Must-Try Local Food In Melaka


Melaka is renowned for its diverse range of local culinary delights that are not just delicious but also palatable across different taste buds. Everything from its spicy offerings to the sweetest desserts, rest assured Melaka has you covered.

Although you may come across similar dishes elsewhere in Malaysia, it is almost certain that nothing quite matches up the unique and exceptional taste found within the state when it comes to Melaka food.

Peranakan Food

Peranakan or Nyonya food is a highlight, and one of the many famous cuisines in Melaka. People from all over travel to this state to get a taste of authentic Peranakan food that is unlike any other.

What makes Peranakan food unique is its perfect blend of Chinese and Malay cuisines that unites the best of both worlds to create some of the best mouthwatering dishes and flavours around. Some of the top choices of Peranakan food worth noting include Mee Siam, Nyonya Laksa and Pong Teh Chicken.

Below are a few famous Peranakan restaurants that can be found in Melaka:

1. Ba & Nya Heritage
2. Kocik Heritage Restaurant
3. Nancy’s Kitchen
4. Restoran Nyonya Makko
5. Cottage Spices Nyonya Restaurant

Asam Pedas

Tantalise your tastebuds with a serving of the spice-packed asam pedas dish. This signature Melaka dish is cooked with fresh fish together with a variety of vegetables in sour tamarind juice and other spices that give this curry dish a perfect blend of spicy-sour flavours.

Below are some of the famous Asam Pedas spots in Melaka:

1. Asam Pedas Kota Laksamana
2. Asam Pedas Pak Man
3. Asam Pedas Kambing Jonker
4. Asam Pedas Station

Ikan Bakar

Ikan Bakar or also known as grilled fish is another popular signature dish in Melaka. This mouthwatering dish is prepared with the freshest fish, most commonly stingray, which is slathered in the spiciest sambal and wrapped in banana leaves and foil. The fish is then grilled over an open fire and served with fresh lime to give it a sour zing.

Below are some of the top restaurants in Melaka that serve up the most succulent and flavorful ikan bakar:

1. Ikan Bakar Anjung Muara Sungai Duyung
2. Hub Nelayan Medan Ikan Bakar Segar Hj. Musa
3. Restoran Ikan Bakar Malim
4. Ikan Bakar Parameswara
5. Medan Ikan Bakar Seri Serkam

Chicken Rice Ball

If you ever find yourself hungry in Melaka, be sure to try out Melaka’s famous chicken rice balls. These soft and perfectly rounded balls are full of flavour and are commonly paired with steamed or roast chicken with chilli sauce alongside the dish.

Below is a list of some of the best Chicken Rice Ball restaurants that can be found in Melaka:

1. Huang Chang Chicken Rice Restaurant (Non-Halal)
2. Famosa Chicken Rice Ball (Pork Free)
3. Old Town Chicken Rice Ball (Non-Halal)
4. Kedai Kopi Chung Wah (Non-Halal)
5. Ee Ji Ban Chicken Rice Ball (Halal Certified)

Coconut Shake

While you’re here, grab a refreshing coconut shake at a nearby stand. Quench your thirst with the perfect blend of fresh coconut juice, coconut pieces and coconut ice cream served in one delicious cup.

Melaka’s coconut shake is quite easily the perfect cool treat for a scorching day.

Below is a list of some of the best places in Melaka that serve up the most refreshing coconut shakes:

1. Klebang Original Coconut Milkshake
2. Bikini Toppings
3. Jonker Walk Night Market
4. Batu Berendam Coconut Shake
5. Coconut Shake Kampung Hulu

Kuih Keria

Looking for a sweet treat? Look no further as Melaka reveals yet another treasured delight to satisfy your cravings. Kuih Keria is made from sweet potato, which is formed into a doughnut-like shape and deep fried. After frying, the treat gets dipped into a generous amount of palm sugar that gives its iconic sugar crusted outer layer. The snack is usually served at tea time or breakfast and is paired perfectly with a warm cup of tea or coffee.

Below are some of the best places that have the sweetest and mouth watering kuih keria to choose from:

1. Kuih Keria Antarabangsa Haji Jalil Limbongan
2. Kuih Keria Gula Melaka Batu Berendam
3. Kuih Keria Semabok
4. Kuih Keria Antarabangsa (Warisan Haji Jalil & Hajjah Rahmah)

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