Malacca, Malaysia - Nyonya options at Donald & Lily
Donald & Lily has moved from their long-time location at Heeren St in Malacca's old quarter to a spartan but very spacious new shophouse location in Kota Laksamana. The newer place is also permanently crowded - local Malaccans out in force for their favourites here: Nyonya laksa - spicy, piquant & addictive and the chendol, one of the best versions here or anywhere in Malaysia - milky-rich with coconut milk, shaved ice blanketing green, squiggly, pandan-scented chendol noodles and red beans, drizzled with thick brown palm sugar ("Gula Melaka").
Other dishes to try are the "Ayam Pongteh" - chicken stew flavoured with fermented beanpaste ("taucheo"); "Mee Siam" - rice vermicelli drenched in a spicy, tamarind-spiked gravy, topped with chopped tofu puffs, shrimps ; "Tauhu goreng" - literally fried tofu, but more akin to Singaporean fruit rojak, with its chopped cucumber, jicama and pineapples, sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds.
Donald and Lily Restaurant
16 (Ground Floor), Jalan KSB 1
Taman Kota Shahbandar,