This is something that you can only find in Melaka as far as I know till now...!!!, How you do it, is to dip your skewel into a boiling satay sauce. Come in a few varieties, prawns, cockles, pig's stomach, deep fried devil (yau char kwai), pig's ear, pork, taufu, meat ball, and many many more.
This restaurant is located on the 3rd floor of Hotel Equatorial - it is very popular for entertainment, and the nyonya food here is reasonablly well done. Prices are also reasonable - I would say good for being part of a hotel. But I was not soo impressed with the food to want to rush there. But if I have foriegner friends who want to try nyonya food - I would take them there - the atmosphere is pretty good and the variety is great, and the place is interesting. Becos - they serve water in this container - metal that I can r'ber some people (maybe people in Mainland China still do that) rinse their mouth daily in!!! There is also sit on the floor to eat if you want. The food comes out piping hot - but I found it a little oily.
Favorite Dish: Three of us had lunch, we did not order drink and just had water - which was so so cold and nice. We ordered popiah - 2 to share which was ample - the skin was delicious although the filling was ordinary, It lacks the pork stuffing you would get from the hawker. The restaurant is Halal. Then we had ayam sioh - or something like that name - it is chicken cooked which spices - I highly recommend that against chicken pongteh. Then we had nyonya taufoo - i hate that becos it was Japanese taufo, and we had fried kangkong vegetables with sambal belcan - a little oily, but tasty. We also had fried fish with salt and chilli - it was very fresh the fish - but it was greasy.And the two boys had cendol for dessert which they said was pretty good. the meal only cost RM85
Some stained glass outside the restaurant but inside is very plain and ordinary but the food is local nyonya food. Nyonya is a cross culture of Malay and Chinese and their food therefore has both influence.
Favorite Dish: Ayam Ponteh which is chicken cooked with potatos with gravy, steamed spicy assam fish, sambal fried vegetable etc, prawn sambal
Some local gave us this tip - to have assam fish made popular by the cooks from a neighbouring town Muar, and also the Muar famous otak otak - which is like a souffle of fish and prawns. I swear by the otak otak - which is steamed to perfection and has just enough fish meat and prawns, and also the souffle bit is aromatic. I even bought some frozen ones home to steam for dinner this week. Other diners had fried fish and also others had squid with sambal whcih all looked delicious.
In such a hot sunny day it is nice to have ice shaved dessert - chendol which is jello like small strips of green jello liked with red beans, some black cincau jello and also with lots of shaved ice and thick palm sugar and coconut milk - mashed the ice a bit to melt it, and then slurp it. You can also try their hot dessert, peanut cream soup etc also delicious. They also have local snacks like banana fritters etc. Nice place to go to beat the heat while strolling down jonkers walk
Do not expect a really nice restaurant - this has fan only - it can get pretty warm - most locals eating there and also lots of Singaporean tourist on the weekends.
Favorite Dish: Of course satays - but my favourite would be pork satay - which is only mainly seen in Melaka - but it is the sauce that gives the kick!!! different from the local Malay satay sauce (kuah) this has very nice fruit flavoured in it becos it is slowly cooked with the local starfruit in it. The satay sticks are really small so you can eat plenty. They will bring some to the table and you will be charged by the sticks you consumed. Washed down with small young coconut drink !!!
This shop is family run and has quite a nice atmosphere as it tries to make use of traditional Baba Nyonya elements in the shop. Local delicacies such as belacan, cincalok, and alot of others can be found here.
Favorite Dish: Ikan Cili Garam (Transalated loosely as Chilli Salt Fish, although its not salted fish, but fresh fish fried and topped with chilli)
Fried Rice (This happens to be my favourite dish in most places)
Fried Squid and Prawns (I love seafood)
Try the other local delicacies. The lady of the shop will guide you through all the dishes. They speak good english.
As you stroll through the Chinatown area keep an eye out for bakeries selling pineapple tarts - a Nyonya speciality.
Favorite Dish: In my hometown, this seafood called 'lorjuk'. Here, known as mussel which live within a shell like bamboo. Cooked spicy with tomato and red chilli sauce.
This restaurant is very special because it uses stainless steel tables with a bubbling vat of satay sauce.
Here, you have a wiede menu at your disposal. You just need to cook!
This stall is one of two prominent chicken rice shops at the corner of the touristy '' antique streeet '' ( Jonker Street )
Favorite Dish: - Hainanese Chicken Rice Balls -
lok lok also known as Satay Celup.
dip stick of food into a boiling spicy satay sauce.
Interesting & so far i had only tried this in Melaka