Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage city. Melaka is deeply influenced by its past history of Portuguese, Dutch, and British rule. Not only is the city so rich in heritage building and ancient landmarks. But also its mouthwatering delicacies – particularly Peranakan food!
Here, we list five of must-try food when in Melaka:
Asam pedas fish
Asam pedas fish is a spicy and sour fish stew that is iconic to the Malays. However, Melaka’s version is more famous than the others, particularly for its thick gravy with more prominent taste of spices.
The fish can also substituted with either beef or chicken. If you’re planning to eat this savoury dish in Melaka, have it together with rice for a fulfilling meal.
One of the must-try asam pedas places is Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine.
Almost every state in Malaysia have their own signature laksa – a spicy noodle soup with different variations of broth base. In Baba and Nyonya city, it is the Nyonya Laksa.
Nyonya Laksa is a spicy bowl of noodle packed with boiled egg, fish balls and tofu puffs. Infused with coconut milk, Nyonya laksa has a distinct pungent taste and rich texture. A trip to Melaka is incomplete without trying out this signature laksa! Try it at 486 Baba Low.
After a long day of walking around sunny Melaka, it is nice to take things down a notch. Reward yourself with a refreshing bowl of ice-cold cendol. This fine-shaved ice dessert contains pandan-flavoured jelly in fresh coconut milk sprinkled with gula Melaka (palm sugar).
There are tons of cendol stalls in Melaka, but go for Aunty Koh Cendol as the cendol here is fresh on the daily. Aunty Koh wakes up at 3am to hand squeeze the juices out of pandan and grate coconut flesh for its santan or coconut milk—now who doesn’t want to taste that home-made goodness!
Before Japan’s Oden took Malaysia by storm, Melaka already served ‘satay celup’ for decades. If you are unfamiliar with the term, satay celup is a ‘steamboat satay’ dish. Whereby skewered meat and vegetables dipped into piping hot peanut gravy for 1-2 minutes.
Depending on the ‘satay celup’ shops, ingredients may include fish ball, crab stick, pork slices, lobster ball and so much more.
For some delicious satay celup, check out Capitol Satay Celup. One of the pioneers of the satay celup business in Melaka, established since the 1950s.
Local desserts in Melaka are also largely defined by its Peranakan heritage (intermarriage between Chinese immigrants and local communities). Among the traditional Nyonya kuih are ang ku kuih, ondeh-ondeh and kuih koci.
A must-try is the ondeh-ondeh, a chewy glutinous rice ball covered with grated coconut, with palm sugar filling inside. Chewy and sweet, a warm ondeh-ondeh will melt in your mouth!
You can find these nostalgic Nyonya kuih sold at Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake.
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