(Took only some photos as it's difficult with the kiddo around and I wanted to take it easy for this trip. Quite lazy to blog actually, so just some photos and captions with some highlights of the trip.)
Due to the terrible jam at Tuas Checkpoint (we were stuck for 1.5hrs, TYVM SG), we reached Melaka only close to midnight.
It was a glorious Saturday as we woke up to great sunshine! Lovely view from our Deluxe Lago Room at Casa Del Rio. This is not an advertorial, but seriously Casa Del Rio offers impeccable service on top of their luxuriously appointed room. Quote my kiddo, we are on a luxurious holiday!
Lovely to stroll around the grounds of the hotel, admiring the architecture and scenery.
Iced gems biscuits, for guests to help themselves at the library.
We stayed here a few times, this was the first time we swam, credit goes to the kiddo.
Kinghin Sdn Bhd
89, 91 & 93 Jalan Temenggong
Alan of Travelling Foodies, realised we went to the wrong place. We went to the row of restaurants at the next block of building, which is the common place where most people would go. The recommended place for Portuguese food is:
Big Ben's Restaurant Cafe & Cottage Industry
Lot 1 & 2 Sea Front
LimKokWing Academy of Creativity & Innovation
Big Ben: 016-4469077
** We made a phone call prior to going because they may not open every day.
There wasn't any menu, and Chef Benildus (his actual name) told us he would arrange a simple set meal for 3 of us.
Ayam Cili Garam, I think is more of a Nyonya dish? I'm not sure, but Chef said this was one of his most popular dish, especially during catering events, always the first to be wiped out.
Indeed, the chicken was fried to a perfect crisp, yet the meat was so tender and juicy! The flavour of the spices was perfect and brought out the sweetness of the meat.
We are definitely returning to try his other signature dishes, hopefully with more makan kakis so that we could order more food!
The Big Bad Wolf Mega Book Sale at MITC Melaka. Tonnes of books, especially children's books. Worth a visit for children's books. Quite a selection of cookery books but I only bought a few, not many familiar titles. Stayed only an hour as the kiddo was tired.
The facade of Casa Del Rio.
This particular fried radish cake was very popular, but the hb claimed it was over-rated after trying.
Assam laksa from a random stall. Surprisingly good, the noodle had a chewy texture, gravy was umami, spicy and sour.
Ayam satay from random stall. Surprisingly good as well, chicken meat was well marinated and tender, gravy spicy and sweet and the ketupat soft and fragrant.
The kiddo insisted on swimming after breakfast and before checkout. Might as well, a feeble attempt to work off my sinful breakfast.
Before heading home, a stop at Baba Charlie to get some nyonya kueh. Nowadays, they even designated car park lots for customers.
The glob of golden gula melaka almost drooping off as I struggled to take a photo using my left hand :p
A few assorted kueh and a curry puff with sweet potato filling. The kueh dadar was nice, soft skin and moist inti, abok abok sagu was not bad, but didn't like the Pulot Serikaya, texture too hard. The curry puff is interesting to use sweet potato as filling but a tad too sweet and not spicy enough.
Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake
72, Jalan Tengkera Pantai 2,
Yami Bake Ingredient House
49-H Jalan Tun Perak
Toko Che Ros
No 27 Jalan Laksamana
(the 2 rows of old red painted shop houses near the Dutch Square, on the side nearer to river)