Many people purposely make a trip to Melaka just for the good food that Melaka is famous for.
START: Intentionally in their mind they normally start with famous dishes like Chicken Ball Rice, Satay Celup, Nyonya Food, Portuguese Seafood or Nyonya Kuih, and then somehow END: they always stray away, and start eating almost anything that is branded as “Famous” (In short, there is a tendency to have a double chin or grow a burger face after your visit) .
Believe me there are plenty of stalls with the FAMOUS sign! Famous Chendol, Famous Laksa, Famous Chicken Ball Rice…As the number of tourists and food-enthusiasts increases, so has the number of stalls selling the same food. So don’t start to worry when you find 10 “Famous Nyonya Chendol” Stalls in one street! If you go to the original stalls, make sure you are ready to queue! If not, just follow your nose!
Talk to the locals, and they will DYING-ly stress that you have to eat at the original shop. “Where it all began”. woooooooooooooo
But we say, “Eat anywhere as long as it tastes goooood”
This is our first trip and we walked aimlessly. So we are only going to tell you what is what. But not where you can get the best food.
Satay Celup : I must say, this is a very unique dish! You cant find it anywhere else in Malaysia. It is great to eat together with your friends and family. The pot in the middle is a communal pot. It is usually self service, so just go over to the freezer and pick what you want. There is meat on skewers, vegetables, seafood, and many more. My favourites are the prawns, the kangkung vegetables and the meat balls! Then everyone will dip their sticks in to the pot full of peanut sauce.
(For all you people out there, please do not dip and eat and then dip again into the pot! Its for everyone in the table to share)
Poh Piah: Next is the po piah. Its basically a mix of chopped up vegetables, bits of meat, sea food and egg wrapped and rolled in a thin flour skin. The roll we found in jonker was without any gravy. There are some versions that come with gravy which makes it taste more savoury and easier to swallow. (not that dry)
The famous Nyonya Chendol . This is a superb dish to have after a tiring day of sightseeing in Melaka. Me? I just have it any time of the day,as I need my sugar fix regularly! This Sweet desert, that is made up of red beans and green flour strips topped with plenty of shaved ice, and then given a generous dose of brown palm sugar and coconut milk!
Sometimes they add sweet corn to the mix also.
Freshly Baked Biscuits: Every where you go. you will see a lot of biscuit shops. Among those that are really nice are the “tau sar” (mung bean paste) biscuits, the palm sugar filled biscuits and the pineapple tarts!
Dumplings: Also do try the chinese dumplings sold in chinese coffee shops are at Jonker walk! Glutinous rice, wrapped with meat, chestnuts and mushrooms.
This is a MUST HAVE! Nyonya laksa! It tastes so much different from the Laksa in Penang, Siam, and Sarawak.
This soupy noodles are a little sourish and have a curry taste to it, rich in tuna! egg and comes with egg and sliced vege.
Chicken ball rice! Dont really know what the fuss is all about. Only difference between this and the conventional chicken rice is that the rice is in ball shapes! In the end, we also need to smash up the balls to eat it. So you need to try it and see if it is worth the hype!
We found this stall on Jonker. Fried Jackfruit! Sweet and savoury taste together exploding in your mouth!
We will explore again very soon and update on where are the best places to eat in Melaka! 😀 Happy exploring oops i mean eating in Melaka!