The Makan Gang is at work again last weekend, this time conquering Malacca which we completed with 10 (TEN) satisfying meals within 1 ½ day. Please note that the 10 meals exclude the in-between snacks and drinks. Aimed to maximize the length of our trip, we departed KL at 7.30 a.m. on Saturday (hey, I don’t even leave home for work that early). Wong suggested to have dim sum in Seremban only to discover that the restaurant we wanted to go had closed down. Since Seremban is just a stopover, we decided to have something simple at Meng Kee Foodcourt.
I felt like having something really light and easy to digest since i foresee my day will be full of food. Ah-ha…what could be better than porridge? My bowl of sliced pork with century eggs with extra fried intestines was surprisingly good. Priced at only RM4, the porridge was really smooth and flavourful. Portion as well as the ingredients was really generous too. Mmmm…..thumbs up!
We arrived Melaka at around 11 a.m. Still too early for lunch, Wong took us to a bee farm. I didn’t know that there are so many varieties of honey and we get to sample all of them. They even make soup and balm out of the honey. Soap? Won’t they attract ants or even bees?? Wong made them really happy by spending about RM500+ there.
Products for sale....I didn't get any home cos we seldom consume honey.
Ok…food digested a little so off we went for lunch at L.T.P Restaurant which is located on the way to Melaka town. I was told that it is one of the oldest restaurant in Melaka.
Sizzling Oyster Omelette (RM10) - Quite unique as this is the first time trying oyster omelette served on sizzling pan. Initially it was a bit watery but by the time it stop sizzling, the omelette was already dry. The eggy aroma filled the air...mmm...not bad.
Stir-fry Lotus with Celery (RM10) - A favourite dish of ours....perfectly stir fry with wood fungus and sprinkled with almond flakes and fried cuttlefish. A very good combination as you get many texture out of this dish; the crunchiness of the celery and lotus roots, soft yet slightly crunchy wood fungus and the crispiness from the fried cuttlefish. All gave thumbs up for this dish.
Braised Duck (RM12) - A big no-no from all of us. Meat was dry and tough while the gravy lack of taste. Hubby suspected that the duck might be from overnight.
Deep Fried Butter Soft Shell Crab (RM20) - Crispy and juicy. Only complain was the shredded butter and egg sauce a bit overcooked. Still find it ok overall.
Stir-fry Fish Maw with Leek and Minced Meat (RM18) - This dish is another favourite of ours. The Fish Maw was so tasty, the texture was like a cross of between fried foochuk (beancurd) with fried pork skin. Leek was young and fresh, thus fiberless...and tossed together with minced meat and mushroom, this dish was really good!
Restaurant L.T.P Sdn Bhd is located at:
251 Jalan Tun Sri Lanang
After we checked-in, we decided to walk at Jonker Street which is just across a road and a bridge. While we walked passed the bridge, we were very lucky to bump into this huge monitor lizard, swimming gracefully alongside the riverbank. A Caucasian man who stood beside me watching the monitor lizard proudly told me that it's a crocodile. No la...it's MONITOR LIZARD!
First food shop which greeted us was the No.1 Kopitiam which they claimed famous for its Nyonya Cendol. Each of us had 1 bowl…mmm…ice was well-shaved and the gula melaka was really aromatic. Refreshing especially since it was super hot on Saturday.
Many stalls only open in the evening for the night market so there is nothing much to see during the day. Most of the shops opened are selling arts, antiques, local products and souvenirs. After about 30 mins walk, we decided to have a drink at Geographer Café. I only realized when I saw a poster on the wall that this is the place where they shoot the movie “Summer Holiday" starring Sammi Cheng and Richie Ren.
Each of us ordered an Organic Coconut while Wong had beer. The organic coconut tasted like their non-organic cousins, only difference was the price paid. RM4.50 for this not-very sweet organic coconut.
As we were seated next to the dessert counter, I was captivated by their Apple Pie. The apple fillings were filled in a glass while the pastry puff was on the glass. It’s like Dome’s Chicken Pie!
My curiousity got better of me, so I decided to give it a try. I was shocked when they actually pour everything on a plate when served. Well…a big disappointment cos the only nice thing about the apple pie was the vanilla ice-cream that came with it. The apple fillings with a hint of cinnamon tasted quite normal but the puff pastry was bad. It’s just like eating flourish chapatti which could not even be cut using fork and knife. So tempted to shred it using hand.
Geographer Cafe is located at:
No. 83 Jalan Hang Jebat
Tel: 06 - 281.6813
Am not a fan of chicken rice ball cos it’s just too soft and mushy for me…but somehow this one tasted not too bad. The rice ball was really aromatic and when dipped with the soya sauce from the chicken, it tasted even better. A surprising discovery indeed and only RM3 for 14 pieces.
Meanwhile, the chicken meat (RM8) was quite a disappointment as the texture was too soft and tasteless. Doesn't require much chewing.
Hoe Kee Chicken Rice is located at:
4, 6, 8 Jalan Hang Jebat
At this point, am super-stuffed and could not even think of food. And so, we headed back to our hotel for a short nap before continuing our food excursion.
To be continued ...........