Melaka is one the favourite tourist attractions in Malaysia as it has a rich historical and cultural background. One of the culture that is Melaka well known for would be the Peranakan culture. Peranakan or Baba Nyonya is a mix of Malay and Chinese culture. The marriage of Malay and Chinese food produces the unique and delicious Nyonya food. In this post we are going to share with you some of the best places you can go to taste Peranakan delicacies.
1. Seri Nyonya Peranakan Restaurant
Seri Nyonya Peranakan Restaurant offers the beautiful fusion of Peranakan cuisine with fine dining. Located in the Hotel Equatorial Melaka, this restaurant offers classic and elegant decor and equally classic and authentic Peranakan dishes. They offer full course meals and Nyonya style steamboat as well. Some of their highlights would be the Ayam Pongteh (braised chicken in sweet bean paste), deep fried fish with spicy chilli paste , Sup Itik Tim, Pie Tie and of course Nyonya Cendol. The food served is definitely suitable for sharing.
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 12:00 – 14:30, 18:30 – 22:30
Address: Hotel Equatorial Malacca, Banda Hilir, Melaka
Tel: +606 282 8333
2. Restoran Peranakan
The factor that makes Restoran Peranakan stand out is not just the food but the exquisite decor. Restoran Peranakan is decorated like a Peranakan home for you to get the full Peranakan experience while enjoying delectable food. What more the restaurant is housed in an authentic Baba Nyonya home. You should definitely try their Sambal Dried Shrimp and Honey calamari once you stop by.
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 12:00 – 14:30, 18:30 – 22:00
Address: 107, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Malacca
Tel: +606 284 5001
3. Kocik Kitchen
Another good place to get heart warming Peranakan dishes would be Kocik Kitchen. It is very hard to not notice the bright orange building along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock. The antique and simple decor allows you to experience the traditional Nyonya vibe along with their exceptional array of food. Diners can look forward to the great Peranakan dishes such as Pai Tee, Ayam Buah Keluak, Otak-Otak, Ayam Ponteh and many more.
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:00 – 15:00
Address: 100, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Melaka
Tel: +6016 929 6605
4. Jonker 88
Housed in a heritage building along Jalan Hang Jebat is none other that Jonker 88. The shop’s interior is filled with antique furnishing and knick-knacks all around the shop.The food is no lesser as well. The shop is flooded with customer queuing to buy the shop’s signature dishes- Baba Nyonya dishes such as Asam Nyonya Laksa and Cendol.
Operating Hours: Daily 9:30 AM-5.30 PM
Address: No. 88, Jalan Hang Jebat and Jalan Laksamana, Melaka
Tel: +6 019 397 5665
5. Nancy’s Kitchen
Nancy’s Kitchen is another popular eatery in Melaka serving hearty authentic Baba Nyonya food. This quaint place is located along Jonker Walk and is decorated in a homely fashion. Stop by to try out some braised pork dish and sambal sotong petai and all of the dishes made from authentic recipes from the shop owner’s grandmother. This shop is also said to be the best place to get Baba Nyonya food.
Sun – Thurs: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Public Holidays: 11:00am – 9:00pm
(Closed on Tuesday)
Address: 13, 13-1, 13-2, Jalan KL 3/8, Taman Kota Laksamana, Seksyen 3, 75200
Tel:+606-2836099 / +6013-6183608
6. Cottage Spices Restaurant
Another place where you can get good Peranakan food would be the Cottage Spices Restaurant located along Jalan Merdeka. Their menu is very simple, displaying all the famous Peranakan dishes but don’t judge the book by its cover. Their food is warm and hearty mix of fresh local ingredients. One of their popular dish would be their Sambal SOtong with Petai (stinky beans). Pro-tip make sure to make reservations as they only cater to 10 tables at a time.
Wednesday to Monday: 12:00 – 21:00
Closed on: Tuesday
Address: Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka, 75000, Taman Melaka Raya, Melaka
Tel: +606 – 283 5040
7. Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine
Another shop you have to lookout for in Melaka is Amy Heritage Nyonya cuisine. The owner of the shop, Amy takes pride for the authentic Nyonya dishes they serve at the shop. One of the dishes the loyal customers of this restaurant swear by is their Ikan Cili Garam which is basically deep fried fish topped with a generous helping of flavourful chilli paste. Pro tip, you should make reservations before going as the shop is always packed during business hours.
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11:30 – 14:30, 18:00 – 22:00
Address: 75, Jalan Melaka Raya, Taman Melaka Raya, Malacca
Tel: +606 286 8819
8. Restaurant Aunty Lee
Home-cooked goodness is what Aunty Lee’s Restaurant offers its local troop of customers. Established in 1997, Aunty Lee’s has since been serving Peranakan cuisine that locals swear by to be very delicious and impeccable thanks to the owners strict regime to keep with the traditional recipes. Some of their signature dishes is Ikan Goreng Cili Garam, Udang Masak Lemak Nanas and Sambal Petai Goreng Ikan Bilis. Their Otak-Otak is very famous among the Singaporean customers.
Wednesday to Monday 11:30 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 22:00 (Closed on Tuesdays)
Address: 385, Jalan Ujong Pasir, Taman Sinn, 75050 Melaka
Tel: 06-283 1009