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Friday, April 28, 2023

Cottage Spices

We did the same thing again by filling u our stomachs with Cottage Spices Nyonya Food before leaving Malacca for Singapore, 6 years apart. Having experienced long queues even on a weekday, we had decided to visit the place as soon as it starts operating for the day. 

Cottage Spices - A Taste of Melaka

The coverage of their menu as well as the batik table cloth still feel familiar to me from the last visit. Groups of customers came strolling into the Restaurant after we settled down. 


Otak Otak also better known as Steamed Fish Cake. As a starter dish, this whet our appetite for more. It was not overly spicy and the taste of fish as well as spices were prominent.

Otak-Otak 蒸娘惹鱼饼 - RM 26 (Medium)

Sotong Sambal Petal is one of the recommended dishes under the Seafood Menu. The squid was fried with stink bean and well coated with sambal sauce and cut onions.

Sotong Sambal Petai 参巴臭豆墨鱼 - RM 41

Out of the Egg dishes, Telur Dadar Cinclok is still a popular choice among us. The fermented shrimps omelette was fluffy and went well with our plates of rice. 

Telur Dadar Cincalok 娘惹虾子酱煎蛋 - RM 19 (Medium)

Ayam Buah Keluak aka Black Nut Chicken is one of my favourite Nyonya dish for ordering. The spices is strong and chicken was tender. 

Ayam Buah Keluak 黑果鸡 - RM 33 (Regular)

The sour and spicy Tamarind Fish Head was the bomb! The tangy Nyonya flavour gravy was perfect to go with the plate of white rice. 

Asam Pedas Kepala Ikan Nyonya 娘惹阿参鱼头 - RM 58

The Asam Pedas was addictive and the fish was cooked together in some lady fingers and brinjas. Very appetizing dish! 

Lady's Fingers & Brinja

The stewed chicken in fermented bean paste together with potato cubes and slices of mushroom were delicious too. 

Ayam Pongteh 娘惹酱汁鸡 - RM 22 (Regular)

Sambal dish is the quintessential of the Nyonya cuisine and if you are a fan of Brinja

Terung Sambal 茄子叁巴 - RM 25 (Medium)

Here's another recommended dishes under the seafood section. The prawns were well cooked in coconut milk with pineapple. The spice together with the fragrant coconut milk and sour taste from the pineapple were perfect. 

Udang Lemak Nenas 凤梨椰奶明虾 - RM 69

The meal would not be completed without the cuisine's staple dessert like cendol. It was a small serving topped with red bean, coconut jelly and drenched with gula melaka and coconut milk.

Cendol 晶露 - RM 5.80


While the recommended Nyonya Restaurants in Malacca are always crowded during peak hours, it will be best to visit them early. A pet peeve here maybe that the car parking lots were rather limited in the area.

Cottage Spices Nyonya Restaurant
171, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

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