Nanyang Mama is a casual Southeast Asian restaurant on Shaanxi Nan Lu, around the corner from United Valley.
What initially drew me to this restaurant was the “Klang Bak Kut Teh” advertised on their Dianping page.
Malaysian bak kut teh is a soy sauce and Chinese herb-based pork rib soup, very different to Singaporean white pepper version, the latter of which seems to be the more popular option in Shanghai. The one from Klang, a city in the state of Selangor, Malaysia, is famous for being dark and delicious, and my go-to whenever I visit.
The Bak Kut Teh (¥88) at Nanyang Mama is not bad. It doesn’t quite represent the original Klang-style bak kut teh, but it does alright for a Malaysian-style of pork rib soup. It’s herbal and savory with a hint of sweetness from the use of sweet dark soy sauce. Plenty of meat on the ribs, and a couple mushrooms in the broth. Not bad for a lunch meal. Comes with youtiao, rice is additional.
Other dishes at Nanyang Mama include the Nasi Lemak (¥68), a dish of coconut rice, fried chicken, fried egg, fried anchovies, peanuts, and sambal chili sauce. It’s a sizeable portion, pretty filling. Good quality eggs with bright orange yolks. The chicken is a tad greasy and was a bit under seasoned. Sambal had a good kick and was fragrant.
Other dishes on the menu include Thai curries and tom yum soup, Southeast Asian-style stir-fry, and laksa, among others.
Good for an easy-going affordable meal.
Address: 35 Shaanxi Nan Lu 陕西南路35号
Hours: Mon-Thu & Sun, 11am-10:30pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-11:30pm