No luck…

I said I would go back to this place to try the popiah (spring roll)…


…but when I finally got down to it, the place was closed. I had no choice but to go back the following day and yes, it was open. According to the guy there, they only close once a month…and I just had to choose that day the drop by – that was the day before! No, that was not all! Despite the fact that it was business as usual in that coffee shop, the popiah stall was closed and the guy told me that the lady had some personal matters to attend to. Sighhhh!!!! It certainly looked like I was not destined to get to sample her spring rolls, after all.

Well, since I was there already, I thought I would try their kolo mee (RM3.80)…

Kolo mee 1

…with a special request not to add the char siew oil so that it would not be red – Rose‘s daughter had that the previous time I was here and looking at the comments, Β a lot of people did not seem too comfortable with the colour.

This cost RM1.00 more than a plate of kampua noodles in most places but instead of the few paper-thin slices of red-dyed meat, this one had a lot more…

Kolo mee 3

– two pieces of meat and two fish balls and a whole lot of minced meat plus some green vegetables. But this time around, the chopped spring onions and fried shallots were not served separately in a saucer – maybe they only do that for children as some are not all that fond of those garnishings. My girl, for one, did not want any fried shallots when she was younger and even today, I don’t think she is all that fond of those.

I liked the complimentary soup that came with the noodles – at most places, all you would get would be something quite bland, just plain water with a bit of msg added. I did wish, however, that the guy had added some fried shallots and chopped spring onions to it though as they certainly would help enhance the taste and bring it to a whole new level. I also liked the chili in vinegar dip…

Pickled chili dip

…which you would get when eating the authentic kolo mee in Kuching. At many places here where they sell kampua noodles disguised to look like kolo mee, they would just give you the usual bottled chili sauce.

All in all, I enjoyed what I had…

Kolo mee 3

…but the next time I drop by here again, it will have to be the elusiveΒ popiah…or nothing. Tsk! Tsk!!!

Author: suituapui

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17 thoughts on “No luck…”

  1. The kolo mee looks very tasty. We do not have kolo mee here. Makes me hungry looking at the pics.

    Huh??? You’ve been here before, names does not sound too familiar. Are you from Ipoh, by any chance. Reanaclaire’s friend?

    They have Sarawak/Kuching kolo mee in KL, quite a number of places…and some are very popular. Similar to Seremban’s hakka mee.

    1. Yes, Nancy is my friend… hahaha.. so she is learning fast.. can blog hop too! wahhh… for a moment, I thought is she the Nancy that I know.. then I scrolled up again.. so she is! hahaha…
      Coming back to your post, your kolo mee reminded me of the one I had in Sg. Buloh… full of toppings.. I don’t mind going for a bowl next time when I go there again!

      Ya, I always check identities of people commenting before approving. Yes, they have places selling pretty good kolo mee here, there and everywhere now.

  2. heheh, well, the next time you head here, you’ll have a 29/30 chance of getting the popiah … those are excellent odds! πŸ˜€

    Stay tuned for the next episode of “The Elusive Popiah”…tomorrow. LOL!!!

  3. Your lovely photos are making me hungry. It is a good thing that supper time is just a few hours away! πŸ™‚

    Looks good eh? Very colourful. πŸ˜‰

  4. Well at least it was only closed for the day and not for good.

    Phewwwwww!!!! It did cross my mind as well – that was exactly what I thought when I saw it was closed.

  5. Kam ngam you went there and it was closed and they only close once a month! πŸ˜€
    Nevermind, can go back there anytime.. I love banjir popiah, flooding with gravy and soggy skins.. Maybe it’s just me..

    Eyewwww! When I make my own, I would drain the filling and make sure it is dry and the freshly-made skin must be paper thin and not thick and hard and chewy. The way you like your popiah, you’d be fine with the frozen skin sold at the supermarket, not me.

  6. I’m not a huge fan of fried shallots too, unless they are fresh and crispy, which they are not in most cases. I can imagine your disappointment if the popiah does not turn out good, I’ll see what happens tomorrow πŸ˜€

    Suspense! Suspense! πŸ˜€ Ya…especially when they use those factory-made packed-in-plastic bag ones sold at the supermarkets. Those have a really horrible smell – will spoil the taste of the food even. I really dislike those.

  7. The kolo mee looks good & more syiokkkkkk……to eat it with chilli in vinegar dip.They are generous with the ingredients especally the minced meat and of course I like the fried shallots & spring onions, a true kolo mee lover.

    Me too…but even in Kuching, would need to know where to go for the good ones. Not all are good…and I’ve dropped by “any place along the way to eat” – not nice! 😦

  8. The chili looks great, for me, i will order mee kosong πŸ˜›

    Cheap. People in small towns here will buy a whole basin to bring home for the kids to have for breakfast. Hehehehehe!!!!

  9. Tried the popiah. I think the one from yummy is better

    A LOT better. This one…see tomorrow’s post. But the Yummy’s one, close shop liao. 😦

  10. I would be disappointed too if I couldn’t sample popiah. But that kolo mee looks good. So are you going back there again for the popiah?

    Come back and see…tomorrow.

  11. It might not have been what you were after, but it certainly look delicious!

    This was good…or good enough, at least. There are some that do not taste the same, more like our Sibu kampua…but dressed to look the same. Not that they do not taste nice, just that they do not taste the same.

  12. I always eat it with char siew oil myself! πŸ™‚

    I like the sweet taste it imparts.

    RM 4 for all that eh? Prices seem to have gone up since the last time I’ve had kolo mee (to be fair, it was a long time ago)

    I agree with you, the authentic kolo mee has the pickled chillis in vinegar, adds that acidic element.

    RM3.80. This is kolo mee, not kampua. Kampua is RM2.80 now at many places. Used to be RM2-2.20 not too long ago…went up to RM2.50, now up again. Some still sticking to RM2.50 though…thankfully. 😦

    1. Yup, I know, I meant kolo mee.

      Loved eating it with char siew oil, that’s the only way I eat it.

      I didn’t know kolo mee is so expensive now though!

      Not sure in Kuching…but it’s certainly more expensive than kampua here.

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