The last time I did a road trip to Malacca was in 2012. I had such a bad experience due to the massive jams along the way and instead of a 2.5 hour drive, it doubled the time taken. I learnt a very good lesson to never travel during the festive period (months of December and January) or if there is a public holiday somewhere along that week. The jams are usually contributed not only by the sheer number of cars but accidents.
There are two checkpoints – Tuas and Woodlands and I found out that the Woodlands checkpoint has lesser tolls and therefore is cheaper and favoured by most. Also its proximity to key places in JB and shorter travel time to Malacca would also mean that you get to stop by to shop for necessities (TESCO etc) at a better rate as compared to Singapore! For Tuas, unless you are headed for KL if not most would prefer the Woodlands checkpoint.
So, armed with a “Touch’n’Go” card, a car and great company, we set off early at 5:45am just to avoid the peak period crowd (Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings are crazy).
Our first stop was Restoran Gui Yuan to fill our bellies and get our coffee fix.
To sum it up: Good variety, fresh and value for money. We paid $8bucks each.
Restoran Gui Yuan
27, Jalan Dedap 8, Taman Johor Jaya, 81100 Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.540073, 103.805196
Closed on Mondays
Most of the small streets in Malacca are one-way, therefore if you miss a turn you would have to make a big round and that’s what happened. We arrived at Hotel Equatorial at about 10:50am.
For most or the rest of trip it was 80% food, 15% sight-seeing and 5% shopping 🙂
This is quite popular in Malacca. They termed it as millecrepe cake, as you can see from it’s layers. Looks like a kuah lapis if you asked me. It’s has a tougher texture as compared to a regular cake 🙂
Nadeje Cake Shop
G-23, 25 & 27 Jalan PM4
Plaza Mahkota, 75000 Malacca City
Lunch was at Farmosa Chicken Rice Ball Restaurant. Although termed as ‘Chicken Rice Ball’ restaurant, I thought the charsiew was very good! It should be termed as like, Farmosa Charsiew Rice Restaurant or something. Charsiew was very fatty, chicken rice was average and the duck wasn’t to my liking. Go for the charsiew!
Farmosa Chicken Rice Ball Restaurant
28-30 Jalan Hang Kasturi, off Jonker Street
Melaka 75200, Malaysia
We stumbled across The Daily Fix Cafe. Its layout is longish where the front area retails nice souvenirs and at the back of the house sits a cafe. One thing about Peranakan houses is that it is very airy, longish and has a signature open air courtyard in the middle of the house. It’s a good and welcoming place for desserts and coffee and definitely a hidden treasure.
A place we visit regularly when in Malacca is Nancy’s Kitchen. What I like most – odeh odeh and kueh pie tee. The texture of the odeh odeh is chewy, bouncy and is a good bite size. It doesn’t have too much flour and I thought it has the right mix of gula maleka – heavenly. There used to be a kuah kuah shop that sold good odeh odeh along excelsior road but is no longer around, sadly.
I love quay pie tees. A little spicy and sour 🙂
Plenty to look and see. We spotted these cute vintage car models along Jonker Street. Most should have visited Jonker Gallery and Jonker street at night. We had more food and drinks, really. It feels like Chinatown during Chinese New Year and only if you are up for some sweaty action, if not it’s ok to skip it.