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I’ve already told you about the incredible street food in Kuala Lumpur and I didn’t think anything could beat it.
But then we arrived in Melaka (Malacca)!
On our first night in Melaka we ate a huge meal at The Majestic Malacca hotel, trying some of the region’s famous Nyonya cooking (also known as Peranakan cooking). To give you a brief background; Nyonya is a unique cuisine that has developed from the intermarriage of Chinese migrants and local Malays.
The food is certainly delicious and Melaka has some of the best food I have ever tasted on my travels. Particularly the Jonker Street food! But it wasn’t just the food that made me fall in love with Melaka; I also loved the trishaws covered in flowers, the Dutch red buildings, the historical architecture and the magical vibe when the city is lit up at night. It reminded me very much of Hoi An in Vietnam, if I had to liken it to a place.
Jonker Street Food Melaka
After the dinner, we went on a night time river cruise to see the city lit up at night, then visited the famous Jonker Walk night market which occurs every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holiday after dark. This is one of the best night markets I have ever been to, it was crazy and so busy! The street isn’t that long but it takes quite a while to walk through the hoards of people. It’s a great place to people watch and snack on different types of street food. Almost at the end of the street there is a stage with performers, and being from Manchester, I thought it was quite funny to see Wayne Rooney advertising Mister Potato snacks!
The following day we ate a typical Malay breakfast at a place called Mei Sin Cafe close to our hotel. We had soft boiled eggs with toast, Nasi Lemak (rice, egg, peanuts, cucumber, dried anchovies and sambal) wrapped in a banana leaf, these little chicken puff pies and an iced coffee. It tasted so good! I would eat this any day of the week.
For lunch we went back to Jonker Street during the day, and it looked very different to the night before! I hardly recognised it! All the street stalls had disappeared and the road suddenly looked much wider. We visited a cute little place called Jonker 88 where we ate curry laksa and an interesting dessert called sago. The pearls of sago are cooked until they turn translucent, and then they are shaped and set in individual moulds. The sago is then drizzled with coconut milk and a caramel made from palm sugar. There was so much food in front of us that I kept going from savoury to sweet and back again!
To finish we also had bowls of shaved ice covered in all sorts of stuff- I’m talking green noodles, syrup and even kidney beans! It melted pretty fast in the heat though!
My trip to Malaysia was sponsored by Malaysia Airlines. All opinions are my own.