If you are visiting Melaka on a tight schedule and want to get the most out of your time trying the local food, just head to Jalan Tengkera. There are so many food options along this long stretch of road that will appeal to any kind of appetite.
More importantly, they are cheap and authentic and also frequented by locals. Among all, Baba Charlie Nyonya Cak e is one of the more interesting places worth visiting to get your fix of Nyonya kuih.
Baba Charlie’s shop is divided into 2 sections: the large kitchen area where all the prepping and cooking happens, and the inner section where all the colourful goodies are displayed. Simply grab a basket and start piling up with any kuih you fancy. Since I grew up in Penang, most of the kuih are easily recognizable to me except for a few.
Only a handful of the items are clearly labeled so you might need to refer to the staff for details. Based on my few visits thus far, I can safely say that the folks at Baba Charlie are friendly so don’t worry about asking – you certainly won’t get any attitude here.