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MELAKA / MALACCA - SOUTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

CULTURE & CULINARY

 
 

Malacca's rich cultural heritage comes from its various ethnic groups who are proud of their historical links to the past.

 
 

THE MALAYS

 

The Malays constitute the largest group of Malacca's population. Islam pervades their whole way of life, including their customs or adat. The social system of the Malays in Malacca is based on adat temenggong, which embraces a patriarchal tradition. This custom spread subsequently to other states in the peninsula.

 
 
 

THE CHINESE

 

 

The Chinese community forms the second largest ethnic group in Malacca and most of them are involved in business and trading activities. The Peranakan or Straitsborn Chinese form a unique subgroup. Also known as Baba-Nyonya, they are descendants of the Chinese who arrived in Malacca and married locals. Described as ?Chinese in spirit and Malay in form?, they retain many Chinese customs but Malay is their mother-tongue. They have adopted the Malay-style of dressing.

 

 

 

THE INDIANS

 

The Indians are another important group in Malacca?s colourful racial mix. Within this group are the Malacca Chittys, descendants of wealthy traders from South India?s Coromandel Coast who visited Malacca during the 15th century and married local women. This resulted in a unique culture where they speak and dress like the Malays but retain their religious practices. A small community, there are only about 250 of them in Gajah Berang.

 
 
 

THE PORTUGUESE - EURASIANS

 

The Portuguese-Eurasian community number about 10,000 in Malaysia. About 2,600 live in Malacca in the Portuguese Settlement which dates to 1930. They speak cristang, an archaic Portuguese dialect, and are Roman Catholics.The settlement is a hive of activity during the Festa San Juang and Festa San Pedro celebrations. Festa San Juang or Feast of St. John begins with a candlelight procession at St. John?s Hill. It proceeds downhill to the Portuguese Settlement where a bonfire would be lit, food served and cultural performances held. A performance to look out for is the Branyo, a lively Portuguese dance where performers recite poems while dancing.

 

Festa San Pedro or the Feast of St. Peter is a major annual celebration of the Portuguese fishing community.The event honours St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen.The community celebrates the occasion with traditional games, cultural performances, food fairs, blessing of fishing boats and the best decorated boat contest.

 
 
 

MALAY FOOD

 

Popular Malacca favourites are satay celup (skewered seafood cooked in peanut sauce), cincaluk (fermented shrimp relish), rojak (fruit and vegetable salad), dodol (a sweet sticky palm sugar delicacy) and cendol (cold dessert with coconut milk and palm sugar syrup).

 
 
 

CHINESE FOOD

 

Chicken rice balls are a sought-after delicacy by local Chinese visitors to Malacca. Shaped into golf-size balls, the rice is served with chicken meat, cucumber and garlic-chili sauce.

 
 
 

NYONYA FOOD

 

Nyonya food incorporates Chinese ingredients like flavoured with Malay spices and herbs. Popular Nyonya favourites are otak-otak (spiced fish meat, wrapped in banana leaves and grilled), itik tim (duck stew with salted vegetables) and perut ikan (preserved fish stomach in herbs).

 
 
 

PORTUGUESE FOOD

 

Portuguese cuisine assimilates the culinary styles of Malay and Indian cooking traditions. Fish features highly in the community?s daily menu. Favourites are pasu kaemadu (baked fish), garing garing fretu (fried whitebait with sliced shallots) and the fiery el diablo curry (devil curry).

 

 

 

INDIAN FOOD

 

Traditional Chitty food is a delectable fusion of Indian spices and local ingredients.Must-try Chitty delicacies include ikan parang masak pindang (fish in spicy soup base), nasi lemak (cooked Chitty-style), nasi kembuli (kembuli rice) and pulut tekan (glutinous rice cake).

 
 
 

SEAFOOD

 

 

Grilled seafood is a popular offering of restaurants located at Umbai, Serkam, Alai, Pernu and Pengkalan Balak on the southern coast of Malacca. The seafood complex in Umbai Baru is a major attraction. It offers grilled fish wrapped in banana leaf, fish in tamarind sauce, fish head curry, chilli crab, buttered prawns, stuffed squid, cockles and oysters.

 
 
 
 
CULTURE & CULINARY
MELAKA / MALACCA - SOUTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA