Jonker 88

Jonker 88, Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street), Melaka, Malaysia.

It is one of the famous stalls in Malacca town and most of the tourists will drop by to have a bowl of cold cendol and popping hot nyonya laksa. I went to this shop during its off peak hour on two different days to try their food once again.

I visited this shop 4 years ago with friends. It is great to be back here and things changed. The stalls used to be operated by the roadside and now it has shifted inside. It is better and more hygiene. And of course, the price also changed.

Nyonya Cendol

Cost at RM4.00 now, it has lost its glory, they used to be thick gula melaka taste. It used to be mixed well with santan and it is irresistible during hot day in Malacca. I liked the strong gula melaka taste. Maybe now I need to double up the gula melaka.

While eating the Cendol, the Malay lady next to me was eating Assam Laksa. I think I have not tried the Assam Laksa before this and I asked her comments for the noodle. After that, I decided to get her help to “jaga” (look after) my bowl of Cendol, while I queue for a bowl of Assam Laksa.

Nyonya Assam Laksa

Shall I compare thee with Penang Assam Laksa? If can, I prefer penang version. Cost at RM7.00 now, it is pricey. It used to be between RM3-4. Sadly, it is nothing to shout about. It consists of some mackerel, 2 foo chuk with fish paste, 4 tau foo pok, 2 prawns and half egg. Cheap ingredients not supposed to be this expensive when we are just eating at kopitiam.

The next day, I went to this shop again to try the Nyonya Curry Laksa. They open at 9.30AM and it is less people at this hours. I guess people are queuing for the dim sum house next lane.

Nyonya Curry Laksa with Chicken

It is nice, still the same. It costs RM6.00 per bowl. I feel I am lucky enough to order the curry laksa with chicken, else I think its ingredients are too little to fill my stomach. It consists of 2 foo chuk, some bean sprout and vegetables and half egg. I chose to go with vermicelli instead of yellow noodle. Some people would prefer to have combination of both types of noodles.

Half way eating, the owner (maybe) was sitting down at my table. She does not look happy or maybe she’s tired. What kind of life she is leading?

As a tourist to this place, trying food at this shop, perhaps it is a common checklist in the itinerary. I wish to explore more food either from this shop or somewhere else within the Malacca City.

Location: No. 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, Malacca, Malaysia.
Ambiance: Crowded at most of its time. Not an ideal place if you late for your lunch as you have to queue and wait for a seat. The shop is very small.
Rating: 4/5. I still give 4/5 for its authentic taste of the food I tried here although it is pricey. It would be perfect 5/5 if the price is reduced a bit and restored its original taste.

A’Famosa Chicken Rice

At last, I went to try the A’Famosa Chicken Rice which is also located at Jonker street, few shops away from Hoe Kee Chicken Rice. During the peak hours, you still can find place to sit because they have plenty of big tables and if you don’t mind to share table with unknown people then you’re welcome in.

This shop offers more varieties than the other two shops. It has barbecue pork and siew yok. It has more vegetable selection as well. More interestingly, you can order ice kacang at this shop.

Roasted Chicken
You can choose either to get roasted chicken or steamed chicken. I still prefer to go for roasted chicken. It comes with soy sauce too. Overall, the chicken is quite a lot, I think it is a half chicken. The meat is not dry and still juicy.


Barbecue Pork

We ordered a plate of barbecue pork and also requested it be less fat. This is what we got. I quite like the barbecue sauce that they put on top of it.

White Fresh Tauhu
Simple dish that everyone knows how to cook it. It is fresh, smooth and tastes good with some fried onions. Of course, the tauhu is not made by themselves, you can find it at any supermarket. 🙂


Vegetable

Simple vegetable, choy sam, which is also quite simple to cook. They put some oyster sauce on top of the vegetable with some fried stuff. It is quite crunchy when I ate those fried little thing which I didn’t know what it is 🙂

Chung Wah Chicken Rice

Chicken Rice
I tried another chicken rice shop in Malacca. The shop is called Chung Wah Chicken Rice which is situated at Jonker street. I am not sure if this is the most famous one along the street because it has the longest queue among the three chicken rice shops along Jonker street.

This shop offers the most basic chicken rice. It has steamed chicken only with one type of rice, that is the rice balls. Of  course, they offers drinks as well 🙂

Rice Balls
Basically one person will get 5 rice balls. The waitress said, “it’s standard and if you want more you can order later”. Looked at five rice balls, I wondered if it is enough… 🙂

Steamed Chicken
Below is the steamed chicken with some soy sauce and sesame oils (I think) because it smelt nice. However, I think the sauce is not enough for me because steamed chicken itself has not much taste and needs this special sauce to bring up its taste.

The queue at the time I went to eat this chicken rice was similar to the picture below. It was about 11.00am when I reached there. So be earlier if you want to avoid the crowd at 12.oo noon to 1.00pm because the queue will be very long. You could end up standing beside the busy road next to the carpark.

Hoe Kee Chicken Rice

Chicken Rice
About two years back, I went to Malacca with my ex-colleagues and we tried this chicken rice shop called Hoe Kee Chicken Rice. It is located at Jonker street. It considers as quite famous chicken rice shop along Jonker street.

We ordered a half steamed chicken, a plate of vegetables and a plate of  assam fish. The rice can be in the normal form or in the rice balls shape. Both give different textures and feeling when you eat it. Of course when you come here, most people will opt for rice balls.

The Assam Fish
I liked the assam fish a lot because of its sauce. I recommended people to try this assam fish after my first try. It has a very strong assam taste and I mixed the sauce with my rice balls.

Jonker 88

Jonker 88 is one of the famous eating shops in Jonker street. You must pay a visit to this shop and try their food and dessert. It’s a small shop so there is not many tables available. Sometimes, you have to share tables with other people. Either be there early to avoid the crowd in the afternoon or queue in the hot sun for a place 🙂

Rendang Chicken noodle
This is one of my favourite noodle. I like the rendang sauce which is thick and not too spicy. Just nice to mix it with the noodle. It will not look watery. The chicken quite big piece too sometimes.

You can opt for rice too if you wish. It’s same ingredients.

Fishball noodle
One of the cheap food to try in this shop. Although it’s cheap, the ingredients are pretty generous and quite filling too. Simple noodle.

Assam Laksa
Next try is the Assam Laksa. Again, the Assam soup based is quite thick.

Nyonya Curry Noodle
If can, try the nyonya curry as well because the sauce is pretty thick and nice. I like it. At one of the visits, I changed my mind to eat this instead of other food.

Fried Tauhu
They also sell side dishes and I tried the fried tauhu with fish paste stuffed inside the tauhu.

Ice Kacang
This is one of the must try dessert. The gula melaka is very rich. So, far I don’t get to find other shops that sell as nice as this one does.

Donald & Lily

During the recent weekend trip to Malacca, we decided to drop by at Donald and Lily shop for lunch instead of hitting the Jonker street. It is located 2 roads behind the Jonker street.

Before this, there’s some introduction by the public saying that it’s a nice shop with nice food. So, we gave a try.

When we reached there, it was full house. Hmm… sound like the food is nice ya. Then we ordered the laksa and cendol for our lunch.

Laksa
Inside this laksa there are 2 fish balls, few slices of fish cake, beancurb and vegetables. The taste is not as good as the one from the Jonker street. Just little uhmm… However, it still taste good for me.

Cendol
The cendol is a little different than the other cendol that I tried around Malacca city. Although, it does not have enough gula melaka (making it less uhm… again), it has a lot of ingredients inside.

I don’t know why there are sago and red beans inside it. Quite different right? Well, it tasted good too. Take less sugar for something special 🙂