Top 10 Local Foods in Malacca

Malacca city is the capital of the state of Malacca. With a rich historical and ethnic background from previous Portuguese, Dutch and British rule, visiting this place gives you a unique and memorable experience. The city center was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in July 2008, along with Georgetown in Penang.Beside that,Malacca also popular because of their tasty and wonderful food.This article will provide you top 10 local foods Melaka.

1. Baba Low


This humble stall specialises 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 with the spices together with 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 properly filled with ingredients, sweet sauce and piquant chilli sauce.

2. Duck Noodles


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

3. Pak Putra Naan


Pak Putra is known for its naan and tandoori chicken, and this place is constantly crowded. If you go during the peak period,you need 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 flavor from the tandoor with slightly charred edges. Very mouthwatering, especially when eaten with the tender, flavourful chicken.

4. Noodle Soup


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

5. Baba Charlie Lee


Baba Charlie Lee makes one of the top Nyonya Kuih in Melaka. Onde onde, kuih lapis, kuih seri muka, you name it, all the Nyonya treats are here. One of my choice things to try is the Kuih Bongkong. It has a smooth and silky texture and 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 when entering your mouth. When you’re here, forget 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 usual spot for pork satay in Melaka. Xiang Ji is placed 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 street. I jealousy those who go to that school. The satay has just the right balance of meat and fat, and the mixture of well-marinated pork chunks and pork fat melts in the mouth. Pineapples are put into the peanut sauce here, resulting in a sweeter and tangier gravy.

7. Sin Yin Hoe


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

8. Cendol Bukit Rambai


The green strips of starch noodle are fill with pandan leaves extract and the Gula Melaka is thick and sweet-smelling. Each spoonful leaves behind a remaining sweetness and a creamy aftertaste from the fresh coconut milk. Even the Singaporeans crowd her stall and greedily buy all the cendol. Come after 1pm and you would have missed your cendol to them.

9. Ban Lee Xiang


Satay Celup is another famous thing to eat in Melaka. While Capitol Satay is the favoured 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 scented with a sweetish flavour. Customers can choose 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 a pre-dinner snack.

10. Klebang Coconut Shake


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

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