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Since my mom and siblings have never been to the historical town that is Melaka, I decided to bring the family down for a short day trip during their brief visit to KL for Chinese New Year. We drove down there during the 3rd day of CNY.

Melaka Trip, St Paul's Church
St Francis Xavier with his missing right arm at St Paul’s church

After arriving there, we had a quick brunch at Donald and Lily’s corner (another post on another time) and then proceeded to the must-visit spot that is the old St. Paul’s church. You might have noticed that the statue of St Francis Xavier has a missing right arm, this is not an act of vandalism but rather sculptured on purpose to show that the body does lack the right arm. Apparently the pope requested that the arm be severed from the corpse of St Francis 62 years after he died.

Melaka Trip, St Paul's Church
Inside St Paul’s Church

After that we walk to Jonker Street (Jalan Hang Jebat), where my sister bought some souvenirs. We also stopped by the same Chendol place I visited last time around, Jonker88. Can’t get enough of that gula Melaka.

Melaka Trip, Jonker Street, Jalan Hang Jebat
Jonker Street (Jalan Hang Jebat)

There’s still quite a lot of trishaws in Melaka. Over here, they are decorated heavily with plenty of fake flowers, and many of them come equipped with loud stereo systems churning out the latest Fifty Cent’s tune. Unlike the trishaw in Penang where the passenger is seated in front, the trishaws here have the side by side configuration. Slightly less thrilling I think.

Melaka Trip, Mini Malaysia
There isn’t really anything much at mini Malaysia

Before heading back to KL, the four of us then went to Mini Malaysia at Ayer Keroh, just a few kilometers from the heart of town. Initially I had though that the park has many miniature buildings and landscape representing the whole of Malaysia, but it turned out that there were merely 13 traditional houses representing the different states. Not exactly worth the RM 12 per person we had to pay to get in, and miles away from the value for money you’d get visiting KL’s bird park.

Melaka Trip, Mini Malaysia show
worst costume ever

However, we did get there just in time for their cultural performance. Basically it was just a lot of traditional dance routines. It wasn’t half bad, but the costume was something else.

Overall it was a relaxing trip, though we did not manage to go to many eating places nor were the tourist attractions that great.

We rounded up a few noobs and went to Melaka for a half day (was supposed to be a whole day.. well) eating trip last weekend. In a span of less than 7 hours, we had 3 proper meals and plenty of snacks and dessert. One of the snacks we had while walking along the famous Jonker Street was this Poh Piah (similar to the now-retired Poh Piah at SS2).

Poh Piah at Jonker Street, Melaka
this stuff is absolutely delicious

The Poh Piah (spring role) comes in two different varieties, the wet and the deep fried. You can get decent deep fried Poh Piah from many places, but the wet role is quite a bit harder to come by. In Melaka, the traditional ingredients for this item are scrambled egg, turnip, fried onion, lettuce, bean sprout, and some fried pork fat wrapped in the homemade Poh Piah skin. Chili paste and a type of sweet sauce are added too, you can usually customize your order to suit your tolerance for chili.

Poh Piah at Jonker Street, Melaka
the hawker knows this particular customer for more than 20 years

The Poh Piah is best served right away, if you leave it for a while, the skin, vegetable, and fried pork fat tends to get soggy, and you’ll lose the contrasting texture that makes this snack such an awesome gastronomical experience. The secret ingredient gotta be the fried pork fat, it gives the role the aroma of animal fat that is hard to be substituted. With the freshness of lettuce, the sweetness of turnip, the smell of fried onion, this stuff is just fabulous.

Poh Piah at Jonker Street, Melaka
secret ingredient – fried pork fat

If you head down to Melaka, don’t forget to grab some Poh Piah. This particular stall is at Jonker Street, a Poh Piah goes for RM 1.50. These is no discount if you mention Kelvin’s name even though the old hawker has known him since before his puberty.