Road Trip to Malacca

Christmas dinners roasted and then safely tucked into our tummies (or the freezer, for a rainy day), we legged it up the North-South Highway from Singapore to Melaka.

I’d pre-warned the travel companions that I’d be peopled-out by Christmas, but the self-sabotaging cete of badgers in my head was still on an adrenaline high from all the social interaction and wouldn’t put down their paper party crowns and half-drunk lagers.

The tummy, though, was a little grumpy – general consensus amongst our gaggle of 5 being that the food in Malacca was generally only serviceable. And we’d tried to hit up many highly-recommended joints – Jonker 88 for chendol, Baba Charlie for kueh, Nancy’s Kitchen for Peranakan food, Chun Wah for chicken rice balls…

Chung Wah, chicken rice balls, Malacca, Malaysia

But the flaking green walls of the East & West Rendezvous Café watched as we returned for a second round of Nyonya chang (rice dumplings) and finely-shaved chendol, generously drizzled with gula melaka.
Nyonya Chang (rice dumplings), East & West Rendezvous Café, Malacca, Malaysia
making nyonya chang (rice dumplings), East & West Rendezvous Café, Malacca, Malaysia

making nyonya chang (rice dumplings), East & West Rendezvous Café, Malacca, Malaysia

But Herodotus. And Ecclesiastes.

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