It is more difficult to find a A & W restaurant in Malaysia than other fast food outlets such as McDonald’s and KFC. Luckily I was able to find an A & W outlet while I was walking along Dataran Pahlawan mall in Melaka. The thing that I loved the most is the root beer – whether it is just plain root beer or with ice cream toppings, this beverage is always refreshing and delicious. Personally, I would rather drink a A & W root beer than a coke, ice lemon tea or other cold drinks available in any fast food chain.
I ordered a set meal consisting of a fish burger, fries and a root beer. The fish burger was unique as it has salad toppings, cheese and a large slice of sea weed inside. I liked it and it is better than the fish burger at McDonald’s. If I could recalled correctly, the meal set cost about RM12 ( up size on root beer). I have to wait for about 10 minutes after ordering as it is prepared fresh but it was worth the waiting time. The bun was moist and all the ingredients in the burger was very fresh. The meal was intended for an afternoon tea break and I really enjoyed it.
It seems that the A & W restaurant in Malaysia is not doing so well as compared to similar outlets in Indonesia. Over in Indonesia, most of the A & W outlets are big in terms of space; and I could see many customers patronizing the restaurants especially during lunch and dinner time. One of the popular food item over there is the fried chicken with white rice – rice is a staple food in Indonesia. I also liked the chocolate ice-cream and fries.
I think the pricing of food items in A & W are slightly more expensive than other fast food chains such as McDonald’s. It would be good if A & W could promote their meals more aggressively and provide better value meals to consumers.
There is one historical Chinese Temple in Melaka that is a must visit site if you are interested in Chinese architectural building and history. The name of this famous temple is called Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. This temple is more than 300 years old and is has received an UNESCO award for architectural restoration. The address of this temple is 25 Jalan Tokong 5, 75200 Melaka. If you are still unsure of how to go there, don’t worry as it is easy to find – 25 Jalan Tokong is very near to the famous Jonker Street. In fact it is a road that runs almost parallel to Jonker Street. So once you reached Jonker Street, just ask the locals for direction to this temple.
The Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is a real architectural beauty. This temple is simply a living museum of Chinese arts, history and cultures. Timber and lacquers are extensively been used on the construction of this temple. There are beautiful carvings, painting, sculptures of phoenixes, dragons, sages, etc. In the main prayer’s hall is the statue of Kwan Yin or Goddess of Mercy; which sits in the center of the hall. On the left is Goddess Ma Choe Po and on the right is Datuk Poh Seng Tye Tay – Deity of Well Being, Deity Kwan Ti – God of Justice and Deity Tai Sway Yah ( Tai Sui ) – deity in charge of well being of the mortal world.
I visited the temple on a weekday as it would be less crowded – as it was also easier to take photos. There are a few vendors outside the temple selling souvenirs if you are interested; but do beware of touts; people asking for donations or claiming to make special offerings or prayers on your behalf. Opposite the Cheng Hoon Temple is another temple which is the Malaysian Buddhist Association ( Melaka Branch ) which is also worth visiting if you have the time.