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1, Jalan Tukang Besi, 75200 Melaka.
Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am – 8pm
Sat, Sun and on public holidays: 10am – 7pm.
Close on Wednesday
Fairly new in the Jonker Street area, Straits Affair has gradually become a must visit for Pernakan food experience. it is actually inside Cheng Ho Museum. Coming from Hard Rock Café, you will see Shan Shu Gong – turn right to a narrow road – walk until you see Orangutan souvenir shop – turn left into Jalan Tukang Besi and Straits Affair is just a few steps away.
The décor of the place is simple and quite bare compared with some of other cafes with full of ornamental items and antiques When you step in, you will notice the kitchen right in the front. A small fountain is on the right.
The order counter is in the middle. One distinguished poster hung at the side of the wall depicting the Tan Baba Family hierarchy. Notice ex-DPM of Singapore, Dr Goh Keng Swee was related.
Laksa – it looks very thick with coconut milk. Strangely, when I tasted it, it was not as lemak as it looked.
Ice ball chendol – probably can only found here. A plastic disposable glove is given for you to hold the ice ball. I prefer the traditional chendol which was very good.
Mee Siam – comes in dry version. A bowl of gravy is also provided. If you are used to the wet version of mee siam, you may think this is kind of fried mee hoon with chillies. Well, it is not.
Fried ang ku kueh – pan fried snack with yellow sweet bean fillings. Quite nice.
Pang Susie – fluffy sweet bun filled with minced meat. The Pang Susie set comes with a pot of hot tea. To my surprise, the cutlery of the tea pot and cups are of good quality. Almost like fine dining type.
Kueh Pai tee – thin and crispy pastry tart shells with vegetable and prawn fillings. A popular Nyonya finger food. Good.
This is an interesting place which piques me for a second visit when I am back in Melaka. It is for the Peranakan food more than the ambience. Price is reasonable. Service is very fast.