even though this eatery has been covered in various medias, i wasn’t particular attracted at all and i didn’t have the urge to visit until i found my partner in crime. you see, my parents freaked out at the idea of back lane especially mami who’s a total hygiene freak! my brother went once and did not find it outstanding or worth the fuss.
so when D came back to Malacca i dragged him along for a foodie adventure!
see the blue small pails in the middle of the tables? there’s where you dispose the shells!
there’s actually 2 stalls here – Capitol & Tong Bee. we opted, or rather D chose Tong Bee, the one he has been patronizing since high school. and it was only my first time here, so muchy for being a Malaccan #imnotmalaccan #facepalm. D said that Tong Bee was the first stall here, the pioneer of back lane / alley cockles. we were their last customers of the day, about 11+pm, hence the quaintness and emptiness.
okay to be honest, i scrunched my nose when i was walking at the alley. the foul smell from the drains, dirty roads, motorcyclists zooms by inches from you. it surely isn’t a comfortable seating for a meal. oh and the rocking wooden stool that i nearly fell on my back! now you know why it is an adventure, to me.
well i tried to open my mind and heart and enjoy the food.
D took care of the order since he is the frequent. we were left with limited choices thought since many of them already sold out!
Cockles | RM 4
D gladly walloped this whole plate of cockles, or more widely known as siham by the locals. i however don’t fancy its bloody appearance and taste. D seemed to enjoy it though, dipping it in to the condiment which is a mixture of sweet and spicy and sour, topped with coarse ground peanuts.
Clams | RM 4
judging from this plate of clams, i would say their seafood is quite fresh. but it would be better if they serve baby octopus here! i could not find any stall that serves that in Malacca! if you chance upon any, purleeese let me know! *begs*
Rojak | RM 7
a plate of goodness consists of baked beancurd skin, fish paste, cucumber and topped with crushed nut and sauce. the baked beancurd skin is what set this rojak apart from the others! it has a nice earthy roast flavour and paired with the crunch texture, my eyes widen and eyebrows raised. that is my signature yummy look hehe.
Cuttlefish & Kangkung | RM 7
chewy cuttlefish coupled with blanched kangkung and crisp yao zha guai drenched in their special sauce. i find that their rojak stood out more.
in conclusion, i do not think this is the place that shouldn’t be missed when one is in Malacca. instead, if you have weak stomach (like me), you SHOULD totally miss it. because i rushed to the loo thrice middle of that night. :/ but i donno what went wrong cos i thought the clams were quite fresh…maybe next time i should skip the seafood and go straight to the rojak.
Backlane Cockle Stall Tong Bee
Off Jalan Bunga Raya,
sunset till midnight (or sold out).