We were in Malacca recently for a short trip for the long weekend holiday. Even though we have been to Malacca so many times, there are just so many eateries that we have not been to. Like any other tourists, we took some time to do some research before embarking on our trip.
The internet is loaded with many suggestions pointing towards the usual “tourist spot” which we told ourselves that we are not going to step into any of these places anymore simply because the waiting time is just too long. We trust that there are many more hidden eateries around Malacca which begs for more people to discover. VK found a place (recommended by other bloggers) which serves good satays, so we decided to try it. However, we were disappointed as by the time we got there, we were told that they are finished for the day. It was only 1.30pm and they were finished for the day. There are only two reasons why they are finished for the day. One, they didn’t prepare enough to cater for the larger crowd; and two, they are really that good that they managed to sell everything in such a short time. Since, they were still barbecuing for some apparent “early orders”, I guess the reason is because their satays are really that good.
We walked around to look for other good stuffs around that area and settled with East & West Rendezvous for some Nyonya Cendols. I had had the best cendol in Malacca, Aunty Koh’s cendol at Bukit Rambai, so I didn’t have much expectation on East & West Rendezvous’ version of Nyonya Cendol. I was pleasantly surprise that they serve really good Nyonya Cendol. It was made according to traditional recipe using only 100% pure gula Melaka. Other cendols doesn’t use pure gula Melaka, I wonder. If you are not too keen to travel to Bukit Rambai for Aunty Koh’s cendol who is by the way, the best cendol I had ever had, you can settle for this one instead. Here, they don’t drown your cendol with gula Melaka like some others do. Don’t worry about the ingredients in the cendol just because you can’t see it here, they have the usual stuffs; i.e. cendols, kidney beans, nuts, and etc…They are loaded with it.
Malaccan are very friendly people. We were seated with two locals and knowing that we are not very familiar with the local’s choice of food here, they recommended us to try East & West Rendezvous’ Nyonya Pulut Rice / Nyonya Jang. Since, the locals love this very much and every patron ordered it, we decided to try one. The Nyonya Jang was very fragrant. It was filled with dried shrimps, mushroom and pork cooked with sambal and spices. You simply must try this when you are in Malacca – very recommended.
As we were leaving, we couldn’t leave without taking pictures of the staffs, wrapping more Nyonya Jangs. The Nyonya Jangs looks much more attractive before it is cooked. The lovely bright blue colour rice on the Nyonya Jang is something I don’t see in any Jangs I had in Kuala Lumpur. The idea of using a blue-coloured rice just to prep up the look is just brilliant. Overall, we were satisfied with our meal here.
Details of this restaurant:
East & West Rendezvous Ice Café
Address: 60, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka.
Tel No. : 016-634 6283 (Grace Tan)
GPS Coordinate: N 2.195,E 102.248
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