Tiffin Tea Set at Casa Del Rio, Melaka

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Tea-in-Tiffin

While many establishments serve afternoon tea on a three-tier plate stand, I like how Casa del Rio serves theirs – in a tiffin carrier, often used in a Peranakan household. This was a nice change from the fancy afternoon teas I’ve been accustomed to – no frills, but accentuated by the ambiance of the property.

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Tea the Peranakan way

Priced at RM56++ for 2 pax, the tiffin tea set comes with a choice of coffee or tea, with an assortment of Nyonya kuih, cakes, scones with jam and clotted cream, and a local favourite, Mee Siam. I love the coffee art at Casa del Rio – the barista puts effort in each cup and the coffee too, tastes quite decent.

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Latte for me, and an iced long black for rif

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A for coffee art!

I didn’t care much for the cakes but the Mee Siam and scones were good. The former was tangy and spicy with just the right amount of ‘kuah’. That’s apparently the right way to serve Mee Siam and it tasted even better with sambal chilli and a squeeze of lime.

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Assorted Nyonya kuih

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Mee Siam

I like the hotel’s initiative of introducing traditional favourites to its guests, especially the tiffin lunch set. Food is kept simple, with emphasis on local dishes and flavours – the ideal way to enjoy food in Melaka, I feel.

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Ambiance: 7/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 6/10 (pork free)
Verdict: A tiffin tea treat of local and traditional afternoon tea favourites.

Casa del Rio, Melaka
88, Jalan Kota Laksamana
75200 Melaka,
Malaysia.
Tel: +60 6 289 6888
Email: [email protected]
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Fashion Updates: Peep Boutique #4

In life, we have all met some people who turned out to be a complete waste of time and effort. I’ve had my fair share of these people – from friends who simply refuse to get their act together and make something useful of their life to budding entrepreneurs who seek help in getting things up and running.

While I have more of less weeded out most of such people from my friend’s list, I still get plenty of requests to help via reviews on my blog. I try and help as many people as I can without compromising the Bangsar Babe brand values and ethics, but some of the experiences turned out very disappointing.

Like a potential ice cream entrepreneur whom I helped as best I could, right down to securing meetings with potential buyers and getting his ice cream placed at bazaars. The guy’s business grew and just as quickly, he forgot (and to a point snubbed) the person who helped him when he first started.

There were a few others along the way that did the same thing and I noticed one thing they have in common – most of them come from a finance or consulting background. An industry that lacks empathy, kindness and appreciation. At least that’s what I think after several bad experiences with such people.

And then there are some people you feel are worth sticking around for, like how Peep Boutique stuck around for me. Thanks Peep, for making sure I have my best foot forward with your clothes! :)

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Pink Pastel Top

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Spring Breeze

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Rainbow Chains

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Watercolour Crochet (Blue)

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Strappy Chiffon Top

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Celeste Satin Top (Navy Blue)

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Chrissy Cross Out Dress (Red)

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Chrissy Cross Out Dress (side view)

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Ariana Asymmetrical Dress

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Anis Puteri Corner, Pantai Dalam

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Assorted Gulai

I’m a big fan of Malay nasi campur especially the ones from the east coast, namely Kelantan. The dishes are heavily influenced by Thai cuisine, with emphasis on sugar and coconut milk – expect the curries to taste richer, sweeter and creamier. My regular fix is at Restoran Jaring but a friend told me about Anis Puteri in Pantai Dalam, that serves even a much larger spread of Kelantan delights.

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Lunch crowd picking up

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Spoilt for choice

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Ayam percik putih Kelantan

The restaurant only opens during lunch and it’s best to get there by 11.30am before the madness begins. Trust me, you wouldn’t want to make your way around the food station at 1pm. Chaos I tell you! Like Hunger Games, where you battle for that last piece of ayam percik putih which judging from my plate, I won. :lol:

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I dined in a group of five so things were fairly systematic – one went to the gulai section, one to the grilled fish, one to the fried section and one to the ulams and kerabu. The remaining one was to find a table and order drinks for gang. Then we came back with the lauk pauk (dishes) and white rice before digging into the ‘loot’. Who knew lunch involved such a strategy!

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Amazing kerabu ikan tongkol

They do a mean Kerabu Ikan Tongkol here; crisp and robust in flavours, and very addictive. By the time I went back for seconds, there was none left. Sambal Terung was also pretty good stuff, as they cook the eggplant pieces till soft (not mushy) and add them into the sambal mixture of pounded chilli, onions and belacan.

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Fried chicken

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With extra fried bits!

The fried chicken comes in two varieties – regular or kampong. Most of the folks went for the regular so I followed suit, adding more fried flour bits to amp to the crunch factor. Nothing mind-blowing but definitely one of the better Malay-style fried chickens around.

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Skip the paru (cow’s lung) on the left

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Ayam percik putih and ikan keli bakar

Ayam Percik Putih was a tad underwhelming compared to the one from Restoran Jaring. The sauce was too gluey, when it should be creamy from the coconut milk. Too much flour, I reckon. Ikan Keli Bakar was better but they didn’t season the fish thoroughly, resulting in some parts being too salty. I was more fortunate to have enjoyed the nicer part of the fish – the others weren’t as lucky.

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Gulai kawah

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Fairly tender meat

Better was the Gulai Kawah, cooked in a wok large enough to fit me. The beef was cooked till reasonably tender and the gravy was sweet and mildly spicy – tasty with white rice. rif went one up, and mixed a bowl of assorted curries from the spread. The end result was delicious.

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Kuih bakar

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Kuih seri mandi. The green one behind is also good.

Desserts are worth trying here, especially the eggy and soft kuih bakar. The kuih seri mandi (the colourful one) was not bad but some parts of the sago were chewy. Skip the onde onde, unless you fancy biting into hardened pieces of brown sugar at the centre.

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Onde onde

Lunch came up to about RM57 for the above, with rice and drinks. Pretty reasonable considering the amount we took. As it gets pretty chaotic during peak hours, you will need to be a little more patient with the staff.

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 7/10
Food: 7/10 (halal)
Verdict: Go for the kerabu ikan tongkol, fried chicken and gulai kawah.

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Anis Puteri Corner
No.4, Jalan Pantai Dalam
59200 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia
Tel: 019-282 6908
Business hours: 6am to 6pm daily

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