What do you do in Malacca other than eat? You eat more!
We took a big family trip to Malacca last December, with my grandfather, cousins, and everybody. A great way to spend the end-of-year holidays if you ask me. (Yes I also realise it’s now May.)
Read on for a list of food we ate over our trip. Our tummies were kept very full and happy hehe… Maybe a little too much. #fatdieme
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we made sure to make a breakfast stop on our drive to Malacca. The food was cheap, and we had a variety of breakfast choices. Just shows that you don’t have the need to pay much for great food!
HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE BALLS
Hoe Kee Chicken Rice
468, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Opening hours: 9am to 4pm
I’ve been wanting to try Malacca’s chicken rice balls since the first time I visited. There are a few stalls along Jonker Street that serves Hainanese chicken rice, and nearly every one I saw had a long line of people waiting outside. For a crowd of about 16 people, I think we spent around half an hour waiting for seats. Wasn’t too bad to be honest. Personally I wasn’t a fan of the chicken rice balls, it wasn’t as fragrant as I expected. They were also stickier and softer rice, since it had to be in a ball. It is worth trying though!
The problem with a food trip? You never feel hungry because you’re munching all day long. Just walking down Jonker Street and you’ll find many street stalls selling little nibbles and snacks like muah chee, and various kinds of pastries. We even made a stop during our drive to get coconut milkshake – I’m not a fan of coconut, but the rest said it tasted great!
You can’t leave Malacca without having Peranakan food, and we visited a Peranakan restaurant courtesy of our driver’s recommendation. A nice table of dishes served with rice, we definitely stuffed our faces. The boys also cleaned out allllll the rice and meat.
This really isn’t much to talk about. But the resort we stayed at offered breakfast every morning, which is great to wake up to. There was even nasi lemak and fried noodles one morning! We were staying at The Neem @ Banda Hilir, which is a boutique resort which was just the right size for all of us.
SEAFOOD RESTAURANT (煮炒)
Cheap and good food is all around Malaysia, and we took that to our advantage. Having a super early dinner at 5pm before going back to Singapore. To be honest, it would’ve been great to order more seafood dishes, but we were way too full to even start hahaha. #firstworldproblems
bak kut teh
Teo Chew Bah Kut Teh (潮州肉骨茶)
Jalan Melaka Raya 4, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Opening hours: 8am to 3pm
I’m not a huge fan of bak kut teh, but this was pretty awesome!! Thanks to a local recommendation by our driver, we got to try out the Teo Chew bak kut teh at this place. Instead of having our personal claypots of soup, it came in a giant family serving. There was also more than pork in the bak kut teh, including button mushrooms, straw mushrooms, tofu, and vegetables! This bak kut teh is the more peppery type, and less herbal. It tasted especially good with the yam rice we were served!
HAWKER FOOD SPREAD
Medan Selera Newton Food Court
287, Jalan Parameswara, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Opening hours: 4pm to 11pm
We drove by the huge Newton Food Court one afternoon before arriving back at the resort, and were immediately attracted. One night after a long shopping day, we decided to have takeaway dinner. A few of us walked out to the food centre to basically buy as much food as we can. Because we were feeding a crowd of 16, we patronised almost every single hawker stall there, including the drinks stall!
We had fried carrot cake, fried hokkien mee, char kway teow, satay, oyster omelette, fried prawn noodles, chicken wings, and even claypot rice! Sounds like we almost got everything covered. It was an awesome dinner hahaha.
There were definitely more that we could have explored in Malacca, but I just couldn’t stomach more food than this LOL. This is all that we ate over our 3 days 2 nights in Malacca!
What’s your favourite thing from this list? What would you like to try in Malacca?