Wong woke us up at 9 a.m. and told us he and SF already having breakfast at the hotel's coffeeshop. We joined them a short while later. The menu for breakfast look impressive and it comes in various set, you will be spoilt with options; from American to English breakfast, from Chinese porridge to Malay nasi lemak to Indian roti planta. I opted for the American breakfast set that came in a big plate which consists of 2 slices of toasted bread, 2 fried eggs, baked bean, ham, sausages, hash brown, salad, a bottle of yoghurt drink and coffee/tea. Am very satisfied with my set and I couldn't even finish the eggs and hash brown.
We ordered a bowl of cendol each. Tasted pretty normal except they put in those tapioca flour balls. Personally, I prefer the cendol I had yesterday as the gula melaka was much flavourful and aromatic as compared to this. Hehehehe..the Korean lady was looking at the cendol in horror. We told her it's made of flour...hehehe....she must have thought worms!
We each ordered a bowl of nyonya laksa. Generous portion of noodle and the curry gravy was thick and creamy. Very 'nyonya' flavours, you know, those ginger flower and daun kesum, thus created a very appetising flavour. Actually, I was very greedy as I was so full from the hotel breakfast, ended up I couldn't finish this bowl of laksa. What a waste!
A plate of rojak to share...ermm....I only took 1 piece cos seriously, am extremely stuffed. No kidding ok! But personally I felt the rojak we had yesterday at the blacklane was much nicer than this.
Donald & Lily is located at:
31, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, formerly known as Heeren Street.
Tel : 06 - 284 8907
This is my first time trying the Cincaluk (fermented prawn sauce) Omelette (RM6) which surprisingly really good. The aroma from the egg plus the pungent cincalok blended so well. With some added chopped onions, this dish is great to go with rice and white porridge.
When Wong ordered the Assam Squid (RM9.50), none of us expected that it would be served like this. It's Black!!! I thought Assam Prawns would be in fiery red gravy....but it's really ASSAM afterall. The sourish sweet gravy was superb. Assam (tamarind) flavour was strong yet not overpowering. The squid was cooked to perfection; easy to chew yet not too soft nor tough. CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP...the 4 of us gave thumbs up!
Please don't look down on this normal-looking plate of Kangkung Belacan (RM6). It's doesn't taste as ordinary as it seems to be. Fresh, young and again cooked to perfection, and certainly a rare find in KL for such quality.
I was shocked when I saw the price for this dish of Ikan Masak Lemak Nanas (Creamy Curry Fish with Pineapple). This piece of red snapper fish tail was quite big, I thought it would easily cost us RM30 - RM40...surprise surprise, it was only RM16.90! Very lemak (creamy) indeed but slightly too sweet for me. Well, am not a pineapple fan but the 3 boys asked for more rice to go with the gravy.
A very cheap and satisying Nyonya lunch which only amounted to RM51, including 4 dishes, rice and drinks. Definately will come back again in near future.
Bayonya is located at:
164 Taman Melaka Raya
We departed Melaka around 1.30 p.m. and took a slow drive home. Too full for another meal in Seremban and yet too early for teatime, Wong suggested that we detour to Serdang for Leong Nga Yong Tau Foo.
We ordered a plate of assorted stuffed veggies that came with stuffed beancurd, brinjal, foochuk, chilli, lady's finger and fish balls which taste pretty ordinary to me. Errr..ever notice how ordinary food can be when you are feeling very full??
The main reason we stopover at Leong Nga was for its famous "Ji Bao Gai" or Paper Wrapped Chicken. Very tasty indeed! According to Wong, the chicken have to be marinated with ginger juice, rose wine, oyster sauce and seasoning before being wrapped and deep fried. I find it unwrapping process was rather messy and oily but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
The Wild Boar curry is their specialty dish but I find it disappointing. The wild boar meat was very tough and I would prefer the dry version. Other than that, the curry gravy with the accompanying potatoes, lady's fingers, brinjals and fried pork skin was quite ok.
The Hakka Char Yuk or Pork Belly cooked with Fermented Beancurd (Nam Yue) was tasty. The gravy would go so well with rice. But no la....too full, no rice for me.
And that completes our last week's Melaka food expedition. I did a summary of what we had on Saturday and here is a summary of what we had on Sunday:
9.15 a.m. Big breakfast at Hotel's coffeehouse
10.15 a.m. Nyonya Laksa at Donald & Lily
12.00 p.m. Nyonya cuisine at Bayonya
3.30 p.m. Leong Nga at Serdang
A very satisfying trip for all of us, and certainly looking forward to the next one which is Ipoh and Tanjung Tualang! Wong, July is it?!?!?!