3 must-eat delicacies when on a day trip in Melaka

Melaka is a fascinating destination where you can eat to your heart’s content.

Melaka is a heritage city in Malaysia, with the first Malay Sultanate having been established here. Melaka is also a food haven. If you’re ever on a day trip to Melaka, make sure you stop at these must-eat spots.

1. Asam Pedas Melaka

This is one of the traditional dishes of the Malays. It is a spicy and sour stew that is famous everywhere in Malaysia. However, Melaka’s version is better and more famous than the others.

The gravy is thicker, the taste of spices is more prominent and it is simply more delicious.

Melaka has earned a reputation for having the best Asam Pedas in the country.

You can enjoy Asam Pedas with rice or on its own. However, the latter is not recommended because it can be too spicy and overwhelming. The dish is made with either fish, beef or chicken.

Asam Pedas Selera Kampung situated along Jalan PM3, Mahkota Square in Melaka comes highly recommended. It is within walking distance of the Taming Sari Tower.

If you plan to visit Asam Pedas Selera Kampung, go a little before lunchtime since it can be very packed during lunch hour.

There are also several other choices just a few metres away from Asam Pedas Selera Kampung.

2. Klebang Original Coconut Shake

Situated outside the core heritage area is a place known as Klebang Original Coconut Shake. If you go there by Grab, the cost from the city centre is around RM10 one way. However, it is worth the trip.

This coconut shake is a great thirst-quencher. (Foursquare pic)

This coconut shake topped with vanilla ice cream is great when the weather is very hot. It is made upon order.

Be prepared to queue, however. Near the entrance of this humble stall, you can see boxes upon boxes of ice cream in the freezer, ready to be used for these delicious shakes as the orders keep coming.

Keropok lekor pairs excellently with the coconut shake.

Delicious savoury snacks that go well with a coconut shake is keropok lekor or nasi lemak “bungkus”. The stall is located at Lot 130, Solok Kampung Bahagia, Klebang Besar, Melaka.

3. Perhentian Kueh Kampong

Kuih Keria Antarabangsa Hajah Rahmah became quite a social media sensation recently.

In fact, the queue at Hajah Rahmah is so long, they have devised a unique queue numbering system to ensure everything runs smoothly.

There is also another place to get kuih keria – Perhentian Kueh Kampong.

The many colourful, traditional kueh. (Facebook pic)

Although its name is Perhentian Kueh Kampong (Village Snacks Stop), they also sell savoury favourites like Asam Pedas. However, the main attraction at this stall is still its many kueh varieties.

You will also find kueh bingka, sago, and cara berlauk (yes, please try all of these when you visit the stall). There is nyonya kueh as well.

The stall is situated along Jalan Ujong Pasir, near the entrance to the Portuguese Settlement.

A word of advice – come early because parking is scarce. It is also very difficult to find a seat here during peak seasons like weekends and public holidays.

This article first appeared in kakijalans.com