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A trip down good old Malacca is never complete without savoring her Nyonya dishes. Well earlier we had Donald & Lily’s Nyonya Food, and most of the delectable nyonya fares are concentrated in Melaka Raya commercial areas such as Makko and some hidden gems located at third cross street like Nancy’s Kitchen.
Let us now set out palates to savour some finger-licking good Nyonya cakes (Nyonya Kuihs) next!
Having heard of Baba Charlie Lee, we drove towards Jalan Tengkera Pantai. We circled that area quite a bit and never did we know Baba Charlie’s house is nestled on an alley along Tengkera Pantai 2C.
We parked our car on the main road and decided to take a brisk walk, making our way to Baba Charlie’s house of Nyonya kuihs!
Their recipe has been around for over 2 decades. It all started with their small business of selling their cakes/ delicacies at the night market or pasar malam around over 20 years ago. Their hard work and authenticity paid off with business expanding, now being a major supply to restaurants, hotels & even events. It was a great experience being able to take a stroll around the house through the kitchen of Charlie Lee.
With portraits and old pictures displayed in different frames on the wall. Not forgetting their Wall of Fame too.
Let’s feast our eyes on those mouth watering Nyonya cakes like kuih kochi, rempah udang, kuih talam, Nyonya kuih Chang and many more selections at a very cheap and affordable price!
Racks of cookies
Groups of tourists lining up to grab their favourite share of kuihs
We shopped happily for Nyonya cakes
We’re very satisfied shoppers!
Well, in case you couldn’t make it to this house to shop for the memorable cakes, you can always get them at the pasar malam in the evening at various locations depending on which day:
Baba Charlie Lee Nyonya Kuihs at Pasar Malam
Monday: Bukit Beruang/Tanjung
Tuesday: Kg. Lapan/Ujong Pasir
Wednesday: Bukit Beruang
Friday: Malim Jaya
Saturday: Kota Laksamana
Sunday: Air Keroh/ Batu Berendam
There has been a saying around the town:
Think of Nyonya Kuih, Think of Baba Charlie!
Baba Charlie Lee’s House
72, Lorong Tengkera Pantai 2C
Jalan Tengkera Pantai 2
Tel: +6019 666 2907
GPS Coordinate: 2.202999,102.231485
Directions: To get there, turn left from Jalan Tengkera into the first lane (Loring Tengkera 2C) after passing Tengkera mosque (which is on the right side of the road) if you are coming from town. Drive inwards until you reach the house at the end of road facing the sea. (Or you could walk in, like we did :))
*Opens daily except Thursday