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Melaka was one of the ancient world’s most famous and important maritime ports in South East Asia. Indian tradesmen from the south of India to ply their trade since the 1300s. Many of these tradesmen chose to make Melaka their home and it wasn't too long before they began assimilating with the locals in business, culture and in love.. Thus began the curious and interesting culture known as the Chetti (or Chetty) — a unique people with their own unique culture. The Chetti, which means “merchant” are a unique people with a distinct culture. One of the five Peranakan cultures, it is said that there are less than 500 Chetti individuals in Malaysia today, with this possibly being its last generation.

Listening to them speak you will hear what seems like Bahasa Malaysia mottled with familiar words borrowed from the Tamil and Hokkien language. This novel infusion of culture, allows the Chetti community to boast an amazing food culture fused from Malay, Baba and Indian influences. As the guardians of these ancestral recipes, the women folk preserve these dishes and their identity to share the beauty of a disappearing culture.. A lunch at the Chetti village would include some of their famous dishes like the pindang nanas udang, ikan masin sinting and loak haram jadah.

Your trip will also include a nyonya kuih demonstration and tasting at Baba Charlie - famous nyonya kuih outlet in Melaka. Here's a breakdown of the tour:

-meet at Baba Charlie outlet for nyonya kuih demonstration and tasting
-visit to the local Chetti village museum.
-explore the local temples dedicated to the Chettis.
-savour a 8-course Chetti meal (lunch) hosted at a village home.

Meeting spot: inside Baba Charlie Outlet, Melaka at 10:30am

Ticket Prices: USD$45 /pax (~RM200 /pax)

Average Duration: 4 hours



About Baba Charlie Cafe

Famous and traditional nyonya kueh stall in Melaka

631, Jalan Siantan 1/5,,
Taman Siantan Seksyen 1,
Melaka, Melaka 75200

Dress Code

Dress comfortable. However, appropriate dressing for temple visitations are required which includes for man/women - no short shorts/skirts/mini skirts.

Concession Information

Children ages 12 and below - 50%
Children between 0-3 - Free (but baby seat not provided). Please contact us to discuss this.

Other Information

PROMO: Use promo code CH3TTI and receive a 20% discount (for bookings before 31 August 2020, however, applicable for all dates)

Tour dates:
17 July, 18 July
30 July, 31 July, 1 August
7 Aug, 8 Aug, 14 Aug, 15 Aug
20 Aug, 21 Aug, 22 Aug
28 Aug, 29 Aug, 30 Aug, 31 Aug
4 Sept, 5 Sept, 11 Sept, 12 Sept
...more dates to come

Transportation from KL:
we provide transportation from KL but at an additional fee. Cost of transportation starts at RM100 per pax for a return trip. Inform us if you require transportation and we will give you our fee breakdown.

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Your fees includes all food and drinks, transportation and a local guide. Fees do not include alcoholic beverages, shopping or personal expenses and tips/gratuities. No other hidden costs involved.

Transport arrangement from Baba Charlie to Kampung Chetti - self drive. Driving instructions will be given.
If you require to be ferried between these two spots, please indicate at check out.

Contact us via the following if you intend to book with us at the very last minute:
FB Messenger: Food Tour Malaysia
SMS: +6012-212 3473
WhatsApp: +6012-212 3473

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All our tours will follow the standard operating procedures (SOP) mandated by the Ministry of Health Malaysia. Practices such as social distancing, taking body temperatures, wearing mask, using hand sanitizer and practicing good general hygiene will be part of all our tours. FTM Adventures Sdn Bhd reserves the right to turn away guests at the point of departure should anyone be deemed not aligned to the SOP.
Please take note of the following:

1. We appreciate your honesty to inform us if you are having symptoms of cough, flu or fever. A 100% refund will be given should you have these symptoms and required to miss the tour.
2. Social distancing - we encourage you to practice being 1 metre apart unless it is a family member or partner. Our guide will greet you with a traditional salam, which is a 'hand on heart'. There will be no handshakes or any physical contact.
3. Our guide will take temperatures of every guest at the meeting point before the tour.
4. All guests will be required to bring their own mask and personal hand sanitizer. Guests are required to wear a mask throughout the tour unless when you are eating. Mask can be purchased from our guide if you require them.
5. You will be required to sanitize and wash your hands after every stop of the tour.
6. Contact Tracing - will be implemented to collect your necessary personal information.
All guests are required to use the QR code scanner on your mobile device to check in - you may download MySejahtera https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/register/
7. Our transport arrangement will be according to the Malaysia's government SOP