We only had two days in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Melaka and squeezing in our food trips was a huge problem. Our local friend, Fiona, was our willing guide on our Melaka food hunt.
First stop was a hole-in-the-wall that offers the best Satay Celup, I have yet to find out what’s that. Fiona brought us to Jalan Ong Kim Wee where Satay Celup restaurants lined up the whole stretch. We wouldn’t know how to get here or to even know about this place if not for her, thank goodness she’s here.
I especially loved the bean curds and prawns. Writing this makes me wanna go to Melaka right now with my stash of steamed rice.
Kopi Ice, Kopi Ice, Kopi Ice; I had nothing in mind as we landed at Kuala Lumpur but to grab some Kopi Ice on a nearby kopitiam (local coffee shop). Thanks to our dear friend, we just learned that there are lots of ways to serve coffee in Malaysia.
Mee Goreng is our favorite noodle dish in the world and there’s this particular hawker along Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur that serves the best one in the world. And when we asked Fiona on her favorite noodle place, she brought us there, with no apprehension.
Hassan’s Mee Goreng is an open-aired eatery that is frequented by locals. It's along Jalan Tengkera, away from the tourist-flocked area of the Dutch Square and Jonker Street. She drove us there and upon seeing the packed eatery, we knew that we’re in for some nice eats.
We had three platefuls of Mee Goreng for 1.50 Ringgits each (US$ 0.39) plus telur (fried egg), sambal (chili paste) and sliced cucumbers for the side dish at 0.80 Ringgit (US$ 0.21). Our favorite Kopi Ais for 1.40 Ringgits (US$ 0.37) was the cherry on top.
|Plain Mee Goreng|
|Cucumbers, telur (fried egg) and sambal (chili paste)|
|The Kopi Ais saved the meal|
Chicken Rice Ball
And then the famed Chicken Rice Ball of Melaka!
I’ve been hearing some nice reviews about this chicken dish that Melaka is famous for. Again, if not for Fiona, we wouldn’t know where to find the perfect place (and time) to check out the best one in town. It was nine in the morning and a queue was starting to form on the bridge leading to Jonker Street, I think I knew what the queue was all about; getting a table at Kedai Kopi Chung Hwa.
|Kedai Kopi Chung Wah|
|Yummy rice balls|
It was a filling breakfast, and yes, you should go there early for they close as soon as everything is sold out.
Ban Lee Siang (Satay Celup)
45- E Jalan Ong Kim Wee, Melaka
Contact Number: (+60) 6.284.1935
Open Hours: Everyday | 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 mn
Hassan (Mee Goreng)
Jalan Tengkera near Methodist School, Melaka
Open Hours: Saturdays to Thursdays | 8:00 a.m. onwards
Chung Hwa (Chicken Rice Ball)
18 Jalan Hang Jebat (0.5 km. away from Jonker Street), Melaka
Contact Number: (+60) 6.286.0121
Open Hours: Everyday | 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.