Saturday, April 7, 2018

4 Days 3 Nights - Explore Malacca 【马六甲之旅】

Guess what is the nightmare of a blogger apart from losing all the photos due to a lost phone or corrupted memory card ? Mine was on this Malacca post which I spent nights taking time out to type a little by little was suddenly all gone with just an accidental click. This is the second run just to have it all documented for my reference and also I have readers dropping me a note to check what has happened to the post, here you go ladies.

This time, our annual gathering was decided to have it done out of Singapore. Not easy to come to a common date as most are working and had to check and book their leave. I am lucky that I only need to report to my big boss and two small ones at home. As long as boss is around, I can take my leave upon request.

The four families met at Singapore Flyers in the early morning, where our coach departed and brought us straight to where we stayed for the 4 days, Hatten Hotel Melaka. The journey to reach Melaka from Singapore takes about 3-4 hours depending on the traffic condition.

If you are a first timer to Melaka, the location of this hotel was within walking distance to the Tourist spot- Jonker Street. While we were waiting for our rooms to be ready, we proceeded to Alto Sky Lounge for some drinks and snacks. What captured my attention was the overview of the quaint city right from the lounge. For that moment, I just wanted to do nothing but soak in that moment of tranquility, sip and enjoy my drink with a view.

Mandatory Tourist Photo
Before the trip, I marked down a few places which were recommended to go for nice food. For a start, the different addresses made me felt like it's all over the place and seriously, it was more than a decade ago since I last stepped foot in Melaka. But after the first round of eating, I concluded that it was all in the same area. 

If you start your Jonker Street Journey from this point ( take cue from this red building if you are coming from the river).

If you are facing the red building directly, this building itself sells local products and if you love 三叔公 coffee powder, you can get them here. On the right, just walk further down the road, you will see this very prominent Orang Utan House on your left.

and just a few houses down on the right, you will reach this place - 60 East & West Rendezvous. A simple shop which probably might not catch your attention if you would just walk past without knowing what they were selling.

This is where they recommend the best Nonya Dumpling in Malacca if you are a fan of it. I love the flavourful rempah wrapped within the soft glutinous rice. 

You have to at least come and try it if you are in Malacca. Another popular item which you may want to try, their Bak Zhang. according to the boss, it will be sold out pretty fast as they will not prepare as much for sale as compared to Nyonya Zhang. If you are thinking of packing some before you leave the state, it is good to order one day before and collect the next day.

Their cendol is a must to try too, I tried the one from a random coffeeshop, one from Jonker 88. I gave my vote to this. The gula melaka infused in the bowl of shaved ice was heavenly. Totally perfect for the sweltering weather if you need to find a place to rest and grab a dessert.

60 East & West Rendezvous
60, Lorong Hang Jebat, 
75200 Melaka, Malaysia 
Tel: +60 16-634 6283

While we were exploring around Jonker Street, we randomly went into Jonker Walk Satay House to quench our thirst and at the same time, ordered some satay to try. The sticks were disappointing in the taste of the marination. Come by for a drink if you need, as for satay, I would say you can give it a miss. 

By the evening, the road was closed and the whole stretch of Jonker Street came alive with sprouting stalls by the road. One stretch was selling souvenirs, local snacks, typical pasar malam stuff like tee shirts, accessories etc while the other stretch was mainly on food and beverages. 

The kids had their mini feast buying from stall to stall
Plan your visit to Jonker on a weekend, may be more crowded but I heard the roadside food stalls will only be available on fridays and weekends.

The second day, we started off from the red building again. This time, we took the road on the left, the recommended places were mostly on this stretch. 

One of our famous childhood snack, Mamee, originated from Melaka. The Mamee Jonker House, a place where you can customized your own Mamee.

No doubt, this was a makan trip but I would try to balance up the trip by making sure the kids have some fun too. 

Mamee Monster and my little Mamee Monsters ! 

It is always better to call up before hand to find out if the workshop is available incase you may just make a wasted trip. We did a walk-in after the staff advised us over the phone that no booking was necessary for the time slot we wanted. Note that the workshops are only available on weekends. Apart from Noodle Doodle where you can design your own cup and favour for the instant noodles, go ahead and join in Little Monster Kitchen Workshop too and discover the process from scratch on how this yummy snack was made. 

Concept is similar to the Ramen museum we went in Japan

Getting the cup noodles sealed

The duration of the workshop is 90 mins. I chose to stay with Vera incase she needed any form of assistance. 

Little Monster Kitchen Workshop

My chef in her oversized hat

All ready to make their own Mamee Noodles

The staff was very patient with the kids. The kids had a great time mixing, kneading and cutting the dough using the noodle machine and made them into noodles. 

Loving the sensory experience to bits !
While waiting for the noodles to be ready from the deep frying, kids got to design their Mamee pack. 

Happy Kids with their Mamee Goodies 
No.46 & 48, Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street)
75200 Melaka

Opening hours: 
Monday - Thursday: 10am - 5pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 7pm 
(Closed on Tuesday except for eve of public holidays and public holidays) 

While we were halfway through the workshop, the dads went to queue for food. Ho Kee was just right beside the red building if you go left (same stretch as Mamee Jonker House).

Melaka's iconic chicken rice ball, I read that the best was Chung Wah but that coffee shop was closed when we went. Ho Kee was the nearest to where we were, hence, the men went to queue and got the tables. Be sure to be there early otherwise, be prepared to queue.

The poached chicken were tender and succulent, topped on a generous base of soy sauce 

but their chicken rice balls were disappointing. I found them abit too try and not as fragrant as the ones I tried before. The kids loved it though probably it was just like eating fishballs. I have to stop Vera from overeating. 

Ho Kee Chicken Rice Ball
No. 4, 6 & 8, Jalan Jang Jebat 
75200 Melaka

Operating hours:
9 am to 5.30 pm daily
Tel: 06-238 4751 / 012-623 8431

Next day, we went back to Jonker Street again, to satisfy our bellies again. The Daily Fix Cafe is the one to go with its instagram worthy, charming vintage interior. You have to walk through a souvenir shop (you can find this vintage television set right outside the shop). 

Walk all the way into the shop until you see the entrance of The Daily Fix Cafe.

I read the pancakes were highly recommended and when you have a group of friends who shared the same interest of taking photos of those delectable dishes served. The cafe has an extensive menu for the western food and drinks as well. Highly recommend this place, not to be missed when you are in the city.

This is A MUST try. Their local pandan pancakes, sprinkled with a thin layer of icing sugar and served with a mini bowl of grated coconut infused in gula melaka. My personal preference, I find that this is the best combination among the three. To savour the pandan pancakes alone seemed quite normal but dip it into the grated coconut infused with gula melaka, it made me craving for more.

Local Pandan Pancake, RM 13.90

Salted Egg Yolk Pancake with Vanilla Ice-cream, RM 17.90 

The Daily Fix Cafe
50, Jalan Hang Jebat
75200 Melaka

Do check out their facebook for the latest activity and opening hours.

Jonker 88, famous for their Nyonya Laksa, Baba Laksa as well as Asam Laksa. However, be expected to queue and wait during lunch peak hours especially.

Click to enlarge the menu

The portion for the noodles were pretty big, so if you would like to save some space for later, it was good enough to share among two.

Asam Laksa 

The version of Cendol here was different, I would still prefer the lighter version from the 60 East & West Rendezvous. 


Jonker 88 
88 Jalan Hang Jebat
75200 Melaka

We did not plan to drive to anywhere out of the town for meals. For dinner, we chanced upon Cottage Spices, which was a stone's throw away from where we stayed. They serve Nyonya cuisine as well as some homecooked style dishes. Would be advisable to call and reserve a table as the restaurant housed about 10 tables or less on a single storey. By the time we reached, the tables were all taken.

Ayam Buah Keluak

To be honest, I am not a fan of Kuah Beluak for its acquired taste. The boss of the restaurant was pretty surprised when he saw them untouched and told me this dish was the most tedious to prepare. I took some to taste and quite like it But I took more than a nut, having said that, none of the adults who were seated at my table ate this. At the end of it, I almost finished everything.

Asam Pedas

The steamed otak was disappointing though, tasted pretty normal, nothing much to shout about. 

Otak Otak 
Ikan Kukus

The total bill for the 12 of us costs about RM 447. Each person costs around $12 sgd after conversion. You can view the breakdown of what we have ordered below.

Cottage Spices Nyonya Restaurant 
171, Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya
75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +60 6-283 5040 

Another dinner option if you are staying at Hatten or within the vicinity, Dorae Korean BBQ is located diagonally opposite Hatten Hotel. This restaurant is three storey high and you can choose to sit at the tables or on the floor.  

We were given a private room for our group, pretty good idea to contain our noise in one room !

Side dishes 

The friendly staff did the bbq for us. So we were in a way, just wait for food lah. Overall, the food was decent and normal but the friendly service of the staff will be the reason for the next return.

Cheers to an everlasting brotherhood 
Dorae Korean BBQ Restaurant 
Taman Melaka Raya
75000 Melacca, Malaysia
Tel: +60 6-2922616

Till our next trip, peeps!

I hope this post has been useful for those of you who are first timer in Melaka and still trying to figure out the head and tails of the above eateries. Remember, it's just going to the right or left. Majority of them are on the left. Happy planning! 

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