Tan’s Kitchen Malaysian Cuisine
I love the fusion of flavours in Malaysian food, and when I heard that Tan’s Kitchen had taken over from the excellent Sri Puteri’s in Panmure, a visit there became a priority.
We drove over to Tan’s Kitchen after netball, very much in need of warming food. I placed the order by phone and it was ready for pick-up a short 20 minutes later.
Tan’s Kitchen cooking differs from Sri Puteri’s in that Tan’s has a Chinese influence.
We ordered classic dishes: Rendang Beef ($18); Char Kway Teow rice noodles ($11); Sambal Long Beans ($16) and two orders of plain steamed rice ($1.50/serving). I also couldn’t resist ordering the Coffee Spare Ribs ($18). I last enjoyed these at Bunga Raya in New Lynn, and was keen to try them here.
We unpacked the food at home and quickly served up. Outstanding favourite was the Char Kway Teow rice noodles. This a typical street dish of Malaysia, and is meant to be quickly cooked in a very hot pan, to lend it a slightly smoky/charred flavour. This dish had all of that and more – bits of chicken and whole prawns, tender rice noodles and bean sprouts. Not at all greasy or bland and quite delicious heated up the next day for lunch.
The Rendang Beef also hit the spot. The beef pieces had been slowly cooked in spices and coconut milk so that it was almost fork tender, and the sauce was nearing the dry curry point (the classic method).
We normally love sambal dishes, but we did not care for the over-fishy taste of the Sambal Long (green) Beans. Sambals are spicy side dishes, which use chills and other ingredients such as fish sauce, shrimp paste, garlic, ginger, shallots, lime juice. Unfortunately the fish/shrimp paste flavour was too overpowering for our tastebuds. On reflection I also feel that this dish is overpriced at $16.
Finally the Coffee Spare Ribs. These were not meaty pork spare ribs as in an American barbecue, but rather thin slices of pork ribs. Fine with me as it enabled easy eating out of hand. The ribs are cooked and then coated in the sweet and spicy coffee sauce. It is a popular dish in Malaysia and it is easy to see why.
Tan’s is well worth visiting if you live in the Eastern Suburbs – or if you (like us) are in the mood for some warming, flavourful food after shivering in the cold watching netball.