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Makko Nyonya Restaurant in Malacca ● Peranakan Matriarch Still Charms

We walked around our hotel to check out what's for dinner. We tried Restoran Nyonya Makko and found that it serves tasty homely Peranakan dishes at competitive prices.

Restaurant name: Restoran Nyonya Makko

Address: 123, Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya, Melaka, Malaysia

Tel: +606 284 0737

Hours: 11:30 am - 2:25 pm | 6:00pm - 8:45 pm (Tues off)

We were prowling the shops when we stumbled upon a short queue outside Restoran Nyonya Makko waiting for the restaurant to open for dinner (6pm). We just instinctively joined in the line 🤭

The spacious restaurant filled up quickly once the doors open. The decor and furnishings looked a bit dated though clean - but no one seemed to be bothered by that. This place doesn't have the touristy feel.

Age took away some of the glitzy shine off the walls and floor of Makko's heyday but the full house attests to the grand old lady's enduring appeal.

As Singaporeans 🤭, we quickly put in our orders to avoid long waits for our food 😝 The staff were responsive and attended to us once we got their attention 👍

Just two of us, we couldn't order many dishes to try. Nevertheless, our appetites were whetted by the aroma of spices when the food was served.

I was quite captivated by the pungent savoury aroma from the fried egg with cinchalok (fermented krill). Tastewise it was robustly savoury salty eggy and was slightly greasy after it cooled. Eat it with plain white rice when everything is still steamy hot.

The sambal petai (stinky bean) with squid was nice. The spicy sambal was flavourful but did not overwhelm the natural taste of the crunchy sticky beans nor the tender squid.

I will order ayam buah keluark at every Nyonya restaurant I visit. Here at Makko, the chicken was tender moist and the sloshy sauce savoury spicy.

To me, the soft pastey buah keluark pulp is like an Asian truffle with its unique blend of savoury, woody taste and subtle smell.

Sambal ladyfingers (kerabu bendih). Every dish has a different blend of fresh spice mix (rempah), so the taste and aroma profile is tailored to the dish. We enjoyed all of them.

I will always try the cendol at every Nyonya restaurant I go. This is quite nice though I felt the coconut milk can be fresher and gula Melaka was just alright. The cendol noodles were soft and fragrant. At RM5.50, it's the price at some hawker stalls in Malaysia.

A no frills, food focussed Nyonya restaurant serving homely home cooking style of dishes with balanced flavours at competitive prices. Our total bill came to RM103, taxes included.

The intensity and balance of flavours suit my tastebuds. I will try other Nyonya restaurants (there are many) when I come back to Malacca but wouldn't mind eating here again to try other dishes (such as beef rendang, paku masak lemak, itek tim, etc).

Written by Tony Boey on 24 Jul 2023

🎗 Opinions in this blog are all my own as no restaurant or stall paid money to be featured

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