Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Jonker 88 @ Jalan Hang Jabat, Malacca

For anyone who arrived in Malaka, 
one of the famous food stop is definitely Jonker 88 at Jalan Hang Jabat. 
They are well known for their famous 
Baba Laksa Noodles, Baba Asam Laksa Noodles, Cendol & Rojak.
Apart from that, 
the famous jonker night market is always being placed at this street so you could eat here and continue walking with the street during the weekends but prepare to wait long period.

A piece of advice before ordering, 
due to over crowded for such space in the shop, 
I recommend to get a seat first before going ahead to order your food. 
I would say waiting for a seat could take longer time than waiting for the line to be served.

This place operates in a way like food court where people have to queue up to order their own food individually. Therefore, as you can see above, those people are lining up to wait for their turn to order. They don't have any staffs to serve their customers, therefore food will be prepared at the counter and then have to self carry to own respective seats. 

Despite huge amount of crowd, 
they are still always steady and ready to serve everyone with top quality.

They collected currencies from different countries and frame it on the wall. 

Their signature dessert.
Durian Cendol.
How can you say that you've arrived Malacca without trying a good cendol?
What's special of this cendol compared to other cendols in malacca is that 
they always add very thick gula malacca onto it. 
On top of that, 
if you ordered durian cendol, 
they will also put a strong durian paste on top of the gula malacca.
Putting those aside, 
they have the usual red beans, green cendol inside as well and not forgetting of the santan (coconut milk) too.

Well those are the pros, but they have cons as well.
due to the strong taste of gula malacca and durian paste, 
you couldn't actually taste the cendol's taste.
Also, for those who don't fancy sweet desserts,
this may be something you should avoid as mentioned above, 
they pour really thick gula malaka on the dessert 
so it might make you feel uncomfortable after having a lot.

Of course, 
we ordered two of the most famous laksa served in the shop. 
On the picture above is the 
Baba Laksa.
If you have not tried before, 
the Baba Laksa is a bowl of noodles with the mixture of 
sweet coconut milk soup, cucumbers, onion slices, egg and taufu pok.
In short, curry noodles.
I would say the taste is a little commercialized as compared to the original, 
but for first timer,
this place is recommended for try outs.

There is also another dish where you could mix both baba laksa and also the baba asam laksa called the baba kahwain but I didn't order it as I prefer to taste it individually. 

Last but not least,
the baba asam laksa. 
I would say it's similar like the penang's asam laksa but the taste it's not close to it. 
I think one big reason is because over here they don't add shrimp paste sauce called xia gao in chinese.
Inside, they served only egg, fu chok, cucumber, prawns and also tuna.
Both of the noodles are also served in a generous portion, 
don't be greedy if you can't eat a lot.

If you're waiting outside under the hot sun,
you can always take a stick of ice cream pop placed in front of the shop.
They have in various flavor for you to choose!

And also bottles of water or soft drinks in case you are thirsty.

Front view of the shop.
Jonker 88.

Restaurant details
Address: 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Operating hours: 
Wednesday 9:30AM–5:30PM
Thursday 9:30AM–5:30PM
Friday 9:30AM–8:30PM
Saturday 9:30AM–8:30PM
Sunday 9:30AM–5:30PM
Monday 9:30AM–5:30PM
Tuesday 9:30AM–5:30PM

Contact No: +60 19-397 5665

And with that, it pretty much sums up everything. Thank you for your time reading!! :D

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