Peranakan food in Malacca

There are a lot of good food in Malacca. If you are going on the food trail there, be sure to have Peranakan cuisine on your list.

Malacca is a great place for authentic Peranakan food. The Peranakan Chinese are descendants of 15 to 17th century Chinese immigrants to the British Malaya. Some popular dishes are nyonya laksa, kari kapitan and otak-otak. This isn’t a food blog so I won’t go into too much details about dishes that I won’t be showing here. But my stomach is telling me to make a trip to Malacca just to take photos of those dishes and blog about them. Tempting.

After sight-seeing at A Famosa, it was time for lunch.

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We had lunch in the Peranakan Restaurant. it is located in an authentic Peranakan house, providing the full experience to enjoying their delicious Peranakan dishes. Antiques decorate the interiors. There is a traditional wedding sedan, and antique wooden chairs and bed. Even the taps had ornamental decorations on them.

I really enjoyed the food and would recommend it. If you are interested, it is at 107, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock.

It is almost as if we took a step into the past with the following black and white photos.

Peranakan restaurant I

Peranakan restaurant II

Peranakan restaurant III

Smiles

Waiting

Family lunch

Digital generation

Seeing the kids fiddling with their electronic devices bring us back to the present. They are practically glued to their handhelds.

Cheng Hoon Teng I

Jalan Tukang Emas is known as the Harmony Street because the Cheng Hoon Teng temple, the Kampung Kling Mosque and Sri Poyatha Moorthi are located close to each other along the road.

We paid a visit to Cheng Hoon Teng. The Cheng Hoon Teng temple is the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia. Interestingly, it practices Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. Another facet of the harmony in the local community.

Cheng Hoon Teng II

Chicken rice balls

Malacca is also famed for its Hainanese chicken rice balls, where the rice is shaped into balls. However, most locals consider them more of a gimmick catering to tourists because the food doesn’t taste as good as they used to. That said, there are several restaurants that specialise in chicken rice balls and many of them are packed and the famous ones often have long snaking queues of customers outside the restaurants.

After a heavy lunch in the Peranakan restaurant, there was no room for more food anyway, so we skipped the chicken rice balls. I’ll leave you with a photo of one of the chicken rice ball restaurant that we passed by while walking along Jonker Walk.

This concludes our brief trip to Malacca. We’ll be back again soon for the food.

For the gear geeks: this series was shot with the Fujifilm X100.