29 December 2015

Restoran Kok Keong 板底街芋饭肉羹汤

11 Jalan Kampung Pantai
75200 Melaka
Coordinates: 2.196764, 102.249720

After all the glorious food that we’ve having the past few days we wanted to make an effort to walk off the calories this morning. We left our budget hotel and planned to walks along Jonker Walk until we reached the riverside, and from there we planned to walk the entire length of the river or for as far as the path along the river took us.

First walking along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock we headed to Jalan Tokong until its end, and proceeded to Jalan Tukang Emas. We then headed north east along Jalan Hang Kasturi and then south east along Jalan Kampung Pantai meaning to get to pedestrian bridge at Kampung Jawa.

the typical diminutive restaurant

the signboard says something else?

busy, busy

But before we got to the bridge we were enticed by a diminutive restaurant that seemed to be well patronized. We walked in and promptly ordered two servings of their house specialty, the 豬肉羹 which Cat could only roughly translate as pork soup or pork stew.

the 'pork stew'

the unique yam rice

fiery chilis

time to eat!

Quite similar to 1Bak Kut Teh, this particular variant of the pork stew is full of flavor  and coupled with their unique yam rice presents quite a unique experience.

1a Chinese soup that literally means "meat bone tea", and at its simplest, consists of meaty pork ribs simmered in a complex broth of herbs and spices (including star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui, fennel seeds and garlic) for hours. Additional ingredients may include offal, varieties of mushroom, choy sum, and pieces of dried tofu or fried tofu puffs. Additional Chinese herbs may include yu zhu (玉竹, rhizome of Solomon's Seal) and ju zhi (buckthorn fruit), which give the soup a sweeter, slightly stronger flavour. Light and dark soy sauce are also added to the soup during cooking and garnished with chopped coriander or green onions and a sprinkling of fried shallots, and usually eaten with rice.

We then continued our mission to walk off the calories gained the past few days, as well as newly acquired ones!

28 December 2015

Dong Fung Coffee Shop 東方煮炒

122 Jalan Temenggong
Kampung Banda Kaba
75000 Melaka
Coordinates: 2.194981, 102.254062

Truth be told we had actually intended to have dinner at another venue located at Lorong Bukit Cina, but as luck would have it the long queue put paid to our plans.

some other time then?

Walking along the same road we turned east along Jalan Temenggong we stumbled on a food court.  We need to explain something: here in Malaysia the definition of food court is very loose. From a large premise the size of a small indoor stadium the Malaysian food court can also mean one shop lot housing a few stalls. In the case of Dong Fung Coffee Shop it was the latter.

diminutive coffee shop

with local talent wokking away

a food court nonetheless

pork satay!

in case we were still hungry

To our pleasant surprise they sold pork satay here as well, and like the stall at Huang Du the stall here also sold meatier chunks.  We promptly ordered twenty sticks of the pork satay, and as if to emulate my efforts at Huang Du a large bottle of Tiger large soon followed. Cat also added a plate of Spring Rolls.

don't worry, we came on foot

Cat loved her spring roll

oo la la

finger licking good

one last shot for good measure

The pork satay was just as juicy and tasty, while Cat completely enjoyed her Spring Roll. With dinner coming in at under RM30 Dong Fung Coffee Shop definitely serves the everyday food for the everyday man.

Kedai Makanan Dan Minuman Everbest (東街納雲呑麵)

79 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock
Taman Kota Laksamana
75300 Melaka
Coordinates: 2.198777, 102.242069

After visiting Sin Sing Coffee we went back to our budget hotel for a short rest and before you know it, lunchtime was upon us.

We were feeling a little tired from the exertions of this morning and rather then expend more energy looking for a place to eat, wedecided on a simple lunch at a noodle shop across and to the right of our budget hotel.

along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock

we agree with the signboard

the only stall in sight

careful preparation

and made with loving hands

This restaurant only has one stall which sells only sells 2Wantan Noodles. We were not complaining, in fact the fact that it narrows our choice to just one type of dish helped us answer the proverbial “what do we have for lunch?” question.

2a Cantonese noodle dish usually served in a hot broth, garnished with leafy vegetables, and wantan (a Cantonese word for dumpling)

excellent almost homemade feel

flavoured just right

time to dig in

After we had finished our meal we were left with little wonder as to why this restaurant sold only one type of dish. The Wantan Noodles were prepared with loving care and the firm, fresh and springy egg noodles was served dry with 2Char Siu. The accompanying soup with dumpling was aromatic and tasty without the usual overwhelming dose of monosodium glutamate, my pet hate and a hazard we try to avoid whenever we dine out.

2a popular way to flavour and prepare barbecued pork in Cantonese cuisine; classified as a type of siu mei (燒味), Cantonese roasted meat

This just might be our go-to restaurant for future visits to Melaka if we are not able to answer the proverbial “what do we have for lunch?” question.

Sin Sing Coffee

No. 99 Jonker Street
75200 Malacca
Coordinates: 2.197236, 102.245974

The river cruise had us dehydrated (yeah, a lame excuse) and so what better way to rehydrate then with a cup of coffee? Checking the address up online, we were confused since it said Jonker Street while other establishments in the vicinity identified with Jalan Hang Jebat. Oh well, so long as everyone is familiar with the Jonker Walk area I guess it doesn't really matter what the street is called, right?

Located within the vicinity of Jonker Walk this coffee shop is tucked in between a row of shop houses here. The Sin Sing brand of instant coffee was first introduced to us by Uncle Teo at Tengkera Hotel and we’ve been hooked ever since. So it was only natural that we patronized its coffee shop at least once.

Apart from displaying its various brands and variety of instant coffee it also serves the veritable beverage. The décor and ambiance inside the coffee shop is a little dark (perhaps in line with the concept of coffee beans?) while at the same time still managing to exude some warmth and coziness.

We spent the entire late morning here enjoying our coffee as well as the splendid setting and atmosphere that Sin Sing Coffee provided.

Melaka River Park and Cruise

Jalan Laksamana
75000 Melaka
Coordinates: 2.192570, 102.246606

Stimulated by the excellent breakfast at Lung Ann, we headed out toward Jalan Laksamana to book ourselves tickets to a river cruise along Melaka’s majestic and scenic river.

A long line had already formed by the time we made it to the ticketing booth, and after about twenty minutes of waiting we finally got on a boat.


This river cruise provides a rare insight into the history of the river as well as numerous opportunities to take in the sights, architecture and grand old buildings that lined both sides of the river.

An opportunity not to be missed, and an experience recommended to all!

Restoran Kok Keong 板底街芋饭肉羹汤

11 Jalan Kampung Pantai 75200 Melaka Coordinates: 2.196764, 102.249720 After all the glorious food that we’ve having the past fe...