Monday, March 21, 2016

Outstanding lunch at Nanyang Restaurant PIK


It has been many moons since my last hang out at the Pantai Indah Kapuk area and major changes have occurred ever since. Many cafes and restaurants had closed down when the ever-increasing rental space fee had skyrocketed beyond reason that resulted many café owners decided to shut down instead of renewing their rent. However, fret not, for those that survive the high rent fee or found a good deal on their rental spaces, new ones sprouts up and take over the old cafes and restaurants. 

A new restaurant that peak my interest bears the name ‘Nanyang Restaurant Malaysian Klang Bak Kut Teh’. Bak Kut Teh, literally translates to ‘meat bone tea’ is a meat dish cooked in broth and is a signature dish from the Hoklo and Teochew community. This dish is commonly found in Malaysia and Singapore but it has lately made quite an appearance in Jakarta. 

There is no actual tea in the dish itself, it is actually referring to the strong Oolong Chinese tea which is normally served along with the soup believing that it dilutes the copious amount of fat consumed in this pork-laden dish. 

What sets this Malaysian Bak Kut Teh apart from the Singapore’s Bak Kut Teh relies heavily on the broth, the Malaysian version is mostly traditional herbal-based broth while Singapore version is usually pepper and garlic based.

Walking in the restaurant, I recognized the Chinese Malaysian themed décor with its distinctive black and bold red color as their primary color. The restaurant feels like your neighborhood restaurant, familiar and homey. The first floor of this four-storey building is the main dining area with the second floor mostly closed off for VIP and guests that come in groups for private functions do call in before hand to book these areas.

the dining area

Let me share with you what I had while I was there:

It is quite a no brainer that everyone loves crispy and salty deep fried food and this dish is a deep fried squid. Squid can be a tricky meat, it can be very chewy if you don’t cook it right, and this dish passed the test, it was super tasty and crunchy.

Deep Fried Chicken Mongolian Style (IDR 45K)

I love Mongolian sauce in anything and it is definitely hard to find a good Mongolian style dish in Jakarta (my favorite could only be found in USA) and I think I just tasted my ultimate Mongolian style dish. As it was served, it didn’t scream deliciousness, it looked soggy and deep-fried instead the usual stir-fried. Without following my judgmental eyes I took a bite and fell in love. It has a perfect combination of sweet spicy, tangy, crispy deep fried Mongolian style chicken and it was cooked to satisfy indeed. 

Deep Fried Prawns with Butter Flakes (IDR 65K)

This dish smells so good and I love good smelling food. You can either eat the prawn shells as it was deep-fried or you can peel it off, either way it is tasty.

Stir Fried Clams with chilly Sauce (IDR 40K)

The dish might look spicy but it is not and is actually more on the tangy side.  It might not as outstanding as the rest that I had tasted but it does give you the option of seafood if poultry or other meat is not of your liking. 

Deep Fried Pumpkins with salted egg yolk (IDR 40K)

Deep fried pumpkins with salted egg yolk sauce might sound a little bit odd but do taste it and let it steal your heart, it is actually unique and tasty. It has a very distinct textures and taste as you feast on it.

Mixed fried jade Kailan (IDR 30K)

This super delicious (and completes your green portions of the day) is the winning dish. The stems were stir-fried but the leaves were cut into pieces and deep fried to give the crunchy texture, brilliant!

Claypot Bak Kut Teh (price may vary)

Coming down to why I was at this restaurant in the first place, the Bak Kut Teh. If you are comparing to other Bak Kut Teh that has recently make appearances in Jakarta (Song Fa and Founder Bak Kut Teh) it is completely different. The herbal based broth really sets it apart and it might need some getting used to, however it is not any less delicious, it is just a different set of taste and need an open mindset when you eat this dish (you might actually feel a little healthier). The soup contains pork ribs, fried tofu skin, tofu, mushrooms and pork meat and they are all blended together in broth soup of comfort and deliciousness.
Claypot Dry Bak Kut Teh (price may vary)

There is another option of trying the Bak Kut Teh and that is the stir-fried version. I would still recommend the signature soup version than the dry one since the aroma and the taste seemed to elevate more than my liking.  But do opt for this dish if you don’t like it being too soupy.

All in all my belly was satisfied, the uniqueness of the food, the friendly staff and not overly priced completes the whole dining experience. I would recommend to anyone who wants to try something new in Jakarta. Enjoy!

Nanyang Malaysian Klang Bak Kut The
The Gallery Metro Broadway Blok 8 CE & CF
Jalan Pantai Indah Kapuk Utara 2

Phone               : 021-30010557
Opening Hour  : Monday- Sunday 11.00-15.00, 17.00-22.00
IG                      : @nanyangjkt

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