For a taste of forward thinking Malaysian cuisine be sure to check out Aunty Franklee on Russell Street. Offering traditional menu items with a twist, Katie and I were treated to some wonderful and vibrant dishes that made for a great accompaniment to our mid-week catchup. We were surprised with the accessibility of the menu at Aunty Franklee and left with a hunger to return and try a few more dishes from this tasty kitchen.
With a handy location and energetic fit-out it has a great vibe. We both started off our evening with the Pear and white wood tea, slow-brewed with goji berries, longan and dates ($4.10). We went for the cold serves here and did quite enjoy the blend of earthy and fruity tones that the brew provided. On the sweet side from our usual teas but a good partner to quench our thirsts whilst we dived for the garnishes at the bottom of the glass.
We both went for the meat and rice dishes, Katie’s was the chicken ($13.50). Here it’s turmeric and grilled and topped up with a crispy topping. The plate also includes a fantastic mix of accompaniments of tea egg, salad, rice, greens, herbs and chilli. We must also mention the satay-like sauce, this has a delightful nutty sweetness that we ate right up. Happy to have had it on everything. My order was for the pork belly version ($17.70) which only differed in the meat.
The menu proclaims a staggering twenty three spices being used in the marinade. We could taste the flavours coming together without ever tasting muddled. In fact, conversation was paused on occasion to remark on the food. The meat cooked to perfection and was tender with everything coming right off the bone. The salad items were a thoughtful addition to balance out the dish meaning you finish out without any hint of greasy regret that you can get at other places.
We also decided to go for a side of golden fritters ($5) and we were so glad we did. These are a guilty pleasure, with the vegetable mix emulating the delightfulness of fried foods. The crisp, the crunch, these were good sounds. Our only recommendation for Aunty Franklee’s is turning up the music a notch to give the venue the same level of excitement as in the food. We left the store happy and full and keen to return to check out their classic bak kuh teh, which we’ll be ready for next time.
Note: author dined at invitation of the restaurant