Monday, June 4, 2012

Gula Ketuk (Ting Ting Candy) - Jonker Walk (Malacca)


Within an hour, we left Philea Resort (Part 1 and Part 2) and lunched at Bess Kopitiam. Thereafter to the not-to be-missed Jonker Walk. I of course was in high spirits because I have never been to Malacca neither here despite having been a Malaysian for 47 years. Mmmm!!! What to do. Its like that lah when you work day in and day out trying to make ends meet. Anyway, Jonker Walk was alive and buzzing busy with people walking here, there and everywhere. We too walked from one end to the other end of the street until I saw the trader selling gula ketuk/ting ting candy - my fav during my younger days.

Obviously after so long, I was excited. I stood for a while in front of the vendor and watched him hammering the big candy into small pieces with a small chisel for the "Ting-Ting" sound.  
We bought a packet and started munching as we walked further down the same street. Seriously, the candy was a let down - no taste at all. We looked at each other and I was glad that the feeling was mutual. No matter how hard to tried not to waste, we couldn't eat and threw away the balance.  

How sad. The candy has lost its original taste. I'm not sure why, maybe made with different ingredient or what not.

More on our Malacca getaway in next post. 

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21 comments:

  1. Eventhough when I was a kid .. I don't experience gula ketuk..
    but my parents did....

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  2. I never heard gula ketuk,,,so sorry for dissaponted about the taste of the candies,I know what you mean,we hate to throw away of foods,,,but sometime there is no option if we can't keep or ate them :)

    Ridwan

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  3. Saw this gula2 ting ting too. but didn't buy. there is...or was one in petaling street. near d old Popular n Rex. saw many buy. should b good

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  4. I remember that uncle selling at Jonker street!!!

    He claimed that he is selling the genuine ting ting candy! I love it and miss the taste a lot. :)

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  5. My daughter might like this candy. In our area every year they put up a night market and I see her trying all types of vegetarian Asian food.

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  6. Interesting method here of making the candy, it does seem quite tedious. Sad that when it comes to food, time seems to change it into something completely different from as you remember. Looking forward to more Malacca posts!

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  7. I know how disappointing that could be! I just hope that the wonderful time you had at Jonker Walk was enough to get rid of the disappointment you felt from the candy. :)

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  8. hi nava, what a pity, you were excited after not eating for many years.. and when you eventually got one, its tasteless.. better luck next time. go look in kl, more reliable..have a nice day

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  9. Tasted yummier then. More flavourful. These days it seems just like sugar and nothing else:(

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  10. I've never seen that candy before--thanks for sharing this specialty with us!

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  11. What a different way to make the candy.... it looks good.

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  12. another adventure..oh I will wait for more exciting post Ms.Nava ;)

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  13. Maybe it's because, like everything in Life nowadays, they have cut corners and the quality of the ingredients is not like what it used to be in the olden days anymore.

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  14. i always love it when i see it around night market in KL. very interesting but too sweet for my liking

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  15. How about sweet heaven? I am a huge fan of Asian desserts!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  16. I am a huge fan of Jonker Street. I think I might have miss the gula ketuk, so interesting eh.

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  17. So exotic! Love the photos.

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  18. Delicious, love this kind of sweet.

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  19. Oh My, I didnt know it is called Gula Ketuk! hahaha....

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  20. The gula ketuk is quite exspensive right? I remember paying quite a bit for it.

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