Melaka: Eating Parameswara in Umbai

When we were younger, I remembered my parents bringing us to Umbai to eat a lot of seafood and packets of nasi lemak. It’s nice to come back here again to relive those memories. I forgot about the many stalls that can be found here in Umbai and when my mum made reservations for ‘Parameswara Restaurant’, I thought she was talking about a Nyonya restaurant in town. Apparently not.

This is the first time I’ve been to Parameswara Restaurant and I simply loved the view of the waters that came with it. It was only 630pm and we were told by my mum that the restaurant was always full especially on a weekend! Lucky for us we had reservations and our table was at the very end, just beside the balcony where we can glance to the sea. Before we got to the table, we ordered a two types of fishes, calamari, and snails.

Fancy a crab anyone?

Fancy a crab anyone?

When our food came, our tummies danced with glee. We ordered some otak-otak before the food came and ate those as appetizers first. Otak-otak is best served hot and this was pretty good. The first dish that came to us was the siput masak cili api which was a little bit spicy according to my sister. For your info, the only people in our family who likes siput (snails) is my dad & my sister. I think my brother likes this dish too but I can’t recall watching him eat it. I for one, can’t eat snails, lala, kepah, clams, oysters and anything that is related to this. I’ve tried it before but it doesn’t seem to jive with my body.

Then came the vegetable soup which was so-so and slightly salty. At first I thought it was because of the otak-otak I had earlier but apparently my mum tasted it and agreed that it was tad too salty. The taste was just okay but I didn’t manage to finish it in the end. The two fishes that we ordered arrived soon after, one was the grilled stingray fish cooked with sambal and the other was the siakap fish cooked in assam pedas. These dishes were just perfect and we ate happily.

This is the siput or snails in 'masak lemak cili api'.

This is the siput or snails in ‘masak lemak cili api’.

I normally have soup with my food and this was the vegetable soup.

I normally have soup with my food and this was the vegetable soup.

Spicy siakap fish cooked with assam pedas.

Spicy siakap fish cooked with assam pedas.

The grilled stingray with sambal.

The grilled stingray with sambal.

Look at the crowd eating and the people queuing up at the back of the photo.

Look at the crowd eating and the people queuing up at the back of the photo.

Have dinner while enjoying the sunset.

Have dinner while enjoying the sunset.

There’s also nasi lemak for those who like to have a little bit of local flavour for dinner. I just chose normal white rice and ate half of it because I wanted to finish the fish instead. By the time the sun had set, we were delightfully full from the meal. I was stuffed! There were already people waiting to have our seats so we made our move. If you ever happen to be in Umbai do try the seafood here as they are quite fresh cooked with local flavours.

Details:
Parameswara Restaurant. Pengkalan Pulau Besar, Pernu, Umbai, 75460 Melaka
Opens daily except Monday.

About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

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