Melaka, or Malacca, is a seaside city that was once an important port that facilitated trade between the east and the west. It is the historical centre of Malaysia, and my Malaysian friend described it as the birth of Malaysia.
Being a city where people of different countries converged, it’s cuisine is also displays this multicultural heritage. Peranakan cuisine, for example, is the food of Chinese traders who settled in Melaka and took local Malay wives. It is quite curry heavy and spicy, which I think, suits the climate.
Restoran Nyonya Nancy’s Kitchen
7 Jalan Hang Lekir
Nancy’s Kitchen is quite famous for Peranakan food. On both occasions we came, we had to wait for a table (although luckily, we did not have to wait for long). I also noticed that all the patrons were tourists, so don’t quite know where the locals go…
We liked the meat dishes in the above picture. The chicken with black nut had a rich, thick sauce, but it wasn’t spicy. Just visible in the photo is the black nut which you scoop out its dense, creamy black stuff inside and eat it with the chicken. The waiter described it as like a truffle – only in appearance.