Malacca Road Trip Part 2 – Jonker Street

This is a continuation from Part 1, where I last left off after our dinner at Tong Sheng. You can read about it here.

Stuffed from eating too much, we decided to head to Jonker Street to walk it off. I’d read about the night market at Jonker some time ago so was looking forward to checking it out for myself. We took a Grab car there because it would have been 30 mins by walk.

When the driver dropped us off, we were greeted by this huge gold bust.

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Datuk Wira Dr. Gan Boon Leong, with his many accolades under his bust

So I did a bit of a research on this fellow, and learnt that he is Malacca’s most famous bodybuilder, and currently a local celebrity and politician. He must be extremely narcissistic proud of himself.

A distance away, we arrived at the start of one end of the street.

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It was already later than 10pm by now, but there were still a lot of people out on the streets!

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Although there were many stalls, many of them were food stalls which we had to pass because we were still extremely full. After a while, the things that the stalls were selling began to get repetitive as well. We didn’t actually buy an awful lot. I got 2 tee-shirts, 2 handcrafted bowls as a souvenir for my mom, and 2 micro-fibre towels (we initially thought there were no bath towels in the hotel). And that was it!

We did get a raindrop cake to share amongst 4 of us though…

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Raindrop cake

The consistency was quite interesting. I didn’t know what to expect but I wasn’t expecting it to be kinda firm. It was actually quite tasteless, with the flavour coming from the gula melaka and crushed peanuts.

The night was far from ending. After we were more or less done with Jonker, we ordered a Grab car again to get us to a massage place. While we were waiting for the Grab car, we saw some very beautifully lit up rickshaws in various different cartoon themes.

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Interestingly designed rickshaws!

So in Part 1, I kinda left a cliffhanger when it came to recommending Restoran Tong Sheng or not. I didn’t do that on purpose so that I could get you to read this! What happened was, we got a very friendly Grab car driver around our ages when we hitched a ride from Jonker. While chatting with him, we learnt that Tong Sheng was run by 1 out of 3 siblings, and all 3 of them run their own seafood restaurants under different names. Tong Sheng had the best marketing efforts so it managed to attract many tourists from Singapore and other parts of Malaysia alike. However, the locals prefer to patronize another sibling’s outlet called Aunty Fatso Restaurant.

Apparently all 3 outlets have the same menu and serve the same things, but Aunty Fatso’s prices are way more reasonable. We didn’t get a chance to try Aunty Fatso on the short trip, so I can’t personally vouch for the quality of the food. The queue for Tong Sheng was the most bummer thing about the restaurant, so if I could get the same quality food somewhere else where it’s cheaper and less crowded, I’m all for it!

An hour’s worth of massage later, we went to takeaway supper. Yes I know right! Eating again! We got some BBQ lok lok from a shop directly opposite Novotel. Honestly, I wasn’t intending to eat anything else apart from the string bean and broccoli skewers initially, but this BBQ lok lok turned out to really mighty good!

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I ended up having more than just a few skewers and by the time we were done with supper, showered and ready to tuck into bed, it was already 3.30am. We had to be up by 9+ am before the hotel’s buffet breakfast ends. So that was it to our Day 1 of 2 of the Malacca road trip! Part 3 to follow because the posts are way too photo-heavy!

 

 

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