To celebrate my ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’, I have decided to hop on the bff’s family car to go on a road trip to Malacca. I’ve heard so much about Jonker Street and all the delicious Chendol and Nonya food. #salivate
After a three hour long drive, we finally reached Malacca. The traffic at the customs was pretty ok with slow moving traffic but the jam in Malacca itself is terrible! We checked into Aldy Hotel Stadhuys upon arrival. Located in the heart of the Melaka town, and a 5 minute walk from Jonker Walk /Street and other historic sites, Aldy Hotel Stadhuys is definitely a good place to stay in.
Dropped our luggage, went for a short toilet break and off to Jonker Street!
So what are the must-eats in Malacca, in my own humble opinions?
Jonker 88 Baba Chendol (RM4)
No. 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200, Melaka, Melaka, 75200, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 19-397 5665
Since some of our friends highly raved about Jonker 88 Baba Chendol, we decided to give it a try since Malacca is well known for its Chendol. I wished they were more generous with the gula melaka and so far, I still prefers our Chendol from Jin Jin Dessert.
Jonker 88 Baba Laksa (RM6)
CH, the man behind the wheels, decided to order the Baba Laksa to share. He added 2 fishballs because the kids love it and ended paying RM8 for a bowl of laksa with fishballs. The thick and creamy laksa gravy is loved by all except the ketchup me. It’s a tad too spicy for my liking.
Famosa Chicken Rice Balls
28-30 Jalan Hang Kasturi (off Jonker Street)
We wanted to try the famous chicken rice balls at Chung Wah, opposite San Shu Gong, but they have closed for the day, and thus we head to Famosa instead.
We queued for about 10mins and was ushered to our table. The golf ball-sized chicken rice balls are easy to consume and we gobbled down 10 chicken rice balls within minutes. The boys loves it and had 3 each! We also tried their Chendol for we wanted something cooling to beat the hot weather. Bad choice for I can barely taste the gula melaka nor the coconut milk.
Nonya Dumplings from East and West Rendezvous Café (RM6)
East & West Rendezvous
60 Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
Telephone: 016-634 6283 (Grace)
We really wanted to try Nonya food so we went searching and found Grace, the owner of East & West Rendezvous. We started out feeling disappointed as Grace said they were closed today and isn’t selling any Nonya dumplings. She advised us to call and make reservations before heading down. We then told her we are heading home today and its such a pity we wouldn’t be able to try her dumplings. To our surprise, she offered to sell us 3 dumplings which was supposed to be for her own consumption.
Grace is really friendly but due to back pain, she had to sell the business and asked if I know anyone who would like to buy. She is willing to sell her recipes and her business to anyone who has interest. If you are interested to know more, give her a ring.
After our first bite, the adults (us three) had the WOAHHH-yummy-look! It was the best Nonya dumpling we ever had! The glutinous rice is coloured blue with bunga telang (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitoria_ternatea ) is soft and chewy filled with generous minced pork and mushrooms – simply delectable. Sorry I couldn’t show more of the ingredients for it was drizzling and we had to take shelter inside the car but thank goodness for this delicious dumpling!
Local handmade biscuits at Gu Pong Enterprise
136, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
Telephone & Fax: 06-286 5532
We chanced upon this shop as we walked along Jonker Street and decided to stop and buy some local yummies such as Ma Ti Su, walnut and sesame biscuits. Something in me knew that I HAD to buy these walnut biscuits for the last time I bought that many was when I visited Penang! The bff and I decided to open a packet and oh boy was I right; crispy, crunchy, very addictive right to the very last bite!
For those who know me long enough, you should know that I’m a big fan of anything with sesame! Coated with a layer of black sesame seeds, they add a nutty flavour to a plain looking piece of cookie, which I totally love! Buy buy buy!
The Bff couldn’t get enough of these goodies that we HAD to head back to the store on our last day at Malacca to buy more. #stockingup
One Bite Durian Puff @ Melaka Jonker Street
You not only can see the very long queue but also the overpowering durian smell! I am not a fan of the durian at all but the family is so I went along. They had Jackfruit puffs that day and I was addicted! So damn delicious can! My bff family were gushing over the durian puffs and return the next day for more!
Available in both small and large size, these bonsai desserts are easy to spot for they have big posters standing outside the shops. You should be able to spot them easily. They are so much cheaper compared to Singapore and I love the generous oreos “soil” and you can easily choose the filling; chocolate, strawberry, double chocolate, vanilla, yam and more. The boys were excited especially the bff’s elder son who couldn’t stop raving that he ate soil. haha
Clever marketing that got many of us queuing for we are all curious about this yogurt egg! It is merely flavoured ice in a form of an egg cup!!! This white ice is actually lychee and they also have many other flavours like yam, chocolate, strawberry n more. Rm 3 is a little expensive for this small egg but can be quite thirst quenching as you explore Jonker Walk.
I was curious about the lollipop like machine and as I walked nearer, I realised it was a hotdog wrapped in omelette and drizzled with pepper, mustard and sweet sauce. So I bought one and try. Not too bad for a RM3 street food.
In laymen terms: smell so nice, don’t want to buy also cannot! Because of the super delicious fragrance; garlic with black soy sauce, almost anyone who walked past, stopped to queue! We of course joined in but I feel its taste pale in comparison to the smell.
Mamee Jonker House
Mamee’s very first concept store after 40 over years of food manufacturing. A show of hands whose once-upon childhood favourite snack is Mamee? I was thrilled to know there is a Mamee concept store in Malacca where you can even buy Mamee merchandises. If you make a reservation online, you can even join them in making your personalised Mamee noodle!
So interesting to see so many ‘zhng’ trishaw with loads of colourful lights, plushies and techno music! The trishaw owners are so hip i even see Disney’s Frozen trishaw playing “Let it go…let it gooooo…” I’m not sure about the price but it sure looks interesting.
There are a lot more food spots that I have yet to try during my trip to Malacca, such as the chendol from Bibik House, Nonya cuisine from Nancy’s Kitchen and satay (charcoal grilled meat on sticks) from Lung Ann Refreshments. If you tried any of the above-mentioned, please leave a comment and share with me your experiences?