Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Good Food in Malacca, Melaka

If you are looking for good food in Malacca (Melaka), below are the list of recommended places:

Capitol Satay Celup
GPS: N2.19548, E102.25252
Address: Capitol Satay Celup, 41, Lorong Bukit Cina, Melaka
Open at 5pm till last customer leaves
Comments: I've been to Capitol, Ban Lee Siang and McQuek Satay Celup. My vote goes to Capitol Satay Celup simply because the sauce taste more ummph. And after sitting down for while, you will get the jumbo prawn. Remember to peel off the shells before cooking it else it will take ages to cook.

Capitol is more expensive - 80 cents per stick but more varieties

Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup
GPS: N02 12.306 E102, 14.729 - this coordinate a bit misleading, but it will lead you to the Jalan Ong Kim Wee and the shop is on your left and not on your right as per the GPS coordinate. Weird. I got the coordinate from one of the blog. Forgot to record down the coordinate myself.

Cheaper, 50 - 60 cents per stick, less choices.

Jonker Street Durian Cendol
Jonker Dessert 88
88, Jalan Hang Jebat,
75200 Melaka
GPS: N02 11.806, E102 14.795
Comments: This is must. Everytime I go there, should have double shots.

Chung Wah Chicken Rice Ball
Location: Just across the bridge in front of the Dutch Square (Stadhuys, Christ Church), opposite OCBC Bank. It is at the start of Jonker Street (Jalan Hang Jebat).
GPS coordinates: N2 11.696, E102 14.909

Famosa Chicken Rice Ball
http://www.chickenriceball.com/Frameset.html
No. 28-30, Jalan Hang Kasturi,
Off Jonker Street, 75200 Melaka.
Tel: +606-2860121
Fax: +606-2824595
GPS: N02 11.815, E102 14.921

Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Shop
- 4 Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker St)
GPS: N02 11.717, E102 14.886

Comments: Well, Chung Wah, Hoe Kee and Famosa all have their speciality.

Chicken Rice Ball: All three are about the same.
Chung Wah: Chicken taste better, but only steam chicken. Their asam fish is good too. And favourite drink is ice lime juice.
Hoe Kee: Famous for their lotus peanus soup
Famosa: Got yam ball rice, got roast chicken too.

Ginger Tau Fu Fa
Lorong Bukit Cina, Melaka - opposite Capitol Satay Celup
Comments: Something different from KL. Instead of sugar syrup that we normally had in our tau fu fa. In Malacca, they give ginger soup. Is taste different. You shall try this.

Fried Oyster at Jalan Bunga Raya
Comments: Be prepared to wait.

Popiah at Jalan Bunga Raya (outside Madam King)
Comments: Sinful, cause they put lard into the popiah. Chu Yao Cha. RM 3.50 per roll. Well a bit expensive I would said, but no harm to try. Be prepared to wait and take little number token to wait.

Duck Mee at Bukit Cina on the way to semambok, near tan kim hock
Comments: My favourite breakfast.

Bird Nest at Ah Keong (in Jonker Street & Dataran Pahlawan shopping mall)
Comments: Got bird nest porridge.

Hot Pepper Beef at Bukit Baru
Comments: If you like hot food, this is the one.

Exotic cockles at one of the lane in Jalan Bunga Raya near Madam King Store. I dare you to try this.
Comments: Nice

Hing Loong Taiwanese Noodle
No 11-J Jalan Bachang
7.30an to 6pm

Pork Satay
Kedai Satey Xiang Ji
50, Jln Portugis
Melaka
GPS: N02 12.012, E102.14.803
Tel: 019- 667 8868
Comments: I tried this one last week. Gosh .. taste horribly bad. I don't understand why a lot of food blogger boast about this place. Sucks, my wife hate it, my mom hate it, my dad hate it and even my daughter the satay maniac also hate it. Why can't food blogger be real and honest. Basket. I rather go kajang eat satay. Even puchong Everday Food Court mutton satay is better than Xiang Ji. Please please don't go.

Hainanese Pork Satay
Sun May Hiong Satay House
135 Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker St)

Restoran Aunty Lee (Nyonya)
No.385, Jalan Ujong Pasir, 75050 melaka
tel : 06-283 1009
Speciality: Ikan garam cili

Bibik Neo Nyonya Restaurant
6 Ground Floor Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya

Restoran Nyonya Suan
Location: Near dataran pahlawan, before Newton food court.
GPS: N02 11.396, E102 14.845
Comments:
- Bendi sambal and Ayam goreng cili is a must must try.
- Ham Choi Thong is good too.
- Asam fish was so so only.

Restoran Seafarer
1516, Batang Tiga, Tg. Kling, 76400 Melaka
tel : 06-315 2693 or cassie koh : 012-638 9226
Speciality: Seafood

Medan Ikan Bakar, Pernu Umbai
GPS: N02 09.412, E102 20.167

Medan Ikan Bakar, Sungai Duyong.
Comments: God it taste horrible, don't go

Portugese Settlement
GPS: N02 10.976, E102 16.011
Comments: Go to Stall No 1 .. Yes No 1. Super recommended.
1 - Sotong fritters - damn good
2 - sambal prawn - good
3 - sweet & sour jenak - nice
4 - grilled eggplant - nice

Baba Charlie Nyonya Kuih
72 Jalan Tengkera Pantai 2, Melaka Tengah
Tel: 06 - 284 7209
GPS: N02 12.195, E102 13.897
Comments: Well, after hearing such a good review from Ho Chak, Yes Ho chak again, I told myself I must give it a try. Perhaps I went with high expectations. The taste of the nyonya kuih was average only. Nothing huha about it. For instance, the kuih koci that I had from Baba Charlie Nyonya Kuih, was average. I can get better one from Puchong stalls.

The otak-otak that I bought, was good taste but you will find fish cake in it. Ya fish cake. First time I eat otak-otak that have fish cake in it.

The Ang koo that I bought also taste average.

It was not that good actually.

I bought RM35++ for Nyonya kuih alone. Imagine how much I bought cause I wanna try all of it. But to my disappointment, the kuih was not as "huha" as most people talk about.

23 comments:

brooke said...

Great tips and good list of options.
Thanks

Brooke
http://www.momentsofelegance.com

pinky said...

i feel the same about baba charlie. visited them recently, bought over RM20 worth of kuih. kept the kuih in the fridge once we reached KL but it has turned bad the next morning. another friend tried it the same evening, all the kuih had already turned bad. i won't recommend it at all

Alex Yap said...

Pinky

Pity that you experience the same "fate" as me.

My in-laws don't like it, my wife don't like and myself don't like it either.

Sometime I found those food program should be more ethical. Don't recommend food that is average only and pretending that it is so delicious. Damn.

Food blogger is another group of people that I have doubts as well. Most of the time, they never criticize the food even though it is bad. And us, got tempted with the super nice photos, but turn out nothing huha about that food.

Take for an example, got one blogger KX said cao cao grilled lamb at jalan kuchai lama is good. Damn, it is tasteless. I can prepare a better lamb chop than him (cao cao). yes this food blogger said & ho chiak said, wah so good, taste no "so mei" not like normal lamb. Dumbass, they don't know how to appreciate mutton.

I just wanted to stress that, we should be responsible in what we write, really hate food bloggers that are hypocrite.

connie said...

aunty lee..tried tis place, food is good and authentic.. cant say the same for the service as the frontline lady is really grumpy and rude!.. we made reservation at 630pm, for 3 pax, arrived at 6.20pm and just bcos they have 2 big tables at 7pm and another at 730pm, they totally ignored us to the extend we have to wait for half hour just for chinese tea and tat was after we had to chase them forever just for our tea.. is it so hard to pour 3 pax tea? no, they had to set the tables first... so our food arrived at 8pm, waited 1.5hr.. no matter how good it is, i dun tink wil be back again.. they are cater to big groups mind u, and dun give a darn about few diners

Alex Yap said...

Ouch Connie,

that is bad.

you know what, i just don't understand chinese. Why must those restaurant that served good food (some of them) have to show their taiko behaviour where, you wanna eat, wait lar.

weird.

connie, don't worry, next time i go, i show them this comment, make them terasa. If they don't serve me, then i blog kao kao.

Anonymous said...

Hi Alex,

no GPS coordinates for the duck noodles, your fav breakfast? and following that, a few also don't have GPS coordinates.

ron

Alex Yap said...

Anon

Sorry no GPS coordinates for the Duck noodles near tan kim hock.

I will try to get the coordinates on my next visit.

Sorry me being amateur, erhh. not even amateur. Lousy food blogger, always forgot to get the coordinates cause to excited to whack the food without taking pictures and coordinates.

Antoni Chang said...

I just came back today from 3 Days 2 Nights Trip to Malacca. I used Alex's Guide and Trip (thanks Alex, it saves my time to look for good food). Together with my wife, we drive all the way from Singapore to Malacca. Here's my comment on those food that we had tasted (NO price comparison. The comparison is based on the texture and taste of food we had in Malacca and those similar food that we had previously in other country such as Singapore, Indonesia, Etc..):

1. Capitol Satay Celup
Something special. It is a STEAM BOAT with SATAY SAUCE instead of common chicken or tom yum soup. We went there on Thursday and just nice 5 PM when they open the door. No queue :)
Rating is 4 stars out of 5.

2. Chung Wah Chicken Rice Ball
No Queue as we went on Thursday 12PM. Their innovation is using Japanese Rice Ball to Chicken Rice (That's interesting. But in term of taste, seriously Singapore has lots of chicken rice stall which taste much better, for instance, Alexandra Chicken Rice (4.5 Stars), Bishan Central Chicken Rice (4 Stars), etc..
Rating is 3 stars out of 5.

3. Jonker Street Durian Cendol
We ordered 2 type, Nyonya cendol and (EPC) Eight Treasures Nyonya Durian cendol. The difference is EPC has more preserved sweet food and durian paste. Personally i prefer the original Nyonya Cendol cause the strong Durian flavor override the rest. And the best Cendol i ever had is at the ground floor of IBM Indonesia Building. Taste perfect.
Rating is 3.5 stars out of 5.

4. Ginger tau Fu Fa
Me and my wife both agree that Mr. Bean taste better in term of texture and the taste.
Rating is 3 stars out of 5.

5. Restaurant Nyonya Suan
Their Ayam Goreng chili is really good. I had tasted similar Ayam Goreng chili at Padang road side stall at jakarta. The Ham Choi Thong (Salty Duck Soup) is so so.
Rating is 4 stars out of 5.

6. Portuguese Settlement
Almost everyone in the forum or blog about melacca had recommended stall number 1, yes stall No.1. Here's our story:
with stall No.1 in our head, we reached and parked our car, the owner of stall No. 5 (named "Restoran De Lisbon")approached us persistently and we decided to eat there cause very pai seh to reject. Furthermore we couldn't find Stall No.1. After took the order recommended by the owner (Bake Fisk & Curry Chicken, both cooked in Portuguese style), we finally found stall No.1 at the other side of the area. Apparently there are 2 food area there. First is round SQUARE food area with around 4 or 5 stall named Portuguese square(we sat here) while another area is in ROW from stall No.1 to 10 (this is the place recommended by lots of blogger). We came again the next day to try out stall No.1. Here's our comment:

A. Restoran De Lisbon at Portuguese Square: Baked Fish is great with its tenderness and freshness. The chili sauce taste similar to a Portuguese restaurant in Macau (GOOD). The Curry Chicken taste good as well. Very Portuguese Style.
Rating is 4 stars out of 5.

B. Stall No.1 Sea Terrace
The actual for stall No.1 is Sea Terrace. We order Sotong Fritter and Sambal Prawn as recommended by Alex. Nothing special. We had same sotong fritter in singapore hawker as well. As for their Sambal Prawn, it can't even hold a candle to a stall at Singapore Chinatown Complex (beside a famous claypot rice). Because we ate the best Sambal Prawn at Singapore, Sea Terrace's Sambal Prawn taste so so.
Rating is 4 stars out of 5.

In my opinion, stall No.1 can be famous because their cooking style is Chinese Seafood where all the Chinese like it. While i think stall No. 5 (Restoran De Lisbon) taste better with Portuguese style.

That's all... Hope you all enjoy the trip to Malacca.

Regards,
Antoni Chang

Anonymous said...

I just came back today from 3 Days 2 Nights Trip to Malacca. I used Alex's Guide and Trip (thanks Alex, it saves my time to look for good food). Together with my wife, we drive all the way from Singapore to Malacca. Here's my comment on those food that we had tasted (NO price comparison. The comparison is based on the texture and taste of food we had in Malacca and those similar food that we had previously in other country such as Singapore, Indonesia, Etc..):

1. Capitol Satay Celup
Something special. It is a STEAM BOAT with SATAY SAUCE instead of common chicken or tom yum soup. We went there on Thursday and just nice 5 PM when they open the door. No queue :)
Rating is 4 stars out of 5.

2. Chung Wah Chicken Rice Ball
No Queue as we went on Thursday 12PM. Their innovation is using Japanese Rice Ball to Chicken Rice (That's interesting. But in term of taste, seriously Singapore has lots of chicken rice stall which taste much better, for instance, Alexandra Chicken Rice (4.5 Stars), Bishan Central Chicken Rice (4 Stars), etc..
Rating is 3 stars out of 5.

3. Jonker Street Durian Cendol
We ordered 2 type, Nyonya cendol and (EPC) Eight Treasures Nyonya Durian cendol. The difference is EPC has more preserved sweet food and durian paste. Personally i prefer the original Nyonya Cendol cause the strong Durian flavor override the rest. And the best Cendol i ever had is at the ground floor of IBM Indonesia Building. Taste perfect.
Rating is 3.5 stars out of 5.

4. Ginger tau Fu Fa
Me and my wife both agree that Mr. Bean taste better in term of texture and the taste.
Rating is 3 stars out of 5.

5. Restaurant Nyonya Suan
Their Ayam Goreng chili is really good. I had tasted similar Ayam Goreng chili at Padang road side stall at jakarta. The Ham Choi Thong (Salty Duck Soup) is so so.
Rating is 4 stars out of 5.

6. Portuguese Settlement
Almost everyone in the forum or blog about melacca had recommended stall number 1, yes stall No.1. Here's our story:
with stall No.1 in our head, we reached and parked our car, the owner of stall No. 5 (named "Restoran De Lisbon")approached us persistently and we decided to eat there cause very pai seh to reject. Furthermore we couldn't find Stall No.1. After took the order recommended by the owner (Bake Fisk & Curry Chicken, both cooked in Portuguese style), we finally found stall No.1 at the other side of the area. Apparently there are 2 food area there. First is round SQUARE food area with around 4 or 5 stall named Portuguese square(we sat here) while another area is in ROW from stall No.1 to 10 (this is the place recommended by lots of blogger). We came again the next day to try out stall No.1. Here's our comment:

A. Restoran De Lisbon at Portuguese Square: Baked Fish is great with its tenderness and freshness. The chili sauce taste similar to a Portuguese restaurant in Macau (GOOD). The Curry Chicken taste good as well. Very Portuguese Style.
Rating is 4 stars out of 5.

B. Stall No.1 Sea Terrace
The actual for stall No.1 is Sea Terrace. We order Sotong Fritter and Sambal Prawn as recommended by Alex. Nothing special. We had same sotong fritter in singapore hawker as well. As for their Sambal Prawn, it can't even hold a candle to a stall at Singapore Chinatown Complex (beside a famous claypot rice). Because we ate the best Sambal Prawn at Singapore, Sea Terrace's Sambal Prawn taste so so.
Rating is 4 stars out of 5.

In my opinion, stall No.1 can be famous because their cooking style is Chinese Seafood where all the Chinese like it. While i think stall No. 5 (Restoran De Lisbon) taste better with Portuguese style.

That's all... Hope you all enjoy the trip to Malacca.

Regards,
Antoni Chang

Anonymous said...

I just came back today from 3 Days 2 Nights Trip to Malacca. I had used Alex's Guide and Trip (thanks Alex, it saved my time to look for good food). Together with my wife, we drive all the way from Singapore to Malacca. Here's my comment on those food that we had tasted (NO price comparison. The comparison is based on the texture and taste of food we had in Malacca and those similar food that we had previously in other country such as Singapore, Indonesia, Etc..):

1. Capitol Satay Celup
Something special. It is a STEAM BOAT with SATAY SAUCE instead of common chicken or tom yum soup. We went there on Thursday and just nice 5 PM when they open the door. No queue :)
Rating is 4 stars out of 5.

2. Chung Wah Chicken Rice Ball
No Queue as we went on Thursday 12PM. Their innovation is using Japanese Rice Ball to Chicken Rice (That's interesting. But in term of taste, seriously Singapore has lots of chicken rice stall which taste much better, for instance, Alexandra Chicken Rice (4.5 Stars), Bishan Central Chicken Rice (4 Stars), etc..
Rating is 3 stars out of 5.

3. Jonker Street Durian Cendol
We ordered 2 type, Nyonya cendol and (EPC) Eight Treasures Nyonya Durian cendol. The difference is EPC has more preserved sweet food and durian paste. Personally i prefer the original Nyonya Cendol cause the strong Durian flavor override the rest. And the best Cendol i ever had is at the ground floor of IBM Indonesia Building. Taste perfect.
Rating is 3.5 stars out of 5.

4. Ginger tau Fu Fa
Me and my wife both agree that Mr. Bean taste better in term of texture and the taste.
Rating is 3 stars out of 5.

Continue on Part 2

Antoni said...

5. Restaurant Nyonya Suan
Their Ayam Goreng chili is really good. I had tasted similar Ayam Goreng chili at Padang road side stall at jakarta. The Ham Choi Thong (Salty Duck Soup) is so so.
Rating is 4 stars out of 5.

6. Portuguese Settlement
Almost everyone in the forum or blog about melacca had recommended stall number 1, yes stall No.1. Here's our story:
with stall No.1 in our head, we reached and parked our car, the owner of stall No. 5 (named "Restoran De Lisbon")approached us persistently and we decided to eat there cause very pai seh to reject. Furthermore we couldn't find Stall No.1. After took the order recommended by the owner (Bake Fisk & Curry Chicken, both cooked in Portuguese style), we finally found stall No.1 at the other side of the area. Apparently there are 2 food area there. First is round SQUARE food area with around 4 or 5 stall named Portuguese square(we sat here) while another area is in ROW from stall No.1 to 10 (this is the place recommended by lots of blogger). We came again the next day to try out stall No.1. Here's our comment:

A. Restoran De Lisbon at Portuguese Square: Baked Fish is great with its tenderness and freshness. The chili sauce taste similar to a Portuguese restaurant in Macau (GOOD). The Curry Chicken taste good as well. Very Portuguese Style.
Rating is 4 stars out of 5.

B. Stall No.1 Sea Terrace
The actual for stall No.1 is Sea Terrace. We order Sotong Fritter and Sambal Prawn as recommended by Alex. Nothing special. We had same sotong fritter in singapore hawker as well. As for their Sambal Prawn, it can't even hold a candle to a stall at Singapore Chinatown Complex (beside a famous claypot rice). Because we ate the best Sambal Prawn at Singapore, Sea Terrace's Sambal Prawn taste so so.
Rating is 4 stars out of 5.

In my opinion, stall No.1 can be famous because their cooking style is Chinese Seafood where all the Chinese like it. While i think stall No. 5 (Restoran De Lisbon) taste better with Portuguese style.

That's all... Hope you all enjoy the trip to Malacca.

Anonymous said...

My friends and I are going to Melaka to chiak only. We will treasure these tips, and write back after 12 December.

Alex Yap said...

thanks Anon

Anticipating your feedbacks and do share with me with any new / good food in Malacca.

Ann Lim said...

Hi, every year when I go back to Malacca for CNY, I have a problem in getting good food at a Chinese restaurant. We ended eating at some of the worst places where bus loads of people go to. One such place was Ole Sayang Restaurant at Melaka Raya. I think I can cook better assam pedas and the rice was served on chipped plastic plates. When I told the lady to change, she rudely took the plates and mind you all the plates were chipped. To have Singaporeans coming to this restaurant, it gives a bad impression to us Malaysians, no standard at all la. Hope someone can advise me where to get good chinese food on eve and CNY days. Please email me annellim18@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Me and my university mates stumbled upon a really good food cafe opposite Jonker Walk. Apparently the chef is an ambassador of peranakan food of malacca (Chef Roonie)..No doubt his pineapple rice, pong teh and devil curry was fantastic..they even serve western food.really fantastic, im already craving for more now.The cafe's name is The Loft. They have a fb page https://www.facebook.com/Loftjonker

Alex Yap said...

Good day Anon

thank you for the suggestion. I make sure i pay Loft a visit when I drop down to Malacca again.

Anonymous said...

Hi Alex,

Thanks for your tips and like your attitude about Food. Going to Malacca in early July. Will use your tips.

O Y

A DROP OF SNOW said...

Thanks for valuable information provided about the malacca delicacy. I missed out the taiwanese beef noodles, shall try it when i visit Malacca again.


I also wrote about Malacca trip that I went during year 2011.

http://lovewinter19.blogspot.com/2011/08/university-long-semester-break-1.html

Anonymous said...

I am portuguese and I am coming again from Macau to Malacca next month for a few days...for eating, ah, ah!
I liked all your comments, really useful, however, I am not coming to Malacca to eat Taiwanese noodles or Chinese/Portuguese food. In Malacca I eat Malaysian food and the local snacks. It's like going to Beijing and waste my time searching for a good pizza restaurant.
Anyway, after my trip I will share with you guys some of my eating adventures.
Regards.
Nuno Morais

Candy Wong 王尉溱 said...

Hi all food lover, would like to recommend this Hainanese Food since 60s' in Melaka to all of you.

Heng Hong Tin Kee Restaurant 兴丰信记餐馆 (famous mutton herbs soup)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Heng-Hong-Tin-Kee-Restaurant-%E5%85%B4%E4%B8%B0%E4%BF%A1%E8%AE%B0%E8%8C%B6%E9%A4%90%E5%AE%A4-Authentic-Hainanese-Cuisine-%E6%AD%A3%E5%AE%97%E6%B5%B7%E5%8D%97%E4%BD%B3%E8%82%B4/226626284018953

Hope you guy can pay it a visit the trip to Melaka. Thank you

Life inspired said...

Thanks alex for the usefuly guild...am on the way to Melaka now! Wish to crab some good food there (especially seafood) ..

Anonymous said...

Not sure if you guys have heard of this satay celup restaurant called A famosa Satay celup (located at the opposite of Capitol satay celup restaurant)
Last nite i Just went to this A famosa satay celup restaurant for the very first time due to the long queue and wait time at Capitol satay celup. Haiz... It is really unluckily for a person like me who seldom fall in trap in any scam. Initially me and my friend thought that this restaurant was actually not bad as the taste is not much different from capitol's and one stick costs Rm0.80 (smaller than capitol's) while capitol's price at Rm1.00 per stick which is still fair enough. However A famosa's doesn't offer good seafood like big prawn, squid, octopus, scallop and abalone clam etc. The worst case is when it came to billing, I was shocked to see there is an additional charge of Rm7.00 for the satay gravy which is not a standard practice in the market for this kind of restaurant. To me, I think the owner of this restaurant set up this trap to take additional profit so everyone pls beware of this trap, always check the price beforehands. Hope this helps.

Alex Yap said...

Anon,

Feel bad for you. Thanks for the reminder. I'll make sure I won't go. Normally if capitol is crowded, I go to Ong Kim Wee there.