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Jonker Street, Malacca – Part 2

Posted in food,malaysia by chrisau on May 28, 2008

As of any typical night markets, there are always hawker food stalls selling a variety of local specialities. I’m quite amazed with the large number of food stalls here on weekends, there’s simply too much food here and well, we are really spoilt for choices. 😀

This one below looks interesting, Laksa Mee ‘Hee Kow Mee’. I didn’t try it but the curry mee looks good! I understand ‘fish stomach’ (which are dried) are added into the curry mee.

Fresh sugarcane drinks for an hot evening, how refreshing!

Jonker Walk turns dark after sunset and that’s where the fun begins!! It’s simply great to be there at this hour! All the stalls are fully opened and not forgetting the typical gallery shops selling local and peranakan stuffs. The place is simply lits up and alive!

Malacca is famous for it’s chicken rice ball and this is the shop that you shouldn’t miss at Jonker street. The rice balls are so special and delicious, especially the fragrance and aroma of the rice. It was especially crowded at that time!

And there’s comes the light, sort of an attraction to the tourists!! Although I was sweating walking with the crowd on a hot night, It has been a great experience here. 🙂


fishball noodles in Yong Peng…

Posted in food,malaysia by chrisau on May 21, 2008
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Yong Peng, a quiet little place which took around 45-50 mins to reach from JB via the NS highway, has always been associated with express buses stopping by for a break before continuing the journey down south or up north. However, when it comes to food, it’s also linked with the foochow dishes and fishball noodles. If you drive into the town area (which is just a main road with shophouses in between), you will notice many coffeeshops/restaurants offering these dishes. I always stopped by for a helping of either one when going back to JB.

Here’s the fishball noodles. The soup is clear and it’s sweet and I don’t feel any ‘ajinomoto’ added. The fishballs are also soft and tender.  It’s superb when you dipped it into their home-made chilli.

Normally, the folks always order fishcakes as a side dish. The meat is also tender, the skin is crispy and overall, it was very appetizing. You definitely want to finish the entire plate, after you took the first bite!

Last but not least, this is the place I ate and heard that this is the famous one.

Jonker Street, Malacca – Part 1

Posted in food,malaysia by chrisau on May 8, 2008
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I was in Jonker Street, Malacca last weekend with my family and in-laws. Well, I only got to know that it turned into such an ‘happening’ place on Saturdays and Sundays. Instead of the usual peranakan style kinda pre-war shops (where many were restored) selling antiques, souvenirs, traditional stuffs like nyonya kebaya, beaded slippers, masks and etc., it has turned into a massive ‘pasar malam’ (night market). Here’s some of the pics I’ve taken.

Check out the old pre-war buildings in Jonker Walk. It’s like transporting back in time to the 60s.
The peddlers setting up their stalls…ready for the busy evening.
Getting busier….the crowds are building up

Never missing out on the food, we saw a quite a long queue to this dessert house called ‘Jonker Dessert – The museum cafe’, and we decided to give it a try. We have to wait to order the food, as well as getting the seats. We ordered cendol (which is famous in Malacca, thanks to it’s ‘gula melaka’ – brown sugar), nyonya laksa and an assortment of finger foods like fishball, fish cake and etc).

Jonker Dessert
Folks queuing up to order the foods
Busy preparing the dessert

The main menu

The cendol looks more like an ice-cream rather then those typical ones but once the ice on top melted, it’s back to it’s ‘normal’ typical cendol look. It’s taste good, thanks to the gula melaka!

Looks good, taste great!

The nyonya laksa taste like the usual Penang Laksa but it’s sweet. It’s delicious but I still prefers the Penang type.

Nyonya Laksa…….mouth-watering!!

The ‘lobak’ or ‘ngoh hiang’

The shop was also decorated with all sorts of antiques which gave a very nostalgic feeling too. Old fan, the big black heavy iron, the 50s/60s radio and posters are tidily placed at those old glass cupboards.

A view of the interior of the shop…..

Kluang Railway Coffee

Posted in coffee,food,kopitiam,malaysia by chrisau on May 7, 2008

This kopitiam received a lot of publicity lately on Malaysian newspapers and is rated among having the best toasted bread and coffee in the country. (See my previous post). With that (after so much reading week in and week out in the Sunday papers) I decided to stop at Kluang during one of my recent trips to the seremban.

According to some of the Kluang folks, the kopitiam originated from the Kluang railway station but now they have opened a new outlet at the town centre. (as below).

Quite a crowd on a sunday afternoon

A closer look ……

The kopitiam was decorated like an old railway canteen where once you’re in, it’s as though as you’re sipping coffee while waiting for your train to arrive! It looks so nostalgic inside and I wonder if they moved some of the planks and woods from the railway station.

The interior of the kopitiam, looks like a railway canteen eh?

Now, the interesting part. I order the usual stuff, coffee and toasted bread. The coffee taste good and surprisingly and unlike other kopitiams, it comes in a large portion, in a glass. The coffee is really good with a nice, pleasant aroma, though not the best coffee I’ve ever tried. It’s good, anyway.

The kopi…

Then, the toasted bread. hmm…. sadly,I don’t have good comments on it. It just tasted ok to me, like any other toasted bread where you can find anywhere. Well, it’s ok, not too bad. It’s great to have it with the coffee. Probably, my expectations are higher, thanks to the publicity. 😉

The roti…

Anyway, heard that the nasi lemak and mee jawa are good, but I didn’t try it. Probably next time, when I stopped by the quiet and serene town of Johor, that is Kluang.

Top favourites ….

Posted in malaysia by chrisau on May 5, 2008

Read this on yesterday’s Star paper and I felt that it’s very informative!  🙂

Just read on and btw, I just tried the Kluang kopi….. I tell you guys next time (akan datang!!)

1. Egg Tart

Recommended: Choy Bee Biscuit or Simee in Kampung Simee market, Ipoh; Fung Wong Biscuits, Jalan Hang Lekir, KL; Tong Kee Confectionary, Jalan Tun HS Lee, KL; Nam Heong Restaurant, Old Town Ipoh; Yuen Garden Dim Sum, Jalan Kenari, Bandar Puchong Jaya, Puchong, Selangor.

2. Ais Kacang

Recommended: Swatow Lane Ice Kacang, Penang; Mustafa Cendol, Jalan Teluk Sisek, Kuantan; Men Kee Food Court, Jalan Tun Ismail, Seremban; Berkeley Garden Restaurant, Berkeley Roundabout, Klang; Penang Village, Putrajaya and Hartamas Shopping Centre, KL.

3. Banana Leaf Lunch

Recommended: Krishna Curry House, Jalan P.P. Narayanan (formerly Jalan 222), Petaling Jaya; Ashoka, Perak Stadium, Ipoh; Passion of Kerala, Brown Garden, Gelugor, Penang; Sri Paandi Restaurant, Jalan Cantek, Section 5, Petaling Jaya; and South Indian Aiyengar Restaurant, Pines Condominium, Brickfields, KL.

4. Nasi Kandar

Recommended: Line Clear, Penang Road, George Town; Nasi Kandar Pelita (Headquarters: Taman Chai Leng, Prai, Penang; 21 branches in Malaysia, Chennai, India, and Australia); Nasi Kandar Kudu, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, KL; Kampung Melayu Nasi Kandar, Jalan Kampung Melayu, Penang; Restaurant J.S. Maju, Presint 9, Putrajaya.

5. Nasi Lemak

Recommended: Zam Zam Nasi Lemak near St Michael’s school in Alor Star; Nyonya Nasi Lemak at Jin Hoe Café, Jalan Cantonment, Penang; Nasi Lemak Tanglin at Kompleks Makan Tanglin, Jalan Cendasari, Kuala Lumpur; Lido Nasi Lemak, Klang, Selangor; C.T. Garden (C.T. Roses) Nasi Lemak, Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman, KL.

6. Tau Foo Fah

Recommended: Pasar Malam Jalan Templer, Seremban; Hawkers Centre, Taiping; Funny Mountain Tau Foo Fah, Jalan Osbourne, Ipoh; small lane next to Wisma Hanifa, Jalan Masjid India, KL; Stall on Petaling Street across Hong Leong Bank, KL.

7. Murtabak

Recommended: Murtabak Mengkasar, Pekan, Pahang (also known as the royal murtabak); Padang Tembak, Penang; Hameediyah Restaurant, Campbell Street, Penang; Bismillah Restaurant, Klang; fresh and frozen murtabak from sisters Nik Sri Emas & Nik Sah at Jalan Merbau and Banggol, Kota Baru, respectively;

8. Roti Canai

Recommended: Sri Melur Jaya, SS19, Subang Jaya; Restoran Miria, Kota Baru; Zam-zam Kopitiam, Jalan Teluk Sisek, Kuantan; Vello Villas, Penang Street, Penang; Buharry Bistro, Asian Heritage Row, Jalan Doraisamy, KL.

9. Char Kway Teow

Recommended: Pun Heong Coffee Stall at Tebing Tinggi, Jalan Bendahara, Ipoh; side of Tin Wah Coffee Shop in 4 1/4 Old Klang Road; Hai Beng Coffee Shop (Old Man Lim), Jones Road, Pulau Tikus, Penang; Kedai Goreng Kuey Teow Tong Shin, off Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL; Kedai Kopi Sin Guat Keong, corner of Kimberley Street and Cintra Street, Penang.

10. Roti Bakar

Recommended: Kluang Train Station Canteen, Kluang; Kedai Kopi White House, Jalan Sultanah Zainab, Kota Baru; Kedai Kopi Hai Peng, Kemaman; Tong Nam Bee, Jalan Tun Razak, Raub; Hainan Curry Rice, Bukit Tinggi, Klang; Kedai Makanan Sun Sun, Jalan Merdeka, Ampang.