Nothing changes from 2 years ago but one thing had changed for sure is the crowd that comes in now has increased. And if you are looking for some authentic Nonya Cuisine, you can come to this place for an enjoyable meal! On did I say that they are Halal certified too for all Muslim friends who wanna try out Nonya delicacies?!
Just a street besides Jonker Street, on can easily come over for their meal halfway through their shopping. A small place which was nicely decorated at the entrance and you can see all the dishes that they offer are and here, I shall share with you what I had for my lunch at Kocik. Something simple, not much of a food presentation but the taste is traditional (ya lacking the pork and lard) and some fond memories of home cooked feel to it.
Chap chye, mixed vegetable stew. Containing 5-6 vegetarian cooking ingredients typically consist of glass noodles, bean curd sticks, black fungus ear, black mushrooms and carrots. Simmered in the stew for several hours and served hot. The vegetable typically melts in your mouth and really brings me back to my childhood days.
Ayam Pongteh (Nyonya Chicken and Potato Stew) which has a slightly different taste to the Singaporean dish and is something you should try to give you a homey feel. Made with chicken, potato and flavoured with taucheo (fermented soy bean sauce) and Gula Melaka (palm sugar).
Nonya-styled Ngoh Hiang (spiced meat rolls) usually contains minced fish, prawns, diced spring onions, water-chestnuts, carrots, onions, seasoned with sugar, light soya sauce, salt, pepper and Chinese five-spice powder and wrapped with a transparent dried soya bean skin. A flavourful item to try out and you should also try the mini Nonya otah (spicy fish custard wrapped with banana leaves). Give it a try!
Cinchalok (fermented small shrimps or krills) omelette unique taste of fresh cinchalok fried with 2-3 eggs, spring onions, sliced onions and chilli. More shiok if you eat it with sambal belacan (shrimp chilli paste)
Walking along Jonker Street under the hot scorching sun, you need something to cool you down and their home made grass jelly drink prepared daily is the way to go and not forgetting Gula Melaka Cendol. Ice shavings with red beans, Pandan flavoured wormlike jelly, atap seed and drizzle with lots of Gula Melaka and coconut milk. Savour the rich creamy milk, sweetness of the syrup and hint of pandan taste. Blissful I would say and there you go! A simple but yet wonderful nonya cuisine experience in Melacca and a must try when you’re there!
Address: Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 12-377 4732
Hours: 0900hrs - 1800hrs