In this video we venture off to a local hole in the wall type of restaurant specializing in Peranakan (Baba Nyonya) types of cuisine eating rojak, Nyonya laksa, popiah and nyonya dumplings in the Chinese district of Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia.
Sometimes guidebook recommendations live up to the hype. In the case of this particular hole in the wall restaurant, I remember first coming here after a Lonely Planet recommendation circa 2007.
Not much has changed over the years. The menu is the same. The same gregarious host in Malacca is still there to greet guests with a smile and recommendations for what to eat.
This is the kind of place where you’ll see more locals than tourists. These types of Mom and Pop local shops (popular with locals first and foremost) usually serve up the most authentic meals in town.
Sitting down at the humble table I knew delicious and equally inexpensive cuisine was on its way.
Not wanting to skimp on anything we ordered the works: Baba Nyonya Laksa, Rojak, Popiah, Nyonya Dumplings and Lime Juice.
The diverse spread of food was delicious with plenty of competing sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavors.
The blend of Chinese and Malay cuisine is one that is very unique.
Peranakan or Straits Chinese in tandem with Malay influences (especially spices, fruits, etc) has created a wonderfully unique cuisine: Nyonya
The Nyonya Laksa, with its rich coconut base was a hit with both of us.
The Rojak, a refreshing spicy fruit salad, was Audrey’s personal favorite.
The Popiah, reminded us of a stuffed crepe full of healthy ingredients.
Finally, the lime juice was a refreshing compliment to the spicy dishes helping us keep our temperatures regulated in a non air-conditioned restaurant.
We loved every single bite and the best part about the meal was that it was cheap and perfect for our backpacking budget for travel in Malaysia.
What did you think of our meal? Is it something you would like to try? What dish looked best to you?