Made a trip to Malacca over the long weekend!
This is the renowned Jonker Street – teeming with all things touristy and supposedly really good food.
To find it, just locate this iconic building – there’s a bridge opposite. Cross it and you’ll get to Jonker!
Here are my Top 8 picks. Wanted to make it a tidy Top 5 or Top 10 but well there’s no point throwing in stuff that don’t belong there.
- Hainanese Chicken Rice, Chop Chung Wah
- Cendol, Cendol 88
- One Bite Durian Puffs
- Pineapple Tarts
- Ondeh Ondeh
- Aunty Mango
- Satay Celup
- Jonker Satay
Let’s start with the 6 things to try along Jonker Street. It really is just one street, so these shouldn’t be too hard to find.
1. Hainanese Chicken Rice / Chicken Rice balls
Ching Wah is located right at the mouth of Jonker Street. We tried another down the road but honestly Malacca’s chicken rice balls are not impressive to me at all leh. I think our own chicken rice is much better – our chicken’s much more tender and our rice is more fragrant. Far East Plaza’s or Ghim Moh’s would win this hands down. But well, if you’ve gone all the way to Malacca this is supposedly the best on the street.
PS There’s a really long queue.
2. Durian Chendol, Chendol 88
Walk further down Jonker Street. Somewhere in the middle you’ll see Chendol 88 which shares a space with a laksa stall, also very popular but I also didn’t find the laksa fantastic in any way. As you can see, it didn’t even make it on this list. But the Chendol is good la, especially the durian one if you like durian. The gula melaka they use is really thick, dark, gooey.
Random, but the aunty selling it has a very kind face.
Perfect for Malacca’s merciless sun.
3. One Bite Durian Puff
I don’t think you can miss this stall, it’s got huge signs plastered all over its exterior. I don’t have a picture of it. QY and I shared one puff which was quite a mistake – there’s a reason why it’s called ONE BITE! You have to eat it in one bite haha if not things will get really messy >_<
Anyways it’s really good! Fresh cream mixed with durian meat in a light pastry puff. Try one at least!
4. Pineapple Tarts
Not pictured, but you’ll see a lot of bakeries selling freshly made pastry along Jonker. Try their Hong Peahs and Pineapple tarts – they’re usually baked on the day itself. Go for the pure butter pineapple puffs – very crumbly and tasty.
5. Ondeh Ondeh
Somewhere near discovery cafe, you’ll find a girl / woman selling freshly made ondeh ondeh. It’s 1MYR for a packet of 3.
Borrowing this pic from sycyndilee.blogspot.sg
They’re amazeballs! Chewy pandan flavored kueh coated in coconut shavings, with gula melaka centres that burst into your mouth when you chew down on them.
6. Aunty Mango
Ok this isn’t really like legit Malacca food but please pop by Aunty Mango (she calls herself) for some really fresh mangoes. You can choose the sweet ripe mangoes, or to have the unripe mangoes with a special soy-based sauce.
I don’t really trust the other fruit vendors because they usually sell their fruits pre-cut, and by the end of the day these go bad so easily. Aunty Mango cuts her mangoes as and when you purchase them so they’re fresh!
2 More must tries within walking distance of Jonker Street:
7. Jonker Satay
50, Jalan Portugis, Melaka, 75200, Malaysia (opposite a primary school, just ask the locals where the satay near the xiao3 xue2 is)
Malacca’s satay is really different from what we get in SG. For one, it’s not halal because it’s pork satay. Check out the layers of fat:
The satay sauce is also slightly sweeter, heard it’s a pineapple base. You can also try the skewered offals which I didn’t have. It costs about 0.70 MYR per stick.
8. Satay Celup
Jalan Ong Kim Wee
We had initially wanted to try the famous Capitol Satay Celup but the queue was ridonkulous. I counted. There were about 100 people before us, no kidding. We waited for a while (I think like 20 mins?) before we grew impatient…
Settled for one of ’em stalls further up the road. I don’t even know the name of the stall. Basically there are like 4-5 satay celup stalls on one stretch.
Satay Celup’s the equivalent of our steamboat, but instead of dipping it and cooking your stuff in a soup base your base is satay sauce. The place where we had it allowed us to add ingredients so that the sauce was to our liking. You then go and pick sticks of ingredients that you fancy (it costs about 60c / 70c a stick?), throw it into the pot and let it stew. It’s mostly processed food, veggies and some meats. Again, nothing mindblowingly awesome but it’s something different from what you’ll get in SG.
angry bird is angry
we had 62 sticks. between the 2 of us. my challenge to you is to beat this!! 1 boy and 1 girl. GO.
BTW we went to kaypoh Capitol’s spread after we ate – it’s definitely more value-for-money and their ingredients seem like they’re of better quality.
Check out the jumbo prawns on the top left!!! HUGE! But yeah. I don’t regret not queuing for this.
So that sums up my top 8 must eats in and around Jonker Street. If you’re planning a trip to Malacca, here’s wishing you a safe journey and remember to EAT TILL YOU DROP.