The Wok Puchong Reviews
The Wok: Penang Nyonya & Hawker's Cuisine Aug 24, 2012
There is a new Penang Nyonya and hawker food restaurant branch in Puchong known as The Wok. The main branch of this restaurant chain is located at Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya. I'm impressed with the amount of attention and detailing put into their interior decoration. Very intricate wooden carvings accented by gold paintings seen in old Baba and Nyonya homes. They also included some antique items on display such as photos, porcelain bowls, metal water dispenser, vase and etc hence it felt a little like being transported back in time while dining at The Wok.
The Wok offers a wide selection of authentic Penang Nyonya and Penang street food in their menu. We ordered a sambal paku-pakis (spicy stir-fry local fern) that is commonly found in the mountainous region in Malaysia, assam (spicy tamarind) stingray, sago (Metroxylon sagu) dessert as well as cendol (green colour rice flour jelly) dessert. The green colour in cendol is derived from the juice of Pandanus leaf which is again a common aromatic ingredient used for preparing a number of South East Asian dishes. The assam stingray dish contained just the right proportion of herbs, spices and seasonings making it a perfect balance between sourness, spiciness, saltiness, sweetness and aromatic fragrance. Assam stingray is one of my favourite Nyonya dish due to the burst of flavors and to top it off, the lingering ginger torch flower after taste is simply unforgettable.
As I've been doing a lot of talking, it's time to allow the owner's sales speech speaks for itself. I had a good laugh going through her writings while waiting for our food to arrive. Here it goes:
"How does Baba & Nyonya started? It's the traders and merchants from China that came to Malaya or Singapore to trade, during that time they had to wait 6 months for the monsoon wind to take them back. So, in the 6 months, these people will flirt with the Malay girls and the next generation is born as Baba and Nyonya (Chinese and Malay mix). Nowadays, male/female marrying a Muslim needs to convert but last time don't have to. Penang Nyonyas are influence by the Thai side, while the Melaka and Singapore are influence by Indonesians.
Babas will always go to the backlane of the Nyonya house and listen to the poundings of chillies or onions and will peep in to see how the Nyonya ladies look. After that the Baba will go and tell his mother that he wants to take the particular Nyonya to be his wife. The mother will send gifts to propose the marriage and the young Nyonya needs to prepare a meal like Jiu Hoo Char (stir fry julienne cuttlefish), Chap Chai (stir fry mixed vegetables), Curry Kapitan Chicken and etc. The Baba's mother will judge the Nyonya lady based on her culinary, cooking and embroidery skills and if it turns out bad then the future mother in law will oppose the marriage due to the lack of skills and will tell her son the Nyonya is not worthy. From my opinion, men and women should be equal, we have to respect what our women wants to do and if she can't cook it's fine, so EAT OUT... haha..." :P
Some crucial information:
Openings: Tuesdays to Sundays from 11.30am to 3pm then resume at 6pm to 10pm
Pricing: Average (approximately RM6 to RM15 per dish depending on size and type of dishes)
Halal Status: Non-Halal
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