Malacca

Longkang Siham @Melaka, Malaysia

IMG_7355The 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.

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De Ocean Restaurant 大洋點心 @Melaka, Malaysia

IMG_7390During 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.

Contact:

  • Location: 174, Ground Floor, Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia (Google Maps)
  • Website: Facebook
  • Hrs: 7am – 2pm (Wed-Mon)
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林记沙煲肉骨茶 Restoran Lim Kee @Melaka, Malaysia

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 😛

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[closed] CK Satey CK鸳鸯沙爹朱律 @Melaka, Malaysia

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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.

Contact:

  • Location: No.145, Jalan Bunga Raya, Kampung Jawa, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia
  • Hrs: 3pm – 11pm (Thu-Tue)
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Bunga Raya Popiah @Melaka, Malaysia

IMG_7352While waiting to check in our hotel, we went to the nearby Bunga Raya Popiah to get ourselves the Popiah that was famous for its generous amount of deep fried crispy pork lard. At RM5 per roll, it was not exactly cheap, but each popiah was quite huge compared to the usual ones. Each bite came with a good mix of lard and jicama (aka Yam Bean or Bang Kuang), however, the other ingredients were barely noticeable.

We felt that the standards had dropped quite a bit, compared to the very first time we tried it many years ago. Oh well, still worth trying if you have never tried it before. Two persons sharing one roll was just nice for us, as it got a bit gelat halfway eating as it was quite oily. But if you enjoy pork lard a lot, you could probably finish the entire roll on your own 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: 120, Jalan Bunga Raya, Kampung Jawa, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia (Google Maps)
  • Hrs: 12pm – 8pm
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Stopover at Muar 麻坡, Malaysia

IMG_7332This trip, we decided to do a stopover at Muar 麻坡. Muar was famous for otak otak, and so we got ourselves some from Otak Otak Cheng Boi 阿梅麻坡烏打, which was supposed to be pretty good. Unfortunately the spiciness overpowered all the other flavours when we finally got down to cooking it back home.

We opted to have lunch at Glutton Street 贪吃街. We ordered drinks and mixed roast items in the coffee shop, as well as fried oyster egg and satay / cuttlefish kangkong from the pushcart stalls along the streets. Ms K also bought some Chinese Kuehs / Pastries (RM4.90) from a shop nearby.

We had a mix of Char Siew, Roast Pork and Sausage (RM10). The char siew felt very old school. Interestingly, the fatty bits had a texture like konyaku. The sausage was quite fragrant with a hint of wine, but unfortunately, it was overpowered by the rather sweet sauce. We felt that the roast pork was the best because of its crackling skin. Continue reading

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Malacca 2015 Day 3

2015-10-11 10.41.00Today is check-out day. We had a simple breakfast at hotel, and went back to the Jonker area. There was a flea market and we had fun looking at stuff from the olden days.

2015-10-11 11.15.53We stopped by for coffee at Calanthe Art Cafe where coffee from 18 Malaysia states were on display, with the staff suggesting that mummy try the Perlis Kopi (RM4.25 + 6% GST), as she preferred something more milky, while hubby was so feeling so hot, so he went for cold Caffe latte (RM 9.35+). Daddy settled for green apple juice (RM7.25+), and I wanted the apple aloe vera (RM5.15+).

2015-10-11 12.57.17It was back to hotel for a quick lunch at Coffeevine in Hatten Hotel. Our KKKL coach was scheduled to leave at 2pm, but we were told to be at the pick up point by 1.30pm. It came promptly at 1:30pm and we reached the drop-off point in Singapore (near Hotel V at Lavender instead of Textile Centre) by 6.10pm. And our short vacation has ended. 🙂

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Malacca 2015 Day 2

2015-10-10 10.37.102015-10-10 11.03.15We took our time in the morning and had a late breakfast at the hotel.

After that, a slow stroll brought us to St Paul’s Hill, and A’ Famosa Fort.

We continued to stroll to the famous landmark of Melaka, Christ Church Melaka before making our way back for lunch at Restoran Nyonya Makko!

We had heard good reviews of Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine which is just behind Hatten Hotel but we were not able to get reservations (it’s very very popular!). So we settled for Makko which is also near the hotel and we had been here 5 years ago.

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Malacca 2015 Day 1

2015-10-10 10.32.32-2We did a short getaway over the weekend to Malacca with my parents over the weekend.

Malacca has lots to offer but our last trip was more than 5 years ago. So we were quite lucky and thankful to have taken Luxury Coach because a guide was on board to share much about Malacca and its attractions when we were en route after Woodlands Checkout to Malacca. That helped to frame our expectations and refreshed some of our memories of the beautiful place.

While the speed of eating was definitely slower this time, we still managed to try a few things 😀

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