As someone who grew up in the 80s, Mamee Monster Noodle Snack is one of my favorite childhood snacks. These ready to eat crunchy instant noodle treat was affordable, convenient to eat and more importantly, tasty. And who could forget the seasoning powder that came together. It tasted so good that I would literally lick the insides of the packet. Crunch it, shake it, munch it. One serving was never enough!
For those who are visiting Melaka, Jonker Walk/Street is a must visit place to shop, walk around, eat and take in the city’s heritage views. Among the many attractions available in this area, the Mamee Jonker House is probably the one of the more interesting ones where you can spend a few hours in.
The Mamee Jonker House is suitable for people of all ages. Adults like me will want to take a walk down the memory lane to learn more about this dearest childhood snack. As for the kids, they will definitely enjoy the workshops. It operates from two adjoining shophouses that still retain their original characteristics despite having gone through years of refurbishment and strengthening of structures.
The ground floor has three sections: Merchandise, Mamee Museum and Mamee Cafe, while the first floor is for hands-on workshops. Here are 5 activities you can engage in during your visit:
1. Eat at Mamee Cafe
Mamee Cafe is a halal restaurant that serves a delectable range of food. The sensibly priced menu consists of mostly local specialties like chicken rice, nasi lemak, mee goreng, cendol and many more. Whether you are dining here with your friends or family, or entertaining guests from overseas, Mamee Cafe is the perfect spot. We have eaten here a few times and these are our recommended items:
- Hainanese Chicken Rice @ RM 11.50 – this is probably the only halal chicken rice ball you can get in Jonker Walk, and a delicious one too! It tastes exactly as expected with flavorful rice balls and wonderfully tender and juicy chicken. From what we were told, this was prepared according to an authentic Hainanese recipe passed down in Mamee founder’s family.
- Nasi Lemak Kukus with Ayam Berempah @ RM11.50 – comes with a generous serving of fluffy and aromatic steamed coconut rice, crispy fried chicken and all the works. The thick and spicy sambal is expertly prepared and adds a lot to an already satisfying plate of nasi lemak.
- Chicken Satay (RM11.50/10pcs) – grilled upon order and every skewer contains 100% chicken thigh meat without skin and fat. The rich and chunky peanut sauce is packed with roasted peanuts for a nutty texture.
- Mamee Mamak Mee Goreng @ RM9.50 – Mamee instant noodle is used which gives it an extra springy texture. The serving of chicken satay not only boosts the overall flavor of the noodle, it also provides a meaty satisfaction.
- Mamee Chef Curry Laksa @ RM9.50 – basically how Mamee’s curry instant noodle would taste like if the broth was prepared from scratch and topped with fresh toppings. It’s one of our personal favorites that we would order without even looking at the menu.
- Ice Cendol @ RM6.50 – even if did not plan to have a proper meal at Mamee Cafe, you MUST try the cendol here. After trying so many cendol in Jonker Walk, this one gets my vote because of the quality of Gula Melaka they use. It’s so pure that you can taste the richness and tell its difference from the rest.
2. Visit the World of Good Taste Gallery
The World of Good Taste Gallery is an informative mini museum that showcases Mamee’s rich history and the evolution of their products. As soon as you enter the gallery you will be greeted by a nostalgic sundry shop stocked with all kinds of Mamee products, some even from the yesteryears.
There are plenty of photo opportunities at the Mamee Magical Garden and you will have fun with the interactive screen in Mamee Monster’s living room. At the end of the tour, you will also learn more about Mamee’s long standing involvement in corporate social responsibility. Did you know that Mamee has contributed millions of Ringgit to care for the underprivileged by providing them with free dialysis treatment and medicines?
3. Create Your Own Cup Noodle
DIY your own cup noodle at Noodle Doodle workshop is without a doubt one of the coolest thing you can do in Melaka. After decorating your cup, mix and match your favorite seasoning and dried condiments (12 of them to choose from) to create your unique cup noodle. You can keep it as a souvenir or consume it later – the choice is yours.
4. Make Your Own Mamee Monster Noodle Snack
Experience a hands-on approach to making your favorite childhood snack – Mamee Monster snacks at Lil Monster Kitchen. The workshop lets you personalize your own Mamee noodle snack by designing the packaging using colorful markers.
Every step involved is actually an exact mirror of the same process Mamee uses on a large scale in their factories. Besides creating the same good taste, you will also learn more about the ingredients used in creating the snack.
5. Shop for Mamee Merchandise
A whole range of Mamee’s products and limited edition merchandise are available at affordable prices for you to buy and bring home. These include various potato chips, cup noodles, biscuits, specially designed mugs, dolls, clothings and souvenirs. The amount of selection available will bring out the inner shopper in you.
Last but not least, don’t forget to take plenty of photographs of yourself and your loved ones with the Mamee Monster. These are memories that you will treasure for a long time. Enjoy and have fun at the Mamee Jonker House!
Mamee Jonker House Melaka
No. 46 & 48, Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street), 75200 Melaka
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm (Mon – Thurs), 10am – 7pm (Friday – Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays except for public holidays and eve of public holidays
Tel: 06-286 7666