Malacca hands out dodol to 300 lucky visitors

Story and photo by S.L. FOO

MALACCA: It was literally a sweet experience for tourists visiting the Stadhuys here recently when they were greeted and given small packs of dodol – a sweet chewy candy synonymous with Malacca.

Some 300 lucky tourists received the tasty snack handed out by Tourism, Culture and Heritage Committee deputy chairman Datuk Chua Peng Song.

Singaporean Thomas Low, 41, said dodol would always remind him of the country’s multi-racial community.

“The sweet was one of the first cakes I tasted when I visited Malacca for the first time many years ago. I still remember its delicate taste and aroma.”

Delicacy: Chua handing out dodoland street maps to tourists at the Stadhuys in Malacca recently.
Low, who was in town sightseeing, said the dodol would always remind him of the historical state.

Abdul Rahmet, 41, a tourist from Saudi Arabia, said the dodol was an excellent gift to remind tourists of Malacca, its people and culture.

“Like Malacca, dodol has this charm that evokes the senses.”

Chua said that dodol had always left a memorable impression on visitors to Malacca, and as such, hoped the little gifts would go a long way in promoting the state as a tourist destination.

He said some three million tourists had visited Malacca this year.

The state expected another three million tourists, especially from the Middle East and Europe, to visit the state by year end, he added.

Originally published in The Star on

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