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Best Food in Melaka to Eat Like a Local

Posted on March 18, 2024

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You most likely know Malacca or Melaka as Malaysia’s historical city with ancient buildings and colonial structures, but do you know that it’s also a town of gastronomical delight?

If you’re planning a road trip and looking for a relaxed destination with a wide selection of local delights to savour, we recommend you head over to the streets to find the best food Melaka. Check out these top restaurants for local Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Nyonya dishes.

1. Chicken Rice Ball @ Hoe Kee Chicken Rice

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When you’re hunting for best food in Melaka, you can find this special rendition of the Malaysian Chinese chicken rice dish only in this small city. Typically, the special tasting rice in this dish is boiled in chicken stock and once cooked, it’s rolled into balls, giving it a unique look and texture to bite on.

Hoe Kee is one of the most famous restaurants in Melaka for this dish and every day the placed is filled with locals and tourists looking to enjoy this fragrant tasty delight. Fit the family in your Triton early to get your tummies filled before sightseeing.

4, 6 & 8, Jalan Hang Jebat, Melaka, Malaysia.

2. Nyonya Laksa @ 486 Baba Low

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This rustic food stall is located next to a mosque, under some trees. We recommend you try to head there before 9.30 am, before the place gets too packed. You can find a parking spot for your Mitsubishi Triton under the shade. Navigating the streets of Melaka can be challenging as they are narrow and full of pedestrians and bikes. The Triton’s blind-spot warning, audible alert, and displays blinking warning in the door mirrors will ensure you reach your destination without any mishaps.

Note that their signature Nyonya Laksa consists of taupok, boiled egg, and fish balls, infused with thick coconut milk. The laksa here is fragrant, with a mild level of spiciness, landing it on a must-eat list when you’re on the lookout for best food in Melaka. You can also add some of their special homemade sambal chilli that is made fresh daily for that extra kick!

486 Jalan Tengkera, 75200 Melaka.

3. Wanton Noodles @ Dung Fong Restaurant

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This dish is a favourite with locals for generations and this restaurant serves it with a slight twist. These wanton noodles are for the hot and spicy meal lovers! Served with a delicious mix of savoury-spicy soy sauce, homemade noodles, char siew pork, and vegetables in just the right amount to fill your tummies for the road.

7-11, Kampung Bukit China, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia, 75000, Kampung Banda Kaba, Melaka.

4. Satay Celup @ Ban Lee Siang

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Ban Lee Siang is one of the oldest original satay celup restaurants in Melaka. Its unique blend of local satay and steamboat cuisine styles, with satay sticks dipped into a hot pot filled with creamy peanut sauce, makes it a must-try for anyone wanting to experience the best food in Melaka.

Remember to plug your phone into the USB port to enjoy Apple CarPlay and Android Auto navigation to avoid getting lost. This place is always busy and filled too, so if you find yourself having to wait for a seat, make sure your smartphones are charged up with the rear USB charging ports not to miss out on an Instagram-worthy dinner.

53-C, Jalan Ong Kim Wee 75300 Melaka, Malaysia.

5. Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan

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 You may wonder what’s so special about the tandoori chicken and naan bread here. The chicken served is juicy and tender, which you can pair with a fresh and fluffy naan and a creamy cup of lassi. It’s a popular eat-out spot among the locals. We recommend you visit this place on the day you’re craving for some Indian cuisine. Not only it’s one of the places to go to for best food in Melaka, but also a great spot to hang out and chit chat with your family and friends.

56 & 58, Jalan Kota Laksamana 4, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia.

6. Cendol @ Aunty Koh’s

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 Aunty Koh’s cendol has been highly acclaimed to be the best amongst the best in Melaka. Even Google’s top result for the best cendol in Melaka is Aunty Koh’s! She plucks her own pandan leaves, pounds and hand squeezes the juices out of them with the coconut flesh for santan, all by herself every morning. This comes served with a good dose of superior Gula Melaka. And if you need any more reasons why it’s the best food in Melaka, the stall sells out in less than two hours upon opening, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Note that the stall is roughly 15 minutes away from Melaka town, so jump into your Mitsubishi Triton early and head there for a quick cool down.

5113, Jalan Batang Tiga, Kampung Bukit Rambai, 75250, Melaka.

Is your mouth watering already? Start loading up your Mitsubishi Triton and take a drive to try out the best food in Melaka. With the Mitsubishi Triton’s ample cargo space, it will be a pleasant drive with your family and friends, even if it’s just to try out one of these authentic local dishes.

It won’t just be a treat for your tummy but a pleasurable, relaxed drive around this quaint, laid-back historical town with your Mitsubishi Triton. Visit for more details.