Who doesn’t love a road trip? And yes, Malacca is undeniably one of the best places in Malaysia to go for! Apart from its rich heritage and history, Malacca is also known for its varied range of cuisines. Here’s a MUST TRY food guide for you to eat and drink like a local!
#1 Jonker 88
Address: 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200, Malacca.
Hours: 9 am to 6 pm daily.
A self-service restaurant that provides both Nyonya cuisines and dessert, yet with an affordable price range from RM5-RM20 per dish/dessert. You can get two of the most popular Melaka foods here, the Nyonya Laksa and Cendol. Some also called it the Museum Restaurant, thanks to its colonial-style decoration and it is full of classic and vintage stuff.
#2 Huang Chang Chicken Rice Shop
Address: BB, 376, Jalan BB 1, Taman Damai, 75350, Malacca.
Hours: 8 am to 3 pm daily. Closed on Thursday.
The chicken rice ball, a specialty of Malaccan origin. Rice is served and shaped into balls, which you can choose roasted and steamed chicken, paired with their special chili sauce that tastes spicy with a hint of sour.
#3 Asam Pedas Claypot
Address: 86, Jalan Laksamana 5, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200, Malacca.
Hours: 6 pm to 4 am daily. Closed on Monday.
This spicy and sour fish dish is cooked in asam jawa extract, with chili and spices. You can get Asam Pedas in many places, but in Malacca, beef is available. Besides this, this restaurant only serves this dish in a claypot, which is really rare, and it also makes the Asam Pedas taste even better by enhancing the flavors inside the claypot.
#4 Tong Bee’s Stall Shell Food
Address: 143, Jalan Bunga Raya, Kampung Jawa, 75100, Malacca.
Hours: 8 pm to 11 pm daily. Closed on Tuesday.
Commonly known as longkang siham (cockles by the drain) since it’s hidden in a dimly-lit alley off Jalan Bunga Raya. Seafood lovers will definitely be going crazy for their fresh cockles, clams, sotong, balitong, huge prawns and other varieties of fresh seafood, paired with their special nutty chili sauce. Plus, you will get the unforgettable experience of being seated on tiny stools arranged between drains and while you feast on your food, as motorcycles come zooming past behind you.
#5 Ta Chong Kopitiam
Address: 47-E, Jalan Ong Kim Wee, Kampung Empat, 75300, Malacca.
Hours: 11 am to 5 pm daily. Closed on Sunday.
This local students’ favorite stall is also known as the Best Popiah (fresh spring roll) in the town. A tasty popiah rolled in healthy ingredients like stewed jicama, lightly fried egg slices, crunchy fresh vegetables, prawn paste, and chili. P/s: please note that it is always sold out before lunch hour.
#6 Locahouz Cafe
Address: 8, Jalan Bukit Cina, Kampung Bukit China, 75100, Malacca.
Hours: 11 am to 6 pm daily. Closed on Wednesday.
Locahouz is a dimly lit and cozy cafe, yet complete with the emblematic colors of Malacca. One of the best spots to chill where you can get to enjoy a cup of classic, local coffee. Their food looks homey and it’s quite pleasant in contrast with the artistic interior.
#7 Putu Piring Tengkera
Address: 252, Jalan Tengkera, 75200, Malacca.
Putu Piring, a well-known Malaccan snack, that is made from a warm piece of rice flour confection on a banana leaf, stuffed with delicious gula melaka (palm sugar syrup); and atop of shredded coconut. Remember to eat it while it’s hot!
#8 Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup
Address: 53-C, Jalan Ong Kim Wee, 75300, Malacca.
Hours: 4 pm – 12 am
Satay Celup is a delicacy that you surely don’t want to miss out on. Basically, it is a dish consisting of meat and seafood skewers that are chosen beforehand, then dunked into a hot boiling pot of satay gravy. The combination of savory meaty flavors with the satay gravy creates an explosion in your mouth! Not to mention that it is a great way of bonding with your friends and family, as you wait for the meat skewers to cook in your gravy.