Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Amy Heritage @ Melaka Raya & Limablas @ Mesui


Brace for a bumper crop of Nyonya food at two very different outlets: Amy Heritage, one of Malacca's most-recommended eateries ...

... followed by KL's Limablas, a newbie in the increasingly eclectic Mesui neighborhood off Changkat Bukit Bintang.


First up, Amy Heritage, where the food steals the show, not the plain, sparsely furnished setting. Soup lovers should home in on this peppery bowl brimming with fish balls, fish maw & quail eggs.


Ayam buah keluak is a should-order here. As great as it gets, absolutely.


Tamarind prawns. Fleshy crustaceans, a tangy treat for kids of all ages.


Sambal jantung pisang. This fragrant banana flower salad is spicy, sourish stuff _ reminiscent of Thai recipes, but still unmistakably Malaysian somehow.


Ayam pongteh, thick & creamy, nicely brimming with potatoes.


Ikan asam. Everything is cooked only on order _ even the veggies won't be chopped beforehand. Expect a wait of at least 30 minutes at peak hours.


Kangkung kobis keledek masak lemak. A total vegetarian recipe, with plenty of crunchy leaves & creamy sweet potatoes to relish in a rich coconut milk broth.


Cincaluk omelet. Amy Heritage is run by Amy Koh, a relatively well-known cook whose family seems passionate about cooking. Amy's cousin is celebrity chef Florence Tan, whose recipes we've tasted at The Tranquerah in Kota Damansara.


Sambal belacan. Too bad Amy Heritage is no less than a two-hour drive south.


Kuih ku oh, a calorie-laden, stomach-stuffing dessert.


Kuih koci, no less sinful. But we prefer the savory items to the sweet ones here.

Next up, returning to Kuala Lumpur to visit Lima Blas, graced with a gorgeously ornate interior & eye-catching details in every corner.

With outlets like Lima Blas, The EstablishmentPisco Bar & Table 23 surfacing on Mesui in recent months, this street _ home also to Palate Palette & No Black Tie _ is becoming the cooler, calmer alternative to Changkat Bukit Bintang.

Lima Blas' fare is commendable, though understandably less extensive than Amy Heritage's; start with the shrimp-topped 'pai tee,' nearly as lovely as these surroundings. At RM3 for two, it ranks among the most wallet-friendly food in this vicinity.

Chicken pongteh (RM10), fantastically fragrant & flavorful, possibly the best we've had in KL.

Cincaluk omelet (RM10), irreproachably fluffy, proving that Limablas isn't a tourist trap.

Eggplant (RM12), for some veggie nutrition. It was either this or lady's fingers.

Wait, there's kangkung too, but skip the run-of-the-mill belacan preparation & check out the amazingly addictive recipe served in "lemak keledek" (RM12).

Alas, Lima Blas serves no wine, but have no fear: every other outlet at Mesui is booze-soaked. Our current choice for potent & pleasurably priced cocktails: Pisco Bar, a 15-second stroll from Lima Blas.
Earlier entry on Pisco Bar: January 21.

YuGin (vodka, yuzu, ginger-mint syrup) & Masi Modello Delle Venezia.

Pisco Punch (pisco, lemon juice, pineapple syrup) & Honey Bee (vodka, honey, lemon juice).

LimaBlas Nyonya Restaurant @ Jalan Mesui, Kuala Lumpur

Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine,
75, Jalan Melaka Raya 24, Taman Melaka Raya.
Tel: 06-286-8819
LimaBlas @ Mesui,
15, Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2110-1289
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32 comments:

  1. I always eat at Amy Heritage whenever I visit Malacca now just love the food there. A friend of mine who's from Malacca intro me to this place in 2009.

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    1. June: Amy Heritage really is one of malacca's best spots for nyonya food. And I think Limablas has the potential to become one of KL's nicest stops for cincaluk-belacan cuisine too! =)

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  2. Jalan Mesui seems like the place to be. Definitely a nicer stroll than nearby Changkat.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, mesui is currently kinda like what changkat bukit bintang and asian heritage row were just eight years ago, before the sleaze set in =)

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  3. Hey, didn't I comment on this Limablas place? Nyonya!!! My kind of cuisine...and Amy Heritage. Must KIV that! Went to one in Penang and Mako in Malacca - I would say I was quite disappointed at both...especially the one in Penang.

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    1. Suituapui: i think we'll be hearing a lot more about limablas in the months to come! ya, i like nyonya food too, it's very comforting. and i prefer malacca nyonya food to penang's (yeah, i'm biased that way, heh) :D

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  4. The lemak keledek...how come I didn't spot that! Will check it out for lunch!

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooh, that would be a very hearty lunch! it's quite a big bowl of kangkung and lemak! :D

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  5. Amy Heritage is too far, I think I start with LimaBlas first!,hehe
    Oh and I like their deco too. :D

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, limablas is just a 10-minute drive from your office, whereas amy heritage is a two-hour drive. and i think you will be able to take some amazing photographs at limablas! :D

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  6. Food at Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine looks quite authentic. Several dishes are new to me oso ;-)

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    1. Melissa: yeah, quite a few of those dishes are difficult to find at most other nyonya restaurants. i like how both amy heritage and limablas serve kangkung with lemak keledek :D

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    2. The food looks so good!! Why can't it be in Bangsar?

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    3. Footfringe: heheh, very good food indeed! there's something about nyonya cooking that makes it both unassuming and inspiring at the same time :D

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  7. The jantung pisang is interesting while the nostalgia deco of perhaps 70s is a warm welcoming, very photogenic shop, I can visit with my Camera too !!!!!

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    1. KL Limabelas, off Nagasari, should be walking distance from Wisma Antarabangsa !!!!

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    2. Can't local i fo about Limablas in the Web, I wonder if it is opened early in the morning !

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    3. Wong: yeah, limablas is definitely camera-worthy! it might be a 10-minute walk from wisma antarabangsa. but unfortunately, it's only open during lunch & dinner =)

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    4. I suggested my European students to dine there with me tonight !!!!

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    5. Wong: yay, sounds good! i hope you guys manage to make it there tonight. i think you'll enjoy the food very much, and the prices are very fair (make sure to order the ayam pongteh, ya) :D

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  8. How do u do it?? BOW BOW!!! Really ate the place clean hor:)

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    1. Ciki: heheh, good food is easy to polish :D

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  9. so jalan Mesui now is a new place to explore! Great to see more dining outlets near changkat BB

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    1. Eiling: yeah, i'd really recommend jalan mesui now. there's a peruvian restaurant, a nyonya restaurant, a porky fusion restaurant and a nice australian-run bar, all popped up within the past several months! :D

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  10. Hurrah for not having to drive to Melaka for some nonya nosh! Limblas looks pretty as a picture..

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    1. Youhadyourlunch: yeah, limablas is just a 10-minute drive from my office. It's where I'll get my chicken pongteh stew from now on. And yeah, it's such a pretty restaurant, we could spend half an hour photographing it from every angle, heh =)

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  11. Great place to recommend to tourist :P

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    1. TNG: heheh, good for locals like us too, who enjoy well-prepared nyonya food :D

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  12. Well, just concern is the food at Limablas halal? I would like to bring my parents and fiance too! Looking at the pictures makes you hungrayyyy

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    1. Hanim: yep, pork is not served at limablas. hope u enjoy it =)

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  13. I went Lima Blas and plan to visit Amy but too bad it's closed for short break from 3-6pm. Next time will visit Amy earlier hehe

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    1. Wallace: hope you enjoyed lima blas and that you manage to eat at amy someday! heheh =)

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