{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

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Happy Two Oh Fifteen, Anteaders! i wish all of us stay safe, stay fit, stay gorgeous and stay positive in this new year and coming years! i know my wishing came a lil’ late, still, better late than never right!

my 2014 ended rather calmly. three of us of whom i haven’t met for monthsss had a cozy pasta dinner, homemade by bffwb and sloughing at couch after that, updating each other’s life. among three, i think mine is the most mediocre. Pearly spent three (tough) months in Cameroon (not Cameron) while bffwb’s doing PhD in NUS. me? just an ordinary office lady who writes a lousy blog :/.

and then suddenly it’s 2015 now! time, can go slow or not? anyway,

first post of 2015 has got to be this cafe visited on the first day of 2015! public holiday is bliss!

January 2015 [Thursday]

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

i discovered Backlane Coffee totally by chance. was strolling along Jonker Street with Theng, and i was attracted by a huge price tag of RM 5 – 20 on a clothing rack, being women, we entered the premise and Backlane Coffee is located at the rear part of the premise. didn’t snap a photo of the facade, but it’s right beside the stage at Jonker Street. we didn’t went in that time as Theng doesn’t take coffee at all. i did jot it down in my mental evernote though.

on New Year Day, bffwb and i were on a cafe-hopping mood, unfortunately many of them closed on public holiday. what a bummer! that’s how we ended up at Backlane Coffee

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

this cafe is exactly how i envision my future cafe (if i ever own one) will be. large windows which allow ample natural light, white bricks wall, uncrowded, chic industrial elements and some DIYs here and there!

it’s really cozy in there and the furniture’s great for potato-couching. we could have spent hours just slumping unglamly on the chairs, sipping (few) cuppa coffees and do some light reading. Backlane Coffee sets the right vibe for it, however, what’s lacking was, books.

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street
Honey Citron Tea | RM 6.50
{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street
Honey Citron Tea | RM 6.50

bffwb was feeling a tad under the weather, so he had to wean himself from coffee and had some honey tea to soothe his throat.

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street
Cafe Latte | RM 9.50
{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street
Cafe Latte | RM 9.50
{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street
Cafe Latte | RM 9.50

while i had this beautiful smooth latte with senget coffee art. i think my heart is slowly accepting caffeine as i didn’t experience any palpitation after downing this whole cup on my own!

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

Backlane Coffee offers macarons and some cakes for you to nibble on while having coffee/chocolate/tea. but i do think they should include some light food like waffle or pancake to accommodate customers who don’t have sweet tooth, like us.

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

if you’re in the vicinity of Jonker Street, why not stop by Backlane Coffee and have a cuppa coffee, who knows you’d fall in love with the space, like me. ;)

Backlane Coffee

129, Jalan Hang Jebat,
75200 Melaka.
+606 2820542
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Business Hours
Sun – Thu 1000 – 1800
Fri – Sat 1100 – 1100

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

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December 2014 [Saturday]

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

remember that i said Malacca’s cafe scene is catching up? well, Malacca’s one level up now with Caffe Bene which has just invaded the shore of Malacca on Christmas eve. yes i was berry pleased and impressed.

Caffe Bene is located at the same floor as H&M at Terminal Pahlawan, a mall-cum-hotel opposite of Dataran Pahlawan.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

Theng was here the past weekend and me being a lousy guide brought her to places that i would love to try XD.

And that was the first time me chauffeuring a friend around town, me, the ant who has absolutely no sense of direction but somehow managed to figure out the destinations with (and some without) the help of Waze. it’s an achievement unlocked moment! daddy would be so proud of me i tell you! haih i think i do deserve a huge pat on my back, even Theng was impressed cos she’s as clueless when it comes to direction :/.

God gave me a nice perky butt but He forgot about my sense of direction, you see, God’s great and fair.

sorry i digress.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

so yeah, Caffe Bene, it doesn’t need any introduction right? the queue wasn’t bad for a Saturday.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

smooth and creamy gelato on display

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

which comes in different serving sizes.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

at first, we thought Double would be fine since we’re sharing, imagine my horror when i saw this at the counter, Double is like the size of a vase :O.

Single shall suffice.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

we were given an ufo thingamajig which blinks and vibrates when our order’s ready. i guess this is no stranger too if you visited a dessert chain.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

help yourself with your order, ma’am.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan
Cookies and Cream Bingsu | RM 12.80 (single)
{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan
Cookies and Cream Bingsu | RM 12.80 (single)

the weather is pleasantly gloomy and that didn’t stop us for having an icy dessert! the Oreo Bingsu consisted of layers roughly-shaved ice, crushed oreo, cream and red bean paste.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan
Cookies and Cream Bingsu | RM 12.80 (single)

the right way to eat bingsu is, first, take pictures and #caffebenemy,

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan
Cookies and Cream Bingsu | RM 12.80

2. mix it well including the cream (or gelato).

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan
Cookies and Cream Bingsu | RM 12.80

3. enjoy!

Bingsu is like an upscale ice kacang XD. i do likey the oreo bits and the red bean paste however it can be a lil’ cloyingly sweet by the end of it. fret not, plain water is available to cleanse your palate after sweet indulgence!

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan
Tiramisu Waffle | RM 15

we also ordered Tiramisu Waffle, a dollop of tiramisu ice cram sits atop of warm liege waffle with whipped cream sandwiched in between.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan
Tiramisu Waffle | RM 15
{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan
Tiramisu Waffle | RM 15

the waffle was crisp on the outside while inside remained soft and chewy, daresay one of the good waffles in Melaka. it reminds me of the waffle at Brown Pocket, Penang. the price might be a lil’ steep for a small serving like this though.

Honey Bread is also a bestseller of Caffe Bene, the fragrant lingers within the establishment and i almost succumb, almost. Theng had to stop me from ordering it cos we can’t possibly finish all! have to keep that for next visit!

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

we don’t have sweet tooth but did enjoy our late afternoon with bingsu and waffle!

this’s gonna be the last post of 2014 on AntzWorLd and i wish all Anteaders a berry Happy New Year! thanks for staying around for all this while, xoxo.

Caffe Bene

Lot G69-G70, Ground Floor,
Terminal Pahlawan Melaka.

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{Malacca Cafe} Brekkie @ Eat At 18

December 2014 [Saturday]

{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18

it’s my second month in workforce and i thought i should reward myself with a hearty brekkie for enduring a 8-6 job and not quitting wtf! *pats self on the back*

i always jot down places i would like to try out in my fauxdori. you know, just in case i have the mood to pop by cafe. Eat At 18 has been on the loooong list for quite some time, i just didn’t have the time to pay a visit. and the idea of venturing into that area on weekend is just daunting.

But mami and i decided to brave through the traffic on a beautiful Saturday morning, beautiful cos my salary just in yesterday ehehehehehe. also, we found a parking lot easily!

{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18

Eat At 18 is situated at Jalan Hang Lekiu, a muchy quieter jalan compared to Jonker Walk. why did they chose such hushed end for their establishment?

“it’s less jostling so that our customers get to really enjoy the food and environment…” and i got to snap at my pace without awkward stare from strangers.

{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18

the menu is presented in an exercise book with dog ears, handwritten with pencil, so primary. i thought pen is more appropriate as pencil trace tends to fade out over time.

{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18
Hot Chocolate served with chocolate truffle | RM 12.90
{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18
Hot Chocolate served with chocolate truffle | RM 12.90
{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18
Hot Chocolate served with chocolate truffle | RM 12.90

both mami and i don’t take coffee so we settled for Hot Chocolate, naturally. if you’re like us, non-coffee-drinkers, you may opt for tea, though not many options available.

i was intrigued by its presentation, perfect for instagram! instead of being served a ready cuppa hot chocolate, this one requires some labour, you’ll have to stir the truffles into the hot milk and then you’ll get hot chocolate, ingenious or what wtf. the kaoness is just right to our liking!

remember to stir well before sipping as it tends to sediment.

{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18
Buttermilk Scones | RM 12.90

almost all of the items are made from scratch, the jams, the cream, the breads.. that’s what i call dedication!

the scones are bulky but not crumbly (they rhyme!). i was accustomed to the round dainty ones which you can nibble gracefully with pinky raised up (not a proper way btw) that i was slightly taken aback when this was served. the portion could easily feed two or more.

{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18
Buttermilk Scones | RM 12.90

slather the apple jam and cream generously, pop it into your mouth and you’ll go hmmmm subconsciously.

{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18
French Toast with fresh fruit and cream + Home cooked Strawberry Jam | RM 18.90
{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18
French Toast with fresh fruit and cream + Home cooked Strawberry Jam | RM 18.90
{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18
French Toast with fresh fruit and cream + Home cooked Strawberry Jam | RM 18.90

i was torn between this and scrambled egg, both priced at RM 18.90 and mami thought bread is more substantial than egg #aunty.

four pieces of fluffy French toast (homemade bread) drizzled with maple were plated with variety of fruits namely banana, strawberry, blueberry and cape gooseberry, served with strawberry jam and cream in a errr poo-alike shape. everything goes well with everything but i wish they dipped the toast in the egg slightly longer as the egg fragrant was to faint for French toast.

{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18

{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18

{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18

{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18

{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18

{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18

{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18

{Malacca Cafe} Eat AT 18

Eat At 18 also offers an artisanal bread range, knead & simple, where the breads are made of natural ingredients and organic unbleached flour without any addictive.

Eat At 18

18, Jalan Hang Lekiu,
75200 Melaka.
+606 2814679

Business Hours:
0830 – 1800
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{Malacca} Tian Xian Relish Restaurant @ Melaka Raya

you know, i have really great friends who are supportive of my passion in blogging. they would bring me to new makan places knowing that i would LOVE to try them out, they would wait patiently while i snapping away at THEIR food knowing that they have no choice haha, they would chauffeur me to events knowing that i have no car (back in Penang), they would also visit my blog religiously knowing that i channel a lot of love into my blog, and i am truly grateful for having them!

so when i have the chance to reciprocal favour, i would grab it. like when T were preparing for his new cafe opening, i volunteered myself to be his personal assistant doing chores like painting, contributing ideas and running errands with him. and his way of paying me was through, lunchy!

yes, the way to a girl’s heart is also through her tummy!

{Malacca} Tian Xian Relish Restaurant

most of the days we would just anyhowly take our lunchy nearby as we still had some matters to settle but T decided to bring me and a friend to his favourite Chinese restaurant one afternoon – Tian Xian Relish Restaurant, located at Taman Melaka Raya, opposite of Magnum Corporation office.

By its facade you might mistaken it as a unscrupulous restaurant which charges exorbitantly. it really is NOT the case, based on my two visits!

September 2014 [Tuesday]
{Malacca} Tian Xian Relish Restaurant
Pineapple Pork Rib with Hawthorn Sauce | RM 12

Pork Rib (排骨) is my staple order whenever i dine in Chinese restaurant. i just love ribs! and that’s how i judge a restaurant!

the meat was tender, fall-off-bone kinda tender. and the ribs were coated with sweet and sour hawthorn sauce (山楂酱) which went so well with rice! and look at the price, it really is affordable!

{Malacca} Tian Xian Relish Restaurant
Baked Fish in Claypot | RM 49

according to T, “if you wanna eat fish (in Malacca), you have to come to Tian Xian Relish Restaurant!”

{Malacca} Tian Xian Relish Restaurant

Tian Xian Relish Restaurant specializes in seafood of rare species. for instance, you don’t easily find sou mei fish in any Chinese restaurant, or Japanese spider crab, or geoduck especially in Malacca.

the head chef also one of the business owner, Lau sifu was crowned gold medal in some competition few years back. but he remains humble and friendly, so don’t let the tinted dark doors hinder your way in ;)

{Malacca} Tian Xian Relish Restaurant
Baked Fish in Claypot | RM 49

well, T is right.

the fish was so. fresh. and the broth was light despite the color, anything heavier would overshadow the fish. i guess claypot does better in terms of retaining the heat and keeping the aroma within. the fish is Golden Snapper 红枣鱼 in case you wannt know.

{Malacca} Tian Xian Relish Restaurant
Sambal Kangkong | RM 13

and last but certainly not least, we had kangkong stir fried with sambal. the portion is huge for three of us but we managed to devour everything nonetheless!

 

December 2014 [Wednesday]

i was pretty satisfied with the dishes so i revisited the restaurant last week with some friends from KL! this time we splurged a lil’ seeing that Christmas is just around the corner… oh well we don’t need excuses to indulge, do we? :P

however i need to apologize in advance for the low-res quality photos below and no detailed information on dish name and pricing as i was too eagle to gobble ooopps.

{Malacca} Tian Xian Relish Restaurant
鲍鱼炖虫草花汤 | RM 25-29 (depending on abalone’s size)

we warmed our belly with this Cordyceps flower broth served with abalone. the floating substance beneath the abalone was actually minced meat, kneaded with yacon, mushroom and scallop and chicken stock. the meat would float when it’s cooked and abalone is added 10 minutes before it’s ready to be served!

the end result is a pleasantly relish broth where the sweetness is derived from the scallop and yacon added crisp texture to the otherwise super soft meat mixture (akin to egg mixture).

we were so ready for the next dish! highly recommended this broth!

{Malacca} Tian Xian Relish Restaurant
Lumpfish 海参鱼 | RM 11.80 per 100g
*waves back*  #ABeautifulMess
Lumpfish 海参鱼 | RM 11.80 per 100g

lumpfish is found in deep cold waters of Arctic, Antarctic and North Pacific and this baby we were about to gollop is originated from Arctic :O and it’s also my firs encounter with lumpfish, i have not heard about this species prior to this #jakun.

other than its outstanding habitat, lumpfish has the thickest skin among fishes! the skin weighs about 1/3 of its total weight which makes it a good source for collagen! other than that, lumpfish contains HIGH Omega 3 which helps to lower cholesterol level and also prevents Alzheimer’s disease! and there’s only ONE soft bone supporting its structure where calcium concentrates. in short, this fish is laden with good FAT & calcium!

{Malacca} Tian Xian Relish Restaurant
汤勺海参斑鱼 | RM 11.80 per 100g

and such special fish has to be served specially too, ala shabu-shabu, as recommended by the chef because other cooking methods would conceal its freshness. the fish is sliced and you blanch it in the broth, prepared by boiling red dates and dang gui (Angelica sinensis) and some condiments.

the fish skin texture resembles sea cucumber hence the name – 海参斑鱼! it’s chewy, i would probably take it amiss as sea cucumber if i hadn’t seen the fish! and the flesh is firm.. we really do enjoy this dish!

{Malacca} Tian Xian Relish Restaurant
印尼肉蟹

ohai!

{Malacca} Tian Xian Relish Restaurant
避风塘炒螃蟹 | RM 7.80 – RM 10.80 per 100g

we were in the mood for some crab that afternoon so we had this Typhoon Shelter Crab, a dish arises from Hong Kong!

the deep-fired crab were sprinkled heavily with garlic, cili padi, dried chilli and fermented black bean. those who loves garlic and spicy food would root for this dish for sure! the crab was again, fresh and the flesh is yeah, again firm which indicates the crab was uh fresh!

{Malacca} Tian Xian Relish Restaurant

i would highly recommend Tian Xian Relish Restaurant 天鲜馆 for any seafood lover! if you would like to try out some premium exotic seafood yet relatively affordable, do remember to call for reservation, to avoid disappointment!

Tian Xian Relish Restaurant 天鲜馆

No. 313, Jalan Melaka Raya 1,
Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka.
+606 2881120/ +6019 3143313

Business Hours:
1100 – 1500
1800 – 2200
closed on Thursday

{Beauty} 100% Natural Lip Balms by Witchery Bath & Body

my friend, Jerine recently started her own natural artisan skincare line- Witchery Bath & Body. And the first few products launched are lip balms in yummy nutella and original flavour.

Witchery Lip Balm
left: Nut Over Nutella Lip Balm | RM 10; right: Back-to-Basic Lip Balm | RM10

and me being a supportive pang yao (friend in cantonese) immediately ordered one of each ( Nut Over Nutella Lip Balm & Back-to-Basic Lip Balm) but she’s kind enough to send me three! <3 she probably knew my birthday‘s approaching!

Witchery Lip Balm

on the first look, the lip balms are packaged in stick shape, which i find is better than pot because 1. it’s easier to apply on 2. it’s more hygienic 3. it fits in my lipstick pouch.

and since it’s a DIY, the label is straight to the point showcasing only the brand and product name.

Witchery Lip Balm

Witchery Lip Balm

onto the product, i LOVE the scent! well who doesn’t love Nutella huh? however i am inclined to the Back-to-Basic more, i love the faint whiff of the coconut oil!

Witchery Bath & Body is pretty transparent with the recipe. the main ingredients used in these lip balms are beeswax, shea butter, extra virgin coconut oil (certified organic) and vitamin E.

it’s 100% natural hand made with abundance of love! clearly you could also do it yourself but then the cost would be high so why not just pay and sit back and relax while it’s delivered to you? like i did ;)

the texture is akin to the Sebamed’s lip balm i’m currently using, slightly thicker compared to Maybelline’s. it glides on my lips smoothly (provided my lips are not chapped) and i like to prep my lips with lip balm before having makeup on so by the time i’m done with makeup, my lips are plump and i could easily slide lipstick on and off i head out to work!

there’s one glitch though, the lip balms break within. it might due to i accidentally flung them to the floor once #destroyer. i have to twist it lil’ by lil’ as they are not retractable now :/ still works perfectly fine as my favourite lip balm, nonetheless.

Witchery Lip Balm

and yes the Nut Over is sweet, couldn’t resist licking my lips and i actually feel safe doing it! the ingredients are practically edible. i have this thought of diy-ing Nutella stick, i know butter stick is in market, but what about Nutella?! money making business ni! :P

now i have one on my office table and the other one in my handbag, to keep my lips moisturized all the time! the third one, i gave it to my colleague, good things are meant to shared innit? ;)

Witchery Lip Balm

Nut Over Nutella Lip Balm & Back-to-Basic Lip Balm are available on Witchery! grab yours now ;)