Monday, April 9, 2012

Scrumptious dinner at Straits of Malacca

February and March seems to be an eating fest season. Firstly, Mr. C and I had our ex-Korean house mate over for a short weekend visit. Next, we had J & G and now, Mr. C's parents. Besides that, part of my family arrived last night! I predict more foodie outings, if not, home cooked food! Slurp either ways.

On Saturday night, Mr. C drove his parents and I over to Straits of Malacca in Glen Waverly. It is my third time there and Mr. C's second. For me, the food is good, for now but the wait, long at times and avoidable; if only the waiters/waitresses knew how to managed table seating.

Mr. C doesn't like the noise and crowd in this shop and especially in Glen Waverly but he braves it all for me 'cos he knows I like the food here. Lol. We were here only two Sundays ago when we met Miss Cutesie and her fiancé for dinner.


Char Koay Teow

This time, we had the famous (according to its name in the menu) Char Koay Teow and it was good. Nicely fried and dry. Not too oily and you can taste the burnt wok taste. The best Char Koay Teow I've tried so far in Melbourne. All four of us enjoyed it though we spied other people who ordered this same dish having a bigger portion.

Hokkien Mee

The Hokkien mee was only alright. Portion looked small and drowning in the big plate. Our complaint; it was too sweet! I liked my hokkien mee savoury and not sweet like my desserts. Doubt we'll have this again anytime soon.

Cendol AUD 3.80
At first, Mr. C didn't allow me to order any cold drink due to my womanly woes. But later on, my sad puppy face (aka Puss-in-boots sad face) must have worked 'cos he ordered a cup of Cendol for me! Yum! 

Cendol consists of ice shavings which you can see at the top soaked in coconut milk and palm sugar at the bottom filled with green jelly liked looking worms. FYI, they're not real worms, just made from rice flour with green food colouring usually derived from pandan leaves.

Combination Hor Fun (in mandarin words, it also says ying yong)

The Combination Hor Fun Ying Yong was good. Not too salty and portion looked big. Definitely worth it if one is savouring it on an empty stomach. Liked the crisp noodles coupled with the hor fun (aka koay teow and also flat noodle).

Browse HERE for the menu. The only thing marring this dining experience is the long queue. If I am not wrong, there is a long line of people waiting usually from 7pm till 9pm and especially on a weekend. If the queue was long because of the good food and limited seating places, fair enough. But if it is mainly due to poor seating table arrangement and management, then it reflects poorly on the floor supervisor/manager (if they even have one).

When people leave, table is cleared of plates. That part is good. However, from the moment table is cleared till customer is seated, the table is left vacant for far too long, definitely more than 5 minutes, at least, each time!

Whatever it is, I doubt it'll stop people from patronising this shop. People will stop coming when the food quality and tastes are compromise. Since it is relatively new, opening only last month, I believe it'll still be yum for awhile more. It'll be nice if I can still say the same in one year's time.
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