Hello Melaka 3D2N: The Makan Trip

A last-minute trip, planned one day prior … fulfilled a much-needed relaxing trip for sis and younger niece. Unlike my previous culture trip here, it turned out to be a makan (eating) trip. Not only that, we ended up eating where the local Malaccans eat, out of the touristy Jonker Street .. yipeee!

4 “friends” on a road trip
Pikachu, Jigglypuff and Yellow Bunny’s first road trip together

Here’s the itinerary of of my yummy Melaka 3 Days 2 Nights food trip:

Day 1: – Peranakan dinner at Aunty Lee- Check in Apa Kaba- Bukit Cina You tiao supper

Day 2: – Chee cheung fan and yam cake breakfast at Kedai Makan Leong Heng- Soya bean milk at Bukit Cina Air Soya- Peranakan lunch at Restoran Nyonya Makko- Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake for tea time- Wan tan mee dinner at Hong Sheng WTM-  Nyonya Michelle Soo Authentic nyonya chang supper

Day 3: – Brunch at Baba Low 468- Nyonya kuih at Baba Charlie (failed) – Aunty Koh Best Cendol (failed)- Mdm Kiow Cendol



Kampung Banda Kaba
Apa Kaba Home & Stay

Apa Kaba Home & Stay is situated in Kampung Banda Kaba, a Unesco listed Zone. Kampung Bandar Kaba is one of the last few heritage villages in this historical part of the town. Other heritage villages include Kampung Bukit Cina, Kampung Limbongan, Tengkera dan Kampung Ujong Pasir, Kampung Ketek,Kampung Morten and Kampung Hulu.

Apa Kaba’s surrounding is very peaceful, and yay … we live among locals at Kampung Kaba. The homestay is not too far away from the hustle and bustle of tourist attractions: approximately 10 mins/750 meters to Stadthuys Santiago hill, St. Paul’s Church, etc, and is also within walking distance to our food joints at Bukit Cina.

Reception area
Entrance to bedrooms with shared bathroom facility
Room 1 & 2 are next to each other, with a connecting door

The 95 years old house was built in 1912, a part wooden and brick house – the entire interior is kept in its original design. There are rooms with e-suite bathrooms, and also shared bathrooms, air cond or fan. We booked A/C rooms with en-suite bathrooms: Room 1 for me and nieces, and alternating Room 2/3 for sis and BIL. Connecting room 2 was not available when we check-in, so sis and BIL slept in Room 3 on first night, and moved to Room 2 the next day. Sis was given a 10% discount as repeat guests.

Room 1
Room 1
Room 1 – the most spacious en-suite bathroom

Room 1 – standard private tripe (1 Queen + 1 Single) ensuite @ RM 135 – 10% discount + Melaka Heritage fee RM 2  per room per night =RM 123.50.

Room 2
Room 2’s en-suite bathroom

Room 2 – standard private double (1 King) ensuite @ RM 100 – 10% discount + Melaka Heritage fee RM 2 = RM 92.

Room 3

Room 3 – standard private twin (2 single) ensuite @ RM 90 + Melaka Heritage fee RM2 = RM 83. The en-suite bathroom is the smallest in this room (comparing with Room 1&2).

Dining area
Bread and beverages
Apa Kaba breakfast: Cookies
Apa Kaba breakfast: Fruits

Breakfast is included, but clearly stated that for local breakfast and fruit, it is limited to 1 item/person … gosh. Day 1 was banana cake and Day 2 was roti canai. For heavy breakfast eaters, no limit for bread though .. so eat your heart out!


Apa Kaba Home & Stay
28, Kampung Bandar Kaba, 75000 Melaka
Tel: +6-06-283 8196, +6-012 798 1232 (Anuar), +6-012 298 2131 (Kenny)
Website: http://www.apa-kaba.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Apa-Kaba-Home-Stay-Melaka-125254737179/
GPS: (Lat 2 deg 11′ 34″ N, 102 deg 15′ 15″ E)



Restoran Aunty Lee

Hello again, Aunty Lee, we meet again. BIL called ahead for reservation, but the restaurant was empty when we arrive around 7pm on a Friday evening. Sis ordered mainly vegetable dishes, to cater to my vegetarian-diet nieces.

Pai tee
Pai tee -mine

Pai Tee – Small (RM 25)

Fish cili garam

Fish Cili Garam (RM 43.20) was a letdown.

Vege galore

Our vegetable dishes: Okra Ulam – Small (RM 11), Sweet Potato Leaves – Small (RM 10), Kangkong Garlic (not in the picture) – Large (RM 16) and Fried Brinjal Lada – Medium (RM 14).

Cendol – before
Cendol – after

Cendol (RM 4.50 per bowl)


Total bill: RM 137.50.

Update Apr 2017: I was told that Aunty lee has ceased operation, taken over by Portugis owner.

Restoran Aunty Lee
No 385, Jalan Ujong Pasir, Taman SINN 75050 Melaka
Tel: +6-06-283 1009, +6-019 278 8653
Business hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Website: http://www.auntylee.com.my
GPS: N 2 11.198 E 102 16.424


You tiao

Sis’ family wanted to eat the you tiao here … the uncle also recognized them, having bought you tiao from here previously. This stall is located at Bukit Cina market, just around the corner from Capitol Satay. In the evening, they still operate even though the market is closed.


You tiau stall
Bukit Cina market, Lorong Bukit Cina, 75100, Melaka


Kedai Makan Leong Heng 良兴茶餐室

Kedai Makan Leong Heng
A young chap preparing the goodies
Chee cheong fun mixed with yam cake
Served on a plate for dine-in customers
A good local coffee

This chee cheong fun + yam cake stall in front of Kedai Makan Leong Heng, has been there for decades, I was told. When we were there, there were customers waiting for their take away goodies. But we had ours inside the restaurant. Chee cheong fun mixed with yam cake, that’s how local Malaccans have their chee cheong fun. I enjoyed the meal .. as authentic as it can get, I thought. But I like the coffee more than the chee cheong fun .. or rather, it goes well together.



Kedai Makan Leong Heng 良兴茶餐室 (Opposite Capitol Satay Celup)
Address : 36, Lorong Bukit Cina, 75100 Melaka
Business Hour : 9am – Finish
GPS Coordinates : N2.195331, E102.252498


Bukit Cina Air Soya

Bukit Cina Air Soya

Didn’t know of its long heritage – read more about it here. The girls bought a large bottle of soya bean drink, and were ecstatic about it.



Bukit Cina Tau Fu fa
Lorong Bukit Cina, 75100, Melaka (Opposite Capitol Satay Celup)


Restoran Nyonya Makko 麥哥娘惹餐館

Restoran Nyonya Makko
A packed restaurant

I called the restaurant, and was told that no reservation is allowed. We arrived around 1.50pm, past peak lunch hour; managed to be seated after a short wait.


Otak-otak – small (RM 10) – like this a lot!

Telur dadar

Telur dadar – medium (RM 12)

Vegetables – RM 9 x 3 (RM 27) – standard vege dishes price, at RM 9 per dish.

Sambal sotong petai (RM 22) – nice, but not great.


Cendol (RM 3.80)


Total bill: RM 102.50 including 6% GST

Btw, the word “Makko” in the Peranakan dialect means “Eldest Aunt on your father’s side.”

Restoran Nyonya Makko – location map



Restoran Nyonya Makko 麥哥娘惹餐館
123, Jalan Merdeka,Taman Melaka Raya 75000 Melaka
Tel: +6-06-284 0737
Business hours: 11.30am-2.45pm, 6-9.30pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Makko-Nyonya-Restaurant-112844195407675/
Waze: Restoran Nyonya Makko

Uncle Tetsu Melaka Raya

Uncle Tetsu Melaka Raya
Uncle Tetsu

Just because there is an Uncle Tetsu shop on its own (unlike KL), it deserves a mention here. Kids wanted to surprise their parents, so we walked over from Apa Kaba (15 mins, 1.2km) in the late afternoon. and got a signature cheesecake (RM21). Younger niece said “I walked under scorching hot sun to get this cheesecake” to her parents.



Uncle Tetsu Melaka Raya
No 1, Jalan Merdeka,Taman Melaka Raya 75000 Melaka
Tel: +6-06-283 1760/+6-017 826 8283
Business hours: 10am-10pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uncletetsumelakaraya/


Hong Sheng WTM 鸿昇云吞糆

Hong Sheng WTM
Cooking station
S – RM 4, M – RM 4.50, L – RM 5
The soup version, vege only
The dry version
Mix with chili sauce

Sis’ family were raving about the wantan mee here. Pale-looking wan tan mee, very-Thai, I thought. Come here for local taste of wan tan mee with chilli sauce. There is a bottle of chili sauce on every table, which I tried. It seems that Malaccans eat their wan ton mee mix with chili sauce.

There is a notice in Chinese, which says “order first, look for seat later.”


Hong Sheng WTM 鸿昇云吞糆
Jalan Bukit Cina, Kampung Bukit Cina, 75100 Melaka
Business hours: 6-11pm
GPS: 2.196655, 102.253363333333


Nyonya Michelle Soo – Authentic Nyonya Chang

Nyonya chang supper

This was recommended by sis’ friends – they do not take walk-in; it is make to order. So, sis ordered some, and already planned to collect it. But Michelle was really kind to send it over, informing that she’ll be heading to this part of the city. So all of them had change for supper. I kept mine, how to digest all the glutinous rice in the middle of the night lah?


Nyonya Michelle Soo – Authentic Nyonya Chang
Located near Aunty Koh Cendol and exactly opposite SK Bukit Rambai
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authenticnyonyachang/
GPS: 2.246258, 102.190537


486 Baba Low

Baba Low menu
Place your order here, and pay later
Look for seats

486 Baba Low – the 486 number denotes the house where they stay and operate from.

Nyonya laksa
Nyonya laksa

The telling sign of a good nyonya laksa, is when I wallop off all the soups. Yeah .. it has my seal of approval.

Nasi lemak

Nasi lemak so-so only.

Pai Tee


Special kuih for the cheeky one

Little niece wanted some nyonya kuih, which was already sold out .. The uncle took one piece that he has kept aside, and sold it to her ..


486 Baba Low
486, Jalan Tengkera, 75200 Melaka
Tel: +6-06-284 0737
Business hours: 8am-4pm, Saturday to Thursday (Closed on Friday)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Makko-Nyonya-Restaurant-112844195407675/
GPS: N02o12.270′ E102o13.910′



Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake

Crowded like usual
Nothing to her liking ..

Not many options – we left without buying anything.


Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake
72, Jalan Tengkera Pantai 2C, 75200 Melaka
Tel: +6-06-284 7209, +6-019 666 9207
Business hours: 10.30am-3pm (Closed on Thursday)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Baba-Charlie-Nyonya-Cake-254730721245098/


Aunty Koh Cendol

We were trying our luck – but at 1.20pm, cendol all sold out *sob sob



Aunty Koh Best Cendol
No 5113, Jalan Batang Tiga, Kampung Bukit Rambai, 75250 Melaka
Business hours: 12-1pm, until sold out (Saturday & Sunday)
GPS: N02 14.795 E102 11.512




Mdm. Kiow Cendol

Madam Kiow Cendol
House + shop
The shop area
Uncle motorbike

Now, this visit is because of this uncle on a motorbike, who claimed to be a relative of this business. Seeing us leaving Aunty Koh empty-handed, he flagged us to follow him for Cendol.

4 bowls of cendol

RM 3.50 per bowl, and we were told that they add condensed milk on top of coconut milk into the cendol. Eeew. But it does tastes nicer than Aunty Lee and Makko.

Mdm, Kiow Cendol location map


Mdm. Kiow Cendol
No 516-1, Batu 7 1/4, Bukit Rambai, 75250 Melaka
Tel: +6-06-335 4355, +6-012 380 0304 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mdmkiowcendol/
Business hours: 11.30am-5pm (Saturday & Sunday)


Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.