Cockle (siham), Lala/Siput, Sotong Kangkung and “Fishcakes Rojak” – Hock Chin, Melaka

Why is everyone asking me to go to eat cockles and clams (siput kepah) at some stall located near Madam King, “at the back alley of Bunga Raya” (exact directions given)?
What’s so special about it, I had wondered.

Anyhow that request got me reminiscing of my years in Penang. I remembered sitting at hawker stalls at night and digging my way through piles of boiled cockles dipped in their special chilli sauce.

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I hardly see this in KL (or maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough) and when Fiona as well as some of my FB fans/friends suggested this place I suddenly developed a hankering for cockles and sotong kangkung. I told Vincent my acting guide to take me there. He being local decided to share his favourite joint for this local delicacy instead.

Hock Chin is not as well known (among tourists) but is very popular with the locals. Perfect. That’s exactly what I’m looking for!

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As usual his recommendation was spot-on. Either that or we both share the same palate for food. 🙂

At RM2.00 and RM1.5o per serving these were probably the cheapest plates of mollusks I ever had.

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And these were so so fresh! The siput was plump, chewy and sweet and the cockles oozes fresh blood and was devoid of any grain of sand or dirt.
A handful of these in a bowl of curry laksa would have been heavenly. 🙂

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The accompanying sauce is nutty (ground nuts added), overall sweetish with a mild tinge of spiciness. But it’s nothing that even a low tolerance for spicy foreigner’s tongue can’t handle.

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Since there were fresh fishballs and beancurd sheet being barbeque over open grill I added that to our order. I call this the fishball rojak since it came served with sweet salty soy sauce with cucumbers and peanuts, just like the fruit rojak we have back in Pg and KL.

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Tastewise it was good enough to not warrant any complaints. The cuttlefish with water convulvus (kangkung) is recommended too. The kangkung was satisfyingly fresh and the cuttlefish soft and bouncy to bite.

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We had 2 drinks and all of that all that cost us RM13.50. I can’t complain. Really I can’t. 🙂

Here are some pictures of Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Hock Chin and the “kitchen”.
Below: An open grill for the bean curd sheets, fish cakes and fish balls.

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The preparation of the cockles and siput are simple; just a quick dip of the shellfish into the boiling water before serving.

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You want ambiance? You can choose to sit inside the coffeeshop or al-fresco by the road on cute little low stools.
We chose the latter of course. 🙂

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There aren’t any food outlets within the same row of shophouses. In fact Hock Chin could be considered a bit out of the way from town but if you’re up for a drive out of town, do get your cockles/siput/sotong kangkung cravings satisfied here.
And if you’re asking if it is worth the drive here compared to the conveniently located Tong Bee at Bunga Raya, well my friend Vincent, a local Malaccan thinks so. 🙂

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Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Hock Chin
Jalan Jasa Merdeka 2, Taman Merdeka.
GPS: (will update as I got my GPS coordinates all mixed up for now).
Closed every Sunday.

* This Melaka trip was made possible by Casa del Rio, Melaka. Many thanks to the management for the splendid stay and providing me the opportunity to explore the rich cultural state of Melaka! 🙂

Rebecca Saw - casa del rio Melaka

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