Nov 7

Some call it “thor kar mee” (floor noodles) and some called it ajinomoto noodles (cause of the MSG) but I just found out that this is a very famous noodles in Melaka. The name “thor kar mee” came about as I was told by Tien Soon is because there were no tables when they starting selling this noodles at Tengkera and everyone just hold the bowl and squatted on the floor to eat. This was verified by Miharu’s dad whom said that was how it was served and all you had were the little stool to sit on.

Anyhow the original stall is still in Tengkera but there is another one in Batu Berendam. After asking around at Restoran Wo Wat on the stall selling this that used to be here, we were given directions on where exactly is the stall at Batu Berendam from the aunty selling siah ping there whom happens to be related to the Batu Berendam stall, small world ;).

So this morning me and Miharu tried our luck and after an u-turn, we managed to find this shop. Its actually a house converted to coffeeshop style, blue in color just next to the vermicelli factory in Batu Berendam.

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The name of the coffeeshop is Kim Seng if I remembered correctly but there is no signboard outside, just a small one inside.

We ordered our noodles and it came in soup topped with fishballs, slices of fish cake and most important of all the deep fried prawn crackers. The soup is tasty and sweet (thanks to the MSG), so didn’t take too much of that but the prawn crackers really makes a bit difference to what looks like an ordinary bowl of fishball noodles.

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Each bite is crispy and crunchy with the prawn crackers and it was really good! I really enjoy the noodles, something new to me but just gotta be careful on the soup, don’t want to lose so much hair 😛

Each bowl cost RM3.50 for small and RM4.00 for big. The place open as early as 7am and close at 2pm.

Prawn Crackers Fishball Noodles @ Batu Berendam
GPS:
N02 14.861 E102 15.061

Nov 6
Melaka – Klebang Coconut Shake
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Tien Soon had been telling me about this place for sometime and somehow everytime I am in Melaka and he is not and when is he in, I am not. But finally this weekend we are both here and he came over to picked me up for some coconut shake!

This place is located by the road side at the Klebang area and immediately you can spot it because it is super packed with people lining up by the road covered with red umbrellas.

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We used our kiasu-power and managed to find ourselves a table almost immediately amid the large crowd and some RTM crews interviewing the place. There seems to be a system here, for those whom are dining in, you just need to get a place to sit and order. For those taking away, you have to queue and wait for your turn. So if you had it there and wanna buy back, you have to then go and queue at the line.

While waiting for our coconut shake special (with additional ice cream on top like a float), we tried some of their packed nasi lemak kukus. Its still warm and I must say its pretty good. The rice does not stick together and the sambal is great. Each packet cost RM1.20.

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For the coconut shake special, it cost RM2.00 for having it there plus loads of patience as it took almost 20 mins for ours to arrived. The coconut shake is actually a blend of ice, coconut juice, coconut flesh, sugar plus loads of ice cream! The special comes with an extra scope of ice cream on top! The texture is smooth, you can still taste bits of coconut flesh, no wonder people are buying it by the loads at the queue.

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This place opens at 12.30pm and closed at 6.30pm and I highly recommend this place especially on a hot sunny Melaka afternoon!

Klebang Coconut Shake
On the main Klebang road just before Caltex on your right
GPS: N2 12.920 E102 12.365

Nov 6
Melaka – Hee Kiaw Mee & Popiah @ Oriental Cafe
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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