19 Aug 2011

Malacca and the Portuguese settlement



                                SO here we are in the  Malacca  Portuguese Settlement           

Did you know Malaysia, has  been colonise by Portuguese?? ,,, first settle in Malacca and in there,  there is a part where they speech  similar to Portuguese....well here I am ,....... to have a walk ,see the   fish boats,  the peoples   and  to eat............. a stall number one ,,, well recommended ...  





horseshoes crab   .......live ready to eat ,,, those crab are full of eggs a must try  according to some  one ,this is part of why i am here ............ well  first a round in the neighbourhood













Some story before we go to see around ... find in the web




In 1511 Portuguese Naval Admiral Alfonso d'Albuquerque serving under King Manuel I of Portugal and his flotilla of 18 ships sailed into Malacca. The ruling sultan of Malacca, Sultan Mansur Shah, put up a severe struggle but the strong force of the Portuguese armada prevailed - and Malacca was made a Portuguese colony and settlement. In the days  before refrigeration, when food was preserved with salt, especially for the long winter months in the West, spice from the East was a very valuable commodity most sought after. Malacca, and on the Malayan Peninsula was a strategically located natural harbor in the Straits of Malacca, a major hub of the Spice Trade.
 However in 1641 Malacca fell to the Dutch who took over control from Portuguese, In the 18th century the British ,in 1824 with took over from the Dutch and Malacca eventually came under British control.
One major legacy of the Portuguese, the first of the European colonial settlement in Malacca, was the emergence of a unique community. A century and a half of intermarriages between Portuguese settlers and local women, led to the a mixed race of European Asian, Eurasians, who identified themselves as    Kristang meaning Christians. This community of Portuguese Eurasians adopted the religion, language, custom and culture of the Portuguese and also it's cuisine. Portuguese settlers in Malacca, having sailed the world's oceans in their quest for precious spices and goods, had long since acquired a taste for spicy food. Portuguese country cooking took on a regionally spicier taste using local ingredients. The Portuguese Eurasian dish Debel Curry or Devil Curry is it's most famous. Lots of chilies, especially dried chilies, are used in the making of this fiery hot dish - hence it's name!
Being a predominantly seafaring community akin to the fishing community of Portugal, many of the Portuguese Eurasian's food condiments are fish and seafood derived like Pickled Salt Fish [Acar Ikan], Pickled Fish Roe, Cincaluk or Cencaluk [tiny baby shrimp sauce], dried Karing-Karing [dried threadfish] and the ubiquitous   belaacan [also spelt belachan or blacan], dried shrimp paste, a specialty of Malacca, reputed to be the best.

 However, Eurasians in Malaysia are generally referred to a community of people with mixed parentage, Caucasian and Asiatic. . A diversity of cuisines has inevitably proliferated from this colorful historic and ethnic tapestry. Eurasian food, in general, is an amalgamation of  European cuisines - Portuguese, Dutch and British especially British East Indies, with local ingredients and influences by  Malay, Indian, Chinese and Nyonya styles of cooking.
While some of the Portuguese Eurasian dishes are named in English, many have Portuguese names; and even names whose origins can be traced to the travel routes of the Portuguese. Dishes like Porku Sal Pementer, Sal means salt and Pementer is a Latin family name. Porku [porr-koo] is a word that can be traced to a pro Roman language, porkus in Latin; also in Maltese language porku is a word meaning pork. Some Portuguese Eurasian style dishes are classic Portuguese country cooking like Portuguese Baked Fish using local fish and ingredients. Many dishes of the Portuguese settlers were also inspired by the Portuguese maritime routes and their other colonies. Dishes like Chicken or  Pork Vindaloo and Salt Fish Pickle originated from the Portuguese colony of Goa in India. The Portuguese had a strong link to Benin City, the capital of Edo State, a powerful Kingdom in the southern coast of Congo present day Nigeria. Tahu Brangku Fugar [Tahu is tofu in Malay], Brangku in Portuguese dialect means white and Fugar means stir-fried in Portuguese dialect. The word Fugar also means icing or confectioner's sugar, used for local palm winemaking. The word Fugar can also be traced to a place, a Portuguese colony in the southern coastline of Nigeria, where in the North lies a terrain of pastoral beauty called Kukuruku Highlands. Kukurukuku is heralded in an old Portuguese folklore song sung for generations by Portuguese Eurasians in Malacca. Lobak Tempre de Bredu - Lobak is radish in Malay, Tempre means tempered in Spanish; tempra also means spice paste and Bredu means vegetables; the word Bredu can also mean sword brother or sister in Portuguese dialect. Other local Portuguese Eurasian dishes are Curry Bobra [Pork Spareribs Curry], Pesce Curry Mangga [Pesce is fish in Spanish and French, Mangga is mango in Malay] and Porku Tambreneu [Tamarind Pork]; tambreneu meaning tamarind in Portuguese dialect.    ,,,,,,,, any way time to show u around ......... Just the fish ,,,,,,, dis to try the crab ,.....

o back to us when we  arrive at the settlement at 7 pm the sun is soon gone leave us ............



when arrive at the settlement at 6 pm the sunset food , boat, people  , lot of older are sit on the shore talking and the place is pack by turist and peple that try to sell u some food...
Boat at the  shore ..



people , boat culture in the fisherman settlement ,,,,




Part of the hotel Lisbon near ........u can try stay there ....

It look to me as my home town ....... love this picture ...i wonder if they talk about to go for a beer or about theyr wifes :)



Is almost night ...better we move to the food



So here this gone be my first choice boiled with spicy sauce ....

More and more choice of shell fish and crustaceous near the stall.....


ready to eat ,,, little meat..lot of crispy eggs .. served with Spicy sauce


Taste unique very irony tips ... hummm acquired taste ...

Portuguese baked snapper ......... love it...... in spicy paste ...


Calamari ... they taste less spicy that what u think

backed crab ( stone crab )  ... salt and pepper ............ love it we eat four  of it ......


the Malacca first seafood  terrine ? the Otak _ Otak bled of herbs spice and macarel fish ,,,, nice so so nice worder if,,,,... the are still shiparround like in the city ...


vassel Portuguese in the city ........ is how they arrive 500 years ago....




this is the sea outside ,,,,,
do we still have any Portuguese in the strait  ??? some  vessel coming over ?????????????????

or we have only pirate in the strait





This what we left little behind... all food taste amazing ......we going back to our hotel with a guys in a van ..... he will charge us venticique ringgit ??/ 25 ringgit .. nice .....they stil can talk some Portuguese >>>>>>>>>>>




bags ready with our puppy .... ready for a new mum ...... time to leave back to KL ,,,, Ciao Malacca
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