Monday, 9 July 2012

Malacca Day 1b - Family Heritage Cafe

Free and Easy Malacca - Day 1 Itinerary

1) Drive up to Malacca/Tangkat through Tuas (~3hr)
2) Breakfast at Tangkat - Jia Jia Ba Ku Teh
3) Lunch at Family Heritage Cafe
4) Shopping and R&R - Dessert at Pahlawan Melaka Megamall
5) Dinner at Melaka Plaza - Pork Porridge - Wok & Pan
6) Menara Taming Sari
7) Massage

Family Heritage Cafe @ Melacca
We met up with the rest of our kakis at Family Heritage Cafe which is slightly away from the Malacca heritage town central but also away from the traffic jam. This cafe is just opposite the Petronas petrol kiosk.

Family Heritage Cafe

We were still quite full with the heavy breakfast and thought that nothing can really entice us anymore.  But the pineapple curry fish whet our appetite and get us started for another round of makan.

The curry was nice, not too hot and with a refreshing pineapple fragrance and taste. Loved the thick pineapple puree on the top layer of the curry.  Tender fish, ragrant curry and refreshing pineapple blend so well together to give a nice unique taste. Must try!

Pineapple Curry Fish
Rating: 4.5/5
Read about chinchalok omelette on the Internet when searching for Nonya food in Malacca.  Maybe my expectation was raised after reading the reviews and was kind of disappointed when I tasted it.  It was a basic egg omelette with slight mouldy taste from the chinchalok which wasn't really complementary to the egg.

Chinchalok Omelette
Rating: 3.5/5
Sambal Petai Prawn, another famous Nonya dish in Malacca.  Petai or Peteh is also call stink beans, which is an acquired taste just like durian. My kaki loved how the petai taste infused into the prawn with sambal chilli and the intense charcoal-like burnt taste. Eating the Petai itself is a challenge, it gets really bitter as you chew further.  Most of us settled with just eating the prawn only.

Sambal Petai Prawn
Rating: 3.75/5
Butter scallop was a nice dish - half shell scallops sauteed in buttery creamy sauce with chopped garlic. The sweetness from the scallop, salty buttery sauce with strong garlic taste was great.

Butter Scallop
Rating: 4.25/5
Ayam Pongteh is another popular Nonya dish which is usually cooked during festive occasions like Chinese New Year. Flavours supposed to set in and taste better if this Nonya chicken and potato stew was kept overnight.  Pongteh is fermented salted soy bean paste which is used to cook the dish. This dish is sweet and savoury, order this dish if you want something non-spicy.

Ayam Pongteh
Rating: 3.75/5

Their peanut soup was quite nice as well.

Peanut Soup

A meal in Malacca is only complete with Chendol as dessert. Finely shaved ice topped with gula Melaka and coconut milk.  The gula melaka wasn't too strong or sweet, nice for those who doesn't like their dessert too sweet.

Rating: 4/5

Family Heritage Cafe
No. 658-F, Jalan Intan, Taman Bukit Melaka
Bukit Beruang,
75450 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: 06-2327116
Business Hours : 12:00pm-3:00pm / 5:30pm - 10pm

Shopping - Hatten Square / Pahlawan Melaka Megamall / Plaza Mahkota
Shopping, an activity to be included into your Malacca itinerary. There are a number of gigantic shopping malls at Malacca central, all next to one another.

Hatten Square - a new shopping mall besides the Hatten hotel. Besides the popular Tang Shifu and Häagen-Dazs right next to the Hatten Square main entrance, there are some stalls catering for the younger crowd like the dreamy pink Crepe Signature cafe, bubble tea kiosk Chatime.

Plaza Mahkota - largest shopping mall in Malacca with cinema, bowling alleys, Parkson and of course the popular Mille crepe Nadeje Patisserie. 
(CW)Crepe Signature, Chatime, Massage, Gaming Event

Pahlawan Melaka Megamall - affordable shopping at the basement. There is a Polo Haus store which always have a selection on 50-70% discount which is worth a look.

Pahlawan Melaka Megamall
(baked sweet potato, tidbits, fountain, fish maw)

We were very lucky to come across this desert kiosk near the fountain at the basement of Pahlawan Melaka Megamall - Pink Berrys. We were handed some flyers which consist of discount coupons to promote this new dessert kiosk.  We were pleasantly surprised with the cheap delicious durian dessert @ RM8.  

The Durian King dessert was layered with shaved ice, durian puree, topped with big chunks of durian flesh and some pamelo pulps. The pamelo pulps was a smart way to balance the rich creamy jelat-ness of the durian. Their Mango Tango drink is quite nice too, we got Mango Honeymoon @RM6 which is mango smoothie topped with fresh mango cubes.  
Dessert @Pink Berrys

Pink Berrys
Location           : Pahlawan Melaka Megamall 
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