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Sunday 27 December 2015

Jonker Walk(about) and beyond

Jalan Hang Jebat
75200 Melaka
Coordinates: 2.198082, 102.244854

At sunset we put on our favourite walking shoes and began our evening walkabout. To the left of our budget hotel and barely 500 metres away is Jonker Walk, best described by Google as: “Buzzing Street lined with historic houses and shops, and home to a popular weekend night market.”

Every Friday evening from 6:00PM right up to Sunday midnight the entire stretch of road from the intersection of Jalan Kubu to Jalan Tokong, then on to Jalan Hang Jebat right up to Hard Rock Café will be closed to accommodate what is fondly known as Jonker Walk.

Reaching the end of Jonker Walk we found ourselves at the Stadhuys (Red Square).

we never tire of this sight

 We then headed north east along Jalan Bunga Raya and along the way stumbled upon the famous Longkang Siham which literally means “Cockles in the Drain”! Never being a fan of oysters clams and cockles, I did not fancy stopping by so we proceeded to our actual destination for dinner.

longkam siham!

We walked right up to the end of Jalan Bunga Raya where it intersected with Jalan Munshi Abdullah, and headed east towards Medan Selera Huang Du where we planned to have dinner.

After dinner, and to walk off the effects of the large bottle of Tiger beer that I consumed rather gregariously at Medan Selera Huang Du we decided to take the ‘scenic’ route back to our budget hotel.

We found a quaint little hidey-hole of a stall along Jalan Munshi Abdullah selling 1Youtiao. What caught our interest was the size of the Youtiao, or rather, its length. Easily the length of my arm, this has to be the longest Youtiao we’ve even seen. However, so as not to appear rude I only managed to snap a few discreet photos of the gigantic Youtiao which in hindsight did not do it justice.

1known in Malaysia as you char kway or you char kuey; made with flour, vegetable oil, yeast, sugar, salt, and water into a kneaded dough then deep fried until golden brown and puffy

The sight of the Youtiao sobered me up rather quickly, and we made our way west along Jalan Munshi Abdullah before turning north along Jalan Bunga Raya.

longkang siham (again!)

no, its someone's name not a beehive

old antiquated shop

another old antiquated shop

live music!

At the end of Jalan Bunga Raya we headed south west along Jalan Laksamana and found ourselves back at the Stadhuys, where we did some more sight-seeing.

Once all done snapping the night lights and sights in the general vicinity of the Stadhuys, and to avoid the ever growing crowd along Jonker Walk we walked toward Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock which was a stretch of road lined with old pre-war shop houses which will eventually lead us back to our budget hotel.

even larger crowd forming at Jonker Walk

we once stayed here

a little overpriced for such small rooms

really spooky


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