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Singapore and Malaysia – Part 2/5-Melaka Report

Paprikaboy | Mar 27, 201508:04 AM

You say Melaka, I say Malacca. Still not sure which, my bus ticket was no help as it was to Melaka bus station in Malacca. Like a lot of people big thanks to Kyleoh’s recs for my trip but also MGomez for Melaka, not only on one of my posts but recs on another post.

Day 3

Unknown noodle place, 2nd Cross near to Jonkers Walk.

Arrived hungry after a 4 hour bus ride and only 2 small curry puffs to sustain me on the journey. Wasn’t expecting much but they had fish ball mee and I can’t turn down a fish ball. The fish balls themselves were very good, both flavour and texture wise. The accompanying broth was very light and at first I thought home-made but the more I drank the more I thought packet. The noodles themselves were pretty mediocre but there were some tasty unidentified crunchy bits that I liked.

Jonkers Walk Night Market

Mr Pau Tim Sum Stall.

Can’t complain about value as it was 5 for 3RM. Not sure what I had and they all tasted pretty similar. Quite thick skins, not the most elegant dumplings.

Taiwan Sausage stall.

Picked the honey and lime one. Very much the colour and texture of a Merguez sausage. Sweet soft meat with a little bit of spice. Not bad

Kuih Lobak Radish Cake Stall

Never had it before so not sure what to expect. Had it with egg and confirmed I wanted it spicy. Not much flavour and wasn’t sure about the texture, also too oily for me. Not all that spicy but the dark soy sauce was that was with it was so deep and rich and I really enjoyed that part.

Day 4

Restoran SR Maju, 3 Jalan Temenggong

Poori masala is one of my favourite breakfasts. Very light and fluffy poori and not too thick. Let down by a masala that was quite bland and looked alarmingly like piccalilli.

Nancys, 7, Jalan Hang Lekir,

I was really looking forward to this. Got there at 11:10 am and was second in the queue. By 11:20 still no one else had joined and I wondered why Klyeoh had advised getting there at 11:15. By 11:20 there were about 30 people behind me.
Went for:

Ngoh Hiang Pork. Soft, quite sweet minced pork with small pieces of chilli running ng through them. Crisp outer shell of the fired tofu skin. Very delicate spicing and very moreish. There was quite a lot but I managed to finish all but one.
Sayur Keledek Belacan. Sweet potato leaves with shrimp paste. I really liked this, the leaves reminded me of chard taste wise. The belacan was not overpowering and a nice subtle heat from the chilli.
Nyonya Laska. This was somewhat disappointing. It looked great but the broth lacked any real depth or fragrance. As it was a nyonya laska I was expecting a really punchy flavour but mainly tasted of coconut milk and the fish balls were very bland. The big fat prawn was nice but no head to suck unfortunately.

Capitol Satay Celup, 41, Lorong Bukit Cina

After the slightly disappointing lunch at Nancys did a bit more research and found a post from MGomez on satay celup. Sounded right up my street. A very long queue and being on my own had to wait until I could share a table as you can’t really sit on your own to eat this. Picked various bits of what I assume were chicken offal, prawns , frankfurters , okra and some green stuff that I couldn’t identify. My three dining companions were very sweet telling me when to take stuff out and what stuff to take off the skewers. There were regular top ups of satay, chilli and what I assume was sugar and salt. Like fondue but with satay and meat , seafood and veg. What’s not to love? Would go down a storm in London but they’d have to reduce the offal content.

Day 5

Chung Wah, 18, Jalan Hang Jebat,

Another MGomez rec. and a very good it was too. Normally I like a lot of variety and on a trip with restricted time I don’t usually repeat places. I went here for breakfast on 2 consecutive days and that’s high praise from me.
Chicken rice ball to eat of course. Fatty herbal chicken with a good bit of dark meat. Perfectly soft rice balls and I liked the chillis in vinegar a nice touch and better than the generic chilli sauce I had at a lot of places. The teh tarik was none too shabby either.

Restoran Anak Nyonya, 88, Jalan Tokong

A quick lunch, went for the Ayam Goreng Cilli Garam (Chilli and salt fried chicken) really tender sticky and nicely spicy chicken. Not amazing but a very nice lunch all in all.

Christina ee , 8, Jalan Hang Lekir

Couldn’t leave Melaka without trying pineapple tarts. Tried them first with a durian coffee and wasn’t sure . Liked them with a normal coffee, good crumbly pastry and sweet chewy filling.

Poh Piah Cart, corner of 2nd Cross St and Jonkers Walk

Nice soft wrapping but I wasn’t too fond of the filling. The turnip was overly sweet for me, the shredded chicken (?) was bland and too dry. Not spicy enough for me.

NJ Splash 5 stall, Portuguese Settlement.

Last night in Melaka and had high hopes for this as wanted to try some Cristang food. The okra with shrimp paste and roasted chilli was very good. The okra was cooked really well and a the roasted chillis added more some depth and good salty hit from the shrimp paste. The Portuguese baked fish was a missed opportunity. The sauce was rich with tomatoes and chilli and a lovely fragrance from lemongrass. Unfortunately the fish was woefully overcooked, almost a mush. Found 1 eye but couldn’t locate the cheeks. It could have been a great end to my time in Melaka.

Day 6

See Chung Wah day 5.

{ Photos left to right: , tim sum, poori masala, Nancys, Ayam Goreng Cilli, Poh Piah, Radish cake stall, pineapple tarts, , chicken rice ball, okra and shrimp paste}

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