Malacca – beyond Jonker Street

Last Words

Before we end, I promised a little write up on Nadeje and Satay Celup. So here we go:

Nadeje

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Crepe Cake at Nadeje. These were immensely popular amongst the school kids 10-15 years ago. Now they’ve all grown up, the franchise has also grown with them. Yet, the taste still remains largely the same.
It was immensely popular among school kids approximately 10-15 years ago. Today, these kids have grown up but still hold on dearly to the fond memories of their after-school hangouts at Nadeje. Of course, there was only 1 outlet then. The kids have since grown up, and so has Nadeje. Fortunately, despite that fact that it has since changed to a central kitchen business model, the taste and quality of it’s crepe cakes remain largely the same. I am not a big fan of crepe cakes, but I liked the one I had at Nadeje, so I guess that speaks some volume.

And oh, it’s also a good place to chill out for a while if the weather gets too hot!

Satay Celup

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Satay celup – just try not to dip your eaten sticks into the pot.
Satay celup – almost synonymous with Malacca, it’s one of those things you have to try when you’re in Malacca. The pretentious ones will go all “eww” and “disgusting”, because that pot of sauce in the middle never gets changed. But who are we kidding, here? Does that really bother you when the food is that good? Here’s a tip from the local (who used to part-time at one of these outlets):

Eggti Remember to give the sauce a good stir every now and then. This will prevent the grounded peanuts that has settled at the bottom of the pot from burning. You get more peanut this way, too. A good stir means reaching all the way to the bottom of the pot and feeling a good amount of resistance from the peanuts beneath.

Summary

So, that’s it! We’ve come to the end of our Malacca food tour. Our verdict? I’d be willing to re-visit just for the Nasi Ketuk and exploding Ondeh-Ondeh. And since we’re already there, we can’t miss the Bak Kut Teh and Jonker Street Carrot Cake! This guide has also completely given the famous chicken rice ball a miss because, for what it’s worth, we heard it really isn’t that great and the queue is bad. So, make your own judgement call.

“If they’ve been around for so long looking like this (old and dirty), they must be doing something right.”

Malacca is a beautiful town (don’t think it’s really a city, yet) that is developing very quickly. Give it a few more years and I bet it’ll look radically different from today. As it is, it already looks different.

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