Ah Tuan Ee: A Malaysian Culinary Adventure

By N Mark Castro

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As the matriarch of the clan, Lim Chye Tuan, popularly known as “ah Tuan ee” (Auntie ah Tuan), regularly hosted her family, friends, and even neighbors, with her culinary fare that she seemed to have whipped up effortlessly. Her homemade-cuisine, much like other ASEAN tradition-based restaurants, were often put together with the available ingredients, hence, never limited with a single taste but rather a marriage of food with diverse influences from the Portuguese and Dutch. Finding Malaysia’s Truly Asian food fare in Jakarta is such a welcome respite from McDonald’s. After all, kids today would be hard-pressed to choose a prepared meal over instant food. Which is why I considered it a mini-feast discovering new haunts in familiar places.

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Not to mention this amazing olde worlde interior.

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Coupled by these great food:

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Real Chinese-Malay touch … now that’s a taste of companionship that cannot lie.

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I can tell you the best selling food they have, their specialty, and even some side orders only those who know can ask for. I can also tell you where in Jakarta you can find “ah Tuan ee”.

I can … but come pick me up first.

Selamat Menjamu Selera!

Bon appetit

About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the chief political communications strategist for PT AsiaLeads, a political and communications policy-making body based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the Executive Director at the Southeast Asia Consulting Group, an investment advisory company assisting clients roll out their presence for the ASEAN Economic Integration in partnership with government. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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