Best Bites in Melaka

As promised from my last post, I will still be blogging about my past travels and what’s more appropriate than a foodie post from my travel to Melaka, Malaysia.

I went to Melaka for a weekend and wanted nothing more to stuff myself full. I heard from others of the many delicious food  you can find in this place and indeed I was not disappointed. I stayed in the centre, near the famous Jonker Street and it was easy to find good food from there.

When I was there the weather was unbearably hot so I did nothing more than exploring the old town and ate whenever I felt hungry (and needed a place for shade!). I loved trying out all the food in Melaka’s centre! There were a lot of varieties and I love the Peranakan heritage feel as the backdrop. I ate in some restaurants where the buildings are old and full of stories, inherited from generation to generation, it’s no wonder that I took my time to eat. Other time I ate in the vibrant streets with the many tourists also searching for Melaka’s culinary delights.

Here are some of my best bites during my stay. Mostly I explored the centre, but I’ve heard of many best bites outside of it and I hope to return and try them too!

Chicken Rice Ball

Ok, let’s be honest here. When in Melaka, people instantly look for chicken rice ball because it is essentially Melaka’s favourite food. Chicken rice ball is basically rice made into balls eaten with steamed chicken. The chicken is marinated in a delicious, simple sauce served with garlic chilli sauce.

The Chop Chung Wah restaurant has been around a long time serving chicken rice ball and you can’t miss it with the long line of customers always decorating the front of the restaurant. The vibe of the place is extremely crowded and rather chaotic. When I tasted it, the chicken was juicy and I love how it went so well with the garlic chilli.

Laksa

I have learned that in Malaysia there are a many kinds of laksa and that in each region, it has a different taste. While I was in Penang, I tasted one of the best laksa in town. The flavour was rich and tangy – a bit tangy for my taste. However the one in Melaka was just right for me. I love the slightly citrusy flavour from the lime and how rich the broth was. I ate my laksa at the Jonker 88 restaurant and it was (again) so crowded! I think people really know where to find the best food in Melaka. This place is also famous for their variety of iced drinks which I just couldn’t fit in my stomach at that time!

Cendol

Enough said, when in Malaysia, anywhere in Malaysia, a cendol is really all you need. I have talked A LOT about cendol. Green jelly, red beans, with iced coconut milk and palm sugar on a hot day – nothing more delicious than that!

Chicken Kluwak and Spinach

Dropping by to Nancy’s Kitchen in Melaka won’t disappoint you. They have a selection of Nyonya food and snacks (they also have wifi and aircon!). One of the best food I had there was chicken kluwak. Kluwak is one ingredient that my mum sometimes use in the kitchen. It’s black and very unappealing when raw but they magically turns delicious when cooked. Apparently kluwak is widely used in Peranakan dishes.

At first I was hesitant to try as kluwak can be bitter when not cooked correctly but I heard Nancy’s Kitchen knows how to use their kluwak and true, their chicken kluwak was so good! I also had their simple sauteed spinach – also yummy. 

Ondeh-ondeh

Here in Indonesia, we call it klepon. It’s green from pandan leaves, covered in coconut and filled with melted palm sugar. The perfect snack!

Otak-otak

We also have it in Indonesia but so very different. The one I ate in Melaka was a lot more complicated. Otak-otak (roughly translated to brain-brain, but really no brain involved!) is made from fish and this one is covered with coconut-flavoured, full of herbs topping. It is one good savoury snack that I had at the restaurant of Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum.

Stinky Tofu

Not a particularly Malaysian dish but on the weekend and the night falls, Jonker Street transforms into a food-filled heaven. So many food, from weird spicy potato curls to egg-shaped ice cream – all so overwhelming that I didn’t know where to start. As I was walking down the street curious to try all the food, my friend Pamela pointed out stinky tofu. Although she said it is not as stinky as the original one, it was pretty close. I didn’t really think it was stinky and I surprisingly really liked the flavour!

I definitely recommend coming to this night market as it is a chance to stuff yourself full with amazing bites. I was even so full that I couldn’t fit dinner!

Desserts and Drinks

This is not exactly a very specific bite, but with the café culture getting more and more popular, it seems that Melaka doesn’t want to miss the trend either. Mod’s Café is one recommended place to cool off from Melaka’s intense heat with a delicious selection of desserts and drinks. I tried their tiramisu, crème brûlée and dark chocolate drink – all very good but it’s the place that makes it special. An old school VW car is what they used as their counter, yes a car inside the café! Empty beer cans and vintage posters placed all over their wall just add the place more funky. The staff are friendly and I just wanted to laze around all day long there. Definitely worth the visit!

 

THE PLACES

Here are the address of the places I ate:

Chop Cung Wah
Jalan Hang Jebat, No. 18

Jonker 88
Jalan Hang Jebat, No. 88

Nancy’s Kitchen
Jalan Hang Lekir, No. 15

Mod’s Café
Jalan Tokong, No. 14

Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum
Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, No. 48 & 50

 

Have you been to Melaka? What was your best bite?

 

28 Comment

  1. I loved Melaka so much, and I ate well! Our hostel host Howard took us on a fab bike ride out to a food market on the edge of town, it was great to have a guide, he pointed out all the vegetarian stuff that I would have totally missed otherwise, like veggie popiah and sweet putu bambu. So delicious!

    1. Sounds like an amazing way to spend in Melaka! I love putu especially when they’re just off the bambu and steaming hot – yum!

  2. i want to try laksa so bad lol

    1. Haha! Well it is actually the best laksa I have ever eaten (so far!)

  3. Oh my…these all look so delicious! I need to go!

    1. You certainly should go Corinne! Melaka’s food won’t disappoint you 😉

  4. Nothing like like more than a good laksa – Malaysia in general is good for food of all kinds!

    1. Definitely Larry! Malaysia has so many different food, even its laksa are different in each region!

  5. Besides those beautiful old buildings, Melaka is also a food heaven. Love! My best bite were durian ice cream and durian puff. But I think you didn’t taste it, ya, Gy. Since you told me that you don’t like the smell of durian, hihihi

    1. Pamela tried all the durian stuff! Definite NAY for durian Deb hahahaha! But Iove the old buildings too and the non-durian related food too 🙂

  6. This post is making me hungry. I never did dare to try the stinky tofu, but maybe I should give it a go. 🙂

    1. Woops, I take it as a good sign Jaklien 🙂
      It wasn’t really that stinky…maybe because it’s not the “real one”, otherwise maybe I would’ve pass, I heard it is REALLY stinky!

  7. Gosh Malaysian food is the best!! I’ve never tried one of those chicken rice balls, but it looks SO good. The closest I’ve been to Malaysia was Singapore, but it’s definitely on my list, especially because of its food.

    1. Yes Stephanie, you definitely should go to Malaysia! The food in Melaka was just so good and you can try a lot of Malaysian snacks too 🙂

  8. The pictures of the food looks so yummy!

    1. They are yummy kak 😉

  9. Aw man! I miss all the delicious food we had! We need another of such food trip sooooooon!!

    1. LOL that is so true! I remember how full we were (well at least me!) – I couldn’t move!

  10. All foods looks pretty delicious.. D*mn, it makes me hungry..:D

    1. It was all so delicious!

  11. Akhir bulan daku ke malaka, bookmark ah

    1. Semoga enjoy makan2 enak di Melaka mas Cumi

  12. Eating is one of the biggest attractions of any trip to Malaysia … no matter where you are, an epic meal awaits!

    1. I have to agree with you on that Larry! Love the food scene in Malaysia

  13. My favorite city in MY. a lot of great food, spicy and tasty. I think the food totally better then KL. 🙂

    1. Yes totally! So much food to try that I even forgot to do sightseeing haha 😛

  14. Aduh laksanya mauuuuuuuuuuu….

    kaka, apa kabar? 🙂

    1. Laksa Melaka emang enakkk banget yaa! Rasanya beda dari laksa lain hihi.. Kabar baik 🙂

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