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Saturday 21 January 2023

Kocik Heritage (Sa Cap Meh Dinner)

Melaka Day 2!

We had made reservations to have our Chinese New Year Eve (the Hokkiens call it Sa Cap Meh or 'Thirtieth Night') dinner at Kocik Heritage Nyonya Restaurant along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock somewhere near Jonker Walk. Knowing that it was perhaps the busiest night of the year we booked well in advance.

A very long time ago Kocik Kitchen used to be our mainstay for Nyonya Cuisine at the Jonker Street area. Then it closed down and we had to look elsewhere.

During my work posting to Melaka we often stayed at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and always enjoyed the Nyonya restaurant Manis J nearby. Then the pandemic hit and Manis J found could not cope, culminating in its eventual demise last year.

We kept in touch with its proprietress Jennifer (the "J" in Manis J we guess?) and found out that her family had recently acquired the old Kocik Kitchen and rebranded it as Kocik Heritage Nyonya Restaurant.

So as evening came we hailed a Grab car to Kocik Heritage for our Sa Cap Meh (Chinese New Year eve) dinner. However we were early so we took a stroll around before coming back at a little after 6:00pm.

We walked in and where glad that very little changes had been made to Kocik Kitchen (now Kocik Heritage) and the very old-world charm of its architecture and layout was still very much evident.

It was like taking a step back in time for us who grew up around the Peranakan lifestyle. Oh, and by the way 'Kocik' means youngest or littlest auntie in the local dialect. 

Our dinner set consisted of:

  • Assam Fish
  • Ayam Pongteh
  • Sambal Prawn
  • Steam Ladies Finger with Sambal Belacan
  • Ngoh Hiang (Fried Meat Rolls)
  • Mixed Fried Vegetables
  • Dessert of the Day

that with a round of drinks and cendol came to RM164.00 (approximately USD38/EUR35) which in our minds was very reasonable. We had been keeping an eye on Chinese New Year eve dinner rates and found that most restaurants in Kuala Lumpur will charge that same price, but on a per pax basis!

With that ends our vlog on Kocik Heritage, do pay them a visit if you should ever be in the area to experience authentic nyonya cuisine set in authentic nyonya surroundings!

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📍 Location:
Kocik Heritage Nyonya Restaurant -

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