Top 10 Local food in Malacca

1. Baba Low

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This humble stall specializes in Peranakan food and is located in the backyard of a colonial-style bungalow. Try the Nyonya laksa, popiah and pai tee. The laksa is pungent, rich and well flavoured from the spices and chillies. Pai Tee (also known as top hats) is a crunchy flour cup filled with julienned vegetables, omelette and fried shallots. Very nice with chilli sauce.the popiah is one of the better ones in Melaka, where the egg wrap is generously filled with ingredients, sweet sauce and piquant chilli sauce.

2. Duck Noodles

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Soon Yen along Jalan Tengkera is known for the Malacca-style Duck Noodles and you have a choice of soup or dry noodles. The latter is tossed in thick gravy and topped with shredded duck meat. This comes with small bowl of soup. The soup version is also decent – it really depends on whether you’re a soup or dry noodles person.

3. Pak Putra Naan

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Pak Putra is known for its naan and tandoori chicken, and this place is perpetually crowded. If you go during peak period, expect to wait at least 45 minutes for your food. Or worse, you might not get any tandoori chicken. So go before 8pm. The naan boasts a smoky flavour from the tandoor with slightly charred edges. Very tasty, especially when eaten with the tender, flavourful chicken.

4. Noodle Soup

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This is a very popular breakfast place among the locals and it serves a pretty mean bowl of kuay teow soup. You get a choice of mee, mihun or kuay teow. I generally like kuay teow, but for maximum satisfaction, go for the vermicelli and ask for “kar liu”. The fried prawn fritters give the noodles oomph and crunch, while the soup is tasty from the stock (and potentially MSG).

5. Baba Charlie Lee

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Baba Charlie Lee makes one of the best Nyonya Kuih in Melaka. Onde onde, kuih lapis, kuih seri muka, you name it, all the Nyonya treats are here. One of my favourite things to eat at Baba Charlie Lee is the Kuih Bongkong. It has a smooth and silky texture – almost like the texture of a bean curd – and is eaten with Gula Melaka .The onde onde is warm and the Gula Melaka filling oozes into your mouth. When you’re here, ignore the diet and indulge in all the sweet delights available. There’s nothing like a good kuih with fresh ingredients.

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1. Baba Low

Image credit:www.rebeccasaw.com/

This humble stall specializes in Peranakan food and is located in the backyard of a colonial-style bungalow. Try the Nyonya laksa, popiah and pai tee. The laksa is pungent, rich and well flavoured from the spices and chillies. Pai Tee (also known as top hats) is a crunchy flour cup filled with julienned vegetables, omelette and fried shallots. Very nice with chilli sauce.the popiah is one of the better ones in Melaka, where the egg wrap is generously filled with ingredients, sweet sauce and piquant chilli sauce.

2. Duck Noodles

Image credit:www.peggychow.com/

Soon Yen along Jalan Tengkera is known for the Malacca-style Duck Noodles and you have a choice of soup or dry noodles. The latter is tossed in thick gravy and topped with shredded duck meat. This comes with small bowl of soup. The soup version is also decent – it really depends on whether you’re a soup or dry noodles person.

3. Pak Putra Naan

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Pak Putra is known for its naan and tandoori chicken, and this place is perpetually crowded. If you go during peak period, expect to wait at least 45 minutes for your food. Or worse, you might not get any tandoori chicken. So go before 8pm. The naan boasts a smoky flavour from the tandoor with slightly charred edges. Very tasty, especially when eaten with the tender, flavourful chicken.

4. Noodle Soup

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This is a very popular breakfast place among the locals and it serves a pretty mean bowl of kuay teow soup. You get a choice of mee, mihun or kuay teow. I generally like kuay teow, but for maximum satisfaction, go for the vermicelli and ask for “kar liu”. The fried prawn fritters give the noodles oomph and crunch, while the soup is tasty from the stock (and potentially MSG).

5. Baba Charlie Lee

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Baba Charlie Lee makes one of the best Nyonya Kuih in Melaka. Onde onde, kuih lapis, kuih seri muka, you name it, all the Nyonya treats are here. One of my favourite things to eat at Baba Charlie Lee is the Kuih Bongkong. It has a smooth and silky texture – almost like the texture of a bean curd – and is eaten with Gula Melaka .The onde onde is warm and the Gula Melaka filling oozes into your mouth. When you’re here, ignore the diet and indulge in all the sweet delights available. There’s nothing like a good kuih with fresh ingredients.

6. Xiang Ji Pork Satay

This is my other half’s regular spot for pork satay in Melaka. Xiang Ji is located off Jonker Street, just a short walk from Jonker Street. The landmark for this satay place is SRJK Pay Teck. Find the school and Xiang Ji is just across the road. I envy those who go to that school. The satay has just the right balance of meat and fat, and the combination of well-marinated pork chunks and pork fat melts in the mouth. Pineapples are added into the peanut sauce here, resulting in a sweeter and tangier gravy.

7. Sin Yin Hoe

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I’ve only been here once and the oh chien here is one of the best I’ve eaten in Melaka. The oysters are mid-sized and plump, and folded into the crisp yet fluffy egg omelette. I also like the oyster noodles and soft shell crab here. Both are expertly cooked and the noodles boast a good dose of wok hei. Good stuff!

8. Cendol Bukit Rambai

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The green strips of starch noodle are infused with pandan leaves extract and the Gula Melaka is thick and fragrant. Each spoonful leaves behind a lingering sweetness and a creamy aftertaste from the fresh coconut milk. Even the Singaporeans flock her stall and greedily buy all the cendol. Come after 1pm and you would have lost your cendol to them.

9. Ban Lee Xiang

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Satay Celup is another popular thing to eat in Melaka. While Capitol Satay is the popular spot, I was told it is catered to tourists and more locals eat at Ban Lee Xiang. I’ll take my father in-law’s word for it.the peanut gravy is thick and aromatic with a sweetish flavour. Customers can pick the skewered items they want from the fridge display and dip away. It is easy to get carried away here. I once at 30 sticks of satay for pre-dinner snack.

10. Klebang Coconut Shake

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Coconut shake is the best thing created to combat the sweltering heat in Melaka. The stall – Klebang Coconut Shake is constantly packed with customers and is divided into three parts – blending station, coconut opening section and dining section.the coconut flesh is blended together with coconut water and some ice cubes, and the special version came with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

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