Saturday 21 November 2015

Malacca III: Food to Eat in Malacca

We headed off for yet another trip to Malacca (because we really love it there :D), this time in our family's recently-bought 9 year old Honda Stream (we call it Blackie). The car was in a great condition (looked like it was only 5-6 years old) and came with a built-in DVD player and projector! The kids were thrilled!

Watching various DVDs on both the front and back display
TV addicts like the mummy and daddy. Abstinence will only make them worse (and I know that from experience) so I don't practise that.
Girl has her own seat (with her own Graco extended booster seat we bought at a Baby Fair for $99) at the back!
She loves the privacy away from her irritating brother! =)

We decided to stay at Hatten Hotel again this time because they were having a promotion; it only cost us S$95 for the Premier Junior Suite per night!

Having fun at the Premier Lounge where we checked in
(They also gave us a small stress ball each!)

I shall not go into detail on our trip because I have done it previously, case in point:
Instead, I'd like to share some of the famous food places that we tried based on the research that the hubby did for this trip!

Here we go...

[1] Yuan Yean Fishball Eating House (Yong Peng)

This is technically not in Malacca but it's a good place to stop on your way to Malacca. As the name suggests, it is famous for their fishball noodles.

Yuan Yean Fishball Eating House
Fishball noodle soup (left) and Dry fishball noodles (right)
Very tasty side dish

- (Add) 123 Main Road, 83700 Yong Peng, Johor
( (Tel) +60 7-467 3985
¿ (Hrs) 8.30am - 7.30pm (Closed on alternate Wednesday)

[2] Restoran Tong Sheng

This restaurant is walking distance from Hatten Hotel and tends to be very crowded during peak hours (I've ever witnessed a long queue outside the restaurant). We decided to go early to avoid the peak hour crowd.

Restoran Tong Sheng
They are the most famous for their Cheese Prawn Bee Hoon,
which we like very much! Definitely worth a try!
Fried Hokkien mee, received thumbs up from my mum-in-law
Fried otah egg for the kids

- (Add) No. 378, Jln Melaka Raya 6, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka
( (Tel) +60 6 2862993
¿ (Hrs) Open daily 5.30pm - 11.30pm (Closed on alternate Mondays)

[3] Restoran Hup Huat

Nestled within a terrace of shop houses lies this restaurant famous for their wanton mee and claypot porridge. The char siew (roasted pork) was really sweet and full of flavour.

Clockwise from left: Look out for this signboard otherwise you might miss it;
Don't forget to put a parking coupon. It works just like ours, only much cheaper!;
Baby Boy and I, while waiting for our food to come (as you can see, he's getting impatient).
Close up of the dry wanton mee
A plate full of fragrant char siew (yum!)
The claypot porridge was smooth and tasty

- (Add) No. 101-1 Jalan SP 1, Taman Semabok Perdana, 75050 Melaka
( (Tel) +60 012 260 8928
¿ (Hrs) 9am - 5.30pm

[4] Dragon-i

Ever since our first visit to Dragon-i last year, we have made it a point to eat here whenever we were in Malacca (read about our experience during our last visit here). We like it for its close proximity to our hotel and the suitability of the food for my mum-in-law and hubby. We ordered our usual favourites so I shall not go into detail as I had done before. Instead, I'll focus on a specialty dish that we managed to order this time: Da Zha Xie aka Shanghai Hairy Crab.

Left: The staff carefully preparing the Da Zha Xie for us;
Right: According to the staff, the Da Zha Xie originated from Yang Cheng Lake China (which proves its authenticity).
The "handsome" crab, after processing by the staff
As you know, there is only a short window in the year where the Da Zha Xie is in season so we were in luck!
It's our first time trying it! Hubby was definitely beyond excited! =)

- (Add) G-066 & 67, Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
( (Tel) +60 6 286 1988

[5] Tengkera Duck Noodle Restaurant at Kedai Kopi & Makanan Soon Yen

This stall can be quite out of the way and required some effort on our part to search for it on Google Maps but once we had found it, we definitely didn't regret it!

Kedai Kopi & Makanan Soon Yen
(a small unassuming coffee shop along a busy street)
Tengkera Duck Noodle
(there's always people queuing to order)
Lovely duck noodle soup that is very full of flavour!
And the best part? It costs less than S$2! Very value for money!
A side dish and cup of coffee to complement the main dish

- (Add) No. 33, Jalan Kota Laksamana 1/2, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka
¿ (Hrs) 7am – 3pm (Closed on Tuesday)


I've also decided to include other good eateries that we had tried on our previous trips:

[6] Restoran Zhong Tai

This is a good alternative to Restoran Tong Sheng (should it be not opened or the queues too long) as it is only a street away. It features quite good seafood dishes as well (read my full review here).

Zhong Tai Restaurant
Fresh orange juice, Green Dragon Leaf (Qing Long Cai) and fried tang hoon with prawns
Our family's favourite: grilled salted fish

- (Add) No. 267 & 267A, Jalan Melaka Raya 3, Taman Melaka Raya, Melaka, 75000 Malacca
( (Tel) +60 6-283 3822

[7] Ee Ji Ban Chicken Rice Ball

Located just across the street from Zhong Tai and within walking distance from Hatten Hotel, Ee Ji Ban Chicken Rice Ball is touted as one of the best in Malacca (read my full review here). There's usually a long queue though turnover is pretty fast so you don't have to wait too long. The food is served really quickly too.

Roasted chicken and their famous chicken rice ball
Definitely a must-try if it's your first time in Malacca!

- (Add) 275, Jalan Melaka Raya 3, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka
( (Tel) +60 16-366 5220

[8] Sun May Hiong Satay House

If you like Satay, this is a must-try for you (read my full review here)!

Chicken, pork and pork liver satay, all freshly barbecued on premise

- (Add) 50/50A Jalan Kota Laksamana 1/1 | Taman Kota Laksamana, Melaka
( (Tel) +60 6 281 7281


And finally, on your way back to Singapore, do stop by Restoran Ah Piaw for some tasty wanton mee and abalone noodle soup.

Ah Piaw Wanton Mee and Abalone Noodle Soup
Baby Boy pretending to order while the "chronic poser" poses for the camera
Clockwise from top left: Mum-in-law cutting the fishballs into smaller pieces for Baby Boy to feed himself;
Roasted pork (not terrible but not fantastic);
You can also order prawn dumplings (as seen above) and other dim sum;
Delicious otah.
My bowl of abalone noodle soup with prawn and fishballs. My favourite! =)

- (Add) Jalan Keris, Taman Sri Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru
( (Tel) +60 12-720 8005
¿ (Hrs) Open 24 hours


And after all that feasting, walking and shopping, end off your day with a nice 90 minute full body massage at Hatten Hotel's spa! I definitely did! *grin*

Ahhhh, this is the life!

Let me know if you have other recommendations for food in Malacca in the comments! This is definitely not our last trip there for sure! =)


If you are a wanderlust parent like me, do check out my list of recommended Kid-Friendly Attractions in Malacca.

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