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. $