Cafe Malacca

Cafe Malacca is the long standing restaurant in Traders Hotels (now called Hotel Jen and part of the Shangri-La Hotel Group.) They serve authentic Malaysian and Singaporean classic Hawker dishes– especially from Penang! (How exciting! I still remember going to Malaysia, Singapore- and just feasting away at all the delicious food!) I was excited to go for a Cafe Malacca for a tasting and see what all the buzz was about! Also they’re in this year’s Bib Gourmand Michelin Guide. Get ready for a feast!

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I start with a Young Coconut Juice, one of my favorite drinks! Its light, smooth and refreshing!

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We start with an assortment of appetizers recommended to us! This was 1/4 of the food we would end up consuming!!! Such a beautiful spread of food!!

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Satay Chicken & Beef (usually comes with 6 pieces, ours is 4 pieces- tasting size) $82. Grilled chicken, beef skewers in traditional Malay marinade served w. an aromatic peanut sauce, rice cakes, cucumber and onion wedges. The skewers were sizzling hot- absolutely flavourful and perfectly juicy even without the accompanying Malay marinade.

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Gado Gado; a warm vegetable salad w/ eggs, fried bean curd, peanut sauce dressing topped w/ Emping (Melinjo crackers) $68. I loved how fresh everything was. Usually it comes with the peanut sauce dressing already mixed in- but I honestly preferred that it wasn’t. Because I could portion out the sauce by myself!

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Close up of the Gado Gado, atop a Melinjo cracker.

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Beef Skewer close up! Absolutely smokey, flavourful and juicy! Look at that glaze!!!

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Chwee Kueh $60 These are steamed rice cakes topped w/ a savoury and sweet radish & pickles. They have a chilli sauce on the side. The Water cakes are a famous Singaporean breakfast favourite or snack!! I LOVVVVEEEED these. I gobbled these up soooo fast. The texture is nice, sticky and similar to mochi with a fuller and warmer feel. I loved the dice radishes and everything about it was sooo good.

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A glass of ES Vino Chardonnay, Finca Sophenia 2013. Per glass $30! Nice, crisp and light.

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Rojak; a vegetable and fruit salad w/ Chinese crullers in a special Penang prawn paste rojak sauce, topped w/ a sprinkle of peanuts $62. This was my least favourite of the bunch. But it was just something I wasn’t used to! It’s very sweet, with a more of a sweet and sour taste to it.

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Klang Bakut Teh; A Klang specialty of herbal pork rib soup accompanied by Chinese cruller and rice $98. SOOOOO GOOD!! I actually LOVED everything about this hot Bakut teh. This is definitely a favourite of mine and Cafe Malacca did not disappoint. It was sooo good. Flavourful, hot, perfectly savoury and sweet. The pork meat was soft and tender and I loved the fried Chinese crullers (and they gave us sooooo much!! BONUS!) as well as the tofu cakes!! Yum, yum, yum- will definitely come back for these.

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Penang Assam Laksa, a signature Penang dish of thick rice vermicelli in a tangy and spicy fish-based soup, garnished w/ fresh pineapple, mint, cucumber, onions and ginger flower accompanied by a dash of black shrimp paste. $88. The soup base is completely home made- everything is all natural, and made fresh. Its more watered down- so it definitely feels lighter than the other laksa soup bases!

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Some of the mains!!!! YUM!!!! That Bakut Teh…amazing!

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Penang Char Koay Teow; a signature Penang hawker dish of stir-fried flat rice noodles w/ prawns, Chinese sausage, chives and bean sprout $89. This was another delightful main! I loved it!! The flat rice noodles were sweet, and in perfect texture with load of chinese sausage, chives, eggs and bean sprouts! So good.

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Close up of the delicious Bakut Teh! One of my favourite dishes, for sure!! Want to go back for this.

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Homemade Barley Water!

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Desserts Trio!! We didn’t even dent this! (Till afterwards, for a midnight snack!) ….So much food!!!

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Coconut Jelly; refreshing jelly made from fresh young coconut. No sugar added. $30 Really nice and light! I didn’t have too much of this.

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Kuih Dadar; a rolled pandan- flavoured crepe filled w/ grated coconut in palm suagar. $32 This was great. I loved the texture, filling and again, another really light and healthy choice. I liked that it was a different take on pandan!

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Durian Pudding $42. I’m not a fan of durian- so I didn’t have any of this! But it looked really good!

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I went to the clubhouse, and saw my Baccarat monthly column out in display! I was sooooo full from dinner- but absolutely loved the entire dinner! The meal was terrific. And everything is very reasonably priced!!! Thanks for the tasting! I will definitely be back!!

Cafe Malacca, Hotel Jen, 508 Queen’s Road West, Hong Kong. 2974 1234

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<3 Always, Jess