Roger Loh @Melaka

At Restoran Nyonya Makko, Jalan Merdeka, Melaka, 4th Feb 2014

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

It’s Chinese New Year or CNY once again… in 2014…

And… It seems to be a new tradition for me to take a short trip overseas starting from the last CNY where we visited Bangkok for several days. However, this year, we opted to do a short road trip to Melaka.

Melaka — once known as Malacca — is a charming city of both old and new that has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008 which possibly led to more traffic jams snarling in the narrow streets.

The OLD includes lots of historical sites to visit (most of which I’ve done some thirty years ago) since the Portuguese colonial days a few hundred years ago as well as the narrow and winding Sungei Malacca River (which I was told a cruise there will be nice!). However, I have yet to take a cruise down this romantic river 🙂

The NEW in Melaka includes a number of malls like Mahkota Parade, the Dataran Pahlawan Mall as well as the upcoming Hatten Mall (inside Hatten Hotel) as well as dozens of boutique hotels and cafes sprouting up all over the city.

In addition, what I enjoyed most is eating in Malacca. There are simply lots to eat, some yummy some so so (which I’m not going to tell you because taste is highly subjective!) like:

  • Nyonya food (you can find dozens around Jonker Street and Jalan Merdeka); the one is the pic above is taken at Nyonya Makko along Jalan Merdeka and the kangkong belachan (veggie) is really superb, one of the best I’ve eaten!
  • Chendol, a very yummy dessert with their Gula Melaka sugar (available at Jonker Street as well as at most nyonya restaurants)
  • Pork satay plus pork innards (a nice term for internals and intestines)
  • Mille crepe cakes at Nadeje Cafe (there are three outlets there and these cakes are my absolute favorite and I have to have them whenever I visit Melaka in the recent years! It’s that good!!)
  • Lots more like satay celups, ikan bakar, etc!

So, now you know why I can make trip to Melaka once every few months and I don’t get tired because I love to eat! 🙂