As I was in Malacca (Melaka) with a few chefs who knew Donald (the "father" of the business) through a food convention, we headed there and had a special place for ourselves instead of waiting for the lines. Yay!
Their old restaurants
When we are talking about Nyonya Food, this item - Cendol is not to be missed! Think about it, all tourists come all the way to Malacca (Melaka) just to have a taste of Cendol! So how could we not order this sweet item?
As you could see, it's filled with lotsa Santan (Coconut Milk) goodness! Apart from that, they also put in Sago as one of their ingredients other than the usual ones like red beans and the cendol.
Cendol - RM2.50
The Nyonya Laksa is good, it's filled a lot of santan goodness too! For someone who doesn't take much spicy food, I don't really enjoy this dish much. However, all my other fellow friends commented that it's delicious! So why not you try it for yourself?
Nyonya Laksa - RM4.50
Mee Siam! This feels like ordinary mee goreng like you can have everywhere in the morning. I find it common and nothing special to scream about to be honest apart from the added ingredients. (OOPS!)
Mee Siam - RM4.00
ROJAK! It's different as you have lotsa Taukua and other beans items, fish cakes as well! I find the sauce is lacking in terms of sweetness and the combination of the ingredients.... Oh well, let's just say it doesn't go along with my self-preferences.
Taukua Rojak Special - RM5.00
COCONUT MILK! Nyonya food uses a lot of COCONUT MILK, which is a great item to elevate the taste of food to another level, provided if the milk is fresh. Otherwise, this ingredient actually can cause lotsa troubles to many people like me who has a sensitive stomach.
This Udang Masak Lemak - direct translation: Coconut Milk Cooked Prawn is very good! Finally, I have something memorable to take away from Donald & Lily. I really love the fact that they add in pineapple to cook with the sauce so that it's a bit soury instead of the just the coconut milk taste that might just overturn your appetite if consumed too much. The prawns are fresh. This dish is highly recommended.
Udang Masak Lemak - Seasonal Price
Ayam Ponteh is cooked with black soy sauce; it's a very common dish among the chinese families. I find it lacking in something, like it's good but not too great to actually leave a memorable impression on people.
Ayam Ponteh - RM6.50/RM13.00/RM25.00
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST CHICKEN RENDANG I HAVE EVER HAD. ENOUGH SAID. And yes you must order this! It comes with the Nasi Lemak, at only RM6.50, definitely worth the price you pay!
*The Chicken Rendang dish here is special as we went with celebrated chef and they prepared this specially for us.
Donald & Lily Nyonya Food has its speciality and the unique tastes that always seem to come along with old and historical restaurants like this one. Perhaps the fact that the food has been serving for generations make it different than the those commercial ones that we have always been bombarded with; or it is just that we all miss the simplicity of the life before our times? Maybe both.
I like this restaurant enough to recommend this to everyone who loves to get some nice, affordable Nyonya food. The nasi lemak is a must-try. The restaurant is always full so you might need to line-up for tables. So all the best! :)
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For more information:
Donald & Lily Restaurant
No.16 (Ground Floor), Jalan KSB 1,
Taman Kota Shahbandar,
Call : +6012-292 3157