Where to eat in Melaka

Hello 2014!

Melaka is probably one of the closer city to KL for a day trip, with lots of food and quite a number of interesting to see. like St. Paul’s Hill (A’Famosa), Jonker Street, Stadthuys, Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum. Melaka (Malacca) has a unique range of food with Peranakan influence. Here is a list of food that I’ve tried over the past few trips and there are some which has become a regular place. I’m not from Melaka tho.

1. Chung Wah Chicken Rice Ball

chung wah chicken rice ball

Be warned, for a long queue especially during peak hours. Chung Wah is located at the entrance of Jonker Street, next to Hard Rock Melaka. They are famous for non other than the Hainanese Chicken Rice Balls.

chung wah chicken rice ball melaka

The “pak cham kai” steamed kampung chicken was juicy and tasty! Even some the skin was quite jelly-like (Q Q) The wait was 1 hour, was it worth it ? Well, yeah but I probably won’t queue if I need to wait anytime more than 1 hour.

chung wah chicken rice ball melaka 2

The chicken rice balls, are actually rice, with some of the chicken broth, pressed into ball shapes. It’s easy to eat all 5 but let’s all save some stomach space for more food. While the rice was flavourful, it was a bit too mushy for my liking. Don’t forget to try with the chili sauce!

Chung Wah Chicken Rice Ball

18, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka


2. Oh Chien @Sin Yee Hoe
Melaka Oh Chien

Nearby the other end of Jonker Street, you can get a pretty good oh chien. It only opens at 4 however. The oh chien is quite generous on oysters albeit small, but the egg batter is thin and crispy, most importantly, not glugy with starch or too oily.

Sin Yin Hoe Coffee Shop
135 Lorong Hang Jebat
Business hours: 4pm onwards until midnight
(closed on Tuesdays)

3. Ban Li Xiang Satay Celup

Melaka Ban Li Xiang Satay Celup

Satay celup is another famous thing to eat in Melaka. I’ve been to Ban Li Xiang some time ago (full post here) Basically you get skewers of raw food (fish balls, mushrooms, meat balls, quail eggs, crab sticks, prawns) and dip into an embedded pot of peanut sauce, and let it simmer till its cooked. I often question the hygiene of this dish as double dipping is very hard to be avoided although they do change the sauce every time the customer leaves the table.

Still, the peanut sauce is aromatic, spicy with a hint of sweetness to it!

Ban Li Xiang Satay Celup
45 E, Jalan Ong Kim Wee,
75300 Melaka.


4. Teo Soon Loong Chan Teo Chew Seafood Restaurant

teochew teo soon loong chan melaka
For a heavier meal, check out Teo Soon Loong Chan Teochew Restaurant. Cladded in a tiny and cozy restaurant that fits only 10 large tables, it’s best recommended to book a table for lunch or dinner. Try their Oyster Noodles (add black vinegar to it) and highly recommended Orh Nee. It’s a dessert with yam puree, gingko nuts and sweet pumpkin. It’s thick and creamy and very very filling! Full post here

Teo Soon Loong Chan Teo Chew Seafood Restaurant
55, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 75200 Melaka
Tel: 06-282 2353
Opening Hours 12 noon – 2.30 pm for lunch
6.30 pm – 11 pm for dinner.


5. Baba Charlie Lee for Nyonya Kuihs

Baba Low Nyonya Kuih Melaka

First thing you need to know about this place, that it closes at 3.15pm SHARP and it has the smallest red signboard no bigger than a-foot-ruler attached to a lamp post, with the narrowest road in. Yup.

Baba Charlie Nyonya Kuih Melaka

We were there at 3.05 pm and they were already keeping everything because they will be setting up a stall in a pasar malam. So there weren’t much to choose from. From what we had, I only managed to try the onde-onde. The skin was chewy but thick, quite ordinary I would say. But I wanna try other kueh, next time I’ll be sure to be the early bird for all the other Nyonya kuihs!

Baba Charlie Lee
72, Jalan Tengkera Pantai 2,
75200 Melaka.
06-284 7209, 019 666 2907 (Baba Charlie Lee)
Close on Thursdays

6. Mods Cafe

Mods Cafe Melaka for coffeeMods Cafe Melaka Mods Cafe Coffee Melaka 2

The coffee culture seems to be happening well in Melaka. Mods Cafe has been operating for 3 years, it is a very eclectic cafe with A 1978 VW Kombi Campervan in Hippie floral orange parked inside served as the coffee bar and cashier. Bear in mind, it’s not an antique, they do drive out for events, making it a coffee truck. Cute and vibrant!

It was such a ‘hippie’ place, even the table of elders next to ours, were taking selfies with their camera!

Mods Cafe Coffee Melaka 3

Mods Cafe Coffee Melaka

While the decoration and interior of the shop surpasses all the ‘checkboxes’ for ambiance, the coffee was otherwise. It’s actually more expensive (about RM1-3 more) than KL’s cafe coffee. Ha! Mods Cafe have a roaster inside the shop, hence they roast their own beans. I would say the coffee was quite mild and the taste wasn’t as well developed. We also had a cheesecake, which was quite nice actually.

Mods Cafe
14, Jalan Tokong , 75200 Malacca
Tel: 012-756 4441

7. Klebang Coconut Shake

Melaka Klebang Coconut Shake

Melaka tends to be much hotter. (Actually it doest, but just because we walk more here, we feel it’s hotter) and what’s better than a cool icy Coconut Shake to combat the heat. From our previous search on google, we saw Klebang Coconut Shake was actually just a road side stall. Once we arrive, we were stoked because there’s a long queue (Again!!) But, the road side stall has turned into a takeaway station. If you want to dine in, then, drive in (more parking space).

Klebang Coconut Shake

A concoction of coconut flesh, juice, ice cubes are blended, and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (it’s not coconut ice cream ):  ) Refreshing!

Klebang Original Coconut Shake
Along Jalan Klebang Besar (next to Caltex Petrol Station)
Opens: 12.30pm-6.30pm daily (Friday: 2pm-6.30pm)

In Melaka, you can also get awesome cendol, gula melaka, pineapple tarts, nadeje mille crepe and pork satay. We wanted to try the Nyonya Laksa and pai tee from Baba Low (486 Jalan Tengkerabut it wasn’t opened on that day *bummer* Well I guess next time I’ll be back to try out more places.

That’s it for now!

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5 Comments on Where to eat in Melaka

  1. i went to MODS too! didn’t know the van can actually be driven out O.O. thought it’s decoration haha!

  2. Swee San says:

    @Constance, at first I thought was for deco, until I saw the road tax ><

  3. Cindy Tong says:

    i want to try mods cafe on my next visit..btw they tell me there another chicken rice ball jus few door away taste more delish..haven got chance to try yet though…

  4. Abigail says:

    That coconut shake stall always make the road jam and happen before that some cars actually fail to park properly and drop inside the drain beside the road =.= baba low nyonya laksa not available on Friday, other days, yes! =)

  5. ShopGirl says:

    I love your food posts, Swee San! I admire your great photos and honest commentary.

    I adore the retro feel of Melaka but I don’t remember too much about the food.
    Ipoh, on the other hand, was completely standout in terms of food. The rumours don’t lie – I just went into a random coffee shop and almost everything I tried was truly stellar.

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