Fascinating Cycling Alor Gajah

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State: Melaka

2 DAYS 1 NIGHT – From RM475/pax (min. 2 paxs) /
RM355 / pax {min. 6 paxs}

Just about 24km from the city center of the Melaka State, Alor Gajah is one of the main entrances to the historical state via the North-South Expressway (PLUS) from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The district is an area of 66,302 hectares comprising 31 sub-districts. The greater part of population in this district is engaged in industrial businesses. Leading car maker, Honda Malaysia, has its plant in Alor Gajah. Household biscuits brand, Julie’s, established in 1981 and has now grown to three big scale plants, two in Alor Gajah and one in Masjid Tanah.

Alor Gajah is rich in various little known tourist attractions. Foreseeing it to be a thrilling ride, we traveled to Alor Gajah and began our cycling tour at 1 Pulau Sebang Railway Station with excitement. Formerly known as Tampin Railway Station, it is a Malaysian train station on the West Coast Line located near and named after the border towns of Pulau Sebang, Melaka and Tampin, Negeri Sembilan. Passengers traveling from other places can opt for the convenience of KTM Komuter train service to reach here.

We were first led to Mydin Pulau Sebang, the second largest wholesale hypermarket in Melaka. The hypermarket cum mall has 58 shop lots and 24 bazaar lots. In a common mall, there was an uncommon food, a Mee Tarik Warisan Asli. Originated from Lanzhou, China, with combined recipes from Chinese and Muslim, chefs demonstrate the making of noodles before the eyes of diners. The 5 year-old eatery is designed to offer a unique insight into Chinese Muslim culture and distinctive Malaysian cuisines. Try a bowl of “Pull Noodles” (Mee Tarik) before you leave.

Two kilometers into our ride to Kuala Ina, we were introduced to the well-known b Kuih Bakar Mastura Talip. The “baked cake” does not look special on the outlook but its aromatic flavor rises your taste buds. Consisting of duck eggs, flour, milk and sugar, the mixture is prepared a night before baking. This 3-generation business has been running for 20 years and still uses the traditional method of burning fire woods to bake fresh and palatable cakes every morning. Poured into flower-shaped molds, the flour mixture is baked in a two-layer oven, with fire on the top and bottom of the oven sandwiching the molds, for 10 minutes. The cake is priced at RM1.90 each and RM1.60 for customers who purchase in larger quantity for wedding parties. The traditional bakery is opened from 11am to 6pm daily.

After devouring some delectable cakes, we headed to c Cendol Pulau Sebang for some refreshing sweet course. The founder was retired from military back in 1998 and decided to start a cendol stall. Cendol is derived from the Indonesian word jendol, meaning bump or bulge. Based on its appearance, the worm-shaped noodles are the main ingredient in the dessert. Homemade from rice flour, served with coconut milk, coconut palm sugar with shaved ice, how grateful we were to have savored a bowl of pandan-flavored cendol after a long ride!

Powered up and climbed some hills. What’s next? It’s shopping time! We, especially the female riders were lifted with anticipation. 2 Freeport A’Famosa Outlet strategically located between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. It is located adjacent to the main entrance of the popular landmark, A’Famosa Resort in Alor Gajah. The Dutch heritage structure was designed by leading Australian architects. This branded outlet centre offers over 100 international brands to shoppers. We were only allowed to stroll around for about 30 minutes. “Another visit, maybe?” We thought.

The cycling course was mainly flat with some easy climbs. It was a pleasant ride, despite the scotching hot weather. As we were craving for more cold refreshments, the tour guide brought us to d Cendol Bakar (roasted cendol) at Kampung Kemus Simpang Empat. Originated from Kuala Selangor, Cendol Bakar spreads its wings to Negeri Sembilan, Penang and Kota Bahru. The cendol is not roasted as in “bakar” but the palm sugar is roasted to bring up the aroma of the syrup. That’s not all. The community restaurant serves a variety of cendol desserts from Cendol biasa, Cendol VIP, Cendol VVIP, Cendol Durian, Cendol Durian Pulut, Cendol Tapai to Cendol Tapai Pulut. It was certainly a thirst-quenching fix!

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