The past 2 years have been hard on everyone due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only there was no travelling, there was even a Circuit Breaker (aka lock down) in Singapore from Apr 2020 to Jun 2020 where we were only able to go out of our house for essential stuff. This global pandemic has changed the way we work, the way we live and everything… It has been pretty hard for everyone, but light is now finally visible at the end of the tunnel…
After more than 2 years of non-travelling, border restrictions have finally relaxed and we decided to test water and visited our neighbouring country! The exchange rate we gotten from Lucky Plaza was S$1 to RM3.12.
We set off at 6:30am and cleared customs in Woodlands around 7am with hardly any other cars seen. A smooth 40-min drive later, we reached Skudai!
We reached Kuala Lumpur (KL) slightly before 11am. We parked at Market Central and walked to 丽丰茶餐室 Kedai Kopi Lai Foong and found the place already quite packed!
We tried the 丽丰牛肉面 Lai Foong Beef Noodles (RM10) and 丽丰啦啦米粉 Lai Foong Lala Noodles (RM11). The beef noodles was pretty good! The soup was flavourful and there was a good variety of meats. However, it paled in comparison to the lala beehoon soup. The strong flavours of rice wine, ginger in the seafood broth was very heartwarming!
Location: 138, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Google Maps)
We are always on the lookout for Peranakan food whenever we are in Melaka. This place seemed a little quiet so we were initially quite apprehensive. However, after trying the Rendang Chicken, Chinchalok Omelette, Ngo Hiang and Belacan Winged Beans, we were very satisfied 🙂 [Total expense RM47.50]
Location: No 15, Jalan Hang Lekiu, 75300 Melaka, Malaysia (Google Maps)
Our next stop was Tangkak as Dr K wanted to buy some tau sar piah. Conveniently along the same street, there were 2 eateries that looked very popular.
Our first lunch stop was Restoran Kuang Fei, famous for Tangkak beef noodles. We shared the Beef Noodles (RM8 for small, RM9 for big, RM12 for additional ingredients). The small portion was quite little, but the soup was awesome! While the beef was not very tender, we thought it was flavourful with a good bite.
Our last meal in Japan, and we thought we should splurge! We got ourselves 2 very pretty and delicious bento (¥3000 and ¥2600, excluding taxes). There were also a few mochi surprises, LOL! Overall, an enjoyable meal 🙂
First meal of the day in Kyoto was 牛ロースカツ膳 Chuck Tail Flap (¥1480) and 牛リブロースカツ膳 Rib Eye Roll (¥1380), with 10% tax, which came with free-flow rice, miso soup and cabbage. This place was definitely tourist-friendly, with its multi-language guide on how to eat 牛カツ Gyukatsu aka beef cutlet. We were quite impressed by the crispy exterior of the cutlets while the inside was medium rare and juicy.
We had tried to ask our hotel to help us with the reservations, but they were unable to, due to some reservations policy. Nonetheless, we decided to try our luck walking in. Turned out that we were the very first customers at 12 noon when we arrived.
There were 3 lunch menu, and the difference between the ¥8,000 and ¥6,000 menu was an additional main dish of grilled wagyu beef. We didn’t get to see what was in the ¥15,000 menu, but anyway we opted for the ¥6,000 one, knowing that we would be eating lots during the trip 😅
Our last stop in Malacca, and we were still quite determined to try Peranakan food 😛
Our favourite was the Assam Fish (RM50 for medium)! The fish was fresh, and the tamarind sauce had a good balance of sweet, sour and spicy 🙂 We also liked the Cili Garam Terung (RM18), which was fried eggplant in chilli gravy. Unfortunately, we found some of the braised chicken pieces in the Ayam Tempra (RM28) a bit too tough, while the Telur Cincaluk (RM18) was like a normal omelette and we could barely taste the fermented shrimps of the cincaluk.
Chendol (RM5) was the recommended dessert, and Dr K gave it thumbs-up 🙂 We had a taste of the gula melaka on its own, and thought it was pretty good.
Location: 167, Jalan Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia (Google Maps)
This cafe served a list of interesting specialty coffee, but when we enquired further, all except one had some form of syrup used. So we opted for a Homemade Orange Lemon Beer (RM12.50 + 5% Service Charge) and two Chrysanthemum Lattes (RM13+ for hot; RM15+ for cold). We also got ourselves some Homemade Coffee Marinated Pork Belly with Pumpkin Bao (RM20.90+), Hot Sauce Pork Belly with Pumpkin Bao (RM20.50+), and Banana Cheese Cake (RM9.90+) to share.
The Baos (or burgers) were yummy, though the hot sauce version was a tad too spicy for hubby and I. The cheese cake was not overly sweet and it was a lovely finish to the meal. Drinks-wise, the lattes were pretty good, and while the alcoholic content for the beer was rather low, for a non-drinker, I certainly felt a bit high drinking it, haha! I really enjoyed the tangy sweet and bitter drink, and it was an interesting alternative to the other non coffee options 🙂
Location: 8, Jalan Bukit Cina, Kampung Bukit China, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia (Google Maps)