When we talk about Malaysian delicacies, we can never miss out Nyonya cuisine. You can't go wrong to find the authentic cuisine in Malacca or Penang, where most of the Baba Nyonya live. Let's check out which are the Nyonya restaurants that you should go when you're in Malacca!
It is a must to pay a visit to Makko, one of the few restaurants that is loved by both locals and tourists! You have to try the Assam Fish and Ayam Pongteh here! You'll want more rice for them, as they are so savoury and go well with rice, and one bowl of rice is never enough! To complete your meal, take a cendol before you regret for walking away without it!
Ask the locals and they will tell you to go Aunty Lee for authentic Nyonya delicacies. The Ikan Cili Garam, deep-fried fish topped with Aunty Lee's special salted chilli paste is too good and you will love it! Another dish that you should have is the otak-otak that has a large number of Singaporean fans. The taste of coconut milk and fish in the steamed otak-otak simply will get your taste bud caught!
Prepare more tissue before you go, because the dishes in Cottage Spices might be too spicy for you! Try the signature dishes like Assam Fish and Sotong Sambal Petai. The Assam Fish is spicy and savoury; while the spicy Sotong Sambal Petai with fresh stinky beans and sotong will make sure you enjoy the dish, as it doesn't smell bad! Need something to cool your tongue? Perhaps a cendol will help!
You can't go wrong with Donald & Lily's if you're craving for nice food! Their Nyonya Laksa is really nice, and you'll definitely be surprised by their Nyonya chilli sauce! It is so good that you can just spread it onto a slice of bread and eat it! Besides, their Mee Siam and classic Nyonya dishes such as Ayam Pongteh, Assam Fish and Nasi Ketuk with Rendang Chicken are nice to try too!
Jonker 88 is famous for their Kahwin Laksa, an advanced version of laksa that combines Baba Laksa (tastes literally like the Singapore Laksa with coconut milk) and Nyonya Laksa (tastes literally like the Asam Laksa in Penang). So don't be shocked if they asked you if you want to 'kahwin', because they are just asking if you'd like to mix the two laksa! Except from that, you should try their cendol as well, such as the top selling Durian Cendol to satisfy your sweet tooth.
There are 2 types of otak-otak here, you can choose to have either the soft version with fish fillets or the hard version with fishcakes. You'll also find their cendol with Gula Melaka surprisingly good! Besides, you should try their Ayam Buah Keluak that goes really well with rice too. Scrape out the nut and mix it with the rice together with the gravy and you'll be addicted to it!
While pork is disappearing in most of the Nyonya restaurants, but you can still find it in Nancy's Kitchen! Nancy strongly recommend her stewed pig trotters and Peranakan Sek Bak, while the classic dishes like Bak Asam and Pork Pongteh do worth a try too! Bear in mind that you could be queueing for hours under the hot sun, it's advised that you should book online before you go.
If you're looking for something special, you have to try their Kangkung Kobis Keledek Masak Titik Lemak! The dish literally means to cook the cabbage, kangkung and sweet potatoes leaves in coconut milk. It is so creamy and full of flavour that you can't forget it. You won't be able to find this dish anywhere else. They are so proud of it and even have a money-back-guarantee claim for it!
Ole Sayang's Assam Fish goes really well with rice, but what makes it more tastier, is the rice that's placed on top of banana leaf in a ratten basket, where it gets some add-on banana leaf aroma and makes the food tastier. Another must-try here is their Itik Tim, duck soup with Chinese salted lettuce and tamarind. The sourness of the soup is just right, the meat is cooked tender, and you can tell that the soup has been simmered for enough time before serving!