Tuesday, September 01, 2009

A Very Random Trip @ Melaka

In the earlier post, I mentioned that this is a very random trip. I got up from bed at 10.15 a.m. on Saturday and was off to Melaka at 11.15 a.m. Catherine was our fabulous driver and we reached the historical state at about 1.15 p.m. and immediately looked for food. This post, my dear friends, is a "report" of the said random, crazy trip. See also my Facebook album for more photos. Enjoy!

First stop: Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Shop (Address: 4, 6, 8 Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200, Melaka, MALAYSIA; Telephone: +606 283 4751 or +6012 623 8431). Cat suggested to try Hoe Kee and that sounded great to me because I'd tried Chung Wah when I came to Melaka with friends in April this year. The bill came out to be MYR57 (~US$16) for four persons.

The queue is always very long at Hoe Kee but what is nice is that orders are taken while people are still queuing so when you're seated, the food will come within 5 minutes. We queued for about 10 minutes and it's really not bad at all.
The chicken rice gang: Cat, Rose and Mom (Alice was busy taking pictures...)
Yummy chicken rice balls
The chicken was tasty but we all agreed that the Seremban chicken rice is much better
The asam fish was great and the cabbage was good as well

Next stop: Dessert at Jonker88 (Address: 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200, Melaka, MALAYSIA; Telephone: +6019 397 5665). For the life of me, I can't remember how much it was but it was around MYR5 for three bowls of original cendol. I love the thick gula melaka that's poured onto the shaved ice.

There was a perpetual huge crowd at the dessert shop
I spotted an AcmaBooks umbrella!
The refreshing cendol. I've tried the durian variety previously so this time I went for the original version.

Next stop: Jalan-jalan on Jonker Street and other places of interest. We just walked around under the hot sun and clear blue sky. Mom packed more chicken rice balls at Chung Wah before we left the area to go shopping at Tan Kim Hock and more makan-makan at satay celup Ban Lee Siang.

The weather was really great

Next stop: Tan Kim Hock Product Centre (Address: 85, 87 & 89 Jalan Bendahara, 75100 Melaka, MALAYSIA. Telephone: +606 281 2763, +606 282 6099). It's located on a busy main road with limited parking space, but we're lucky to get one immediately.

You'll be spoiled for choice
I immediately started the dodol hunt and found the coconut variety for RM5.60 per box
And the durian variety at RM5.80 per box. I bought both for my office as treats. *GRIN*

Next stop: Satay celup at Ban Lee Siang (Address: 45E, Jalan Ong Kim Wee, Melaka, MALAYSIA; Telephone: +606 284 1935). We arrived at around 5.30 p.m. and at the same time with another tour bus. Much to our surprise, the restaurant was already full but we still managed to get a place.

At the restaurant
The raw materials were kept in refrigerators. Diners can pick and choose their items. They are priced at MYR0.50 per stick and MYR0.60 for sticks with red ends (for example, the star-shaped ones with smiley faces below).
To eat, just dip the raw food into the boiling spicy peanut sauce (similar to that of satay sauce) and cook them. The sauce was tasty and the raw materials were fresh.

Final stop: The beach (sorry I couldn't name it because there was no signage anywhere!) It's near Sg. Udang and we've passed Klebang to reach this area. We watched the sun set before heading home.

The peaceful beach
Cat, Rose and I played with our shadows

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