Any day…

You can drop by here…

Chopsticks

…any day of the week and it would be very crowded and it may be hard to find a seat, especially on weekends. It sure does not help one bit that everyone wants to park their vehicles as near to the place as possible so there is always a congestion around there.

That Sunday, my girl felt like having some meat porridge and I remembered that the one I had here was quite nice and there would be all the other options from the other stalls for us to have. That was why we ended up heading there and yes, we did have a problem with the (huge) cars going in and out of the parking spaces in front of the shop. The last straw was when we were waiting for one to reverse out so we could take that space, another one right beside my car started reversing quite oblivious to the fact that we were behind him – I had to blast my car horn to alert the guy and thankfully, he did stop in the nick of time. That pissed me off…and we went straight home right away! I would say the things here are all right, quite nice but I would not say they are THAT nice to merit all that hassle – I would much sooner go elsewhere.

Anyway, the next day, we decided to drop by that same place – it was 11 something, past the morning tea break and before lunchtime, so as we had expected, it was not really packed…even though we did hear the kampua noodle guy telling somebody that he was sold out for the day and the meat porridge was sold out too!!! That was why my girl opted for the lor mee

Chopstick lor mee

…instead except that she asked for bihun as she is not entirely fond of yellow noodles. She said it was nice but she seemed to be struggling through it and no, she did not manage to finish it all. Maybe she was not really hungry or the serving was a little too big for her.

The mum had the kueh chap special…

Chopsticks kueh chap

…and she liked it. Yes, the one here is pretty good. I did not find out how much each of those cost but in total, I forked out RM11.00 so my guess would be RM4.00 for the lor mee and RM7.00 for the kueh chap or RM5.00 and RM6.00 respectively perhaps.

I ordered this bak kut teh soup (RM7.00)…

Chopsticks bak kut teh soup

…from another stall to share and for myself, I asked for the black vinegar pork leg…

Chopsticks black vinegar pork leg

…with rice (RM11.00). Ouch! That sure did not come cheap but I did hear that pork is mighty expensive these days, RM38.00…almost RM40.00  a kilo!!! Good grief! Go ahead, jack up the prices some more – we sure can live without it, not a problem at all! Tsk! Tsk!

Anyway, back to what I ordered, the bak kut teh was good, nice herbal fragrance – not overly strong, just right. However, between the two, I loved the black vinegar pork leg a whole lot more. It was sourish though not too sour, just the way I like it. I hear at some places, they make it sweet and a lot of people are not too fond of it that way. The meat was nice and tender but it was the gravy/sauce that I enjoyed most of all – it went so absolutely well with the rice that came with it.

It was already past noon by the time we finished but no, it was not all that crowded. This place used to have the best chicken rice in town – the rice, that is and sometimes, I would even tapao some home…but some new people took over from the previous ones and though initially, they did maintain that same standard, the last time we had it, it was not nice anymore and a lot of people agreed when I shared my opinion on Facebook. I wonder whether that was the reason or maybe, it was a Monday…or perhaps, it was still a little early and most people would knock off work a little later to come by here for lunch.

P.S.:
ATTENTION: All those of you on blogspot.com
Apparently, Blogger.com has decided to do away with the photographs and has reverted to letters…

Verification

…for verification purposes. I tried at least a dozen times yesterday in my attempt to comment on a friend’s blogpost but in vain. I checked out some other blogs and it was the same – at times, the comment box refused to appear even, just a grey rectangle with an unhappy face icon. If this is what it is going to be like from now on, when you do not see me dropping by your blog to comment, you would understand why. My sincere apologies to all concerned.

P.P.S.:
Thankfully, they’re back to using pictures (of food) now. Hopefully, they will keep it this way…

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Author: suituapui

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

16 thoughts on “Any day…”

  1. I also try to avoid going to places where parking is a hassle or will take the public transport or go very early before the shops open. Is the lor mee and the kueh chap from the same stall? The gravy looks the same colour.

    I like to eat pork vinegar too but I eat the lean meat only and let others eat the collagen. RM11 sounds right for the trotter as you say pork is getting expensive.

    I understand if I don’t see your comment. Wonder what this google is playing at with the verification thingy.

    Nope, not the same, just the same colour. The lor mee gravy is thicker and gluey, the kueh chap one isn’t…but I know one place here where it was the same, never mind whether you had lor mee or kueh chap of beef noodles – dunno now. Of the three, the kueh chap is the nicest so I would order that. Nver tried the other two ever again.

    Even signing into Google did not help, still have to go through the same thing. I wonder what others like Real Gunner use for their blogs – no need for any form of verification. Others require approval before the comment appears – smallkucing, Linda, Yee Ling and that’s perfectly ok by me, no hassle, no problem.

    P.S.
    Just went to try in your blog – re. “Testing! Testing!” They’ve brought back the photos. Hope they will not revert to those illegible letters, fingers crossed.

    1. Realgunner uses wordpress like yours but he is hosting his own I think and he has his own domain name. Thanks for testing it out on my blog.

      Ahhhhh!!!! Same as mine just that I never bothered about getting my own domain.

  2. Been to Chopstick once for its chicken rice when I first moved there. Did not try other food. The kueh chap special looks good.

    The old proprietor’s wife used to do it really well, so very nice – don’t know if you went before or after the change of hands. Kueh chap’s good – they said formerly at YummyKafe in the town – among the most popular here.

  3. Happens to me all the time. I wanted to go somewhere for a meal, but moved on instead of stopping if parking seemed chaotic. The way you write it, you seem genuinely angry for having to deal with such situations though. For me, I don’t have much patience with chaos, but I wouldn’t go so far as being pissed off or angry under normal circumstances. If the place is good, it should be understandable that the place is crowded, not good to feel angry over things that are unavoidable I think..

    Not pissed off by the chaotic congestion – very common here especially in the town centre (and this wasn’t even in the town centre – just around this coffee shop near my house that’s so popular) – that is why I would not bother going to the town if I could help it…and even if I have to, I am quite used to it – just wait, browse the internet on my mobile…but this guy just simply reversed without looking if there was a car right behind, heading towards my girl at the back in the left side passenger seat and not all that slowly some more. Scared the living daylights out of her. Everybody’s stuck so just wait like everybody else and let everybody sort things out slowly – big flashy 4WD, big ego – pea-sized brain! 😦

  4. I am fortunate that I take public transit, so I don’t need to be concerned about any parking issues.

    Well, if it is anything like New Zealand or other places I’ve been to overseas, parking should be a breeze there. And people do not mind parking further away and walking, not here – everybody wants to park right in front of the shop – the word “walking” does not exist in their vocabulary. They would drive into the shop if they could, I’m sure. 😦

  5. Hi Suituapui,

    I had no idea you had to jump through all those hoops to make a comment. Thanks for all your trouble – hopefully Blogger will make things easier as unfortunately we appear to have no control over the matter at all.

    I tested it just now on my blog using an anonymous id and it came up with neither pictures or letters – I just had to tick a box saying I’m not a robot, even though there is a captcha logo there. Tested it twice and it published each time (both tests have been deleted now).

    Strange!

    Just hopped over to see – does not load fully – no sign of the comment box either, clicked “Add comments” and nothing happened. Hopefully, this is temporary – sometimes they do some changes or upgrading over weekends. See what it is like when things go back to normal.

    1. I have just gone to check my Blogger settings and there is an option to allow or disallow “word verification” which I think may be what was giving problems. I have set it to “disallow” and hopefully commenters will have less trouble.

      Maybe something wrong at my end – youtube and some others down too…and when I clicked on your post now – there’s a grey box with an unhappy icon and this: “The server refused the connection.”

      P.S.:
      Ok now…but unfortunately, the illegible letters are there – tried a few times and even though I was sure I got them right, fresh letters appeared. I give up!!!

  6. Among all, I like the BKT & pork vinegar. Love BKT with herbal taste. Gravy from pork vinegar best pour over white rice. Yummy!!!

    I wonder where one can get the best one in Kuching. Should be nice there – Cantonese dish, I think…this one, not Foochow – not easily available in Sibu and I don’t like those that are sweet.

    1. If I am not wrong, this black vinegar pork leg is a popular confinement dish in West Malaysia, like we have kacang ma over here.

      Yes, it is…but not among the true-blue Foochows – for them, it is the ang chiew chicken mee sua.

  7. Where there is a crowd, the food must be great! 🙂

    Ok, maybe a bit overrated…or people do not know better or they are not all that picky. Lots of choices.

    P.S. Just went to your blog – the letters are back, cannot read, cannot comment.

  8. Sold out so early! Those dishes must be especially good.

    Yes, good but people these days are not as hardworking as before – they could have ordered more noodles so they would be able to sell right through lunchtime and make more money, but no, they just make enough and that would be it for the day. That is why it is good to go early. 😦

  9. Honestly I don’t like those words verification thing, is very annoying… I understand they trying to avoid spam comments, but it’s very troublesome to those who want to leave a comment.

  10. Those word verification things are a nuisance! Sometimes you can’t even make out the alphabets.

    Exactly! Thankfully, they’re back to the food photos now…so I can comment already, no problem.

  11. AH! Vinegar pork, we just cooked it few days ago!! Yum yum, two bowls of rice for me.

    Two!!! Wowwww!!!! Yes, I love it very much too – great change from the usual phak lor too kha.

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