Lunch Today: Curry Mixed Vegetable Casserole In Clay Pot From Nyonya

Lunch Today

Lunchtime adventures from the Serious Eats editors.

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[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

There's plenty of great food at Nyonya, the Malaysian restaurant right below our office, but not much of it is vegetarian friendly. Even their vegetable dishes seem to come with salted fish or shrimp paste by default. Your only real options are a poor vegetable platter sold as Malaysian Buddhist ($10.95, has any dish with the word "Buddhist" in the title ever been any good?), and an excellent Mixed Vegetable Curry ($12.95).

At 13 bucks, the curry may seem a little pricey compared to their under-$10 lunch specials, but it's huge—easily big enough to feed two or three with a side of rice. It arrives at your table in a big clay pot, chunks of tender eggplant, broccoli, and cabbage poking up through the rich and aromatic coconut-based curry broth. Poke around in there and you'll find other vegetables hidden underneath the surface—carrots, bok choy, chunks of fried tofu, and tender nuggets of taro root. Get a side of the Homemade Roti Canai ($3.50) along with it. The crisp, flaky, and buttery flatbreads make the ideal vehicle for dipping and sopping up that sauce.

Nyonya

199 Grand St, New York NY 10013 (map) 212-334-3669 ilovenyonya.com