Lekker Laksa in Melaka

Trip Start Mar 05, 2010
Trip End Mar 04, 2011

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Ringo's Foyer

Flag of Malaysia  , Melaka State,
Friday, May 14, 2010

Our 2 hour bus ride to Melaka was relatively quick and comfortable. The buses here are mostly air conditioned.  Some, ridiculously so.  We got dropped at Ringo's Foyer backpackers near Chinatown. The locals are so friendly, we couldn't get anyone's attention at the backpackers and two passers-by pulled out their phones and offered to dial them for us. How sweet!  We finally got let in and settled into our room, introduced to all the other guests and got the inside info on the good food spots in town.  Very important!

Ringo's owner is a charismatic chap who has travelled the region extensively.  He also likes to pick up local snacks at tea time and introduce his guests to the different types of food which Melaka is famous for.  We've had a really good spring roll type thing, a pork bun pastry and deep fried banana to mention a few.  There is a night market on the weekends so we went to explore. Melaka is known for it's amazing food, a little bit of Malay, Portuguese and Chinese.
Baba Nyonya is the Malay-Chinese mix I think.  Anyway it's good!!  We wandered through the market and tried little pineapple tarts (this place is in the Malaysian Book of Records for the biggest pineapple tart!), fruit kebabs etc. We came across a guy who sells collectable notes, his bestseller is none other than the 100 trillion Zim dollar note!!  He also used to run the restaurant which we had been recommended to try, Jonker88, so he told us which dishes were the winners. It was packed - always a good sign!  Such a cool place.  Eclectic decor and CHEAP food!  They also do this thing called Cendol which is a ball of shaved ice on top of sweetcorn(!), kidney beans(!!), coconut milk and treacle.  Sounds odd but it's great, especially in that heat!  Three days in Melaka and more often than not we kept ending up here at Jonker88, it really was the best and cheapest.  A rare combination.

Miggs had his hair cut for the equivalent of about a quid.  We had to escape the muggy heat to the air conditioned mall for a few hours and indulge in a 1 ringgit (25p) MacDonalds ice cream.  We're not MacD fans at all but one must admit they do do a good ice cream.  On that topic, MacDonalds delivers in this country!  A chav's dream come true! 
I couldn't take the heat anymore either so I went and got mine cut for about 5 quid!  I was a bit nervous....they don't wash first there unless you ask - they straighten and then cut!  I think it turned out ok. 

Sam, the manager at the backpackers took us cycling to one of his favourite malay places for dinner across town.  He has been studying English at uni for the last 5 years!  Really nice guy.  I am getting more accustomed to food with a little bit of heat.  Miggs lost a bit of weight in Aus so is trying to put some on again so double orders on meals here and there.  They don't serve huge portions as it is, that's his excuse anyway.

We've met some really friendly people so far.  Travellers as well as locals.  One of our favourites was the waiter at the Chinese place downstairs.  They serve yummy dim sum for breakfast.  Pork buns! Also some dumplings of which we aren't too sure of the contents.  We left Malacca after breakfast on the 3rd day in a cheerfully decorated bus with tassels and fake flowers everywhere!  I loved Melaka and would recommend it to anyone who can handle the warmth for a few days, though Miggs wasn't as impressed.

Next stop Cameron Highlands to escape the heat and sit out a few days to see if things in Thailand settle down.
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