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I regret to say that most of the times we visited Melaka, somehow we did not have a meal in a Peranakan restaurant. So with this visit (9 August 2015), I made a point to patronize one of the many Peranakan eateries in Melaka.
Having read reviews of Ole Sayang, I decided to try this Peranakan restaurant located at 198;;199, Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya, about 5 minutes walk from Hatten Square. Just walk toward Fenix Inn and you are on the right path. There are mixed reviews regarding the food. For me, I need to try it myself in order to know the standard.
It was a Saturday and OS was packed to the rim. This was about 2.30pm ! Tourism flourishes in Melaka. Fortunately there were 3 of us and we managed to find a table in a short while, We waited about 25 minuites before our food arrived.
Restaurant interior is simply decorated. It is quite big area that can accommodate about 25 tables, I reckon.
Ayam Pong The – chicken cooked in fermented beans with potato. Find it a little too sweet.
Otak-otak – very fresh and well done. Fish and prawn paste mixed together then barbequed in banana leaf. A little spicy taste but does not burn your tongue. Perhaps the best dish of what we ordered.
Mixed vegetables (chap chye) – famous Peranakan dish. Not too bad but kind of over-cooked.
Sambal udang – not spicy but a little more on the sour taste. Disappointed that the shrimps in this dish were tiny ones that are commonly used in the fried rice.
Itik Tim – this is duck soup with salted vegetable. The duck drum stick was well braised. I am not saying it was cold but would prefer it to be hotter. Soup, to me, tastes better when it is hot.
Chendol – very tiny bowl. Did not impress me. I may be a little choosy, even chendol at the overrated Jonker 88 does not impress me either.
Prawn crackers – actually this was served as an appetiser. Quite liked it for its freshness.
Conclusion – Price of the meal was MYR 92. Generally, the food is reasonably priced. Service is acceptable. Food is nothing to wow about.