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Donald & Lily's: Mouth-watering Nyonya Food
It's a bit hard to find this eatery as the entrance is very obscure, hiding at the back of a shophouse and blocked by a stall selling chendol (dessert in shaved ice). It's at the middle of Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and at the crossroad. You have to walk up a flight of stairs to this family runned business. Many knick-knacks from around the world are displayed on the shelves and wall.
Favorite Dish: The popular Nyonya regulars are Laksa (noodles in curry gravy), Mee Siam, fried noodles, Tau Kua (oriental mixed salads in spicy sauce), RM3 only per serving. Other signature dishes are Chicken Pongteh (RM5) and Curry Chicken Rice (RM4.50). After having a spicy meal, a must-try is the Cendol, RM1.60 per bowl. It's a bowl of shaved ice with coconut milk, Melaka sugar, red beans and green coloured chendol.
The lady boss here, Jennifer is very friendly and always asks for customer's feedback. Opens from 10am to 4pm, closed on Mondays.
Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup: Satay Celup
Other than chicken rice balls, Melaka is also popular for its satay celup. It's a kind of skewered meat or other ingredients dipped and cooked in peanuts gravy. The secret is in the peanuts gravy which has other ingredients like ginger, lemongrass, etc. The sauce is a bit spicy.
They are many variety of food here, ranging from vegetables, prawns, fish balls, meat balls, crab fillet and so on.
There's a few satay celup restaurants along this road. The middle shop supposedly to be the most crowded one. Opens from 5:30pm to 12:30am.
Favorite Dish: 50 cents per stick. You may also chose the ingredients from fridge.
Seri Nyonya: hotel Nyonya Food
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
eha fruit & Veggie Bistro, Melaka: Real Real Fresh Juices & Dessert
In Melaka, weather offen hot and get sweat easily. If you're looking for a coozy place to sit down and enjoying a cup of Real Real freshly done juices, please drop by to this fruity bistro call 'eha' nearby ChengHo muzium, located at Lorong Hang Jebat, Melaka.
More than 60 types of fresh juices for you to choose and also have veriaty of fruit & veggie concept sandwiches, omelettes, cold & hot desserts and set-meals. Wow! try their Cold Cold 3-D Durian dessert if you're a durian lover. My best choice juices are "MangOrange Exotic" and "Coozy WatermelonLime", so coooooooool.
Must drop by if you're really desperate for a cup of real juice.
Favorite Dish: Dessert : (Cold) 3-D Durian Dessert
Dessert : (Hot) Yummy Yam Dessert with Gingko & Pumpkin
Juices : MangOrange Exotic and Coozy WatermelonLime
Meal : Omelette and Everything Rojak (fruits)
Breakthrough Cafe: Authentic Peranakan Cendol!!!
Breakthrough Cafe is popular for their Traditional Peranakan Cendol which is very different from what you may find on the roadside. Very rich in flavour!!! It is only RM2 per bowl!!!
Besides that, they have very good Nasi Lemak too!!!
Favorite Dish: Traditional Peranakan Cendol!!! The ultimate local dessert!!!
Aunty Lee Nonya Food: Authentic Nyonya food, almost like my mom's
A very small family-run restaurant, the setting in this restaurant could be improved. But this is not the reason why you are here. (If you want to dine in a nice restaurant in the town area, head to Peranakan restaurant on Heren Street). My Childhood friend comes here a lot, hence knows the owner. The main chefs are an elderly couple, due to the popularity of this place, they tend to turn down customers if they get too busy, or if they get too tired, I was told.
Hence, it is best to call up for reservation if you want to have a taste of authentic Nyonya food!
Favorite Dish: The Assam fish is a must, end your dinner with their cendol. I hardly think the Assam fish is any spicy, you can ask them to make it less spicy if you wanna.
Sun May Hiong Satay House: Pork Satay - unique to Melaka
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 !!!
Jonker Dessert: Cendol Dessert and Banana Fritters
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
City Famous Seafood: Assam Fish and Otak Otak
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.
Restaurant Ole Sayang: Nyonya (peranakan) food
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
Tomyam Klasik: Famous Tomyam Restaurant in Melaka
Tomyam is a Thai spicy soup that is so popular here in Malaysia. This restaurant is a very established and well known restaurant of its tomyam, Thai and local food. Its just moved from Ayer Keroh to Bukit Beruang and this new restaurant being well build on a man made pond. As we enjoy our meals, we can also watch varieties of freshwater fishes swimming in the pond and of course the regular customer here will always wait for the Arapaima Gigas to emerge.
The foods? No doubt for me the taste are delicious. This restaurant serves local, Thai and even western food on the menu.
I always dine here and even had the opportunity to bring 2 VTer to here during their visit in Melaka. (VT Id chiabh & Idahayat)
The only improvement that this restaurant need to buck-up is their timing of preparing the food. Sometimes I think that the chef took quite of time to prepare customers order. Maybe their motto is 'let it be late as long as it won't jeapordizing the taste'.
So, if you happens to be here and want to taste good Thai & local food especially the Tomyam, please visit this restaurant. Its open daily from 11am to 2am.
Favorite Dish: The Tomyam of course.
Nonya food: Spicy nonya food-> Laksa
Laksa is Nonya food. The taste is composed of coconut, red hot chili pepper and shrimp. The soup is mainly curry mixed with coconut, it's salty, sweet and spicy. The ingrediance are shrimps, oysters, fish balls and vegetable. Maple food can be rice noodles and noodles. As spicy food big fan, I love the dish very very much!!! (Laksa is highly recommended)
Local food: Restoran Aunty Lee: Authentic Paranakan Fare
This is the restaurant you would want to go to if you are looking for quality peranakan food. Bibik Lee and her husband run the kitchen while her duagher takes care of the guests.
Their food is good and the price is reasonable. Thus, if you do not make a reservation, it would be quite difficult to get a table. When we were there, we saw the owners turning away more than five families in a short time of 30 minutes. So book early. It would be useful if you also know what you already want to order.
The restaurant is only opened from 11.30am to 2pm and 6pm to 9pm. They are also closed on Tuesday. So make sure you know when to make your booking as well.
Favorite Dish: We were so hungry that we started out with two packets of crackers (Keropok).
The Peranakan dishes that we had were:-
Assam Fish (Ikan Lemak), mixed vegetables (Chap Chai), Cinchalok Omelette (Telor Goreng Grego) and Brinjal (Terong Goreng Ladah). Other non Peranakan dishes includes Fried Chicken, Fried Kailan and mutton curry.
You'll have to try they Chendol as well - RM 2.50.
The total bill came up to about RM200 which worked out to RM20 per person.
East & West Rendezvous: Delicious and fragrant Nyonya dumpling
At first glance, there is nothing to shout about when you pass by this shop facade. One could easily pass by this ordinary looking store and giving it a miss. This shop sells nyonya dumpling, durian cendol, kuih and pineapple tarts.
I managed to see the Nyonya dumpling making process at the cashier area and took a photo of it.
Favorite Dish: The normal cendol(without durian) was good, the ice was quite fluffy and the overall sweetness was just right for me. It had the lovely fragrance of gula malacca. I would gladly skip the long queue at Jonker 88 and have a bowl of cendol here.
I was here specially for the Nyonya dumpling and I wasn't disappointed. The pretty blue and white coloured dumpling had generous portion of fillings with an aromatic coriander scent. The pork, mushroom, winter melon etc were all minced up and wrapped with glutinous rice. The blue colouring on the glutinous rice came from the colour extracted from the butterfly pea flowers. There were 2 textures to the glutinous rice; the white part was slightly springy and had a slight smell of alkaline water/lye water. The blue glutinous rice(without lye water) was slightly soft though.
Nyonya dumpling: RM4.50 each
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Jonker Dessert: Chendol along Jonker Street
This shop sells different kinds of chendol desserts. The one I tried, and the one I overheard most ppl ordered, is Baba Cendol. The sweet brown sauce as the topping is thick and yummy.
Was there during my night walk along Jonker Street. The store is easily indentified, as there is a reasonable crowd.
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