In the much quiet part of Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock away from the hustle and bustle of Jonker Walk lies a row of old shop near the old site of Tung Fang cinema. I was told by Miharu that Oriental Cafe’s stalls used to be in front of the old cinema until its being thorned down that all the stalls move opposite.
Oriental Cafe is a narrow but very long shop with 2 stalls right in front, one selling hee kiaw mee and another one selling popiah. The shop is clean and quite cooling as well although Melaka is superbly hot these few days.
We order our hee kiaw noodles and we usually preferred the dry version. The noodles cost RM3.00 each and it comes with the standard topping of hee kiaw of white and orange (fish paste), slices of bbq pork (char siew), fishballs and some taugeh at the bottom plus yummy pieces of fried pork lard. Chili sauce here is DIY, so bottles are available at the table for you to help yourself.
Noodles is pretty good, soup given is not too salty or oily plus great value at RM3.00 (for KL folks, for Melaka folks, its getting expensive already).
I saw the popiah stall as I walked in and told myself that I should not be greedy but as we got seated, Miharu’s neighbour was there at the same shop to da bao the popiah and she recommends highly on it. So we order one to try, the price per piece is RM2.00 which is standard anywhere in Melaka which I thought is pretty expensive.
Anyway, as per most popiah here, pork lard is a must and the one here is full of crispy fried pork lard as you bite into it! The aroma is good but not too overwhelming but I thought its just a bit dry, if there were slightly more sauce in it.
The food here is good and nice and we found out that the wan tan mee and chicken wings stalls from old Tung Fang cinema is just next door, so maybe we will be back for those the next round .
Hee Kiaw Mee & Popiah at Oriental Cafe
Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Melaka
GPS: N2 11.920 E102 14.532