Seven meals in 12 hours in the historical city of Malaysia.
This is Uncle Eddie, well known to me as ‘The Malaysian food expert’. He, like many other true locals in Malaysia know where to get the very best kind of food from north of Malaysia, Penang, to the south, Johor Baru. While, typical Malaysian cuisine can be found anywhere in Malaysia, the pleasure of travelling around Malaysia is to find which area has the best. Sure you can buy Nasi Lemak from any mamak stall, restaurant or food court but a food expert doesn’t settle for ordinary, he finds the best. The beauty of Malaysia is that it is so multicultural and every area, city, region or town has it’s own unique cuisine or a variation of the iconic dishes. Therefore in order to taste the copious amazing flavours out there, eating marathons are necessary.
This eating marathon covered most of Melaka. Trying to fit all these meals and flavours into one day requires a lot of skill and planning. We spaced out our meals and ordered servings that were just enough to enjoy the flavours and satisfy our stomach.Without further adieu, I present to you an eating marathon that you can do yourself.
7.30 AM Wake up and we were off…
MEAL 1: Nasi Lemak for Breakfast
This Nasi Lemak was amazing. It was from a stall near my home, opposite the Sri Petaling Hotel. You get handed coconut rice in butchers paper, then you pick what you like and then they charge accordingly. I’ve had many in my life time but this one was perfect. The sambal wasn’t too spicy either. (I can’t take a lot of spice) Oh and it goes best with an iced Milo!
Prices: Nasi Lemak RM 11 = approx US $3.60; Iced Milo RM 2 = approx US $0.65
MEAL 2: Chicken Rice Ball for Lunch
Chicken ‘rice ball’ originated from Melaka and specifically invented by this one restaurant Kedai Kopi Chung Wah. People line up everyday for this clever delicious dish and they don’t mind waiting because it’s so good. In fact, some travel quite far to Melaka specifically to have this Chicken rice ball. I have to say the 20 minute wait was worth it. The novelty of the dish really comes from the chicken rice rolled into balls. It tastes incredible though.
Prices: Plate of 5 rice balls RM 1.50 = approx US $0.50; Whole Chicken RM 15 = approx US $5.00
Location: 18 Jalan Hang Jebat, Melaka
To space out our meals we took occasional strolls down Jonker walk and Melaka river and admired the world heritage buildings that are, thankfully, still around.
MEAL 3: Dessert, Durian Cendol
Finely crushed ice with beans and syrup and durian flavouring. Though Cendol is not my ‘cup of tea’. The strong Durian flavour gives you that kick (for all you Durian lovers out there). This is found in Jonker 88 a famous museum cafe that has been around for many years.
Prices: Durian Cendol RM 4 = approx US $1.30
Location: 88 Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street), Melaka
MEAL 4: Satay!
We had 200 sticks of satay (to share between 4). Instead of just ordinary chicken or beef stay you can get pork liver satay as well. I have had many satays in my life especially having lived in Indonesia for many years but this satay topped them all. It’s the sauce that makes the big difference too.
Prices: Satay RM 0.70 per stick = approx US $0.20
To be continued…
I haven’t even started on dinner yet! Tune in for my next post!
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