Melaka Weekend

Malaysia. The land of awesome food. Just across the causeway. Without a car, it’s such a chore to get to. This weekend getaway was E’s idea because we were all so busy: him with basketball matches and me with projects and events to plan. Now that the Halloween event is over (the last of the semester), he thought it’d be good if we chilled out before exams start. Plus, the last time we really were on vacation together was 11 months ago in California. We both miss the golden state so much. I wouldn’t consider this trip a travelling trip because we only ate and ate and ate.

The most exciting part about being in Malaysia is that everywhere you eat you get really good food. Without a car, the region we could wander around efficiently was the cultural heritage/tourist centre of Melaka. Fortunately, all the good food happens to be concentrated there.

Peranakan food was the highlight for me. I am a sucker for ayam buah keluak, as I have probably mentioned in my previous post. E did not appreciate it at all. He compared it to a ground cashew nut. I was mortified of course. How can you compare buah keluak to a common cashew?!? Just, no. (But he said he’s willing to learn to cook it with me, so I guess we’re even. He’s a keeper!)

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E scooping buah keluak for me ^^. He thinks it is like ground cashew nuts. Plebian.

As usual, we overestimated our appetites and ordered so much the dude taking our orders questioned our ability to finish what we ordered. I am biased when I say this, but ayam buah keluak was the best dish. They blended the nut and it was so smooth and fine. I wanted to cry {tears of joy} finally being able to eat it after being deprived of it for over 2 years. Needless to say, I ate all the nuts and gave E all the chicken in the bowl. What is chicken?! Having said that, it’s definitely an acquired taste because E just couldn’t get past the fact he was eating black nuts. I guess that was good for me ’cause I got to eat everything in the end.

I think I was dead to the other dishes, but apparently the assam duck was really yummy and I enjoyed the soup.

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Look at his eager dinner face.

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Nancy’s Kitchen: not food.

If you haven’t tried Peranakan food, I’d recommend Nancy’s Kitchen in Melaka, because it definitely has a reputation of putting out consistently delicious food and its recipes are supposed to be traditional and passed down for over 3 generations. This is, of course, unverified and I’ll just take it because I had good food and I don’t care how old your recipes are actually. Nancy’s Kitchen is along Jalan Hang Jebat near to Jonker Walk. Just ask anyone, we asked an old lady who didn’t understand a shred of English but understood Nancy’s Kitchen. That’s powerful Nancy.

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Photo moments while looking for Nancy

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Nancy’s neighbours

Nancy’s kitchen is situated right beside a bar area and just a couple of minutes away is the Jonker Walk Night Market. As you can see, we arrived at Nancy’s Kitchen when it was still daylight because we wanted to have an early dinner to beat any crowds. #trueblueSingaporean And after dinner we strolled the night market.

We also indulged a little (a lot) in dessert. Aside from Chendol, we ate very awesome mille crepes. O.M.G. So awesome. That may be our next bake.

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The ‘Original’ Mille Crepe

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The Gula Melaka Mille Crepe

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E devouring them

I know, it’s kinda weird to be eating mille crepes in Melaka. But I’m glad we did. The Melaka we visited was rather walkable, although a car would have been more convenient, and we’d probably venture out of the tourist centre. We tried two mille crepes – one without special flavours and one with irresistible gula melaka.

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Gobble that up.

I’m a sucker for that palm sugar. I haven’t been to Melaka in a while, but I’m guessing this establishment is new. It’s called Nadeje and it’s at Mahkota. Initially I wanted to head to the shopping area to buy some shorts, but I didn’t come across any ones with the right price. It’s just cotton, but they’ll still charge you unreasonably.

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Old structures in Melaka

Melaka kept a lot of its European architecture and buildings. The Dutch, Portuguese and British influence here is rather striking. I also love how the trishaw  riders decorate their trishaws. I saw Doraemon ones and Hello Kitty ones with boom boxes.

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Hoe Kee Chicken Rice

Oh my goodness. I know, there are many awesome chicken rice stores in Singapore already and I particularly like the one in Upper Serangoon Road, but we couldn’t resist the rice balls. Looks at them! They look incredibly appetising and I can just recall their texture in my mouth. Just the right moisture and size. So awesome. Brb drooling.

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My favourite store sign

As we were walking to find chendol, I was very intrigued by this shop. Because it has nice lettering that fit the whole vibe of the store. No curios for me to buy though, as a budget traveler I can only spend on food.
 

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Famous chendol shop has more curios.

We headed to Jonker88 chendol, and it was, uhm average. But but but I love chendol so even average makes me happy and gleeful. We also bought fried tofu skin while we were there.

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Chendol man servin’ up some dessert.

We had better chendol the next morning at East and West Rendezvous. Breakfast was amazing durian chendol with Nonya dumplings.

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Awesome Durian Chendol

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I love these Nonya Rice Dumplings

Prep work with blue rice.

Seriously. I love Nonya Rice Dumplings. (Or Nonya zhang) The fragrance of the banana(?) leaves and pork just embraces your nose. I would have bought some back to Singapore but we ran out of money. We did buy some cincalok and gula melaka back though. The durian chendol was really good because the sweetness of the duriann gave the chendol a punch of flavour. The very distinct and beloved durian flavour.

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We took a tourist selfie at the fort area.

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We also stumbled upon an art demonstration showcase and decided to try paper cutting too.

Melaka has been very awesome and it makes me look forward to future trips to Malaysia.

These are the places I mentioned in the post:

Nancy’s Kitchen
7 Jalan Hang Lekir
75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Nadeje
G-23 & 25, Jalan PM4, Plaza Mahkota, 75000, Melaka, Melaka, 75000, Malaysia

Hoe Kee Chicken Rice
468, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

60 East & West Rendezvous
60 Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

They are all in the same area near the river. Great even for people with poor navigation. We also chanced upon an awesome coffee shop with hand made kaya and duck noodles. But I have forgotten what it is called. It is along Jalan Hang Jebat. Till next time!

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