Hello Melaka 2D1N: The Makan Trip

Melaka, here I am, again. I can’t believe that I made yet another trip – it’s going to be my 2nd home in Malaysia soon. Thanks to my second sis for letting me tag along, coz’ I got to experience yet another amazing stay and trying out new food places. I never think of my second sis’ family as a Foodie family, but they have been surprising me with good food intro in Melaka. Not only that, their choice of accommodation is the type that I would have chosen myself. So, hell yeah, baby.



Location of Cafe 1511, Apa Kaba and Emily Travellers Home

So far, I have stayed at Cafe 1511 and Apa Kaba Homestayand this time round at Emily Travellers Home. All 3 accommodations are highly recommended … If you dig heritage stays, these places are perfect at a budget price. If you are travelling around without a car, Cafe 1511 is located next to Jonker Street – smacked right in the middle of tourist spots. Apa Kaba and Emily Travellers Home are away from the hustle and bustle – a peaceful stay.

> 100-year old Emily Travellers Home
Emily Travellers Home
Emily Travellers Home
A pond at their main entrance

Oh my. I heart Emily Travellers Home. It’s one of those rare places that you look back fondly. Tina and Tini – they are sisters. Tina is the host, but we also met her sister, Tini. And say hello to Ashley the cat, and Playboy the hare.

We were asked to indicate ETA (estimate time of arrival), which we did not, unintentionally. Tini took the trouble to show us around, while waiting for Tina to come back.

Living room
Open-concept bathroom (but got door lah)

Tini pointed out theopen-concept bathroom, and I was kinda shock, but tried to be brave .. and then she added, got door. Haha.

Walkway to kitchen and bathroom
Be careful ..
It’s a pond ..

Some guests forgot about the pond pathway, but I did not. Clumsy-me managed to stay accident-free.

Homey kitchen

I like it that the hosts hang around this area while they cook.

Gosh .. Mom’s B&B for all the moms out there ..
Playboy the hare
A home without cat is just a house .. meow!
Wild turtle

And there are plenty greeneries and animals, an oasis exuding of calmness and tranquility. Btw, Playboy is not a rabbit, but a hare, pointed out by my smarty-elder niece.

Emily Travellers Home – back view (our room on the left)
Bedroom (Upstairs)

Early bird gets the worm: we arrived at Emily around 12pm and we got to choose our rooms first! We picked their connecting rooms: a twin room next to the Loft room, and these have gotta be the best rooms – upstair, at the back of the house and away from main road (aka traffic).

Loft: View from upper floor (connecting door to twin room)
Loft: Double bed mattress on floor at upper floor
Loft: Single bed at lower floor
Twin room: 2 single beds room

Sis made booking via booking.com for a twin room – and she mentioned that she enquired whether we can add mattress on floor, or something like. To cut a long story short, Tina, the host/owner told her that she has a non-listed spare room for last-minute requests as such and this room (Loft room) fits 3 pax.

We paid:
  • Twin room: RM 75 + 6% tax + RM 2 City tax per night = RM 81.50 (via booking.com)
  • Loft room: RM 130 nett (direct booking)

No wifi (Update: Tina corrected me that they do have wifi), no electrical socket in bedroom, no air cond, no hot water, shared bathroom – don’t say I didn’t want you if you are a creature of comfort.

Parking at Jalan Parameswara, next to Chinese temple
Parking – after 7-Eleven, next to Chinese temple

There is no parking facility at Emily. We were given a detailed direction to the house, to park next to a Chinese temple at Jalan Parameswara. When we arrived, it was raining and there were no parking attendants. No signs or whatsover, so we thought it’s free parking. But parking attendants turned up later in the afternoon and demanded parking fee, when we drive out for food. We were told that parking fee is RM 6 per entry, or RM 10 overnight parking, but they agreed with RM 7 overnight.

Here are the detailed direction from Tina:

* parking is at the chinese temple car park which is opposite the house (house is on left side & temple is on right side) BEFORE Emily Travellers Home
– drive SLOW as you turn into Jalan Parameswara around the corner of Subaidah’s mamak restaurant
– follow that 1 way road SLOWLY
– stay maintain on the right side of the road
– after Subaidah is 7Eleven
– a few metres away is the chinese temple
– give right signal turn into the open area car park right beside the temple
– when you come out from the car, cross the 1 way road walk to the right towards the house

And this warning had us in super alert mode: “If you over shot the house/temple then you would need to make 1 big round into the jammed Jln Melaka Raya. You wouldnt want that…..” Haha.

Writing on guest book


Emily Travellers Home
71, Jalan Parameswara, 75000 Melaka
Tel: Tina +6-016 925 8902 
Website: http://emilytravellershome.blogspot.my/ (Previous owner)
Airbnb listing: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12474682



Kedai Kopi & Makanan Soon Yen 顺源茶餐室

Kedai Kopi & Makanan Soon Yen 顺源茶餐室
Kedai Kopi & Makanan Soon Yen 顺源茶餐室

It was Friday and Baba Low was closed. So, we swang to Kedai Kopi & Makanan Soon Yen. Without prior research, I didn’t know that there is a popular duck noodle stall here. Oh well, next time perhaps.

Renee’s Delight
Renee’s Delight – Nyonya Laksa

I was in the mood for nasi lemak, but it was sold out and I ordered their Nyonya Laksa instead. Thumbs up to a hearty bowl of nyonya laksa!


Kedai Kopi & Makanan Soon Yen 顺源茶餐室
596, Jalan Tengkera, 75250 Melaka
Business hours: 12pm-6pm (Closed on Thursday)


Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake

Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake

People mountain people sea .. 人山人海 … which means “sea of people” … free, issit?

Customers waiting for ..
.. fresh onde-onde!
Take it easy .. it’s just kueh, folks

The way people try to grab hold of their kuehs .. you would have thought that they have not eaten one for gazillion years.


Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake
72 Jalan Tengkera Pantai 2, 75200 Melaka
Tel: +6-06-284 7209, +6019-666 9207
Business hours: 10.30am-3pm (Closed on Thursday)


Tāngyuán tángshuǐ wū 汤圆糖水屋

Tāngyuán tángshuǐ wū 汤圆糖水屋
Tāngyuán tángshuǐ wū 汤圆糖水屋 menu

Tāngyuán tángshuǐ wū 汤圆糖水屋

Tāngyuán = glutinous rice balls, tángshuǐ = dessert, wū = house

Hailam Ya Kueh
Hailam Ya Kueh

Hainan Coconut Cake (RM 2.50) – The reason why we’re here. Boiled dough topped with crush peanuts and grated fresh coconut in gula melaka.

Rolling the rice flour dough
Stuffing the peanut filling
Tong Yuen dessert

Glutinous rice dumpling desserts (RM 2.50) – Not a big tong yuen fan – but it’s nice and has that homemade feel.

Sweet potatoes (Fan shu) dessert – it was mine, but ended up in younger niece’s tummy.

Fried ngor hiong 五香

Fried ngor hiong 五香 (RM 6 small, RM 10 big) – I like this loh bak snack a lot.


Tāngyuán tángshuǐ wū 汤圆糖水屋
30, Jalan Pasar Baru, Kampung Jawa, 75100 Melaka
Business hours: 12pm-6pm (Closed on Thursday)


Min Chong Hygienic Ice Cafe 民众冷食室

Min Chong Hygienic Ice Cafe 民众冷食室

I wondered why is the place named Hygienic? Must be very clean, no?


People come here for Iced pak poh and rojak.

Rojak – medium size (RM 5)

We came for the rojak, because my elder niece likes the kangkung (morning glory) that comes with the rojak here. I thought that it’s rather costly for such a small portion, and taste is average.



Min Chong Hygienic Ice Cafe 民众冷食室
43, Jalan Bunga Raya, Kampung Jawa, 75100 Melaka
Business hours: 11.30am-6pm


Bukit Cina Tau Fu Fa

Bukit Cina Air Soya (Picture from lats visit)

Small cheeky niece wanted soya bean milk, and I walked there around 5.30pm to discover that they were closed. But the owner was there to bring home some bottles home .. yipee, I bought 2 large bottles @ RM 5 each.


Bukit Cina Tau Fu fa
Lorong Bukit Cina, 75100, Melaka (Opposite Capitol Satay Celup)


Restoran Nyonya Makko 麥哥娘惹餐館

Crowd waiting in front of Makko Restaurant

It was 6.20pm and the restaurant was full with a long waiting list. We called Aunty Lee and was told that they are fully booked. Oh well, we decided to get into the (long) waiting list at Makko: I left my number, and was told to come back in an hour time .. So, we left and came back at 7.20pm, to be told that our turn has passed. It seems that they tried calling me, but nada, I did not receive any calls. But they gave us the next table, so all is good.

Vege galore
Fish and sotong for adults
Nyonya cendol

Food was alright – my favorite is the sotong, lady finger (Kerabu Bendih) and brinjal (Terung Goreng Lada). The Ikan Goreng Cili Garam costs RM 70+ *gulp. Bill came up to RM 170+, thanks BIL for the treat.


Restoran Nyonya Makko 麥哥娘惹餐館
123, Jalan Merdeka,Taman Melaka Raya 75000 Melaka
Tel: +6-06-284 0737
Business hours: 11.30am-2.45pm, 6-9.30pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Makko-Nyonya-Restaurant-112844195407675/
Waze: Restoran Nyonya Makko


Durian shop (opposite Restoran Nyonya Makko 麥哥娘惹餐館)

Durian shop at Jalan Merdeka
Bargaining with durian shop

While waiting for a table at Makko Restaurant, we crossed the road to a Durian shop .. Buy 3 get 1 free, or Buy 3 packs @ RM 100, we negotiated.

Green Bamboo 竹脚 Juk Keok durian RM 38
Makan lah


But we only got 2 packs of durian for sharing. RM 76 is oh-so-expensive for one pack of juk keok and another species.


Saturday Ice Cafe 星期六茶冰室

We chanced upon Saturday Ice Cafe the day before .. lots of people, must be good lah. Without prior planning, we decided to check it out since it is within walking distance from Emily Travellers Home. Well … we discovered that the place is run by grumpy people with a capital G. Sis wondered why the hell these people are so grumpy. Well, it takes two to start a fight, and some battles are just not worth fighting. In a situation like this, I pumped up my megawatt smile and charmed the hell out of these buggers.

Char kway teow “goggle uncle”
Char kway teow

Lucky me, the uncle was just setting up his stall around 10.20am .. and I was the one to place order for 2 plates of CKT. Uncle enlightened me about local-way of eating CKT with sweet sauce, and kindly put a little bit for me … weird. RM 4 only, cannot find in KL, uncle told me. The char kwey teow was good -a tiny bit more chili and it would have been perfect. RM 4 per plate is a steal, for us KL-ites.

Wanton mee

The little cheeky one wanted wanton mee – sis ordered, but came back not knowing whether she’ll get what she ordered. You see, this vegetarian girl only wanted vege to go with the noodle. And these grumpy people told my sis .. we have lots of orders, cannot customize for each customers. But they did.

Putu Piring

Putu Piring – RM 1/each – elder niece like this versus Putu Piring Tengkara, because it is less sweet.

Iced pak poh

Looking for something cold .. Uncle recommended their “Iced pak poh” .. too sweet for us and we tried to eat as much as we could.


Saturday Ice Cafe 星期六茶冰室
Jalan Praya, Melaka
Business hours: 8am-6pm (Closed on Tuesday)


Till next time Melaka, see you soon ..

More Melaka blog posts 3D2N Makan trip here, 2D1N Makan trip here and 2D1N Culture trip here.




Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.

3 thoughts on “Hello Melaka 2D1N: The Makan Trip

  • September 13, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    I always go to Saturday for the CKT and Ice Kacang (rose sirap yah! tak suka sangat gula melaka)
    and yes, the CKT with sweet sauce was something new to me when i first went there. but it was nice pun… just like penang people eat CCF with rojak sauce.

    • September 13, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Hi Queenbee,

      Any complaint about the service at Saturday?

  • September 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    ermm… nothing to complain, i think. just sit down, order, and wait! hahaha…

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