It's small, quite cozy place with a lot of paintings on one wall and on another - a huge photo of an old Chinese street, could be somewhere in Penang (Malaysia) as the cuisine Nyonya originated from the Chinese community living in that region.
My friend ordered a curry laksa, I first tried laksa in KL. I even tried to cook laksa back home, when I got with me a pack of this famous noodles soup ingredients. Won't tell you how was my Laksa but here in this Nyonya place - it was awesome. It's so tasty, the soup itself is so rich in flavors and colors - coconut based curry soup, fish, chicken, shrimp, cockle, sweet, spicy...indescribable combination of tastes.
But we failed to order the 7th on the list of top 50 world's most delicious foods (by CNN Go in 2011) - Assam laksa. Seeing a poster at the entrance, we asked the waitress, she said "Today, we don't have!".Ok, another time then.
Nasi Lemak - Malaysia's national dish, rice steamed with coconut cream, served with...
chicken curry, special side dishes as salad, fried anchovies, roasted peanut and ...
Don't be surprised why only two of us and we order so many dishes, we actually came back to this place next day, as I need to get some more photos, try another things, with another friend, who surprisingly can't not eat any spicy food at all. And, kidding me, he used to be a chef! And the best from here, always spicy!
Anyway, we just order what we knew from my friend's experience and what 's familiar to us, I'm sure there is much more exotic Malay flavors in that menu that we didn't discover yet. Malaysia street food has been selected as one of the best in the world.
Back to my first question - what does it mean Halal ? It means "denoting or relating to meat prepared as prescribed by Muslim law" and the restaurant should get a certificate for that, according to some source ( I have no idea - trusted or not!) in the Internet, very few restaurants in Saigon has that certificate, to serve Halal food, even D' Nyonya, at 56 Đông Du, not on the list. But by some how this place seems one of the top choices among Malaysian expatriates in Saigon. So if you miss Malay flavors or want to try a new thing, D'Nyonya could be a right place for that. I'm sure you will keep coming back.
For your reference: Price varies from 75,000 to 90,000 VND per dish.