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Precious Old China, Kuala Lumpur

Central Market
Second Floor
11 Jalan Hang Kasturi
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 60 3 2273 7372
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Long before the international boom in Nyonya cuisine, there was… the real thing, and there are few better or more authentic places to sample its piquant mysteries than Precious Old China. The restaurant's creators hail from Malacca, the traditional center of Nyonya culture. Precious Old China is a refinement and enlargement of the same owners' landmark Old China Café, in the heart of Chinatown (11 Jalan Balai Polis; 60-3-2072-5915). Like its predecessor, Precious serves definitive versions of Nyonya classics in a charming setting of antiques and contemporary art. The Victorian side chairs (for sale, like many objects here) were used in the court scenes in the film Anna and the King. Start with otak-otak, tasty little banana-leaf parcels of savory custard with fish, then move on to lemak nenas prawns, a mild, creamy curry with pineapple, and beef rendang, a dry beef stew in a complex, spicy sauce with a coconut-milk base. Desserts are divine: Try kuih dadar, dainty green pancakes filled with grated coconut, flavored with fragrant pandan essence, and sweetened with red-palm sugar.

Open daily 11 am to 10 pm.

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Tasty food here!

I was in KL last week 11th -14th June and on Saturday night was trying to look for a place to eat. The famous beef noodles stall at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock was not... more

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