Monday, October 5, 2009
DH and I finally visited Malacca, or Melaka in Malay, about a 2 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur city. We took the North-South Highway towards Seremban, then we exit Bandar Melaka (Malacca town). After paying the highway toll, RM16.50 per way, we drove straight on Ayer Keroh towards the Malacca town.
Malacca is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, and Malay architectures as you walk in the town.
On our arrival, we were lucky to find a parking (RM3) along the Melaka river, near Jalan Hung Jebat (formerly Jonkers street), named after a close companion of a legendary Malay warrior, Hang Tuah.
We walked on the Hung Jebat street, where you can find museums, food, souvenir and antique shops.
Red color is popular here
We wanted to try out one of Malacca's delicacy, the chicken rice balls at this famous restaurant Kedai Kopi Chung Wah (corner of Jalan Hung Jebat and Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock)... but the queue was too long.
So we walked to another restaurant, called Famosa Chicken Rice Ball (on Jalan Hung Jebat, near Jalan Hang Katsuri). The interior of the restaurant is quite nice. We ordered half chicken (RM16) with 10 rice balls, and vegetables (total bill RM28).
After lunch, we walked towards the Stadhuys where the Christ Church, clock tower and fountain are located (1st picture above). There you can find more souvenir stalls, and rickshaws.
Porta de Santiago and ruin of St Paul's Church
Just across the Porta de Santiago, there's the Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall. We went there to cool down under the air conditioner. We went to the upper floor in a comfortable coffee shop, called Nadeje Café (Lot.No.UB051-053, diagonal to Old Town Coffee Shop), to try out their Mille Crêpe. It's French for thousand crepes.
Can you see the stack of layered crepes? It looks like a cake.
We ordered chocolate cheese, and raisin rum, with cold coffee and cold tea. The mille crepe costs RM8.50 per piece, with either coffee or tea for additional RM3. If you're in KL, you can also find the mille crepe at Isetan for RM6 per piece (don't know how the Isetan mille crepe tastes though, but I will try it out soon).
We walked back to Jonker street to try out the cendol (pronounced "chendol") at Jonker Dessert 88 restaurant.
The interior of the restaurant is decorated with antiques items. You can hear nice old Chinese classic songs.
Before heading back to KL, we dropped by a local delicacy shop to buy Gula Melaka (made from sugar cane), and Chin Cha Lok (made from fermented shrimp).
This is an update for one of my blog visitor ^_^. There are many local delicacy shops, but the one I went to is called POO E BAN. The address is No.72 Jalan Tokong, it's one street behind Jonker street... same street as the famous Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. You can't miss it, because it's a red house. Here's a picture of the shop.
Bye bye Malacca.