Cuisine in Melaka


14 December 2012 | last updated at 08:07AM
Malacca traffic jam soon to be history

By Jason Gerald |

TRAM OPERATING ON NGV: RM272 million project will begin in February next year
WITH the sounds of Christmas Jingles echoing in malls and popular tourist destinations, such as the Jonker Walk, and the curtains closing slowly but definitely for this year, the traffic in the city is starting to become a nightmare.

Unlike the previous months where traffic and people only flock the Historical City over the weekends, the current school holidays and the rush by almost everyone to strike out their remaining annual leave, the number of people and vehicles coming into Malacca and leaving has almost doubled in December.

Not only are the exits to Malacca via the Simpang Ampat, Ayer Keroh and Jasin exits along the North-South Expressway experiencing a crawl but almost all roads leading to the city centre is seeing a bumper to bumper traffic.

However, this is the small sacrifice that people in Malacca have to pay to ensure the Historical City remains a vibrant tourist destination, as tourism is one of the main income generators for the state coffers and many businesses involved in the hospitality industry.

And the traffic congestion would become part of history when the much awaited Malacca Tram, a RM272 million project undertaken by Mrails International Sdn Bhd in collaboration with Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI), begins in February next year.
The tram, operating on liquefied natural gas (NGV), would be capable of ferrying 120 passengers at any one time at a speed of 40kph and would begin from its depot next to the Ayer Keroh toll plaza and head to the heritage zone of Malacca — covering a distance of 40km and serving 11 of 14 major tourist spots.

Among the popular spots the tram will pass on its route are Hotel Seri Malaysia, Botanical Gardens, Melaka Zoo, Melaka International Trade Centre, Taman Muzaffar Shah, Pantai Hospital, Masjid Al-Azim, Hospital Melaka, Renaissance Hotel, Dataran Pahlawan, Hotel Mahkota, Harbour Club, Equatorial Hotel and Bukit Baru.

With the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) giving the “green light” for implementation of the tram project, although the law on the transport system is yet to be completed, the tram could very soon be seen plying the “tourism” routes in the state.

SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said technical work such as the building of tracks and depots could still proceed and “there is still time to formulate the law” for the tram.

Syed Hamid also recently said SPAD had held discussions with the Attorney-General’s Chambers in drafting the law for tabling in Parliament before gazetting.
SPAD would ask for a detailed report on security and maintenance aspects of the tram system from the project developer to ensure its smooth operation.

When the Malacca Tram starts its operations, in about a year after the project starts in February, it is expected that some 110,000 passengers will use the service on weekdays and 210,000 on weekends.

Mrails is working with CNR Tangshan Railway Vehicles Co Ltd, a Chinese-based locomotive manufacturer, for the building of the coaches.

The tram is a rail borne vehicle, lighter than a train and differs from other forms of locomotion, as the tracks are embedded in the street.

It is able to accommodate 120 passengers at one time, caters to the disabled because of its ground-level design and will operate at speeds of 40kph.

Ticket for the tram ride is priced at RM2 for a single journey but students and senior citizens ride for free. A day pass, priced at RM5 is also available.

When launching the Tram project in February, last year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak stressed that despite the nation’s quest for greater modernisation, emphasis must be placed on environmentally-friendly technology to ensure sustainability and low carbon emissions.

He said long-term environmental conservation efforts were important and should not be compromised at the cost of development and that the Malacca Tram project was iconic, not only for the state, but for the nation as well.

This “next generation tram” is the world’s first environmentally-friendly tram that runs on NGV engine. Najib said the project was suitable to be introduced here as it was in line with the state’s slogan “Where It All Began”.

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A Malaysian Cooking Up a Storm in a Japanese Kitchen

October 20, 2011 during 12:00 pm

What creates a good chef? Is it merely usually his cooking? Or are there other contributing factors that gives a cook a honour of being famous as a good chef? The group recently met adult with Sous Chef Mohd. Zamri during Sagano in Renaissance Hotel for a brief discuss about his food and him being nominated as one of a chefs participating in a Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2011.

Sous Chef Mohd Zamri – a elementary and superb man

The cosy atmosphere of Sagano Restaurant in Renaissance Hotel creates dining an noted experience

One of a initial things that one might notice when articulate with Sous Chef Mohd Zamri is a fact that he is a really common person. When asked about his delicious creations for a epicurean festival, he explains that this year’s menu was desirous by a prior menus combined for this event. Sous Chef Mohd. Zamri is a chairman who prefers to let his food do all a talking, as everybody knows that good food always pronounce volumes. His creations are superb and elementary and is a thoughtfulness of a chairman itself.

The mixture used for Wagyu Striploin and contingent of fungus with wasabi-teriyaki sauce

It was by fluke that Sous Chef Mohd. Zamri finished adult where he is now. He started out operative in one of a tip 5 Japanese restaurants in 1988, where jobs were tough to come by as a outcome of a economy downturn. What started out as ‘fun’ pursuit incited into a lifelong passion after he fell in adore with it. Sous Chef Mohd. Zamri afterwards went on to work in one of a Japanese restaurants during SOGO selling mall before relocating on to Nikko Hotel, where he stayed on for twelve years. When asked about his noted times during his career, he smiled and remarked that it was during his reign as a cook in Nikko Hotel where he had a event to offer 3 opposite Japanese Prime Ministers during their visits to Malaysia. He even had a possibility to offer a Japanese Emperor when he was visited Malaysia!

Sous Chef Mohd. Zamri putting on a proof on a credentials of one of a MIGF dishes

The menu that is accessible for this year’s epicurean festival is a testimony of his cooking talents drawn from 23 years of scheming Japanese cuisine. Sous Chef Mohd. Zamri has prepared a miraculous feast for all, featuring some of a favourite mixture frequently used in Japanese cuisine like soft-shell crab, unagi, salmon, cod fish and wagyu beef. The cost of a menu is set during RM 138.00++ per chairman (without wine) and RM 188.00 ++ per chairman (with wine). There is also a light Festival Menu, labelled during RM 108.00 ++ per chairman (without wine) that comes with appetizers, soup, choice of one (1) categorical and dessert, suitable for those who would like a discerning bite. The whole menu is really value for money.

Medium Rare Atlantic Salmon and Grated Yam, Hot Spicy Sauce and Ikura

From Top to Bottom: Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab with Sticky Ginger Soy Sauce, Egg Tofu and Boiled Live Prawn with Bainiku Sauce, Unagi Sushi with Seaweed Sauce

Sagano Wagyu striploin and contingent of mushroom, wasabi-teriyaki sauce

Sagano is not a usually grill of a Renaissance Hotel that is participating in a Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2011. The hotel is charity a double pleasure promotion, featuring Sagano and Dynasty Restaurant, a Cantonese cuisine restaurant. The package is also labelled during RM 138.00++ per chairman (without wine) and RM 188.00 ++ per chairman (with wine). For those who are on a diet, there is also a light Festival Menu, labelled during RM 108.00 ++ per chairman (without wine) that comes with appetizers, soup, choice of one (1) categorical and dessert.

For some-more information and reservations, greatfully call 03 – 2162 2233 or email

All prices are theme to 10% use assign and 6% use tax. Dynasty Restaurant is a non-halal restaurant.

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Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2011

October 14, 2011 during 12:00 pm

It is definite that one of a country’s best captivate is a food, and for a whole month of Oct tourists and locals comparison can check out a excellent dining stage during some of a best restaurants in Malaysia during a Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2011. Food lovers can select from a innumerable of cuisine from 28 restaurants nationwide, trimming from East and West to alloy cuisine, from authentic to complicated and sharp to sublime.

MIGF 2011

Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2011

Some of a restaurants that are participating in this eventuality are Sagano and Dynasty from Renaissance Hotel that offer Japanese and Chinese cuisine, Al-Amar Restaurant during Pavilion Kuala Lumpur that serves Lebanese cuisine, Lafite from Shangri-La Hotel charity European cuisine and The Pomelo from The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Perak, that prides itself with a Spa cuisine.

Another special payoff during a Malaysia International Gourmet Festival is that diners can also select to book MIGF Gourmet Tours, that package a purchaser’s fine-dining knowledge with deals on accommodation, golf, spas and city tours. The MIGF Gourmet Tours package includes 4 nights hotel accommodation thorough of daily breakfast, lapse airfield transfers to and from a hotel of your choice, 4 epicurean dishes of your possess choosing, transfers to and from a hotel to those comparison restaurants, one festival cooking category with lapse transfer, one half day city debate of Kuala Lumpur and one lapse transfers to and from discretionary activities. For full inventory of other participating restaurants and eateries or some-more information, greatfully record on to MIGF’s website here.

Photo (c) Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2011

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State’s first fleet of metered cabs

KUALA LUMPUR: Historical city, Malacca, has added another feather to its cap by having its first metered taxi service called 1Malaysia Cab.

Operated by Warisan Astana Sdn Bhd, the 1Malaysia Cab services started in Malacca in October last year.

It offers Malacca folk and tourists metered taxi services that can be hired via its hunting line.

Warisan Astana executive director Ismail Mahmood said there are 20 executive cabs in Malacca and their fleet are easily recognisable through the trademark blue colour codes. The cars used are Kia Optima and Toyota Innova.

Six months into its operations, Ismail said the service is well-received by both locals and tourists with a cab making an average of seven to eight trips daily.

By end of the year, Ismail said the company is targeting to increase the number of cabs to 50.

“We decided to start this taxi service as there are a lot of city taxis here that don’t use meters. They are said to be charging passengers exorbitantly, between RM15 to RM20, for a short ride from Bandar Hilir to Jonker Street. We’ve tested the system and our meter showed that the trip costs only about RM9.

“Our presence in Malacca does not threaten the livelihood of other cabbies as we focus largely on tourists. We can also ferry passengers all over the country through a packaged deal.

“We complement the city taxis as Malacca does not have executive taxi services. Besides, the public now has an option in terms of transport,” said Ismail.

1Malaysia Cab services operate on a tariff approved by the government. Ismail said the meter starts at RM6 and for every 100m it travels, there will be a 20 sen increase.

If the taxi is stationary, the meter jumps 20 sen every 20 seconds. If a passenger calls for a taxi through its hunting line, an additional RM2 will be charged.

Asked if the starting price of RM6 was steep, Ismail said: “We want passengers to try out our executive taxis because our vehicles are comfortable and spacious. We prioritise the safety of our passengers and our taxis are equipped with Global Positioning System devices and their whereabouts can be tracked.

“The GPS system also allows us to inform our passengers the taxis estimated time of arrival at their doorstep should they call for one through the hunting line. Those are our added services.

“Also, the issue of our drivers not using meters will not arise as we have installed seat sensors that activate the meter automatically. Receipts will be issued upon request,” he said.

As part of its promotional campaign to increase awareness of its service, Ismail said they’re offering a 20 per cent discount to passengers.

Warisan Astana is also working with hotels such as A’Famosa Resort in Alor Gajah and Renaissance Hotel that allow its executive taxis to be based on their premises for the use of hotel guests.

Pahlawan Mall in Bandar Hilir, he added, has also allowed Warisan Astana to have its own taxi stand in front of the complex.

On May 1, they are expected to start their services at the Malacca International Airport.

The 1Malaysia Cab is based at the Malacca International Trade Centre in Ayer Keroh. It operates from 6am to midnight daily. For a cab, call 06-2331 666.

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