Noteworthy Melaka

I guess Melaka does not need any more introductions with regards to food, particularly at Jonker’s Walk. I just would like to share some of the noteworthy food in Melaka that I tried over the weekend, away from crazy crowds! You should see the queue at the Chung Wah’s coffee shop selling Hainanese chicken rice ball, where I used to frequent whenever I am in Melaka. Not this time though. It seriously doesn’t make any sense to line up, stand in the heat just for a plate of rice balls!

Yummilicious roasted duck and char siew

1. Kedai Makanan Melo

We were lucky to chance upon this shop. As we were walking out from Aldy Chinatown Hotel towards the car park, we saw a queue for roasted duck and char siew at this coffee shop and decided to join in! A plate of char siew and a piece of duck drumstick cost RM10. We dug in and found the duck to be really delicious! It’s tender, ripe in juice and very pleasing to the tongue. It’s not too hard or too soft. Thinking about it now makes my mouth water for more! The char siew is rather mediocre though.

Kedai Makanan Melo
154D, Jalan Bunga Raya Pantai,
75100 Melaka
Tel: 606-2849331

2. Moods Café at Aldy Chinatown Hotel

For the price of RM230 nett, we were also given 3 vouchers for breakfast. You get to choose big breakfast, cornflakes, etc. The girls went for big breakfast, which consists of a chicken sausage, one hash brown, two toasted bread, omelet, two slices of turkey ham, baked beans, slices of tomato and cucumber. The set comes with a mug of coffee and a glass of orange juice. Priced at RM15 per set, I guess it’s a steal! Where else would you get such big breakfast for such price in KL?? The omelet is worth mentioning because I think I have yet to taste such good omelet before in KL. No picture because I was late for breakfast. We shared 3 sets of big breakfasts among 4 of us because the portions were too big.

148, Jalan Bunga Raya,
75100 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: 06-2813636
Fax: 06-2816622

Popiah with lard!

Curry laksa

3. Poh Piah Lwee

Strictly for those who love lard! You may opt to leave out the parsley. We had 3 portions of this. The last round I came, I find the popiah skin was rather too thick. This time, the popiah skin was just nice. We had the curry laksa as well. I quite like the curry laksa because it came with generous serving of taufu pok! The girls find it ordinary.

The shop is situated diagonally opposite the SRJK (C) Pay Fong 1.

Poh Piah Lwee
14 Off Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock,
Jalan Kubu,
75300 Malacca
Tel: 06 282 7175
Business hour 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Closed Mondays

Cendol durian

4. Tart Tart Bakery

I think I did mention a few times of Tart Tart Bakery in my previous outings to Melaka. Tart Tart Bakery is just a stone’s throw away from Chung Wah’s coffee shop (Hainanese chicken rice ball). This time round, we had the durian cheese tart, yam tart and Portuguese egg tart. The durian cheese is really good. The rest were ordinary lah. It’s better to have durian cheese tarts at the restaurant while it’s still fresh. The durian cendol here is also quite tasty. It comes with a dash of durian flesh, and not directly blended with the ice. One of the girls found it a bit off putting. For me, it’s great!

Tart Tart Bakery
45 Lorong Hang Jebat,
Tel: 06- 282 1181

Strawberry Mille Crepe & White Chocolate Cheesecake

5. Nadeje Patisserie

A quick search on the internet showed that Mille Crepe has been in Melaka a long time ago! We only found out about it when YCF showed us the article on Star Metro on Melaka makan-makan. We brought along the newspapers cutting with us. We went to the Dataran Pahlawan’s branch.

It was a really hot day. The café was not packed. But the moment we got ourselves into the shop, droves of people appeared out of nowhere and started coming in as well! We were “lucky” to be seated at the rattan sofa in the air conditioned cafe. So, we thought. Mana tau. Lil was bitten by some bugs from the rattan sofa! I guess it’s better to take away the Mille Crepe instead of having it there.

We had the Strawberry mille crepe and White Chocolate Cheese cake. The Mille Crepe tasted really awesome! The layers of cream and vanilla custards were pleasing to the palate and unlike cheese cakes, this cake is not too filling. Instead of having one slice only, we ordered another double chocolate mille crepe to satisfy the glutton in us. We wanted to try the original but the shop insisted that we buy the entire cake if we want to, so we didn’t. Then after sitting there for 30 minutes, we saw other people who came in later, got their original Mille crepe. We were pissed! I guess nobody wanted to buy the entire cake and since it’s already 6 pm, they had no choice to cut and sell them in pieces.

So, remember to take away if you still wish to try the cake even after reading this!

I am glad that Mille Crepe is available in KL/PJ now!

Nadeje Patisserie
Lot No. UB051, 052 & 053
Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall
Jalan Merdeka 5000 Bandar Hilir Melaka
Tel: 06-284 3469

Pengat Durian

6. Nancy’s Kitchen

We were walking along Jonker’s Walk for 15 minutes before the rain suddenly poured mercilessly on us. A quick look around, there were many pubs but we wanted to have some snacks and didn’t wish to eat fries or drink beer. We chanced upon Nancy’s Kitchen and sought refuge from the rain.

Lil had a few meals here before and she enjoyed them very much, especially the assam bak. Since we just had our dinner at San Pedro’s, we opted for some snacks. We chose the kuih koci, lepat kacang and nyonya bak zhang. The waiter recommended a few dishes for us but we told him, we just want some light snacks. He suggested pengat durian, apam balik durian and otak-otak. We just went for the first two and decided to order acar and ngoh hiang.

Ngoh hiang aka bak kien

The pengat durian is a winner! I seriously don’t know what pengat durian is and was rather surprised that it came in the form of glutinous blue and white rice and serve with durian “gravy” and banana slices. Two thumbs up! The other kuehs were okay except for the apam balik durian which is rather mediocre and tasted rather bland. All in all, it was a satisfying meal.

Just as we finished our snacks, the rain decided to pour even more torrential and it had been way past their business hour, 10.30 pm! But the owner, Nancy and her staff were nice enough to let us sit at the dining area to wait for the rain to stop.

Nancy’s Kitchen
No. 7, Jalan Hang Lekir
(3rd Cross Street)
Off Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock
75200 Melaka
Business hour
11.00 am to 5.30 pm
Public Holidays 11.00 am to 9.30pm
(Non stop)
Closed on Tuesdays
Tel: 06-283 6099

9 thoughts on “Noteworthy Melaka

  1. never ask me go along 1? i dont mind sleeping with u all 1…lol. u guys really covered a lot huh? SEEMS to at least….hehe.

  2. takeshi: You always ajak ajak ayam only lah.

    hcpen: You should get going there lah! :D But then, Melaka now is over commercialized.

    Ponytail: Yeah. Perhaps can stay at Aldy’s or there is one nice hotel called Da Som Inn – it’s Korean style hotel. When I get the info, I will e-mail to you. It’s just opposite the Keling Mosque in Melaka, walking distance to Jonker’s.

  3. wow that pengat durian looks gooooooood!! ok la this will be our official makan list when my friends and i hit melaka end of this year :P

    and about the chicken rice balls.. i had some at the usual famous places last year (i ate there too a few years back, with the same group of friends) all of us agreed that the standard really dropped :(

  4. lingzie: The pengat durian is a bit sweet also lah. So it’s good for sweet tooth people. I think the chicken rice balls are a bit overrated. Actually, I eat because it’s some sort of a “must do” for anyone who is new to Melaka.. but for me, I no longer crave for it.. last weekend, I went, it was raining and yet, ppl still stand in the line with umbrella.. memang doesn’t make sense. Also, I think the one with Ah Xian’s picture big big in front – no business! Haha! I think a lot of places overrated.. also I saw Jonker’s 88 still packed with people but I heard the quality also deteriorated.

  5. I say, thanks for this ginger :) We go up to Melaka pretty often too. Used to be a twice-yearly thing, then we had a hiatus when we had a baby. We plan to go again next month. I will check out some of the places mentioned in this post and San Pedro too. Have been wanting to have Portuguese food in Melaka since the 1990s but never got around to it. Its great that you put the address of Nancy’s here. I had the best laksa of my life there in 1998, and a few years later had lunch there with my parents. But somehow in later trips, I couldn’t find the place!! I could only recall that it was a street that connected the two main roads. Our most recent favourite restaurant in Melaka is Spices Cottage (or Spice COttage) at Jln Melaka Raya (either 1 or 3, can’t remember, its the stretch with many Peranakan restaurants. Its next to a massage/ refloxology place). Have you tried it?

  6. yeah! we like Makko too. i think we might have tried every single Peranakan restaurant along that stretch. then we trundled into Spice Cottage one day an it became our new favourite. :P i am so so so so looking forward to this upcoming Melaka trip.

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