Melacca, Malacca – hey call it Chewbacca if you wish – this place is a food mecca however you spell it!!!
On the West coast of Malaysia lies Melacca.
It is just an amazing place, that only takes us about 3-4 hours to get there by car.
You really should try to get there if you have not been before.
Recommendation to stay in old town.
Recommendation to stay at Casa del Rio on the water front.
Recommendation to eat in old town.
A little Daddy-Pedia for you quickly. Did you know Melacca is;
- a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2008 (together with George Town of Penang – yep exactly where Ollie went for his school trip);
- located on Southern region of the Malay Peninsular next to the Straits of Malacca – now I wonder where it got its name, hmmm;
- the 3rd smallest state after Perlis and Penang;
- was very prosperous until those naughty Portuguese came in to power (well conquering it) in 1511, massively removing the power of the Sultans and its very Trade, and then trying to kill the religion by bringing in Catholicism – but because of that there is a Portuguese influence on food and buildings;
- the Dutch then had a go back in 1641 when kicked out those naughty Portuguese, although not a great deal happened re the trade situation. They stayed though until 1798;
- In 1824 the Union Jack was erected there, yep the Dutch handed over to us from then until something like 1946 – during this time The British East India Company was running her;
- she is now part of the Federation of Malaysia, following Malaysia’s independence – good on her;
- she is VERY similar to George Town in Penang, Singapore’s Malay Quarter, and in fact most of the Asian shipping ports of it’s time – it’s just great;
- As a foodie this is the GREAT part, she is a mix of approx;
- 57% Malays,
- 32% Chinese, including Peranakan,
- Kristang (people with Portuguese blood line), and
- Dripping with places to visit and hang out;
- St Peter’s Church – Dutch one in 1700’s,
- Fort A Famosa – interesting one this, originally Portuguese construction in 1511, us Brits then said tell you what let’s the blow bugger up as we’re new Sherriff’s in town. This action was stopped by the one and only Sir Stamford Raffles, of course of Singapore fame,
- Tranqerah Mosque – oldest in Malacca,
- Jonker Walk – antique shops and food, oh my goodness food – this is also where they shut the street on a Saturday night and have the night market, and
- The list goes on, and on…
- Dad; and
All working together in the same place – 3 generations now.
- I am tucking in to this delicious packet of pork, stick rice, banana leafy thing which was just scrumptious;
- You cannot see the literally 100’s of people walking towards me (that I can) murmuring under their breath “look at that pretentious Angmo idiot, having a photo with a dumpling”; and
- And because I love the guy to the left, again murmuring “what kind of f*cking shirt is that you’re wearing dick head?”
- Stage 1 – Crack egg in to the round hole which is a series of round holes atop a burner. Add some sprinkling of something. Add some spices of spam and let it cook a while.
- Stage 2 – Then in burner with holes add some batter and transfer the spam thing from burner with holes number one in to the batter mix as below, and let it cook a while…
Stage 3 – Repeat back in burner number one some batter mix and flip the thing from burner two on top of that and again let it cook a while. It takes about two minutes all up, and I had mine finished off with a good squirt of mayo.
Whilst it was cooking I asked to take the picture of the cook, and he sort of turned away and flicked his spatula at me.
This place we tried to get in both days we were there, but the queue at all times was overflowing and up the street on Jonkers Walk – filled with locals so must be good. There’s always the next time.
“I know where you live Jonkers 88!”
Because of these little beauties. The world famous Singaporean chicken rice is taken to new levels (sorry Singapore). The rice is cooked in chicken stock (massive secret what goes in that), rolled to a ball and steamed/fried to these. I tell you I am not really a massive rice person but I had 5 of these and ordered 16 take away to bring home – absolutely delicious!