Day 3 in Melaka. Breakfast at the hotel as usual. Today we decided to go to a mall to walk about. Before that, we decided to visit 2 places near our hotel first.
The first one was the goldsmith once owned by my family. The name of the shop is still on Google even though it has been closed for many years. My grandparents’ generation lost ownership of the shop after someone broke into and stole everything. One of my uncles tried to open another small shop but it didn’t succeed.
I’m surprised after so many years, the shop is still here and the name is still engraved on the pillars.
I’m glad a piece of my family name still survives somewhere in historical Melaka.
Second place we went to visit was Titi’s Art Gallery, but he wasn’t open today. Titi is Aunty Rosemary’s friend, he even did a large art piece commissioned by her.
From Temple street, we took uber to a mall in Melaka Raya. While waiting for Uber, I noticed this Cheng Ho museum. Should visit it one day.
When we reached the mall, we found out Elements mall wasn’t completed yet (I thought the website indicated they were already open for business!). So we walked the length of Melaka Raya to go to Mahkota Parade instead. on the way, we passed by this restaurant, recommended by my uncle.
After spending 2 hours or so in (the air-conditioned) Mahkota Parade, it was lunch time. we took another uber to Pin Pin Hiong to try their chicken chop. Pin Pin Hiong is an old-school Hainanese restaurant located in a small wooded shoplot. their specialty is the mee shua (a kind of rice vermicelli noodles or bihun) very limited tables, and be prepared to wait for more than 1 hour if you’re here during peak hour. We arrived at the end of lunch time, so we found a sharing table (with two other couples). we didn’t have to wait long, maybe about 45 minutes, for the food to arrive. we ordered the chicken chop and pork chop.
Verdict? The food isn’t much to shout about, there are lots of other places in PJ that serve better traditional style chops. But it is nice to see a old school style restaurant surviving for so long. So anyway, what do you do after a lunch on a hot day? You get your caffeine fix! There are many new gourmet coffee places in Malacca now, which is a good sign. We wanted to try Ola Lavanderia CafÃ©, which supposedly had a great tasting gula Melaka cheese cake. But unfortunately, it was closed!
Next choice was The Mods CafÃ©, further down the road. This place didn’t disappoint. This place, run by a young couple with a kid, serves ‘for serious coffee drinkers only’.
So what do you do after getting your caffeine fix? You eat nyonya cendol!
This time we tried Christina Ee, a well known shop here. The cendol was quite good.
My wife also tried the durian puff from the same shop we went yesterday.
Then it was back to hotel for a nap.
For an early dinner, we decided to try wan tan mee. Melaka is known for their white sauced mee, different from elsewhere. Instead of going to the famous one in Bunga Raya, I went for this locals-only coffeeshop in Jalan Kampung Lapan. When we after after 6pm, the wan tan mee stall was just setting up. the owner told us to wait 15 minutes. So we sat down in the empty coffeeshop and order drinks and or chien (fried oysters).
By the time the stall was ready to send out the first order (which was ours) the coffeeshop was FULL of patrons. And there was at least 10 people lining up to tarpau. Well, it was just as well we were early! We can surmise that this place is REALLY popular with locals.
Since it was just 7pm, I decided to go for a walk in Bunga Raya. It’s been a long, long time since I went to this street in the heart of Chinatown (that one time we went to have wan tan mee notwithstanding). The the old days, Jalan Bunga Raya was THE place for family shopping. There were two department stores there, Madam King’s and Lian Fatt. The entire street is lined with old-style businesses selling shoes, bags, sundry goods, clothes, accessories etc. Then came huge shopping centres (it started with Jusco in Ayer Keroh in 1991, then followed by Mahkota Parade in 1994) and Jalan Bunga Raya slowly and surely died out and became the quiet street it is today. Well, Madam King’s is still surviving, though.
Even the famous wan tan mee stall in Bunga Raya is rather quiet on a Saturday night.
Night was still young, we went back to Jonker Walk for more coffee. After trying to get a place here twice in the past 2 days, we managed to catch this place without the crowds today.
After dinner we walked through the night market again (for like the 37th time) to reach our hotel. Saturday has the biggest crowd.
To be concluded.