Master Jack…

Gosh!!! You would be as old as the hills, like me, if you know this song…

…which was quite a hit during my time and received its fair share of airplay in those long gone days but no, we do not have a Jack here…just a Tan…

Master Tan 1

There used to be another makan (eating) shop here and I, for the dear life of me, simply cannot remember what my friend asked me to go and try and anyway, I guess I can’t do that anymore as they’ve closed shop and somebody has taken over.

I think they’ve renovated the place and spruced it up a bit…

Master Tan 2

…so it sure looks much nicer now than before.

I suppose anyone can jolly well guess what their specialty is simply by looking at the cartoon on the shop sign and the banner and that was what we all had when we dropped by the place to check it out last Sunday morning. Melissa had their original beef soup noodles (RM5.90)…

Beef soup noodles

…while my missus had their beef offal soup noodles (RM7.50)…

Beef offal noodles

Unfortunately, we thought the soup was rather mild and did not have the nice and strong beef taste that we would have loved very much in the broth. We could detect a hint of daun ketumbar (coriander leaves) in the soup and we’re not all that fond of it. Here, we would usually have daun sup (Chinese celery) instead…unlike in Kuching where you may find those leaves in most everything there. So if you’re not crazy about those as well, make sure you tell them not to add any when you place your order. Come to think of it, I wonder where they get theirs from as I do not think anybody sells it at our wet markets in town.

I ordered their fried noodles with beef (RM7.50)…

Fried noodles with beef

…and that was exactly what I got – fried noodles that came across something like fried Maggi (instant noodles) with a few pieces of beef and a complimentary bowl of beef soup. Ok…ok…I know some of you are waiting anxiously for me to say it so here goes: I do think that I can fry something much nicer at home. LOL!!! It was a tad too oily for my liking but with the chili dip that came with it, I would say that it was quite good. However, for that kind of money and those pieces of beef that I could count with my fingers on one hand, I don’t think I would be going back there to have this again.

I may want to drop by to try some of the other things they have on their menu though, just that we would not be ordering these that we have already tried. It seems that they have quite a wide selection to choose from including these…

Master Tan menu

…and I wonder if their soup power…

Soup Power

…is the same as the celebrated ones that they are selling at the Malay stalls at the hawker centres in town.

It does not seem to make much of a difference but yes, it will be a little bit cheaper if you drop by during their happy hour [SIC]…

Happy hour

…from 12 noon to 3.00 p.m.

Well, if you happen to do that and find anything that is really nice and worth trying, do let me know so I can head back there for the same. In the meantime, I’d probably go and look for something that’s cheaper…and most likely, nicer too, elsewhere.

Author: suituapui

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

19 thoughts on “Master Jack…”

  1. soup “POWER” why don’t you order that? hahaha and share with us the “effect” 😛

    Me? At my age, my heart may not be able to take it. Come, come…I’ll treat you to a double helping and see if it turns you on. 😀

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed your choice of music whilst I read your post here. The soup looks good but as you said, it didn’t have as powerful a beef flavour as you would have liked. I like the yellow wall in this place, it brightens it up. As for the song, I don’t think I had heard it but I like it! I love music even before my time, so this was very nice! Thank you! 🙂

    It was, at best, ok…nice but I would prefer the soup thicker and stronger. Ya…I enjoyed the song when I was young – was a hit then…though I can’t say that I could understand exactly what the lyrics mean – just loved its pleasant and sweet melody but thanks to Google, I found this:
    “Master Jack: was a reference to the Union Jack, or Great Britain, which the young whites in South Africa who came to see the evil of Apartheid blamed for the blight on their nation. Only at that time in South Africa you could not openly criticize Apartheid, so the lyrics and meaning are veiled, a metaphor in which a young person sees that the world they live in is strange, and unacceptable, and one to which they are never going to go back.

  3. i must confess, i don’t know that song 🙂 the menu for this outlet looks quite meaty … i’m curious about the twice-cooked pork! 😀

    Me too. Noticed it when I was uploading the photo… I wonder what they mean by cooking it twice.

  4. Yes, I know that song ” Master Jack” very well. So we are almost in the same era maybe me slightly younger than you, hehehe. I enjoy listening and play it a few times before I settle down to make a comment. Other things on the menu looks good too. You should have try the powerful soup and see what power is in there.

    You do? Gee!!! No spring chicken either, are you? Muahahahahaha!!!! Never tried that Sup Power at the Malay stalls even though it has been around for a long time now – I heard theirs would be bull’s testicles cooked with ginseng and a whole lot of those revitalising herbs. Makes one strong like a lion. Too late for me, I guess. Don’t think my heart can take it. Hehehehehe!!!!! 😛

    1. Hahaha!!!…definitely no more spring chicken. Eweee…..bull’s testicles.

      Make you strong like a bull wor… Muahahahaha!!!!

  5. Ahhhh beef noodles.. Love it.. With beef balls, tendon and ‘ngau lam’.. The soup looks rice from the picture.. But quite mild in reality? So did you finish the soup? I think your noodles with shallots oil and Bovril looks and tastes much much much better 100x !!

    Of course, I finished it all. It is not as nice as I was hoping it would be…but it wasn’t not nice. Ya, my Bovril noodles would not be as oily, for one thing.

  6. I love beef noodles with all the works! And I am one of those strange ones who love daun ketumbar. I will even ask for extra 🙂

    Kuching folks love them. You get that in top of your Kuching laksa, your or chian – oyster omelette, Kuching style…everything. I’ve acquired the taste for it but I can’t say I’m very fond of those leaves.

  7. Don’t know about that song….. 😉

    You’re too young. Come to think of it, do you know “Too Young”? Probably not… Too old for you as well. 😀

  8. Wow, thanks so much for the explanation on the song!

    I was curious too, never actually could understand what the song was about.

  9. Yes, I agree with you… definitely you can do a better job especially when it comes to the fried noodles… your ingredients can make oneself drool, lest alone taste! 🙂

    Yes, this one would fail…even based on appearance alone.

  10. Not so good? Still ah xiang better? But your fried version looks very good, do they use kampua or normal yellow noodles?

    Yup, Ah Sian wins hands down. Fried one, nothing great – I can do much better at home. Those few thin pieces of beef are really pathetic for that kind of money! 😦

  11. Hey, somewhat on-topic, do you know where the good beef tripe noodles from Chopsticks (circa 1992-1994) went to? It was by a rather old lady, and the signature touch is *a lot* of raw garlic.

    There’s no soy sauce or other condiments too, it’s served plain but the garlic base is all it needs. I could never find that place after she moved (or quit?) – was wondering if you knew of it.

    Yes, my daughter grew up drinking her beef soup when she was at Chopsticks beside HSBC. Now, she’s behind the Sibu Kidney Foundation, round the corner from my house:
    Still good – I love her pounded chili sauce…but I don’t go very often as it gets real crowded…and when she’s busy, she may not be in a good mood and may snap at people. 😀 Sold out by 10.00 a.m. so you will have to go early.

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