1. He will feed you breakfast till you are stuffed..
2. He will drive you carefully on the highway to Malacca..
The Malaccan boy is amazing. Equipped with only his hands (for driving) and his mouth (for talking) he can single-handedly carry on a conversation without stopping, from Kuala Lumpur to Malacca town. Throw away your CD-player because the Malaccan Boy is here!
3. He will drive you past the tourists queuing for chicken rice ball..
.. and tell you “Don’t worry! I got something better planned for you than that!”
3. He will ask you to gaze upon the Malacca River..
.. but don’t take the boat ride!
According to the Malaccan boy, the boat tour that probably takes about 45 minutes or an hour to complete is a waste of time.. Forget it! The sight-seeing can be done on FOOT. The Malaccan boy says, “Hell no! Let’s go by foot instead – the faster you walk, the more you see.. so hurry up!”
4. He will ask you to feel the vibe of the city by learning to read the signs..
If you ask, the Malaccan boy will tell you that,
Hang Jebat is one of the iconic figures in Malaccan history. Hang Jebat was the closest companion of the legendary Malay hero Hang Tuah. He is well known for his vengeful rebellion against the Malaccan Sultan whom he served. A fantastic story of loyalty and betrayal is depicted through the person of Hang Jebat.
6. He will take you to shop for Local Products
Th must buys are local products like “shrimp paste” or “pineapples cookies” or “gula Melaka” or even the “durian candy”.
7. He will tell you that getting lost in the back alley-ways of Jonker, while looking for good food is normal..
If you ask the Malaccan Boy, he will tell you that Jonker street is a must-visit destination in Malacca. It goes by the name, Jonker Street, Jonker Walk or Jalan Hang Jebat but it’s the same place really. Jonker Street, houses some of Malacca’s oldest dwellings or houses dating back to the 17th century, is also informally known as the antique street. The antique shops here have some amazing artifacts from different periods of colonial rule Portuguese, Dutch, and British that date back to forever. It is the most happening and busiest street at night with bars and hawkers stalls selling scrumptious local delicacies.
As it turns out, we were using the back-lanes to make our way to Jonker Street.. to where all the food action was.
Rickshaw rides are a fun way to see Malacca Town.
Everybody is using it!
9. He will take you to eat GREAT Cendol and Nyonya Laksa on Jonker..
In my humble opinion.. Klang Cendol or any other Cendol pales in comparison. The coconut milk is the thickest, creamiest thing I’ve ever tried and the gula melaka’s (palm sugar syrup) cloying fragrance is super intoxicating. The best cendol I have ever tried.. EVER!
The Nyonya Laksa/Noodles is not bad either. I love the spiciness and the zesty local herbs that they use in it.
If you ask the Malaccan Boy, he will tell you that the origins of Baba Nyonya can be traced back to centuries ago when the Chinese emigrated from China to the British Straits Settlement of Malacca, Singapore, Penang and also Java of Indonesia. The Chinese then married the local females and their distinct background, cultures and customs blended together harmoniously and became baba nyonya in ‘Peranakan’ culture.
Peranakan is another local term for them. ‘Baba’ refers to the male while ‘nyonya’ is female. Beside, they are also being known as ‘Straits-born Chinese’. This is a very unique culture in Malacca and the food that has emerged from this culture is totally amazing. A must try if you ever go to Malacca.
Limau Limau Cafe
This post is specially dedicated to a true blue, Malaccan boy and also a true friend, Kenny. Without his clever sense of direction and dependable bat-mobile, I would not have made it in time to Malacca for my meeting. Kenny and ‘The Devil’ where on their way to J.B. and agreed to give me a lift as far as Malacca. The local guided city tour and gastronomic tour were thrown in for free.
Classic quote that emerged from my time spent with them – When I asked Kenny, “How do u know where the Cendol Stall is..”
” Don’t worry, just take the back-lanes. Jonker is a maze but if you walk in the general direction of the shop , as in north or north-east or east-west, you will surely find it”.
It’s true though.. and that’s why I had so many photos from this short walk.. because it took us that long to find the shop!
Thank you Kenny.. you are the bestAddress: Jonker 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, Malacca, Malaysia. Google Maps