29 January 2014

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple 青云亭 (Malacca)

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is the oldest temple in Malaysia which was founded in 1645 by Chinese Kapitan Tay Kie Ki. During those times, "Kapitans" were appointed chiefs or headmen of various ethnic communities. And in its early years, the temple served the Chinese community's religious needs and functioned as the official administrative centre and a court of justice for the Kapitans.

For more information about the temple, visit AmazingMelaka.com
On 28 September 1949, the Parliament passed the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple Incorporation Ordinance. Subsequently, a Board of Trustees was formed to look after the temple.
How to get there?
Address: No. 25 Jalan To'kong, 75200 Melaka
Tel: 06 282 9343

Website: www.chenghoonteng.org.my

The temple is located near Jonker Street, along Jalan Tukang Emas.
From Holiday Inn Melaka, it takes about 15 minutes' walk.
Around the area, there are also a few other temples.
As Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is the oldest temple in Malaysia and was awarded a UNESCO award for its outstanding architectural restoration, we decided to make a trip to the temple to offer our prayers.

We arrived around noon time and it was scorching hot.
The temple was also slightly crowded with worshippers.
Opening hours
Daily from 7am to 7pm

Chanting Sessions
Every Friday, Sunday and 1st & 15th day of the lunar month from 7pm to 9pm.
Check the location on Google Map

Read my post on Malacca.

Where else have I been in Malacca?

22 January 2014

Nadeje Cafe (Malacca)

Since 2006, Nadeje has established four shops in Malaysia which three shops are located in Malacca and one shop in Selangor. With the finest handmade and usage of its quality fresh ingredients, it has been well-known for its Mille Crepe and cakes.

How to get there?
Address: No. 1 Jalan Merdeka, Mahkota Parade, G-23B, EG4 & EG5, Ground Floor, 75000 Melaka
Tel: 06 284 3469

Website: www.nadeje.com.my

From Holiday Inn Melaka / Mahkota Hotel Melaka, cross the roads to Mahkota Parade and you'll see the cafe.

Opening hours
Daily from 11am to 10pm
Malacca Slice RM9.90
Added the famous Gula Melaka in the mille crepe

Rum & Raisin Slice RM9.90
Tiramisu Slice RM9.90
Cappuccino RM7
Matcha Latte RM8
Malacca Shake RM8.50
Double Choco Slice RM9.90
Berry Berry Strawberry Slice RM9.90
Original Slice RM9.90
The Mille Crepes are made of layers of crepes, cream and fruits which I'd think one slice per person will be sufficient. We ordered a total of 6 mille crepes for 3 of us. Too filling!

Other outlets
Nadeje Plaza Mahkota
G-23, 25 & 27, Jalan PM 4, Plaza Mahkota, 75000 Melaka
Tel: 06 283 8750
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm

Nadeje Jaya 99
G-01, Bangunan Jaya 99, Block A, Jalan Tun Sri Lanang, 75100 Melaka
Tel: 06 227 7750
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm

Nadeje 3 Two Square (PJ)
B-01-01, Dataran 3 Two Square, Jalan 19/1, Section 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03 7960 0025
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm

Read my post on Malacca.

Where else have I been in Malacca?

17 January 2014

Tsukada Nojo Bijin Nabe 塚田農場美人鍋 (Chinatown)

My first attempt to try the Bijin Nabe at Plaza Singapura failed when we arrived at 5.30pm, only 30 minutes after they have opened at 5pm. The restaurant was fully occupied and the waiting list was long which we were told that we might get the seats at around 8.30pm or 9.30pm. We gave up!

And my second attempt was at Chinatown Point which we started queuing at 4.50pm. I know it's a bit early but we've gotten 2nd in the queue.

So why is there such a long queue? It's because of the soup stock known as "Golden Jidori Soup". According to Tsukada Nojo, they stew the chicken bones for over 8 hours so that their golden broth is natural and rich in collagen.
How to get there?
Address: 133 New Bridge Road, Chinatown Point #02-37 Singapore 059413
Tel: +65 6444 8840

Website: http://www.apcompany.jp

By Car/Bike -
  • Along New Bridge Road, turn left into Upper Pickering Street, then turn right into South Bridge Road and shortly, turn right into Upper Cross Street, entrance to Chinatown Point's carpark is on the right side.
  • Parking charges - 
    • Mon to Sat: 7.01am to 5pm, $1.10 per half hour or part thereof
    • Mon to Sat: 5.01pm to 7am, S$2 per entry
    • Sun & PH: 7.01am to 7am, S$2 per entry
    • Bike enters at S$0.70 per entry

By Public Transport - 
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 05049 (Chinatown Pt) - Bus No. 2, 12, 33, 54, 143, 147, 190, CT8, CT18, CT28
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 05022 (People's Pk Ctr) - Bus No. 54, 124, 145, 147, 166, 190, 851
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 05131 (Opp Hong Lim Cplx) - Bus No. 51, 63, 124, 174, 174E, 186, 851, 961, 961C, 970
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 05129 (Hong Lim Pk) - Bus No. 186, 588, 599, 970 (10 minutes' walk)

Nearest MRT Station: Chinatown (Exit E)

Opening hours
Lunch - 11.30am to 3pm (Last order at 2.30pm)
Dinner - 5pm to 10pm (Last order at 9pm)
The following ingredients are included for 2 persons. S$25 per person.
This is the popular soup stock - Golden Jidori Soup.
 The staff will serve the chicken meat when the soup is ready
 We chose the Thin Egg noodle which I'd suggest not to leave in the soup for too long as it'll become soggy
We also ordered the Nikumaki Onigiri which were very filling due to the rice balls.
I think one is enough for one person. They all taste almost the same.
 If it's not enough, could order more by topping up
Other dishes - Chicken Nanban, Steamed Meatball Dumplings, Fried Chicken Wing, etc
They provided us with seaweed to mix with the soup
And a small dessert

Singapore Branches
Plaza Singapura (Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station)
68 Orchard Road #03-81 Singapore 238839
Tel: +65 63365003

Westgate (Jurong East MRT Station)
3 Gateway Drive #03-04 Singapore 608532
Tel: +65 64659356

14 January 2014

Nando's (Buona Vista)

According to the Nando's Story, the discovery of Peri-Peri was due to a young boy who had gone exploring and returned late that night with the African Bird's Eye Chilli. The African people named it "Pili-Pili" but the boy couldn't pronounce it and thus introduced the chillies as Peri-Peri.

And "Nando's" came from an authentic Portuguese flame-grilled chicken restaurant called "Chickenland" which was bought by two great friends, Robert and Fernando and they changed the name to Nando's.

How to get there?
Address: The Star Vista, 1 Star Vista Exchange Green #B1-09 Singapore 138617
Tel: +65 6694 0630

By Car/Bike -
  • Along North Buona Vista Road, turn left into Vista Exchange Green and turn right to enter Star Vista Carpark

By Public Transport -
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 11191 (Buona Vista Stn) / 11199 (Blk 15) - Bus No. 105, 106, 147, 185
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 11361 (Buona Vista Stn) / 11369 (Opp Buona Vista Stn) - Bus No. 74, 91, 92, 95, 191, 196, 198, 200

Nearest MRT Station: Buona Vista
Choose the portion - 1/4 or 1/2 Chicken, chicken wings or chicken breast
Choose the sides to make it a meal
Choose the level of hotness
Butterfly Chicken breast with Coleslaw and Potato Wedges
Butterfly Chicken breast with Rice and Chips
Peri-Peri sauces to add to the meal
Not having enough, they have Platters
And Designer Drinks!
Other outlets
Bugis Junction
200 Victoria Street #01-85/87 Singapore 188021
Tel: 6338 6555
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm

Tanglin Mall
163 Tanglin Road #01-14&15 Singapore 247933
Tel: 6235 3555
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm

Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road #04-10/11 Singapore 238839
Tel: 6337 2555
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm

Tampines Mall
4 Tampines Central 5 #01-46 Singapore 529510
Tel: 6789 5052
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm

Katong Mall
122 East Coast Road, 122 Katong #01-14&15 Singapore 428802
Tel: 6636 3165
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm

2 Jurong East Central 1 #03-07/19 Singapore 609731
Tel: 6684 5387
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm