Find Your Foodie Heaven in Malacca
Tales of sea explorers, fierce battles and conquests abound in Malacca, a state of Malaysia that has seen Portuguese, British and Dutch rule. Malacca is now a colourful clash of cultures with interesting architecture and fantastic food thanks to its conglomerate population of Malays, Chinese and Peranakan, Indians, Dutch and Portuguese descendants.
As travellers know, one of the best ways to understand a culture is through its stomach. Take a stroll through Jonker Walk, the Chinatown of Malacca, for signature dishes like Chinese chicken ball rice, char siew rice or duck noodles. Then be sure to return after dark to experience the buzz of its night food markets. Or swing by the Portuguese Settlement area for Devil’s Curry and delicious Portuguese egg tarts.
The city centre of Malacca was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 and retains many remnants of its past. Visit the beautiful Malay village Kampung Morten, and the well preserved 1920s kampung house known as Villa Sentosa. If ruins intrigue you then wander those of the 16th century St Paul’s Church, perched on top of Bukit St Paul with a view of the city. Follow this with a trip to Porta de Santiago, a fortress built by the Portuguese in 1511, or perhaps the morbid Bukit Hill where over 12,500 graves and tombs lie scattered across the grass.
If history is your thing, then you won’t be disappointed with Malacca’s many museums. Understand the area’s culture and history through the Chitty Museum, Maritime Museum, the well preserved Baba and Nyonya Museum, Prison Museum, History & Ethnography Museum and the Cheng Ho Cultural Museum that details the adventurers of the Chinese Muslim explorer.
Outside of the city you’ll find lush forests, farmland and tropical beaches – a must to survive Malacca’s hot and humid climate!