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August 12, 2017

East and West Rendezvous, Melaka…overpriced, overhyped and over-rated

I’m often a little nervous when visiting ultrahyped eating places found online, and East and West Rendezvous proved why. It was a complete fiasco. The food looked good from a distance but turned out to be rather unappetising

Nyonya dumpling (Nyonya chang) is the only type of bak chang I eat, so I know a tasty one when I eat it. The ones you get here are pretty average. To rub salt in the wound, the staff here wear their rudeness on their sleeves.

Get this place off your list. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 15, 2017

Donald & Lily Nyonya Food, Melaka…overrated 100 times

If nobody’s told you yet, it’s average food and unjustifiably pricey. Save yourself the wait and the drive.

And the food is not even that good! The food looked good from a distance but on closer inspection turned out to be rather unappetizing. I had nasi ketuk ayam rendang and taukua rojak. Neither dish was as good as their equivalents in any food court. Both were decent and edible, but as has been mentioned, was ordinary at best.

Honestly, there are many other underrated, inexpensive places to grab nyonya food in Melaka– just take my word for it. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 26, 2017

Restoran Ming Huat, Melaka …mee kahwin is a mash-up you don’t want to miss

Mee kahwin, crudely translated is married noodles. It is – excuse me while I use the f-word – a fusion dish. The dish may sound frighteningly exotic and confused, but the marriage of mee rebus and Indian rojak has innate cohesion.

The mee kahwin here at one of the stalls at Restaurant Ming Huat is well executed, inventive Malay cooking served with sweet, sour, salty, spicy and peanuty flavour combinations. Yellow noodles are topped with taukua (fried beancurd), hard-boiled egg, potato cubes, fresh bean sprouts, crunchy cucur udang (prawn fritters), and cut green chillies, bathed in generous ladles the lip-smacking gravy.

It’s a mash-up you don’t want to miss. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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January 29, 2017

Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine, Melaka…This is damn shiok

Nyonya cuisine is intensely rich, gutsy and accented with tangy, pungent and sour flavors. What makes Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine so fascinating and different is that it exemplifies the tenets of Slow Food. Peranakan recipes do require time-consuming preparation.

The food at Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine bears the hallmarks of the best of home cooking. The extraordinary kangkung kobis keledek masak titik lemak (water convolvulus, cabbage and sweet potatoes in coconut milk) was a superb dish which has a flavor quite unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. The ikan geram asam (fish cooked in aromatic spicy tamarind gravy with ladies finger) was well balanced and deliciously rich. The udang goreng asam (succulent prawns sautéed in thick tamarind juice) was heavenly with a nice asam dressing to finish it off.

This is damn shiok. Shiok translates as conveying strong pleasure or tingling of the taste buds.  This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 16, 2016

Olympus Gym, Melaka…a get-in-and-get-out budget gym

Filed under: gym, Malaysia — Tags: , , , , — PEr @ 9:05 am

The explosion of boutique-fitness studios and both low- and high-end gym chains has hit Melaka. However, not all gyms are created equally.

Olympus Gym is a get-in-and-get-out budget gym. It has all of the basics. A clean, just-the-essentials facility with cardio and weight training and non-members pay only RM8. It’s perfect for someone who wants to show up, do their thing, and move on with the day. The downside of the low, low price tag? No towels.

You need to bring your own towel. You’ll feel like you need to wash your hands after being there for just a little while, but since you’re paying just RM8 a visit, you’ll be able to afford really nice soap. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 1, 2016

Sun May Hiong Satay House, Melaka…Spectacularly Failed To Live Up To Expectations

I became a fan of satay since my childhood days when my grandpa introduced me to it.

Satay is nothing more than a bit of thinly sliced meat on a skewer. But the marinade — a rich and flavorful one, with ginger, coconut milk and spices — is the key to good satay. Here at Sun May Hiong, though the satay babi (pork satay) meat was well cooked and the satay sauce had a nice nutty pineapple texture, on the whole it was lacking the “bite” I was expecting. I am a huge fan of satay sauce, I could drink it! But Sun May Hiong’s satay weren’t as moreish as I’d hoped.

Maybe my expectations were just too high but the satay and sauce here spectacularly failed to live up to expectations. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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August 21, 2016

The Baboon House, Melaka…zen burger-eating mode

Yes, we’ve seen about every permutation of burgers by this point. The Baboon House is an unsung hero in a world of overstuffed and overpriced burgers.

Inside is a space that more closely resembles a dense garden than a restaurant. Beaten up wooden tables and chairs punctuate grubby shelves and art-strewn walls in a nice natural lush tropical environment.

The basic menu is short, to-the-point and has possibly the best burger readily available to most Malaccans. Baboon special aloha cheeseburger is a delightful assault on the senses. The homemade bun is perfectly soft. The juicy baboon beef patty is thin enough to not be a belly bomb and are accompanied by a profusion of cheddar cheese, grilled cheese, streaky pork bacon and fresh veggies. The Oriental chicken burger was also simple and spot on and the tropical lemongrass drink (lemongrass, lemon and honey) complements the food very well.

You will surely be in zen burger-eating mode. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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August 1, 2016

Restoran De Costa’s 8 Portuguese Seafood, Melaka…you’re likely to choke on the bill

Seafood is many a Singaporean’s best friend.

But seafood junkies should be careful not to stray too close to Restoran De Costa’s 8 Portuguese Seafood in the Portuguese Settlement, Melaka, as you’re likely to choke on the bill.

To add insult to the ludicrously overpriced dishes, what’s especially heinous about many of the things they serve here is that they aren’t that good. And when you ordered for a samll portion, they unscrupulously serve and bill you for a large plate. I was royally underwhelmed by the experience.

It’s not worth the time or money. Restoran De Costa’s 8 is among the worst food deals in Melaka. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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May 29, 2016

Restoran Capitol Satay, Melaka…don’t be a victim of hype

Clearly I have been impatient since birth. I don’t expect much sympathy (all right, any), but eating at Restoran Capitol Satay can be tiring. A very, very long line of people wait patiently on the pavement of Lorong Bukit Cina in Melaka on a midweek evening.

A signature dish unique to Melaka, satay celup is a kind of steamboat meal where an assortment of over 80 raw and semi-cooked seafood, meat and vegetables on skewers are dunked into a bubbling pot of savoury, spicy satay peanut gravy.The gravy stays aromatic and fresh as they replenish from time to time.

The food is delicious, but I won’t be a victim of hype and queue here, as there are other comparable ones in Melaka. I feel like a sucker standing in that long line. Even if I do get to hear every juicy detail of love life of the dude behind me. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 6, 2015

Lot 10 Hutong Food Gallery, The Shore, Melaka…my most expensive food court meal of the year

Lot 10 Hutong Food Gallery is a food court which comprises different well-known food stalls. This Melaka outpost of the famed Kuala Lumpur eatery is a major dud. The prices are unconscionable. They are ludicrous, a poke in the eye from a chopstick dipped in salty Korean chilli sauce.

Here’s the chronicles of a lunch gone very wrong. The “thick and bland” Xiao long bao and har kow which flavour is akin to that of an overcooked McDonald’s chicken nuggets. The cost of the micro-mini siew mai, har kow and Xiao long bao is RM25. Meanwhile the very sour glass of RM10.50 apple juice would be a find…in a vending machine. This very expensive glass of apple juice has the honour of being the worst thing I have put in my mouth since the incident with the washing liquid when I was seven.

This food court is only affordable if you wear underwear lined in baby panda fur on a daily basis. Ultimately, this place is just “terribly, terribly sad”, “wallet-lightening” and a new kill-me-now low. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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