Friday, April 25, 2008

Melaka (Part II)

Following the waistband-tightening exercise at Benji's, we filled the rest of the Melaka trip with other tastings.

This version of otak-otak from Newton was heavenly, grilled to perfection at just the right consistency so it didn't fall apart once we removed it from the banana leaf wrap, held it between thumb and forefinger, and proceeded to chomp it down and wash with beer.

And yes it tasted as good as it looks! This one was off that famous place on Jonker Street and the thing that stood out about this version was the thickness of the gula melaka syrup (palm sugar syrup). They also retail the bottled syrup alone in the store and I bought one of those babies home. It enhances the flavour of just about everything, but I use it in my morning coffee.

Assam Laksa and Nyonya Laksa
I don't understand why kembung's gone out of fashion in laksa, to be replaced by tuna? Or sardines? It is curently a great source of distress for me.

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