I have difficulty in summarizing our latest trip to Malacca City, Malaysia. It was only a 3D2N but the experience was intense. I think dedicating one post to this trip is unjust. So, let’s start with the first topic: food.
The list of food I am going to write are some things you must try. WARNING!
“Very delicious” is an under-stated statement. They are unforgettable.
They are more than just food. They are the gems which make you Malacca City-bound through the stomach and taste buds. 3 out of 5 are not found in the internet.
1. Satay Celup
English direct translation: dipped skewers. Satay is usually meant to be grilled, and the usual type of satay we find is topped with satay/peanut sauce (depending on your location). In Malacca, there is a whole new level of satay: you dip and boil your satay sticks in a pool of satay sauce. What’s tingling the taste bud is the coconut spices swimming in your “broth”.
It will not just cause your skewers to absorb the unique flavorful broth but also the “soup” will be full of flavour from the things you boil inside.
You will get delicious taste. You will get authentic food heritage of Malacca. Worth it.
- Tried place: Restoran Capitol Satay
- Damage: about RM1 – 3 per stick. If I’m not mistaken.
- Menu: vegetable, chicken, pork, seafood, processed food (dim sum, cakwe/youtiao, etc). All are pierced through satay stick.
- Comments: this place is featured in many websites. From the experience, I believe this is one of the better satay celup places in Malacca. Would come back for this place again. Oh btw, it’s not halal so my Muslim friend, I’m sorry you can’t try this restaurant.
2. BBQ Skewers
My boyfriend, who was my partner in crime in this trip and an avid food-lover, commented on the BBQ Skewers: “ini makanan dewa” or ‘these are f-ing good’. I nominate this food as the best food I have ever tasted in Malacca City and Jonker Street in terms of the taste and texture.
Only available at Jonker Streer Night Market (weekends only), there are several stalls that sell these. We tried only the first stall from the entrance of Jonker Street (near Malacca City red buildings area) because we were already hooked, deeply, from the first bite. We tried 10 different skewers and all are five-stars.
- Tried place: Jonker Street Market‘s first BBQ Stall (from the direction of the red buildings area.)
- Damage: RM3 per stick. RM10 for 3 sticks.
- Menu: as in the photo.
- Comments: i do not elaborate on the taste of each skewer because it is for you to figure out yourself. We found this not from the internet, and it’s so full of surprises in each bite. My favourite ones are satay sausage, duck meat, glutinous rice sausage (what the hell is that? Vegetarian? No, it’s meat. You have to try it yourself). Even the meatballs are just so good. I think these are home-made products. The taste and texture are one-of-a-kind.
3. Chicken Bun
Crispy on the outside, intensely-flavoured chicken stew in the inside. I don’t know if this is originally Malaccan but what I know it tastes heaven. The chicken meat filling is a stew with a balance umami of sweet and salty soy sauce. Addictive, at least to me. And definitely something I will miss from Malaysia.
It looks cute, and the taste is as beautiful as it looks. This is our favourite on-the-go fresh bites. I don’t mind eating 5 of these for lunch, really.
- Tried place: we tried almost every single stall in Malacca City that sells this food. But ironically, the best one is from Amore, a small ‘bakery’ branch, located at the resting area outside Malacca City.
- Damage: about RM3 per bun.
- Menu: they sell original chicken bun and BBQ chicken bun. Our favourite is the BBQ one.
- Comments: we got to Amore at the resting area because we took bus from Singapore to Malacca City. Truly a hidden gem. But the stalls in Malacca City are not bad, it’s just that the most flavourful one is from Amore. Definitely did not find this from the internet. I’m still wondering why I cannot find Amore in Malacca City…
4. Egg-yolk Lotus Biscuit
I don’t know the true name of this type of bites, but the impact on my memory long lasts. Imagine a mooncake with slightly flaky, cripsy biscuit shell, with 20% lotus filling, and 80% egg yolk. This is it, egg-yolk lotus biscuit.
- Tried place: Tian Hup Seng Biscuits
- Damage: RM3 per biscuit.
- Menu: they sell other staffs like wife biscuits, sun biscuits etc.
- Comments: if you are into umami-taste, go for the original egg-yolk lotus biscuit. If you are into the sweet version, try the pandan one. We love the originals. Oh and did not find this place from the internet.
5. Cendol Gula Melaka
Going to Malacca without pampering your taste bud with the Malaccan sugar or gula melaka (red sugar/sugar that is made from coconut) is like going to Japan but not trying the sushi. I have tasted gula melaka elsewhere, but the authentic one is very intense. It’s not overly sweet, but it’s intense with slightly bitter taste that it’a hard to describe. We tried several dishes (desserts) with gula melaka and cendol is the best thing to have to get the best experience with gula melaka. If you like durian, you can find the heavenly combo of cendol + gula melaka + durian/durian mochi.
- Tried place: 88 Jonker Street
- Damage: truly forget the price of the basic cendol, but the one with durian mochi is RM15/16
- Menu: Ice kachang, ice cendol, cendol with durian mochi, or you can choose some other different toppings
- Comments: the mochi is nice. Im not a fan of durian but i can eat it. But the star is really the sauce. It’s 100% santan with 100% gula melaka. No white sugar. No extra essence. Yeah thats the right ingredient, baby. I understand why this place is featured in many sites.
I really want to bring my parents here. My father would love this city because he likes to relax and eat. Have you been to Malacca City? Any other recommended eating places there?