Dapur Cho Cho (literally "Great-grandmother's Kitchen") in Malacca's Batu Berendam suburb is one of those 3-generational "kueh" (Malay cakes) makers which sticks steadfastly to tradition, turning out limited amounts of "kuehs" cooked to exacting standards using the freshest locally-sourced ingredients. Dapur Cho Cho does not have its own retail shop or eatery, but supplies its "kuehs' each day to well-known Malacca dining establishments like Nancy's Kitchen, Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine, and the grand, old Majestic Hotel.
We made a visit to Dapur Cho Cho's domestic-sized kitchen, in the family's home in Batu Berendam. What struck me on my way in was that the rather wild-looking garden around their house consisted *entirely* of edible plants, herbs and fruit trees.
We were shown how "lepat kachang" (Malacca-speak for Malay "ketupat") was made - first the fan-like palm frond which provided the leaves used to wrap the glutinous rice-peanut "kueh", flavoured with coconut-milk and sugar. The "lepat kachang" are triangular-shaped, and boiled in water. The version at Dapur Cho Cho was delicious - sweet-salty-flavoured, with a lovely texture (most other versions tended to be too hard/chewy).
Dapur Cho Cho
84-3, Jalan Mohd Zin Dsh,
Taman Padang Balang,
Batu Berendam, Melaka.
Tel: +6012-276 8606 (call ahead to reserve & collect the "Kuehs", or to visit their home kitchen)