Malacca (Melaka) City, the capital of the state of Malacca, is located on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. With a rich historical, cultural, and gastronomic influences from previous Portuguese, Dutch and British rulers, Malacca has developed a unique appeal when it comes to food travel.
Jonker Walk, named after Jonker street, is Malacca’s popular tourist attraction. Due to its central location and variety of restaurants and vendors offering exotic foods and drinks, this place is always bustling with crowds.
Beautiful tea stand.
Nasi Lemak (coconut rice) wrapped in banana leaf. Learn more about this dish from Malaysian Cuisine – Part 1
Gula Melaka is palm sugar made by collecting, boiling and reducing sap from a coconut tree. Once the mixture thickens and then slightly cools down, it is poured into bamboo tubes and left to solidify. This sugar is golden brown in color with rich caramel and butterscotch flavors. It is used as an ingredient in sweet and savory dishes.
Putu Piring is steamed rice cake with melted palm sugar in the center. Piring means saucer in Malaysian, and Putu means cake. The cake is a Malaysian version of the Indian cake Putu Mayam and the Chinese cake Kueh Tutu from Singapore. Putu Piring is one of the favorite local snacks and is eaten at breakfast or tea time; it is also prepared during festivals.
This young lady is preparing Cendol, refreshing dessert for a hot day. She is going to top the shaved ice with the rich coconut milk and sticky gula melaka.
Another sweet snack, Buah Melaka. It is made by cooking green glutinous rice balls with gula melaka in the center in a pot of boiling water.
The rice balls are then coated with freshly grated coconut flakes.
Sweet and savory dishes made with durian are very popular in Malaysia, so don’t be surprised to find stores devoted just to this fruit. Durian is regarded by many people in southeast Asia as the king of fruits. It is known for its strong odor, unique flavor and thorn-covered husk. The persistence and intensity of its odor, which may linger for several days, has led to the fruit’s ban from many hotels and public transportation in Malaysia and neighboring countries.
Pastries made with durian.
Durian puffs are especially popular in Melaka.
Buns filled with wild pork meat.
More about my culinary adventures in Malacca in Malaysian Cuisine – Part 3.