After a short nap, we felt much energized to go for food hunting again. Our next destination was Teo Soon Loong Chan TeoChew Restaurant, a place highly recommended by Wong. The front portion of the shop is the kitchen, yes, it's an open kitchen concept while the back portion is the dining area. It's a very small restaurant with limited tables (if not mistaken, only 7 - 8 tables), so to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to call them beforehand to make a reservation.
At one corner of the dining area, there are selections of meat, seafood and vegetable for you to choose from. Wow...everything look so fresh! Ordering was an easy task as Wong already pre-planned on what to order. So we just sat back and relax while Wong did all the work.
TeoChew Soybean sauce was served instead of normal cilipadi. Tasted almost like soya sauce and Wong said it goes well when stir-fry with seafood.
I found a tub of chilled sambal ikan bilis on the table...errr...it doesn't look appetising until the uncle waiter came over and told us it's good stuff. Ooo...turned out to be really good stuff. Wong wished for a plate of fragrant coconut rice at that moment while I felt it would taste well with Hokkien noodle,
Wahh.....wish came true...first dish served was Oyster Noodle and it does resembled Hokkien Noodle as it came with dark and thick gravy. Tasty on its own and even tastier with a dash of black vinegar. Oysters were really juicy and fresh! Yumzzz......simply delicious.
The Clams was one of the star-dish of the night. Gravy was so good until Hubby couldn't resist from ordering a bowl of rice (we divided it into 4) to go with it. Sweet and spicy, we suspect they put in spoonful of the sambal ikan bilis for extra ommhpphh!!! Very unusual clams too, never seen this before in KL. I will definately go back for this..2 thumbs and 2 toes up!
The TeoChew Steamed Pomfret came next. I was too busy attacking the lala and fish being my least favourite meat, I only took a bite or two. Texture was like frozen fish and confirmed frozen by Wong. What to do? We have been getting our fresh supply of pomfret from Kuala Selangor, so our tastebud also getting sharper. The soup tasted ok, but not sour enuff for hubby's liking.
The Stir-fry Baby Spinach tasted good. I spotted bits and pieces of ikan bilis so perhaps they use ikan bilis stock? It was cooked to perfection, not too soft nor tasted green. A good plate of plain veggie to neutralise our tastebuds before other dishes parade onto our table.
Sorry for the blur picture. The soup was really hot, thus created a very mystical effect. It's actually Herbal Froggy Soup. Well...the flavour of tongkwai (angelica roots) and sam sou (a kind of ginseng roots) was really really strong. While I can still manage to bear with the tongkwai taste, my tolerance for ginseng is NIL...so I only took one bite of the froggy's leg. The three boys happily wallop the whole pot, was a bit concern it might be too heaty for them.
I was waiting anxiously for their Soft Shell Crab cos Wong have been raving about it. To my surprise, a big dish of crab was placed onto our table. Wong told me the waiter recommended this dish instead of the soft shell crab. This whole plate of Salted Baked Crab looks big huh? It's only 1 crab. Boy oh boy...you just can't imagine how happy I was. This is my first time trying this style of cooking but suprisingly, it really brought up the taste and sweetness of the crabs.
Look at the claw I had...so meaty and chunky! SF had the other claws which is even bigger. The body of the crab was divided into 4 big chunky pieces and Hubby and Wong each have a portion. So left 2 more pieces ...and guess who had it? ME!!!! Hahaha...so in total I had half of the crabs! I was so stuffed after the crabs and we still have 2nd and 3rd round all planned.
I thought we were done after the meal until Wong told me he ordered their famous dessert; Orh-Ni or Yam Dessert. I tried it once in New Formosa Taiwanese Restaurant in SS2 and I didn't like it cos it was too thick. But somehow this tasted different. It was much lighter, creamier and less sugar. Once mixed with the smashed pumpkin and gingko, it's really a great way to end such a satisfying meal. If you are interested to try this yam dessert, it is available at eha Fruit & Vege Bistro. The bill was written in Chinese, thus I can't itemise the price. But total damage came up to RM198.40...pretty reasonable considering the amount and quality of food we had.
Teo Soon Loong Chan Restaurant is located at:
55 Jalan Hang Kasturi
Operating Time: Lunch ( they do open for lunch but cannot remember what time)
Dinner (5.30 p.m. - 10.00 p.m.)
Closed on Monday
Few weeks back, Hubby and I happened to watch this food programme called Ho Chak and they featured a seafood stall in Portugese Settlement selling unique and exotic shellfish. Of course, we decided on the spot that this is a must try if we ever go to Melaka. Turned out last weekend was the start of San Pedro Fiesta, an annual celebration of the Portugese fishing community. There was a live band performing on stage, fun fair, food fair and games, but we were too busy hunting down our target. Where is it? How come it's not listed in their directory? Oh No!! Closed down oledi??
I was so proud of myself cos I managed to jot down their handphone number and one call to the ladyboss and was told it's a stall with red lanterns which is located along the esplanade and WITHOUT a signboard!! Err...all along I thought it was a restaurant! Hahaha..turned out to be a shack!!!!!!
Remember the earlier picture of the poisonous looking shellfish/garden snail lookalike? It was boiled and sliced and served with salad. I find it slightly overboiled thus a bit soft and lack of the chewy texture. Definately very satisfying and contented to try something unusual tonite.
The three orders only amounted to RM30, average RM10 per plate. Not bad eh? Only complain was their lousy sauce which doesn't match the seafood at all. Wong concluded that we should bring own sauce during our next visit here.
Fresh Oyster Corner is located at:
Portugese Settlement Tel: 012-285.4260
So lucky, we took the very last plate of boiled cockles. Priced at RM1.50 per plate, the cockles were big, fresh and bloody juicy. Dipped with their special fiery sauce which consist of rojak sauce (shrimp paste), chilli sauce and crushed groundnuts, it tasted absolutely fabulous. At this point in time, i totally ignored my fear of rats which was spotted running around by the girls at our next table.
We also ordered a plate of escargot look-a-alike for only RM1.50. Texture was bounchy and chewy...again, very nice when dipped with their fiery hot sauce.
A plate of rojak lookalike minus all the fruits for only RM3. Lots of tauhu bakar, fried foochuk and cucumber, drizzled with lots of the fiery sauce. Wooo...so so GOOD!
To satisfy Wong's craving for roast cuttlefish, we ordered a serving to share. Priced at RM6, it smells wonderful when served. As you chew, the sweet juices of the cuttlefish just filled up your mouth. Mmmm...perfect snack to go with beer.
Stuffed...really stuffed. Could no longer put anymore food into my mouth. Let's review what we had today:
9.00 a.m. - Breakfast at Meng Kee Foodcourt in Seremban
11.45 a.m. - Lunch at LTP Restaurant
2.00 p.m. - Nyonya Cendol
2.30 p.m. - Geographer Cafe
3.30 p.m. - Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Ball
6.00 p.m. - Teo Soon Loong Chan Teo Chew Restaurant
9.00 p.m. - Fresh Oysters at Portugese Settlement
10.30 p.m. - Backlane Boiled Cockles
We ended the foodcrawl for the day by heading back to the hotel to sleep..cos we know the next day will be filled with food as soon as I open my eyes.
To be continued ...........