Backlane Coffee — Malacca

Still about cafe hopping in Malacca, I was so lucky to be able to spot this hidden gem in the hustle and bustle of Jonker Walk.

Just a few steps away from the entrance of Jonker Walk, Backlane Coffee is hard to be missed with its catchy signage facing the busy street.

The thing is, it’s located inside a shop so you might not be able to notice it if you’re not looking close enough. But don’t worry, they have cute signboard just right outside of the shop to draw you in.

Once I stepped in, I just fell in love with everything in this cute cafe.

Their counter is my favorite spot.

Everything is placed perfectly—the hand-written menu boards, the hanging bulbs, the nutcracker dolls—you have definitely won my heart, Backlane Coffee!

This cafe is filled with books, flowers and everything that gives you the feeling of ultimate comfort.

See what I’m talking about?

Just imagine yourself sitting there, killing time while sipping a cup of Flat White. Hands down to Backlane Coffee for making such a homey yet elegant ambiance!

Being a cute rustic cafe isn’t enough, so here they are selling souvenirs of Malacca. I wonder if those cute nutcracker dolls are for sale too!

It’s undeniably a perfect place for brunch before heading out to explore Malacca.

Here’s Smoked Duck Sandwich (RM 18) and fresh squeezed orange juice (RM 11), just look at the glass carton juice box! Cuteness overload!

By the way, yeah, I did not order coffee, ’cause our little one has had enough caffeine that day!

About the food, the slices of smoked duck were so tender and tasty. I’m not kidding, they don’t just sell ambiance but also great quality of food! A plate of smoked duck sandwich comes with a fresh garden salad and baked egg, heavenly delicious!

If you’re looking for a place to chill after a long walk in Jonker Street, make sure to include Backlane Coffee on your list. The soothing music, great ambiance and good food won’t disappoint! And oh, they also have cakes, macarons and more desserts!

For more info on menu, check out their Facebook page here.

Backlane Coffee

129, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia | +60 6-282 0542

Opening hours: 11:00 am – 12:00 am

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Eat at 18 — Malacca

Following my recent post about Malacca food guide, btw if you haven’t read it, check it out here.

I had a great time in Malacca and staying in Jonker Street turned out to be a brilliant decision as I only needed to walk in order to reach the places I’ve listed. Hubby needed to work on the day we arrived at Malacca, so I had to explore the town by myself. My first destination was Eat at 18.

Located at Jalan Hang Lekiu, just a few steps away from the famous Jonker Walk, this little rustic cafe is indeed a must-visit if you’re one of the cafe hoppers like me. Parking could be horrendous during weekends, so it’s better to park somewhere else and walk as there are also many things to see around this area.

One thing I love the most about this place is how sweet and cozy they make it.

The photogenic brick walls and stack of books, perfect combination to give the feels that every cafe hopper needs.

I was greeted by the soothing music once I stepped in. The staffs were all friendly and so accommodating, so rare to find one back in Kuala Lumpur 😀

This place is so cozy, I didn’t even wanna leave.

It was Friday morning when I came by to visit and luckily it wasn’t crowded at all. In fact, I was the only guest.

It might look small from the outside, but once you’re inside, it’s actually quite big. They even have a meeting room to accommodate group of guests. My favorite part of this cafe is the garden at the back, it’s so refreshing.

Need I say more?

This plate of french toast (RM 18.90) was so beautifully plated, it even killed me to take a bite. The fluffly toast drizzled with maple syrup and ice sugar, combined together with fresh fruit, caramelized banana and buttercream. It was all served to perfection.

And yes, I finally had a cup of good flat white after such a looooong time. It is, in fact, my very first cup after seven month being pregnant. Well, I always want the best for our little one. 😉

I’m glad that I found this cute little cafe on my first day in Malacca.

Surely, I’ll be back for more!

For futher info about Eat at 18, check out their website here and Facebook page here.

Eat at 18

No 18, Jalan Hang Lekiu, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Phone:+60 6-281 4679 // Opening hours: 8:30 am – 6.00 pm

Malacca Foodcation: What to eat in Malacca

We got to spend our weekend in Malacca last week, hubby had an onsite project there so we decided to spend a night there.

While he was working, I had time to walk around, to explore and hunt some food as I was idle. Preggo lady’s got to eat, you know!

The moment we knew that we needed to be in Malacca, I quickly browsed about some places to eat that most of the local bloggers have recommended.

Disclaimer: This is gonna be a long post. Brace yourself, keep calm and read on! 🙂

  • Kedai Kopi Chung Wah

Located in the heart of Jonker Street, Kedai Kopi Chung Wah is immensely popular for its signature dishes: Chicken rice balls and steamed chicken. Despite its simple decor and the fact that this kopitiam (coffee shop) serves only two items on their menu, this place is always packed with customers and tourists, especially on weekends. Just take a look at the picture of the long queue outside Kedai Kopi Chung Wah, all those people queueing for a plateful of steamed chicken and chicken rice balls.

Getting a seat could be tricky and don’t be surprised if they ask you to share table with other customers as this place never runs out of crowd.

Opening at 7.30 am in the morning, this place is perfect for breakfast. This Malaysian-style eatery is surely something to be missed when I leave Malaysia someday!

RM 22 for half steamed chicken.

The ordering process is very simple, just state how many chicken rice balls you want and the amount of chicken (half or whole chicken). The chicken is so tender and tasty, it goes perfectly with the chilli sauce.

The moment I heard about chicken rice balls, I was so intrigued and decided to give it a try. It did not disappoint! RM 0.40 for one chicken rice ball, might as well order plenty of it ’cause it’s super delicious!

So, if you’re visiting Malacca soon and looking for a place to have quick breakfast, drop by Kedai Kopi Chung Wah. Don’t be discouraged by the long queue, it actually moves quite fast!

Kedai Kopi Chung Wah: 18, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

  • Jonker 88 Museum Cafe

Looking for a place to chill after a tiring day around Jonker Walk? Jonker 88 is hard to be missed.

I went there even before the shop opened and there was already a line, it was 10 am in the morning and they opened quite late, like around 11 am when it said 10 am opening time. No wonder the long queue!

Located strategically along the Jonker Walk, this restaurant doesn’t only sell food and dessert but also antiques. No wonder it’s called museum cafe, just look at the pretty artifacts!

It’s all about self-service in this shop.

Again, finding a seat could be tough especially on weekend as it’s packed with guests. Might as well ask your friend to reserve a table while you’re ordering.

Baba Cendol (original) RM 4.00

I managed to take a quick snap before digging in, the ice melted fast so gotta do it quick!

I am a big fan of Cendol. I had my first Cendol in Penang and I was in love with it ever since.

The Baba Cendol at Jonker 88 tasted a little bit different from the Teochew Cendol I’ve tried in Penang. I’m not quite sure what makes it different, but I was told that they used Gula Melaka (palm sugar) and Santan (coconut milk) for the Baba Cendol, even the texture of the cendol is different, much harder this time, there is no melt-in-your mouth effect.

Hubby said his cendol tasted bland, while mine tasted quite strong because of the Gula Melaka. I wanted to try their Durian Cendol but changed my mine as durian contains high level of sugar which is bad for our little one :p

However, a friend of ours recommended another Cendol stall. He said it’s the best cendol in Malacca, it’s called Aunty Koh cendol at Bukit Rambai. It’s quite far from the town so we decided not to go, maybe next time! 😉

Jonker 88 Museum Cafe: No. 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200, Melaka, Melaka, 75200, Malaysia

  • Sun May Hiong Satay House

Still not satisfied enough, we then proceed to our next destination for lunch.

Located at Jalan Laksamana which required a quick drive from Jonker Street, seems like Sun May Hiong Satay House is always crowded. I should say this upfront that they serve pork, it’s a non-halal restaurant.

Would you look at those yummy pork satays?

Pork Satay (RM 0.80 per stick)

Once you’re seated, you’ll be served a plate of nasi impit (rice cake) with cucumber and slices of onions which later you’ll combine together with the yummy peanut sauce.

You have to make your order at the front of restaurant where an aunty will take note of your order. I was craving for pork intestines satay but they didn’t have it at the moment, so we opted for pork meat instead. They also have pork liver satay, fyi!

The excellent grilling skill done by this mister here.

I enjoyed my satay as it was crispy at the edges yet tender in the inside. I loved it! It goes well with the peanut sauce and nasi impit, I even thought that the 20 sticks we ordered weren’t enough.

Sun May Hiong Satay House: 50/50A, Jalan Kota Laksamana 1/1, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200, Melaka, Melaka, Jalan Kota Laksamana 1/1, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

  • Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan Restaurant

Not far from there, a crowded eatery caught our attention. It was a few minutes before dinner time, yet the parking in front of this place was full already. Btw, they open only for dinner time (5:30 pm – 1 am) so don’t expect Tandoori goodness during lunch time!

I’ve never tried a Tandoori Chicken before, or any Turkish/Pakistani food as I’m not a fan. But this time I’m glad I gave it a try.

We were lucky as the place wasn’t so crowded that night, our order came immediately. But I read somewhere that it could take up to 45 minutes during crowded hours. Phew!

The chicken might look a bit dry but it’s actually moist and tender inside, yet crispy on the outside, it was cooked to perfection. I forgot how much it was, but I’m sure it wasn’t more than RM 10 for one plate of Tandoori Chicken.

The Cheese Naan finally arrived.

I personally liked the taste of the curry dip, it goes very well with the naan.

The cheese naan was very soft with a generous filling of melted cheese inside. I had no idea that Turkish/Pakistani food would taste this good, now I want more! :p

Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan Restaurant: Jalan Laksamana 4, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

  • Klebang Original Coconut Shake

We made a quick stop at Klebang Original Coconut Shake before heading home. Geez, the sun was crazy that day and it was reallyyyy hot outside. What a perfect timing for a cup of coconut shake!

I took the shot from the car as I couldn’t stand the heat outside. Long queue only for a sip of coconut shake!

It’s located at the side of the main road, so just imagine how much traffic this shop causes! We were lucky to find a parking spot near the shop as this area suddenly became crowded once we came.

I have to personally thank my hubby for willing to take some pictures for my blog, LOL.

All these people queueing under the scorching heat of the sun only for a cup of coconut shake. Must be something special, right?

Coconut Shake (RM 2.00 according to hubby) but I looked up online RM 2.00 for a special cup of coconut shake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and RM 1.50 for the original one. Extra RM 0.20 for take away.

Gosh, people aren’t kidding when they say it’s the best coconut shake in town because it is! It’s so creamy and the level of sweetness was just right. It’s the perfect drink to combat the hot weather!

Opening hours: 12.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Klebang Original Coconut Shake: Klebang, 5, Melaka, Malaysia

Malacca is indeed a perfect place for a quick weekend getaway.

It has everything I was looking for.

It is the right place to go for sight-seeing, shopping or even just to feed yourself. LOL. I’d definitely go back someday!

The Grumpy Cyclist — Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Moving from Cyberjaya to Kuala Lumpur has its own perks.

I get to try all kind of food I didn’t get to try in Cyberjaya before. There are bunch of kopitiam, coffee shops and restaurants around. It even took awhile for me to list down all the fancy coffee shops that have caught my eyes, they’re just hard to miss!

Take The Grumpy Cyclist for an instance.

Located in the heart of TTDI, managed by a fun team of youngsters, serving good coffee, cakes and soothing ambiance for those who have passion for coffee and cycling.

It’s not a secret anymore that the founders of this cafe are cyclists. Nope, they are not grumpy. In fact, they’re very friendly.

A cyclist and bike friendly space, so they call it.

I’ve never been into a cafe with this kind of interesting concept before, but I can say that it’s very intriguing.They even have a space meant for bike repairs! How convenient it is to wait for your bike to be serviced while sipping a cup of good coffee!

Flat White (RM 8)

Nothing is better than sipping a cup of coffee while listening to soothing music and blending in the chatters. They aren’t kidding in serving good quality of coffee, it really is one of the best cup I’ve ever had in a long time.

Not only coffee, they also serve yummy brunch, lunch and dinner. Not to mention, the mouthwatering cakes and pasta! Oh, if only I have a spare tummy for extra space!

The Gran Fondo (RM 18)

Need I say more?

A perfect combination of toast, baked beans, sunny side up, stir fried mushrooms and sausages. The portion is huge, it’s perfect for brunch!

Crespella (RM 12)

The moment we stepped out of the cafe, I missed it and I couldn’t wait to have another plate.

These fluffly chocolate chip pancakes have stolen my heart. I’m in love with the crispy edges and the softness of it! Even talking about it now makes me wanna drive back there!

The Grumpy Cyclist has definitely won my heart.

It’s not merely a coffee shop, but also a perfect place for people who enjoy cycling, they even have regular social rides! Check out their website for more info here.

The Grumpy Cyclist – 36, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mondays to Sundays (08.00 am-10.00pm) Closed on Tuesdays

Han Woo Ri Korean BBQ Restaurant — Damansara Uptown

Damansara Uptown is indeed a food heaven for foodies in Petaling Jaya area. The fact that you can find almost everything—from fancy coffee shops to kopitiam—is the exact reason why this place is always packed during lunch and dinner time.

I have been noticing Han Woo Ri for a while, ever since we moved to our new place in Petaling Jaya. With its red signage facing the sprint highway, it caught my attention so we decided to gave it a try.

We arrived a bit late, around 8:30 p.m. yet it was still crowded and there was only one table available, lucky us. The oh-so-heavenly smell of the grilled pork and beef sprung out as we opened the door. The room was full of chatters and the sound of sizzling meat on the charcoal grill.

À la carte and set meals are available with choices of pork, beef, chicken, and seafood plus extra dishes like dolsot bibimbap, japchae, kimchi jjigae and many more Korean dishes. We had to order minimum of two BBQ sets for à la carte, so we chose the must-have Sam Gyup Sal (fresh pork belly) and Hang Jeong Sal (fresh pork neck).

The order came with refillable banchan (side dishes) like a usual Korean restaurant serves normally.

The mouth-watering Sam Gyup Sal (RM32) and Hang Jeong Sal (RM37). Sam Gyup Sal is indeed a must-have when visiting a Korean BBQ restaurant. The juicyness is so mind-blowing!

Haven’t tried pork neck before, but I’m glad we ordered it. It was surprisingly tender!

One thing I like the most from Han Woo Ri is how friendly and attentive their staffs can be.

It’s clearly their expertise in grilling meat as the meat was all cooked perfectly. They also refill the banchan even before we noticed that we have run out. When we were there, we were served by a fellow named Lama, a very helpful and friendly staff indeed.

The meat was tender and juicy yet crispy on the edges.

The pricing is just about right for decent quality of meal and fantastic service, plus they use fresh ingredients.

We ended our dinner with complimentary slices of watermelon and sweet Korean traditional drink (not sure what it’s called, should ask next time!) They have affordable lunch sets and it’s very reasonably priced. For further info about location of branches, menu and promotions, check out their Facebook page here.

Han Woo Ri – Korean BBQ Restaurant
34G, Jalan SS21/62,
Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Mon – Sun: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Tel: +603-7731 3357