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Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - MALACCA & SURROUNDS -

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Clock Tower Cen­dol In front of the clock tower, Dutch Square, City Cen­tre.

Some time ago, this popular dessert was sold out of a stall that looked like a man­gos­teen. This is no longer the case. The kitsch fac­tor may be gone but the crowds re­main – no won­der, as the stall makes for the per­fect stopover if you’re on a Malacca walk­ing tour on a blaz­ing hot day. Cen­dol afi­ciona­dos ar­gue that there’s bet­ter cen­dol to be found else­where, but you can’t deny this place’s legacy.

Ha­lal. Daily, 10am–6pm. $

Jonker Street Jalan Hang Je­bat.

Jonker Street is a long, crowded thor­ough­fare show­cas­ing the street food of Malacca. You’ll find stall after stall sell­ing ev­ery imag­in­able gas­tro­nomic de­light; if it’s edi­ble, they’ll have it. Can­died fruits, fried radish cake and steam­ing dim sum are all very good, but a must-have is the sin­ful, syrupy cen­dol, topped with a moun­tain of ice slathered with gula Me­laka and co­conut milk.

Ko­pi­tiam Capi­tol Sa­tay Celup 41 Lorong Bukit Cina (06 283 5508).

Some say you mustn’t leave Malacca be­fore hav­ing sa­tay celup at Capi­tol, an in­sti­tu­tion that has been fea­tured in ev­ery­thing from food blogs to mag­a­zine food guides. Dip skew­ered raw meat or vegetables into a com­mu­nal pot of thick, boil­ing sa­tay sauce. The va­ri­ety is great and the sauce is richer and nut­tier than that of other places, which ex­plains the crowds. The queue can be daunt­ing for some.

Wed–Mon, 6pm–11pm. $

Don­ald and Lily’s Cor­ner Ground floor, 16 Jalan KSB, Ta­man Kota Shah­ban­dar (012 292 3157).

In June last year, the quirky Don­ald and Lily’s Cor­ner on Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock closed. But don’t cry; with a new lo­ca­tion and glow­ing yel­low sign­board ad­ver­tis­ing the shop, the new out­let is easy to find. Gone are the wooden planks of old, but this new place is airier and the food qual­ity re­mains the same. Try the cen­dol and taukua ro­jak. Pork-free. Child friendly. Tue–Sun, 8am–4.15pm. $

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