A whiter shade of pale…

When I was young, I always had kampua noodles that were white and I really do not know when or how it came about that we now have the black version where they use dark soy sauce instead of the lighter-coloured chio-cheng (light soy sauce).

Perhaps you can put it down as a case of an old habit dying hard but I prefer the kind that I’ve always been used to eating – where the noodles are a whiter shade of pale. That was why in most, if not all, of my past posts on the Foochow delicacy, you did not get to see the dark version and there are people like my NZ friend, it seems, who would very much prefer their noodles to be “coloured”.

Well, I relented a bit the other day when I stopped by this coffee shop for the kampua and asked for the dark version…

Delta kampua 1

LOL!!! It wasn’t that dark actually. Probably it seemed so because of the shadows…or perhaps it was the result of the contrast with the other things around it – including the complimentary bowl of soup and if anyone’s interested, the kopi-o-peng (iced black coffee) was only RM1.30 a glass.

This particular stall serves the noodles with meat braised in soy sauce and one bowl cost RM2.50 even before the prices of things started increasing. That was why I thought it was kind of expensive…and one thing that I did not like was the poor quality control. Some days, it would be very nice but on other days, the noodles would be overcooked and too soft for my liking.

Now, the good news is that the lady has retained that price but she has added a choice of a bigger-sized bowl for RM3.00…

Delta kampua 2

Other than that, it is not quite the same as the rest in that she does not actually use dark soy sauce from the bottle…or at least, that was what it seemed to me. When I ate it that morning, I found the taste very different. I think she must have used the sauce from the braised meat instead and I thought it was kind of nice.

The big bowl, however, was too much for me to handle…

Delta kampua 3

…and I had to struggle to finish the whole lot. I think the next time I have that, I would just stick to the small RM2.50 bowl…and I would still ask for the original kampua noodles – the ones that are a whiter shade of pale. You can have the black ones, my NZ friend. LOL!!!