Everybody loves you…

I know for a fact that many people love the kampua noodles here…

Sing Ming Kee Cafe Sibu

…and looking at how it has been around for a long long time and doing so very well sure is testimony to the fact though I would not say it is my favourite in town. The last time I was here was way back in 2009 and no, I/we did not quite enjoy what I/we had then. However, when I was teaching at the tuition centre upstairs a long time ago, sometimes, I would stop by for a bite to eat especially on days when I had had a late breakfast and skipped lunch because I was still feeling too full…and I would order their chin therng mee (clear soup noodles)…

Sing Ming Kee chin therng mee 1

…to enjoy before my lessons for the day began and what I love about the one here particularly was that it tastes exactly like those I had in my growing up years.

I may have mentioned in some earlier post that when my sister was very little, she was not all that fond of eating rice or porridge but she loved these clear soup noodles. So to get her to eat, my father would tapao (takeaway) this and bring it home for her…and while she was enjoying it, I would be sitting there, watching and drooling away and praying that she would not be able to eat it all so I would get to finish off whatever that was left. No, kids in those days did not have it so good as the ones now – we did not get to enjoy all those present-day indulgences, there were none of those fast food joints and we did not know much else other than our kampua noodles which at the time, was a weekend treat, after the Sunday service in church, that we so looked forward to and longed for so much.

Anyway, I was driving past the shop that afternoon so I decided to drop by. Yes, the same guy is still there manning the stall…

Sing Ming Kee kampua stall

…assisted by some young/er guys, probably his sons and yes, nothing has changed – the noodles were still the same and still as nice but obviously, this is not exactly true about the prices of the kampua noodles here, RM3.00 for small (and I hear it is very small, not enough for big eaters) and RM4.00 for a bigger serving. I did not take note of how much my delightful bowl…

Sing Ming Kee chin therng mee 2

…cost as I paid for it together with the drink, one go.

I also ordered the deep fried kompia

Sing Ming Kee deep fried kompia 1

…stuffed with stewed minced meat – the ones here are the favourite of Annie-Q, my good friend residing in KL, a must-eat whenever she comes home and her mum would have to cart a lot over whenever she goes over.

This is the stall…

Sing Ming Kee kompia stall

…the one at the corner at the front part of the shop, selling those, among some other things, at 90 sen each. I remember it started off at 50 sen and then 60…and now, it is 90 or RM2.70 for 3 which means that it is still cheaper than the ones here plus I like the filling…

Sing Ming Kee deep fried kompia 2

…more than at that other place but of course, I have a soft spot for the pork belly ones there, going for RM4.80 for 3 the last time I was there and even if they have not jacked up the price, now we would have to fork out more now to pay the 6% GST there. Tsk! Tsk!

This was past 3.00 p.m. in the afternoon and still, as you can see in the above photograph, there were quite a lot of customers there…while most other coffee shops in town would be either closed or somewhat deserted at that time of day. I love how they have done up the place with a nice new coat of paint in that pleasant apple green colour and the Italian-tiled floor that was so clean at the time, devoid of any litter despite the fact that the shop had been open since early morning. They have changed the Romanised version of their name too, I noticed, and have added a g to the first word so now it is Sing and not Sin – Sing Ming Kee.