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Weekend Food Choices Week 6: A New Asian Favorite

Last weekend, i felt i needed to reward myself so hubby planned a nice dinner for us.  Unfortunately amidst the chaos, we forgot to pack my LX3 and had to content ourselves with my Omnia.

Weekend Food Choices:
1. Malacca
2. Indian By Nature
3. Sango

Our Choice:

Ive read about this restaurant in other food blogs and got interested in the dishes they served. Like Filipino dishes, Malaysian food is a combination of influences from nearby countries. This fusion makes the dishes interesting and unique.

The menu of Malacca is simple. No flipping through numerous pages and getting confused. There are around 6 dishes per heading and a couple of pictures that fit on the 2 sides of a board like menu.

When we arrived at around 6pm, last Sunday, a friendly staff greeted us and showed us to our seats and as we were musing over the dishes we wanted, a small plate of kropek was served.

We ordered barley with lemon and cold teh tarik for our drinks

We were debating whether to get a big dish of crabs or several dishes for variety.

We decided on variety.

As we were finalizing our food choices, 3 other diners arrived, the most senior of the 3 men seemed to be a regular and knew exactly what to order.  He was so happy with the food flavors and the service of the staff that he bellowed “good service ah” “good food, all good” in broken English which only made me even more excited to sample our orders.

Hainanese Chicken

This dish is usually served with rice and soup but you can ask them for a half order of just the chicken if you would like to share and enjoy it with other dishes. The plate is enough for 2 people, 3 if you order it with other dishes. We later found out that you could actually ask the staff for the specific portion of the chicken you wanted.

The sauces included a ginger paste, thick soy sauce and a spicy condiment.  A very good dish!

Sambal Prawns

This is a delicious dish that would make the spicy seafood fan drool. The prawns were succulent and juicy and the spiciness of the dish just right for that gastronomic kick. We would definitely order this dish again.

Nasi Goreng

Now, when this dish was served i was not impressed. Yes, nasi goreng means fried rice and it looked just that, but a spoonful of this rice will put a big smile on anyone’s face. It was de-licious! I could practically eat this rice by itself, that’s how good it was!  If you decide to order this, you will be asked how you prefer the spiciness of the rice. We ordered it mild and it was just right. For those who are not fond of spicy food, the plain nasi goreng would probably be for you.

Seafood Soup

When we added this dish to our orders, we were told that the soup in the menu was for 6 to 8 people. But because hubby really wanted his spicy soup, the staff asked the chef if we could get a short order and they gladly gave in to our request. The steaming bowl of soup came which was good for about 5 small bowl servings. This soup was soooo good. Dont be fooled by the color because it is not as spicy as it looks. We could not put our finger on the flavor as it was not like the thai tom yum that we were used to that has a predominantly gingery quality to it. This seafood soup had a more tangy like flavor and with the plump tomatoes, various spices and shrimps, we were so satisfied that hubby and i both agreed that Malacca has come out on top of all our other Asian restaurant favorites.

We capped the delicious dinner with coconut jelly dessert that was equally yummy

A big blob of coconut jelly is topped off with crushed ice, muscovado sugar and seasoned with pieces of ripe mango. This was a perfect ending to a delicious dinner!

The service in Malacca was wonderful and the dishes superb!

Ok, the pictures do not do justice to how delicious the food was…i guess that just means we will need to visit again soon to take more decent pictures…and taste more of Malacca’s delicious dishes!  Definitely!!!

Jupiter Place, Bel-air Village, Makati
Open daily

July 14, 2009 - Posted by | Gastronomic experience, Weekend Food Choices |


  1. I spent part of my childhood in Kuala Lumpur, so Malaysian food has special significance for me. I’m just glad that there are places like Malacca and ToastBox where I can satisfy those deep-seated cravings for nasi goreng and old-school laksa.

    (And my, oh my: those prawns~!)

    Comment by Midge | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  2. Sorry to post here, but this is the only way i know to contact you. thanks

    Hi! We are launching our quick serve Japanese restaurant real soon named JAPOK. We would like to invite you to try our fantastic food during the launch. Please leave your name and email so we could provide you with the details. Thanks!

    Comment by carl quema | July 20, 2009 | Reply

    • hi carl, i just realized i was not able to put provisions to contact us in our blog (too busy dining out! hahaha!). anyway, if you scroll to the top of the blog, i already placed a link to our email address under “contact us at”. hope to hear from you soon! hubby and i are intrigued about JAPOK!!

      Comment by mrs lavendula | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hello!

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog, now I know where to go to when I get a craving for Hainanese chicken rice.

    That dessert looks good. Do you recall if they serve ais kacang and cendol?


    Comment by Dea | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  4. Toastbox?! midge, has it opened in megamall aready?! i haven’t been there for quite sometime. nasi goreng in malacca is the best!!

    hi Dea, yes they do have ice Kachang as it was one of the desserts i wanted to order but was too full for a big bowl of sweets, and i believe they also have cendol. oooh try malacca, im sure you’ll love it!

    Comment by mrs lavendula | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  5. […] Tom Yum Not the best that i’ve tasted. I still prefer the full flavors of Malacca’s tom yum. […]

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