Nyonya Chang – Nyonya Dumplings in Melaka

**UPDATE: 9 nyonya dumplings (chang) in Melaka : https://www.rebeccasaw.com/best-nyonya-chang-in-melaka-4-more-tasted-mrs-sim-mrs-lim-bukit-serindit-michelle-soo-mei-xin-cafe/


I’m not a big fan of Nyonya Chang/Nyonya Dumplings actually. It’s just that when you’re in Melaka you have to do the Nyonya thing; eat Nyonya food and seek the local popular delicacies.
And since I haven’t ate rice dumpling; specifically Nyonya dumplings for a long time, I decided one is not enough and bought myself 3 on a recent trip and 1 more on a separate outing.

Nyonya Chang in Melaka - sin yong seng, baba charlie, pohpiah lwee

Since Baba Charlie is so famous for their nyonya kuih/pastries, I bought one here. Another was at Pohpiah Lwee because I enjoyed her laksa and pohpiah so that I figured that her nyonya chang should be decent.
Then at Sin Yong Seng (coffeeshop on Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho) because Daniel said their kaya (coconut jam) is good and the nyonya changs were just right beside the cashier counter.
Lastly was one that David ordered when we were having lunch at Nancy’s Kitchen.

Other than the blue colour, the fillings for a Nyonya chang is very different from the ordinary savory rice dumplings. The presence of candied winter melon and coriander powder are one of the main factors for the variation of taste. Another is that pork fillings are cooked with different seasonings as well. The size of each is generally smaller than the usual rice chang.

See the brown, slightly translucent cubes? These are the candied melon.

Nyonya Chang in Melaka - sin yong seng, baba charlie, pohpiah lwee-004

Price of each chang is usually about RM3.50 – RM4.50. The ones I saw sold in PJ/KL are usually about RM4.50 or more.

Nyonya Chang in Melaka - sin yong seng, baba charlie, pohpiah lwee-002

Out of the 4 that I sampled, the worst is the one from Nancy Kitchen. There was some meat in it, no candied melon and the only nice thing I can say about it is that the glutinous rice was at least well cooked.

donald and lily nyonya chang

The best (conclusion based on these 4 changs that I have tasted) is from Sin Yong Seng followed by Pohpiah Lwee and then Baba Charlie.

Nyonya Chang in Melaka - sin yong seng, baba charlie, pohpiah lwee-001

Well, I’m heading to Melaka again soon. So I’ll try to buy more Nyonya changs and I’ll let you know if I find any better ones alright? Meanwhile do share if you know of any good Nyonya changs in Melaka/PJ/KL? I have to buy some soon for my friends coming from abroad.

Locations of the shops:
Sin Yong Seng
101, Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho
75000 Melaka
o12 – 681 5858/019 666 7588

Pohpiah Lwee
14 Jalan Kubu
75200 Malaysia
(Near Jonker Street)

Nancy’s Kitchen
7, Jalan Hang Lekir, Off Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock,
75200, Melaka, Malaysia

Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake
72, Jalan Tengkera Pantai 2,
Phone : 06-2847209/6019-6662907
Business hour : 10am-4pm Daily except Thursday

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sin yong seng - melaka


This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. oh, i must admit, i’m also not actually a fan of nyonya dumplings, though my family is. i don’t quite find them satisfying enough for my preference, though now that you’ve written about it, i’m almost, almost, almost hankering for a bite, since it’s been so long since i had this! 😀

  2. Sheila

    I want a bite! ohh.. it looks so good, especially the ones with the ‘chang’ split open!

  3. Marcus

    i like nonya chong. for me bazhang has always had to be sweet. and am not a sweets man. but the slight sweet and spice that chong has… is perfick. also the contrasting textures between the filling and the rice is best.
    normal zhang is.. salty and one dimensional zzzz. por moi, that is.

  4. Manubu

    I love to try this!

  5. Yoshida-san

    I like this. Very special. Melaka and KL is different right?

  6. chintaesi

    Get nyonya chang from the source if you really like them. Most of the shops are supplied by Mrs. Sim Nyonya Chang/Dumpling 沈太太娘惹粽子.

    1. Rebecca Saw

      Hi chintaesi
      Yes I’ve heard of Mrs Sim. But can’t remember which shop I bought from told me to visit her too! 😀

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