Once you’ve been to the food capital of Malaysia, Penang already, you’d probably that think no food nor restaurant in Malaysia would ever impress you anymore. But, no! My trip to Malacca (or Melaka to locals) actually proved me wrong.
Though I was only able to explore Malacca for a brief amount of time, I was still able to try a few restaurants that made a mark.
So, if you happen to be visiting Malacca, make sure to visit a few (or all) of my recommendations.
Notable food spots you should check out in Malacca, Malaysia
SamFu Nyonya Restaurant Melaka
SamFu Nyonya Restaurant features Nyonya – Asian Fusion Cuisine housed in an elegant yet casual dining ambiance.
Inside, you get to relive a bit of the Peranakan culture through paintings, decor and even the Peranakan wares on display. Actually, Peranakan Cuisine is not new to me as I have already tried it when I visited Penang back in May 2016. So, trying it again, but this time in Malacca, turned out to be actually exciting.
Babi Chili Garam
Beautifully prepared with layers of salty lean meat and fat with a nice zing that slowly hits you. The delightful kick made me eat more than my usual serving of rice.
Unlike the one I’ve tried in Penang, SamFu Nyonya’s version isn’t wrapped in banana leaves. But this one has a more pronounced fish flavor with spices to excite the palate.
Kuih Pai Tee
This popular Peranakan dish is similar to our deep fried vegetable spring rolls and similar to the ones I’ve tried in Penang. This dish is packed with shrimps and sliced veggies cupped in a crispy pastry shell with a sweet and spicy sauce mixture. One piece is definitely not enough!
Lemak Nenas Prawn
Fresh prawns cooked in coconut with curry, pineapple and spices. The sweetness of the pineapple and the creamy coconut tempers the strong flavor of the curry and chili. It is a dish that is rich, offering a nice texture, and very tasty.
Monday and Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday to Sunday:
Lunch: 12pm – 2:30pm
Dinner: 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Ground Floor of Mimosa Hotel
120, Jalan Bunga Raya,
Kampung Jawa, 75100
T: +60 6-282 0113
Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Ball
This restaurant looks like your nearby roadside eatery (carinderia) but serves amazing dishes! In fact, this establishment is one of the go-to places of locals and tourists for some chicken, rice or chicken rice balls.
No frills, no fancy plates and chairs… Just tasting food. Something you would want to have back home when you instantly crave for it.
468, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200
Jonker Street Streetfood
Going around Malacca will really make you hungry! So, make sure to try out what Jonker St. has to offer.
Restoran Hao Xiang Bak Kut Teh in Seremban
Seremban is a town before Malacca which was actually the place where we had our first dinner coming from the airport before heading over to Holiday Inn-Malacca to check-in.
Restoran Hao Xiang Bak Kut Teh serves the best goddamn Bak Kut Teh anywhere around, in my opinion! I’ve tried several versions of this particular dish in Malaysia and I can truly that say theirs is my favorite!
Bak Kut Teh (with soup)
Bak Kut Teh or Pork Herbal Soup is a flavorful, rich and comforting soup cooked and served in a claypot packed with 19 chinese herbs, pork meat, pork trotters and topped with dried beancurd. You may also order sheets of beancurd separately.
Dry Bak Kut Teh
This dish will definitely remind you of our asado or paksiw na pata — but with some kick. The boiled pork belly is fried in a claypot together with dried cuttlefish, dried chilies and a sweet-salty soy sauce mixture. Be prepared to eat more rice!
57, Jalan Toman 4,Kemayan Square, 70200 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, 70200, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
So, there! These are my resto recommendations in Malacca. Make sure to visit them to fully experience what Malacca has to offer.
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