Now we know…

I’ve been wanting to take my friend, Philip, who’s home right now from the US, here as he’s very much into kaya toast and half-boiled eggs for breakfast. As far as I knew, at this particular place, they serve very thick ones – one eighth of a loaf and they use Golden Churn butter, no less…but from what I saw, unfortunately, they do not make their own nice and rich and thick kaya and opt for the very common Yeo’s ones. Still, that did not stop us so there we were that morning to give it (RM2.50)…

101 kaya toast

…a try. Philip liked the fact that they used butter and he thought the bread, the texture and taste, was very nice, not like the usual loaves you would be able to get daily here, there and everywhere…but he did not think it was worth RM2.50 a slice, not when they are using Yeo’s kaya! I tried a bit and I thought it could do with a little bit more toasting so that it would be crustier.

He loved the coffee very much – so far, for him, the best in town after having had quite a few disappointments at his regular places on his previous trips. I had my usual kopi-o-peng (iced black coffee)…

101 Iced black coffee and utensils for use

…and it seems that here, they give you all the chopsticks and spoons in a mug at every table but once you’re seated, they would bring another mug of hot boiling water for you to dip them in yourself.

Philip also wanted to try the chao chai hung ngang, fish (big bihun in preserved vegetable soup…with fish)…

101 chao chai hung ngang, fish

…as he had never tried it before, despite this being a Foochow dish and he himself is a true blue 100% Foochow. He thought it was really good, bursting with flavours and tasting something like the Szechuan hot and sour soup, but it was not something he would want to order again – not on a regular basis, at least, as he is not really into sour things…like me. That was such a huge bowl really and Philip insisted that I helped him with it…a little.

I ordered their Foochow fried noodles special, wet (RM9.00)…

101 Foochow fried noodles special, wet 1

…and yes, the sauce/gravy was dark – the way I would want it but I wouldn’t mind if it had not been so overly thick. Yes, it had lots of ingredients though one would think it was kind of pricey. Well, that is to be expected as this isn’t one of those coffee shop places, something a little classier, more comfortable and presentable plus the serving was huge! I would think that would be enough if shared by two…not-very-big eaters and normally, you do not get so much ingredients elsewhere…

101 Foochow fried noodles special, wet 2

I certainly would want to order this again the next time around but I would have to remember to ask for a bit more greens.

Another thing about these places, it does not matter how long one would sit and chat and yes, we were there for quite some time, catching up with each other’s lives and discussing things of interest while enjoying our respective orders.

Of course, I could not have any more lunch that day and my missus was out that same morning with her mum and brother and they too stopped by some place for something to eat. Come evening time, instead of going through the hassle of having to cook dinner, we went back to the Bandong Ramadhan Bazaar to buy something. My missus went and bought the nasi kuning again and I bought the rojak Kassim and also these special popiah

Bandong Ramadhan Bazaar special popiah 1

…to go with the rice. I don’t really know what was inside – some vegetables cooked in their own way…

Bandong Ramadhan Bazaar special popiah 2

…and yes, it was nice but no, it wasn’t anything that would get me rushing back for more.

I was walking past this cafe and went looking at what they had for sale in front of the shop and I saw these…

De'Mas Cafe balitongs

…balitongs and could not resist buying RM5.00 of those. Gosh! I had not had them for a long long time – my girl is not all that fond of them so that was why I never bought them nor ordered the dish whenever we ate out. My! My! It certainly looked like they are everyone’s favourites – I shared the photograph of it on Facebook and in no time at all, there were so many LIKEs. Everyone said they were their favourite too and like me, they had not eaten it for a long while as well. This was the first time I had these cooked Malay style, masak lemak (cooked with santan/coconut milk) and yes, it was good! I don’t know what herbal leaves those were that they had added – it did not really taste like Thai basil leaves – but they were very very fragrant and very nice indeed!

So, all in all, that was a very good day indeed – with a lovely outing and an enjoyable brunch…plus a delightful dinner to round things up at the end.