Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Sifu Nyonya Cuisine 惜福 @ Rope Walk, Georgetown, Penang.

Good, authentic Nyonya food is getting hard to find as the preparation and cooking process is tedious and requires a lot of time. Fortunately, there are still a handful of good Nyonya restaurants in Penang and Sifu Nyonya Cuisine 惜福 is one of them. Tucked away from Prangin road, Sifu Nyonya Cuisine is housed in one of the shop houses along Rope Walk. The Chef is a very experienced 70-year-old lady, who specializes in cooking Nyonya dishes, using recipes passed down through generations. The menu features more than 40 dishes; all dishes are home-made using fresh ingredients, including the condiments. The restaurant has garnered an appreciate following since its opening in 2019; tables are limited at Sifu so if you plan to visit in a big group, do call for reservation.

Many thanks to Sifu Nyonya Cuisine for hosting us.

Assam Tumis Stingray (Rm 39.90/ small)

Lor Bak (Rm 22.90)

Bang Kuang Char (Rm 16.90/ small)

Pomelo Salad (Rm 18.90)

Assam Prawns (Rm 33.90/ small)

Nasi Ulam (Rm 13.90)

Appetizers (Rm 2.90)- Sambal Hae Bee and Pickled Radish

Bubur Cha Cha (Rm 7.90)

Bee Koh Moy (Rm 7.90)

Butterfly Pea Blue Rice (Rm 2.50)

The Appetizers are served to each table, the Sambal Hae Bee is a good start to the ensuing feast. The proprietor is proud of their Lor Bak, with a bold 5-spice taste. It has a firm, meaty texture due to the hand cut meat (not minced). Quite an unusual dish, the Pomelo Salad has a strong acidity but the pulpy burst of juice with sweet-sour notes offers a refreshing start. No Nyonya meal is complete without Bang Kuang Char (stir fried Jicama), the classic dish is beautifully done at Sifu. The Jicama is hand-cut so it retains the crunchy. A little bit of Pork Belly is added for the extra lard and meaty touch. 

One of the best sellers at Sifu is Assam Tumis Stingray, it is a flavor-packed dish with a balance of sweet, sour and spicy notes; a dish perfectly spooned over rice. The soul of the dish is the Torch Ginger and the Chef is very generous with the serving. It gives the dish its distinctive aroma. Another signature dish of Sifu is the Nasi Ulam. The mixed herb rice is expertly concocted, with heaps of herbs as well as Dried Shrimp. It gives the dish a savory hint and sweet after taste, delicious on its own but even better with the home-made spicy Sambal Belacan. Do not leave the restaurant without trying the desserts. Both Bubur Cha Cha and Bee Koh Moy are some Nyonya classics, and both do not disappoint. The real draw is the fresh, creamy rich Coconut Milk with a savory touch.

Additional Information:
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No
Business Hours: 11:30 am to 9:45 pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
Contact Number: 04- 305 1867

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