What’s the first thing that comes into your mind when talked about kuih? We believe many of us had kuih back in the days, they were a super cheap snack, like 30 cents for a piece? As the years go by, people appreciate this form of culture less. In fact, it’s pretty hard to find good kuihs nowadays, it requires a lot of labor and love. We stumbled upon Kuih Culture a few days ago, it was such a unique experience we decided to share with you guys. So sit back, read this up and drool on kuih.
Where and What is Kuih Culture?
Tucked in Kimberly Street, Kuih Culture is set in the heart of tourist attraction. Offering an extensive range of kuih, Kuih Culture is also a cultural, educative hub. Each of their kuih goes through a long process, and are made daily to bring you the freshest kuih in town. Not just Nyonya, but also Malay and Teochew kuih available, very Malaysian. Kuih Culture addresses themselves as a cafe, compromising local fares, providing not just comfort food but also an educational adventure. Why say so? Continue reading to find out loh.
Wait, Aren’t Kuih Culture Just….Kuih?
“Wouldn’t it be a hassle to just come all the way here and have kuih? Why not get lunch fixed over here as well?” That’s what we thought. Truth is, Kuih Culture also have a hot food kitchen, a drinks kitchen and dessert counter serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Though they’re always overshadowed by their amazing kuihs. That’s why we ordered some to do the taste test for you foodies.
First off, their signature Assam Laksa (RM9.50), also one of Penang’s representation. Some might think getting a bowl of laksa in a cafe or restaurant isn’t authentic, Kuih Culture is here to proof you wrong. Boiled and simmered for hours, the mackerel broth comes in thick and vibrant. Garnished with generous amount of toppings and big chunks of sardin fish, appetizing just by looking at it. The broth is thick and sweet with strong sourish aftertaste.
Moving on to Nasi Lemak Nyonya (RM18.90). Unlike regular nasi lemak where they’re drenched in sambal, Nasi Lemak Nyonya is plated beautifully. Rich, fragrant coconut rice served with tamarind fish and prawns. The “sambal belacan” added a kick, enhancing the experience. Though we thought the dish could do better if there’s “wet” element.
Besides local fares, Kuih Culture offers old time favourite Western delights as well. We got ourselves their interpretation of Hainanese and Nasi Lemak Chicken Chop (RM18.90 each). The pieces of tender whole chicken leg is marinated in their special blend of herbs and spices. Dressed in their unique sauces which are all made from scratch, no cutting corners by using canned or powdered sauce mixes. Wash it down with South China Sea (RM9.90), citrusy and refreshing.
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How can we forget about Kuih at Kuih Culture?
If you’re coming in a pack, get their Kuih Platter. They come in various selections and sizes, some need reservation in advanced to avoid disappointment. Remember the times when you could peel off layer by layer of the Kuih Lapis (RM1.30/pcs)? we were told by one of their partners, Jason that you can no longer peel Kuih Lapis in the market these days because it requires a lot of labor and time. Lucky for you guys, you can still peel them at Kuih Culture.
On to our favourite session, desserts. They serve local desserts like a pro here in Kuih Culture. We treated ourselves with their Chendul Dinasour (RM18.90) and OMG, they were bigger than our face! Just look at the size of it. You might think quality will drop due to the size, but no. It tastes just as good as the famous chendul out there, if not better. Generous amount of red beans and green rice jelly. The sweet aroma and nutty taste of coconut milk and gula melaka will linger in your mouth.
One last thing, if you don’t want to go through the hassle of selecting dishes and are coming in a pack, get their set meals. It’s a newly launched menu, where they have a set meal of 4 (RM108) or 6 (RM180). Don’t let the price hold you back, but instead, do some math, you’ll find it pretty affordable.
Hang On, Kuih Culture Has More to Offer
Remember when we mentioned Kuih Culture is a cultural hub? Walk up to the second floor (get permission okay) and that’s where the 3 in 1 Experience Centre lies. They have different sections that includes a “cinema lounge.” This is where you get to watch an intro to kuih making with traditional techniques.
The interactive 3D Art Gallery is where you do touristy stuff, snapping tonnes of fun photos. If you want a hands-on experience, head over to the workshop to make your own kuih and learn about the heritage behind the art of kuih making. The motivation behind this concept is to revitalize and inject new life back into the kuih eating. Also, to promote the traditional nyonya kuih making practices and culture.
Back to kuih business. Want to add some colors and local flavors in your special events? Kuih Culture offers services to private events, outdoor parties, functions and food catering for celebrations. They offer special themed Kuih platters and their Malaysian and Continental themed savoury foods. (Christmas is around the corner, hit them up and celebrate with kuih!)
Verdict on Kuih Culture:
Truly a unique experience, it’s definitely Penang Foodie approved. Not just good kuih, good food, Kuih Culture is very knowledgeable and they know what they’re doing. We didn’t just get to sample delicious, traditional local fares, but also learned about the essence behind it.
You can definitely hang around and do a lot of activities here other than regular cafes out there. Note: This is totally not bias, you’ll get the same experience if you’re interested, Kuih Culture is more than willing to share everything with you.
Address: 59A, Lebuh Kimberley, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Daily)
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/KuihCulture/
Kuih Experience Centre for a 50-60 minute short tour and hands-on workshop:
Mycard: Adult RM20/ Kid RM15
Non Mycard: Adult RM30/ Kid RM25
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