Jeen wanted to go to Malacca so rif and I decided to take her on a day trip there.
Initially, it was just the three of us but we managed to get Brian to join us.We reached Malacca and made a bee-line for the kuay toew th’ng. I’m not sure where exactly the shop is but it’s opposite the BAM (Badminton Association of Malacca) at Jalan Tengkera.
The kuay teow came laden with huge chunks of lard, pork slices, fish balls and topped with fried shallots. The lard was so crispy and light it crackles slightly in your mouth. The pork slices were also delightful. The fish balls were small yet firm and bouncy. A small bowl cost RM 4 while our herbal tea cost RM 1.20 per cup.
11.30 am: Nyonya Kuih
After breakfast, rif took us to a house at Jalan Tengkera to buy some nyonya kuihs. I got some pineapple tarts (RM 12), 2 kuih bongkong (RM 0.50 a piece), 2 packets of onde-onde (RM 0.50 per pack) and a piece of kuih dadar (RM 0.50). No picture of what I bought as I ate them in the car. They were so enticing I simply couldn’t resist. :p The onde-onde was 3/4 the size of a golf ball and coated with freshly grated coconut. When bitten, the gula melaka oozes out of the gluttonous pandan flavoured skin.
At noon, we had pork satay at Kedai Satay Xiang Ji, Jalan Portugis. The satay was delicious! Just the right balance of meat and fat, the well-marinated pork chunks melts in your mouth. rif loves the usus (intestines) satay and he always eats them whenever he goes back to Malacca.
2.30 pm: Nyonya Kuih, Ujong Pasir
After the satay, we popped by Pahlawan Square to walk off lunch. Jeen and I did a little shopping while the guys waited for us. When we were done shopping, rif took me to buy some more nyonya kuih from a lady who sells them by the roadside. He usually buys them for me when he’s in Malacca.
3.00 pm: Tea Time @ Jalan Tengkera (underneath the Ketapang tree)
The salt with the typical Malacca chili caramelized the carrot cake giving it an array of taste including a distinct “wok-hei” flavour. It was spicy but not overly so; just enough to tease your taste buds.
The sweet sauce complimented the savoury fried kuay teow, enhancing the taste of the slightly raw cockles. The loh bak, drizzled with sweet sauce was mediocre. I prefer the loh bak from Penang.
4.00 pm: Jeta Grooves, near Mahkota Parade
After that, we had durian cendol from Jeta Grooves. Jeen was about to burst so she just had a spoon of mine. The rest of us had a bowl each. The ice shaving was laden with a generous amount of santan and drizzled with thick gula melaka.
The durian was pungent (in a good way) and had a slightly bitter aftertaste which gave a twist to your typical cendol. Once we were done, rif drove us back to his house in Malacca. I was so full I fell asleep while rif and Brian played PSP games. I think Jeen couldn’t sleep because she was too full…kekeke.
6.30 pm: Ban Lee Siang, Jalan Ong Kim Wee
Dinner was satay celup at Ban Lee Siang. We didn’t eat like no tomorrow because there was still a final stop to be made. The satay celup was excellent. Imagine lok lok sticks dipped in thick and slightly sweetish peanut sauce (something like satay sauce..but better). I love dipping bread cubes into the sauce as it soaks up the gravy better.
45E, Jalan Ong Kim Wee,
7.30 pm: Sin Yin Hoe, near Jonker Street
Our final stop was Sin Yin Hoe at the end of Jalan Hang Jebat. We ordered Oh Chien (Oyster Omelette), Or Nee (Oyster Mee) and soft shell crabs. The Oh Chien, fried with plump, tiny oysters was delish. The noodles with bursty oysters swimming in gravy and bits of lard was good stuff. Our soft shell crabs did not disappoint. Deep fried till golden brown, the batter was so light it melts in your mouth…just like lard. *grins*
After all that eating, we shoved our heavy selves into the car and headed back to KL. I have never eaten that much or that often in my life. Till today, I have yet to lose the weight I piled on from this trip. 0_0
Ambiance: Humid all the way
Price: 8/10 (reasonable, if not cheap food)
Verdict: An eating spree worth the weight gain.