Melaka’s a Cracker

Today we took a squeaky creaky propeller plane from Penang to Melaka, first time for the kids on such a small plane. We tried to hire a car and take the 5 hours drive down the coast, past Kuala Lumpur to Melaka. However, the cost was fairly similar and, oddly, we struggled to get a hire company to commit to taking any money off us, so we booked a flight.

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In a similar vein to George Town there is quite a large colonial influence from both east and western cultures, another boiling pot of all things amazing! Baba Nyonya food is celebrated here more than in George Town. Nyonya cooking is the result of blending Chinese ingredients with various distinct spices and cooking techniques used by the Malay/Indonesian community. If you haven’t tried any of this cuisine before, look it up and give it a go?

The first place we tried served up some truly amazing Baba Nyonya food we all enjoyed, even Kit! The waitress in there was lovely and was more than happy to explain all the dishes and engage with the boys.

In the evening we took a stroll out in the night markets of Jonkers Street, and tried some of the street food offerings. Sweet Chicken buns, delicious!

 

 

 

George Town – Penang

If first impressions are all we have to go on, then George Town wins hands down. The Colonial Architecture, Contemporary, Classic, Retro, Traditional style meld draw you in and inspire intrigue. What a wonderful melting pot of South Eastern and Colonial cultures. Staying at a wonderful little guest house called Sweet Cili, where they have mixed up old colonial and contemporary style perfectly. This is a common theme in Penang, as we will discover.

BEST BREAKFAST EVER! Contemporary French Patisserie located up on Lebuh Pantai. I know to you lot this may sound lame, But, when the pastries have been somewhat scarce over the last few months, and you are handed an almond croissant straight from the oven, the excitement levels start to redline!

In keeping with the schooling ramp up, we spent the day learning about the early Chinese influences here, and went to learn about how ancient chinese clans made the journey across perilous seas to seek fortune, in a time when China’s trade was dwindling. There are a number of them in George Town, The Cheah Clan is one of them. Set up by them almost like a refuge/headquarters for other Chinese fortune seekers to set up and do business. Extremely ornate buildings, They even have their own opium dens..

Later we visited the Pinang Peranakan Mansion which is one of the gems of Penang. Draped in history and riches that tell the tales of the Bab & Nyonyas.