Roadside Cockle Stall 126 Off Jalan Bunga Raya.
Look for the tiny lane off Jalan Bunga Raya and beside Madam King’s department store. Eating here requires a certain amount of courage due to the zooming motorcycles and seemingly less-than-hygienic environment. Nonetheless, the clams, cockles and sea snails are boiled up and served with a mouth-watering combination of chilli sauce, sweet sauce, lime juice and crushed peanuts. This special sauce is the main reason for the endless stream of customers. Take a seat on the tiny wooden stools, keep out of the motorcyclists’ way and enjoy the experience.
Daily, 7.30pm onwards. $
Medan Ikan Bakar Muara Sungai Duyung KM4-5, Jalan Padang Temu, Permatang Pasir (012 636 2339).
Seafood is a must-have in Malacca
and this place, located near the Straits of Malacca, is a good choice. Match your chosen seafood to your preferred cooking style. The restaurant also offers nasi lemak and a secret sauce just for the seafood. The deep-fried squid, crunchy on the outside with a springy bite within, is much loved.
Sea Terrace Restaurant Stall 1, Medan Portugis, Portuguese Settlement (06 283 2611).
If you’re looking for fresh seafood, try Sea Terrace. It’s located at the Portuguese Settlement and the grilled fish, otak-otak and fried calamari are especially popular. Make sure you try the salt-baked crab, which lets you enjoy the real, unadulterated taste of this delicate meat. This is a pleasant place right next to the sea to dine with the breeze in your hair. A word of warning though: Be prepared to wait.
Umbai Grilled Fish Floating Village 296A Jalan Petri.
Set amidst a mangrove swamp and with more than 20 stalls of food and beverages, visitors will be spoilt for choice at this floating village. All stalls offer delicious seafood delicacies such as ikan bakar, freshly fried squid and juicy prawns. Prices are not as cheap as you’d expect; these stalls are pretty popular with tourists and can get very crowded.