Friday, March 12, 2010

Melaka Road Trip (Part 1)

YAY! Road Trip with my dahlings (photo heavy+food review).....

We had been talking about it for long enough.. and FINALLY! we made it out of KL on our Makan-Makan (Eat-eat) & jalan-jalan (walk-walk) Road Trip.
:) :) :)

Us girls decided not to be too ambitious for our first road trip together and headed to Melaka (instead of Penang)... and after a relatively short drive out, we arrived famished in The Historical State.

Of course, the first and most important item on our agenda was to fill our hungry bellies with Melakan specialties,... so we headed over towards the famous Restoran Nyonya Makko in the Melaka Raya area (somewhere off Jalan Parameswara - look at bottom of post for map):
Outside the restaurant...

After a few wrong turns, we were saved by our knight in shining armour Jason T. (who luckily for us happened to be in his home town at the time). With our impromptu tour guide in tow, we found the restaurant with no problem and proceeded to relax in the quaintly "old" ambience of the restaurant:
(Yay! The restaurant is comfortably air conditioned! - it was such a hot day....)
Inside the restaurant...

This restaurant has been around since 1984 (Wah! More than 25 years!), and serves a good variety of Nyonya classics.

We started off with the Chicken Pong Teh (RM 10):
The chicken...

I really liked it.
Some may say it's not exactly spectacular but the chicken was fairly tender, and the sauce was tasty and thick (without being too starchy) - perfect comfort food with rice.
(Ooh, and the potatoes rocked - tender and completely soaked up with the tasty sauce...)

We also had the Sotong Umbra (RM 12):
The sotong...

Sorry.... Not much to comment on this.
(Good = Sotong was fairly tender, not rubbery. Bad = Um. Nothing very special loh...)

One of the specialties here is the Ikan Goreng Cili (RM 24):
The fried fish...

Overall, it was pretty good.
Unfortunately the fried fish was ever so slightly overcooked, but it went well with the generous coating of spicy and fragrant sambal.
(Spicy but not too spicy...)

The Kangkong Belacan (RM 6) was also pretty good - the veg was fresh and the belacan was evident but not overpowering:
Fibre! :)...

Lastly, we ended the meal with a Cendol (RM 3) and Sago Gula Melaka (RM 3):
The Cendol...

Jason swears that this is the best cendol in Melaka, and yummy! - it is good!
(Good balance - fragrant yet not too sweet, with a decent amount of that green jelly stuff etc inside...)

The sago however, was a completely different story - I usually love this dessert but the one at Makko was almost slimy:
Look! The Sago is sliming around...

(Apparently it could be because they completely overcooked the sago beads and it sort of half melted....)

And apparently the look on my shocked face was ridiculously funny because my good friend started laughing at me:

ANYWAY, you can also buy the Sambal (RM 5) here. Got one as a souvenier for my mum... :)
Take home some sambal...

To cap off this post, here are a few out takes from our lunch time in Melaka:
1) Pericure anyone? Only RM10!

2) Or maybe a free massage?:
No, really??...

We were very amused by this creative yet typo-ridden (free??) massage+pericure shop just a few doors down from Makko.

And so embarassing! - we were standing there laughing and taking photos when a disgruntled looking man walked up and unlocked the door going up to that shop!

3) Turns out that our friend Jason T is quite a CAT MAGNET:
(Which is not quite the words he used on himself but close enough! *lol*)
"Meow!", translated: "Take me home please!"...

Shout out:
Hey Mr J.T.... Thanks so much for being our saviour+tour guide that day. Really appreciate it! :)

So it's: Good selection of classic Baba/ Nyonya dishes, reasonable pricing, cosy "old" ambience BUT nothing really bad to say except there were some hits and misses on the menu... :)

Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

Restoran Nyonya Makko @ Taman Melaka Raya, Melaka

123, Taman Melaka Raya,
Off Jalan Parameswara (Bandar Hilir)
75000 Melaka

Taste: 6
Ambience : 6
Service : 6
Price** : RM 30 per person
Parking: OK ***

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
***Don't forget to buy & use the Malaccan town council parking tickets!...

Telephone No.: 06-284 7037
Opening Hours: 11.30am - 2.45pm, 6pm - 9.30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)


Because I really cannot help with directions to this place, here is a Google Map!:
(I hope it helps...)

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- ~Brought up 2 SharE~
- Lif3 Exposed - Vialentino
- Eating Asia

- Melaka 2010, Part 2
- Melaka 2010, Part 3
- Melaka 2010, Part 4
- OR go to J's Main Travel Page for more options. :)

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  1. i wasn't laughing at you la! i was still wound up bout my own pa-pub-bear joke....heehee :P

  2. the price's so reasonable bordering cheap!

  3. to j:
    Wotevah! :P

    to "Joe" who is constantly craving:
    Ok I try to finish them faster. Should be at least 3 more posts on Melaka coming up. :)

    to Babe_KL:
    Well, I guess reasonable prices + good taste = recipe for success?
    (>25 years and still going strong worr. Makko's track record is amazing!)

  4. I was told that there really isn't an authentic Nyonya restaurant left in Melaka... need to get an invite to a Peranakan home to taste the real thing!

  5. to minchow: ooh that would b a great cuisine adventure/experiment/ education! :)
    (don't forget to call me. I volunteer my tastebuds, tummy space and daily calorific intake happily for such a worthy cause...)

  6. went to Melaka too (past 2 wks ago!)
    yes, damn HOT wei.. had some Peranakan but it wasnt at the restaurant tht i wanted ;(
    went thr too late for lunch & the lady boss refused to accomodate us

  7. to tnG:
    Wah, the restaurant lady so "pah pai" wan....

    Oh well, their loss! What was the other place you went to? Was it nice? :)

  8. Yeah, many will argue that Pongteh is merely soy sauce-taucu braised items, but when you think about it, it's comfort food. Can't go wrong, I'd say. Though Babi Pongteh is hard to find.

  9. to J2Kfm:
    Let those others argue about it - just means there'll be more for you and me (and other pongteh lovers).

    (Ooh, babi pongteh sounds yummy. Do tell me if you spot any! Haven't seen it yet....)


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