In vain…

Some of you may recall that I mentioned a couple of posts ago that my friend, Philip, is home right now from the US. Well, we went out one morning for breakfast and initially, I wanted to go and try a place that I had heard about but I did not know the exact location of the shop somewhere in the outskirts of town.

So we went round and round, in and out of the lanes in the area but it was all in vain. For one thing, the lanes there were all numbered in a haphazard manner like for instance, after Lane 32, you would find Lane 2 right after that…and this is not an isolated case. I’ve faced the same problem in certain parts of town as well and I do wish they would have a proper system in numbering the lanes here so that it would be a lot easier locating a place once one has the correct address.

In the end, we gave up and I took him here instead and both of us ordered the Foochow fried noodles, wet (with sauce/gravy)…

FFN 1

It was very nice, I must say, and Philip also liked it. I was a bit disappointed when it was served though as the sauce/gravy was clear like the nice one we had here sometime ago. I would prefer the one in a darker shade like the ones here, for example. Other than that, I am more accustomed to having sawi (Chinese spinach) instead of the khiew chai (translation: curly vegetable) in the dish. I must say that they were very generous with the ingredients though…

FFN 2

At most places, of late, all you will get would be some miserable bits of meat, hardly visible, and they would even scrimp on the vegetable. Tsk! Tsk! In fact, I have heard on the grapevine that these days, they would use chicken instead as the price of pork has shot up…and for this same reason, I understand that they have increased the price of kampua noodles at some places despite the fact that all you will get will be a few paper-thin slices of meat.

I had wanted to order the Hakka mee that I liked a lot the last time I was here but it seemed that they no longer have it on their menu. Anyway, I could recall that they had pretty good kampua noodles at one time as well so I ordered a bowl for the two of us to try…

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I was quite positive that it was not like what I had before but I must say that I liked it very much. It had a distinct taste, quite different from the normal kampua mee at other places in town…and I liked it! I could not put a finger in it but it seemed like they had fried some garlic together with the shallots in the oil used to toss the noodles. Never mind! Whatever they did, it certainly worked out well and I wouldn’t mind going back there again for this.

An ex-student happened to drop by there as well that morning and he had their char kway teow. According to him it was very nice…so probably I would want to try that too…the next time around. As for whether there was an increase in the price of the noodles, I wouldn’t know as Philip insisted on picking up the tab so I did not have the chance to find out. Another time perhaps…