Good ole Jonker

After all that yummy lunch, it was time for dessert. This was after some shopping, of course. We asked around for the best dessert store in the mall but we were told that the best food is found at the roadside stalls, provided we could stomach them of course, due to hygiene reasons. We chanced upon a dessert stall called Jonker Sweets and decided that any stall with the word ‘Jonker’ as part of its name can’t be too bad. Jonker is the name of the famous food street in Malacca, one of three Straits settlement in the old Malaya. The other two settlements were Penang and Singapore; all ports along the Straits of Malacca and all known for good food.

Jonker Street in Malacca is famous for its food, especially desserts, and whoever opened Jonker Sweets, did a great job linking the desserts in the real Jonker Street to the desserts they were serving. Whether Jonker Sweets has its beginning in Jonker Street, I do not know, but the sweets were good. Okay, perhaps not as good as the ones sold by the roadside stalls but they come close AND I don’t risk food poisoning.

I ordered durian chendol and ice kacang. I found the durian a little too sweet but the ice kacang was nice enough to be considered authentic. In fact the first mouthful of the sweet corn (albeit canned) brought back memories of childhood days before ice kacang bacame artificially coloured, when ice kachang was sold at the road side and patronised by students and professionals, blue- and white-collar workers, young and old alike. There was no fear of food-poisoning then.

This is definitely another stall to come back to.

Jonker Sweets Dessert at The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur.

Ice kachang



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