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Nonna Kitchen

This tucked away café in Ipoh Garden East occupies what used to be Tammy’s Kitchen. Since LVI Choong took over the restaurant and brought her own branding with her special style of cooking, Nonna has become a foodie cafe to be reckoned with.

Best known for their MSG free cooking, the menu is extensive with western and Chinese dishes, cakes and pastries. Thanks to the miracle of Thermomix, the all in one cooking device, the dishes are all freshly prepared and quickly too.

Have tea with scones and jam, salted-egg-filled croissants, macarons, cakes and pies or for a heavier meal, do savour their Chinese Rice Wine Chicken, an umami broth redolent of good Chinese wine, with Mook Yee fungus and ginger RM17.90. Minced Iberico pork stir fried with Thai basil,very fragrant at RM16.90Tsu Geok Tso or Pigs Trotters in black vinegar, the tartness blending smoothly with the sweetness, with no added water, producing a mellow sauce coating velvety smooth chunks of trotters, RM14.90; the Iberico Pork Char Siew RM21.90; their Iberico Pork Roasted Ribs at RM15 per 100g and their perfectly steamed Signature Pomfret done the ‘Hokkien’ way with salted mustard greens, sliced tomatoes and pickled lime. Market Price.

Nonna Kitchen
7 Hala Bandar Baru Tambun 18, Desa Tambun Indah, 31400 Ipoh.
Business hours: 11am-9.30pm. Off Fridays
GPS: 4° 37’ 13.1988”N  101° 8’ 12.588”E
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See Foon

SeeFoon Chan-Koppen has been writing a food column called Musings on Food in the Ipoh Echo since 2009. It is widely read both in print as well as online which receives more than 1 million hits a month. Her forte is in communications, having honed her skills after graduating from the University of Singapore where she worked for the Straits Times Group and was a food critic for the New Nation. Her knowledge of food and cooking come from more than 30 years in the hotel industry based in Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and subsequently Kuala Lumpur. During this time, she has travelled all over the world and eaten at the best and worst restaurants. She is totally intimate with the subtleties and nuances of most cuisines of the world having been involved in opening over 50 hotels throughout the Asia/Pacific region and China where she helped to conceptualize Food and Beverage themes and critiqued on food quality. SeeFoon calls herself a global citizen and now chooses the serenity and friendliness of Ipoh to the bright lights of the many cities she has lived in. She also loves the food in Ipoh and is passionate about telling the world about it.

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