Our next destination from Bess Kopitiam was to the famous tourist spot of Jonker Walk. Getting a cab from the main road of Taman Sin Hoe was not smooth sailing. We managed to flag a cab after about 20 mins or so. The cheerful and friendly cab driver dropped us off at the entrance of Jonker Walk
and from here on, it was walking to the end and around the whole stretch of Jonker Walk. I spotted the street vendor who was selling the gula ketuk/ting ting candy somewhere in between the end corner. This candy used to be my fav during my younger days and I can still remember the seller carrying the tray, walking around my neighbourhood. A small packet of the chewy candy cost nothing more than 20 cents.
The hardened sugary candy in a big aluminum tray is hammered into smaller pieces with a small chisel and this will in return produce the "Ting-Ting" sound.
We bought a packet of the candy and started munching while we continued walking further down the same street. Overall, the candy was disappointing, flat in taste with none of us wanting to eat any more. We had no choice but to throw away the remainder of the candy.
We were wondering what happened to the original taste of the candy, like it used to be in those days, what is the ingredients added inside or the method of making It???
We were wondering whether it was the ingredients or the method of making the candy. The disappointment of the taste of the candy slowly faded because we were getting excited again with many other hawkers' and vendors' offerings. Keep an eye out for further postings on our adventure to Malacca.