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Insider's Guide to Melaka with Kids 子供と楽しむマラッカガイド

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Must try local food with kids

Food in Melaka: Pirate Coffee for take out (Ujong Pasir)

If you are looking for a nice iced coffee to kill your thirst or to kick start your afternoon, stop by at Pirate Coffee for a quick take out. 

Although it is not the finest coffee made by a barista but as a casual drink, you will be quite amazed with the variety of flavors and additional toppings they have to choose from. 
Their crispy kuih popia, coated with sweet chili sauce, is also recommended. 
The stall is located in front of 7eleven on Ujong Pasir, opens from 1:30pm (official operation hours: 1pm-7pm, Sunday off) 

Food in Melaka: Hakka Lei Cha (Kampung Lapan)

Lei Cha (擂茶) is a traditional Hakka rice dish served with nutritious condiments accompanying with a special green tea soup. 

Lei Cha means “grounded tea” and it is also known as “thunder tea rice” because of the sound to pound all the ingredients together to make the soup resembles thunder. 

Being a Japanese, i would instantly relate this dish to “ochazuke,” which is a traditional instant meal that you pour tea on top of rice with simple seasoning, and the dark green soup to green tea maccha.

However, although the concept is similar, the moment you taste Lei Cha, you will be in a shock to find how flavourful it is. It took me a second to overcome the surprise and then finally started enjoying the harmony of this gratifying bowl.

Each condiments have different texture, diced vegetables are fresh and crunchy, some are fried or marinated with oil, salt, or garlic, and the roasted nuts adds the crispiness. Preserved radish and firm tofu, again chopped into small pieces, adds savouriness to it. All of these are placed on a layer of either regular rice, puffed rice, or even without any rice of your choice. 

The bowl is served together with a hot green soup, made of variety kinds of herbs, such as mint and basil, and pounded together with nuts and grains. It does not have saltiness to the soup itself but instead you will find the freshness of the mint and slight bitterness as aftertaste. 
This dish does not stand alone but must be eaten all mixed together including the soup and thats how the magic happens. You will appreciate each bite as a source of energy and it gives you a detoxified feeling. Definitely a must try food in Melaka. 

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8, Jalan Kenanga 3/21, Taman Kenanga Mewah, 75200 Melaka 

Business Operation: 8:30am until finish, usually around noon, Thursday and Friday off

Food in Melaka: Tanjung Mee Goreng

I have been a huge fan of mee goreng at this shop for a very long time and still haven’t found anywhere else that serves a plate as addictive as this one here. 
The dish is fried with either prawn or chicken of your choice, fishcake, and green vegetables, served with slices of cucumber and onion as topping with a lime to squeeze. 

The mee is nicely coated in cilli red colour, different from majority of mee goreng seasoned with dark soya sauce that adds sweet flavour. As you can imagine, the spiciness stands out even from the moment you smell it, but the combination of all ingredients do the magic to keep you craving for bite after bite.  

I usually go with mee and kuey tiao mix, and some people like to add an fried egg. They also serve mien fen gao and fried rice that are kids’ favourites.

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Tanjung Mee Goreng 順興茶餐室 Restaurant Sin Hin Facebook 

Jalan Pm3, Plaza Mahkota 

Open for breakfast until lunch

Food in Melaka: Soon Wong Vegetarian Restaurant

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There are increasing number if vegetarian restaurants in Melaka but Soon Wong Vegetarian Restaurant has been my top choice for a long time. 

It is a self service buffet with variety of items to choose from. Their selection changes everyday and nothing will disappoint you.  

If you have difficulty choosing which items to take, highly recommend their signature curry with big chunks of cabbage, long beans, and eggplant, and also wok cooked green veggie that changes daily is always crunchy and exquisitely sweet. 

Free Chinese tea is situated next to the casher, but other usual drinks are also available to order when paying. Besides the buffet, there are also different types of soup noodles, needless to say all vegan.

Price range is 4-8RM depends on the volume, but it always feels way too reasonable for the superb quality of food.

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Soon Wong Vegetarian Restaurant 

209 Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho

Business hours: 6:00am-3:00pm

Must Try Roti Canai in Melaka

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Roti Canai is a unique Malaysian food with its origin in India, usually served as a breakfast. It is a type of bread that looks like a crispy pancake made by flour, salt, water, and ghee, served with curry or dhal. You can try them at an Indian or Malay mamak (casual restaurant) and it is definitely a must try food in Melaka. 
Here is a list of places where you can have the best roti canai in Melaka. 

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Selvam Restaurant 

3, Jalan Temenggong, Bandar Hilir, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia 7am-10pm (roti canai until 12pm)

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Selvam is a popular Indian restaurant serving one of the best banana leaf curry rice sets in Melaka. However, their roti canai, served only during breakfast until 12pm, is also a must try. 

In addition to dhal and sardine curry, there are 3 more curry that usually goes with dosai and chapatti. With the variety of choices to go with, you will find yourself asking for another round of roti canai or even more. 

Depends on the person flipping the dough, the roti canai will come out in square and crispy, or in round and fluffy with crispy edges, either way it tastes perfect with all the curry. 

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Roti Canai @ Melaka Raya (Kopitiam Otak Otak Formosa)

5 Jalan Melaka Raya 4, Taman Melaka Raya 75000 Melaka, Malaysia 7am-12pm

This shop was operated by a Malay father of 2 daughters 3 sons until sadly he had passed away at the end of 2016. Surprisingly, all of his children are operating roti canai shop in different areas within Melaka, and now this one was taken over by one of his daughters.

The shop is rented only during morning thus they don’t have a sign board. However, they have grown its fans and regulars just by word of mouth, operating successfully for almost 10 years. 

Their roti canai is always freshly made into a big square with crispy edges, served with dhal and sambal. Their roti cheese is quite popular too. 

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Roti Canai Kayu Arang


Lot 459, Kampung Bakar Batu Mukim, 75350 Bachang, Melaka, Malaysia. 7.00 am – 12.30 pm

What makes this place unique is the use of kayu arang (charcoal) heat to cook the roti canai. 

Although the roti canai is evenly cooked, crispy but not flakey, it does not have a special essence added by the coal. The curry is mild and contains pieces of vegetables. It seems like they have variety of roti choices such as roti nachos, but it would be more interesting to find out whether a direct heat from the coal will develop a nice flavour and texture to the roti canai.  

This place is always packed with mostly Malays throughout the operation hours in the morning. They basically serve all kinds of local malay dish, such as nasi lemak, meehun soup, satay, and all kinds of kuih. The liveliness and energy from the ambience will give you an extra power to kick start the day. 

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Infasha Maju Bistro Semabok

No.1 Jalan PS4, Plaza Semabok (Opposite of Honda) Facebook 

This place is an Indian mamak (casual restaurant) serving arabian kabaab,  tandoori, chappati, and other local meals, besides roti canai. Their roti canai is served until 12pm but restarts serving from 4pm.   

Their roti canai is always freshly made and crispy at all bites. Somehow it feels like a very standard roti canai without any extra sweetness and greasiness. 

The dhal is thick and mild and the sambal adds the spiciness to it, however the ratio of sambal was a bit too much to the dhal that lost its original flavour, so make sure to adjust before blending them all. Ikan (fish) curry was oily and thin. 

Their shop is a popular hang out spot for local people until late in the evening for enjoying the meal as well as watching football games on the TV projector. 

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Kedai Makanan & Minuman Hajjah Zainab Semabok

Across from Semabok Inn on Jalan Semabok 7am-5pm (roti canai until 12pm) Facebook page


The great thing about the roti canai here is that it is always freshly made after each order, crispy at each layer like a pie sheet. 

The dhal and ayam(chicken) curry is slightly thin, the sambal sauce is rather sweet as well as the roti canai itself, but still leave you with a tingling mouth. 

Operated by a friedly Malay family.
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Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Madras Cafe

No. 50, Jalan Temenggong, 75000 Melaka. 7.30am-11pm 

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This place is an Indian mamak (casual restaurant) that serves not only roti canai but chapatti, toast, mee goreng, nasi goreng and other local meals. 

Most of the time, roti canai here is freshly made, round and crispy at all layers, but occasionally, coming close to noon, they will reheat a pre-cooked one which is dry and powdery that must be avoided. So make sure to come for breakfast or ask them to make you a fresh one because it is simply superb.  

Nevertheless, the two choices of curry, dhal and ikan (fish) is always mouth-watering. Dhall is thick and mild, ikan is spicy and slightly asam (sour).

Food in Melaka: Creamy Nyonya Laksa and Fresh Nasi Lemak at Bess Kopitiam

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BESS Kopitiam

No 378 – C, Jalan Medan Pasar, Taman Sin Hoe,Bukit Baru, 75150 Melaka

7:30 am-3:00pm  Closed on Thursdays

Bess Kopitiam serves an award winning Nyonya Laksa, voted by General Public in the http://www.fabfood1malaysia.com in year 2010.

Besides the Nyonya Laksa, Bess serves Nasi Lemak, Mee Goreng, and Mee Siam, as well as toasts and pasta which are non-spicy so kids can eat. 

Their signature Nyonya Laksa is thick and creamy with the amount of coconut milk, which makes the dish quite filling with just one bowl. 

Laksa is known for the rich aroma and spicy cilli paste but the Laksa at Bess has mild flavour that softens the outstanding spices, allowing many people to accept the uniqueness of the authentic dish. 

Not only their Nyonya Laksa, but also their Nasi Lemak has been growing its fans and I personally think it will eventually overtake the popularity of the Laksa. 
The fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk with pandan leaves is nicely loose, sautéed kang kong (green vegetable) is crunchy, the sambal is not too spicy nor sweet with essence of belacan. The combination of all the flavours and texture is what completes this tasteful dish. Add a piece of ayam goreng (fried chicken) to pamper yourself. 

Especially in the morning, in front of the shop can get congested and finding a space for parking could be challenging, due to wet market, food court, and shop lots having similar operation hours. 

Nyonya Laksa RM5.40

Nasi Lemak RM5.40

Ice Lemon Tea RM3.50

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Order a Malaysian Style Barley Drink for Refreshment 

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Barley (Chinese: Yi4Mi3) is a very common and popular drink you can order at restaurants and foodcourts in Malaysia.  
Barley drink is made by boiling water with the grain, simmer until it is softened, add sugar and serve. Some places have a knot of pandan leaves together in the pot to add fragrant flavour and sweeten with candied wintermelon. 
It is a great health drink with cooling effect to our body. Although it is served both warm or chilled, I prefer chilled ones as they are more refreshing.   
Have fun trying out this drink at different places to find your favorite taste or even try making at home! I think it is better than any soft drinks out there for kids too! 

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