Malacca is a rich city of diverse cultures and heritage, leading to it being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Malacca food is one of the main attractions as well as need of the tourists visiting Malacca.
So, if you are heading to Malacca for a weekend of food and drink but have no ideas where to try the best local Malacca foods, here’s a list of the top 10 foods you must try when you visit Malacca!
1. Malacca Chicken Rice Ball
You cannot leave Malacca without trying its signature chicken rice balls. The rice is first boiled in chicken soup with other seasonings. When cooked, it is rolled in a ball that gives the unique look and texture. Since it is a signature in Malacca, thus you would not difficult to find it as they are everywhere in Malacca.
However, the most highly recommended shop to go to for this unique meal is Chop Chung Hwa Restaurant located on the corner of Jonker Street.
2. Asam Pedas Fish
Ya! You are also cannot leave Malacca without trying this Asam Pedas Fish! Asam Pedas is a specially cooked fish along with vegetables. The four main friends of fish in this soupy cuisine include tomato, green beans, lady finger and eggplant.
The sour taste is added by soaking and squeezing juice of tamarind. You are free to eat up this bowl any way you like but are best to go with white rice too. Anyway, I would like to suggest you can try this dish at Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine or try in other restaurants such as Asam Pedas Claypot and Cottage Spices Nyonya Restaurant.
3. Satay Celup
Satay Celup, unlike the usual satay, you won’t be digging into skewered grilled meat when you go for satay celup in Malacca. To put it simply, satay celup is like lok lok or hotpot, except the ingredients are all strung together on wooden skewers.
The best Satay Celup is at Capitol Satay Celup Restaurant. It is the family-run business has been around for several generations and is still as popular as it was when it first opened. It is nice and worth to try!
4. Duck Noodles
What? The noodles are made of ducks? No No No, the noodles are not made of ducks.
Malacca style duck noodle is actually a fairly simple concept. You have your choice of noodles (egg noodles are the best) topped with generous of shredded duck meat on top in addition to some aromatic herbs for added flavour. As you bite into mouthful after mouthful of springy noodles and succulent duck meat, your taste buds are sure to go into overdrive!
By the way, you can find the best duck noodles at Soo Yen Duck Noodle Restaurant on Jalan Tengkera where you can choose to have dry noodles (with thick gravy) or noodle soup!
5. Nyonya Laksa
If you tried before the Penang famous local food – Asam Laksa; then you should not missed out the Malacca famous local food too – Nyonya Laksa.
Sour and chilli flavors are your best friends in Malacca food world. Laksa is spicy food, Nyonya laksa is broth with chicken or prawns. The hot broth can be eaten with roasted naans or rice.
The best Nyonya Laksa serves in town are Nancy’s Kitchen, Riverine Coffeehouse and Calanthe Art Café. Go and try it out!
6. Putu Piring
Putu Piring – a cake that made of rice, special right? Actually, it is a very simple dessert, like kuih in Malacca which contains gula melaka and steamed to perfection. It’s served with shredded coconut on a banana leaf. The best time to eat these fluffy delights is when they’re fresh out the steamer as they’ll have the perfect texture at that time.
You might not be able to find putu piring anytime you want, so be sure to check out the putu piring store in Jalan Tengkera! The store selling the kuih is a family run business and shouldn’t be too hard to spot.
7. Coconut Milkshake
If you have not try Malacca coconut milkshake before you leave here, you are definitely wasted your Malacca trip! Coconut Milkshake is one of the most famous desserts in Malacca! So, you must not miss this out in your trip!
Coconut Milkshake is a blend of milk, coconut juice, coconut and ice. It’s perfect for a hot day and to top it all off, it’s served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! It’s basically a coconut milkshake float!
The best place to try is at Klebang, a roadside stall with a banner which says “Klebang Original Coconut Shake”. Go and check this out!
8. Nyonya Kuih
Nyonya Kuih is made either from potatoes or rice flour. Often they put a pandan leaf inside to enhance the flavor. You will feel a tornado of taste in your mouth after eating one Malay cake.
You can head to the rustic Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake for a wide arrange of Nyonya delights (at least 23 varieties are freshly produced every day, including kuih dadar, ondeh-ondeh, and kuih koo hitam).
9. Pai Tee/Pie Tee
Also known as top hats, Pai Tee is a crunchy flour cup filled with julienned vegetables, omelet and fried shallots. These tiny treats went very well with the chili sauce provided. Simply pop it into your mouth and enjoy its crunchiness.
Nancy’s Kitchen is the best place that served these little yummy things.
10. Fried Oysters
Oh yeah! I believe that most of the people like to eat fried oysters, yeah me too! Even though fried oysters are famous in Penang, but Malacca fried oysters are worth to try as well!
In Malacca, some of them call it as “fried oyster omelet” too, due to the big amount of eggs. The eggs and oysters are simply delicious. More oysters are better. This will be probably the most unique oyster dish you will ever eat.
Fried oysters can be found in some Melaka food courts but I would recommend you to try the one at Sin Yin Hoe.
Okay, so these are my top 10 must-try foods in Malacca! Of course, there will be other delicious foods in Malacca, but I only recommended you the most worth to try foods in Malacca. Anyway, you can go and try the other delicious foods and suggest to me! Alright, hope you guys enjoy the foods and have a nice trip!