If you’re looking for unique, yet inexpensive souvenirs from Malacca, head to Tan Kim Hock Product Centre in Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho. Located five minutes from the city centre, the product centre is also known as ‘red place’ by the locals, thanks to its massive scarlet building. With over 100 local food products under its roof, this is an immensely popular place for locals and tourists to shop for high-quality bites and goodies.
Visitors might feel a little overwhelmed when stepping in – rows and rows of goods line the warehouse-like property, with boxes stacked as high as the ceiling! Rare, only-in-Malacca food products such as handmade coconut candy, gula Melaka (pure coconut sugar), medicated nutmeg balm and cincalok (fermented small shrimps or krill) are just some of the products sold at the centre, and if you’re curious (or unsure) about how these products taste like, samplers in plastic containers are available for guests. Dodol (sweet toffee-like confection) is one of their most popular products, and it comes in two flavours – durian and coconut – so if you still have no idea on where to start even after sampling, this is a good idea as your first purchase.
The food products available in Tan Kim Hock Product Centre are made with raw materials harvested on the company’s estates and processed in their factories, so authenticity is guaranteed. Tan Kim Hock also specializes in spices such as sambal ikan bilis and chilli prawn floss, and while maybe these products are ideally used in Asian cooking, they are still versatile food items that would be a great addition to the kitchen collection of any experimental and adventurous cook.
Tan Kim Hock Product Centre also comes with its own durian cendol stall, right outside the shopping area. Durian cendol is one of Malacca’s celebrated food items and, in the hot Malacca weather, it is practically a saviour. It is basically a bowl with shaved iced lumped together with cendol (green worm-like jelly), red beans, and durian paste, so if you’ve always wondered what durian tastes like, this is a good introduction.
Tan Kim Hock is an iconic Malaccan entrepreneur with two branches local product centre – one in Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho as mentioned, and one at Jalan Bendahara. He sometimes makes an appearance at his shops, wearing his trademark white suits and giving out freebies to lucky visitors.
Tan Kim Hock Product Centre
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 20:00
- Address: 153, Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho, Malacca
- Tel: +606 282 6099