May 28, 2018

The Malaccan Charm: Of Cafes And Local Food Delights In Melaka.

For someone who finds euphoria in going on road trips, be it near or far; every once in awhile, I have to admit, that I have been exceedingly deprived of my traveling rendezvous, especially of late. It has been month(s) since I've last gone on a day trip, designated just for food. So, I was really looking forward to my day spend in Malacca, exploring new places, as well as revisiting old ones. 

I have had fond memories the last time I was here, grazing away on some of Malacca's offerings, which I wrote about here, and was hoping to do the same this time round too. We departed from KL at slightly pass 8am and arrived at Malacca Town at about 9.30am, in a seemingly short ride.

1. For Best New Cafes In Melaka -  Sin See Tai 新时代 
Opening Hours: 10am-6pm Daily. Closed Tuesdays.

Breakfast was at Sin See Tai, the sister cafe of The Daily Fix - and possibly the most anticipated part of my 'makan' trip. We shared the Waffle & Popsicle (RM18.00, instagrammable much!), Avocado Bacon Toast (RM20.00) and Big Breakfast (RM22.00), all of which I would recommend. The food was on point; the combination was well executed; the space was cozy though tight. Come early to avoid the brunch crowd!

2. For Pork Satay in Melaka  Xiang Ji Satay House 祥记沙爹屋 
Opening Hours: 11am-8.30pm Daily.

Pork satay was an apparent must-eat, while in Malacca, and we chowed down on 40-odd sticks of extremely salty pork satay - best eaten with beer and cider, at Xiang Ji Satay House. To be very honest, I am sure there are better versions elsewhere. The satay was a tad too savory for my liking. We went for a short stroll along Jonker Street after that.

3. For Famous Chicken Rice Balls In Melaka  Famosa Chicken Rice Ball 古城鸡饭粒 
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 9.30am - 5.30pm. Fri-Sun 9.30am-9.30pm.

For lunch, compulsary Chicken and Rice Balls stopover, at Famosa Chicken Rice Ball Restaurant, located along the crowded as usual, Jonker Street. We over-ordered and had One Whole Kampung Chicken (RM60.00) and Rice Balls (RM0.40/each). It was not my first time here and from what I vaguely recalled, I sat at the exact same table the last time.

4. For Cafes In Melaka  Alley No.5 五号 
Opening Hours: Weekdays 12pm-9pm. Fri-Sat 12pm-12am. Closed Thursdays.

Taking a breather from all the food, we made a coffee pitstop after that. Another Black Coffee (RM8.00) for me please! There were only a few other tables occupied while we were there, leaving us with plenty of personal space to slowly sip on our coffee. Again, there was nothing spectacular about the place, I'm pretty sure there are better cafes to visit in town.

5. For Best Satay Celup In Melaka  Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup 万里香沙爹朱津 
Opening Hours: 3.30pm-12.30am Daily.

It was too hot a day for Satay Celup though we were undeterred. With a tissue in hand, we ploughed through a pipping hot pot of peanut broth, sweet yet addictive, alongside sticks of seafood and meats pilled high. Twas was a melting pot of experience altogether. One stick of Satay Celup costs RM1.10. We had 140 sticks in total.

Though it was an enjoyable meal, I felt exceedingly cloyed after that, followed by a mild headache. This is the kind of meal that I should only make leeway for once a year.

It was about 8.30pm that we departed back home, with a tummy-full of food and mind-full of memories too of course. A good 12-hours well spend in Malacca.

The Pork Lard Popiah (RM5.00/each) that my friend raved about and queued 30-minutes for, under the rain, at Bungah Raya Popiah, remains untouched and tucked safely within the confines of my bag. I guess I shall have that for breakfast tomorrow.

To more foodie adventures to come. Where else do you have in mind?


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