Melaka Food Doppelgangers

Did you know that some favourites have similar, yummylicious international cousins? Check out what we found out!

One of the first things that you would Google search before you embark on your wanderlust to thrilling regions of the world is, of course, FOOD. Some of us are eager to experiment with the local cuisine, while others would rather have familiar, boring, fare to be, erm … safe. To those travelling to Melaka‒fret not. For we have discovered similar grub which might be popular in your country. So the transition would not be so bad after all! Well, that’s what we would like to think anyway.

Okayyyyy … now on with the eating!

 

1) Cendol

 

What’s in it?

Originally – Shaved Ice, Green Rice Flour, Local Palm Sugar (Gula Melaka) and Coconut Milk (Santan). These days, you can request for sweet red beans and corn.

 

Related to?

Bingsoo (Korea), Kakigori (Japan), Rainbow Shaved Ice (Hawaii), Sherbet (International).

 

Where can I find this?

Jonker 88 @ Jonker Street, Clock Tower Cendol @ Bandar Hilir (opposite Stadthuys), Aunty Koh @ Bukit Rambai

 

 

2) Chicken Rice Balls

 

What’s in it?

Similar to Hainanese Chicken Rice. The rice is cooked in chicken stock with other aromatics, and then shaped into bite-size balls. Served with Steamed Chicken drenched in a toothsome soy sauce-based light gravy. Some like to add other dishes such as spicy Asam Pedas and take it to another level.

 

Related to?

Hainanese Chicken Rice (Malaysia and Singapore), Khao Man Gai/Kai (Thailand).

 

Where can I find this?

Kedai Kopi Chung Wah @ Jonker Street, Hoe Kee @ Jonker Street, Famosa Chicken Rice Ball @ Jalan Hang Jebat, Huang Chang @ Batu Berendam.

 

 

3) Coconut Shake

 

What’s in it?

Ice Cubes, Coconut Water and Ice-Cream blended into thirst-quenching perfection. You can request for an ice-cream topper to snazz it up.

 

Related to?

Any sun-scorching, tropical climate country.

 

Where can I find this?

Klebang Original Coconut Shake @ Klebang Besar, Batu Berendam Coconut Shake @ Batu Berendam, Jonker Walk Night Market @ Jonker Street (weekends only).

 

 

4) Asam Pedas

 

What’s in it?

Aromatics such as Onion, Garlic, Torch Ginger, Candlenuts and other yummy ingredients. Blended with chili to give that spicy kick, stir fried in oil, doused with water and completed with protein of the seas a.k.a. fish. Eaten generally with fluffy white rice.

 

Related to?

Spicy Szechuan Beef (China), Kaeng Som (Thailand), Macher Tok (India).

 

Where can I find this?

Perhentian Kuih Lampung @ Ujong Pasir, Asam Pedas Claypot @ Taman Kota Laksamana, Asam Pedas Selera Kampung @Bandar Hilir.

 

 

5) Satay

 

What’s in it?

Chunks of chicken, beef and other meats, spare parts marinated in a blended concoction of spices and local herbs. Skewered with wooden sticks and grilled over a charcoal pit. Served with a spicy, flavourful peanut sauce with condiments such as Nasi Himpit (compressed rice), sliced Red Onions and Cucumbers.

 

Related to?

Sate (Indonesia), Shish Kebab (Turkey), Satti (Philippines), Yakitori (Japan).

 

Where can I find this?

Satay Pantai Puteri@Tanjung Kling, Lung Ann @ Lorong Hang Jebat, Kedai Satay Xiang Ji @ Jalan Portugis, Sun May Hiong Satay House @ Taman Kota Laksamana.

 

 

Bon Apetit! Or as the locals would say … “Selamat Menjamu Selera!”

 

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