you so much. It happened quite suddenly, but the family has received a lot of support from friends, and I think we're ready to lay him to rest today. I'm thankful to have had him as my grandfather.

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  5. Just got home and saw this post. Condolences to you and your family. *hugs *

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    1. Tng: thank you, Becky, I appreciate it.

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  6. Our condolences to you and your family! Big hugs.
    I love the deco of this place, very beautiful. :)

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    1. CK: thank u for the sympathies. And yeah, this place is really nice for taking photos (though maybe better go during the daytime, when it's brighter, ya).

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  7. My condolences to you and your family....
    I do love this restaurant so much & Precious Old China (Central Market)too...

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    1. “追食富迪”: thank you. yeah, these two restaurants have a special feel. the first one i visited was precious old china, so that one also has good memories for me =)

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  8. Sorry to hear abt your loss. My condolences.

    The decor of this place is gorgeous.

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    1. Baby Sumo: thank you, yen, i appreciate it.
      and yep, even though i enjoy the food here, what really attracts customers to this place is probably the decor in this location of many old shop-houses =)

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  9. and since i like antiques, i should really visit this place. looks really nice!!

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    1. Eiling: true, there seem to be a lot of heirlooms here with lots of history behind them =)

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  10. Sorry to hear about your loss. Condolences to you + family.
    The pork belly devil curry is evil indeed! Want!

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    1. Kelly: thank you. it's been a tough week, but am grateful to so many of my family's friends for their support and help.
      yup, i couldn't resist ordering the pork belly devil's curry. and it turned out to be loaded with all the pork belly our heart could desire and our stomach could handle =)

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  11. sorry to hear about your grandpa's passing.. am sure you and him shared fond moments together and what a wonderful way to remember him through your love of food and thanks for sharing the sentimental moments with us.. take care ;p

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    1. Whoisnell: thank you for the kind words. Yeah, it's been quite a roller-coaster of emotions and memories in the past five days, and we're still grieving, but I'm encouraged by your comment. Thanks again.

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  12. Heartfelt condolence to you and your family on your bereavement. God bless his soul and grant him eternal rest, may he rest in peace.

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    1. Suituapui: thank you very much, Arthur.

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  13. OMG! Siew yok devil's curry and sambal belacan! yumsssss....
    I'm so sorry to hear about your grandpa. RIP grandpa.

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    1. Melissa: yup, i think the siew yok devil's curry is not very popular among the tourist visitors here, but malaysians will enjoy it. and the sambal belacan is good =)
      thank you. the funeral was during the weekend, and it was an emotional time.

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  14. My condolences to you & your family on your Ah Kong's passing. Such a nice tribute and this place looks gorgeous.

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    1. Pureglutton: thanks for your kind and thoughtful words, chris. much appreciated =)

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  15. i'm very sorry to hear about your Ah Kong's passing. :( hope you are alright. have you tried the mee siam?it's very nice too. i like this place very much, but going down to chinatown area is a bit of a hassle for me..

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    1. Sibu Food Diva: thanks for you well wishes. it's been nearly two weeks now, so am ok, but will be returning to malacca this week during the raya break to be with my family during this time. ooh, this place is actually just a 15-minute drive from my office during non-peak hours, so it's quite convenient for me. will try the mee siam next time, thanks! i was also eyeing the nyonya laksa =)

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