Flower Mulan Nyonya Cafe – Hidden Gem in Pulau Tikus
Flower Mulan Nyonya Cafe reminds me so much of Mulan – the flower that blooms in adversity.
Penelope Pussycat (PP) told us she found the shop when she went to order a wreath.
The secluded Nyonya restaurant is next to a flower shop along Burma Road.
PP organized a ladies lunch and wanted to give us all a heads up to wear solid colors.
I was instantly intrigued.
Flower Mulan Nyonya Cafe Grandoise Deco
When I finally stepped in, my eyes couldn’t focus.
I felt transported back in time to the gardens of the French Renaissance.
The interiors were mind-blowingly lavish in an eclectic opulent way.
Gorgeous décor that was just a bit over the top too busy.
We noticed that most of the diners are women.
The two men who came with their wives had this blank shell shocked look on their face, standing at the threshold.
The decoration inside the restaurant can look imposing but is perfect for a photoshoot.
It depends – the other ladies loved the cozy décor and were busy taking photos.
Yes, it is a very feminine Instagram babe café with delicious Nyonya food.
So be warned and be ready to be impressed or shocked by the sheer volume of deco and flowers dangling from the ceiling and embracing us.
There are literally more flowers than tables and seating BUT in a perfect way.
Flower Mulan Nyonya Cafe Service
Service is courteous and prompt.
Flower Mulan Nyonya Cafe Food Price
Generally, delicious dishes with reasonable prices highly recommended for a nice restaurant without breaking the bank.
If you plan to eat as we did – the price is cheaper than a buffet per pax.
Home-cooked Nyonya Food @ Flower Mulan Nyonya Cafe
The Nyonya food tastes like home-cooked food; it all depends on what you expect from a Nyonya restaurant.
Some dishes fared better than others and became instant favorites.
Others are good, and some fall below par.
Just like eating at home when the old Nyonya cooks, you eat up without a fuss.
If you like the dish, make sure it faces you directly and eat away.
The ones you don’t fancy, take a small piece and eventually get around to eating it (if there’s still room in your tummy)
Flower Mulan Nyonya Cafe – Set Lunch for RM38
If you want a quick bite, you can try the lunch sets with is served with
- one main dish
- three sides
- one rice
- one drink
You can check with the restaurant what is available for the mains.
What We Ordered at Flower Mulan Nyonya Cafe – Almost the Entire Menu! 13 Dishes for Lunch
The most memorable lunch for us was when the dishes kept coming out, and the ladies looked at me.
Penelope Pussycat ordered one item each from the menu – Small.
We ended up with 13 dishes! The most we ever had for a sit-down luncheon.
If you ask me about memory making – this is unforgettable in every way!
The ladies took a vote and gave ❤️️ ️for their favorites dishes.
- Curry Chicken ❤️️ ❤️️
- Sambal Chicken ️❤️️ ❤️️
- Kunyit and Serai Fried Chicken ❤️️ ❤️️ ❤️️ ❤️️ ❤️️
- Asam Pedas ❤️️ ❤️️
- Rumpah Hu ❤️️
- Sambal Tumis Ikan Pari ❤️️ ❤️️ ❤️️ ❤️️ ❤️️ ️❤️️
- Assam Prawn ❤️️
- Tu Tor Soup ❤️️
- Lor Bak ❤️️ ❤️️ ❤️️
- Tau Ewe Bak ❤️️ ❤️️
- Tu Kar Chor ❤️️ ❤️️ ❤️️ ❤️️
- Jiu Hur Char ❤️️ ❤️️
- Acar Acar ❤️️
These are the item we didn’t order.
- Sambal Hu
- Sambal Prawn @ Petai
- Hong Bak
- Chap Chai
- Blue Rice
- Oil Rice
- Kek Hua
- Soft Drink
Let’s start with Chicken
A favorite in Nyonya homes, I like a decent Chicken Curry or Gulai Kay with potatoes and white rice with soya sauce.
In fact, we like to make a Curry Mee with the leftover gravy by thinning it out, add a few simple ingredients, and VOILA!
- Yellow Noodles
- Rice Vermicelli
- Mung Bean Sprout
- Boiled Long Beans
- Mint Leaves
Or you can eat this with Roti Bengali, leftover Chicken Curry is best with bread.
Sambal Chicken has many variations depending on the cook’s ethnic and cultural background.
Malays use the belacan. Chinese go mild with the chilies.
Indians use cinnamon to fragrant the sambal sauce.
The Nyonya version is a great combination of cooking ingredients, and the taste is pleasing and nice.
Kunyit + Serai Fried Chicken
Most Nyonya restaurants serve Inche Kabin.
This is the first time that we tried Fried Chicken marinated with Kunyit (Tumeric) and Serai (Lemongrass)
The taste is fragrant and delicious.
I will order this again, maybe a plate just for me alone. <greedy>
Next Seafood – Fish and Prawns
The fish and prawns are fresh.
We often make this at home, and it is a family favorite that we add rice vermicelli to eat as our homestyle Laksa.
I like it very spicy, hot and sour with pineapple, lots of onion, cucumber, Lor Gio (pickled leeks), and a hard-boiled egg at home.
Rempah Hu (Mackerel Stuffed With Rempah)
Authentic Nyonya Rempah Hu or “Hu Chee Rempah” can only be made with Hardtail Mackerel, a “Ngeh Buey” in Hokkien.
No other fish can taste as good in terms of texture and authentic flavor.
We like a certain sized Hardtail Mackerel at home, not too big, not too small but just right.
The restaurant serves a generous large fish, which I find too big for my liking – the flesh is too hard.
Penangites love to consume this fish that is high in protein and low in fat.
Sambal Tumis Ikan Pari (Stingray Fish)
Every home cook in Malaysia–Nyonya, Malay, Chinese, or Indian has its own unique recipe for Assam Pedas.
The adaptations are endless, with an adjustment to the sour, fiery hot, and taste balance.
Assam Pedas literally means “sour spicy,” and this is a classic Malaysian dish.
Like Thailand’s Tom Yum, you can vary your seafood ingredients – but the best is to cook this with Sting Ray – absolutely delicious.
Assam Prawn (Sea Prawns in Tamarind Sauce)
Tamarind Prawn or Assam Prawn is a Nyonya recipe, one that I grew up eating with our homemade Nasi Lemak.
We call this “Assam Heh,” and we make a version with a black sweet tamarind sauce to coat the prawns.
Assam prawn) is surprisingly easy to make with only four ingredients: Prawns, tamarind, sugar, and salt.
The addition of sesame seeds takes this up a notch.
Here Come The Porky Dishes
You can have a Nyonya meal without Pork.
We had four porky dishes to try.
Tu Tor Soup (Pig Stomach Soup with Peppercorns)
I’m not a fan of Pig’s Stomach and will only take the soup and not the pieces of Tu Tor.
Tu Tor Soup ❤️ pepper taste hot but soup taste mild – Kynnex
Lor Bak (Five-spice Pork Roll)
Loh Bak is one of the festive dishes that Malaysians love to eat as an appetizer or snack.
There are many ways to make this, but the 5-spice marinated pork wrapped with bean curd skin and deep-fried makes the rolls crunchy, chewy, fragrant, and so yummy.
Tau Ewe Bak (Braised Pork Belly in Soy Sauce)
Every Malaysian love this intensely flavorful soy sauce braised pork belly.
It is said you can grow a child with Tau Yew Bak and rice.
Children, oldies, and just about everyone else love the sweetish taste that is complex, sophisticated, and addictive.
Every Economy Rice Stall has a huge pot of Tau Yew Bak with free flow soya sauce gravy for you to drench your rice.
Tu Kar Chor (Braised Sweetened Pig Trotter)
Tu Kar Chor is a braised sweetened Pig Trotter dish, deep in flavor and addictive.
Pig Trotter, Black Vinegar, sesame oil, light soy sauce, brown sugar, and lots of old Ginger make this dish absolutely scrumptious braised dish that you can add in boiled eggs.
The pork knuckles are so moist, tender, and succulent after the slow braising that you can’t get enough.
The food portions we ordered were small, but it is more than adequate, considering we ordered 13 dishes per table!
There are 5 of us per table, and we got to tapau home too.
The bill was RM82 each, and I think considering the amount of food we had, plus the dishes’ complexity, it is well worth the price to pay.
Above all, it was a delicious lunch and a good catch up with the ladies.
Where to Park
The only downside is finding car parking in Pulau Tikus during lunch.
There is limited street parking on Bangkok Lane next to the Nyonya restaurant.
You can either Grab or park at Axis Plaza or Moulmein Rise and walk a bit.
I would suggest visiting in the evenings, easier to park and cooler if you plan to walk from Burma Road service road car parking.
Remember to make reservations.
There are more tables and seating on the first floor.
Flower Mulan Nyonya Cafe Review
There is a first for everything, and this is a most memorable dining experience.
We’ve been to a restaurant that we’ve never been to before. Thanks, dear Penelope Pussycat!
We got to eat some delicious food to eat.
Most special was dining in the beautiful environment of a flower shop.
The service is excellent, even though they were swamped.
The staff helped us take our group photo and even presented each of the ladies with a fresh flower to take home. Awwwwww so sweet.
I think the three top dishes for me are
- Sambal Tumis Ikan Pari – can’t stop drinking the gravy!
- Kunyit and Serai Fried Chicken – most flavourful and delicious!
- Tu Ka Chor – wish there was an “iron egg” per person! Delicious!
You can’t go wrong with this combination – unless, of course, you’re planning to go the whole nine yards – eat like there’s no tomorrow and ORDER all the dishes on the menu.
Then again, why not? LOL
Let’s hear the Reviews from SmartDory’s Fish Frens:
I liked the Lor Bak best think… tho it was quite a lot to eat … 😅After a while, it was just how to finish the food😂. I liked the Tu Kar Chor too. More ginger, or maybe it wasn’t hot enough for me. – Ee San
Food was excellent! 👍🏻 I like all the dishes that we ordered (although it was an accident and too much to stomach everything) especially Dish #6, and not forgetting the flavourful warm lemongrass tea 😋. The decor was a bit too extravagant but unique. Will I go again? Of course! – Penelope Pussycat
Tu Tor Soup ❤️ pepper taste hot but soup taste mild – Kynnex
Flower Mulan Nyonya Cafe (Non-Halal)
268, Jalan Burma, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Penang.
Telephone: 012-472 3671
Sunday to Tuesday: 11:30 am–10:30 pm
Closed on Wednesday
Thurs to Saturday: 11:30 am–10:30 pm
Facebook: Flower Mulan Nyonya Cafe