Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Day trip to the capital of Nyonya food and Portuguese historical site

                                          Picture taken from here

We went down to Malacca town today for an appointment, and as usual, whenever we are there, we will make it a point to explore Jonker Street and it's historical site, even if it's for 1/2 hour.

Of course, we can never resist the urge to enjoy Malacca food too.. :-D

We've been there umpteen time, but because it's always due to work that we are there, we always seem to be in a rush. Hence, it's rather difficult for me to take any pictures, especially when I am with a person who is specifically not photography savvy (is there such a word?) and no patience for it too. Furthermore, you must understand that the Malaysian hot and humid weather doesn't really allow any working person to get in the mood to be creative.

This time round, it's no difference, but then I decided to try and snap some impromptu pictures, instead of getting myself stressed out over the fact that it's not the kind of quality picture that I would love to have captured for you to see, and yet, regret if I didn't maximize the opportunity that I have, each time we're there. We're always saying we'll be back for the real tourist experience, but then we've been saying that for years!

So, first stop after our appointment, lunch!

It was our first time having lunch in Melaka Raya today. Normally we would go for the chicken rice ball. ST knows there are plenty of Nyonya food in the area, and because, we were hungry as usual, we just popped-in to the first one near where we were able to find parking. We went into one called Banyonya.

To cut the story short on why there are no pictures of the food taken or restaurant, it's because we were too hungry, the food took a rather long time to be served and before we knew it, we had already left the place.. +__+

It was after we have taken our lunch, that we took our time strolling along the main road, surveying the restaurants and shops around there. And we realized that perhaps we should have gone to a restaurant called Nyonya Makko Restaurant, coz it was packed to the brim, and they seem to have more varieties of nyonya food on their menu, compared to Banyonya. 

Anyway, next, we adjourned to Jonker Street. We love going there and never miss the opportunity to stop by even for a while, to grab my coffee.

The place where we normally park our car, now has a brand new and big hotel operating there called Casa Del Rio. It overlooks the river, opposite the old Malacca Port and the Maritime Museum which is in the shape of an old Portuguese ship, or something like that.

These pictures were taken from Casa Del Rio's river front. Feel free to click on any picture for a clearer view. 

If you click on the above picture for a clearer view, you will be able to see the Maritime Museum which is in the shape of an old ship outside.

Here's the clearer picture of the Maritime Museum that I meant. Am sure you have seen this before, if not in person, then in pictures.

Another up and coming brand new hotel, with it's own river front, continuing from Casa Del Rio.

After checking out the hotel, which has a spanish taste in it, we walked to Jonker Street.

In the scorching heat, ST requested to have the famous Malacca Durian Cendol, at this place called Jonker88. The last time we came, they were close.

Somehow, I prefer the Penang cendol at the world famous Penang Street. Nothing can beat that.

It was a life saver in the this killer weather. After which, we hopped over to a cafe 5 minutes away for my coffee.

This has always been our favourite cafe where I enjoy my afternoon coffee. It's called the Geographer Cafe (newly renovated recently). Click here for more pictures of the place taken at night by a blogger and it's exact location. I wish I was able to take my time in snapping some nice pictures of the cafe. Well, guess this will have be it for now.

There were still plenty of Singaporeans in and around the Malacca township as, we were told that they have a 1 month school holiday. The entire Jonker Street was rather busy with cars from Singapore.

Why do I keep coming back here for it's coffee? Coz they serve one of the best Lavazza coffee!! And this place has air-cond..!!

See, I was sweating buckets...

On the way back to the car, we would normally take our time (if we have the extra time) to slow down a bit and go into a few of our favorite shops. One of them is this one, which is ST's favorite - The Udara Art Studio. They do not have a website, but they do have a FB account which you can click on up there.

Most of what they offer in the shop, is not something which you can find in any shops around the Malacca area. They sell rather unique and pretty fridge magnet (which ST love), costume jewellery, arts and prints of Malacca and it's heritage buildings. Lovely! You can see some of the stuffs they sell in their FB.

Left Malacca around 3 pm, and got home around 5.15 pm. Knowing that we will be having dinner really late tonight, we decided to stop by our favorite mamak shop - Restoran Silva in KK for tea break.

ST can never resist their potatoes, which is normally eaten with chapati. Their curry puffs and vadai is lovely!

If you are interested to know what else is good in this restaurant, click here.

As I was blogging on my brief Malacca trip today, I was also browsing in the net for some pictures which represents Malacca. I stumbled upon a few truly nice and lovely pictures taken by someone out there, and would very much love  to share it with you here.

                           Beaded Nyonya shoes. Picture taken from here

                        Multichrome enamel porcelain tea tray

A few years back, we were there for work and I took some beautiful pictures in Jonker Street, the pictures can be viewed here. It's in my FB. Feel free to add me if you can't see it.


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