The 2nd day was a short one since we’ll be taking the 2pm bus home. Nevertheless, we still managed to squeeze in meals and last minute grocery shopping!
I mentioned in my previous post about how Malacca has a strong presence of Peranakan Culture so it is a MUST to try out their local cuisine. Reccomendations online brought us to Nancy’s Kitchen.
According to reviews, the restaurant serves one of the best authentic Peranakan food in Melaka (the food is still cooked using pork like in the old days). The shop still maintains a retro air with its simple furnishings and old photos hanging on the walls. You can find most Nyonya classics on the menu and we had the Buah Keluak as well as the Kueh Pie Tie.
The Chicken Buah Keluak was surprisingly flavourful, tender and had a home-cooked feel to it. The sauce is a very good accompaniment to the asian staple of rice and the defining Keluak (Black Nut) gave the dish an added buttery-nutty taste.
We also ordered the Kueh Pie Tie which has a similar filling as the Popiah. The snack is served in a freshly prepared cripsy outer shell and is best eaten in a single mouth-filling bite!
Just for this 2 dishes, plus a picked side dish and 2 drinks cost around RM34.
You can get Nyonya Kuehs as well from their shop. I loved the Onde-Onde! It is a little pricey (as is everything in touristy Malacca) but worth a try I think.
Open: Daily 11:30 – 17:30 (Closed on Tuesdays)
Address: 7 Jalan Hang Lekir, Off Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock
Tel: +60 (0)6 283 6099
According to reviewers, another not to be missed food item is the Durian Chendol and no other eatery is as famous as Jonker88 along the popular Jonker Street.
I heard that they sold pretty good Assam Laksa as well but we did not get to try it as the queue was very long and you have to queue twice for the food and dessert separately. The stall was packed with a lot of tourists and I was greatly anticipating my favorite chendol dessert.
It was extremely disappointing to say the least. I’m not sure if Melaka’s chendol is meant to taste like that but I felt that it lacked the fragrant Gula Melaka (Palm Sugar) taste. The dessert tasted really watery and had barely any coconut milk or gula melaka. There was also very little ingredients (i.e. red bean, coconut jelly…) so I really don’t know what I was paying for; ice perhaps?
I have had better chendol back home so I doubt I’ll be visiting this stall again.
Open: Daily 10:00 – 18:00, 22:00 on Saturdays (Closed on Mondays)
Address: No. 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200, Melaka, Melaka, 75200, Malaysia
Tel: +60 19-397 5665
After walking a little, it was time for our Hotel pickup to fetch us back. We stopped by Mahkota Shopping Mall on the way back to buy some cakes from Nadeje Cafe.
The cafe serves Mille Crepes which is a type of French Cake made up of layers of crepe and fresh cream. Dessert lovers can have their choice from a variety of flavours so there will definitely be one that you will like.
The cake was moist and the fresh cream fluffy. Every bite was an enjoyment and I can’t wait to get my hands on more the next time I am there.
Open: Daily 11:00 – 22:00
Address: G-23, 25 & 27, Jalan PM 4, Plaza Mahkota, 75000 Melaka.
Tel: +60 6-283 8750
Time to say bye bye to Melaka and the wonderful Hatten Hotel (review on hotel up soon!).