For our first night in Melaka, we had dinner at Nancy’s Kitchen which was 5 minutes walk from our hotel. This Peranakan restaurant is also favoured by many Singaporeans.
As we entered the restaurant, I noticed there was a cart outside and a woman was making Kueh Pie Tee. And I want some. Kueh Pie Tee is a traditional Peranakan dish where they will fill thin and crispy tart shell with cooked turnip, prawns, garlic and so on. Nancy’s version was slightly sweet and mildly spicy (chilli was added on top), and the shell was crisp, not soggy.
We ordered a couple of dishes to share. Amy was craving for egg and we got her the prawn omelette which was alright, nothing extraordinary. Lynda saw the restaurant had four-angled beans – they were very pedas – they were so spicy that it numbed my tongue. The four-angled beans itself were pretty tasty – crunchy and not overcooked. But the chilli (or belacan) was just way too hot for me to handle.
It would be wrong to go to a Peranakan restaurant and not order Ayam Buak Keluak. Buak Keluak is a black nut where hours are used to prepare it – the nut needed to be soaked, cleaned, cracked open, grinded into a paste and stuffed back into the shell. Once the nuts were stuffed, they were put in a pot with either chicken (ayam) or pork (babi) and cook for hours. The result is a dark and rich stew. The one we had at Nancy was alright – the Buak Keluak was not as fragrant as it can be. And the chicken was a bit dry.
My favourite dish of the night was the Itek Tim which is salted mustard vegetable with duck soup. The soup was flavourful and delicious. I think they put in a bit of wine which doubled the flavour and making it the ultimate comfort food.
There were several Peranakan restaurants along Jonker Street. But among all, I think Nancy’s Kitchen was one of the more decent ones, plus they have air conditioning which we heart.
7 Jalan Hang Lekir, Off Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Meleka
Closed on Tue