Malacca Food Trip

If I stayed in Malacca for a few days I would have looked like Mr. Stay Puft. The food selections are varied so there are lots to try. I really want to follow the food adventure that Doc Gelo had. Time constraint was my problem. It didn\’t stopped me from appreciating what I stumbled upon.

Jonker Street, the most famous street  in the heritage site offers lots of food choices. It\’s very accessible from the Dutch Square. You can also avail souvenirs from the shops along the way. Please take note that prices here are higher.

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1. Hainanese Chicken Rice – Chop Chung Wah
Upon arriving Malacca, I was really hungry, I saw a queue before entering Jonker Street. Turns out it was this famous Chicken Rice Balls.

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In fairness I love the taste of their chilli. It\’s not that spicy.

I was disappointed to tell you frankly. It\’s just another Chicken Rice. It was served cold and I don\’t even feel the Chicken Rice taste. It\’s not cheap too.
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2. Restoran How Kuai
Located at the far end of Jonker Street. I wasn\’t satisfied with the Chicken Rice, I ended up eating again.
                             
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And of course the Cendol Ice Dessert. Too bad I wasn\’t able to try the Nyonya Cendol. But this version will do.

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I love how the Gula Melaka made this dessert \”alive\” in appearance and taste. The Cendol and other ingredients are at the bottom. I don\’t like mixing everything even with our (PHL) halo-halo and (SG) ice kachang.

3. Yogurt Ice cream – saw this from a grocery store.

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I tried the Chocolate flavor! Not too sweet and doesn\’t melt easily.

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I want to buy this but then the tindero and  tindera dinedma ako. It looks like sapin-sapin.

Surprised to see a Hard Rock Cafe in the area. Near the bridge before going to Jonker Street.
                               
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I didn\’t know Upin and Ipin  has a  fast-food joint. This animated series has certainly come a long way since airing in Disney Channel Asia.
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Given the chance I would love to comeback…I want to try their food circle, a different spin.

XOXO

Malacca, Malaysia Part 2

More of Jonker Street sights…
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This sign is just outside Jonker Street

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Father of Bodybuilders in Malaysia
On my way to Melaka Sentral, the bus passed on a huge golden statue of Datuk Wira. He\’s still very active and prominent even at the age of 85.
Started my sightseeing trail from the Dutch Square by hiring a tricycle rickshaw. Bad move for me. But my pedicab driver is nice if I look at it on the bright side ( and I forgot his name…shoot!). Malacca is his bread and butter. Been working for 30 years as a rickshaw driver.
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The Flamboyant Pedicabs – my own term for this colorful bunch.
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My Pedicab Driver
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Riverside Sights…
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Too bad I wasn\’t able to avail of the  Melaka River Cruise. I heard that the sunset-dusk-early evening ride are the best. You get to see everything at sunset then just enough to see the lights of the establishments in the evening.
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Maritime Museum
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Furthermore to the trail…
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A Famosa Fortress
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Walking through here will lead you to the path going to St. Paul Church and other museums.
             
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From the inside.
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I\’m fascinated with these huge tablets with inscriptions and symbols.
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As I went down from the St.Paul church. The Malacca Sultanate Palace was open. So I grabbed the opportunity. I think the entrance fee is 1 RM.

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I\’m happy I was given the chance to visit the Malacca.
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Church of St. Francis Xavier
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Till next time Malacca
XOXO

Malacca, Malaysia Part 1

Malacca (Malay: Melaka)  is the capital of the state of Malacca, on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Visiting Malacca is a unique experience with a rich historical and cultural background from previous Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. The city centre was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in July 2008, along with Georgetown, Penang.  – SOURCE

I\’ve made this day trip to Malacca because if I waited for a friend to plan a trip there it will take forever. So another solo trip for the lakwatsera in me. 
I can\’t pursue an overnight trip because I don\’t have a few days off from work. In my mind if I don\’t do it now, I won\’t be seeing Malacca in the next few years. So I booked a ticket online via easibook costs 45 SGD (2 way ticket). From Everton Park, I hailed a cab going to Golden Mile Complex in Beach Road. My bus going to Malaysia was Sri Maju. The ride was a pleasant one. A/C is working fine, reclining seats are comfortable. We\’re not allowed to use the TV and games console because I remember we just paid for coach seats. No problem with me, just as long as I have my iPod I\’ll be fine. The best part was there\’s only three passengers plus the driver. Yes!
After immigration clearance, you\’re set to Malacca. The trip is approximately 4 hours long including the mandatory stopovers. I find the duration of the trip fast. Fair enough for a big bus and no traffic along the road. But I\’m guessing if you have a private car you can reach Malacca 3 hours from SG (or less?).

Our last stop was Melaka Sentral. From there I searched for the Bus # 17 going to the Heritage Site. It\’s located in the front area of the shopping center. There are lots of people waiting for that bus when I came. Queuing is non-existent. You have to squeeze your way through the people, skin-to-skin. The bus was filled up, literally. I stayed at the back so it\’s not that crowded. I paid between 1-2 RM and you have to pay cash to the driver.

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Bus #17 will stop at the Dutch Square near the fountain and clock tower. And off you go to explore the city!

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I was able to come inside the church. Photo-taking is not allowed but the interiors are simple and the walls are mostly white. I\’m not quite sure what time the open and close from the public.

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Christ Church is an 18th-century Anglican church in the city of Malacca, Malaysia. It is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia and is within the jurisdiction of the Lower Central Archdeaconry of the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia. —Source 
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Dutch Square

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Stadthuys was closed for it was undergoing renovation.

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Plaza Roundabout

The Tourist Information Center is very accessible from the Dutch Square (you just need to cross the street). If you\’re a bit lost of where to go and what to do, just head to the center. There are computers with internet connection, brochures, booklets and some guidemaps.
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For me, especially if you\’re on a budget the best thing to do: follow the Heritage Trail and walk all the way. It may look or sound far (when you ask for direction) but the TRUTH is major tourist spots are within walking distances (refer to the map above and see the yellow colored area).

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I realized that I made an expensive mistake of trying-out the flamboyant pedicabs. While trekking through the city I was like \”Ang lalapit lang pala sana nilakad ko na lang.\”

The Dutch influence has definitely made a mark in this city.

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To be continued…

XOXO