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February 09, 2004

Nyonya Food

After being in Malaysia for three weeks, I realized I hadn't really tried any Malaysian food because most of the restaurants are Chinese or Indian. I read about a reasonably priced Nyonya place in Melaka named Nyonya Makko.

Kathy and I walked in having no idea what to order. We asked the server what she recommended and we got chicken satay (it's actually Malay, not Indian) and ikam goreng chili garom. The second dish, fried fish, turned out to be a bit spicier than we expected, especially since the waitress suggested putting the sauce on the side. When it arrived, it was doused in chili (the "on the side" seems to have been forgotten) and we just did our best. It was definately a challenge considering since there were no soothing lassis to be had.

The chicken satay was of course, top notch because it is in a peanut sauce and had a hint of peanut buttery flavor. Yum. I'm sure now I'll also have the bird flu, but sometimes you need to live dangerously for your food choices.

The clincher of the night was a dessert called sago guca melaka. It looked super nasty, like caviar mixed with slimy brown poo. It tasted AWESOME though. It was made of shaved ice, coconut milk, brown sugar, and unidentifed jelly balls that stuck together. It was perfectly cooling on the tougue after such a fiery meal.

Posted by Claudia on February 9, 2004 06:17 AM
Category: Malaysia

Yum... sounds like I'm going to have to do some hunting for Malaysian restaurants out here. Wish I could've tried that spicy dish - since coming back to the States, I've discovered that by American standards, my spice palate is no longer human...

Posted by: Ant on February 9, 2004 04:43 PM

Makko's my favourite nyonya restaurant. We go there everytime we're in Malacca.. Yumyum.. Mum loves their fried chicken. :D

Posted by: Angeline on February 11, 2004 12:20 AM


It was EXCELLENT. The Lonely Planet sent in the right direction for sure!!!

Posted by: Claudia on February 11, 2004 02:11 AM

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