One after another…

Say what you want about the country’s flagging economy, some people certainly seem to be doing very well at this point in time. First, there was this café and then came this supermarket. Word has it that they’ve opened a chicken rice place right across the road opposite the supermarket but I have not been to anywhere around that area so I can’t confirm this but what I do know for sure is that they have a brand new food court…

Bateras Food Court

…here (2.297275,111.824849), right across the road from the Kin Orient Plaza (old Sing Kwong). Well, I would not say it is some fancy food court, just a big coffee shop and a very very big one at that with lots and lots of stalls.

I saw the kampua lady from here but she is no longer selling the noodles – probably somebody else has beaten her to it and is running a stall selling that so she has to sell something else. I am not sure what else she is selling now but I do know they have Sarawak laksa as when I was there around noontime, they were closed for the day and I saw the hubby or somebody frying the egg…

Frying

…and he said it was for the laksa the following day…

Done

Now, THAT, I must say, is the way to do it! The egg must be fried really really thin, like popiah skin, and then cut into very thin strips to garnish the bowl of Sarawak laksa together with very thinly-shredded chicken, taugeh (bean sprouts)and all. It seems that people are not so concerned about doing it like this these days so don’t be surprised to see many serving you their bowl of Sarawak laksa in their very coarse, somewhat unrefined and not too presentable ways.

At another stall, there is this lady who used to sell what many claimed to be the best kampua noodles and Sarawak laksa in town at her stall at a coffee shop opposite the school that I was attached to before I retired and then she moved elsewhere and the last I heard she was at this coffee shop in Sg Merah. Word had it that she was unwell so the husband had to run the business on his own and eventually, he too left. I did not know where they went to after that but I sure was glad to see the wife again, looking very strong and healthy, with the hubby and sons helping out at her stall. Of course, she cannot sell those two anymore as obviously, others are already doing it but on the sign at her stall, it looks like she is now selling sotong kangkong and some other stuff.

The place opens from 7.00 a.m. till 11.00 p.m., so I’ve been told, and yes, there are lots and lots of stalls but be forewarned that some open only in the morning and some only at night and like most elsewhere, they may close one day in the week.

My girl had the tom yam fish hung ngang (big bihun)…

Tom yam fish hung ngang

…from one of the stalls and she said it was good but she liked the one here a lot better.

I decided to try the dry bak kut teh

Dry bak kut teh

…from this stall…

Stall

…and it came with a plate of rice, RM9.00 altogether…

Rice

…while my missus had their bak kut teh noodles (RM6.00)…

BKT noodles

Both of us thought what we had were all right but we could hardly detect the herbal taste and it came across like our regular stewed pork or something along those lines. I would say that what we had here were very much better.

We may or may not drop by again but if we do, we certainly would like to try something else from the other stalls. I guess that is one drawback setting up a stall at a big place like this – most would want to hop from one stall to the other to try and if yours is among the best there is, it would be quite sometime before they come back to yours again…if they have not decided to just go elsewhere after a couple of disappointments in the meantime.