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Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - MALACCA & SURROUNDS -

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.

Ha­lal. $

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. $$

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