It’s hard not to feel nostalgic about instant noodles since many of us in Malaysia, including parts Asia, grew up eating them. They have been part of the dietary staple – we eat them during cold rainy nights at home with family; during our student days, devouring them in between long hours of study at hostels; during tight budgets; and even while travelling across the world for easy, no fuss meal. In Malaysia, 1.3 million packets of instant noodles are reportedly sold every day. It therefore goes without saying that instant noodles are now a part of the Malaysian and Asian culture.
So in the spirit of reminiscing memories, Gaya Travel brings you to one of the best places to savour delectable instant noodles: MAMEE Cafe, owned by Mamee Double-Decker that exports instant noodles, among others, to over 100 countries.
MAMEE Cafe is contained within a beautifully restored Chinese Peranakan house that is over 200 years old and combines Chinese, European and Malay architectural influences. This is where visitors can marvel the craftsmanship of Peranakan architecture over a cool drink or a mouth-watering meal and admire the artistry of the intricate plaster ornaments, an intriguing black chandelier and full-length French windows with a pair of full-length wooden shutters. No doubt it is beautiful, but I secretly wished to see more of Peranakan design elements like the intricate wood carving with Chinese mythological motifs, coloured tiles, ceramic wares and antique furniture that can be found in a typical Peranakan house. I learned that such refinement used to portray social, economic and political status or rank of a Peranakan family back then.
But of course, I am not here for wistful architecture – MAMEE Café’s menu comprising special gastronomic delights is the real attraction. The cafe’s signature dishes include the gratifying MAMEE Mee Goreng Mamak and the ever popular and tasty Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball, which is one of Melaka’s must-eat comestibles, made according to the well-kept recipe belonging to MAMEE founder’s family. Personally, I prefer the MAMEE Chef Curry Laksa, which is rice noodles drowned in gravy made from coconut milk and spices, including dried chillies, making the dish creamy, thick and aromatically spicy just the way I like it. Apparently, so do most people…
Relating to that laksa dish, it is interesting to note that the MAMEE Chef instant noodle range is rated as one of the Top Ten Instant Noodles by the Ramen Rater for its taste and quality assurance. The noodles are free from wax coating and made using the La Mian or Mi Tarik technique originated from China since the 15th century, resulting in springier noodles. On top of that, MAMEE Cafe is also the only halal-certified restaurant by JAKIM Malaysia located along Jonker Street, thus enriching the mix of offerings that can experienced by travellers when they explore the area.
So, is it worth to dine at the MAMEE Café when travellers happen to be at the Jonker Street area? Absolutely! It is indeed a great place to have a break from Melaka’s sweltering weather and hang out with friends and family to enjoy a variety of delicious instant noodles.
MAMEE Café opens from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Mondays to Thursdays and 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Closed on Tuesdays except for public holidays and eve of public holidays.
MAMEE Jonker House
No. 46 & 48
Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street)
T: +6 012 618 0778 (Henry), +6 06 286 7666 (Yap)