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Friday, 15 April 2022

BABA CHARLIE Café

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Melaka Trip (Again)! 

Two weeks into the holy month of Ramadhan we decided to spend some time away from the concrete jungle that is Kuala Lumpur. Our favourite Airbnb Super Host Victor managed to find accommodations for us, and after a leisurely two-hour drive south we arrived in Melaka City.

Seeing as it was already lunchtime, we thought we would like Baba Charlie Café a try. From its humble beginnings operating from a house along a lane that is very narrow and pretty inconspicuous Baba Charlie making a variety of local Melaka Nyonya Kuih it has expanded to serving Nyonya cuisine here at this café. 

*Nyonya = Southern Chinese settlers to maritime Southeast Asia
**Kuih = bite-sized snack or dessert foods commonly found in Southeast Asia 

Hunger pangs meant that we forgot to shoot some clips of their menu but believe you me a very wide selection of local Nyonya cuisine and Kuih can be found here. After a quick scan of the menu we decided on:

  • Ponteh Chicken Rice Set for RM7.90
  • Chili Garam Fish Steak Rice for RM23.90
  • We also had an assortment of beverages

+Pongteh, a braised meat dish with potatoes cooked in a gravy consisting of fermented bean paste and soy sauce
++Chili Garam Fish, a Nyonya-style baked fish with chilli paste

What was the damage? We were incredibly happy that the entire meal was devoid of service charge, so it came up to a very reasonable RM38.30 (approximately USD9/EUR8). 

We also ten servings worth of our favourite Nyonya Kuih which came to RM40.50 (approximately USD10/EUR9), which among other things were:

  • Ang Koo - "red tortoise", glutinous red coloured rice flour filled with mung beans
  • Kochi - glutinous rice flour stuffed with coconut fillings and palm sugar
  • Kuih Lapis - colourful steamed layered soft rice flour pudding
  • Pulut Tekan - Glutinous rice steamed in coconut milk, dyed blue with bunga telang and served with kaya
  • Seri Muka - two-layered dessert of steamed glutinous rice and a green custard layer of pandan juice
  • Talam - steamed rice flour and coconut milk in a molded pan called talam

We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wishing to experience local Nyonya cuisine and sweet cakes!

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