Saturday, January 05, 2013

Eat, Play, Drive with Nissan Almera

On a fine Saturday morning, I woke up earlier than my usual Saturdays and skip my evening naps as I excitedly brave unknown territories to join a bunch of people for a food excursion to Malacca!

The meeting point - ETCM (Edaran Tan Chong Motors) Southgate, Cheras showroom. Why there? Because this food road trip is brought to us by the people of Nissan where we will journey in the all new Nissan Almera which I looked forward delightedly to test it out to it's full potential. :P

Arriving at the venue, I had some coffee to wake me up along with light breakfast before teaming up with my car buddies as we eagerly anticipate to start the journey:
That's the car we're gonna be in, with Dennis and Huai Bin.
Flagged off by Alex Tan, the Senior General Manager of Wilayah & Southern Region of ETCM, we joined the convoy and depart onwards to Malacca:
Me happily seating like a boss behind on the first leg:
Surprisingly, the Nissan Almera has a very big legroom. Although the front seat was pushed all the way back, yet I still had ample of legroom to be comfortable enough to sit:
Ok, so I'm small size too but still, loads of legroom. It's known that the Nissan Almera stretches across 636mm, the longest legroom in it's class.
A view of the middle, audio controls and air cond and stuff:

We made a pit stop before reaching Malacca and had a test of how big the trunk was. No surprise, it is actually huge enough to fit a few individuals in there. Our volunteer lab rat to gauge the boot, LOL:
Of course, we don't really recommend stuffing someone in the boot for an excursion when there's plenty of room at the back of the car.

Our first stop in Malacca is this place called Aunty Koh, famous for her cendols:
Though the place may not look like much with a faded sign and what seems to be a make shift shack, the looks seems to deceive the goodness of the cendol:
Unlike other cendols, this one does not rely on the sweetness of gula melaka (palm sugar) but rather has a unique taste of pure coconut milk.
Although being a small serving, the taste will be the factor to draw you back for more.
Here's a version called tai bak (on the left):
Tai bak is a light version which feels ice cold and refreshing in your mouth and it's only with that tai bak stuff and ice shavings and pandan infused syrup.

Aunty Koh's cendol is at:
No. 5113, Jalan Batang Tiga,
Kampung Bukit Rambai.
75250, Melaka.

From what I heard, it's only available in the weekends from 12pm till 1pm and if you're here at 2pm, it's probably finished.

Since it was lunch time when we were there, the only logical place to go next is our lunch destination!

Where we had our lunch was at Peranakan Restaurant at Jonker Street:
The dishes we ate were of course, Peranakan food or better known as Baba Nyonya.
Some dishes that were served for our consumption to go along with our white rice:
From left to right, Ayam (chicken) Pongteh, Ayam Buah Keluak, Kangkung Belacan.
Ikan (fish) Tenggiri Asam Pedas:
Some vegetables:
Udang (prawns) lemak nenas:
Some Fu Yong Tan (omelette) and Sambal Bendi (ladies fingers):
And some Taufu (bean curd):
As you can see, it was quite a scrumptious meal that we dig in at a Peranakan ambiance:
Also joining us for our lunch, we had Anthony Tan, the head of marketing for ETCM with us where he shared some details with us on the Almera.
“The spaciousness gives drivers and passengers greater comfort and a more enjoyable ride. All this comfort are not necessarily achieved at a higher price tag as the ALMERA is truly known to be the people’s car starting at RM66,800.”

Our next destination for a little dessert was the famous Nadeje Mille Crepe Cake House:
The soft, spongy Mille Crepe was certainly pleasing to my palate, especially this original:
Other flavors that we tried out include the strawberry and the chocolate:
And the green tea:
All four together:
It certainly did go well with my Melaka Latte, latte with Gula Melaka in it:
Course it looks like a normal latte from the picture but the taste of gula melaka added along with the coffee did give it a great exquisite taste enhancing the sweetness along with the creaminess.
All of that from a soothing ambiance but yet buzzing with a lot of people:

Another dessert for our tea time right after the awesome mille crepe was the Klebang Original Coconut Shake:
By that time, it was raining heavily and yet there's still teems of people steadily streaming in with the already packed place.
The coconut shake special is a creamy concoction of coconut water & coconut milk with vanilla ice cream to topped it up, a delicious mixture:
By nightfall we headed to Seremban for our dinner but not before we adjourned to a nice location with a great sea view for some pictures:
One thing I love about the Almera is it's keyless push start ignition and it's fuel efficiency of 14.9 km per liter.
The Almera is equipped with an HR15DE engine with CVTC which is all aluminium making it light weight and quiet.

The dinner destination was at Ria Seaview Village Restaurant, the Muslim seafood Chinese style restaurant:
It's interesting to find a halal restaurant that is serving food that's cooked close to Chinese tasting dishes.
What we had there:
Some deep fried sotong (squid).
Butter prawns:
Nyonya Style Ikan Talapia:
Some veggie, Baby Kailan:
Marmite Chicken:
And Sizzling Taufu:
During the drive home, we were allowed to breakaway from the convoy and head back to the showroom on our own and since I was in turn to drive, I revved it up all the way and test the potential of the car to the limit to see what it can do. :D

Certainly was very fulfilling eating all the way like Pac-Man and on top of that, I get to test out the Almera as well. Two birds with one stone. LOL
On further info on the Nissan Almera, head on to or contact the Customer Service Hotline at their 1-800-88-8368 Toll Free line.


Unknown said...

Expensive looking cars, cheap looking food hahaha. Selangor residents receive letters from PM Najib

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

The car is not that expensive. The food is cheap enough though. LOL

foongpc said...

Wow! The food looks delicious!! I want the Aunty Koh's cendol!! But I will give Nadeje's crepe cake a pass. LOL!

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

Oh yeah, the Cendol's excellent & I'm not even a cendol lover! The Mille Crepe is great too. Why pass? Should try it! I heard they're opening a branch in PJ soon.

Unknown said...

I enjoyed reading your review. =)

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

Thanks Hui Ping. :)