Monday, May 27, 2024

Auntie May Nyonya Kopitiam @ Elit Avenue, Bayan Lepas, Penang.

A Kopitiam-concept restaurant with some Nyonya elements, Auntie May Nyonya Kopitiam is one of the latest additions to Elit Avenue at Bayan Lepas. The tagline for Auntie May is "When Modernism Meets Nyonya Food", that being said... don't expect to find authentic, classic Nyonya food here but dishes with Nyonya elements or Nyonya dishes with a modern twist. The menu is quite "Nyonya-focused", you can find many familiar Nyonya-dishes here like Curry Kapitan, Ayam Ponteh, Assam Fish etc... they serve them in a Rice set with side dishes and rice. There are other options like Nasi Lemak and some Noodle dishes too; expect to pay in the range of Rm 20 - Rm 30 per pax. 

Kapitan Curry Chicken Rice Set (Rm 22)

Ponteh Chicken Noodles (Rm 15)

Sambal Anchovies Pie (Rm 4.80)

Bee Koh Moy (Rm 7.90/ cold)

Kaya Butter Toast (extra add-on Rm 5 for any Rice set order)

Pumpkin Barley Drink (part of the Rm 5 extra add-on)

Diners can top up Rm 5 to get a Pumpkin Barley Drink and a serving of Kaya Butter Toast for every order of Set Rice. We had the Kapitan Curry Chicken Rice Set- the Kapitan Chicken (Thigh) was nice, the seasoning was good and spooned perfectly over rice. The side dish- Jiu Hoo Char was okay but the Sambal was good and it packed a powerful punch. I also enjoyed the pickled Chinese Cabbage, for the extra acidity to cut through the greasiness. Of course, we topped up Rm 5 for the drink and the Toast. The Kaya Butter Toast was a disappointment though- too dry to our liking (you would probably notice it from the photo). For noodles, we opted for the Ponteh Chicken Noodles. The texture of the noodles was something similar to Pan Mee, dressed in the Ponteh Chicken sauce... which was extremely greasy. The noodles were soaked in oil and we struggled to finish it. The Chicken was fine and tender, the seasoning was a little bolder to the extent where we thought it was too salty. For dessert, we had the Bee Koh Moy (Black Glutinous Rice dessert) which was another let down. It was watered down and not the real Bee Koh Moy (more like a modified version)... with Red Beans/ Sago but without Dried Longan. There are some hits and misses but do not visit the place with an expectation that it is a Nyonya restaurant. It is just a Kopitiam-style restaurant serving dishes with Nyonya elements. 

Taste: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No

Business Hours: 11 am to 9 pm on Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 10 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Contact Number: 011-5871 9756
Auntie May Nyonya Kopitiam Facebook Page

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