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Hello chewys! Last weekend, I joined misterchewy and his uni friends on a 2D1N trip to Malacca. We didn’t exactly plan it that way I suppose, but it ended up as a purely non-stop eating trip! Quite amazed that we could stomach so much food within such a short period of time. Happy that this trip turned out to be very fruitful because we managed to source all the good eats around Malacca and here’s our very own Guide to Top 7 Must Try Food in Malacca! Enjoy! 😀
1. CAPITOL SATAY CELUP @ LORONG BUKIT CINA
Satay Celup is very popular in Malacca and I’m not sure if you can find this easily in other parts of Malaysia. Of course, our goal was to find the BEST Satay Celup in Malacca! The two most attractive choices were Ban Lee Siang, which is very popular and also near our hotel, and Capitol Satay Celup, renowned for its ridiculously long queues. We decided to go for the latter since the hotel receptionist made it sound so good, like, the BEST in Malacca. Capitol Satay Celup operates from 5pm and we were advised to be there by 4pm. True enough, there was already a queue when we got there! This is the one and only Capitol Satay Celup in Malacca. Look out for the 100Plus signs.
Satay celup is also known as steamboat satay, where sticks of raw or semi-cooked meat and vegetables are dipped into a boiling pot of satay gravy for several minutes. In Singapore, we have Lok Lok, whereby skewers of food are cooked in boiling water, and the satay gravy is served separately. As soon as Capitol Satay Celup opened at 5pm, we had a table to ourselves and started picking out what we wanted to eat. There is a very wide assortment available and each stick goes for as low as only RM 0.90!
The concept here is very interesting. The servers will start to offer you better quality items such as tiger prawns, abalone and scallops as soon as they observe that you have reached a certain number of sticks. And these sticks are also priced at RM 0.90 each! How to resist! We were also given free glasses of strawberry wine and coffee liquor towards the end of the meal.
The service at Capitol Satay Celup is impeccable. From time to time, extra spices and ground peanuts will be added into the pot and the servers will stir the gravy to ensure that nothing gets stuck or burnt at the bottom. They must have some secret recipe because the satay gravy is a delicious combination of sweet-savory and is very aromatic!
Address: 41, Lorong Bukit Cina, 75100, Melaka, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm (Closed on Mondays)
2. GULA MELAKA CENDOL @ JONKER STREET
Although this traditional Southeast Asian dessert can be easily found in Singapore, what’s a trip to Malacca without eating Cendol? We concluded the first night of our trip with some orignal Cendol with Gula Melaka and Durian Cendol by stopping by a random shop along Jonker Street, after exploring the night market. Cendol is typically made of coconut milk, green starched noodles with pandan flavoring, shaved ice and palm sugar. This was pretty mediocre, but rumour has it that Jonker 88 serves one of the best cendol in Malacca.
3. LOW YONG MOH RESTAURANT DIM SUM @ JALAN TUKANG EMAS
I’m not sure but this is probably the closest you can get for an authentic Dim Sum experience in Malacca. Low Yong Moh Restaurant was opened in 1936, which makes it the first and oldest dim sum restaurant in Malacca.
The setting is actually more like an old-fashioned rustic tea house than anything else. We were there before 8.30am so it didn’t take long for us to get seated as soon as one of the larger groups vacated the area.
Don’t bother asking for the menu. Instead, Mandarin-speaking staff will parade piping hot steamed or fried dim sum from table to table and all you have to do is just point out what you want. Certain items have to be specially requested for though, like the lotus leaf rice, char siew buns, corn buns, etc. Prices range from RM 1 to RM 3.
On the overall, the dim sum variety at Low Yong Moh Restaurant is very wide and impressive. The next time you plan a trip to Malacca, don’t forget to stop by for dim sum here.
Address: 32, Jalan Tukang Emas, 75200, Melaka, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Daily 5.30am – 1pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
4. CHOP CHUNG WAH CHICKEN RICE BALLS @ JALAN HANG JEBAT
Malacca is also very famous for its Hainanese Chicken Rice Balls and there are so many stalls to choose from while you are at Jonker Street. So much has been said for Chop Chung Wah that we decided to queue in the sweltering heat (ok pregger here sat and waited at San Shu Gong just across the street) and try it for ourselves.
Unlike the neatly sliced chicken meat that we are so used to getting in Singapore, the whole chicken that we ordered was chopped up in a haphazard manner and drenched in a combination of light soy sauce and sesame oil. Our verdict? The chicken was mostly tough, while some parts were quite tender. While the hand-rolled chicken rice balls were soft, moist and sticky, we didn’t exactly fancy them because the rice lacked fragrance and were just savory at best. Not sure what the hype is all about but it is evident that there were many others who loved it. So yes, it made it to our list of must try food in Malacca because one man’s meat is another man’s poison.
Address: Kedai Chop Chung Wah, 18, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
Opening Hours: Daily 8.30am-3pm
5. JONKER 88 NONYA ASSAM LAKSA @ JALAN HANG JEBAT
I call myself a foodie but I think that misterchewy’s friends are more worthy of that title. Who would have thought of eating Assam Laksa in Malacca? I was initially skeptical but hey, Jonker 88‘s assam laksa totally blew me away.
It was my first time being able to taste such a distinct fish-based broth, instead of just the spiciness and sourness from the assam laksa. I’m not sure if tuna, sardine or mackerel was used but the fish broth was certainly very spicy, tangy and flavorful. Shiok! Each bowl contains a chockful of ingredients like prawns, egg, beancurd, etc. I don’t think you can find anything like this in Singapore. It is THAT awesome. Jonker 88’s nonya laksa, which contains coconut milk, is equally worthy of mention.
Address: 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200, Melaka, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Weekdays from 12pm to 6pm, Weekends till 8pm
6. NADEJE MILLE CREPE @ MAHKOTA PARADE
When misterchewy’s colleague from Malaysia learned that we were going to Malacca, he urged us to try the Mille Crepes from Nadeje and also warned us that they usually sell out by evening. Good thing Nadeje is conveniently located at Mahkota Parade, where we could do a bit of shopping. There are two other Nadeje outlets in Malacca.
We planned for an early tea break at around 2pm and not surprisingly, we had to join in the queue. Because we came in a large group, we had to wait for quite some time before they could accomodate all 8 of us.
Once we were in, we wasted no time and ordered 8 mille crepe cakes to be shared amongst ourselves. There are a total of 18 mille crepes on the menu, such as Rum & Raisin, Double Chocolate, Banana Chocolate, Praline Lover, Royal Milk Tea, etc, and they come in non-alcoholic and alcoholic versions. Nadeje prides itself on the freshest quality ingredients that go into hand making each mille crepe. Yes, you can really taste the freshness in every bite.
Mille crepes are NOT kueh lapis. The multi-layered cake is made of fresh homemade custard cream and is best eaten chilled. Remember to pair your heavenly slice of mille crepe with a pot of hot tea. We had a few mouthfuls of each crepe cake and it’s really hard to point out our favourite.
If you are not prepared to wait in line, there’s an express queue for takeaways. All mille crepes will be packed away in a cooler bag complete with dry ice packs.
Address: G-23B, EG 4 & EG 5, Ground Floor, Mahkota Parade, 75000 Melaka
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 10pm
7. A&W RESTAURANT @ DATARAN PAHLAWAN MELAKA MEGAMALL
Funny how Singaporeans are always so obsessed with eating A&W whenever they make a trip to Malaysia? I must say that A&W really played a part in forming one of my best childhood memories. Loved the curly fries, root beer float and waffles with ice cream when I was young! I’m sure many Singaporeans share the same sentiments as me
Although the standard of the food at A&W doesn’t excite us that much anymore, I reckon it’s still a must-eat in Malacca or anywhere in Malaysia, given the fact that it’s not available in Singapore.
Address: BD-077,078,091,092,093 & 93A / Lower Ground Floor, Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir Melaka
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Hope this guide is useful to friends and readers who wanna know what to eat in Malacca!
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