Top 5 Must Try Food in Malacca

Saturday, June 21, 2014

top 5 must try food in malacca the locals edition

Malacca is known as a food haven with tourists flocking there for good food. Apart from that, the fact that Malacca is a 3.5 hours drive or 4-5 hours bus journey away from Singapore makes it a popular weekend destination for Singaporeans.

Before drawing a conclusion that this is yet another post that recommends overrated food places frequented by tourists, don't say I didn't let you in - these are the must try food in Malacca, recommended by my partner-in-crime, Joanne and her family whom are from Malacca! After checking with a number of locals from Malacca to get the green light on these must try food places in Malacca, I shortlisted them to this  Malacca Food Guide - Don't go to Malacca without me! (Bookmark this page for your next trip!)

1. Pak Putra Restaurant

pak putra restaurant

A popular supper place with teenagers and families to satisfy their inner belly with some tandoori and naan. Pak Putra Restaurant is frequent by locals or tourists whom know about it because they know someone from Malacca. You could even stand next to the man making naans just to see how naans are prepared!

Must try at Pak Putra Restaurant:

1. Tandoori Chicken
2. Garlic Naan

Patricia's recommendation:

Order a Teh Halia instead of the usual Teh Tarik, with an added ingredient - ginger to wash out all that oil after eating. It is especially warming on chilly days.

Trust me, as I am typing this now, I am missing Pak Putra's moist and flavourful Tandoori chicken and I can't wait to sink my teeth into one of their fluffy Garlic Naan soon. Thank God Malacca is just 3 hours away!

pak putra restaurant review
Tandoori Chicken, Garlic Naan, Fish Curry and Teh Halia at Pak Putra Restaurant, Malacca

pak putra restaurant butter chicken
Tandoori Chicken

pak putra restaurant garlic naan
Garlic Naan

pak putra restaurant menu
Pak Putra Restaurant menu

Pak Putra Restaurant
Address: Jalan Laksamana 4, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
GPS Coordinates: N 2 deg 11.708 E 102 deg 14.613
Opening hours: 5pm–1:15am (closed on alternate Monday)

2. Federal Ah Cheng Yong Tau Foo @ Taman Bukit Beruang 联邦阿清酿豆腐

Federal Ah Cheng Yong Tau Foo malacca
Federal Ah Cheng Yong Tau Foo
Originally known as Bee Bee Hiong, Federal Ah Cheng Yong Tau Foo has been in operation since 1970. The late Mr Goh developed and perfected his own yong tau foo recipe.

We were there about 10plus on a Sunday and we were told that they are running low on minced pork. That goes to show how brisk their business is!

Federal Ah Cheng Yong Tau Foo is popular with families. We spotted several tri-generation families there having their breakfast!  

If there's one thing you should know, they have got their own website!

Must try at Federal Ah Cheng Yong Tau Foo:

Fried Beancurd Skin (we had a side order for it)

Patricia's recommendation:

Instead of the usual beehoon, give the Chinese Egg Noodles a try. While I don't typically pair these yellow noodles with Yong Tau Foo in Singapore, but I love them when Mom cooks it with fishballs and some greens.

Before I forget to mention, the yellow noodles in Malaysia are nicer compared to Singapore's as it doesn't smell of alkaline.

The thick broth of minced pork adds an extra flavour to the noodles, making it very fragrant to whet your appetite!  

Federal Ah Cheng Yong Tau Foo
Yong Tau Foo

Federal Ah Cheng Yong Tau Foo review

Federal Ah Cheng Yong Tau Foo minced pork dry noodles
Minced Pork Noodles

Federal Ah Cheng Yong Tau Foo fried beancurd skin
Fried Beancurd Skin
Federal Ah Cheng Yong Tau Foo price
Federal Ah Cheng Yong Tau Foo price list

Federal Ah Cheng Yong Tau Foo

Address: No.666, Taman Kerjasama,75350 Bukit Beruang, Melaka
Telephone: +60 6-284 193

3. Hing Loong Taiwan Mee

Hing Loong Taiwan Mee review

Craving for some authentic Taiwanese noodles? Good news! Now you don't have to travel all the way to Taiwan to have it because its available in Malacca!

Hing Loong Taiwanese Noodle has more than 30 years of history. The owner is from Taiwan so you can be sure that you will get the real deal. They have another branch at Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya. 

The noodles they use is actually buckwheat flat noodles which is a favourite of mine. I remember Grandma cooking it with ginger omelette for me whenever I don't have much appetite especially when I'm down with flu.

Must try at Hing Loong Taiwan Mee:

- Deep Fried Pork Chop Noodles
- Spicy Beef Noodles

Patricia's recommendation:

Although I'm don't take chilli on a regular basis due to vanity and health reasons, you must try the sambal chilli over at Hing Loong Taiwanese Noodle. I recommend that you taste the original flavour of the noodles first before adding the sambal chilli so that you can tell the difference that the sambal chilli makes! Given that a non-chilli fanatic like me is seen reaching out for more sambal chilli, you probably can guess what would the chilli fanatics do.  

The broth that comes with the spicy noodles has an aromatic intense flavour that I have no problem gulping down bowls of it. 

Hing Loong Taiwan Mee shop
Hing Loong Taiwan Mee

Hing Loong Taiwan Mee Pork Chop Noodles Spicy Beef Noodles
Hing Loong Deep Fried Pork Chop Noodles and Spicy Beef Noodles

Hing Loong Taiwan Mee chef at work
Hing Loong Taiwan Mee chefs at work

Hing Loong Pork Chop Noodles
Hing Loong Deep Fried Pork Chop Noodles

Hing Loong Spicy Beef Noodles
Hing Loong Spicy Beef Noodles

Hing Loong Taiwanese Noodles
: 11-J, Jalan Gajah Berang, 75350 Melaka, Melaka
Telephone: 06-2842529
Opening hours: 7.30am- 6.00pm (Closed every 2th week and 4th week of Thursday)

4. Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup 万里香沙爹朱律

Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup queue

Satay Celup (Steamboat Satay) 沙爹朱津 is enjoyed by dipping food skewers into a boiling pot of satay gravy. You can tell how popular Satay Celup is in Malacca with both locals and tourists alike just by checking out the long queue while we were there!

Must try at Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup

1. Pig's ear (contains collagen)
2. Kang Kong 

I haven't tried having pig's ear prior to this but after seeing how Joanne's brother, Jarrold enjoyed it, I thought that I would give it a try and turns out that it didn't disappoint! Pig's ear taste very similiar to pig skin which I have once in a while. Korean girls love pig skin as it contains collagen.

Although kang kong is a common vegetable which you can find in most wet markets, supermarkets as well as most of your hawker dishes, I must say that it is really good when drenched with hot piping hot satay sauce. Its somewhat similiar to the kang kong cuttlefish dish you can get from hawker stalls that sells satay bee hoon. 

Patricia's recommendation:  

Cook your skewers longer than you would for your usual lok lok as the satay sauce is rather thick thus it takes longer for it to boil. 

Satay Celup is pretty much self service. Once you get your table, head to the refrigerator to get your selection of skewers. Prices start from RM0.80 onwards for each skewer. 

Go there as early as possible, best when they are just opened for business because they don't change the pot of satay sauce each time a new group of customers take over the table, they merely add satay sauce to make the gravy thicker.

Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup
Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup

Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup items
Satay Celup selection

Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup ingredients

Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup food items

Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup malacca

Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup review

Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup after cooking in satay sauce

Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup
Address: 45E, Jalan Ong Kim Wee, 75000 Melaka
Telephone: +60 6284 1935
Opening hours: 5.30pm – 12.30am (closed on Tuesdays) 

5. Long Hiang Coffee Shop 隆香茶室

long hiang coffee shop review

Situated at the corner of the main road, Long Hiang Coffee Shop is a good place to have Malaysian style breakfast. I like how Long Hiang Coffee Shop has a nostalgic feel to it.

Must try at Long Hiang Coffee Shop:

- Kaya Toast
- Duck Noodles
- Chee Cheong Fun

Patricia's recommendation:

There's nothing better than to enjoy a cup of aromatic Malaysian-style Kopi C while immersing in the good old charm of Malacca as well as the lifestyles of the locals. But why Kopi C? Well, its the nearest to Latte. We all know how coffee is best enjoyed with toast. You are in for a treat if you are a fan of kaya toast because Long Hiang Coffee Shop's kaya is homemade! Aside from that, fitness enthusiasts like me would appreciate the fact that they use oat bread instead of the good old white bread.

Apart from the traditional kaya toast, Long Hiang Coffee Shop serves good chee cheong fun and duck noodles too! The tongue-numbing, tastebuds satisfying duck noodles there is known to be one of the best duck noodles in Malacca!

long hiang coffee shop

long hiang coffee shop kopi c
Kopi C

long hiang coffee shop kaya toast
Kaya Toast

long hiang coffee shop chee cheong fun
Chee Cheong Fun

long hiang coffee shop roti canai
Roti Canai

long hiang coffee shop duck noodles
Duck Noodles

Long Hiang Coffee Shop
Address: Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
GPS Coordinates: N02° 11.705', E102° 15.5747'

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Photo Credits:

Photos featured in this post are taken with Nikon P7800, thank you Nikon Singapore for the opportunity to try out another camera apart from my all-time trusty EX2F!

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