It was in the middle of August 2020 when we felt burnt out with work and needed vacation. One day in the evening, Nik informed us that she booked a hotel in Malacca. Spontaneously, I started to plan a simple itinerary for our weekend getaway. Allisya, on the other hand, started to list out her food cravings while Sulina was mapping out places to visit.
Lewis Capaldi and Backstreetboys accompanied us through the 2-hour drive. EE JI BAN was our first stop. The unique chicken rice balls have attracted tourists domestically and internationally. Thanks to the pandemic, the long queue was cut short. However, we canceled our plan to dine in and ordered takeaway instead. In doing so, full payment of almost RM100 for the four of us was required. The roasted chicken set was heavenly, made us finished it up in a second.
The heritage boutique hotel called Liu Men has been the talk of travelers and celebrities. Knowing Nik, she would want to indulge in some luxury in any of her trips, and Liu Men was the best pick. With warm greetings, their Peranakan deco mixing with western cultures has caught our attention. I must say that this was the only hotel that I receive such 20 out of 10 treatments. To simply put, they parked the car for us, buy us snacks in the middle of the night, and gave us everything that we wanted during our stay.
Allisya’s craving list has yet to be satisfied. That evening we were strolling around to find a Putu Piring stall nearby which we found “Putu Piring Generasi ke 3 Limbongan” on google maps. With 10 minutes away from Liu Men Hotel, we decided to start our evening snacks with Putu Piring followed by coconut shake and Kuih Keria. It was 3.00 p.m, the shop was only setting up as they will open at 3.30 p.m. We made our order and head to coconut shake and Kuih Keria Batu Berendam, 30 minutes away from our current location.
Because the queue was insanely long, Allisya line up for Kuih Keria while I line up for coconut shake to save more time. I must say that the service was fast and efficient! We only had to queue for less than 15 minutes. Crossing Allisya’s craving list, we head back to the Putu Piring stall to cross another. It took us by surprise that more than 10 people were lining up to buy the Putu Piring. I guess when the Putu Piring Tengkera closes its shops early at 3.00 p.m, this allows other stalls to get its limelight. All of the food we had was just authentic. We ended our day by having our food in the car to avoid less human contraction.
Early in the morning, pampered with choices of breakfast set at the Liu Men Cafe, we were contemplating between Western, Malay, and Baba Nyonya cuisine. So we ordered each set to have a bit of everything. The Western serves a basket of bread, some eggs, baked beans, and sausages. Nasi lemak with chicken rendang was set out for the Malay while Baba Nyonya serves curry laksa and side with Kuih Seri Muka.
The Big breakfast made us excited about places we were about to go for the day. First, we start by walking around Jonker Street, which passes Chen Hoon Teng, Kampung Kling Mosque, art market, and few photo spots along the way. Being Malaysian, we have visited Malacca casually since childhood. But the town never fails to make us less excited as there are always new things to see and do for every visit. For photo freaks like me, spare batteries for my canon camera are a must. As we arrived at Jonker Street, we met this adorable dog that made us take a photo of her (i assume it is a female) as seen below.
The Calanthe Art Cafe was always my place to visit for the best sago pudding with gula Melaka. The cafe serves baba Nyonya food and has been long known to the public for its mouth-watering desserts and curry laksa. Every angle of the shop has also been a favorite to Instagrammers. Due to the pandemic, live bands were not allowed. Too bad we were not able to enjoy our night with live music entertainment, however, the SOP has to be strictly followed.
Before we say goodbye, we had stingray Asam Pedas at Hajjah Mona for lunch, a walking distance from Casa Del Mar Hotel. This corner shop had been in business since I was in primary school yet still deliver the taste consistency throughout the years (big applause for that!). We then visited Encore Melaka, a rotating theatre with a modern build situated next to the straits of Malacca. I am no expert at architecture but the fish skin looks (as I described it) caught my attention to take photos at every angle. I proposed to have a stop at Masbro Village for a photo Opt where I like the colors of its triangular house that can accommodate six people. Before we genuinely leave Malacca, we drop off at Freeport A’Famosa Outlet for lunch and do a quick window shopping. The outlet comprises cheaper branded stores such as Cotton On, Akemi Uchi, Clarks, and Hush Puppies. With our heavy hearts, we went back to reality, wishes the trip to last longer.