Since its heyday as a port city in 1800s, Malacca remains as one of the most cosmopolitan ports in Southeast Asia. Malacca’s multi-cultural dynamics is translated into its food scene. As one of the most prominent groups is Peranakans, you can expect to find some of the best Baba dishes and intricate homemade Nyonya Kuehs in Malacca.
Follow this list and your dining experience in this quaint city will not go wrong.
1. Aunty Koh Chendol
Chendol, a simple dish that everyone is familiar with, Aunty Koh sets the bar too high, using aromatic Gula Melaka and creamy coconut milk. Located within the small kampong Bukit Rambai, you have to keep your eyes peeled for her shop name.
Tip: be there before 12 noon as it sells out by 1230 pm and this gem is only open during the weekends.
No5113, Jalan Batang Tiga,
Kampung Bukit Rambai,
2. East West Rendezvous
Locals and tourists alike would flock here for the best Nyonya Chang (Nyonya Dumplings) in town. The glutinous rice is simmered to al-dente, and the flavourful spices will leave you coming back for more. What’s more, the filling comes in generous portions!
60 Lorong Hang Jebat
3. Xiang Ji Satay
Satay should be on your list if you’re on a food trail in Melaka. If you’re a Satay connoisseur who gets annoyed with those undercooked or burnt Satays, Xiang Ji is the place you go to. Each stick has a perfect of pork fats and pork chunks, and is grilled to perfection.
The peanut sauce is also different from those we have in Singapore, with a tinge of citrus and sweeter twist to it.
50 Jalan Portugis
4. Sun May Hiong Satay House
Sun May Hiong has both chicken and pork Satays and even internal organ satays that you can indulge in. The satays will tantalise your taste buds – with its slight charred, succulent meat dipped in contrasting satay sauce.
50 Jalan Kota Laksamana
Taman Kota Laksamana
5. Nancy Kitchen
Melaka is the birthplace for Peranakans and hence, you can find strong Peranakan culinary influence here. Nancy’s Kitchen offers a cosy and intimate ambience amidst its traditional décor, and an extensive list of their sumptuous Baba-Nyonya dishes. Serving only the best Nyonya classic – such as popiah, devil’s curry, Nyonya Chang, and Ondeh Ondeh among many others.
7 Jalan Hang Lekir
Off Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock
6. Baba Charlie Lee
Baba Charlie Nyonya is set in a traditional wooden house, tucked in a tiny alley along Jalan Tengkera of Melaka. If you are looking for a place to try all types of Nyonya sweet bites, this is the place to go to. Baba Charlie Lee offers a wide range with 23 types of cakes available everyday. Some of which are Curry Puff, Kuah Pisang, Rempah Udang, Pulut Inti, Kuih Dadar, Kuih Lapis.
Note: closed on Tuesdays
72 Jalan Tengkera Pantai 2
7. Sin Yin Hoe
This is the place for the best Oyster Omelette, agreed by most locals and tourists. Though the oysters are not the big and juicy ones, they are really fresh, and go well with the chilli. This uncovered gem is increasingly gaining recognition among the foodies, so head there before it gets too crowded!
135 Lorong Hang Jebat
8. Chop Chung Wah Chicken Rice Balls
Another dish that Malacca is famous for is the Hainanese Chicken Rice Balls and many are often spoiled for choices with so many stalls on the same street. If you are at Jonker Street, then make sure you don’t miss Chop Chung Wah.
Don’t mind the long wait, because you’ll be rewarded with sliced tender chicken meat slightly drenched in light soy sauce and sesame oil, and of course fragrant rice balls that are of the perfect texture and bite.
Tip: try to come before 9am
18 Jalan Hang Kebat