I have to apologize beforehand if you won’t see any traditional Melakan food in this entry. Melakan food is a must-try, many say. And I have actually prepared a list of where to eat already. But, unfortunately, Melaka, as a city, was a sight to behold and I was just mesmerized by it all that I forgot about the list. My sister, however, already requested months before our travel date that we eat at Nando’s, so I placed that at the top of our must-dos in Melaka. Anyhow, despite the absence of tasting real Melakan food, I think we had a great time in the wonderful city in terms of food.
Old Town Cafe
I think I paid only RMB7.50 for my meal in Old Town Cafe, a popular cafe (at least based on the number of outlets I saw in the city). Old Town is also a brand of an instant coffee. I ordered an iced white coffee (my type) and spicy tuna sandwich. A revelation was the red bean smoothie ordered by my brother. It was delicious. It tasted like sweet monggo (mung beans cooked in sugar). Water is RMB0.70 though, so no free service water. Coffee is a Malaysian tradition. Like in Singapore, coffee is drank in Malaysia anytime of the day.
Tim Ho Wan
I have been waiting for Tim Ho Wan to open at SM Seaside. But, unfortunately, no sign of opening yet. So when we chanced upon a Tim Ho Wan at the ground floor of Terminal Pahlawan, Hatten Square, with no line (only two customers inside, in fact), we just had to buy their famous pork buns. There were six of us and we only bought one bun each. Sadly, I think one box (of three buns, RM10.00) is good for one person only. Haha. I regretted not eating their dimsum because I love dimsum.
There was a Nando’s branch at the Mahkota Parade mall, which is near the town square. We went there for dinner and I am glad my sister requested for this because the peri-peri chicken was very good. Peri-peri is Brazilian, I think. So not Melakan or Malaysian. Nevertheless.
Ola Lavanderia Cafe
On our last day, we had breakfast at the Ola Lavanderia Cafe, the coffee shop across Layang-Layang Guesthouse. It was the only place open near the guesthouse at 7:30 in the morning. When we went further inside the historic city, some kopi tiam were already open and dumplings were steaming from the outside.
P.S. I spent about RM85.00 for food in Melaka. That is about P935. That included lunch 1 (sweet and sour fish and half of Coca-Cola), Old Town Snacks of white coffee and tuna sandwich, Tim Ho Wan pork buns, Nando’s dinner, Ola Lavanderia breakfast, and McDonald’s lunch for four persons.