What food to eat in Melaka
The food in Melaka unique and varied due to its multicultural heritage. Since Melaka used to be the melting pot from culture all over the world, their delicacies are really rich in history and culture. People are able to sample the delicacies from traditional Malay, Peranakan, Indian and even portuguese dishes in Melaka. Let us whet your appetite with some of the local dishes that Melaka has to offer.
Asam Pedas Melaka
Asam pedas is spicy stew dish. It is basically a stew cooked with tamarind (asam) juice, chili paste, spices and herbs like laksa leaf, galangal root, torch ginger flower. Normally, fish is used as the main ingredient. The sour and spicy notes gives the stew an interesting taste.
Pie Tee is a thin and crispy pastry tart shell kuih filled with a spicy, sweet mixture of thinly sliced vegetables and prawns. It is a popular Peranakan dish in Melaka.
Ikan Bakar Portugis
Ikan bakar Portugis is just like other type of Ikan bakar except that it is slathered with lemongrass, tamarind juice, shallots and dry chilies. It is also cooked together with okras.
Satay Celup is a very famous snack dish in Melaka. It has the similarity with lok-lok, which is a steam boat like skewered dish that comes with a variation of fresh seafood, squid balls, fish balls, crab balls, chicken fillets, chicken balls, quail eggs, wantan, vegetables and many more.
Cendol Gula Melaka
Cendol is a cold dessert mixed with creamy coconut milk and liquid brown sugar known as gula melaka. It got its name from the sweet green jelly that is used as the main ingredients.
Coconut shake in Melaka is basically a combination of coconut water and vanila ice cream that are blended together.
Nyonya Curry Laksa
Nyonya curry laksa is a noodle rice meal served with the rich and savory spicy sour broth. It is often garnished with fried tofu, crackers, bean sprouts and boiled eggs. It is also served with a spoonful of shrimp sambal on the side.
Chicken Rice Ball
Chicken Rice ball is a nasi ayam dish that can only be found in Melaka. Just like the usual nasi ayam, the dish consists of poached or roasted chicken and seasoned rice. However, the rice is a bit gooey and shaped into a ball.
Nyonya Chang or nyonya kueh is bite-sized snack that is popular in Melaka. It is synonym to the peranakan community in Melaka that have been around for more than 200 years and have been integrated into the Malay culture and tradition.