After a recent revamp, Kafe Peranakan (阿那汗马来西亚风味餐吧) is an even more comfortable place to try tasty Malaysian and Southeast Asian food. Their Teh Tarik (hot tea) still smells fragrant, has an easy taste and warms up the stomach. Acar Acar is an interesting salad with chunks of cucumber, carrot and shallots marinated in a sweet and sour mix of sugar and vinegar. It works well as a degreaser for the Bak Kut Teh, a pork ribs herbal soup.
The stir-fried prawns with shrimp paste, Tom Yam Kung soup, and Nasik Lemak dry chicken curry with coconut milk rice are all stand-outs. The restaurant also offers nice iced drinks, such as the Bubur Chacha, sago mixed fruits with coconut milk and a range of new fruit drinks, including pawpaw with milk.
The renovation made a few small changes to the 2nd floor of the restaurant: sofas next to the window now have high backs, while the tables near the inside walls are divided by wooden screens with flowery carvings.
Peranakan refers to descendants of late 18th Century Chinese immigrants to Malaysia, also known as Straits Chinese. The restaurant offers classic Southeast Asian dishes and is frequented by Malaysian and other expats.
The average bill is 70 yuan a head. If you take a copy of the China Daily and spend more than 100 yuan, you will get a free coconut and mango-flavored jelly.
Daily 10 am-midnight. 17 Kuntai International Center, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang district. 5879-0370. 朝阳区朝外大街昆泰国际中心南侧17号