Category Archives: Melaka

Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal

When I was traveling to Melaka, I took a coach from Singapore to Melaka. There were in fact two alternatives – First, take a coach from Singapore and disembarked in a hotel in Melaka; or take a coach which will bring me to Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal. I had decided on the latter, as I wanted to see the Melaka Bus Terminal and also buy my return ticket back to Singapore. I took the coach that departed from Singapore at about 9 in the morning and then arrived in Melaka at about 12-30 pm – just nice to have lunch at the bus terminal. The journey was smooth but this coach that I took did not have a stopover for toilet break. If you do need to have a toilet break in between the journey, then you have to book coach from companies that provides a stopover.

Booths of Bus Companies at Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal

The Melaka Sentral bus terminal was relatively spacious in size. Once the coach reached the station and parked at the bay, I asked the bus driver for the counter number of the company so that I could booked my return ticket. Once I stepped inside the terminal, there were rows of coach companies offering different routes to many places from this bus terminal. It would be advisable to book your ticket for your departure trip early especially during the peak season such as public and school holidays – as booking tickets are sold out quite fast. In fact, the return ticket was sold out for the afternoon slot and I have to book a ticket from another coach company. It was cheaper to buy a coach ticket in Melaka Sentral as I paid for it in Ringgit rather than in Singapore dollars.

Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal

The first thing that I had noticed was that the Melaka Sentral was in fact a mini shopping mall itself. There were plenty of shops and small kiosks selling a variety of merchandise and food. Thw whole place was bustling with activities and there were hundreds of travelers just liked me walking and browsing through the mall. There is a area where you can take a cab from Melaka Sentral to the main town or alternatively, you could also take the local bus – the local bus terminal is also located inside the Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal. But I wanted to visit the Tesco Mall just opposite the bus terminal. So I walked to the overhead bridge and crossed over; the Tesco Mall was about 5 minutes walk away. After visiting the Tesco Mall, I walked about 10 minutes to the Jusco Mall; which was quite close to the Tesco Mall. Personally, I prefer the Jusco Mall, as it was new and spacious. After all the shopping, I took a taxi from Jusco Mall to Melaka town.

Choose a slipper - Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal

The thing that I don’t liked about Melaka is the taxi ( cab ) service. Most of the cabs were worn out or old vehicles; and most annoying part was that the cab drivers do not use the cab meters to calculate the exact fare. Everytime I booked a cab, it is always RM$15 or more. Even for a short traveling distance of 5 minutes, it is always RM15.  I felt that the Melaka local government should stepped in and addressed this problem. Otherwise, everytime you took a cab, you cannot  helped but felt that you have been ripped off. There were many occasions when I choose to walk or alternatively took the local bus. However if there are shopping bags to carry, then I would take a cab.

It is also a Mall - Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal

The Melaka Sentral bus terminal is a convenient transportation hub for traveling to and from Melaka. All the coach companies were located in one convenient place , so it was easy to book a ticket to travel to any destination in Malaysia and Singapore. Just ignore the touts who may try to sell to you their services. If there is an improvement that they could make that could be – to make the local bus service more easily to understand for travelers. Perhaps they could make a large board with the destinations such as tourist spots and hotels and indicate the bus numbers besides it. In that way, the travelers would know which bus to take to reach their destinations in Melaka town.

Tesco Mall is just opposite the Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal

Chicken Rice Balls in Melaka

When I was in Melaka, I took the opportunity to try out the chicken rice balls at a restaurant in Jonker Street. I am not a fan of chicken rice balls because the rice balls are quite hard and it is almost tasteless. Personally, I still prefer the chicken rice that are selling in Singapore because the rice is fragrant, soft and fluffy. The distinct advantage of eating chicken rice balls is that it is not oily at all; unlike the normal chicken rice that is normally oily in nature. Anyway, there are many chicken rice food outlets in Melaka, and I have chosen the so called famous chicken rice shop in Jonker Street. It was chosen not because the food is that great, but because I enjoy the ambience of this restaurant.

Chicken Rice Balls Restaurant in Jonker Street Melaka

I have chosen 2 individual plate of chicken rice balls – a white chicken and a roasted chicken rice ball set meal. Besides that, I have also ordered a bowl of fish ball soup. If you do not liked chicken rice balls, there is also the normal chicken rice that is available. The chicken rice balls that were served were lukewarm in temperature. That is a turn off for me; as I prefer rice that is hot. There were 5 chicken rice balls in each individual plate. Though the rice balls looked small, it is definitely sufficient for most of us. I have seen people ordering additional chicken rice balls and not being able to finish it later. There is really not need to order so much rice balls because it would be better to order other side dishes such as vegetables, wanton or fish ball soup.

Chicken Rice Balls with White Chicken

The chicken that were served were reasonable in quantity and taste. There is nothing great about it and as I had mentioned earlier, I still think the best chicken rice is in Singapore. I really enjoyed the fish ball soup as it was simply delicious. I could taste and smell the fish as I put in it my mouth; and that is what fish balls should be. The red chilli sauce that was given was also very nice – strong and distinctive in taste. The lemon and lime juice that were served came in a small plastic cup with more ice than juice was a complete let down – I should have just ordered coke instead. The price that I paid for a meal for 2 was less than RM25.

Chicken Rice Balls with Roasted Chicken

When I do return to Melaka again on my next visit, I intend to try out other chicken rice balls outlet – hopefully the taste and food variety offered would be different. There are also chicken rice balls food outlets outside Jonker Street. I have seen one of them in a coffee shop which was also quite crowded during lunch time. Perhaps this coffee shop served delicious chicken rice balls and I would try it on my next visit.

Delicious Fish Balls Soup

 

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