Peranakan (Baba-Nyonya Culture)


From the Malay influence a unique "Nyonya" cuisine has developed using typical Malay spices. Examples are Chicken Kapitan, a dry chicken curry, and Inchi Kabin, a Nyonya version of fried chicken. Pindang bandeng is a common fish soup served in Indonesia during the Chinese new year and so is a white round mooncake from Tangerang which is normally used during the Autumn Festival. Swikee Purwodadi is a peranakan dish from Purwodadi, it is a frog soup dish.

Nyonya Laksa is a very popular dish in Singapore and Malaysia, as is Kueh Lapis, a type of multi layered cake, most often eaten at Chinese New Year to symbolize a ladder of prosperity.


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What To Eat In Melaka

Melaka is as famous for its food as for its history, and tourists from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur come by the busload just to get a taste. The city's multicultural history means that "local food" could mean Malay, Chinese, Indian, Nyonya or even Portuguese, so plan to enjoy some diverse and yummy meals!


One of Melaka’s signature food is Chicken Rice Balls, the chicken rice is served as rice shaped into golf ball-sized ball rather than a bowl of rice.


Pineapple tarts is a bite-size pastries filled with or topped with pineapple jam.
The pastry consists of a large proportion of butter and egg yolk, besides using corn starch, giving it a rich, buttery, tender and melt-in-the-mouth texture. The pineapple jam is usually made by slowly reducing and caramelizing grated fresh pineapple that has been mixed with sugar and spices - usually cinnamon, star anise and cloves.


Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup from the Peranakan culture, which is a merger of Chinese and Malay elements found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.


Fried oyster has the combination of rice flour batter, chives, egg and oysters, fried in a flat griddle over high heat. The key to making a good fried oyster omelette is with the starch solution.