No longer…

In a recent post, I mentioned that the kampua noodle stall, the one that I grew up eating, had moved to the coffee shop behind the Sibu Polyclinic…and in my younger days, in that coffee shop named Kiaw Siong, there was a beef noodle stall as well. We called the kampua guy Ah Kow…and then when this other fellow opened his beef noodle stall, he was known as Ang Kau (monkey) and his son who helped him at the stall was Kow K’ia (puppy).

I managed to find out  where this beef noodle had moved to and I must say the present location is a lot better where parking is concerned. It is now in the coffee shop across the lane to the left of Singapore Chicken Rice, the outlet behind HSBC. I dropped by for lunch the other day…

Original Kiaw Siong beef noodles 1

…and found that they have three sizes going for RM3.00. RM3.50 and RM4.50. If you look carefully at the sign on the top of the stall, it seems that this business actually stared in 1963. Gosh! I was only 11 then. Well, I opted for the biggest – the RM4.50…

Original Kiaw Siong beef noodles 2

…and I must say that I was quite disappointed. In the past, when I went to eat at the former location (beside the Sibu Fire Station), without my asking, they would give me the biggest size they had…and it  would be a BIG bowl, the family-size soup bowl. Besides, not only is it no longer the only beef noodles stall in town but it is no longer the nicest as there are others that are nicer…as well as others that are cheaper and just as nice.

I guess I would not be rushing him to eat there again but I may just stop by for a bowl, should I happen to be in the vicinity and do not feel like having anything else that is available around that part of town.

That same day, at that same coffee shop, I spotted a stall selling char siew pao at RM1.50 each…

Mitsu char siew pao 1

They were ok – the filling was nice…

Mitsu char siew pao 2

…but I think I prefer those that I bought not too long ago…and those were cheaper – only RM1.40 each.

They also sold these baked jacket sweet potatoes at the stall…

Mitsu baked sweet potatoes 1

…and RM1.40 each but for RM4.00, you can get three, I bought some and found that they were really very nice indeed…

Mitsu baked sweetpotatoes 2

I would not mind going back there some time and buy some more, that’s for sure.

Only when they packed my orders did I realise that actually, these came from the dim sum place that I would go to quite regularly

Mitsu Sibu

I wish, however, that they would not use those polystyrene containers as they are not environment-friendly and would be thrown away after use. They could have just used plain paper to wrap and tie with a rubber band…or plastic containers that people can wash and reuse for other purposes again and again until they spoil. In view of this, I must bear in the mind that the next time I go to buy those sweet potatoes, I must remember to bring my own Tupperware…

As the lyrics of the song go,
I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change…