Peranakan and Baba-Nyonya (traditional Chinese: ????; Hokkien: B?-b? Niû-liá) are terms used for the descendants of late 15th and 16th century Chinese immigrants. It applies especially to the ethnic Chinese populations of the British Straits Settlements of Malaya and the Dutch-controlled island of Java and other locations.
One of the best things about Malacca is the Nyonya food, and as all Singaporeans love eating – Malacca is quite a food paradise!
On our first night there, we had dinner at Nyonya Makko. We figured it looked authentic (check out the shop front and the interior deco!)
Nadine was excited about eating at the restaurant!
When we asked. “Who is hungry?”
Nadine was the first to lift up her hands!
We had the regular Baba favourites – Ayam Buah Keluak, Itek Tim, Chap Chye, Omelette, Fried Chicken. (Notice all the dishes were non-spicy!)
The food was authentic, and we liked the Chap Chye especially! It was stewed to bring out all the flavours in the dish. BUT, Jiahui & I felt it was good, but not GREAT. Surely, in a town like this, we can find a place which would get us longing for more!
So on the second night, we went for the famous Ole Sayang restaurant. (they were closed on the first night when we drove passed!)
This is the restaurant that I frequently visit whenever I’m in Melaka. It also seems to be a favourite with many Singaporeans!
Immediately when we entered the place, we all felt excited about the food. It was crowded with large groups of 8-10 people having either friends/colleagues having a after-work meal or family gatherings.
The menu here is similar to the one found at “Makko”, it is just as authentic, but the food here is much tastier! (it was so good, we forgot to take pictures!!)
Overall food verdict:
Go for Ole Sayang! Eating at the restaurant is about S$10 per head.
Generally, Melaka offers cheap food at very affordable prices. A friend of mine recommended Seri Nyonya which is located inside Equatorial Hotel Melaka. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to try out the restaurant. Maybe the next time round!