On our travels we have managed to get stuck in several places, seemingly all with the same theme, ok it is only an extra 5 days this time but we are now able to add food to the list. From the exquisite Nyonya, a fusion of early Chinese and Malay food to simple Coconut ice cream, but in particular the Spicy satay and much much more. If your chosen deity involves food rituals I suggest Malacca could be your Mecca.
Originally a fishing village founded by the last Raja of Singapore as he legged it from some angry Javanese types after committing a dastardly act, the Port of Malacca is strategically located midway along the Straits that link China to India and the Near East. This made it a perfectly positioned centre for maritime trade, notably spices, rubber and tin. Anything that profitable would not go unnoticed by us Colonial barstewards with the usual suspects to the fore. First the Portugese then the Dutch, nearly the French, but what a surprise in some shady deal the (not very) Honourable East India Company cut a deal with the Dutch to stop the Frenchies getting their hands on it.
The result today is a really friendly, charming historic old colonial town, totally different to anything we have experienced. The many religions, faiths and races, Catholic, Anglican and Methodists readily mix with the Hindu, Buddhist, Muslims and any other breakaways you can think of. Differing Temples, Mosques and Churches on every corner happily mix, coexisting together with permanent smiles in a huge eclectic multicultural melting pot.
Walking around the back streets with the architectural mix of old trading houses, stores and merchant dwellings it is not hard for your mind to slip back and imagine what life would have been like 500 years ago, living in a bustling Colonial port. We have really enjoyed our time in Malacca an interesting place to visit and we wholeheartedly recommend it to the House.