What’s in a name…

When I was a little boy, my favourite shop was one with the same name…

Shop

…or at least, it sounded the same but was spelt differently. It was a general store along Blacksmith Road here and later, they opened a branch at Central Road. That was where my father would buy all the toys for me…and if I’m not mistaken, the guy who makes the best cakes here in Sibu, Marcus…

Cake

…goes by that Chinese name too – I wouldn’t know whether the Chinese characters are the same or different though.

Anyway, this particular coffee shop is in one of the blocks of shops across the road from the Poslaju office here. I wouldn’t say it is new as it has been around for quite a while now, just that I had never bothered to stop by and check it out…until that Sunday when I went with Melissa and the mum for breakfast.

She had this tung hoon (glass noodles) dish…

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…which she said was good and at RM4.50 a bowl, it was slightly cheaper than at this other place that I had gone to earlier.

My missus had the kampua noodles with piansip (meat dumplings)…

Kampua piansip

She said it was priced at RM2.30 according to what she saw in front of the stall. Now, THAT is cheap – especially when everybody else’s had been RM2.50 for a long while now and there are places around town that have increased the price to RM2.70 and some, RM3.00 even. Maybe that is why there is quite a crowd at this shop in the morning. Another reason, probably, would be the fact that the noodles were very good…and they gave quite a lot in one bowl too and at other places, you’d probably get four of those piansip but as you can see in the photograph, here, you get six…at least.

I saw a lot of people eating the Sarawak laksa as well and it looked pretty good so I ordered one for myself…

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It did not cross my mind at the time that despite its attractive appearance, I did not detect any of the fragrance that one would be able to scent at good laksa stalls. It tasted all right and was quite spicy but I think there are nicer ones elsewhere plus they did not give any sambal belacan with calamansi lime to go with it. I can’t remember now but I think that was RM3.50 or RM4.00 perhaps…and all things considered, should I happen to drop by this place again, I would definitely opt for the kampua noodles – that would be a much better choice, I would think.

Incidentally, the coffee here is good too…