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Sort of like the laksa of Penang, anyone who goes to Melaka should not miss the uniquely Melaka delicacy, the satay celup (celup: dip). It is basically a type of steamboat on with the raw food on the stick to be cooked in a boiling spicy peanut sauce that is similar to those that comes with normal satay. Other than the different medium for cooking the raw food on stick, it is identical to the more recognizable lok lok.

Satay Celup at Ban Lee Siang, Melaka
this stuff are absolutely mouth watering

For supper during our Melaka trip, we headed to Ban Lee Siang to fill our stomach with this uniquely Melaccan food. Now some of you may suggest that Capitol Satay Celup is the “better” place to go. In a way, while Capitol is one of the “original” and oldest place serving satay celup, there are simply way over-crowded (with people standing right next to your table waiting for you to get done) for anyone to enjoy a peaceful meal there without rushing. My baba friends from Melaka hence suggested this place, which is just as good.

Satay Celup at Ban Lee Siang, Melaka
only 50 sen per stick, pay what you eat

The place was quite packed as well, we managed to get 2 tables right next to each other to fit all 10 of us. We then head straight to the line to get our stuff. At this place, everything is priced at RM 0.50 per stick, no matter if it is prawn, vegetable, fish ball, quail’s egg, cockles, anything. You only pay for what you eat. You can also order some bread too.

Satay Celup at Ban Lee Siang, Melaka
some happy diners (notice Kim, on the left, stained her shirt)

Serving is simple, you just put the stick of raw food in the boiling satay sauce/soup, let it cook, and then put it to your mouth. The stuff packs a punch though, in terms of hotness, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who can’t have spicy food. But if you like spicy food and enjoys lok lok, this is an awesome combination.

Map to Satay Celup at Ban Lee Siang, Melaka
the map of Ban Lee Siang satay celup at Jalan Ong Kim Wee

After crowning herself with 38 sticks of satay in the afternoon, Kim got the better of us again and devoured almost 30 sticks of satay celup. I only had 2/3 of what she managed, respect.

If you head down to Melaka, do not miss this dish.

45E, Jalan Ong Kim Wee,

GPS: 2.202742, 102.243994
Tel: 606-284 1935

The first thing we fill our stomach with when arriving dead starved (thanks to PLUS highway who decided to repave the road during Saturday rush hour) at Melaka was the pork satay. Situated opposite to the Pay Teck school on Jalan Portugis, the shop is actually just a few blocks away from the famous Jonker Walk.

Melaka Pork satay at Kedai Satay Xiang Ji
ooO glorious food

Satay is traditionally a Malay dish, and most of the time prepared by Muslim, hence, with Halal meat, ie: no pork. However, in this historic town of Melaka where you can get fried pork fat in Poh Piah, it is just fitting that pork satay is served too (by non-Muslim of course)

Melaka Pork satay at Kedai Satay Xiang Ji
the shop and the satisfied customers

The thing about this Xiang Ji satay shop is that you don’t really have to place any order. After you sit down, they will start to serve you satay soon as they are done from the barbecue pit. We had plenty of pork satay, liver satay and chicken satay, sadly, they ran out of my favorite: the pork intestine satay.

Melaka Pork satay at Kedai Satay Xiang Ji
satay with the ketupad, peanut sauce, raw cucumber and onion

The portion of a single satay is not very big here, probably about half the size of those huge Ampang satay, but the taste is different. The pork goes well with their marinate tastes of turmeric and some other sauces that I obviously don’t know (probably their trade secret). The liver though, can be a little dry, but still pretty good. The chicken satay did not disappoint either.

but ARGH, why no intestine!!?! Looks like I’ll have to go there again.

Chendol at Jonker Walk

After the satay, we went to Jonker Walk and to have some snack, other than the Poh Piah on previous post, we had the must-eat Chendol and also some very good otak-otak sold on a stall nearby the unmistakable Jonker88 restaurant.

The Chendol in Melaka is poured with the thick and original Gula Melaka (palm sugar) which made all the difference. The rich and sweet caramel taste of palm sugar on top of the finely shaved ice was just absolutely delightful.

Map of Melaka Pork satay
Look it! I can even draw up a Melaka map!

Kedai Satey Xiang Ji
50, Jln Portugis

GPS: 2.202817,102.244209
Tel: 019- 667 8868

88, Jalan Hang Jebat
75200, Melaka
GPS: 2.199570, 102.246644
Tel: 019-397 5665

We rounded up a few noobs and went to Melaka for a half day (was supposed to be a whole day.. well) eating trip last weekend. In a span of less than 7 hours, we had 3 proper meals and plenty of snacks and dessert. One of the snacks we had while walking along the famous Jonker Street was this Poh Piah (similar to the now-retired Poh Piah at SS2).

Poh Piah at Jonker Street, Melaka
this stuff is absolutely delicious

The Poh Piah (spring role) comes in two different varieties, the wet and the deep fried. You can get decent deep fried Poh Piah from many places, but the wet role is quite a bit harder to come by. In Melaka, the traditional ingredients for this item are scrambled egg, turnip, fried onion, lettuce, bean sprout, and some fried pork fat wrapped in the homemade Poh Piah skin. Chili paste and a type of sweet sauce are added too, you can usually customize your order to suit your tolerance for chili.

Poh Piah at Jonker Street, Melaka
the hawker knows this particular customer for more than 20 years

The Poh Piah is best served right away, if you leave it for a while, the skin, vegetable, and fried pork fat tends to get soggy, and you’ll lose the contrasting texture that makes this snack such an awesome gastronomical experience. The secret ingredient gotta be the fried pork fat, it gives the role the aroma of animal fat that is hard to be substituted. With the freshness of lettuce, the sweetness of turnip, the smell of fried onion, this stuff is just fabulous.

Poh Piah at Jonker Street, Melaka
secret ingredient – fried pork fat

If you head down to Melaka, don’t forget to grab some Poh Piah. This particular stall is at Jonker Street, a Poh Piah goes for RM 1.50. These is no discount if you mention Kelvin’s name even though the old hawker has known him since before his puberty.

Itchy for steamboat again, the gang and I decided to try the “original” pulau ketam steamboat at SS15, Subang Jaya. The name of the restaurant is Bee Ho (美好海鲜火锅之家). This is of course, the same style as offered at the Patrick Teoh’s Damansara Village steamboat.

Bee Ho Steamboat Restaurant at SS15
the chili paste is awesome!

Unlike the grand set up at uncle Teoh’s outlet, Bee Ho is just a big old school kopitiam. Meaning the tables near the sidewalk are much preferred as those situated deeper in the restaurant can be a little hot and humid with all the steamboat boiling on every table.

Bee Ho Steamboat Restaurant at SS15
the steamboat, the crab meehun, and the two noobs.

For the 8 of us, we ordered 5 portion of standard steamboat meal, a plate of fish fillet (actually wanted to have the fish cubes but they ran out), string mushroom, extra meat roll, dumplings, and a big plate of absolutely must-order crab meehun.

The joy of having steamboat with plenty of people is that you have more choices ordering the side orders and not have to only settle for the standard steamboat meal.

Bee Ho Steamboat Restaurant at SS15
the sloppy diner!

We boiled the soup with plenty of ingredients at least 4-5 times over. The ingredients were fresh and pretty good, the soup with good herbal taste, and the chili paste was really awesome. I think I had at least 3 small plates of those spicy stuff. Above all, the crab meehun was really something special, the aroma of crab soaked into the meehun, making it tastes unique of the crustacean’s sweetness, this is something that everyone MUST TRY at Bee Ho.

Bee Ho Steamboat Restaurant at SS15
Bee Ho steamboat is at SS15, near the college areas.

The dinner only came to RM 17.50 per person that night. We had Chinese tea as drinks.

Bee Ho Steamboat Restaurant
no. 52 Ground Floor,
Jalan SS15/4C
Subang Jaya 47500

GPS: 3.076773, 101.587862
Tel: 012-250 7177

It’s December again and that can only mean the funnest X’mas eve party of all is just around the corner! We will be sending our SMS invites and try to have a good guesstimate on how many noobs will come, for those who aren’t on my phonebook and want to join us nonetheless, pop me a message at the contact me page, and with Suanie’s approval, we shall slot you in.

Xmas Eve Party 2006
This is how we have fun!

As usual, there are some rules to make it all awesome and fun:

  • wear your worst dress in the closet, there’ll be a prize for worst dresser and punishment for the best dresser, male and female category
  • bring a gift of value at around RM 10 for gift exchange
  • feel free to bring booze or some tidbits especially if you tend to drink like a fish or have overly healthy appetite
  • no shoes nor smoking indoor
  • party starts at 8pm till the last drunk person goes home

It’s gonna be fun fun fun, the highlight of the night shall be the gift exchange. Last year fox walked away happily with a toilet seat cover. Be creative in buying gifts, you are not limited to candles and picture frames.

By the way, the worst dress in closet theme is the brainchild of Suanie. I think it’s gonna be awesome seeing people dressed horribly, drinking, and dancing like it’s the beggar’s club (丐帮) or something.


last year’s invite, with map.