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27 December 2014
Madam Bee's Kitchen
177 Jalan Kampung Cina
20100 Kuala Terengganu
Coordinates: 5.332875, 103.132549
Our bellies full, and to fulfill our promise picking up where we
left off yesterday we headed to Kampung Cina again.
A long time ago growing up here my friends and I would cycle to
Kampung Cina to a shop we fondly called “1Mok
Mek 2Ceranang”. To this day the aromas
emanating from this shop fills me with much nostalgia. When I say ‘aromas’ I
mean there are two distinct and different kinds of smell wafting from this
thing to a translation is ‘Aunty’, I guess?
vegetable salad served with thick spicy peanut sauce
The front portion of the shop used to sell comic books which we
couldn’t afford to buy, and merely glanced at its covers. So embedded in my
mind to this day was the smell of freshly printed comic books.
The back portion was where all the action was. For as little as
RM1 we could each have a decent meal of 3Keropok Lekor Rebus and a glass of 4Air Mata Kucing. Unlike the darker variety
sold elsewhere in town the Keropok Lekor Rebus at “Mok Mek Ceranang” was much
paler, almost whitish and typical of the Chinese variety. This second smell was
what filled me with nostalgia.
fish sausage was the closest translation I could find
concoction of Longan (literally dragon eye) and dates
So with these memories in mind we came across a shop called Madam
Bee’s Kitchen which is situated pretty close to where “Mok Mek Ceranang” used
to be all those years ago here in Kampung Cina. I gleefully swung the door open
and what I found was…
Perhaps I had too much expectation, and perhaps “Mok Mek Ceranang”
will forever remain a sweet and distant memory. Which is not saying anything
bad about Madam Bee’s Kitchen, because what they have to offer is pretty
similar (but not close enough) to what I envisioned.
All in all the place was pretty appealing, the décor traditional
enough and very modern 5Kopitiam-ish.
coffee shop in Hokkien
keropok lekor rebus
Memories aside, Madam Bee's Kitchen serves pretty much the
traditional Terengganu 6Peranakan
fare. To the uninitiated (Brendan and Cat) this shop is pretty amazing, and I
have to agree. Would we recommend this to our friends? Heck yeah!