Did anyone love Mamee Monster snack as a kid? I sure did! It was one of my favorite childhood snacks! I loved eating it with and without the seasoning – it was equally delicious both ways.
To my delight, I walked past a Mamee Jonker House while strolling down Jonker Street in Malacca in 2014. Unfortunately, it was closed that day! Mamee Jonker House is a concept store by the parent company: Mamee Double-Decker. In 2015, I returned to Malacca again. This time, I made sure to also pre-reserve slots for its Lil Monster Kitchen, a 90-min hands-on workshop where you get to make Mamee noodles as well as personalize your own snack pack.
Look who greeted us at the door! A very blue, cute Mamee Monster mascot. The heat from the sun in Malacca was blazing, but this guy was dedicated to his job and was actively posing for photos and welcoming visitors outside the shop! #respect
Making Mamee noodles at Mamee Museum
We quickly scurried upstairs to join the workshop where many kids were anticipating its start in excitement.
First, you start off watching a video animation of a summary of the workshop outline. Then, all the workshop participants, which were mostly kids actually (but their parents/grandparents were all there too), will put on a Mamee apron and a hair-cap, wash their hands with hands and soap thoroughly as part of hygiene practices, and the workshop begins!
Each participant will make his/her dough from scratch, by mixing flour and water together and squeezing them into a ball. Next, we put the dough through this machine which will flatten the dough a few times, before it cuts the flattened dough into skinny strips. Very easy to follow, and Mamee Kitchen has staff to guide should you need help.
In between processes, you’ll get time to decorate a blank piece of snack wrap.
After seasoning the noodles with what I suspect is sesame oil, by this time, the noodles smell so good I feel like eating them already. Then, the staff will collate the noodles so that they can deep-fry them. For safety reasons, participants will watch from the outside, seperated by glass windows, so it’s very safe.
They change the oil every 4 sessions if I’m not wrong.
Look! I’m done decorating my pack, hehe. Because it was my birthday that day, I dedicated the artwork to wishing myself a happy birthday in Malacca!
Then the staff puts the fried noodles into your pack and seals it with the machine.
And we’re done! You’ll also receive a 10-pack Mamee Monster noodle snacks as a gift, inside a very cute Mamee Monster paperbag!
Review: The workshop was a great experience both for adults and kids. Instructions (in English) and steps were easy to understand and follow, and there is attentive staff going around to facilitate. All the kids at the workshop got very excited about the processes. Their excitement rubbed off on us too! I believe, we adults are all children inside – we just need to remember to have fun and be happy! I’ll recommend this workshop as a bonding activity for families.
Mamee Monster DIY – Workshop for Making Mamee Cup Noodles
There’s a different workshop area called Mamee Monster DIY, for making your own cup noodles, which we didn’t try due to being short of time. Tell the cashier at level 1 you’ll like to do that and they’ll pass you a plastic cup. The workshop reminded me of the Nissin Cup Noodle Museum workshops in Tokyo.Very colorful and cute cartoon covered the walls upstairs!
In addition, there is also a Mamee Cafe at level one, where you can eat a variety of noodle dishes, as well as a merchandise store to purchase Mamee aprons or chips.