Tong Bee's cockle stall: "Back lane cockles - Anyone?" Street vendors Tip by sunshine_01

Street vendors, Melaka: 13 reviews and 21 photos

  The owner mixing the dipping sauce
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  • The owner mixing the dipping sauce - Melaka
      The owner mixing the dipping sauce
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  • Customers seated on the tiny stools and low tables - Melaka
      Customers seated on the tiny stools and low tables
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  • Newspaper cuttings of this stall - Melaka
      Newspaper cuttings of this stall
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  • Cockles, clams and a small dish of dipping sauce - Melaka
      Cockles, clams and a small dish of dipping sauce
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  • Cuttlefish with kang kung - Melaka
      Cuttlefish with kang kung
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The alley was not so brightly lit and there were two stalls selling similar things; on one side of the alley is a small drain. We wanted to sit on the tiny stools and the low tables near the stall but there were simply too many customers waiting around. So we sat on the normal height plastic table and chair. We ordered cockles(sihum), clams(lala), kang kung with cuttlefish and lime juice. Each plate of cockles and clams cost RM1.50. The plate of kang kung with cuttlefish cost RM7.

There was a small plastic container on the table for customers to dispose the shells. While we were eating, ocassionally there were motorcycles riding past behind us. If you are concern about food hygiene, then this place is not for you. We did not have any food poisoing or stomach upset after eating at this stall though.

The cockles were blanched in hot water and they are a bit bloody(not overcooked). You may request them to blanch it a bit longer though. Usually, the taste of the cockles and clams will be the same everywhere but it is the dipping sauce that made a difference to it. The dipping sauce is slightly spicy, tangy and sweet. It has shrimp paste(hei ko), chilli, lime, crushed peanuts and some sesame seeds etc. Not too bad.

The kangkung and the cuttlefish were blanched just right with a nice texture. They were assembled in a plate with different sauces poured onto it. The sauce is similar to the dipping sauce but it had peanut sauce and is slightly spicier. I have not got the chance to try their rojak so I?ll be trying it in my next trip.

Overall it gaves me a nostalgic feel to eat here which reminiscences of the hawker scene in the 1960s.

Address: Off Jalan Bunga Raya lane, Melaka
Price Comparison: least expensive
Directions: Walk along the road at Jalan Bunga Raya and locate Madam King's departmental stall. Walk straight ahead for 1-2min and reach one lane before a traffic light. Turn right into the lane; it is actually the back alley of the shophouses.
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 3

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  • Updated Nov 19, 2011
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