Nyonya Colors: Baba Nyonya heritage kuih muih café
June 08, 2021
Why search high and low for good quality kuih when you can make it yourself? At least, that’s what owners of Nyonya Colors, Chris Loh and Ong Mei Lean, decided to do back in 2003. With Loh being a management consultant and Ong as a remiser at the time, neither had any actual experience in F&B, yet they recognised the scarcity of finding authentic kuih in urban cities like Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. They were eager to share their passion for the traditional Nyonya dessert they grew up loving and to do their part to help preserve the Baba Nyonya culinary heritage.
After experimenting with and refining their recipes by taste-testing various kuih-muih from places like Melaka, Penang, and Singapore, Loh and Ong finally launched Nyonya Colors with its flagship store in the Old Wing of 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Now assisted by Loh’s son, Kun Quan, they continually strive to ensure quality and consistency is maintained; hence, all outlets are still non-franchised and are supported by a central kitchen. Nyonya Colors has since expanded to eight more outlets located in the following areas: Suria KLCC, Sky Avenue in Genting Highlands, The Gardens Shopping Mall, Berjaya Times Square, Gateway@KLIA2, Nu Sentral, MyTown Shopping Centre, and Empire Shopping Gallery. Its sister outlet in 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Little Cravings, also offers local light meals and dessert.
Nyonya Colors specialises in premium, homemade Nyonya kuih which the founders say are made with fresh ingredients and without any preservatives.
The Nyonya Colors cafe features a generous selection (30 to 50 different types, to be exact) of handmade kuih and also local dishes, ranging from Kuih Talam and Ondeh Ondeh to Nasi Lemak and Bubur Cha Cha. They even have an offering of gift packs that can be suited for occasions or festivities like Chinese New Year, weddings, birthdays, buka puasa, and more.
As with other restaurant businesses in the country, the prolonged covid pandemic which has decimated footfall in all the shopping centres and malls, has adversely affected the revenues of Nyonya Colors. The company is holding on with the hope that things will return to pre-Covid times where tables were always full of customers.
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