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Eating Peranakan Baba Nyonya Food (Rojak, Nyonya Lak...

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  • 7 years ago
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 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.

What did you think of our meal? Is it something you would like to try? What dish looked best to you?

Dalam video ini kita usaha pergi ke lubang tempatan dalam jenis dinding restoran yang pakar dalam Peranakan ( Baba Nyonya ) jenis masakan rojak makan, Nyonya laksa, popiah dan ladu nyonya di daerah Cina Melaka ( Melaka ), Malaysia.

It is lunchtime here in Malacca, so we're about to go to a Baba Nyonya type of restaurant, which is a mix of Chinese and Malaysian cuisine. This is a real hole in the wall kind of place. It is.

I am going to be showing you the Nyonya Laksa, which is spicy curry with a mixture of Malay and Chinese elements. Let's take a look. It is a coconut based curry soup and it has curd puffs, fish sticks, shrimp and clams added to it. It is very flavorful.

What I am having next is called Rojak, which is the Malay word for mixture. It is a refreshing salad. Yes. Take a look over here. It is made using fruits and vegetables, so it has pineapple, cucumbers, bean sprouts. It is just a really nice and refreshing salad on a hot day. Oh yeah.

The last of our four dishes is called Popiah and it is a spring roll that has an outside like a crepe. I'll show you the ingredients here. It has a sweet bean and soy sauce and it often has turnips and bean sprouts, tofu, peanuts and kind of omelet like. It has got everything going on. Take a bite. Classy!

To beat the heat we have some lime juice. Is that refreshing?

What has been your favorite dish so far? I've actually like this one here - the Nyonya dumplings - as I've never had this one before. I've tried the others but this is my first time for this. Okay, take a big bite and tell us why you like it. Struggling! What I really like about it is the glutinous rice. It is a unique kind of coating for the dumpling. Also, it is quite sweet inside. It is hard for me not to like sweet foods when it comes to me and my taste buds.

What is Miss Audrey's favorite? Well, I've really enjoyed the rice dumplings as well but I think my absolute favorite has been the salad over here. I haven't eaten fresh fruits and fresh vegetables for almost a year because in Korea they cost a fortune, so I'm in heaven right now. I'm just eating and feasting on this. What do you got now - pineapple? Yeah, this is a pineapple. It is a nice sweet treat and the coating on the salad is delicious as well. It is a sweet sauce with peanuts on top, so it is just perfect.


This is part of our Travel in Malaysia series. We're making a series of videos showcasing Malaysian culture, arts, food, religion and people.

Proudly presented by: http://nomadicsamuel.com , http://smilingfacestravelphotos.com , http://thatbackpacker.com & http://backpacking-travel-blog.com

All photos and video taken by Samuel Jeffery (Nomadic Samuel) and Audrey Bergner (That Backpacker).
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