Aunty Franklee is a Malaysian restaurant that opened up in October last year and since then has been serving up some authentic Malay dishes with a twist. Their Bak Kut Teh is their signature dish and their menu is presented on cute little post cards. I came here one weekday night for a dinner with three friends and will share that experience here.
Given we were dining in a group, we actually decided to pass on the wet Bak Kut Teh, as amazing as it looked so that we could easily share all the different dishes. We started off with some of their speciality drinks, ordering the Pear and White Wood, the Lemon Barley, and the Borneo Milk Tea. The Milk tea was the best by far, strong and milky and presented nicely. The Pear and white wood was decent, definitely one for those that are a bit more adventurous! The lemon and barely was the least standout – it was a bit bland.
To start the food off, we ordered the pork version of the dry Bak Kut Teh. This ‘pot luck’ consisted of smokey pork ribs, pork belly, okra and lotus root. This was a delicious dish, the meat was fatty and rich, having been charred and glazed with a delicious combination of garlic, soy and chilli. This went quickly! The lotus root was a nice way to add a bit of a firmer texture and the blander root soaked up the juices beautifully!
Next ordered the lamb ribs. The meat was incredibly tender and the glaze was sticky and sweet. We were fighting over the meat! This came plated with serving of the house multi grain rice which had a lovely purple hue, a half tea egg, greens and aromatic herbs. This would have made quite the hearty meal for one!
Next we ordered the tumeric chicken. This was marinated in tumeric which coloured the chicken a beautiful orange-yellow. It was then grilled perfectly, topped with a sort of pork floss and also served with the house multi-grain rice, a half tea egg, greens and aromatic herbs.
For the last dish in our first round of food, we couldn’t go past the Char Kuay Teow. The flat rice noodles came soaked in a rich dark sauce, succulent prawns and an assortment of veggies. This was a classic asian dish done perfectly, nice and flavourful.
Overall, Aunty Franklee serves up excellent Malay food and is sure to have any lover of Asian food coming back for more. The venue is small and bustling and had a warm, friendly vibe to it. Definitely recommended and i’m keen to come back again for their Bak Kut Teh!