JONKER STREET PASAR MALAM

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PASAR MALAM OR also known as night market or night bazaars are popular tourists’ destinations in many Asean countries.

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In Melaka, the popular night market is of course at Jonker Street. Every weekends, the roads leading to the night market and nearby streets would be crawling with visitors be it international tourists and locals.

I myself would sometimes take the opportunity to visit the market whenever I can. It is a place to find unique and quirky souvenirs, savour the local spreads or just people watching.

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Come early around 5pm and you can see the hawkers set up their stalls or wait until the sun sets and get yourself lost in the sea of people while enjoying the sight, sound and buy some snacks to munch along the way.

However, do take care of your belongings. You don’t want to leave the pasar malam with lost wallets or valuables.

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Jonker Street is more than selling trinkets, neon lights and noisy rickshaws parked to attract visitors. It is a street long of assimilation of cultures and cuisines which had made Melaka very unique.

Imagine, in just less than a kilometre long walk, you can check out the souvenirs and cheap keepsakes while munching on some delicious curry puff, the nyonya food, Portuguese cuisine, or stop by the Chinese stalls to try out the curry fish ball, and later continue the journey and taste the kuih Melayu lick the ice cream balls or slurp the famous coconut shake.

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Oh! That reminds me, please do be careful when taking a sip on that coconut shake with that giant straw, my Polish friend nearly choked on the coconut bits.

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Since we are in the beginning of durian season, there are many of by-products of this king of fruit that you must try, and Malaysians regardless of races are very serious about their durians.

Of course apart from the durian flesh itself, (most hawkers took the liberty to sell the flesh in Styrofoam container and sealed in cling foil), there are the delicious durian puffs, durian crepes, durian mochi and durian ice cream. Not to forget the famous durian cendol too.

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Well, if you want something different, why not try the latest “in thing” in Jonker Street, fresh watermelon blend in its shell. With only RM10, you’ll have the freshest, organic and safe to the environment, watermelon drink.

One snack that I love to munch while making my way in Jonker Street is the Portuguese egg tarts. Where else can you get the best Portuguese egg tarts except in Melaka? Or specifically at hawker stalls along Jonker Street.

If I remember correctly, last year was all about ice cream in flower pot or bonsai ice cream. The flavour is either chocolate, or vanilla or both and covered with crushed oreo cookies to look like dirt. However, during my trip there recently, I couldn’t find one, so I had to satisfy myself with just an egg shaped ice cream.

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Jonker Street during the day is not much different from the night. The street is still bustling with people looking at the few antique shops that are still opened. Their numbers are dwindling and now more and more shops selling souvenirs, crafts and hipster cafes are replacing these antique shops.

For those who are into arts, then check out the Orang Utan gallery, showcasing contemporary arts by Malacca born artist Charles Cham.

And if you miss the pasar malam but still looking for something to bring home for family and friends, there are Jonker Gallery outlets that selling souvenirs and cheap keepsakes.The pasar malam is opened three times a week: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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