Although I have visited Melaka a few times, I have not really had any authentic Nyonya food. We took a drive around town and saw this restaurant. We decided to give them a try.
The exterior was done up to imitate a the front of a traditional Peranakan house, complete with a pair of paper lanterns hanging on both sides.
Even the interior sported black and white photos tastefully displayed in wooden photo frames. Marble top tables were flanked by wooden chairs with rattan weaving.
We ordered a signature Nyonya dish, Pongteh Chicken (RM18.00/AUD6.20), chicken and potato pieces braised in shallots and soy bean paste. Potato pieces were firm but soft, and the chicken separated into shreds effortlessly.
I do not know if Stir Fried Potato Leaves in Samba Belacan (RM10.00/AUD3.40) is a signature Nyonya dish but we ordered it anyway. It was nicely stir-fried with the stem of the vegetable still crunchy when chewed. The sambal belacan taste was not overpowering but still gave a spicy kick.
The dish we enjoyed the most was surprisingly the Makko Tofu (RM10.00/AUD3.40). Unlike other types of white tofu which are soft and jelly-like, this had a firmer texture. We cleared the plate, down to the last bit of topping.
Makko Nyonya Restaurant
123 Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia.
Tel: +60 6 284 0737, Fax: +60 6 283 7490
Open Wednesday to Monday 11:30am to 2:45pm, 6:00pm to 9:30pm