Don’t call me…

…kolo mee!

Food Courts kolo mee 1

Just because there’s minced meat, some fish ball and green veg and the noodles are red in colour, probably tossed in char siew oil, it does not make it anything like kolo mee. It is all in the taste and this does not taste the same, not at all. Plus they did not even give the pickled red/green chili in vinegar that usually comes with kolo mee in Kuching.

Don’t get me wrong though! It tastes pretty good, I would say – just that, it does not taste like the kolo mee one would find ย in the state capital.ย I do wish they would stop doing what many stalls in Kuala Lumpur and other places in the peninsula are trying to do – to sell some noodles and pass it off as Sarawak/Kuching kolo mee…or Sibu kampua noodles. Calling it Sarawak dry mee or some other name to that effect certainly does not change things in any way. Again, some of them are quite nice, I would say. I wouldn’t mind having those once in a while either but since they can’t come out with something quite near the authentic thing, they might as well call it by some other name – dryย mee special, perhaps, or something like that.

I had this sometime ago at a stall here at RM3.70 a bowl…

Food Courts kolo mee 2

Like I said, it wasn’t too bad – something you may want to try if you happen to be in the vicinity.

Actually, the lady used to run her stall at a coffee shop in one of the shops opposite the school where I used to teach. Some of my colleagues loved her kampua noodles but I would usually go for her lor mee

lor mee
*recycled pic*

Unfortunately, at this present location, she does not sell that anymore.

My missus had her kampua (RM2.50)…

Food Courts kampua

…and it was all right, just that we never asked for the “black” version – the one with dark soy sauce and she took the liberty of serving that.

I don’t know whether I’ll be going back there again for this or not – as a matter of fact, there is another stall at the back that somebody claimed is the best in town. I’ve yet to go and try that one…

Author: suituapui

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25 thoughts on “Don’t call me…”

  1. i remembered there’s one stall in Kota Damansara selling said kolo mee. but i knew it’s not authentic one cos the mee is submerging in some gravy. i remember it to be dry and errr oily. so i knew it’s a knock-off!

    I’ve tried at 4-5 places in KL/PJ area – none was like what they claimed to be though one tasted pretty good, the rest failed big time. Now they have people from Kuching and Sibu going over there to sell kolo mee & kampua – dunno if they’re any good or not.

  2. Slurps, I feel like having supper after looking at the photos.
    I like both kampua and kolo mee in original flavour, without dark soy sauce or char siew oil. I will be having these end of the year because I will be back to Sibu then Kuching.

    Yup, nothing but the original flavour for me too.’ll be home again end of this year, eh? Hope I’ll be around then so we can get to meet sometime.

  3. Love your title post! I’ve always thought that kolo mee is the dry version of wantan mee…no? Now I’m confused!.. kolo mee, wantan mee and the black version of kampua… grrrr!!! Next time I visit you, I want to try the lor mee as it really look delicious… minus the cincin ( geli lar ).

    Yum! Yum! My favourite…but can’t eat too much and too often – gout! No!!!!! Wantan mee, where got can fight lah? Even the Sibu kampua is better…but I still prefer Kuching kolo mee, Melissa too though many die-hard kampua lovers will come up in arms and disagree with me. Come, come! You definitely can’t find these in San Francisco… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. The 1st, 2nd and 4th pictures are the same dish?

      Nope! 1st & 2nd – the same, the imitation Kuching kolo mee. 4th is the Sibu kampua mee, black version with soy sauce.

  4. Oh gosh…Arthur…the kampua noodles is making me drool… the best place for Chinese food is still Malaysia anytime!! hahahaa…

    You don’t have to tell me – I know!!! And soooo expensive some more where you are right now X by 3+ lagi…. *faints* Want to eat, better come to Sibu – so cheap and so nice, anytime better!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wah the kolo Mee looks good…
    I really want to try it…. Sure I will order 2 bowls… Kakaka

    Have you booked your tickets yet? MAS Merdeka offer, not bad….book 29th-31st August. If you missed that, maybe they will have another one come September 16th…hopefully.

  6. I agree with you. It is misleading to name something kolo mee when it is actually something else! But it looks good and it would be something that I would order.

    Ya, just give it its own special name and then it would be ok – no need to pretend to be what it isn’t.

  7. Any kind of mee will do today…hungry leh, and your fried meehoon would be great right now! Prices have gone up for char kway teow – AUD14 for a plate (seafood…3 baby prawns and some baby squid), sobssss.

    Omigawd!!!!! That would be over RM40 a plate!!!!! *faints*

    1. Not worth the AUD14 that ckt coz half a roast duck is AUD16 and so much more delicious.

      Wah!!!! Half duck so cheap! Nobody eating duck there kah? Of course, here…for that kind of money, we can get the whole duck already… Hehehehehehe!!!!

  8. The imitation kolo mee looks good though but the best is still from Kuching. I don’t like kolo mee with char siew oil.

    Can’t argue with that. Ya, not afan of the red char siew oil either…but I like those with liver, intestines….and fish ball and prawn – used to have those at Carpenter.

  9. I still don’t know what’s the difference between kolo mee and kampua mee.. but don’t care lah, it really doesn’t matter, after all I just eat what I have and they look and taste similar to me.. haha!!

    You McD/KFC kaki mah!!! Ang moh taste buds, got class one…. Those in the know would tell you that they are not the same and where you can get the good ones – can’t just walk into any place and eat and pass judgement. Unfortunately, many visitors come here and they do that and they actually think they’re so clever – seen-all, done-all. Idiots!!! Tsk! Tsk! Like I went to a place at Jalan Alur for the beef noodles and it was bad – not just not good, bad kind of bad – I could not even finish half the bowl…but I would not be so pea-brained and simply generalise that all beef noodles in KL suck big-time!๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    1. no lah, I boycotted KFC already.. haven’t had it since its voucher incident and the Kung-fu chicken case already.. hehe!!! :p

      Wait…wait till they give away some nice Doraemon toys, see whether you will go back there or not. Hehehehehe!!!!!

  10. I honestly can’t quite differentiate kolo from kampua. There is a kampua noodle shop in KL. Gonna try that and see..after all I have been reading so much about kampua and kolo noodles.

    I think kampua is a whole lot easier to cook – provided you have the right kind of noodles…but kolo mee has its unique special taste, different…and all those that we have here in Sibu are not the same – not like the best they have in Kuching. Will just have to go there for the real thing.

  11. The black version would be like wantan mee over here right?

    Love the “special” version. Got the internal organs ones

    Nope! The black version is just with kicap, so you get kicap taste. Wanton mee, they have their black sauce that tastes nicer. I would never order the black version – can easily cook my own at home – the same…just kicap! Ya…the special!!! Come, come to Sibu again and we’ll go for that!

  12. Yeah, I know what you mean! I don’t see a lot of authentic kolo mee or kampua mee here and some stalls just call it “Sarawak mee” and serves a messed up version of kolo mee with the wrong type of noodles.

    Heh! Oh well. Love the title of your post and how it continues down. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I reckon even the “fusion” type seafood/black pepper lamb kampua in Sibu is better than the ones they try to pass of as kampua over here.

    Yes, the ones at Noodle House. I guess they just do not have the same type of noodles and they do not know how to make their own and when they use other kinds of noodles like the wanton ones for instance, of course, they will fail big time.

  13. you’re right, i wont call you kolomee. hahaha ๐Ÿ™‚

    Was actually down in penang over the weekend to settle the new house stuff, plus find a maternity hospital for Janice. But so happens there was a food review and a party happening at the same time so just attended for the experiences! hehhehe

    Hmmm…killing so many birds with one stone and the best part – could go out and have fun some more. When the baby comes, must kwai-kwai stay home and jaga baby wor! Have to give up all your social activities.

  14. So what would you call the ‘not-kolo-mee’? It looks like maggi goreng to me! Haha.. I love anything to do with mee, thank you!

    Try frying macaroni, char kway teow style… Very nice.

  15. i’d like to have lor mee…won’t have that anytime soon ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    You have all the nice pasta there but I find them to creamy and rich, can’t take too much.

  16. yummy. I can see that the lor mee comes with pig’s intestines! that is just so tempting!

    Yes, too bad she doesn’t sell that anymore… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  17. Ok, i have not try the “real” kolo mee before, since i can’t get kampua here, so i replace it with kolo mee. hahahhahah I think i have really to make a trip to puchong to try the sibu kampua!!! Last two days my sarawak friends went, told me it is really nice. blek!!

    Tried the 7th Mile Kitchen – the one at Kelana Jaya yet? The reviews it has been getting in people’s blogs have been pretty good…

  18. I m marking this place down when visit Sibu… kekeke… will definately want to go here for all the noodles!!

    When are you coming? Just let me know. Will be glad to take you around to eat the best in town!!!

  19. Your posting title…. I thought don’t call YOU!!! LOL
    What ever the mee look quite tasty……and RM3.70 is cheap.

    Cheap!!! Hmmmm…not be the standard here. Rather expensive, I must say. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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