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Foodies in Malacca

Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014

It's road trip time! We wake up at the delightful time of 5am to start off our road trip up to Malacca, Malaysia thanks to Uncle Ru's Limousine Service :D

And thanks to his "slow and steady driving" we reach in just 2 hours (after minor setbacks. Ahem *Edwina*)

First stop - breakfast of Chicken Rice Balls! Seriously, it's a thing here in Malacca. So many stalls litter the streets with signs of this curious sounding dish, but thanks to our beloved foodie Justin Koh, we hit the so called best Chicken Rice Ball restaurant in Malacca - Chung Wah Restaurant!

We luck out and arrive at 10:30am, right before this queue outside forms. And this marks the start of our excellent timing throughout the day where we arrive at every single restaurant in Malacca just before the queues start. Yes, it's real.

Interiors are old school and delightfully Malaysian. Lots of people inside already even though Chicken Rice is a pretty strange thing to have for breakfast (personally).

Not sure why I kept imagining that Chicken Rice Balls were literally balls of rice stuffed with bits of chicken. It's actually rather underwhelming - just glutinous rice in... the shape of balls! BUT the chicken was legit. There was something about it - how skinny it was with a distinctly chicken taste that you realise is missing in most mass bred chickens we normally eat. I.e. it's proper kampong chicken. Chilli sauce was legit too. Overall, this whole place is legit. A good start to our foodie trip!

Chung Wah Restaurant
Kota Laksamana 18
Lorong Hang Jebat
Melaka 75200

We arrive a little too early for our cendol at Aunty Koh's. But just as well since our tummy's are still full of Chicken Rice Balls!

We saw a beach on the way over, so we decide to go back there to hang out. Stop by a jackfruit store and try out the wares. Not sure why Ru looks so stressed eating jackfruit lol.

We stop at a curious car park filled with what looks like old, abandoned vintage buses. On closer inspection, we realise they've all been outfitted with aircons at the bottom, and inside there are tables while the windows have awnings so we figure that maybe this place is actually a giant pasar malam where the buses are the stores and they sell things through the windows. Pretty cool!

Catch sight of a giant Submarine hanging out on the beach. After a quick google, it's actually a Submarine museum. Anything goes here, really. We're free, so we pay a "hefty" fee of RM1.00 for entrance. And we're in! Wheee.

I took pictures of the inside of the submarine, but I can't put them up because it's wayyy to crammed and gives me creeps just looking at them D:

At 12:00pm, we promptly head back to Aunty Koh's for Cendol - and we're one of the first in line again! Yezzz. The funny thing about the store is that it's in this makeshift shelter, literally in the garden outside Aunty Koh's house. She only opens for literally a 1-2 hours a day because it sells out that fast.

Really sweet and jovial old lady comes out and starts churning dem ice.

Hot, sweaty and in need of Cendol.

Sweet, sweet bowl of sweetness!!! For those who don't know, Cendol is shaved ice in coconut milk, gula melaka, red beans and the cendol itself of course (the green wormy jelly stuff). So refreshing - the taste of coconut isn't excessive, the ice is light and melts in your mouth, it isn't overly sweet. Yummeh. The guys get a second bowl each.

Aunty Koh's workstation + sink built to say "wash your own damn dishes".

She literally grows her own coconuts, nubbad.

This stuff is solid. Must go!

Aunty Koh's Cendol
Kampung Bukit Rambai
Jalan Batang Tiga
Melaka, Malaysia

Next stop in the middle of nowhere (as usual). I find it kind of interesting how it's a thing that people just set up business in their own houses in Malaysia. Saves tons cost i guess!

So many kuehs, so many colours. Camera goes crazy and i'm not sure what to take D: 

Shopping time! Kuehs are hard to keep because the coconut milk content makes them uneatable within a day. More popular picks to bring home are the sambal udang and sambal belachan since we can keep them longer!

Some green kueh which i KNOW the name of but can't remember now + deep fried popiah.

Grumpy ah ma gives me death stare after for taking her photo.

Good place to get your peranakan foodie souvenir fix!

Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake
72, Jalan Tengkera Pantai 2c
Melaka 75200

It's lunch time! We head to Restoran Nancy Kitchen with high expectations and wait in queue for just a little while. Excitedly read the menu and think of yummy Nyonya food soon to be in our tummies.

Popiah and Kueh Pie Tee station outside entertains us while we wait in line.

Finally get a seat inside with our food + one sweaty boyfriend :D

Kueh Pie Tee is good (crispy shell, balanced insides). I don't eat the popiah since there are only 4 pieces so I can't comment, but here's a cross section to make up for it?

Lousy laksa. The rest of the food was a disappointment actually. Refuse to take more photos and I shall not give you the address so that you save yourself some sub-standard food in a tourist trap.

Just kidding, here it is.

Aunty Nancy's Kitchen
7, Jalan Hang Lekir,
off Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock

But seriously, don't go.

Yet another stop! I must say here that we paced ourselves really well considering how many restaurant stops we were making. Some satay lovin' at Xiang Ji. It's nice, it's ok. Nothing we can't get here in our sunny island.

Xiang Ji
50, Jalan Portugis
Melaka, Malaysia

We take a walk around Jongker Street (overly commercialized for tourists), and then run to a mall in Malacca to watch cheap movies (Captain America) in which everyone promptly falls asleep because really, we've been going for a really long time. Then we have a nice Indian dinner at Pak Putra Tandoori and Naan which was really quite nice (the guys have TWO servings of tandoori each!), but I am too tired and lazy by then to take photos oops.

<insert imaginary photo here>

Pak Putra Tandoori and Naan
Jalan Laksamana 4
Melaka Malaysia

We stop by a grocery store to buy important souvenirs home, like cheap cooking oil and Super Rings haha. Then we start the drive back to Singapore at 10pm, and reach the causeway by 12am midnight, however it takes us two whole hours to clear customs and go back in. DAMN SHAG.

Collapse in bed and hibernate for the rest of the year because i've eaten enough. Yeah.