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Sunday, 4 August 2013

48hours of non stop eating good food in Malacca (Melaka) -

1) Jonker Desert 88 aka "The Museum Cafe"

This restaurant is a cultural entity in form of museum cafĂ©, legally formed on 1997 in Malaysia. It is famous for its “Baba Chendol” with 8 ingredients or durian, called “Baba Durian Chendol”, “Baba Ice Kacang”. “Nyonya Asam Laksa”, “Baba Laksa”, “Baba Sea Food Laksa”, “Baba Chicken Laksa”, “Baba Goreng-Goreng” & etc. We went there at 9pm and their Baba Durian Cendol were sold out and we decided to go there again the next day after lunch. It's a MUST TRY durian cendol there and we do not want to miss it!

 The taste of 100% pure Gula Melaka (brown sugar) on the shaved ice and durian paste were totally awesome!!! It's a must try!

We had this too but it's just normal mee soup with big tauhu with fish meat, fu chuk (chinese beancurd skin), big fish balls.

Jonker 88 (along Jonker street)

  • No. 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200, Melaka, Melaka, 75200, Malaysia

    2) Durian Cottage

    It's a new shop, just opened on the 31st of January 2013. This shop is highly recommended to all durian lovers. 

    We had durian bomb. Just as it's name sound like, it's really a bomb, the first bite you bite it. Crispy rice crisp coating on the outside and fragrant durian paste on the inside.

    We also had Daifuku. It has white pale snow-skin on the outside, robust 100% musang king durian filling on the inside. It's their best-seller! As we all know, musang king durian is one of the best and expensive type of durian. So obviously, this Daifuku was awesome!

    Besides that, my favourite food are ice-creams and cakes. So how can I not eat ice-cream since they are selling durian gelato there. Their durian gelato ice-cream is made from 100% pure durian paste blended into 100% fresh milk (no water added) to produce the smoothest, creamiest and richest ice-cream I have ever tasted. It's RM5 per cup. But trust me, it's extremely good! Really the best of the best!

    Durian cottage (towards the end of Jonker Street)
    110, Jalan Tokong,
    75200 Melaka.
    Mon - Tues11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Fri - Sun11:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    3) Capitol Satay Celup

    People always say, a visit to Malacca is never complete until you have tasted the famous satay celup. I had searched and asked around people I know, whether which restaurant serves the best satay celup in Malacca, and most of them praised the famous Capitol Satay Celup. So we decided to give a try!

    We reached there at 11pm and surprisingly there were a lot of late night suppers! And we were so lucky that the queue wasn't that long but still, we had to wait for about 10minutes. We walked over from the Jonker Street and I think it's better to do so because hardly can find parking there.

    One good thing about this restaurant is that, they prepare a variety of food. Even though, it was supper for us, we ate like as though we did not take breakfast and lunch for that day!
    80sen for each stick, for all types of food.

                                                                         Free cucumber
     What I took was this. The one I love most was the quite big, juicy prawn. It was super sweet!!!

    An important factor that everyone should try this is the peanut sauce because the peanut sauce is really nicely blended. The sauce is constantly boiled and the waiter will constantly go from table to table to make sure that the sauce stays at the satisfying level of thickness throughout our meal. He blended the sauce with sufficient amount of savours and peanuts. The sauce is replaced for each new customer. It's a huge pot of sauce! Even so, they do not reuse the sauce. That's the good part of it!

    Will definitively visit this place again! 
    Capitol Satay Celup Restaurant (very near to Jonker street)

    41, Lorong Bukit Cina, 75100 Melaka

    Business Hours: Daily 5.00pm -2.00am, Monday closed

    GPS Coordinates: 2.1953, 102.252

    4) Kedai Kopi Chung Wah

    The restaurant itself is quite big. Even so, look at the queue outside. We had to queue with umbrella outside, or else, will definitely exposed to too much of UV ray.

    The menu for this restaurant is only steam chicken with different portion and also rice balls. Simple enough, for those indecisive people like me. The rice is shaped into a lump of ball, about 3cm in diameter. Looking at the lump of rice ball, people might think that they put a lot of water to cook the rice, making it seems lumpy and sticky. However, you might be amazed because it is actually  really soft , fluffy and aromatic with a light hint of ginger. You can actually just eat it like that without putting chilli and still taste great! But if you are a chilli lover, the rice and chicken are perfectly complemented by the chilli with vinegar sauce. Each person is given five balls per portion

    The chicken must be dipped into the sauce to taste better. It's not bad to me, though I think Ipoh's famous Lou Wong Restaurant is still way better than Melaka. But this place is worth trying for. There are 3 very famous chicken rice ball in Melaka, namely, Famous Chicken Rice Ball Restaurant, Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Restaurant and also Chung Wah Restaurant. And lots people say Chung Wah is the best!

    Kedai Kopi Chung Wah (Jonker street)

    18, Jalan Hang Jebat,
    75200 Melaka.

    Daily: 8.30am-3.00pm/4.00pm

    GPS : N2 11.696, E102 14.909

    5) Baba Charlie Lee ( Nyonya kuih)

    Nyonya kuih is very famous in Melaka and I personally love kuih a lot, and tried lots of variety before. Nyonya kuih can be called as Nyonya cakes. Out of all the kuihs I've tried, I highly recommend Baba Charlie Lee's nyonya kuih. Actually this place is operated in the traditional wooden house, located in the tiny alley which is opposite the Masjid Tengkera (mosque) along the Jalan Tengkera of Malacca. It's not really easy to find this place but there's road signs along the way.

     Look at the beautiful colours of those kuihs.... Aww.... In love instantly =)
     Their recipe has been around for over 2 decades. It was all started with their small business at the night market over 20 years ago. Their hard work and authenticity paid off with business expanding, now being a major supply to restaurants, hotels & even events. It was a great experience being able to take a stroll around the house through the kitchen of Charlie Lee.

    We didn't buy that many because we are super full after non stop eating for the entire afternoon. So far, those we bought were awesome especially their onde-onde. Super duper nice. You must put the entire thing into your mouth because the gula melaka(brown sugar) will burst in your mouth after biting it. So juicy and sweet. Slurp!!!


    Where to buy the Baba Charlie Nyonya Kuih :-
    Pasar Malam (Night Market)
    Mon : Bukit Beruang/Tanjung
    Tues : KG. Lapan/Ujong Pasir
    Wed : Bukit Beruang
    Thurs : Off
    Fri : Malim Jaya
    Sat : Kota Laksamana
    Sun : Air Keroh/ Batu Berendam
    Baba Charlie House : Daily except Thursday

    Baba Charlie House
    72, Jalan Tengkera Pantai 2 75200 Melaka
    019-666 2907

    GPS-  2.202999,102.231485

    Daily except Thursday

    6) Nadeje (Cake shop)

     Just like other restaurants we went to, we had to line up for our turn. Though it's a cake shop, I think it's not advisable to take your own sweet time and chit chat because plenty of people are waiting outside for seats.

    These were the cakes we ordered. I think the best was the original crepe cake. If you are not a fan of trying out different kind of flavour type of person, you should really go for this. It tasted really good, original and will not get bored of it. Praline lover crepe cake was not bad too. It is made up of hazelnut paste and caramelised hazelnuts. Tiramisu crepe cake was nothing special for me and I dislike the rum and raisin crepe cake. Taste weird on cakes, though I love rum and raisin gelato. Somehow it does not blend in the cake. Some of the cakes are alcoholic. But it is stated at the menu. So for those people who cannot take alcohol must beware ya. Why is this cake shop so famous is that the crepe layers are soft and not too rubbery. The cream texture in between the layers were just nice to hold its shape, neither too hard or too wobbly. Really super nice since it's my first time eating. I must say I felt in love with the cakes there. 

    Nadeje Plaza Mahkota
    G-23, 25 & 27, Jalan PM 4, Plaza Mahkota, 75000 Melaka. 
    Tel No : 06-2838750. 

    Operation Hours: 
    Daily : 11:00am - 10:00pm 
    Nadeje Mahkota Parade
    G-23B, EG 4 & EG 5, Ground Floor, Mahkota Parade, 75000 Melaka. 
    Tel No : 06-2843469. 

    Operation Hours: 
    Daily : 11:00am - 10:00pm 
    Nadeje Jaya 99
    G-01, Bangunan Jaya 99, Block A, Jalan Tun Sri Lanang, 75100 Melaka. 
    Tel No : 06-2277750. 

    Operation Hours: 
    Daily : 11:00am - 10:00pm 
    Nadeje 3 Two Square (PJ)
    B-01-01, Dataran 3 Two Square, Jalan 19/1, Section 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
    Tel No : 03-79600025. 

    Operation Hours: 
    Daily : 11:00am - 10:00pm

    7) Restoran Satay Xiang Ji

    This is another satay restaurant but it's not satay celup this time. It's normal BBQ style satay. It's famous for it's pork satay =) We were a little doubtful to enter at first because it was not as crowded as we thought it would be. But since we were there already, let's just EAT! 

     There was only one person who BBQ the satays and I think he is quite old, about 70? Not bad, looking quite healthy =)

     We only ordered 20 for 4 person at first. However, we ended up eating 50 sticks! The pork satay was really delicious. It was well marinated with it's own secret recipe and the heat from the barbecue melted the lard and moisten the pork. The oil slowly fried the meat on it's outer layer untill crisp generated a slightly burnt aroma along with the fragrant smell of pork. It was totally AWESOME!!! You do not even need to deep it into the sauce to taste good. The chicken satay was not bad also. However, each stick was pretty small, that's why I can eat so much!

    The peanut sauce is different from the normal peanut sauce. Pineapples are added in the cooking process, resulting in a tangier, sweeter gravy. Slurp!!! Each satay was 70sen. It was used to be 40sen then 55sen and now 70sen.

    Kedai Satay Xiang Ji (opposite SRJK Pay Teck – near Jonker Street)

    50, Jalan Portugis

    Opening hours : 12pm -5.30pm

    GPS: N 2 12.169 E 102 14.653

    8) Restoran Makko

    Before we went back to KL, we stopped by at Restoran Makko for Nyonya food. We tried Restoran Ole Sayang last time and I thought it was not bad. So we decided to try out new place for nice nyonya food and we found Restoran Makko which is highly recommended by others.

    That's what we ordered. Mix vegetables, sambal sotong, chicken ponteh and beef rendang. All seems so red and brown. LOL... The food seemed to be very spicy but they were not. The vegetables were fine and sambal sotong was a bit hard (overcooked?). The chicken ponteh was nice and it was obviously cooked for a long time because the chicken was really soft and that's why this dish had really strong chicken taste! However I don't really like their beef rendang. The beef wasn't soft enough. Overall, this restaurant is not bad. 

    Restoran Nyonya Makko

    123, Jalan Melaka
    Taman Melaka Raya
    75000 Melaka

    Tel: 06-2840737

    Business Hours: Closed on Tuesday
    Lunch: 11.30am - 2.45pm
    Dinner: 6.00pm - 9.30pm

  • Saturday, 27 April 2013

    Passion Keeps Me Alive!

    Hi people!!! Ok this will be a super long post, since I haven't been updating my blog for so bloody long. Ok let me tell you what I've been doing for this past few weeks and months. I think I just had the most hectic moment I ever had in my entire 21years so far... Life as a medical student is already hectic enough and people always complain of unable to finish their syllabus even before exam and yet, I participated in so-extremely many activities. Being in charge of the publicity of the well-known event in AIMST Uni, Music of Hope (MOH), President of Dance Club, attending 3 dancing classes (Latin, hip hop and belly dance) and also performing Latin and Kpop for the event and of course attending lectures and also studying, i was really exhausted and I guess I can call myself Iron Lady (the not-as-famous-as the Iron Man or Iron Lady movie). How I'm able to survive this few months? Everyday, I dare not think what I'm supposed to do tomorrow as what I'm supposed to do next is already making my head almost burst. Because things just kept overlapping one over another. My everyday routine was attending lectures, then straight to dance studio (choreograph, choreograph and choreograph, dance, dance and dance) then study, study and study. Besides, I also crack my head to think of ways to promote the event. Really thanks a lot to Kevin Liew, who helped me a lot in making our kpop performance so great and also Dhruv for helping me in choreographing and making our salsa dance really spicy!!! And also to others who performed with me. All of them are so great! Love them all...

    Being the publicity of this MOH event, I seriously learned a lot. From knowing nothing, I agreed to take up that post and thinking that it'll not be that hard, how childish of me. It isn't easy as things have to be done according to protocols and the amount of people who attend that event is all depend on how good the event is publicized. What my team and I did were:

    a) Hanging banners around
    b) sticking flyers around
    c) contacting almost all the radio stations in Msia ( not sure if you heard about our event in one of the English fm)
    d) contacting all types of press
    e) giving out flyers from houses to houses
    f) making announcements in lecture halls
    g) persuading friends to attend
    h) publicize in shopping malls
    i) publicize through Facebook

    this was the very first flyer I did. It was so bad =(

    All these were my failed flyers. Haha

    By Yee Shan

    Start to be better but still not informative enough and too squarish and circlish?
    the final one =) yahoo.. at last...

    flyer for audition by me. simple and nice =)

    banner designed by Naga. So nice =)

    Flyer for EMCEE Audition by me

    Food fiesta flyer by me

    Ticket designed by Naga. So elegant...

    As for the dance club, I'm really glad that there are lots of people who join our dance classes. Altogether  there are around 80 over people who join dance club classes. Woohoo!!! The dance studio is too small to fit us all. Am requesting to enlarge the room. Before this I faced with lots of problems regarding this club, for example, finding professional instructors from outside, book the one and only dance studio in AIMST Uni which is always used by students here, writing in to registrar to request for allowing instructors to enter to AIMST, requesting for allowing us to collect fees from students,which is not allowed in the beginning and also request for not to change the only dance studio to Physiotherapy clinic.

    Then as for the MOH performance, 5 boys danced Breathe and Beautiful Night by Beast and another 5 girls dance Like This by Wonder Girls and also Sexy Love by T-ara. Then both groups of guys and girls dance Gentleman by PSY. I joined them for Sexy Love and Gentleman.

    this are all the kpop dancerzzz ...
    We rock man!!!
     credits to our hip hop instructor, Mr. Harris who is also a very good photographer =)

    Sexy love outfit =)

    quite blur but I really like this pic...

    Raymond, Kevin, LiQi, Hoi Lai, ZacZack

    Big head =P

    Got Taeyang feel!

    Cadence, me, Peiying, Yi Huah, JiaYing, Natalie
    I'm in a different outfit because I'll be performing Latin first.

    And for my Latin dance, Dhruv is my partner. He is a really good dancer and he used to perform a lot not only in Malaysia. Glad that we have sparks that produce dancing!!! It's really very hard to find someone who  really has the passion in dancing and at the same time have to study for exam.

    It's really nice collaborating with him. Will do it again next year, by God's grace =) Both our performances, kpop and also Latin got a lot of praises from people. Hopefully this can help in promoting dance club's name =P Hehe...

    Even though I was really really busy with everything and also exams, it left me utterly exhausted, but the fun I had easily outweighed my tiredness. Plus, there’s just something satisfying, even invigorating, about being that busy. I like having so much on my plate. It makes me feel like I’m living a productive and happy life. Besides I tend to start learning to worry about things. However, I see stress as a positive thing. Worrying switches our brain on! It helps us to actually take a situation seriously. It also helps us to think through different alternatives to a situation and prepares us for what is ahead of us. Without worry, we would just be acting on impulse and dealing with horrifying consequences. But, obviously, the key separation here is the level of worry. It’s the need to reduce the level of worry and keep it at a positive level without it leading to psychological or physical harm, of course... It is easy to be said than to be done. Sometimes I feel that motivation is not enough for one to achieve something but sacrifice and passion play very important role in it.

    That's all for today. Will update more about this MOH event soon. Have a nice day!