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Snippets: Best Food to Eat in Melaka, Malaysia | From Peranakan Restaurants, to the Neighbourhood Duck Noodles, and the most popular Zichar in the city!

Melaka, Malaysia – We make our rounds to Melaka once in awhile, with the Malaysian City located a mere few hours drive from Singapore (on a jam free day). We have previously written about some of our favourite dining spots in Melaka, and have refreshed our list again after our trip this year. Some of our favourite eats in Melaka include Peranakan (Nonya) food, local delights like Satay and Putu Piring, along with Duck noodles, Bak Kut Teh and Zi Char. Here are some of the must try restaurants and eateries in Melaka not to be missed!

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Tengkera Duck Noodle
We went to Tengkera Duck Noodle for breakfast and left impressed with the duck noodles. It is an old coffeeshop setting, packed with mainly locals where you simply place your orders in front and wait for it to be served to your table. The secret recipe here for me is the duck noodles broth which is packed with herbal elements. The duck meat is very tender as well, and I will recommend ordering some side dishes like additional duck meat and eggs.
Address: Jalan Kota Laksamana 1/2, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Restoran Aunty Lee
Opened since 1997, Restoran Aunty Lee is located in Ujong Pasir in Melaka and is a popular Peranakan restaurant in the UNESCO city. The kitchen is now helmed by Chef Anthony de Costa, a Malaccan of Eurasian heritage and seeks to serve the same simple and authentic Peranakan cuisine as the same spirits as Aunty Lee. The menu is extensive to say the least, where we managed to try some of our favourite Peranakan dishes. Some of the dishes we enjoyed include the Pie Tee, Ayam Pong Teh and Ayam Buah Keluak. The quality of the food is generally very good, and I will pick this over Nancy’s Kitchen if I only have time for one. [Read more here…]
Address: 385, Jalan Ujong Pasir, Taman Sinn, 75050 Melaka, Malaysia

Sun May Hiong Satay House
Sun May Hiong Satay House is an old establishment in Melaka which is very popular amongst locals. The interior is simple with many tables and everyone is only here for one thing – their satays. The satay starts from RM0.90 per stick with minimum order of 10 sticks with options like pork, chicken, and interestingly pork liver and pork intestine. We tried both the pork and chicken flavours, and are impressed by how tender they are. The portions may be quite small for each stick, but it tastes very good upon dipping in the satay peanut sauce. Unlike the typical versions in Singapore, pineapple is added to the sauce here, which tastes like a diluted version of sambal sauce. Try spotting Christopher Lee and Fann Wong photos with the owners too!
Address: 50/52, Jalan Kota Laksamana 1/1, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Low Yong Moh Restaurant
Located near Jonker Street yet away from the hustle and bustle, Low Yong Moh Restaurant is an old school dim sum which has been around for decades. The restaurant is opened as early as 5.30am and draws a pretty consistent crowd made up of locals and tourists alike. Dishes range between RM1 and RM4 on average, where staff will go round each table with a big tray of an assortment of dim sum items, and you simply pick the ones which you fancy. Address: 32, Jalan Tukang Emas, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Bah Ku Teh Teo Chew
This relatively famous Bak Kut Teh eatery is located with 3 minutes from Novotel Melaka, and is quite a popular spot despite other Bak Kut Teh restaurants in the vicinity. It is located within a coffeeshop, where the Bak Kut Teh is served in a claypot. The broth here is infused with herbs, hence you get that slight herbal notes though it is not that intense. Our main gripe is the lacklustre service, where we requested for additional top up of the soup but it wasn’t being granted.
Address: Jalan Melaka Raya 4, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

Putu Piring Tengkera
Located at Jalan Tengkera, Putu Piring Tengkera is a family run business has been around for more than 30 years and remains a very popular spot for locals and tourists to get their hands on homemade Putu Piring. Priced at RM1.20 each, the size of the Putu Piring is much bigger than the ones from Haig Road Putu Piring in comparison. Gula Melaka and coconut are added to the rice flour, and then steamed over pandan leaves to give it the nice aroma. Most people end up buying in boxes of 8 or 10 after an average waiting time of about 30 minutes as the Putu Piring are all freshly made upon order.
Address: 252, Jalan Tengkera, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Restoran Tong Sheng
Opened since 2009, Restoran Tong Sheng is an extremely popular local Zi Char style restaurant where people often need to wait for hours for a table. It is only opened for dinner, with their signature dish being the Cheesy Prawn with Rice Vermicelli, a dish which originated from the restaurant. The bee hoon is absolutely soaked well in the sauce, well cooked with cheese but fret not, the cheese is not overpowering. This dish is still easily one of the better dishes at Tong Sheng which every table will order. Prices are reasonable if we were to benchmark with Singapore’s Zi Char, though you will need to be prepared to queue.
Address: No. 377 & 378, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

Nancy’s Kitchen
Mention Peranakan food in Melaka and Nancy’s Kitchen is most likely to be on your radar. The family run Nonya restaurant used to be located at Jonker Street, before it relocated to a slightly bigger premise away from the main tourist area. The setting of the restaurant is simple and no frills, with limited tables and reservations are highly recommended. You can also choose to walk in and leave your name behind. Some of my must order dishes here include the Pie Tee, Ayam Buah Keluak and the Duck with Salted Vegetable Soup , which is a dish that has been passed down for 3 generations.Address: 13, Jalan KL 3/1b, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

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