We were in the mood for bak kut teh (pork bones soup) dinner. The best place we knew was in Old Town.
It was so nice to see generous amounts of freshly chopped garlic and chilli at each table. I don’t eat bakkut teh very often but if this generosity is any indication, the food here must be good. We shall see.
We ordered a conbination of fatter meat and pork ribs. The fatter portion is served as well as it balances out the leaner pork rib portions making it ‘smoother’ to eat. One may remove the fat portions at will if one so chooses. The soup is herbal and slightly sweet, as opposed to more peppery ones in other bak kut teh places.
Beancurd in soup.
I also ordered a separate bowl of mushrooms. Items like taupok (beancurd) and mushrooms can be ordered separately. The portions were generous and they even provided tissue for customers. This is a big deal as in Malaysia or Singapore, food shops usually do not provide such things without charging for them. The place only opens for dinner. This place is value for money, the meat is tender and when dipped into the chopped garlic and chilli in dark sauce, it is simply delicious. A local Chinese newspaper has ranked it among the top 20 BKT places in Malaysia.
A Google search of this place resulted in three places with the same name but at different locations. It is not clear to me if the places are related to each other. Make sure you go to the right place.
Heng Kee Bak kut Teh, No. 1, Jalan 1/10, 46000, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 46000, Malaysia. Tel: +60 3-7785 1663. This is located in PJ Old Town.
It was going to be noodles for lunch. So off we headed to this noodles place.
Fishball noodle soup.
Garoupa fish soup with mee sua. A healthy option for a change.
Curry laksa beehoon.
There was a wide variety of noodles sold here in this coffee shop, ranging from yong tau foo to fish soup and fish ball soup. This place was quite popular with those who live in the area.
Restoran Sun Yun Heong Yun, No. 34, Jalan Damai Utama 1, Taman Damai Utama, 47180, Puchong, Selangor. Tel: 012 366 7131.
Growing up, it was very common for us to go out to a nearby coffeeshop for dinner. Dining out is quite common in Malaysia, unlike in western countries, and it did not cost a lot unless one went to fancy restaurants. With tasty food being so affordable, one is spoilt for choice for places to eat. Tonight was no different. We simply went to a coffeeshop nearby for a good meal.
Marmite pork ribs. I have had coffee pork ribs before. This tasted quite good.
Blanched lettuce. Lettuce was cooked just nice.
Steamed garoupa. The fish was fresh.
The name of the restaurant.
The food here was good and reasonably-priced. It was a very popular place and as the night wore on, more customers showed up. I would eat here again.
Restoran Yuen Yuen, 47100 Puchong Batu Dua Belas, Selangor.
This is the first time I had nasi kerabu. This restaurant reminded me of Madam Kwan’s and certainly several of such restaurants serving more pricey local food have started mushrooming in malls all over Malaysia, and they are doing well. It looks like local food is now going upmarket through the setup of these restaurants as customers prefer to dine in air-conditioned comfort rather than sweating it out in hot coffee shops or hawker centres. The value now lies in the whole dining experience and not just the food per se. Serai started out by serving Northern cuisine including certain Thai recipes. Today, they serve a variety of Malaysian, western, Thai and Middle Eastern food. They also serve desserts.
This meal was served with toasted coconut bits, half a salted egg, fish crackers, raw cut salad combination of cucumber, onion, lemon grass, and curry leaves, one green chilli with meat filling and ayam percik. This was a substantial meal and a little too much. The blue in the rice comes from butterfly pea flower.
Nasi lemak that did not disappoint. The ayam goreng berempah (spiced fried chicken) was nicely done, with achar (pickled vegetables), and sambal prawns on the side.
Chicken satay with rice ketupat and satay sauce. It was pretty good though the satay in Penang was nicer than this one. The size of the sticks here may be larger but the smaller Penang satay (or those in hawker centres in Malaysia for that matter) were tastier.
If we had not been so full, we would have tried their desserts. Next time.
Serai, LG37, Lower Ground Floor, Empire Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS16/1, Subang Jaya, 47500. Tel: +603-5611 3200.
We decided to try this place because it was not crowded and we were in a hurry. The waiter recommended that we try the grilled fish special. We ordered one and we were so pleased with the freshness of the fish that we ordered a second set, with a different fish. The first one was a grilled pomfret while the second one was grilled kembong. Both were good. We were very pleased with this.
The fish is topped with sambal chilli paste blend, onions and wrapped in aluminium foil and grilled. What it didn’t have was banana leaf which would have affected the taste but we were happy that the fish was fresh and did not taste fishy. Apparently, the Portuguese have a version of this type of fish but I could not tell which part of it was Portuguese isince I do not know enough about Portuguese food.
Le Garden Cafe, Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall, FG 028;;FG029 Jalan Merdeka, Melaka, Malaysia.
We decided to head to the food court at the third floor of Dataran Pahlawan to see what they served. I was very pleased with my find.
This is popiah with a slight twist. Malacca has been receiving so many Japanese tourists that the stall owners started added crunchy bits to their popiah, that tasted like fried tempura batter. That seemed to have replaced the small fried pork fat bits which is one of the draws of better popiah. It was still nice and the bits were still crunchy.
My Penang Assam Laksa in Malacca. A bit too spicy but overall, it was good. There were generous portions of vegetables and shredded fish as it was still early in the day.
Check out the food court, Food Paradise, for some local food, if one cannot get to any of the others.
I have to admit that the shoe was cute and that was why I ordered it. It’s supposed to be Mexican coffee. I asked the waiter whether their coffee is served in this manner in Mexico and his response was, ‘Well, they wear boots!’ Yes, Zorro wore boots! Not quite the answer I expected but it was still rather creative.
I asked for weaker coffee and judging from the extra coffee powder that they added to the top, sleep would probably elude me that night. Good coffee though.
Black Canyon Coffee, A-008 & A-009/Lower Ground Floor, Dataran Pahlawan, Melaka. Tel:+606 2821470
Third on the list was ice kacang but we couldn’t get to one of the local stalls around so we settled for what was served at the hotel. It was not as nice or authentic as what I had a few years ago but it’ll have to do. Come to think of it, I’ve not had authentic ice kacang for a while now. What exactly is it? Well, when I find one that is close enough, I shall blog about it.
K5, The Street Bistro, Hotel Equatorial, Melaka.
Next stop was Nyonya food. It wouldn’t be a visit to Malacca if one did not eat Nyonya food. This shop was one of those recommended to us and we decided to try it. The shop was crowded for dinner but fortunately, we got seats rather quickly.
Chinchalok omelette. The chinchalok was very subtle in this as it is quite salty to begin with so not much was placed in the omelette. We asked for some on a smaller side dish and then we could taste it in the omelette.
Chicken rendang. This was as good as it looked!
Pucuk Ubi fried vegetables. The shoots of the vegetables were nice and crunchy, cooked with sambal belachan.
The prawn crackers were good with the sambal chilli.
We liked what we had and will certainly come back here again next time as well. The food was really good. I did not care much about the ambience or decor as many of the Nyonya restaurants here have something from the Peranakan culture to show that they are serving Peranakan. What mattered more was whether the food was good and it was.
Restoran Nyonya Makko, No. 123, Off Jalan Parameswara, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka, Melaka. Tel: +606 284 7037
It was a spur-of-the-moment decision to visit Malacca. Many people go to Malacca for a short break and eat. Yup, a foodie trip. This time, I was going to EAT.
First stop, chendol! I loved that it was simple and there was enough gula melaka in it.
Char Kuay Teow. This was the only dish left on a Sunday afternoon. Everything else had been sold out. This was quite authentic except for the fried onions. I didn’t mind the cut cucumber pieces.
This little restaurant was rather unassuming but it was very crowded on a Sunday afternoon. I learnt that in the afternoons in Malacca, restaurants tend to close. So this shop was about to close and we ordered the only items still available that afternoon. The food was good enough that we wanted to go back again the next day, which was Monday and the restaurant was closed. We went back on a Tuesday and it was still closed. We were leaving on that Tuesday and I was glad that we had a chance to go to the restaurant on this trip. It’s definitely a place to return to for all the other good stuff on the menu.
The chendol and Char Kuay Teow were found at Restoran Jeta Groves, 115, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka. Tel: (+606) 282 1526, H/P: (+6013) 626 5922. It is walking distance from Dataran Pahlawan and Hotel Equatorial.
Hot osmanthus tea. This was welcomed just after a plateful of char kuay teow.
This tea was found in Tong Pak Fu, F1-40 & F1-41 First Floor, Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka.