We have furthered our explorations with Ms. K! This time, we drove all the way to Melaka 🙂 It was a short but filling trip 😛
- Day 1: Took us close to an hour to clear customs, and we did a stopover at Muar to get some Muar Otak at Otak Otak Cheng Boi 阿梅麻坡烏打, before having lunch at Glutton Street 贪吃街. Reached Melaka, dropped our bags and went to buy Bunga Raya Popiah. Light dinner at Capitol Seafood 佳必多祖传海鲜小吃, before visiting Jonker Street. Coffee break at The Stolen Cup, supper at CK Satey, and da-baoed dough fritters from 九楼油条 back to hotel room.
- Day 2: Breakfast at 林记沙煲肉骨茶, nursed a kopi-c kosong at the food centre, followed by lunch at De Ocean 大洋點心. Coffee break at The Coffee JAR. Back to hotel to rest, before having dinner at SamFu Restaurant. Snacked at Tong Bee Stall 東美檔, and da-baoed dough fritters from 九楼油条 again back to hotel room.
- Day 3: Breakfast at Low Yong Moh Dim Sum Restaurant 榮茂茶室, coffee at Rainforest Coffee Bean Cafe, snacked at Jonker 88. Lunch at Thong Shui House before making our way back to Singapore.
During our short three day two night trip to Malacca, we still managed to visit 3 cafes 🙂
We had visited a few during our past trips, so we wanted to try out new ones this time.
A quick Google search showed that there were many cafes with good reviews near Jonker Street, so we basically picked based on where was convenient.
Though the place mentioned Thong Shui, which literally meant “sugar water”, or desserts, we were actually here for the Golden Mee Hoon Kuih 黄金金面粉糕 (RM6.60 for small, RM9 for large, option of dry or soup). I seldom have good experiences with such hand torn noodles, as they tend to have different shapes and thickness, and the soup version is usually quite starchy. I had stopped eating this for years after having a rather bad experience with uncooked noodles -_-”
I gotta say this was a rather pleasing bowl of Mee Hoon Kuih (or Mee Hoon Kueh, as spelt in Singapore)! Firstly, the pumpkin dough gave the noodles a pretty colour, and the hand torn noodles were of similar thickness. The noodles were cooked just right, without being too soggy, or having parts that were uncooked. The accompanying ikan bilis (small fried anchovies) were very crispy, and the meat were tender. The noodles tasted slightly sweet, and after mixing in the sambal chilli, the entire bowl of noodles took on an extra layer of flavours 🙂 We really enjoyed this bowl of lovely Mee Hoon Kuih.
We also tried the signature <strong>Thong Shui Fried Bee Hoon with Rendang Chicken 招牌米粉和仁当鸡 (RM8), which was not bad, but paled in comparison to the noodles.,
- Location: No. 86, Jalan CB 1, Taman Cheng Baru, Melaka, 75250 Malacca, Malaysia (Google Maps)
- Hrs: 12pm – 9:30pm
Our last morning in Melaka, and we were on our way to check out some cafe when we past by 榮茂茶室 Low Yong Moh Dim Sum Restaurant, and there was no queue 😮 Well, considering we did not have a really good experience with dim sum the previous day, and this was the place where we visited during our first trip to Melaka, we decided that we should not have any dim sum regrets. Yes, we got side-tracked again 😛
The place was just as we remembered how it was, fairly bustling and crowded. Service was prompt and rather friendly. Once we settled down and ordered our Pu-Er tea (RM 1.10 per pax), staff came by with trays of assorted dim sum and we just pointed to whatever we fancied. The prices of the dim sum that we ordered ranged from RM1.70 to RM3, and could go up to RM5. Erm, the menu was not very helpful in determining prices, so just order what you fancy 🙂
While the food was not fancy, it was definitely better than yesterday 😛 We particularly enjoyed the juicy and tender chicken wrapped in aluminium foil. Hubby, as usual, enjoyed his fishballs 😛 And despite the bustle and hustle, time seemed to just slow down while we take in the sights and enjoy our food in this little old-school joint 🙂
- Location: 32, Jalan Tukang Emas, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia(Google Maps)
- Website: Facebook
- Hrs: 5:30am – 1pm
We were on our way back to the hotel, when we caught a glimpse of a queue from the corner of our eyes. Like a magnet, we were automatically attracted to it, and we simply had to pause to take a closer look. Actually, we could not quite make out what the little stall was selling, so we decide to cross the road to have a better look 😛
It was a very simple stall selling 3 types of dough fritters, with the best seller the super lengthy 油条 (Yu Cha Kuih, or Youtiao), while the other 2 types were 咸煎饼 (Ham Chim Peng) and 马花炸 (“Butterfly Wings”). Since we were not really fans of Butterfly Wings, we decided to get one each of the other 2 types for supper back in hotel. The queue moved quite slowly, because everyone else were buying dozens 😮
We love trying out Peranakan food (aka Nonya food) whenever we are in Malacca 🙂
For this trip, we decided to check out SamFu Restaurant in Mimosa Hotel. Ms K’s dad joined us for dinner too 🙂 We were glad that we had made reservations a day in advance, for the restaurant was packed with customers during dinner time.
The first night, we decided check out the Longkang Siham, loosely translated as blood cockles by the drain. This is a back alley that is famous for cheap and fresh seafood, where patrons sit on tiny stools along long steel tables, accompanied with whiffs from the drain.
There were 2 stalls here, and we opted to try out the Capitol Seafood 佳必多祖传海鲜小吃 first. We ordered Lala (RM2 per portion), Kerang (blood cockles, RM2), Bendi (lady’s fingers, RM2), and Sotong Kangkong (RM7).
While we were initially a little apprehensive, we were pleasantly surprised that the seafood tasted fresh and sweet 🙂 The seafood and lady’s fingers were just boiled with water, and came with accompanying sauces; so simple, yet so memorable. In particular, we could even choose how well cooked we want our cockles to be; normal worked well for us.
During our first visit to Melaka many years ago, we had tried dim sum at a famous restaurant, and had good memories about it. This time, we wanted to try another dim sum restaurant, and De Ocean Restaurant 大洋點心 had pretty good online reviews.
Since we were still quite full from breakfast, we had a scaled-down lunch.
The way dim sum was served here was that the staff would bring a tray of available dim sums for us to select. Erm… we gotta say, we were quite disappointed with the dim sum here 😦 The most unique one was the fried prawn dumpling, because the skin had banana flavours to it. Many times, we enjoyed the dim sum experience not because the dim sum was of very high quality, but because of the buzzing atmosphere. Alas, we did not experience this here as well.
Dim sum prices ranged from RM3.50, RM4, to RM5, and Pu-Er tea was RM1.60 per pax. We supposed it could be an option if you needed air-conditioning. Of note, if you do come here, maybe you would like to try the buns, which had pretty good online reviews. However, we were not really bun lovers and usually preferred to try other types of dim sum.
- Location: 174, Ground Floor, Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia (Google Maps)
- Website: Facebook
- Hrs: 7am – 2pm (Wed-Mon)
We were en-route to our dim sum breakfast, when we walked past this rather popular Bak Kut Teh restaurant seemingly in the middle of nowhere, and so… we postponed dim sum to lunch *LOL*
Service was efficient; basically we were ushered to a table, asked a few questions and viola, our food was served rather quickly… all without seeing the menu 😛
Just across the road opposite the entrance to Longkang Siham, was this very empty satey celup place. Perhaps because it was away from the main tourist area, but we decided to give it a shot, as we were not feeling up to long queues tonight.
This place advertised itself as using Kangen water, which is alkaline water and supposedly have some health benefits. They also claimed that they make their soup bases from scratch, and did not recycle their soup base, which was definitely one up in the hygiene level. With dual soup base, this place also caters to kids and customers who do not take spicy or peanuts. There was a minimum order of 15 sticks, which amounted to RM15.
We were pleasantly surprised by the freshness of the seafood, especially the prawns and blood cockles! The meat items were less impressive. The satay soup base, while not the super thick type, was still pretty good and satisfying. The chicken soup base was not bad too.
They also sell freshly baked castella cakes here. Seemed like an odd combination for satay celup, but we did see quite a few customers buying take-aways.
- Location: No.145, Jalan Bunga Raya, Kampung Jawa, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia
- Hrs: 3pm – 11pm (Thu-Tue)