Tuesday, June 10, 2008

street hawkers of melaka

the original

the maltose candy hawker along jonkers st
barbecued baby cuttlefish
steamed groundnuts on a tricycle


Lam Chun See said...

I have photos of an even older machine here.

Maybe you can throw some light on the topic of discussion about why soft drinks in our time were call "holland water" (Hollan sui)

yg said...

chun see,
i am still trying to find out from my 'resources' if soft drinks were indeed called 'hollan sui'.

yg said...

chun see, i checked with one of my 'resources' and he confirmed that it was called 'hollan sui' but could only speculate that the first lot of aerated drinks might have come from holland. according to him, the bottles were not secured with a cap, instead there was a marble that floated to the top.
will try and check with my other resource, my 80-year friend.

yg said...

chun see, met up with my 80-year old friend during my morning walk. he also could not provide me the answer on why the cantonese called it 'holland sui'. according to him the hokkiens called it 'pock chui' because of the popping sound when it was opened.

Anonymous said...

i plan to visit malacca - any suggestion for hotel (not expensive) and within reach of everything?

Let's say I am thinking of two options for accommodation - simple no frills and 4-star hotel

yg said...

peter, there are two hotels i have stayed before. they are within the town itself.

one is the accordian hotel on jalan bendahara. it is a small 50-room budget hotel.

the other is emperor hotel on jalan munshi abdullah, just round the corner from accordian. emperor has more rooms.

emperor's off-peak rate is around rm$101 and accordian's is also about the same.