There are a few shops in town with romanised Mandarin names like Hao Ke Lai literally translated, if I’m not mistaken, as “Nice, come again” or Chai Lai, or “Come again”, that is…but this is the first time I’ve seen one transcribed from Hokkien…
This is the kind of small talk that the people in our society ask one another when they meet, “Have you eaten?” or in Malay, “Sudah makan?” and actually, the person asking has no interest whatsover as to whether you have had your meal already or not. Jokingly, one would answer, “Ah boi, ai chia boh?” (Not yet, want to treat?) and the individual spoken to would jokingly reply, Kia! Kia! (Come! Come!) but that is not to be taken seriously and the person concerned is not expected to follow, not at all. I know it seems kind of funny or even somewhat ridiculous but that is one of our basic simple manners and people do it all the time and don’t ask me why.
Anyway, there has been a coffee shop at this particular location for as far as I can remember. It is in the vicinity of the commercial area next to the Dewan Suarah and this one faces the Petronas petrol station on the other side of the main road, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg or formerly known as Queensway…but I noticed recently that it has taken up a brand new name and an interesting one at that so I decided that I would drop by one day to give it a try and that was exactly what I did a few days ago.
It is a coffee shop like any other, nothing special or exceptional except perhaps for the name. There is a kampua noodle stall up front but I was thinking that I had had enough of that for the time being so I went to ask the lady at the stall at the back of the shop what she was selling and she said, “The usual fried stuff.” I ordered her Foochow-style fried noodles (RM3.50) and I was not disappointed when it was served…
As you can see, the gravy is dark in colour which probably is the result of frying the noodles in garlic and soy sauce and then the gravy and then putting the noodles back into it before dishing it all out onto a plate or I know some would just pour water into the wok after frying the noodles without washing it first and then add the ingredients which would also give the gravy this same dark colour but anyway, whatever it is, this is how I like it and not like what I had at some places, for instance, here…
…even though, they may taste pretty good as well.
RM3.50? Now, that is 50 sen more than the usual price or don’t tell me they’ve increased it elsewhere as well…but considering the amount of ingredients in it, I would say it is quite worth it…compared to what I would get at some places – with the meat hardly visible to the naked eye and a few equally miserable bits of vegetables. Here, you get some sliced fish cake, lots of greens and wait a minute! That’s chicken…
Yes, I’ve heard that since the pork sellers have increased their prices, many have resorted to substituting the pork with chicken. But that’s all right by me as what is most important is the taste as a whole, and this one is definitely worth dropping by for.
The coffee isn’t too good though so if you’re a die-hard true blue coffee lover, perhaps you would like to try elsewhere…
30 thoughts on “That’s how I like it…”
that’s chicken? it looks like pork! hahah, i’m awful, i can’t tell the difference 😀
LOL!!! It’s lighter – chicken breast and of course, the taste is different.
LOL at the name Ciak Pa Boi, hahaha, very innovative!
Well, at least, it attracted me to go to the shop…if nobody else. 😉
Interesting name! In Rawang, there is one called “try to eat” – which I have yet to try to eat there after the last 8 years or so of seeing it.
Where I live there is “You Like It”…some decent food there…which we do eat quite often especially the ramen.
Don’t recall seeing interesting chinese names though…or have I not looked attentively enough?
We had one in bad English – Eat comes first…very nice but it went gone out of business after many years, dunno why. Maybe the old guy retired and nobody to take over. “Try to eat” has a negative connotation…like the food isn’t good but never mind, you just try to eat…a little. LOL!!! 😀
Ciak Pa Boi, we have one over here. Wonder if they are related. Well, to me, they all look pretty nice, whether gravy in darker or lighter version. RM3.50 is cheap considering the amount of ingredients amd the huge portion.
I think I had the same in Kuching at Me kong and it was RM4.50, if I remember correctly. Very nice too…and it had a couple of big prawns. Worth it!
I spotted one Ciak Pa Boi cafe here in Kuching. hehe. Very creative! 😀
Probably the same one Irene mentioned. She’s from Kuching.
I like those big fat noodles. They seem to be more filling than the skinny ones.
Wait a while longer and when the gravy has gone into the noodles, they would be a lot bigger. 😀
Slurps. I want to taste that Foochow noodle.
There is one coffee shop in Kuching at 3rd mile that has same sign name. Ciak Pa Boi. Everytime we passed by, my girl will jokingly asked us “Ciak pa boi?”. lol.
Wonder they are operated by same taukey??? But I didnt try that coffee shop, didnt see any one review on the food there.
Probably not, just the name’s the same, I guess. You can drop by for this – it is indeed very nice.
That means cannot ciak pa in this shop… unless have to take two plates.. I see the portion like very small … but actually that is what i like.. small portion is enough for me so that I can try other food! 🙂
Small? Must be the photo…or you’re looking at it on your ipad…or worse your smartphone? 1st time in a wide rectangular plate at least one foot long – so much, enough for two, I would think. Correction, if not ciak pa yet, then you should drop by this shop and ciak…
haha, cute name of the shop huh?? and i think there are more and more shops given names that are more colloquial (what’s the best word to describe it’s closer to our normal day lives and routines, Teacher??) and even more easy to remember.. there is one which was even named 有間餐室 (means there is one shop), haha!! 😀
I wouldn’t know how to read that – all dependent on the transcriptions into English. I guess colloquail is fine, informal everyday expressions specifically directed at a specific group of people or community who are proficient in that particular dialect or language.
I like the gravy with some beaten egg, somehow it looks more appetizing that way :p
Some do it that way and they can be very nice too but that’s not authentic Foochow – I would think it’s Foochow-Cantonese sesat! We never ever had that in the past, same as we never ever had dark soy sauce kampua.
I prefer chicken to pork, hehe…
Definitely healthier…go for the white meat!
Pork has increased in price over here too!
Strangely enough, my dad made a comment to me yesterday, he said the chickens in Sibu is making my mom “better” e.g. as in she eats more coz the chickens in Singapore doesn’t have any taste (non-free range chicken).
You know, I’ve always thought they were serious when they said that (come, come) – I always am and I assume others are too, maybe it’s just my bunch of old friends from Kuching. Haha!
Ya, I know of people who would buy chickens from Sibu, free-range or kampung and bring to wherever they’re going. They say the meat is nicer and it’s healthier. I, for one, am not too comfortable with food that has been frozen too long. 😦 Never mind about the pork, eat less…that’s good! Beef and lamb have been so expensive all this while here and still, there are people buying. People will just grumble for a while – that’s the usual case…about everything!
hahahhahah…i am one of them too. My mum everytime will bring lots chicken for me! It sure tastes different from here one.
Hahahahaha!!!! I definitely know that only too well….and lots of fish too! 😉
There’s a chicken place just opposite my house that will sell chickens but I’m not sure if they still do coz they’ve received complains in the past due to the smell.
Beef prices are quite stable here (at least in hypermarkets) but I’m not too sure about lamb since we don’t get it frequently. Venison is expensive though, but then it’s a specialty item (wet market seller sourced it herself – she also sells eels (RM 5 for two) and frogs (RM 10 for the big ones).
Ya, I know that chicken place. Don’t think I’ve seen anything going on there lately. Probably closed shop already. Frogs? Eyewwwwww!!!! 😀
“Siak pa mui”, my boys know this word. HAHAHAHHAH! The only foochow word they know.
I think this is the coffee shop near the shop that my mum is helping out with? Fried noodles look very good, just the way i like and the color and i can see it got “wok hei”!
Yup! The shop’s round the corner. I think my sis dropped by recently and your mum asked her if she was my sister. Hehehehehe!!! Same chuan, identical. 😀 Hmmmm…next time I see your boys, I must teach them more “interesting” Foochow words. Muahahahahahaha!!!!
ah, yes yes yes, my mum told me, she said your sister looked familiar, and i think my mum saw her picture in ur recent post on the family gathering, then she asked your sister, is she related to you. hahahahhaha
LOL!!! Small world, eh? She told me the shop, right away I said that must be Annie’s mum. 😉
Wouldn’t mind some fried cooked noodles now! 😀 I prefer those with thick dark gravy too.
Ahhhhhh!!!! Great minds think alike. They taste different and nicer…and even though the ones with clear gravy may taste good as well, they’re just not the same.
I like the name! Which reminds me that my grandma once told me if anyone asks this question, and if you have eaten, you must reply “chiäk par liao” instead of “chiak liao”. The latter would mean that you ate everything up 🙂
LOL!!! True, how very true indeed! 😀
there’s one in Kuching too.. near Boulevard.. and it’s called Ciak Pa Boi too.. i wonder if they’re the same. I’ve yet to try the food there cos I seldom go to that area.. but after seeing your version.. i might wanna give Kuching one a try 🙂
Ya, two others have mentioned the one in Kuching. I guess it’s not connected in any way, just the same name. More likely to have a shop by this name in Kuching as more Hokkiens, Sibu mostly Foochows.
Price is increasing everywhere. What to do. Makan aje lo
Yalor. Can’t afford, kurang keluar, kurang makan…can slim down sikit. Hehehehehe!!!!
Hi Arthur! Did you try the 八珍猪脚? Sounds interesting! 😀
That’s the local favourite – the eight treasures pork. The Foochows call it pek ting eyok, usually cooked with pork trotters if sold at the stalls but I prefer it with duck, not pork leg nor chicken. I didn’t see anybody eating it that day though – all having kampua noodles, except me. Maybe I can “force” myself one of these days to have that and feature it in my blog… 😉
Heehee… Thanks for the review! 😀
Pleasure’s mine. I got to eat it! LOL!!! 😀
My daughter loves your website. Well we both enjoy viewing what you have to share. I will say part of the reason she likes your site so much is because you feature a lot of noodles. She really loves them a lot. 🙂
I do love the dark rich color of the gravy in the first dish. It looks like it would be savory, my favorite type of food. 🙂
Yes, I used to love sweet things but I’ve gone off those these days. Will still eat sometimes, not as much as before…and would not go all out to have some anymore. Growing old so I should not indulge so much. Glad your daughter loves what she finds here. 😉
what a name… must be uncle shop
Nobody older than me there… 😦
LOL, interesting name of the shop. 🙂 The noodles definitely look good, I can polish the gravy clean. 🙂
That was exactly what I did! Hehehehehehe!!!!
I’m def. more of a tea person. Not sure if you have been over to the Tea Site I co-founded or not…it’s:
My daughter’s into tea as well. Will let her know, she may be interested.