Friday, March 06, 2009

3 Day Food Tour - Last Stop: Melaka

Melaka, being a port city, has a huge variety of food and most of it is a fusion of different styles such as Nyonya cuisine which is a mix of Malay and Chinese. There is also a version of Portuguese food and the usual Chinese, Malay and Indian specialties as well.

Breakfast – Pooh Keon
Nyonya Pineapple Tarts are a delicacy in Melaka and seeing as I had a huge day filled with eating I thought I would start the day off with something light and fruity.

Melaka’s pineapple tarts are normally homemade with the finest pineapple and quality ingredients. Everywhere you go, you will stalls selling these famous tarts, especially at the Jonker Street area. Before buying this aromatic pineapple tarts, you must make sure you get the original tarts baked with fresh pineapple.

Pooh Keon is one of the favourite shops that bake their tarts fresh on the spot. The tarts are packed warm in the container and the pastry is soft and rich with a butter-milk taste that is simply irresistible. Enjoy them warm on the spot and you won’t regret it.

Pooh Keon
Jalan Tukang Emas
Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm

Lunch – Chung Wah Restaurant

Chung Wah restaurant is one of the first and one of the best chicken rice ball restaurants in Melaka. The place is always packed during weekends, and almost impossible to get in during festive seasons. Expect to wait in a line just to be seated and once you have your table to be rushed through your meal so the restaurant can accommodate more guests.

Chicken Rice ball is a typical Hainanese Chicken Rice where the rice is formed into sticky balls. This gives them additional flavour and it’s an innovative way to eat this traditional dish.

Since this is a pure Hainanese restaurant the chicken is served white and there is no roasted or barbecue variety. The meat is juicy and tasty, with sufficient flavour in all departments. The chilli that is important in any chicken rice dish had the right combination of a savory pepper aroma and a tinge of sourness. The main attraction, the rice balls themselves, were scrumptious especially when eaten with a bit of chilli and chicken.

Chung Wah Restaurant
Jonker Walk
Hours: Open daily 11am – 10pm

Dinner – Capitol Satay Celup

Satay Celup is something that can only be found in Melaka. It is a dish that many Malaysians have yet to try and some may have never heard about it.
It is served and eaten like steamboat, but instead of a boiling pot of soup, the Satay Celup is cooked by dipping or dunking sticks of raw food into a boiling pot of aromatically rich and spicy peanut sauce.
There are a wide variety of raw foods available for selection, such as prawns, vegetables, pork, chicken, beef, fish balls, quail’s eggs, cockles, squids, braised pig’s ears and more.

The boss and his staff at Capitol Satay Celup are very customer oriented. Realising the importance of the peanut sauce, the crew will go to each table to blend the sauce to make sure it doesn’t lose its consistency.

Try this version of a steamboat meal and you may never want to go back to the original.

Capitol Satay Celup

41 Lorong Bukit Cina
Hours: 5.30pm – Midnight (Closed Monday)


carol said...

oooh! i love capitol satay celup! haven't been there in years tho... next time we go yes! =) also gotta go eat at the portugese vilage!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

I feel so deprived having never tried a pineapple tart. They look so flakey and delicious!

Arwen from Hoglet K said...

Pineapple tarts with fresh pineapple must be amazing. The satay celup looks like lots of fun!

Alexandra said...

Carol - Yes! We gotta go together one day :)

Lorraine - Oh these tarts are wonderful...very buttery...slurp!

Arwen - It certainly is a lot of fun!

Nadine said...

Ooh, the satay celup is like the Fatman Lok Lok but instead of the normal broth, there is this peanut/satay sauce in the!!!

Alexandra@Chefspiration said...

Nadine - hee hee yeah kinda...yumm!!