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Halle Herbal Tea House: Herbal product to cool you down on a hot day
We happened to pass by this shop and decided to buy some herbal tea to quench our thirst but in the end we settled for bird's nest and red Jujube egg tea. They had a limited food list of herbal jelly tonics(only herbs), herbal tea and dessert. The staff told us that the bird's nest was harvested from their own swiftlet house .
Birdnest: RM19.00(for 1 pax)
Red jujube egg tea: RM3.00
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Yong Ann bird nest speciality shop: Bird's nest for youthful complexion
We visited the Melaka Jonker Bird house to see the bird house, swiftlets as well as how they cultivate and harvest the bird's nest on the nesting planks. You have a choice of paying an entrance fee of RM10 per person or you can purchase a dessert at Yong Ann for a minimum amount of RM30 and it entitles you to a free entry to the bird house. It made sense to purchase the dessert at RM30 and get a free entry to the bird house for the 2 of us.
The bird's nest soup is a delicacy in Chinese cusine; it is believe to be a very nurioushing soup(high nutritional and medicinal value) that provides many health benefits. The benefit is said to enhance tissue growth and regeneration, inhibit influenza infections, alleviating asthma, promote one’s immune system, enhances body metabolism and aids digestion among others. If you take bird nest soup regularly, it improves your skin complexion and keeps it radiant.
Bird nest is actually the swiftlet's saliva that is used to built their nest for breeding. Traditionally, it is double boiled with rock sugar to make a sweet soup known as "bird's nest soup". The nests are relatively neutral in taste and it has a gelantinous texture when cooked. It is said that bird’s nest soup is best consumed at room temperature, or chilled, on an empty stomach during the morning or just before you go to bed.
In the end, we ordered 1 bowl of bird nest soup at RM50 and 1 glass of mango pudding topped with bird nest at RM30.
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Long Fatt restaurant: Simple fare: Good traditional Teochew porridge
We managed to locate this family owned shop(established over eighty years) and had Teochew porridge for breakfast. Teochew porridge is just plain porridge, slightly watery and the rice does not break. It is different from the Hokkien porridge whereby sweet potatoes are added and the cantonese congee where the rice is boiled for a long time until it breaks down and become slightly thick and viscous.
The usual dishes that goes with the porridge are braised dishes, salted duck eggs, pickled radish, salted/preserved vegetable, steam dishes etc. There were many dishes on disaplay at the counter and we were served by the boss. We ordered sambal brinjal, steamed meat patties, assam fish, coagulated pig's blood and sweet sambal chilli ikan billis camerilsed with shallots.
We loved the sambal ikan billis and the assam fish. The ikan billis were crispy and quite well balanced with spicyness and sweetness. The steamed meat was tender. The texture of the coagulated pig's blood is similar to bean curd, there wasn't much taste to it acutally. You just need to overcome your fear factor to try it. You would not be able to find it in Singapore because it was banned. It was a satisfying meal for us and cost RM12.
Favorite Dish: The assam fish was really good; it has a slight tint of sourness and spicyness. This is the first time I had tasted fish that is cooked in this way, it was cooked for about 12 hrs till the bones were soft. The fish was about 2/3 of my palm's size; very tender and you can eat the bones too. It was like eating the bones in the cannned sardine. However, the fish had an almost melt in your mouth texture unlike sardine which was slightly dry and flaky.
Zhen Xiang Yuan restaurant: Dim sum
The boss of Ringo's Foyer recommended this coffeshop for breakfast. We ordered a couple of the dim sum: Lo mai gai(steamed glutinous rice with chicken), chee cheong fun, chicken feet, Lo mai gai, pork rib in black bean sauce, yam roll and a pot of chinese tea. What is dim sum without chinese tea?
It was interesting to watch the process of making chee cheong fun at the cart. You don't get to see this process in full view in front of the coffeeshops in Singapore. The chee cheong fun is freshly made upon order; rice flour mixture is poured and spread onto a large piece of muslim cloth with a special steaming tray below. It was covered and steamed for a few minutes, then prawns and chopped char siew were added to it and then steamed further. After that it was rolled, cut to pieces and sauces were added. The taste was not too bad but not fantatic either. The pork ribs are not so flavourful but tender. The yam roll was a total let down; it was not crispy and was cold and soft. Overall, the dim sum offered here is just average.
Famosa Chicken Rice Balls: Local speciality
This well-known place, with lots of photos of important looking people on the walls, is located on Jonker Street in the heart of Chinatown. It specialises in Chinese food and its uniquely Melakan namesake dish: rice balls served with steamed chicken and chilli sauce. Except for the roundness, it's identical to the chicken rice you'll find in Singapore or elsewhere in Malaysia. Also on the menu are roast pork, duck and curry dishes.
Chicken Rice Balls Restaurant: Chicken Rice Balls
A must-try for every visitor to Melaka, a lotta Chicken Rice-Balls restaurants in the Jonker street area, but I think this is one of my favourite.
Favorite Dish: Of course, the rice balls and the steamed-chicken. Dip the rice balls & steamed-chicken into the special chilli sauce before muching it, it is heaven. Why can't they have this in Oslo?
Golden Triangle & Golden Circle Foodcourt: Varieties of malaysian chinese food!
10 minutes from town. Your choice of open-air area or under a roof. Two foodcourts joined to bring more varieties of local foods. No worries about parking spaces.
Favorite Dish: Must try: Fried rice/kuey teow stall, Hot plate seafood, Sea food mee, Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun, Chui Kuey, Satay, Cendol/Ice-Kacang/ABC deserts, Lok-lok, Ikan Bakar, Fried oyster, Chicken rice ball, Asam pedas rice & many more!
Famosa Chicken Rice Ball: If you don't want street food....
This chain is not too bad at all. Ideal if you are not too adventurous with street food or are unsure about what local foods to try.
There are a lot of these Chicken Rice Ball restaurants around and I found the food interesting, tasty and generally OK!! They are not as cheap as the local food stalls or markets but the quality and quantity was fine.
It's a cheapish place to go if you are worried about what you might be eating in the streets....
Favorite Dish: Chines Rice Balls - and the roast chicken wasn't too bad either - not a traditional roast by any means.
Dim Sum and Pao
A normal coffee shop. The big Bao (Chinese call it "Dua Bao") is a pork-filled bun, which is quite tasty and filling. Also try the Aluminum foil-wrapped herbal chicken meat and glutinous rice with chicken meat topping ( CHinese call it "Lor Mai Gai").
Restoran Famosa Chicken Rice Ball: So crispy and yummy
It's a Chinese Resto, with specialized in rice ball, Hainan chicken and roast duck. Plus several traditional and modern drinks, like jelly grass, sugar cane and lemonade.
Favorite Dish: There's 4 types of steam rice served here. Original steamed, steamed with flavor [salty] called Hainan rice, Hainan rice made like ball [called rice ball] and dark brown rice ball [maybe using different type of rice].
I prefer the Hainan rice ball which seems so compact and fit with my chopstick. Then undebatable roast duck and steam chicken. Both of them are crispy and delicious. Added with veggie, cucumber and light soup as assortments.
Bei Zhan: A Taste of Home Cooking
The restaurant is probably one of the more famous ones in Melaka and is frequented by both local and foreigners. Despite it being a weekday it was full in no time. However visitors need not worry as there is space aplenty. It is huge restaurant and they have taken 3 shoplots on the ground and 1st floor. I heard they will be moving to a new premise soon.
The food was great and preety close to home cooking. Salt content was good and no use of MSG (from experience did not fell excessively thirsty after the meal).
Service was fast and due credit should be given to the owners/management. A waiter was ready to take our order a few minutes after we were seated. And in 10 mins or so the 5 dishes we ordered had all arrived piping hot ready to be enjoyed.
Parking might be a problem especially on weekends as the space in front of the restaurant gets full preety quick.
Favorite Dish: The braised pork ribs served with soft steamed bun is a must try. Succulent and tender pieces of meat that you need to stuff into a steam bun is simply heavenly. Not for those who are watching their cholesterol levels.
Hoe Kee Chicken Rice: Don't Miss The Chicken Rice!
Hoe Kee Chicken Rice... must try! Taste real good!! Take a look at the pictures.. It's the first time I see chicken rice balls. It still makes me hungry..
Favorite Dish: We ordered:
Steamed Chicken Rice
Fried cabbage with fish sauce
Best Cafe: Good Food, Good Service
This is near OCBC Bank in the vicinity of Christ Church. The owner was very helpful and gave us complete information about the available money changers in melaka and also advised us how to get to Singapore (as we were planning to visit there as well).
The Shanghai fried rice was simply divine!
Hoe Kee: Yummy Chicken Rice Balls!
The restaurant was decorated with chinese lanterns, photos, and tablets with calligraphy. The dishes we ordered were very flavorful and the price was impressively low for such a good meal. The staff/owner were also very friendly and even insisted that she take our picture for us (instead of me) so I could be included in the group's photograph.
Favorite Dish: We ordered chicken rice balls (RM 4), Vegetables (RM 3), Chicken (RM 14) ...i think it was steamed, and chinese tea (RM 5)
Jih Hong Restaurant: Our dinner
We drove out of A'famosa Resort to have our dinner. We drove to Tamping which is 4 km from the resort.
We had chinese food and after a whole day walking in Melaka and swimming at the pool in A'famosa we were starving. The food was delicious and the service was fast even for a small town.
Favorite Dish: We had pork cooked with yam, drunken prawns, Sizzling tofu, Asparagus and Frog legs.
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