Saturday, November 29, 2008

Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Balls

mimid3vils just mentioned in the comment of my previous post that she had Baba cendol opposite Hoe Kee chicken rice shop. When I was queuing at the front, I actually wanted to walk over and enjoy one a bowl before having the famous chicken rice ball.

Hoe Kee Chicken Rice, 4,6 and 8 house shop (and I call this house shop for a reason because this was a house before it became a chicken rice ball shop) along Jalan Hang Jebat aka Jonker Street in Melaka. Not sure if you can call to book your place but you can try 06-2834751 or 012-6238431.

Good thing they had fans installed outside for the long line of people waiting for their turn to be seated. Melaka is like land of the "hot steam iron". It was raining cats and dogs back in KL, and the hot steam from the earth from KL generates the steam in Melaka (...hahaha if that makes sense ;p)

The Chicken Rice Balls and Rice (RM5). Initially I don't understand why people rave about this place so much. I mean it's just rice shaped in a ball. Folks have 'tau pau' this for me many times and I find it just so so lah.

But alas, you really got to be there to enjoy the chicken rice ball. And, better to get them here than any other "original" chicken rice ball shop.

The chicken rice ball is made from broken rice. I'm guessing that is the reason why the texture is smoother and the aroma and taste of the chicken sips in more to the rice.

Yum Yum!

Stir Fried Vegetables (RM2). Oily, but nice.

Chicken (RM12). Can lah. I liked it because they used the more expensive sweet salty soya sauce. The cheaper soya sauce will only taste salty and really kill the dish. The chicken was smooth, and of course, tasted like chicken ;p

The Asam Fish (RM27) however was something I will not order the next time I am there. I felt that the fish wasn't fresh, and the fish head was really skinny. The asam was just alright...reminded me of the bottles of asam paste my mom had made before.

Overall an enjoyable meal...not only because the chicken rice ball was nice, but also the 3 kids I was with was playing with their fork and poking into one another's poly foam plates! HAHA!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Another something along Jonker Street. Jonker88 recieved many reviews. I saw plenty of pictures on their cendol and a lot of good yummy review on it.

But...maybe I was expecting too much.

"Jonker Dessert 88, most popularly known as,, is a cultural entity in form of museum café, legally formed on 1997 in Malaysia. is the subsidiary of Jia Seng Art Gallery which was incorporated in year of 1986 in Melaka, Jonker Street, now known as Jalan Hang Jebat, headed by Jason & Johnson Yoong, family team are Jenny and CS Yoong, all born in Melaka"

Nyonya Asam Laksa (RM3.50)

Baba Laksa (RM3.50)

Baba Chicken Laksa (RM3.50)

Overall the laksas were nice. The three laksa had very rich distinct taste. However I would prefer if the Baba laksa has less coconut milk in the. ...then again, that wouldn't be Baba laksa minus the coconut milk. Hehe.

I was quite filled to I ordered a plate of Goreng-goreng with homemade Baba sauce (RM3) which reminded me of Penang Lobak. Fishballs, soya sheets (the foo choke), tou foo and some raw vegetables,.. the sauce that came with it was some peanut base sweet sauce.

Finally the Baba Cendol (RM1.80). A little dissapointed... I was expecting baboom stuff but this cendol was just alright for me. The sugar used was a different type of sugar compared to the normal black sugar. This was thick and stickier, very much like the 'mak nga' syrup. Maybe it's the Baba style that I'm not used to...

Ah well.. I will just have to return to Melaka and have more Baba and Nyonya dishes to find ones that really catches my taste buds!

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sotong Bakar

Remind me to make this during my next BBQ party. Sotong Bakar!

I could actually smell the fishieness of the BBQed squid from far away while walking down Jonker Street in Melaka. I love the smell and when I saw the whole sotong bakar action... I knew I had to try one of those.

RM7 for the big packet and RM5 for the smaller packet. If I remembered correctly, there were about 8 pieces of sotong in the small packet.

There's about 3 to 4 stalls selling these Sotong bakar. I just bought from the first stall I came across. I wonder if all taste the same. If I'm not wrong, the sotong needs to be marinated with some stuff first. I don't think the normal dried squid will taste as nice as this one.

The sotong bakar smell got it's way from Jonker Street, to my bag, and into the apartment. I tell ya.... my whole bag smelt of Sotong Bakar! But I'm not complaining la, smells nice...yum yum...though so might think there's old socks in my bag! haha!

Crunchy especially the tentacles, a little salty and a little spicy.... and very very fishie. If you are not a fan of the "saing" smell, this is definitely not for you.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Limau-limau Cafe

Is Melaka all about Chicken Rice Balls, Satay Celup and Satay Babi? Nope. Definetly not.

Limau limau cafe is located at No49 Jalan Hang Jebat aka Jonker Street. The first time I pass by this place I thought that this cafe was a bar selling alcoholic beverages. The whole cafe had a really nice wooden bar, tall tables outside and wooden bar tables inside. What I find interesting was this this bar actually sells fruit juices, blends, milk shakes and lassies.

I remembered my ex-intern mentioning about delicious banana juice in Melaka. She wasn't a food fanatic so she couldn't remember where she had hers. When I saw 'banana' on the chalk board out front, I knew I had to try the banana juice...or banana something here.

our drinks
From back to front: Mango and banana ice blended (RM9), Dragon fruit and lycee ice blended (RM9.90), Strawberry lassie (RM8.50), Oreo and Banana lassie (RM9)

All of the drink was actually quite good. The Mango and banana ice blended had a strong mango smell to it. I tasted the banana first, then the drink left a mango after taste in the mouth.

Dragon fruit and lycee ice blended was my least favorite. But I think that's only because I'm not a fan of lycee.

The lassies were good. The Strawberry was sourish yet sweet. The Oreo and Banana, superb! Initially me and my friend though that we couldn't finish the drink because the milk was going to bloat the stomach...and we had a really full dinner... but we actually managed to drink to the last drop!

Oreo and Banana lassie is a must to try at Limau-limau Cafe!

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Sunday, November 09, 2008


It’s been quite sometime since I have met up with Sid and Sunny of Big Boys Kitchen, so when I got a call from Sid for makan, I marked my calendar. This round of makan was at Prince Hotel's Japanese Restaurant, Enju.

The folks from Prince Hotel greeted me when I arrived. The other lot arrived 45minutes later! ... the traffic jam was really bad that day.

While waiting for everyone to arrive, I did my photo taking around Enju.

From the entrance to the sushi bar.

And manage to have a look at the private function room could accommodate up to 8pax. If you noticed, there's a sliding door which connects to a smaller private room which fits 6 people.

I spent the remaining of time time chit chating with the friendly and down to earth folks of the Marketing and Communication team at The Prince. Soon after, the rest arrived and we started dinner.

Gindara Tamagoyaki (RM52). Alaskan black cod grilled with egg yolk and cream cheese. The over all taste was good but I found the fish slightly overcooked which made the texture of the fish slightly rough.

Shirako Dofu (RM28) Cod fish roe tofu topped with nori, bonito flakes, wasabi and light shoyu was quite good. I noticed the sauce was more fragrant compared to the ones I have eaten before.

This maki was one of my favorites for the night. Crispy tempura salmon, mountain yam and nori roll with wasabi shoyu (RM28). It reminded me of the delicious butter chocolate checkers cookies I had once but only this was salmon and Japanese yam.

Papaya Bakingyaki (RM34) is baked Hawaiian papaya filled with seafood, cream cheese and mushrooms. Two thumbs up! The papaya ripe sweet papaya went really well with the prawns, chicken (which is stuffed at the bottom of the fruit) and cheese. Kind of a weird combination when you look at it but I tell you, good stuff.

Tempora Moriawase (RM32) The assorted fired seafood and vegetables was quite likable. I loved the yam as the chef knows how to pick good powdery textured yam.

Fugu Mirin Boshi (RM28). This Sweet vinegar grilled puffer fish is the bomb! Looked like dried BBQed pork meat, but tasted way better! The meat is loose, salty from the marinade yet sweet from the fish.

California hand roll. Something quite common. What was uncommon for me was the usage of avocado in them.

Sashimi platter. A combination of the Sushi Moriawase Take (RM125) (handmade sushi and sushi rolls) and Sashimi Kirei (RM95) (Assorted sashimi). Loved the sashimi because the slices are thick! Slurp!

Unagi Kabayaki (RM45) I didn’t manage to try the grilled eel with the Chef’s special una sauce! *boohoo* I was busy chit chatting and taking pictures, but I did hear a lot of complements on this unagi dish.

"It's all because of you, I'm feeling sad and blue" This is the snippet of the one hit wonder Sukiyaki. I wonder if this is the reason why Sukiyaki is made sweet. Sometime to remember the sweet memories? Anyway, we were served two pots of Sukiwaki. This pot a chicken Sukiyaki, and the bottom a beef version.
Australian beef Sukiyaki (RM65) which I found a wee bit too sweet for my liking how ever there are these little Japanese seaweed and yam gelatin in them which was quite chewy. They added a nice texture to the soup.

The Chicken Sukiyaki (RM45) which soup base was the same as the beef version.

The green tea ice cream went round the table for photo taking but I believe no one tried it because be were being a typical food blogger. Feed the camera LOL!

Goma Ice Cream (RM20) This rich black sesame ice cream was something to die for. All the other black sesame ice cream I have eaten before isn’t that smooth compared to this one. Even though I was already so full, I somehow found stomach space to savor this fragrant black sesame ice cream.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Cream Cheese

I think there should be more than 10 people who is reading this blog that have baked a cake using cream cheese before. Can anyone share with me their secret on keeping the cheese edible in the fridge?

I know for sure cream cheese aren't freezable. I learn it the hard way as mine ended up all clumpy lumpy humpty dumpty I had a great fall when I froze it. (Then later on I notice that there are instructions on my cream cheese packing that read Do Not Freeze ...heh -_-") So how to you keep them after you have removed them from the pack?

I really don't want all of my cheese to turn up like this!

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Aunty, I miss your cooking


Aunty!!!!!!!! I miss your cooking!!!!

Pudina Chutney

Aunty is actually my ex-intern mom. Aunty used to cook for her daughter, and pack a little extra for the Chinese girl (me lah).


The first dish that I have tasted from aunty's kitchen is the Kesari. I totally love it. Love it so much that I bugged her for the recipe and tried making it on my own. I made an OK tasting Kesari on my 3rd try but...auntyyy yours is still the best!


I love her Tosai and Idly as well. Goes really well with her homemade Pudina Chutney which I also love! Aunty, I went out to Indian restaurants to look for better Kesari and Pudina Chutney, nothing beats yours.

And then there's this. I have no idea what this glutinous rice sweet cake is called but it sure taste good. I believe its made from gula melaka.

Eh hold on, I think this was the first thing I tried from aunty, not the Kesari. It's some flour thing with onions. Good stuff too.

Chickpeas and yellow rice.

I don't know what aunty put in there to make the rice turn yellow. Yellow ginger? Saffron? I wonder if I ever get to eat aunty's food again.


Very simple ikan bilis sambal that went well with rice and noodles. Aunty's sambal wasn't that spicy so I had so much of it!

Of course I didn't hog this container filled with scrambled egg and kangkung. ...even the simple cooks that aunty made was delicious.

This I wished aunty would make more. Some thing like Kesari but different.

Aunty, I miss your cooking!!!!

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