Eats of Malacca
We were lucky because River View Guest House’s owner, Raymond and the house keeping auntie were kind and informative to us. We had a map that guided us to all of Melaka’s good eats. These are some of the places that we went.
I’m not very sure of the exact address of the eating places but they are mostly around china town area of Melaka. If you do need the exact address, google it or ask the hotel/hostel people of where you are staying!
On the first day for lunch, we had the famed chicken rice balls that were unique to Melaka. The legend was that the rice were shaped into balls for portability sake as well as apparently, they were kept warmer for a longer period of time. It’s probably a novelty and tradition passed on for generations. The rice is oilier than that of Singapore’s because of the need to hold its shape.
Chung Wah was a nondescript stall with no sign boards outside, opp San Shu Gong (they sell a lot of snacks and tidbits, good for bringing home/office). You just follow your nose and sniff like a dog.
The chicken served here was flavorful. It was steeped in its own “chickenly” juices.
At night, we were recommended to go to Capitol Satay for satay steamboat which is like a normal steamboat but the base of the soup is satay sauce. The place.. looked like it was out of a vintage magazine shoot. While in the queue, we were gawking at the two men in the bottom left hand corner of the picture. The amount they ate… was amazing.
Each stick was abbout 0.8RM. The three of us (girls with ferocious appetites usually) ate a combined 28 sticks which was 22.4RM plus 3 drinks + pot of satay sauce, it was 37.4RM. The exchange rate was at 2.24 so our meal costs about 16.69 which was $5+ each.
This is damn cheap considering the chicken sticks, lettuce, cuttle fish, small prawns, big prawns, weird seafood were all charged at the same price. I saw a family chiong for the seafood sticks. Us… we were just too overwhelmed by the pot of bubbly satay sauce. The workers came with ladles of spices, peanuts and sugar which they added and stirred into the pot in front of you. They kept topping up our pot and we were like “that’s enough”. The sauce was rather spicy and I was too numbed to taste anything after a while. The hot gas was between our knees and we were indeed… hot between our laps.
Would I want to do it again? Probably no, it was too overwhelming for my palate. But I think its a worthwhile experience enough – maybe when I visit malacca again.
The next day with the sun beaming down on us, we began our search for Jonker 88, the famed chendol stall in Melaka. It was situated along the streets of Jonker Walk.
I like the Sago Gula Melaka which is sago drenched in a combination of coconut sauce(?) and gula melaka which is palm sugar. I think its what we call black sugar? Not too sure about this. I think the key to this is having good sago and not too sweet gula melaka which made this dish good for me.
We had dim sum at this place called Man Ting Siang Restoran which is quite famous in the district. They had the usual offerings of har kau (which was not good because the non-existent prawn) and siew mai. The carrot cake was good because of the different texture, it was more chewy than the singapore’s version. I liked the pork ribs too although my friend didn’t because it had a more sweet than salty taste. There were some weird stuff as well like fish cake wrapped in chilli skins. The porridge was choked full of ingredients. The tea was freshly brewed, hot, steaming and fragrant.
The best thing was the price again, each plate was RM2. I think we paid 30+RM.
That pretty much sums up our food adventures in Malacca. It was a pity we didn’t get to eat Nyonya food while we were there. We missed out on Nancy’s Kitchen which was supposedly good. The food places all close very early and it was difficult for us to find a late dinner unless we were willing to pay restaurant prices which we all weren’t. Also, i didnt get to eat superb char siew like the ones that I had in Kuala Lumpur.