Something that I will miss while in Spore and would definately go for at least once when I was in Melaka was this coffeeshop just below M’s flat. Not becos of it homely-managed coffeeshop nor becos of the oftenly-seen-daughters-scolding-proprietress, but becos of the nice, crispy, and cheap roti canai (prata) they served there. I would ‘brainwashed’ everyone with it before any Melaka trip 😛
It used to be prepared by the proprietor, with their daughters (of very young ages) helping out in the coffeeshop before they left for school. The proprietress who were incharge of making drinks was oftenly seen scolding their daughters but was usually friendly to the patrons.
However in the recent years, the oftenly gena-scolded eldest daughter had taken up the job of being the ‘prata’-girl. According to Ah Ee, local tv crews ever came and filmed on her, cos she was the youngest ‘prata’-girl in M’sia. Think she is still in upper-primary school now.
As it was still a working day for M & J, we slept till a comfortable hour before taking our own sweet time down to the coffeeshop for our late breakfast. Afterwhich we made a stroll around the estate before M came to fetch us for …….. LUNCH 😛
And we bought these traditional nyonya zhang (rice dumpling) with blue flower’s colouring as well as the bazhang. Both at RM2.80 each. Isn’t it cheap for such yummy and filling rice dumplings?! And the homely store was actually ‘camouflaged’ behind a … car garage (?)
M brought us to Donald & Lily’s for our lunch. Honestly speaking, I had came by this area many times while going towards Jonker st., but never had I ever notice a stall selling chendol just beside the parking lots. Wat more to know that there was a home-cooked nyonya food serving behind the stall up a short flight of stairs of an old house.
2nd chendol of the trip (RM1.30)
The ice were fine-shaved and very soothing to the throat.
The amount of gula melaka used seemed just nice and so wasn’t so sweet. Just the taste I like ^__^
Nasi Lemak (RM5.00)
Fri special that served w rendang ayam … which was a big serving.
Tau Kua Rojak Special (RM3.50)
nyonya special … taste just like our rojak but with the you tiao.
basically a dish with tau kua, tau pok, pineapples and cucumbers, and of cos the peanut paste … mmm … yummy!
Mee Siam (RM3.00)
very appetising dish
Nyonya Laksa (RM3.20)
the ingredients used were so different from wat we had here.
Other than those commonly found ingredients, there were brinjals too.
As M was only out with us on her lunch hour, she drove around Jonker’s Street for us to familiarise with the area before dropping us off on our own. And so, my status turned to “unofficial tour guide” with immediate effect 😛
Recognised this place? One of the filming locations for Sammi Cheng and Richie Ren’s movie, Summer Holiday 《夏日么么茶》 … the part where she finally realised that her boyfriend (starred by Tay Ping Hui) was with her good friend. Dunno-which-series of Citybeat filmed here before too.
Malaqa House Museum Sdn. Bhd.
We spent quite some times here and took some shots in this antiques selling shop while AG was choosing her gift for her ‘boy boy’ 😀
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple (青云亭)
The 300+ yrs old temple was the most popular place where the locals will go for during chinese calendar important dates. NL did her kau cim (求签) here.
After near 2hrs of walk, we decided to settle down for some cold drink. Geographer cafe was our choice of cos ^___*
Cinderella (RM7.00) / Organic Coconut (RM4.50) / Dragon Fruits (RM7.00)
Cinderella was the drink in yellow … think it suits the pink drink (Dragon Fruits) better ^___*
The distance between the Jonker Street and The Stadthuys was actually very near and within walking distance. The Stadthuys was the other location for the filming of the Summer Holiday … the part where the 1st & 2nd unsuccessful signing of the contract for selling off the island was which eventually called off.
Actually, as long as one follow closely to the map route, and with proper instructions & indications given (by M), one could even easily made it to Pahlawan ***proud proud*** Warm weather might be the only obstruction, which didn’t dampened our spirit though, cos we were mentally prepared 😛
As there was still some time before M or J picked us up in the evening, NL and AG decided to head for a haircut, while JT and me roamed around before settling down at Shilin 士林 stall.
We were surprised with how presentable the mee sua was served. Unlike those we had here that served with a paper bowl. And I din realised that Shilin’s mee sua in Spore didn’t serve oysters anymore, but substituted with sliced chicken meat instead. Wat a pity! ~_~
Each mouthful was so satisfying with thick taste and generous serving. The oysters used though were small but very fresh. Wat more they retained the original way of eating oysters mee sua … by not using chopsticks.
And next was their XXL crispy chicken. It was served bone-in and uncut, so as to retain the original flavour and juiciness … which I understood from JT that that was how it was served in Taiwan.
M went hm for some evening nap (she must had been ‘tired’ out by us :P) while it was J’s turn to drive us around. As we still had time before our dinner at Jonker Walk (the whole street will be closed for traffic for nite bazzar-like every Fri-Sun nite), J drove us to Portuguese Settlement for a short tour around before we headed off to Tan Kim Hock for local product spree!
It was indeed a spree for them cos NL and AG used up all their ringgits there while JT spent RM200+ :-O We almost had our 3rd chendol … the fav. durian chendol at Tan Kim Hock. But ‘luckily’ it was sold out by the time we were there. Understand from M & J that they rarely take any chendol only when ‘tourists’ like us were there to savour such =P
But before we reached TKH, J made a round and let them had a glance of the San Bao Jin 三宝井 where it was actually a … chinese cemetery located 😛
Oh well, I had actually feedback to NL the history of how baba-nyonya came about, and oso about this Princess Hang Li Poh’s drinking well which was now a wishing well and of cos not in drinkable condition … unless u dun mind the water passing thru those corpses from the hill 😛
Basicially this area was called Bukit Cina … where M & J were shocked that I added this into our itinerary. And so inorder not to disappoint NL, they drove pass the temple where the well was and let NL had a glance of it 😛 Good huh my cousins! … hehehe …
Soon nite came and off we went for the Jonker Walk which stretches the whole of Jonker Street. My other cousins were gathering here too.
This street totally came alive at nite. Other than the usual street stalls and handicrafts or watever one might find in nite market, those clan associations along the street became some community gathering places where one could find different groups of elderly taking line-dance, cha-cha, and even karaoke sessions.
There was this particular central performance stage, where cny count down celebrations were usually held, had became a stage for elderly to show out their singing talent. We usually bypass this place cos it was just some elderly singing some oldies, nothing special. But this nite, we were all captived by an uncle who sang … guess wat?! … it was 背叛 by Gary 曹格. Wat more it was really well sang 🙂 And it seems that all the elderly were bored with the song cos only the few of us gave him his well deserved big applause.
And next, a new try for the 3 gals … Satay Celup … kinda lok-lok way of eating, dipping into a big pot of satay sauce … something like the dip we had for satay. If I remembered correctly, this originate from Melaka. And they charged the food by the number of emptied satay sticks they found on the table. How trustful they were rite?
More and more places selling satay celup popped up these few years but we frequented more at those along Ong Kim Wee instead.
One thing about this trip was … I had only announced it to my cousins that I WILL-or-MIGHT be coming to Melaka, without informing the elderlys … like my Ah Ee, Ee-ma, 2 Kao-Fu and blah blah blah. Well … I thought my cousins will inform them 😛 And so happened that I received a missed call just the day before. It was from my KL kao-fu … which I thought he called becos he knew of my arrival. After returning back the call that I realised that he had totally no idea of my arrival and even planned to travel down to Melaka to have dinner with us.
None of my cousins nor Ah Ee believed that he will actually travel down cos he had ‘flew them kites’ many times 😛 But much to our surprise … he appeared while we were at Jonker Walk :-O … and we were more shock becos … he decided to return back to KL after our satay celup supper which was treated by him :-OOOOOOO
Oh yes! I’m a QUEEN INDEED!!!! hehehe … Ain’t my beloved relatives cuteeeeee too ^_______^