Jonker Night Street , Melaka
Jonker Street – the centre street of Chinatown – was once renowned for its antique shops. However over the years it has turned to clothing and crafts outlets as well as restaurants. The best part of Jonker Street is the night market on Fridays and Saturdays that sells everything from tasty treats to cheap keepsakes.
Jonker Street is a small street in Chinatown in the city centre. Along Jonker Street there aren’t a lot of sightseeing opportunities unless you count the noisy Chinese New Year song-and-dance show that takes place this time of year.
In fact the only attraction worth getting a quick glimpse of is the historic mausoleum of Hang Jebat – named after the second most skilful of a band of five warriors. The exact age of this grave is unknown but its Acehnese design shows that Jebat was given a warrior’s burial despite his murderous rampage and inglorious death at the palace.
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The Friday and Saturday Jonker Walk Night Market in Malacca City’s Chinatown closes down Jalan Hang Lekir to traffic and when the sun goes down here the handful of bars along the boulevard become a mini street party with tables oozing beyond the sidewalks and a mix of live music coursing throughout the area.
It goes without saying that the best thing to do while you’re strolling through the Jonker Street Night Market is to try the food. The tastiest fare here happens to be the fried egg ice cream – a sweet bread-pastry stuffed with chocolate, strawberry and vanilla ice cream and fried in hot oil. Deliciously yummy, this dessert will have you going back for more and more. Also don’t forget to try the deliciously fresh assorted fish balls and the radish cake that brims with succulent flavours.
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