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)…


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…


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,Β 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…


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.Β 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…

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

37 thoughts on “In vain…”

  1. price will increase soon, seeing that diesel and petrol price escalating… eat up eat up… kampua dabai, neng liap mai nik…

    Tang lor woe. Lang lak, nee neng liap. Suok lang sang see ngu lek chit pek kau sek….

  2. I like the last dish also, that’s why sometimes I prefer noodles than rice, hehe!!! =]

    Same with my daughter, not a fan of rice.

  3. Hmmm…is kampua noodle sort of similar to kolo mee?

    Let’s say they’re distant cousins…and kolo mee is a closer relative of Seremban Hakka mee… Lots of Hakkas in Kuching at one time, maybe that’s why – now the city is infested with Foochows so you can get kampua all over these days – none as nice as the authentic ones in Sibu though… πŸ˜‰

  4. Well that’s nice that they gave you generous portions.
    What are the dark pieces in the dish? I’m trying to figure out what they are.

    When my daughter was a bit younger, she loved most anything with noodles and while she still likes noodle dishes she doesn’t request them as much. I’m guessing that’s because there are so many other dishes that she likes. πŸ˜‰

    That’s black fungus. We can buy dried ones at the Chinese drugstores here and soak in hit water to soften for use. Has health benefits, I read somewhere. My daughter’s more into pastas…

  5. mmm, the kampua mee in your pic looks nice. the sad thing for me is, you’ve eaten more kampua mee this year than i’ve eaten in my entire life! πŸ˜€

    About time you make a trip over here – so near yet so far. So many Malaysians have been to so many places in the world but they have never been to this part of their own country. Honestly, they don’t know what they’re missing…

  6. only had kampua mee in perak once… i like that foochow fried noodles especially if my dad is the one who cook it! πŸ˜€

    Perak? Sitiawan? Lots of Foochows there too. You’re not Foochow by any chance, are you?

  7. I’m Hakka but we rarely have Hakka mee at home.
    We have abacus beads, kiu nyuk etc, instead. πŸ™‚

    Ahhhhh!!!! I think I’ve tried abacus beads before, not too sure…but I love kiu nyuk – with or without the yam slices, eaten with mantao. Well, as long as it isn’t the Hakka lui cha – strictly for the health-conscious…not me. LOL!!!

    1. Ha ha… we don’t make lui cha either.
      That’s for another type of Hakka clan.
      It’s rather complicated.

      Kiu nyuk with yam, mmm that’s divine!
      Have you tried meicai kiu nyuk?
      That’s even better! Yummy~

      The one stewed with salted/preserved veg? I think I have… Anything with pork belly, I like. Hehehehehehe!!!!

  8. That’s the way I like it, aha aha!!..Foochow fried noodles. Looks good. Salivating while commenting. Have a nice weekend ahead.

    You too! Sure I will – daughter’s coming home today… πŸ™‚

  9. Guess which one I would go for… hahahaa… yes, right! The Kampua noodles.. something that I couldn’t get here in IPOH! πŸ™‚

    Booked your air ticket yet? Kampua’s right here…waiting for youuuuu!!!!!

  10. I like my gravy to mix with runny eggs for the noodles! And oh! I can’t live without sambal and chilies 😦

    Ummmm…we do not eat noodles this way here and when I have mine with eggs at home, I would eat the white first and save the best for last. Wouldn’t want to drown out the egg yolk taste with the gravy.

  11. oh yummy yummy Foochow noodles and Hakka noodles and Kampua noodles (which is in your heart not in the photos, hehe)~~ :p

    Kampua also Foochow lah…tosses, not fried.

  12. some roads really give me headache. Like what you have said, jalan num 2 can suddenlly “jump” to num 20

    Portion of the foochow noodle so little geh. So got order second plate or not ?

    No lah…with the kampua, already so full…plus the noodles actually quite a lot. Cannot eat so much, old liao!

  13. Like I said before, GPS can be useful even in own backyard. In the really olden days, you gave direction like this….walk for 2 days toward the sun….when you reach a water hole, turn 90% left. Then a few hundreds years ago, you have proper street address. Modern day look something like this….2.285225N, 111.831955E. That’s my favorite Kampua place. LOL.

    …or a cigarette away! Trouble is people do not give clear directions – their next to or opposite is not really what they say. Lanes not found in google maps…but I found a blog that gives a rough sketch map. Will try again one of these days when I’m free…

  14. Can tell the fried noodles is yummy, hehe, I prefer noodles with gravy like this, rather than those dry ones.

    Don’t mind the dry ones from the mamak places, not the Chinese ones – not so nice.

  15. I also prefered Foochow fried noodles, wet with darker shade gravy. Dunno how to explain why oso…hehehe

    We’re on the same wavelength then… πŸ˜‰

  16. Ahh noodles in gravy! I love the look of it.. and the generous ingredients too! Btw, I cooked Mee Sua yesterday night! I think I’m getting addicted to these noodles now.. plus they’re also sort of healthier than the maggi noodles that I usually eat, so win-win! πŸ™‚

    Ya…anything with fresh ingredients would be better than instant noodles. I’d save those for convenience and emergencies…when there’s nothing to eat in the house.

  17. This road numbering mumbo jumbo is quiet common here too. No logical sequence at all and can be very frustrating. I love noodles but prefer the dry version. Will be frying some this weekend.

    Dunno why the town authorities do that. Poor town planning, I guess… 😦 I think I’ll be frying mihun this weekend… πŸ˜‰

  18. I go one step further and like the foochow fried noodles in soup form (chao zhu mian), yummy! That kampua certainly looks good!

    My missus likes that. I may go for it once in a while for a change – not too fond of eating stuff in hot soup, if I can help it…

  19. Our roads in KL also like that wan! So confusing >__<
    And they even have same house number at 2 neighbouring streets =.=

    I suppose that’s the usual practice. That’s why sometimes I get mail of the same house number but in other lanes…and I would have to go and drop it in their mailbox. Tsk! Tsk!

    1. You think that is bad? I am No 28. Go to my left for No 35. Go to my right for No 54. Go figure.

      Wahhhhh!!!! Where’s your house? All single numbers – must be an elite area, all huge detached bungalows. πŸ˜‰

  20. Now that I got my wheels, we’ll have to try the elusive cafe again. Second time lucky. Your photos look absolutely yummy and I’m glad I got to actually eat it this time, not just salivate over it from a distance.

    Ya, we’ll try again one of these days. Hmmm…not like if you were in the states, eh? Could see but couldn’t touch. πŸ˜‰

  21. I saw hawkers stalls selling kolo mee here and the first thing that came to my mind is Arthur and his kampua. Wondering if they are any different? I bet they are not the same or else they’ll just call it kampua and not kolo mee right?

    Kolo mee’s from Kuching – the taste is different – it’s more like Seremban Hakka mee…but the ones over at your side are usually poor imitations of the real thing. I had one that was awful, one that was not bad…but nothing like kolo mee (like those imitations in Sibu, may look the same only…but taste different)…and one that came across like kampua inside.

  22. After following your blog for a while and having read and seen many posts on kampua noodles, I could tell the one in this post is a better version. Hee.. Although I have not tasted any before!!! ;P

    So when are you coming over? Tiger has stopped flying Kuching. Best to take Air Asia from Johore, direct to Sibu. Come, come…check the fares, very cheap!!! πŸ˜‰

  23. I have missed Foochow fried noodles very much!

    I don’t regularly eat it in Sibu but now that you mention it I have a craving for it – much more than kampua!

    I am not really crazy about it…but I do get this same craving once in a while. Same as kampua, must know where the good ones are…

  24. I think the first one was tastier
    the sauce and the color of the noodle
    made me said so hoho

    Never judge by appearance. Most people would choose the second one, those who know, that is…

  25. eeerrrr the char siew looked so red. Must be some food colouring eh?

    I guess so. Wouldn’t mind it if if it’s the residue from making the traditional Foochow red one – but that one;s a different shade of red, not like this.

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