A few people told me to check out the cheese prawn mee hoon at Tong Sheng in Melaka, which I did two weekends ago on my way back to Kuala Lumpur from Johor Baru. There were many things I did not like about Tong Sheng and it started from the ridiculous queue at 6.30pm. To be fair, I didn’t mind the queue as it is usually an indication that the food was good.
Tables opened up as the earlier customers left but for some bizarre reason, smaller groups were not allocated the vacant tables because they insisted on attending to those who were in front of the queue. That didn’t make much sense because the group at the front was a large one and no large tables were available. So we waited for an hour until it was finally our turn at the front of the queue.
Ordered the popular items like the cheese prawn mee hoon (RM25 – 2 pax), steamed tofu with duck egg (RM15 – small), omelette fried otak otak (RM10) and deep fried cuttlefish with garlic (RM27). The mee hoon was disappointing and hardly worth the one hour wait. It was diluted and one-dimensional in taste; barely any oomph unless you eat this with chopped cili padi.
The otak otak was alright, but nothing wow worthy. I found the cuttlefish very oily as even the garlic was fried. This got cloying after a few bites so if you’re a light eater, you might want to skip this. It leaves a heavy, oily aftertaste in the mouth especially since they serve it with a mayonnaise based dip.
Also disappointing was the house special tofu, steamed with egg and further topped with duck egg yolk. It was similar to the three-coloured steamed egg, except richer and stronger in flavour. Literally high cholesterol on a plate and not in a good way.
Our bill came up to RM84, inclusive of drinks and peanuts. I walked away feeling cheated as Tong Sheng is more of a tourist trap than a restaurant to go to for good food.
Food: 5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Overrated and not worth the queue.
Restoran Tong Sheng
377 & 378 Jalan Melaka Raya 6,
Taman Melaka Raya,
Tel: 017-631 7811, 016-776 7811