Ole Sayang Restaurant, Malacca
Tel: 60 6283 1966
Concierge.com's insider take:
Sixth-generation Peranakan Seet Tiang Chye has been serving Straits Chinese cuisine for 25 years, making his unaffected family-style restaurant the oldest such establishment in Malacca. Beyond the large, black-and-white portraits of Seet's ancestors, there's not much in the way of decor inside this 210-seat space one halfmile east of the Malacca River. Here, the focus is firmly on comfort food. Order several house specialties—such as ayam pongtay (chicken with ground, fermented soya beans and dried Chinese mushrooms), udang goreng asam (deep-fried tamarind-marinated prawns), and sambal belacan (grilled shrimp paste with fresh chiles and lime juice)—pop it all on a lazy Susan, and share. As Malaysia is predominantly Muslim, Seet runs a halal kitchen and does not offer pork dishes. They do serve beer, however.
Open Thursdays through Tuesdays 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 6 to 9:30 pm.