Archive for September 2010
Here’s a really simple and quick appetizer I whipped up, using tomatoes, chopped garlic a bit of parsley, black pepper and salt.
Nancy’s Kitchen is a pretty famous Peranakan restaurant that is located in one of the alleys branching out from the middle of Jonker Street. Even Singaporeans visiting Melaka know about Nancy’s Kitchen to get their Nyonya fix.
Sandwiched between 2 buildings is this tiny food alley called Medan Makan Bunga Raya. Here the 2 stalls at the front are suppose to serve pretty good char siew siew yoke rice.
Just behind the busy alley of Jonker Street, along the more sedate street of Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, one can find the Coconut House. With a name that suits a Hawaiian beach more than the streets of Melaka, Coconut House is actually an casual Italian eatery that serves up authentic wood-fired pizzas as their specialty.
As many would know, Melaka was once a Portuguese colony and even now, there are still ethnic Portuguese living in Melaka, descended from those early 17th century colonists. Most of them stay together in one area near the sea, created by the government and known as the Portuguese Settlement.
Melaka is well-known for its chicken rice balls and Chop Chung Wah is particularly famous for theirs. It’s located where Jalan Hang Jebat meets the Melaka River but it’s not hard to spot as there’ll be a pretty long queue outside it. Even in the blazing hot sun!
Ba zhang (肉粽), also known as zong zi (粽子), is a type of traditional Chinese food made with glutinous rice stuff with meat and other fillings then wrapped in bamboo leaves and steamed.
This is usually made and eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival, somewhere in early June. The legend goes that the famous poet Quan Yu drowned himself in a river in grief at his kingdom’s invasion. These ba zhang were made to throw into the river so that the fish would not feed on the poet’s body.
As you can tell from the dates, this is a pretty backlogged entry hahaha! But the show must go on! Starting with minced meat filling.
Ivins is a classic old-time favourite for Peranakan food and many families have been patronising their humble establishment for a long time, including mine.
They first opened their main restaurant at Binjal Park in 1988, later adding another branch at Upper Thomson Road in 1995 which focuses more on Nyonya delicacies.
They’ve had a long time to build up their following and you can see that if you turn up late for dinner. There’ll be a huge throng of hungry people milling around outside, just waiting their turn to get in.