Asam Pedas Power Abg Piee 1 & 2, Gerai Penjaja, Jalan Puteri Hang Li Poh, Bukit Cina (013 294 5587/asampedaspower.blogspot.com).
This restaurant near Hang Li Poh Street is mostly popular with the locals for its ‘powerful’ assam pedas. The enticing aroma itself is enough to get your taste buds going. You can select fresh fish, squid or other seafood to be included in the dish.
Halal. Daily, 7.30pm–5am. $
Asam Pedas Selera Kampung G2 Jalan PM 3 (06 283 5516).
There are a lot of restaurants in Malacca offering assam pedas, but this is arguably one of the best. There’s a wide variety on offer, from red snapper to Spanish mackerel assam pedas. Enjoy various types of fish perfectly complemented by the sour and spicy taste of the gravy. Other dishes are also available such as vegetables and fried
chicken to help neutralise the spice.
Nyonya Bibik Neo 4 & 6 Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya (06 281 7054).
As one would expect, this classic Peranakan-influenced restaurant offers traditional Baba Nyonya dishes. Experience the Nyonya version of otakotak and cencalok omelette, while you indulge in an authentic Nyonya cendol as a thirst quencher. The originality of this restaurant is one of the main attractions: The tikar is placed on top of the ceiling in a pretty unique gesture. Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Closed Mondays.
Nancy’s Kitchen 7 Jalan Hang Lekir (06 283 6099).
Nyonya food doesn’t get any more authentic than this. You’ll be able to chow down on truly tantalising dishes in the cramped but cosy foyer of a traditional shophouse run by Nancy, a Malacca Nyonya through and through. Standouts include the chicken with candlenut curry, the popiah, pie tee, and the wide array of kuih. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. 11am–5.30pm; 11am–9.30pm on public holidays. Closed Tuesdays. $
Nyonya Makko 123 Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya (06 284 0737).
In our humble opinion it’s almost criminal to leave Malacca without dining at Makko. It’s been around for a long time and is considerably authentic, since it’s run by a fourthgeneration Malaccan Nyonya. You can’t go wrong with staples like ayam pong teh, assam fish and cendol. Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Wed–Mon, 11.30am– 2.45pm; 6pm–9.30pm. $$
Ole Sayang 198 Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya, Melaka (06 283 1966).
Housed in a colourful, traditional townhouse, Ole Sayang offers a succinct menu of Nyonya dishes. The restaurant is popular with the tour buses (and hordes of tourists generally) so it is drawing criticism for hasty service. Nevertheless, often-ordered favourites include assam pedas fish, chicken pong teh, and the sweet and refreshing cendol. Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Thu–Tue, 11.30am–2.30pm; 6pm–9.30pm. $$
Restaurant Peranakan 107 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (06 284 5001).
This traditionally styled restaurant is filled with antiques, from gilded archways to a wedding sedan and a delicate wooden screen with coloured glass. It’s very popular with tourists and the tour buses so it might not be ideal for a relaxed meal as some diners report rushed and rude service. Standout dishes include the kangkung belacan and sambal bendih. Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. $$