Almost everyone remembers about field trips back in the school days, a bunch of classmates all lined up going into the school bus heading to some mysterious destination you haven’t been before, with a promise of a bit of learning and a whole lot of fun. A day where you get out from the monotonous classroom and head towards something that is a little more unexpected.
Yeap, our trip to the Mamee Double-Decker Factory and Mamee Jonker House was quite a lot like that. A fun filled day that brought back a lot of memories.
and we arrived at Mamee-Double Decker Factory in Melaka
We gathered at the Mamee office at Subang Jaya early in the morning, and like the school children, were ushered into two tour buses on a two hour journey to the Mamee Double Decker factory in Melaka.
To be honest, I was pretty excited about this trip, Mamee has been an integral part of my childhood, and to be able to see what it is behind this Malaysian brand in person was a bit like a dream come true to me. I mean, I was going to meet Mamee Monster too, if I got to tell my 7 year old self this, he’d be so happy!
how noodle and paste are prepared and cooked, by hands
We witnessed how mamee noodle were made if it was done manually by hand, starting from raw flour, the chef expertly pull and fold the dough like traditional la mian noodle.
Next was the process of cooking the paste. Starting with quality ingredients such as turmeric, lemongrass, garlic, and curry leaves, the mixture is blended then cooked with palm oil before going through another step of blending. According to the staff, the factory uses a very similar process to prepare the paste you find in every pack of Mamee Chef. (which I wrote about here)
Mamee Chef Curry Laksa was also rated as one of the top 10 Best Instant Noodles in the world for 2014 by theramenrater.com
the Mamee Chef and Mamee Monster assembly line, impressive!
We then took a tour to the factory as the first ever group of public “tourists” that has access to take pictures. Usually other visitor are not allowed to take pictures.
This is the machinery behind this instant noodle brand that penetrates some 4.2 million (out of 5.47 million) household in Peninsular Malaysia. The production line that makes Mamee Chef, for example, costs some RM 80 million in investment, very impressive.
What struck us most about the factory though, is how clean it is!
You know how some people say if you’ve seen the kitchen of certain restaurants, you won’t eat the food? This is the exact opposite of what I get from Mamee’s factory, it’s so clean and efficient that I would have zero problem recommending this brand those who has the highest hygiene standard.
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I finally met Mamee Monster at Mamee Jonker House
Then we boarded the very same bus and went to Mamee Jonker House.
Yeap, there’s a Mamee Jonker house at none other than the most famous street in Melaka – Jonker Street (well it’s called Jalan Hang Jebat, officially).
Mamee Chef, one of my favorites!
This is also where we got to meet everyone’s favorite instant noodle mascot – the Mamee Monster!
I gotta say that I’ve always imagined the monster to be a little bigger, then again, I think I’ve grown a little the past 30 odd years, haven’t I? It sounds silly, but it was a cool experience!
Pinky showing off some souvenirs you can purchase at Mamee Jonker House
I really like the idea of Mamee Jonker house, a place where you can purchase a variety of Mamee products as well as souvenirs such as t-shirt, key chain, and so forth. There’s also a mini version of the assembly line showing how the instant noodle and Mamee Monster is made.
I made my very own custom Mamee Chef cup noodle
There are also two activities on the 1st floor which you can participate. We “custom made” our own Mamee Chef cup noodle by painting the cup and picking our own mixture of ingredients. The cup is then sealed and we got to take it home – a real customised version that can I can actually pour boiling water, wait for 3 minutes, and eat!
There’s also a “class room” where you get to make the instant noodle from start to finish, but that process will take about 90 minutes and we didn’t have the time for this activity, unfortunately.
Mamee Jonker house is also a restaurant, serving Mamee Noodle and other dishes
At the rear half of Mamee Jonker House is also a restaurant, serving quite a good variety of dishes such as Mamee goreng, Mamee laksa, and even halal version of the famous chicken rice ball. I tried all three of these dishes and they certainly did not disappoint. Prices are pretty reasonable too.
We reluctantly left at about 5 in the afternoon. It was a fun filled trip and I certainly think that they should do more tours like this especially for school kids. I know the 7 year old me would certainly love it! You can visit Mamee Chef for more info.