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Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Smile Jan 07, 2018   
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Categories : Chinese | Kopitiam | Seafood

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Hoe Kee Chicken Rice is one of the popular chicken rice shop in Melaka for Hainanese Chicken Rice Balls. Had passed by Hoe Kee a few times but it was always closed and I had never gotten the chance to enjoy their Chicken Rice even though there are a few players out there like Famosa, Chung Wah etc about 100m apart in Jonker Street. Hoe Kee is easy to locate as it is just located right next to San Shu Gong Shop (if you are looking for Malacca traditional biscuits, candies and stuff you should know where it is).

Shop Front

Shop Front

 
Even looking at the queues, we did not surrender the idea of having their chicken rice. We joined the queues and not soon after, we got our seats. Service was impeccable and perfect team work was seen in the restaurant.

While in the queue, we were looking into the kitchen observing staff preparing the orders and at the same time deciding what we should order. We noticed that many had ordered their cabbages and Asam Fish Head.

Since it is very crowded, some exceptions were made up front but Hoe Kee, example, taking away service is not available and during busy times, they may not have enough rice ball, thus they will serve loose rice too.

Throughout the session of queuing and dining, this uncle had never stopped concentrating on his continuous chopping of chicken.

Menus were all pasted along the corridor and had gave us a good average calculation of how much we can spend in a meal.

Menu

Menu

 
 For chicken rice balls and meat, this menu serves a very good guide base on how many one should order.

Guide and Menu for Rice Ball & Chicken

Guide and Menu for Rice Ball & Chicken

 
And if you have specific chicken portion and parts to order, this menu is quite handy to you.

Chicken Prices

Chicken Prices

 
 Orders were make during our queue and even for big groups, I would say the staff did a very good job by allocating seats well. As soon as we sat in, orders came. Communications are efficiently and fluently pass down to servers and kitchen.

I love its interior as it had portray a very traditional feel like those ancient Chinese shows we watched through the television programs. It looked like a walk back into the olden dynasty but in our modern clothing.

Interior

Interior

 
Interior Before the dishes arrived, we took some chilli and black sauce. Chilli was fiery but come with a tad of sweetness within.

Black Sauce and chilli

Black Sauce and chilli

 
Loose rice was fluffy and fragrant, my perfect craving on and empty stomach.

Loose Rice - RM 1.50

Loose Rice - RM 1.50

 
Comparing the Rice Balls to the loose rice, they are stickier and packed with lesser fragrant. According to the chart written by the restaurant, the guide for 1 pax will be 5 rice balls. Each rice ball is small like Ping Pong size.

Rice Ball - RM 4.50 (15 Balls)

Rice Ball - RM 4.50 (15 Balls)

 
There are no other vegetables except for the small plate of Beijing Cabbages with carrots. It tastes sweet and ordinary if you want to have some greens. The portion paid is based on the number of pax you ordered.

Beijing Cabbage - RM 3.00 (Portion for 2 Pax)

Beijing Cabbage - RM 3.00 (Portion for 2 Pax)

 
We ordered half a poached chicken to share among 3. It was drenched and soaked up with fragrant light soy sauce, delectable with crunchy cucumber slices. Chicken was succulent and taste was to die for.

Half Chicken - RM 22.50

Half Chicken - RM 22.50

 
Being in Malacca for a few times, having chicken rice balls is a must have in my meals but beating the crowds, queuing up for the staples food of Malacca can be time consuming too. Unlike Famosa, there is only one Hoe Kee Chicken Rice shop, I guess queues are inevitable. However, I'm glad that we do not have to make advance reservations like those Nyonya Restaurant to enjoy such chicken rice meal.

Our Meal

Our Meal

 
 
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Pin Pin Hiong (品品香餐室) Smile Jan 05, 2018   
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Categories : Chinese | Kopitiam

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We chanced by the corner of the street and notice there is a long queue outside Pin Pin Hiong. We joined the crowd and waited for about 20 minutes before getting a table ourselves. The reason for the queue perhaps is due to the precise cooking method of the chefs who insist to cook order by order, bowl by bowl instead of "mass producing".

Their Menu is rather limited but still attracting a good crowd.

 The interior looks like our (Singapore) Coffeeshops in the 90s with old school kind of ceiling fans and switches. Even their tiles were so old school.

The kitchen is very open and you can see that the one who standing beside the stove is an elderly man who cook in rhythm and his son. They were very focus on the dishes. Besides that, the elderly woman (assuming the wife of the man) is helping on the miscellaneous. Taking orders and serving dishes were done by their 2 maids.

Mee Sua is something that most diners had on their table. Soup was tasty topped with fried lard to perk up its aroma. As most Mee Sua Soup will turn salty due to the nature of the noodles, the combination of ingredients in the bowl and noodles make things sweet. Cooking Mee Sua is quite tricky as timing is quite important. If it gets a little over cook, these Mee Sua will turn soggy.

Mee Sua Soup - RM 7.00 (Small)

Mee Sua Soup - RM 7.00 (Small)

 
Ingredients in the bowl of our breakfast includes lean pork meat, liver, prawns, pig's stomach, vegetables and mushrooms.

Ingredients

Ingredients

 
We ordered their "Wah Tan Ho" aka fried Kway Teow with egg. Gravy was quite ordinary and ingredients used were similar to what we had in the Mee Sua soup.

Kway Teow - RM 7.00 (Small)

Kway Teow - RM 7.00 (Small)

 
 The chinese version of oyster egg is fluffy but a tad oily. Taking a closer look into the kitchen, the chef beside this fluffy plate will be the young chap - the boss's son. Oyster Egg is tasty and the use of oysters were generous. To add on, I got to enjoy pieces of them on every bite I had.

Oyster Omelette - RM 6.00 / 9.00 / 12.00

Oyster Omelette - RM 6.00 / 9.00 / 12.00

 
Oyster

Oyster

 
I would say their food is Asian's comfort food, heart winning. It reminds us of a childhood taste even though food was simple and homely. It might not be the most delicious in the streets but at least it had given our stomach a good warming up for the morning. I can say its definitely not a tourist as everything there looked humble.
 
Spending per head: Approximately RM7(早餐)

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Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine Smile Jan 02, 2018   
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Categories : Malaysian variety | Restaurant | Seafood

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Finally, we had visited Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine before leaving Melaka. This is one of the popular Nyonya Food that have good feedbacks on the media. It is Halal and just as what was written by everyone, reservation in advance is needed. Being walk-in customers, we were only offered one of the outdoors tables out of the two, non-airconditioned by there was a ceiling fan.

Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine

Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine

 
As we settled down on the outside seats, the servers were quick to service. Service was friendly and efficient when handling their menu as soon as we sat down.

We flipped through the menu and notice that there were only medium and large portions. As the dishes does not contain pork and lard, it is suitable for Muslim's consumption.

The crispy top hat with shredded turnip filling and served with chilli sauce. Glad that it was not too oily.

Lime Juice, Barli & Lime, Cincau - RM 2.00

Lime Juice, Barli & Lime, Cincau - RM 2.00

 
Each Was looking forward for a bowl of Duck Soup with Salted vegetable and sour plum but it was not available, thus we order their recommended Hee Peow Soup. It is noted as "Nyonya Wedding Soup" with dried fish bladder , quail eggs, fish ball and vegetable.

Hee Peow Soup - RM 25.00

Hee Peow Soup - RM 25.00

 
The Nyonya style mixed vegetables was indeed tasty with carrots, black fungus and cabbages..

Chap Chye - RM 13.00 (Medium)

Chap Chye - RM 13.00 (Medium)

 
Ayam Pongteh is a classic chicken stew with soya bean paste, chinese mushroom and potatoes. The portion was generously served with couple of chicken drum sticks and delicious. I love its gravy and perfect to go on our plates of fragrant white rice.

Ayam Pongteh - RM 21.00 (Medium)

Ayam Pongteh - RM 21.00 (Medium)

 
Amy's serving of rice was quite different from the rest of the Nyonya Shops we went in Melaka. Rice was kept in a traditional old hand held basket.

As the basket was quite big and space was rather limited at the outside seats, the servers placed the basket using another table.

Our finisher for the Nyonya feast was non other than the MUST HAVE dessert, Cendol. The green jelly has a soft texture soaked in gula melaka and coconut milk.

Dessert

Dessert

 
Amy Heritage indeed has a given a homely taste to all the dishes. Coming to its portion where minimum order is medium, its not recommended for small group to dine. In addition to things to take note, do make advance booking to avoid disappointment.
 
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Nancy's Kitchen Smile Dec 30, 2017   
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Categories : Malaysian variety | Restaurant | Noodles

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Nancy's Kitchen is one of the popular places to go for authentic Peranakan Food in Melaka. Looking at its crowd, walk-in customers need to have some patience in the queue.Today's Nancy's recipe has been passed down from generations and this is the 3rd generation. With the precision towards quality of each dish being served and practices strict cooking skill, it is no wonder that the authentic Peranakan dishes bring new and as well as returned customers.

Nancy's Kitchen

Nancy's Kitchen

 
Looking at the lunch crowd on the lower level, we waited for quite a while before getting our seats.

 Interior was homely and air conditioned. The reason why we visited Nancy's Kitchen is because of its popularity and that it is non-halal.

 Being Non-Halal, we get to choose more variety to certain dishes like with pork than chicken.

With the lunch's crowd, we only managed to get seats on the upper level. The kitchen transfer all cooked food using a elevator from the ground level to the upper level.

Steamed Spring Roll aka Popiah is served with turnips , cucumber, fresh bean, coriander leave, eggs, garlic and many other vegetables. It is one of the popular starter before meal and is a must try.

Spring Roll (Popiah) - RM 4.00 / Pcs

Spring Roll (Popiah) - RM 4.00 / Pcs

 
 Kueh Pie Tee came in crispy hat cone form and filled with vegetable. The fillings are similar to what we have in the spring roll but in a different serving.

Top Hat (Pai Tee) - RM 6.00 per set (5 pcs)

Top Hat (Pai Tee) - RM 6.00 per set (5 pcs)

 
Having their last appetizer on the menu, they have this pork fried with bean curd skin on the menu which we often called it Ngoh Hiong. The pork is wrapped with bean curd skin and deep fried to obtain its crispiness on the outside with sweet tasty juicy pork on the inside.

Pork Fried with Bean Curd Skin (Ngoh Hiang) - RM 6.00 (Small) / RM 9.00 (Medium) / RM 12.00 (Large)

Pork Fried with Bean Curd Skin (Ngoh Hiang) - RM 6.00 (Small) / RM 9.00 (Medium) / RM 12.00 (Large)

 
Chap Chai is anohter classic Peranakan dish that we will often order. Its a combination of black fungus, lily bubs, cabbage, glass noodles, bean curd sheet and cook with preserved fermented soya bean. It is a stew mix vegetables filled with natural sweetness of the vegetable simply irresistible for young and old. However we find that the style of Chap Chai was too dry for us and was not soaked with gravy.

Pork Fried with Bean Curd Skin (Ngoh Hiang) - RM 6.00 (Small) / RM 9.00 (Medium) / RM 12.00 (Large)

Pork Fried with Bean Curd Skin (Ngoh Hiang) - RM 6.00 (Small) / RM 9.00 (Medium) / RM 12.00 (Large)

 
 Ayam / Bak Buah Keluak is a truly Peranakan classic dish. The black nut (Buah Keluak) is sold at additional cost of RM 2.00 each. Buah Keluak is originally from Indonesia and taste like truffle. Nut is cut open allowing the dish to have a sweet spicy and sourish taste.

Chicken / Pork Rib with Black Nut - RM 15.00 (S) , 1 Nut RM2.00

Chicken / Pork Rib with Black Nut - RM 15.00 (S) , 1 Nut RM2.00

 
Ladies fingers can be served 2 ways, either boiled of fried with chilli. We had chosen the steamed version and it was served with lemony chilli paste.

Boiled / Fried Ladies Fingers (Bendi Celur) - RM 8.00 (Small) / RM 10.00 (Medium) / RM 12.00 (Large)

Boiled / Fried Ladies Fingers (Bendi Celur) - RM 8.00 (Small) / RM 10.00 (Medium) / RM 12.00 (Large)

 
This is scrumptious! Duck soup was cooked on slow heat with salted vegetable and white wine, giving the taste of sourish to the dish. The dish has been passed down for 3 generations.

Duck with Salted Vegetable Soup (Sup Itik Tim) - RM 15.00 (Small) / RM 18.00 (Medium) / RM 22.00 (Large)

Duck with Salted Vegetable Soup (Sup Itik Tim) - RM 15.00 (Small) / RM 18.00 (Medium) / RM 22.00 (Large)

 
Last but not least, we had the classic dessert, Cendol for a sweet ending touch to the meal. Savour with Gula Melaka, coconut, green bean and coconut jelly.

Cendol - RM 4.50

Cendol - RM 4.50

 
Overall, Nancy's Kitchen has a home style Peranakan Food with reasonable pricing. To be honest, I am impressed by most of their dishes and will recommend to anyone who goes to Melaka and looking for Nyonya Dishes.
 
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Restoran Capitol Satay OK Jan 04, 2018   
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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Steamboat/Hotpot

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In Malacca,besides hunting for Nyonya Food & Chicken Rice Balls, the other must eat will be Satay Celup. No trip will be complete without trying their signature dishes.

Given its popularity, many locals as well as tourists flocked to Restoran Capitol Satay and they are opened as early as 4pm. Even so, one is expected to wait in the queue.

Capitol Satay

Capitol Satay

 
Service of Capitol Satay is efficient. As soon as we got our seats,they are fast in replacing the bucket of peanut sauce from the previous diners. Soon other the replacement, you can see how these guys work in team to ladle up scoops of peanuts and sugar from the side benches and into our serving bucket.

Capitol Satay has an open buffet concept for diners to pick out their skewers to their tables. It's not very hygienic but that's the nature of satay celup. I noticed that the food's very fresh though, no stale, fishy smells or sour tastes.

Satay Celup's concept is buffet style and allow diners to pick out their skewers. There are a good varities of skwered seafood, vegetables and meat.

Buffet

Buffet

 
Each stick is charged at RM 1.20 each, while Orange plate at RM 3.50 and Purple Plate at RM 4.00

Purple Plate - RM 4.00 Each

Purple Plate - RM 4.00 Each

 
The gravy is thick and sweet. We dip all our skewers into the hot pot and over the fire waiting for it to be cooked. On a side note, i remembered the last round in Malacca, we had Satay Celup at another place and they will ask if we will like to reuse the peanut sauce or top up money for new peanut sauce. However in Capitol Satay, we were not sure if this bucket of peanut sauce is brand new.

Satay

Satay

 
With our seats so near their kitchen, we have peeped into the kitchen on how they prepare their food. Perhaps after one round and observing their surroundings, I find it hard for me to make a return.

Skewer Food

Skewer Food

 
 
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