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Published on March 30th, 2009 | by email2me


The Wok Cafe – Authentic Penang Nyonya & Local Cuisine

the wok kota damansara nyonya food pj - 07.jpg Mutton Cook In Dhal Way – I forgot what is the name of this dish. This was a sample that they let all the customer try on that day. Taste not bad like roti canai curry but with mutton meats inside. Rating 3/5

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Onion Omelette (Small) – Rating 3/5 at RM7

This omelette may look like normal fried onion omelette. But sesame seed oil were added. I don’t fancy sesame seed oil. But to others who love sesame seed oil, they definitely like the taste. Though I ordered a small plate, the portion can easily feed 2 guys or 3 gals.

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Big Tamarind Prawns with caramelized assam sauce (Assam Prawns) [Small Portion] – Rating 5/5 at RM20

This is a dish where you MUST ORDER! when you visit The Wok Cafe. You CANNOT find this taste anywhere else in KL. The taste were so good and the prawns used here were fresh and succulent. Size wise you judge it by looking at the picture. I am drooling by just looking at eat. To eat assam prawns, the first thing you must do is seperate the head and SUCK ON IT! The taste will make you fly into heaven ……

the wok kota damansara nyonya food pj - 11.jpg Strong sambal belacan Rating 4/5 …. I would give it a 5/5 if put a squeeze of lime.

The sambal belacan is for you to eat with the cucumber that came with the asam prawns. I don’t know what is the logic for eating the cucumber with this that came with the assam prawns. But it certainly taste refreshing and with plenty of KICK !

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25 Responses to The Wok Cafe – Authentic Penang Nyonya & Local Cuisine

  1. wow looks delicious some more so near my home! a must go! I want otak2!

  2. wow…. the place look nice and the foods look declicious too!

    FoOd PaRaDiSes last blog post..Keat Seng Restaurant @ Air Itam, Penang

  3. SimpleGirl says:

    after reading you review, I am eager to try the lok bak at Wok Cafe!

    SimpleGirls last blog post..Home-cooked food @ Earth Hour Day

  4. foodbin says:

    the otak2 looks well flavored with santan.

    foodbins last blog post..WAN TAN MEE

  5. Selba says:

    Gosh…. incredible food!!!

    I always love to see the ambience of a nyonya restaurant coz’ so interesting… it brings a curious and nice feeling 🙂

    Btw, when you were in Jakarta, did you have a chance to visit the nyonya’s restaurants?

    Selbas last blog post..Tukang Kacang Rebus (Peanuts Man)

  6. Criz Lai says:

    So this is where Mervyn and his dad, Robert are now, manning the KL new outlet while his brother Kelvin and Mum, Sally are manning Hot Wok in Penang. Send my regards to Mervyn if you happened to see him again. 🙂

    Anyway, the first impression of the entrance really hinted to me that it could be their KL outlet as Robert is definitely a great Nyonya & Baba antiques collector.

    With Mervyn around there, the food would surely be good. 🙂


    • email2me says:

      They still maintain the high quality here. Robert just cannot stand food that are served in stingy way. Price affordable and good quality is their motto of serving customers here according Mervyn.

  7. good loh bak? i must soooo soo try it! miss lor bak.. the deco is sure old-skool!

    thenomadGourmands last blog post..An African Dream

    • email2me says:

      You should try their hawker foods. It is Penang taste! Go there speak hokkien with the chef! then you will get extra umph in the cooking. The chef will cook it Penang way for you (more spicy or more spices). XD

  8. Thank you for dropping by.I was busy today cos Chui Ling from Astro Wai Lai Toi visited me today.Will be on air on JUNE 28 2009.

  9. cariso says:

    Ken, how come I find that the photos of this post not seem to be good?! Not using the pro camera?!

    carisos last blog post..Sakae Teppanyaki @ Autocity

  10. karin says:

    Just had dinner at the Wok Cafe with my family. Frankly, was not impressed with the food. Mind you, although I live in KL now, I am from Penang originally and my family’s true blue nyonya, so I know how nyonya food should taste. We ordered the otak otak, which was totally lacking in the distinctive daun kadok and limau purut flavour. The perut ikan was way too sour. Inchi kabin and egg foo yong were average. The sago gula melaka was not good at all. The sago was a clumped up starchy blob, drenched in way too much brown sugar syrup and way too little santan. Very disappointing, I was so looking forward to being able to eat good nyonya food at a restaurnant near my house. Looks like I have to continue to make my own otak-otak, sago gula melaka….

  11. KARIN then you should do your Otak Otak & Sago and let me try.I know where I stand.Perhaps you should open a stall selling I will support you.

    Otak otak: You say lack of the leaves.Some customers complain to much leaves.So what should I do?

    Perut Ikan: Suppose to be sour and sweet and spicy.Maybe you have KL taste bud then your not used to it anymore.

    Sago Gula Melaka: This dessert is just some of things I add in the menu.Frankly speak I don’t wanna sell it cos it really making any money.Like you say how am I suppose to satisfy every customer.You want little other customer want more.Complain this and that.

    Wish you could open a restaurant on your own and I also wish you good luck accepting customer complains.

    By the way Thanks for the feedback.Compliments accepted.This how I improved my staff and services.

    Yours truthfully,


  12. interesting… all these reviews.. I alws do trust yr taste Ken..but seems tht i hv read so many different reviews..Eve’s, Thule’s, Boo’s CK’s, and many more with mixed feedback.. time for me to go try it myself..
    .-= thenomadGourmand´s last blog ..Green Apple Burger, aka Ana’s Burger, Zoo Negara =-.

  13. funny says:

    the sago nangga look delicious

  14. CeJay says:

    Had dinner there yesterday. It rather dissapotinted with the CKT. Ordered 4 plates, there were just too wet, too dark and too spicy…it just like normal mamak mee goreng at any ordinary mamak stall…nothing like a penang CKT. Try “Champ’s” a standard to live up with. On the Lobok is also on the normal side, nothing fantastic…I will stick with my friendly “Chap Fun” stall for a good cheap authentic penang lobak @ RM1.20 per piece.

    However, I do want to revisit for the dishes….looks good but yet to know the taste…. I will do that before I write them off from my GPS…and my Yummy Map for my friends out there.

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