Archive | May 4, 2013

You can’t have it all…

I’ve had some nice stuff at this place, like their dim sum, for instance, or their beef noodles but I don’t usually venture to that part of town as by our local standard, it would be considered very far. Before Melissa got posted to her present school, she was helping out as a volunteer at the centre for special children nearby and during that time, I had to send her there and I would drop by to loiter around. I did try the kampua noodles at two shops in the vicinity, at least, but they were, at best, just all right – nothing to shout about and you would not see me going back for more.

The thing is this blogger-friend of mine once told me that the kampua there (name of area) was very nice but she did not specify exactly which shop. As far as I know, there is this food court there by that same name and also a coffee shop. So that day, I decided to give the one at the former a try…

Kampua stall

This particular stall certainly seemed very popular as I saw a lot of people ordering the noodles (RM2.50) but when mine was served…

Kampua

…I could tell right away that it would not be all that great…and true enough, it wasn’t. I saw some red-coloured ones (probably tossed in char siew sauce) with those curly vegetables and stuff, probably their kolo mee…but though that looked pretty good, I don’t think I would ever want to take the chance. Somehow, no matter what, our local ones always turn out to be poor miserable imitations of the nice ones that we can get in Kuching.

I also ordered their ang tao peng (RM2.30), mangkuk (bowl)…

atp 1

….that day. The beans were perfectly done…

atp 2

…really soft but still whole and not one mushy mess but unfortunately, the santan (coconut milk) did not taste all that fresh. Perhaps they used the packet or canned ones, I’m not too sure…but whatever it is, I think the ones at this place wins hands down – with the gula melaka (palm sugar) and all. Still, I would say that it is nicer than some other places that I’ve tried especially those that use milk instead of santan, no, thank you!

Well, they do have some nice stuff there, just not these, and I guess you can’t have it all – you win some, you lose some.