I was away for the BRATs Malacca 2011 journalism workshop from September 1 to September 4. This program is run by The Star Publications’ RAGE team. While at BRATs, I had the opportunity to visit a confectionery shop and a 75-year old printing press on Jonker Street, Malacca. For pictures of my team members, visit Senior BRAT Amy Lim’s website at www.amylimsuyen.com.
My BRATs team, Captain BRATs, visited Mei Zhong Yuan Confectionery SDN. BHD. This shop primarily sells mooncakes and its specialty, lotus paste biscuits (above).
Salted duck egg yolks are used as fillings for the mooncakes and lotus paste biscuits.
Ingredients for the lotus paste biscuits. Clockwise: Dough (green-colored dough is for the pandan flavored lotus paste biscuits), egg yolks and lotus paste.
The Royal Press, a 75-year old printing press.
Some of the thousands of metal Chinese character word blocks used for printing.
This cupboard contains the various word fonts used for printing. It reminded me of Microsoft Word fonts.
One of the many old printing machines.
Yours truly with her nametag. (Photo courtesy of Amy Lim)