It was a Friday evening and we had company. My partner was tasked with selecting the venue and as usual he looked to me. No, this time you choose, I told him. To be fair, right?
My partner is the eat-rice-with-dishes-man. And after spinning in his head, he came up with Ah Tuan Ee's Place@The Curve.
Honestly, I was not thrilled because we have been there before (years ago) and I was not impressed. But I did not object. Who knows, this time it might be different.
I don't mean to sound condescending, but I have been to a few nonya restaurants and I came away disappointed. And I don't mean to sound pompous but I think I can cook better (cue trumpets blaring loudly in the distance, please).
So there we were and as usual, he left the ordering to me.
I selected the Gulai Tumis, Assam Prawns, Ah Tuan Ee's Golden Taufu, Inchi Kabin Chicken and Steamed Bendi with Sambal Hae Bee.
The Gulai Tumis was the only dish that I enjoyed. The taste is quite close to my late grandma's asam pedas.
The Assam Prawns we had to send back because the prawns were not fresh. The texture was powdery. The second one served was all right. Not bad, I sapu most of the onions.
I like steamed ladies fingers eaten with sambal belacan. This sambal hae bee is something that has been run through the blender and it was just OK. Not the sambal that I was expecting.
The Golden Taufu was ordinary, something that you can find in most Chinese restaurants.
As for the Inchi Kabin Chicken, I'm afraid it was over fried until it was hard and dry.
My partner was disappointed with the food and so was I. No more nonya restaurants for me, thank you.