The Nyonya cuisine has been around for decades in Malaysia and it’s not looking to steam off anytime soon. What makes the Nyonya cooking special is the blend and mixture of Chinese ingredients and cooking ingredients inspired by the Malay and Indonesian inheritance, which makes it a fusion cuisine in a league of its own. Here’s presenting to you Malaysia’s Top 10 Nyonya Restaurants, as voted by the people.
1) LHH Straits Chinese Kitchen
With a good reputation among food lovers, LHH Straits Chinese Kitchen has been serving the traditional Nyonya cuisine for years now. With dishes like sambal petai prawns, beef rendang, chicken in pandan leaves and many more, LHH Straits Chinese Kitchen also has the kind of atmosphere that brings its eaters back to the ancient times. The interior decoration is no less inferior either, as it is adorned with antiques. Combining its delicious food and cozy ambience, LHH Straits Chinese Kitchen let you taste what life was like in a Nyonya family back then.
23, Ground and 1st Floor, Jalan 17/56, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Mon – Sun: 12:00pm – 3:00pm & 6:00pm – 10:00pm
2) Restaurant Atlantic 1
Atlantic 1 is a famous Nyonya restaurant in Melaka that is known for its delicious Nyonya food and dessert. The Atlantic 1 restaurant has been acknowledged by its visitors for not just its finger-licking food but its generous food portions too. This small restaurant is perfect for those of you who are looking to have a taste of the Nyonya cuisine in a casual Peranakan ambience. Its popular dishes include rendang chicken, pineapple coconut prawn, steamed okra with sambal, cincaluk egg, chilli garam and its fragrant pandan rice.
78, Jalan Portugis (Jalan Kubu), 75050 Melaka.
Tues – Wed: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Thurs – Sun: 11:00am – 4:00pm & 6:00pm – 10:00pm
3) The Tranquerah
Originated from Malacca, The Tranquerah has spread its wings to Kuala Lumpur now. The Tranquerah was established by a family, who lived on Tranquerah Road and was part of a pure Peranakan family. The authentic cuisine at The Tranquerah is the result of the recipes that was passed down from many generations of a Peranakan family. When asked about its vision, The Tranquerah is committed to providing the best of Nyonya cuisine to the people of Malaysia.
GLO Damansara Mall, LG.09, Level Lower Ground, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.
Mon – Fri: 10:00am – 3:00pm & 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Sat – Sun: 10:00am – 10:00pm
4) Restaurant Peranakan Place
Restaurant Peranakan Place is the result of the Peranakan’s customs originated from the 16th century. Featuring authentic cuisine that celebrates the interesting Nyonya culture, Restaurant Peranakan Place has a setting that brings back the memories of the Peranakan time in Malaysia. It currently has 4 restaurants in Malaysia. With a host of culinary styles, the wealth of the colourful Peranakan heritage has been well preserved at Peranakan Place.
1 Utama Shopping Centre, Nu Sentral, Plaza Low Yat, Termeloh (Pahang)
5) Hot Wok Nyonya & Local Cuisine
Founded in 1994, Hot Wok Nyonya & Local Cuisine is a restaurant that provides a variety of delicious authentic Penang nyonya cuisine. Located in Penang, this restaurant is nicely decorated with Peranakan/Nyonya decorations and nostalgic items, including old advertisements, antique cookery and intricate woodwork. Some of its famous dishes encompasses gulai tumis fish, jiu hu char, assam prawns, tau u bak, cincalok egg, curry kapitan, loh bak, and nutmeg juice.
G-3 Jalan Puteri 4/6, Bandar Puteri,, 47100 Puchong, Kuala Lumpur.
Tues – Sun: 11:00am – 3:00pm & 6:00pm – 10:00pm
6) Nancy’s Kitchen
Nancy’s Kitchen was founded by Nancy, who was born and raised in a Peranakan household. Everything that is prepared in the kitchen of this restaurant is inherited by Nancy from her mother. Currently, Nancy’s Kitchen is being run by the third generation of Nancy’s family with the quality of the food maintaining the same good standard as it was years ago. Famous Nyonya dishes served in Nancy’s Kitchen are prepared with fresh local herbs, spices and ingredients, which explains why customers keep coming back for more.
13, 13/1, 13-2, Jalan KL 3/8, Taman Kota Laksamana, Seksyen 3, 75200 Melaka.
Mon: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Wed – Thurs: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Sun: 11:00am – 5:00pm
7) Limapulo: Baba Can Cook
Limapulo: Baba Can Cook serves original and authentic Nyonya dishes at reasonable prices. Located in Kuala Lumpur, this restaurant wants its customers to have a good taste of the authentic Nyonya cuisine in a comfortable ambience. The settings of the Limapulo restaurant is inspired by old malay kampung days, with a twist of contemporary elements. What makes this restaurant special is its Nyonya recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.
50, Jalan Doraisamy, 50300 Kuala Lumpur.
Mon-Sat: 12:00pm – 3:00pm & 6:00pm – 10:00pm
8) Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine
Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine has been around for more than 7 years now and it is recognised as one of the most authentic Nyonya restaurants in Melaka, proven by the accolades hanging on the wall of the restaurant. While Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine looks like an ordinary restaurant from the outside, wait till you try their authentic Nyonya food. From Ayam Pongteh to Udang Goreng Ayam, these recipes inherited from Amy’s grandparents will surely leave a long lasting impression in you. Some other recommendations at Amy Heritage would be kueh pie tee, cendol and buah keluak.
75, Jalan Melaka Raya 24, Taman Melaka Raya, Melaka.
Tue – Sun: 11:30am – 2:30pm & 6:00pm – 9:30pm
9) Ivy’s Nyonya Cuisine
Awarded in 2011 as the best food outlet in Penang, Ivy’s Nyonya Cuisine located in Georgetown, Penang serves fantastic Nyonya food that will leave you wanting for more. Known for its good service and competent staff, Ivy’s Nyonya Cuisine is popular among residents and tourists for its authenticity and affordability. Its famous dishes include tau eu kay bak, beef rendang, sambal kang kong and assam prawns. If you are looking for home-cooked Nyonya dishes, Ivy’s Nynonya Cuisine is the place for you.
58 Jalan Chow Thye(Off Jalan Burmah),Georgetown, 10250 Penang.
Mon – Sun: 12:00pm – 3:00pm & 6:00pm – 9:00pm; closed on 1st & 3rd Monday and Tuesday night of the month
10) Nyonya Makko Restaurant
Located in Melaka, the Nyonya Makko Restaurant serves good food at a reasonable price. It features a menu that comprises an extensive variety of Nyonya food to choose from. Some of the popular dishes at this restaurant are ‘pon tey’ chicken, snapper fish, cendol, nonya prawn, fish, paku belacan, cincalok eggs, sambal sotong petai and jenak goreng chilli. With a nice old school ambience and prompt service, it is no wonder why Nyonya Makko Restaurant is considered to be among the top 5 Nyonya restaurants in Melaka.
123, Jl. Merdeka, 75000 Melaka.
Mon – Sun: 11.30am – 2.45pm & 6:00pm – 9.30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)