What to buy in Melaka
Melaka is blessed with its multi ethnic community. Hence, there are variety of spices from every inch of the world can be found here if you know where to look. The spices can be found in any morning market or night market around Melaka.
Melaka is a land of rich culture and history. You will be able to find a lot of antiques and old items still harboring around Melaka. One of the common places to find old and antiques items is Bazar Karat Tun Fatimah.
Gula melaka or palm sugar is produced by boiling down the sap collected from the cut stem of immature palm flower stalks. The colour is dark brown and the taste is a combination of sweet and a hint of sour. Gula melaka is an important ingredient for lots of traditional Malay and nyonya kueh.
Clogs are the type of traditional foot wears that are made from wood. These foot wears are synonymous especially among the Baba Nyonya and Malay community that live in Melaka. There are plenty of variation of the clogs and some clogs have modernized design to make it more appealing.
Arts & Crafts
Melaka has its share of arts and crafts. Places like Jonker Street is the place to go if one is interested on finding interesting crafts. Be it traditional, hand made or contemporary.
The stuffing for kapok pillow is made of the fiber from Kapok tree seed pod. Kapok is eight time less dense than cotton and soft. It is also organic and known to not cause allergy. Kapok pillow can be found easily at the side street in Melaka. Don’t miss the opportunity to grab one.
Cincalok is a Malaccan condiment made of fermented small shrimps or krill. It is usually served together with chilies, shallots and lime juice. The shrimps used to make Cincalok have a pinkish feature, salty taste and can only be found in Melaka. Hence, cincalok is only available in Melaka.