Short Adventure at Jonker Street (Malacca, Malaysia)

Short Adventure at Jonker Street (Malacca, Malaysia)

Though it was but a short (church) camp of 5 days, there was still time to explore the nearby Jonker Street - a Chinatown of sorts with surroundings which are a fine fusion of tradition, and heritage intertwined with hip and innovation. With Malacca (Melaka) being awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 2008, Jonker Street (being in Malacca) is one street not to be missed.

On route to Jonker Street from our hotel (Hotel Equatorial Melaka), there were interesting sights and it was about a 10-15 minute walk. Upon reaching Jonker Street, it was a sight to behold with both the traditional (architecture) and some shops which have been there for some time blended with the moderns that occasionally pops up (Hard Rock, Star Bucks, boutique clothes shops anyone?).

Short Adventure at Jonker Street (Malacca, Malaysia)


Over our two (half) days exploration, we ate quite a bit. On the first day, we were on a quest, a food quest. But as most of us were already exhausted from the morning’s activities, we decided to just take in the sights and sounds and have a bite or two. Even so we managed to eat quite a few things. It was a blur of food activity as we walked, looked and ate (in the scorching afternoon heat). As a result of that, I can’t remember the names of the places we ate at (same goes for the second day as well haha).

Short Adventure at Jonker Street (Malacca, Malaysia)
Chicken Rice Balls and herbal jelly and...
Short Adventure at Jonker Street (Malacca, Malaysia)
... even more food!
Short Adventure at Jonker Street (Malacca, Malaysia)
And the walking

On the second day, we had the whole afternoon to ourselves yet again. It was a flurry of activity as all of the groups (which is a lot if you break down the full strength of about 500 into smaller groups of about 20) as it was lunch time. Scores of people scurried towards places to have lunch, and every corner we turned we could see the other groups already eating or queing up (what can I say, we took a leisurely walk down).

My group wanted to have lunch at this (apparently) famous Peranakan restaurant called “Nancy’s Kitchen”. From the outside the aroma of the food was tempting, but unfortunately for us (in a big group) the place was packed to brim, forcing us to look for an alternative. 

Nancy's Kithen
Nancy's Kitchen even had Tripadvsior stamp of approval. Too bad we were not able to try it this time

And an alternative we did find. It was another Peranakan restaurant (can’t remember the name) that had practically no crowd.

Short Adventure at Jonker Street (Malacca, Malaysia)
Peranakan Culture and Heritage

Famished from all that walking, we went in and made our order, which was recommended by the owner consisting of:
  • Ngoh hiang (a five-spice meat roll)
    Short Adventure at Jonker Street (Malacca, Malaysia)
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  • Nonya Chap Chye
    Short Adventure at Jonker Street (Malacca, Malaysia)
    Cabbage stewed with vegetables such as carrotsm dried beancurd skin, dry lilybuds, small black fungus & tanghoon in taucheo (blackbean) gravy.
  • Chendol
    Short Adventure at Jonker Street (Malacca, Malaysia)
    In-house made and served with kidney beans, shaved ice, coconut milk and gula melaka. The shaved ice was soft and melt in the mouth.
  • Chin Cha Lok Sauce (Accompaniment)
    Short Adventure at Jonker Street (Malacca, Malaysia)
    Made with fermented small shrimps paste
  • Buah Keluak
  • Ayam (Chicken) Ponteh - Homely chicken stew with potatos, Otah and Prawn Curry
Short Adventure at Jonker Street (Malacca, Malaysia)
The spread! Well, part of it... :p


On the way back to the hotel, we passed by Christ Church, an 18th century Anglican Church, in its trademark red with a tinge of brown (paint).

Short Adventure at Jonker Street (Malacca, Malaysia)
Christ Church
The interior of Christ Church
Christ Church
The souvenir shops outside Christ Church and the ongoing construction


There is even a museum with a man-made mini brown dinosaur on the way to the hotel (which we passed by every time we made our way to Jonker Street from the hotel).

Short Adventure at Jonker Street (Malacca, Malaysia)
Rwar!!!
Overall, Jonker Street is an interesting place to visit for the food, culture and architecture. If you are a foodie and around the area, Jonker Street is one place to put on the list to visit! If you have visited Jonker Street before, where would you recommend for food and would souvenirs one should get? Do share! ^^

Short Adventure at Jonker Street (Malacca, Malaysia)
Vibrant and super decorated rides!

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