Melaka is a popular destination for a short weekend getaway. There are many good reasons why Melaka is popular among Singaporean visitors. It is easy to reach, it has a pretty laidback atmosphere and things are pretty affordable. However, the one thing that continues to be outstanding in Melaka is its food.

Apart from delicious Malay, Chinese and Indian food, Melaka also has Portuguese and Peranakan culinary influences that are pretty unique to the state. You are probably already know all about Melaka’s best dishes and restaurants. However, knowing where to buy the best snacks to bring back to Singapore is equally important. Here are some of the best places in Melaka where you can find the tastiest snacks and sweets.


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1. Nyonya Chang at Nancy’s Kitchen

Image credit: Nancy’s Kitchen FB

Nancy’s Kitchen is actually a famous Peranakan restaurant that’s packed with diners most of the time. They have a very generous section selling cookies, kuih, and other traditional Peranakan snacks. Their snack selections are located just next to the cashier and all of them are properly labelled so you don’t forget to buy some before you leave.

One of their most popular choices is the Peranakan or Nyonya Chang. Rather than braised pork, beans and mushrooms, the Nyonya Chang has slightly sweetened minced pork and the glutinous rice is coloured blue from naturals dyes of the Telang flower. Apart from the Nyonya Chang, this restaurant also has the regular Bak Chang and Kee Chang.

  • Address: 13, 13/1, 13-2, Jalan KL 3/8, Taman Kota Laksamana, Seksyen 3, Malacca City
  • Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 11am-5pm, Closed on Tuesdays
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nancyskitchenmelaka/

2. Melakan Nyonya Acar from Unicorn Cafe

Unicorn Cafe is a family-run Peranakan eatery that looks humble but serves really good, homemade hearty meals. They don’t have a large snack menu readily available, but you can call them if you would like a bottle of this Nyonya acar.

 

Nyonya acar is a relish consisting of pickled chillies and vegetables that’s really addictive. It’s usually eaten as an accompaniment to rice or crackers. Its sour and sweet taste in balanced out by the spiciness. This is the perfect treat to take back home.

Nyonya acar in a bottle
Image credit Uncorn Cafe FB
  • Address: 626 Jalan MR 10, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka
  • Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 10.30am-4.30pm; Closed on Thursdays
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unicorncafemelaka/

3. Pineapple Tarts at Bee Bee

Melakan pineapple tarts are slightly different from the rest. They’re much more crumbly, savoury and crusty than other versions out there. The saltiness of the pineapple tart crust perfectly balances out the sweet pineapple puree. One place you can find this is in a humble wooden house in Ujong Pasir called Bee Bee. You can recognize this place immediately as they have a large signboard hanging above their door.

  • Address: 307A, Jalan Parameswara, Kampung Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
  • Opening hours: Daily, 8am-11pm ( Please call beforehand to make a booking, especially on public holidays and weekends)
  • Contact no:  06-286 9735

4. Coconut Cookies, Candies and Dodol at Tan Kim Hock

Image credit: Tan Kim Hock FB

Tan Kim Hock is one of Melaka’s leading souvenir centres and they’ve been in operation for decades. You’ll be spoilt for choice here. The must-try products include the crumbly coconut biscuits and the sticky Dodol. Dodol is a type of sticky toffee-like dessert made by boiling and thickening coconut milk and palm sugar. The Dodol at Tan Kim Hock comes in original flavour, as well as in various fruit flavours like Durian.

  • Address: 85, Jalan Bendahara, Malacca Town
  • Opening hours: Daily, 9am to 7pm
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TanKimHockpcsb/

5. Malay Kuih at Perhentian Kuih Kampung

You may have some difficulty finding a seat at this eatery, so you should get in line, grab a tray and take any Malay kuih that catches your fancy. Although they do serve main dishes like mee rebus and chicken rice, their main attraction is the wide variety of traditional kuih available. Some of the more popular kuihs here include kuih lapis, pulut inti, tepung pelita and kuih bakar.

  • Address: 213, Jalan Ujong Pasir, 75050 Melaka
  • Opening hours: Daily, 9am-7pm, Closed on public holidays

6. Cincaluk at Kedai Belacan Cincaluk Seri Murni

cencaluk and belacan from Melaka
Image credit: Kedai Belacan Cincaluk Seri Murni FB

The road towards Tanjong Kling after Klebang Besar is dotted with several roadside shops selling Melakan specialities like Cincaluk and Belacan. Cincaluk is pickled geragau shrimp, which are really small shrimp that live off the coast of Melaka in droves. Cincaluk is usually used as a dipping sauce for raw vegetables or crackers, and eaten with rice. Apart from that, you can try the delicious shrimp crackers and belacan (dried shrimp paste).

 

  • Address: No.41, 76400, Jalan Batang Tiga, Melaka
  • Opening hours: Daily, 8am-6pm
  • Contact no: +6014262420

Do you travel for food?

Make the most of your weekend by going on a foodie trip to our neighbouring country. Apart from the food, Melaka has much to discover, shop and eat at any time of the year. Book your accommodation there with Booking.com and use these discount promo codes to have a budget-friendly holiday.


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