Cottage Spices @ Melaka Raya
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Jom EAT! // Cottage Spices Nyonya Restaurant @ Melaka Raya

No trip to Malacca is complete without a fulfilling meal of peranakan cuisine. Cottage Spices Nyonya Restaurant, is by far, our favourite.

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Malacca is the unofficial historical capital of Malaysia, most famous for its heritage buildings, ancient landmarks and colonial structures. It’s also in Malacca that you find a rich inheritance of Peranakan culture. If you’re unfamiliar with Peranakan culture, it’s often described as a hybrid of Chinese, Malay and Western cultures. They observe different cultural practices and customs that have been passed down from generation to generation. One distinctive element that portrays the uniqueness of Peranakan culture is definitely through their cuisine. Our favourite spot for Peranakan cuisine in Melaka has to be Cottage Spices Nyonya Restaurant.

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Cottage Spices @ Melaka

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How to Get to Cottage Spices Nyonya Restaurant?

The restaurant is located in the main street of Melaka Raya, one of Malacca’s most visited destinations. There are rows of shops boasting interesting restaurants, cafe and other businesses. As you approach Cottage Spices, you will find roadside parking spots on both sides of the road.

Use Waze to drive to Cottage Spices, Jalan Merdeka, Melaka: https://waze.com/ul/hw22sqy7q9

Cottage Spices: The Food

We have been to this prominent nyonya restaurant on a few visits. To us, it serves hearty Peranakan dishes in a fuss-free setting. Therefore, there is always a reason to come back for more. As you enter the restaurant, you’re like entering a dining room of a household: nostalgic and heart-warming.

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Sotong Sambal Petai
Cottage Spices @ Melaka

Petai (stink bean) is one of my many guilty pleasures. Lucky for me, Mr B isn’t a fan of it. Hence, whenever we order petai dish, I can have all the beans to myself. Cottage Spices’ take on Sotong Sambal Petai was noteworthy. Besides having fresh and crunchy petai, Mr B also reported enjoying the squid (sotong). Different from some restaurants which use frozen squid in making dishes like this, Cottage Spices uses fresh squid, giving the dish an extra ‘crunch’. Lovely. In addition, the sambal here was a spot-on. It was mildly tangy-spicy but very fragrant with the mixture of chilli, spices and tamarind used. Even if you have low tolerance against spiciness, you will be able to enjoy this dish.

Ayam Pongteh
Cottage Spices @ Melaka

Ayam Pongteh is actually stewed chicken with fermented soy bean paste. We seldom order this dish. However, as we had Baby Z on tow during this visit, we had to order something non-spicy which he could eat. I didn’t take a bite of this – not a big fan, but Mr B reviewed it as “slightly underseasoned” and the potato cubes were “near to tasteless”. The plus point was the chicken being properly stewed to tender.

Terung Sambal

As with the name suggested, the dish had two important elements: brinjal and sambal. The brinjal was cut into thick pieces, deep fried to soften before being stir-fried in sambal sauce. The sauce tasted similar to the one used in Sotong Sambal Petai. Yet, the hint of tanginess from tamarind became even more suffice to be noticed in this dish. Usually, I am not keen to the slight sourish taste of sambal, but it appeared to be a good match here – cutting through the oiliness of deep fried brinjal.

Other dishes

On several occasions, we did order different dishes to try. Generally, all dishes were satisfying and done just right.

Asam Pedas Nyonya
Ayam Kapitan
Telur Dadar Udang

Cottage Spices Nyonya Restaurant @ Melaka Raya

📍Address: 171, Jln Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka (Google Maps)
⏰ Opening Hours: 12PM-3PM; 6PM-8:30PM
☎️ Phone: +60196679797

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