MELAKA: Jonker Walk night market paid tribute to the late Dr Tan Kim Hock who is popularly known as Melaka’s “Dodol King”.
Jonker Walk management committee deputy chairman Datuk Gan Tian Loo said Tan was synonymous with Jonker Walk as his products were sold at an outlet in the area.
“We have lost a legendary entrepreneur who is a pioneer in debuting local Melaka delicacies to a global platform.
“Tan has inspired many locals as he made dodol a global brand, ” said Gan.
Tan died yesterday at the age of 96. He started peddling dodol and coconut-based delicacies around the historic city in the 1970s while wearing his signature white suit.
Dodol is made using palm sugar, coconut milk and glutinous rice flour and is a popular delicacy in South-East Asia as well as Sri Lanka.
Tan opened his first retail store at Jalan Bendahara here in the mid-70s which later became a household brand.
He has another branch at Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho.
State MCA Chief Datuk Lim Ban Hong said Tan’s passing was a great loss for the state, especially the tourism industry which he has contributed to all his life.
“From humble beginnings in the 1970s, the “Tan Kim Hock” brand which is famous for “dodol” has evolved into a household name over the past five decades, ” he said, adding that the name is also synonymous with the growth of the tourism industry of Melaka.
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