Almost…

Somebody told me once that the Kuching kolo mee around this area was nice so I went to this cafe at the Delta Commercial Centre here…

Toto Cafe Sibu

…with my daughter but it was so bad that both of us could not finish it.

Later, I found out that it was the coffee shop next door, not this one, so I went there to try and I had this…

e-Cafe's Kuching kolo mee
*recycled pic*

It was nice but it was more like Sibu kampua noodles dressed up to look like Kuching kolo mee.

But the other day, I dropped by that Toto Cafe again. My missus would buy the fried stuff from the section at the back occasionally and they were pretty good. However, when I got there, I thought I did not feel like anything fried so I decided to take my chance one more time and ordered the Kuching kolo mee (RM3.00)…

Toto's kolo mee 1

This time around, it certainly looked good and it even had that red colour of Kuching kolo mee if you opt for the char siew oil…

Toto's kolo mee 2

It tasted really good too but it was not exactly like the real thing, ALMOST but not exactly. I think the texture of the noodles is different – these were a bit too soft and not as khiew (firm) as the ones in Kuching and it did not quite taste like those at some of my favourite places around there either.

To be fair, if you simply drop by any place in Kuching, you may get pretty good kolo mee but when eaten together with the best ones around…

Kuching Oriental Park kolo mee
*recycled pic*

…they may not be the same either and will certainly pale in comparison. Likewise, those so-called Sarawak mee in parts of KL and around there may look like the real thing but they do not taste the same. I’ve had some that are very nice like this one at Damansara Uptown…

Sarawak dry mee

…which actually came across somewhat like Sibu kampua mee but there are others like this so-called “Cat City kolo mee” at Asia Cafe…

Cat City kolo mee
*recycled pic*

…that tasted quite horrible. At least, this one that I had at the Toto Cafe here was ALMOST like the real thing and most importantly, it was nice. I liked it!