Last Saturday, I had one the famous and best Nyonya kuih in Melaka. I am not talking about one of the Pasar Malam roadside stalls along Jonker Street or Jalan Hang Jebat during the weekend. Personally I have tried some of them and I am truly disappointed. They are not really that delectable. The Nyonya kuih or Peranakan kueh is either too oily or far too sweet.
Strangely, I cannot understand why there is no one proper shop in the Jonker Street areas (since it is a popular tourist attraction), which solely offers a complete, if not a wider selection of delicious Nyonya kuih. For instance, onde onde, kueh koci, nyonya popiah, nyonya dumplings, etc. And accompanied it with aromatic local coffee, tea or fragrance Chinese tea.
Another odd thing is why is the famous Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake from Tenkera, Melaka is not selling at the pasar malam or night market in Jonker Walk. From what I know, Baba Charlie Nyonya cake or kuih is selling only at the pasar malam outside the Malacca town.
Anyway, I came across a shop which sells really delicious Nyonya kuih around the Joker Walk areas. The name of the shop is East & West Rendezvous and it is located at 60, Lorong Hang Jebat (opposite Orangutan House).
It only serves three types of Nyonya kuih or Peranakan kueh: Nyonya chang or dumplings, Nyonya pulut panggang (grilled) and kueh koci Nyonya. But they all taste really excellent.
You should try its tasty Nyonya durian cendol with 100 per cent gula Melaka. You will never even want to lick another drop of those Indian cendol selling in the Klang Valley. The key ingredient is to use 100% gula Melaka and not brown sugar. Replace those lumpy red beans with those home-boiled big red kidney beans.
Note: I have tried Jonker 88 and Daisy & Lily cendol. I have stopped patronizing all these so-called “for-tourists-stalls”. You should try those stalls or eating shops off Jonker Walk. For instance, the durian cendol and nyonya kuih at East & West Rendezvous, the satay at the coffee shop at Jalan Kampung Kuli, or the yam rice pork soup at Jalan Kampung Pantai.