Sunday, December 06, 2009

Jonker's other trail, Melaka, Part 1

When one is in Melaka, it's inevitable that you'll end up at Jonker's Street one way or another.
But I was bored of the usual Jonker fare. No more chicken rice. No more long queue for sticky cendol. And brief check in magazines and googling, we got some new places to try, all within or near Jonker, you can easily walk over to..
We popped by Lorong Hang Jebat, just off Jonker, to try some mee sua soup...
We ordered a large bowl of mee sua soup (RM9) to share, since we already had lunch..
The mee sua was smooth and slippery, the soup was light and had the pork sweetness infused into the soup. Main ingredients for this mee sua was pork- we got sliced pork, minced pork, pork liver and intestines. It was pretty satisfying to me, but for those who liks strong flavoured food, you may find this rather bland.
Men being men, how can they be satisfied with just mee sua although they had lunch already right?
Andrew and jeremy insisted we should have some oyster omelette and special pork ribs for snacking..yeah yeah..
We got the oyster omelette and we were like..what the??
No bumpy surface to indicate any presence of oysters. I took a bite and could not detect any oysters. Heck, I think I bit into some egg shells.. :(. After wondering much on the oysters, we realised those crackly bits in the omelette were oysters. It's just so tiny that we didnt realised it's oysters...How tiny? Many the picture can give an indication..
After the disappointing oyster omelette, we got out special pork ribs..
Hey, but this looks like hainanese pork chop! Albeit a huge plate of it. The pork was ok, quite tender and crunchy. The thick sauce was quite tasty though, nicer than Yut Kee's. What I enjoyed most in this dish was the potatoes. Absolutely yummy, the texture was powdery soft.
Jeremy got a call from his mum, a request to buy back some nyonya chang.
My mum wants some nyonya chang..bak chang right? he said.
But why you wanna get bak chang in Melaka when there's nyonya chang?
Aint it the same?
Only then I realised most of them have not tried a nyonya chang before.
Lucky us, just a few shops away, there's a tiny shop selling nyonya dumplings..
They were making it fresh, so we tried the nyonya chang (RM3.80)..
Andrew, whose grandma is a nyonya and makes good nyonya chang, said this was acceptable. I have been eating homemade nyonya chang since I was a kid as my aunt's a nyonya thought this was just ok. Not as nice as homemade ones, this was filled with lots of ingredients- generous amount of diced pork, mushrooms and winter melon, but I find the filling slightly pasty/ powdery and sweet. Overall still acceptable if you do crave for nyonya chang and there's no nyonya relatives preparing it for you :p
A pleasant suprise came in the form of durian cendol..
The cendol shaved ice was topped with lots of durian paste/ sauce, enveloping the whole dessert with it's heady aroma. No complaints here, the sweetness was just perfect, the fibrous durian bits was delicious. Much nicer compared to Jonker 88 and Tan Kim Hock's durian cendol.
Pin Pin Hiong is located at the T junction between Lorong Hang Jebat and Jalan Tukang Besi, 75200 Melaka. Just next to the famed Orang Utan mural.
East & West Rendezvous (durian cendol and nyonya chang) is located at 60, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Sean said...

ahhh memories of my hometown (i lived in malacca till i was 20). it's been years since i last ate nyonya chang, but it's one of those things that u'll crave from time to time :D

07 December, 2009  
Blogger CUMI & CIKI said...

what.. so few oysters in the orchien? how disappointing!

07 December, 2009  
Blogger sc said...

sean: oo, you're frm melaka? any other food haunts to recommend? :p yeah, i do crave for nyonya chang now and then..yum yum..

cumi&ciki: hahaha and the worst was we didnt even noticed there were any oyster..

08 December, 2009  
Blogger mimid3vils said...

I thought Nyonya dumpling is with sambal dried prawns O.O

09 December, 2009  
Blogger J2Kfm said...

true also lah. after the umpteenth attempt at chicken rice balls and durian cendol, i crave for simpler, Peranakan food as well.

11 December, 2009  
Blogger AugustDiners said...

yum yum, how come i didnt get to eat all those glorious food when i am in jonker? Thanks for sharing! :)

30 December, 2009  

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