Melaka – 30.10.2010

The first thing that came into my mind when I arrived Melaka was DJ Anatta’s gig back in 2006. She had a gig at Pure Club hence a few of us accompanied her there.


There we encountered some helicopter boys.

Anyway, my trip this time was to accompany A, who had to go there for work. We ate and ate and ate throughout the trip.

We started off with chicken rice balls, roasted chicken, barbecued pork and hot and spicy cabbage at Famosa Chicken Rice Balls. I wanted small portions for each dish but the waiter gave us too much -___- Our plan to leave some space for other food was interrupted.

We didn’t go to Restoran Chung Wah for chicken rice balls because I like the dark sauce provided by Famosa.


Anyway, the queue at Chung Wah was crazy!

I wonder what is so good about this place. I came here once and I find it so-so.

We decided to take a break from food and visited the Cheng Ho Museum. Entry was RM10 per person.

The museum provides a guided tour both in English and Chinese. The tour lasted around and hour.

If you didn’t know who is Cheng Ho, Cheng Ho is a famous Chinese official who had traveled all around the world in the 1400s. Author of the book “1421 – The Year China discovered America“, Gavin Menzies, claimed that Cheng Ho found America before Christopher Columbus.

Notwithstanding that Cheng Ho was a eunuch, some of his descendants can be traced until today. Apparently, most of them live in Thailand and their pictures are shown in the museum.


Models of Cheng Ho’s 208 ships that sailed through the world

Our tour guide also gave us a brief explanation on how forced castration was done on eunuch in China. According to him, a boy’s penis together with his balls will be carved out and covered for 3 days. If he is able to pass water on the 3rd day, he will be able to survive. uuuhh..


Plenty of porcelain in this museum. Many of them donated or loaned by locals.

Overall, I think the artifacts and presentation of this place is rather mediocre. I don’t understand why Malaysia museums like to use mannequins. I don’t remember seeing any in the British Museum in London or Mets in NYC. Some local politician got contract to provide mannequins is it?

After our museum tour, we walked to Jonker 88 for our favourite cendol.

However, the queue was bloody long and we decided to forget Jonker 88. As we were about to enter the shop next to Jonker 88, our friend Frederick waved at us.

He was in front of the line and he offered to buy us cendol! Woohooo.


He even gave us a bowl of curry laksa cause he over ordered. -_____- I was soooooooooo fulll!

Before my trip to Melaka, my colleague recommended me to try the Mille Crepe in Nadeje Cafe. Apparently, it is better than Food Foundry hence I was determined to try it before I head back to KL.

Before setting to Nadeje Cafe…we bought a packet of fresh onde-onde 😀

To be continued..

Temerloh, Pahang

Instead of spending my Sunday at Mad Monkeyz last week, I ended up in Temerloh, Pahang to attend a funeral. Temerloh is a small town around 2 hours drive away from Kuala Lumpur.


This is probably Temerloh’s most colourful building.

It was A’s cousin’s funeral. Late 30s, married with 3 kids. Wife doesnt work. He was driving his excavator (he works in the construction line) along the highway at night and then suddenly an express bus hit him from behind. The excavator flipped sideways and he was flung out. However, all he had was just minor injuries and even had time to chit chat with the bus driver.

Unfortunately, hours later, he complained of breathing difficulties and then died while on his way to the hospital. It is likely that he suffered internal injuries without realising it.

Worst of all, he wasnt supposed to work on that night. He helped out a colleague who couldn’t work that day.

Fated.

Immediately after the accident, a lawyer called up the wife saying that he saw the accident and he can help her take up the case. He said he had done a lot accident cases.

What a ‘coincidence’! It’s amazing how the lawyer, who was driving along the highway, managed to pass the accident site, get the wife’s contact details and had done a lot of accident cases.

After the funeral, I thought I could roam around Temerloh to try out their local cuisine. I did a google search and all I found was Ikan Patin Temerloh. I wasn’t in a mood for that.


I wonder what is Chinese fast food..mmm

I ended up eating at A’s cousin’s house.


Mr Temerloh, anyone?

After that, I met this cute little chap by the name, “Sharpener”.


HE IS SOO CUTE

Then on the way back.


Hello Kitty Car!

Kota Kinabalu 2009: Restauran Malaysia @ Beaufort

After our trip to Kuala Penyu, we stopped by Beaufort, a small town located outskirt of Kota Kinabalu.

We initially wanted to try Beaufort noodles at one popular Chinese coffee shop but it was closed.

We ended up at one Muslim restaurant by the name Malaysia Restaurant. Although a Muslim restaurant, it is run by a Chinese Muslim man.

The recommended dishes of this place are their Butter Pao and Kuih Bom.


Yam cake! So-so only though.


Pao is served on a plate. Take as many as you like. The rest you can leave it there.

The butter pao is filled with butter but ‘lai yau’, a yellowish sweet filling. The bread is green in colour. It tasted damn good. So good that I had 2 pieces of it!

Kuih Bom on the other hand is an egg shaped pastry (supposed to look like a bomb though). The outer layer is as hard as an egg shell. I had to use force to crack the layer. The filling of kuih bom is hollow with few strands of turnip inside. It was my first time seeing such item and the taste was rather unique. It wasn’t sweet but it was salty.

Map (rough estimation)

Address
Restoran Malaysia
Lot 14, Block B,
Beaufort Jaya,
89808 Beaufort,
Sabah

Tel: (00)(60) 087 223 548

Website: http://littleitaly.fortunecity.com/cremona/18/

Kota Kinabalu 2009: Menumbuk

Menumbuk is a small village located not far from Kuala Penyu.

It has a small port which allows people to take a boat to Labuan Island. We made a trip down to to the port to check out the scenery.


Rusty Ship…

The name ‘Menumbuk’ means punching in Malay. There are 2 legends which gave rise to the name ‘Menumbuk’. The first being through a fish by the name ‘menumbok’ fish according to local dialect which was extra ordinary huge. Second version is about a time when a river which flowed to the sea during high tide and caused a punching effect. Doesn’t make any sense to me though.

There were not many things to see in Menumbuk port.


There was a Chinese temple cum car park though.

The other end of the port has a small beach which one can see Labuan Island.


Hmm..where is Labuan..

Barely an hour in Menumbuk, we left for Beaufort for lunch.

Kota Kinabalu 2009: Kuala Penyu – Part II

KP town only has few rows of shop. There are couple of convenient stores and coffeeshops. There’s also a video arcade filled with kids. Got Daytona. Not bad.

We had drinks at one of the coffeeshops in the town. Nothing good to eat. Their yao char kuai tasted like bread as it had too much flour.

As we will be heading to Menumbuk (in Malay it means punching), we took a toilet break at the coffeeshop. The owner found an ingenious way to replace their broken lock I.e with a string and long nail.


tadaa~

Next stop: Menumbuk

Kota Kinabalu 2009: Kuala Penyu – Part I

Kuala Penyu (KP) is a small town located around 2 hours from Kota Kinabalu City.

Driving around the outskirt of KK City was relatively quiet and easy. There was not much traffic on the 2 lane roads except for some occasional slow coaches on the road.

The drive to KP had loads of interesting sights. Villages are mostly inhabited by natives while the towns are mostly Chinese. It is interesting to see Chinese villages and towns in remote places of Sabah.


Caught Mat Rempit in action


G*Mart – Now everybody can shop! (similar with Air Asia’s tag line, Now everybody can fly!)


When we were about to reach KP, we ended up on a dead end. There was a river in front of us.

The only way to get across is a chained ferry.

The ferry, made of metal, pulls a metal chain which cuts across the river.


It could fit around 8 cars per trip.

Cars have to line up to wait for their turn as there is only 1 ferry and it takes around 10 to 15 minutes to get across.


You can take a small boat across as well


There was only one life boat.

The service is free as it is maintained by the government.


We were there…


Kuala Penyu on sight!

Kota Kinabalu 2009: San Sui Baru Restaurant

Before embarking on our journey to Kuala Penyu, we stopped by San Sui Baru Restaurant for breakfast. Apparently, this place is well known for its Tom Yam noodles.

This place is located along Lintas Highway. It was packed when we arrived.

We ordered their well known tom yam prawn noodles and black pepper beef noodles.

Tom yam in San Sui Baru is not your usual spicy and hot tom yam. It comes in a sourish bowl of soup with prawns and beans sprout in it. It tasted like assam pedas.

Nescafe came with a thick layer of condensed milk. Tasted so-so.

I’m not a big fan of tom yam hence I ordered their black pepper beef noodles. It came in a Cantonese style gravy with of black pepper mixed inside. The beef was tender and soft but overall the dish was mediocre.

The overall experience with this restaurant is average. Nothing to shout about but if you’re on Lintas Highway, perhaps you can drop by to try their unique Tom Yam noodles.

Related link
A Daily Obsession: Come Eat With Us: San Sui Baru Restaurant

Cameron Highlands: T Cafe @ Tanah Rata

T-Cafe had been raved on the blogosphere as a good and cozy restaurant. T-cafe is located at Tanah Rata, just above Marry Brown restaurant.

Some parts of the cafe has loads of notes and letters from people all around the world thanking the owner for her good food and hospitality.

We were fortunate to be served by the owner. However, we got told off by her for putting our wet umbrellas on a side table. We were directed to put our wet umbrella into a rubbish bin instead.

There were also a few letters recommending T-cafe to the Lonely Planet. I’m not surprised with that as the restaurant had load of letters and awards being paraded.

We ordered chicken chop, lamb chop, scones including strawberry scones and tea.

Chicken and lamb chop came with a pot of gravy served separately. It was ok but would be better if we are given more gravy. Yut Kee’s chicken chop and Steven’s Corner lamb chop are so much better.

However, their strawberry scones were excellent. It was served warm with butter and whipped cream on the side. It was also not too dry.

Tea on the other was just so-so. I wonder what were the past visitors raving about this place. The food and drinks were mediocre. In fact, the Gardenia Butterscotch that we brought along tasted so much better.

If you’ve visited this place and had something good, please let me know so that I can try it the next time.

Back from Kota Kinabalu

After 5 days in KK, I am finally back in Kuala Lumpur.

It was a relaxing holiday. I spent most of my time relaxing, meeting with friends and also eating. There was never once I had nothing in my stomach. There were just too many good stuff to eat!

I managed to have my all time favourite Fook Yuen roti kahwin and also Teh Madras.


Milo “Kaw” (Good stuff!) and Teh Madras

I also managed to make a road trip down to Kuala Penyu and its surroundings.

More details soon!