She wants…

That day, my girl said that she felt like having porridge for lunch so we drove to this shop in Sg Merah but it was sold out. That was why we had to go some place else and ended up here…

Mei Le Cafe

…in the block of shops on your left (2.312981,111.847242) as soon as you turn into Jalan Gambir from Jalan Pedada.

The kampua noodles here used to be really very good with a touch of fried garlic added but the guy is no longer doing it, it seems. He is still around though and is currently handling the drinks in that coffee shop while his kampua noodle stall has been taken over by somebody else…

Kampua chain

the guy here though I would not say that I liked his very much even though I notice that he has taken over quite a few of the kampua noodle stalls in town.

We come here quite often as the roast meat stall is one of our favourite in town and we do frequent this stall…

Mei Le stall

…time and again too.

In the end, my girl got her meat porridge…

Mei Le meat porridge

…after all but she did not want any century egg to go with it – I would love that very much. Anyway, there was one poached egg inside that bowl so I guess that was enough for her.

I decided to try their hung ngang (big bihun)…

Hung ngang

…in the traditional Foochow red wine chicken soup…

Hung ngang in Foochow red wine chicken soup

…a welcome change from the usual mee sua and yes, it was very good.

My missus ordered the Foochow fried noodles (RM4.00)…

Mei Le Foochow fried noodles

…from the chu-char (cook and fry) place at the back and yes, it was very good plus it was cheap and had a lot of added ingredients. I don’t know how many people have taken over that place now, no less than 3 or 4, if I remember correctly, and none lasted very long. I walked around and I saw somebody having their fried kway teow, wet/with sauce and it looked pretty good too and so were the dishes that some people were having with rice for their lunch that day. Hopefully, we can drop by one day to give those a try as well.

Then, on another day, my girl wanted Sarawak laksa for lunch so we went and had the one (RM5.00)…

Aloha Sarawak laksa

here (2.293632,111.826954). This is one of the most popular, if not THE most popular in town and of course, she enjoyed it.

The mum had the same but I decided to try the beef noodle special (RM8.00)…

Aloha beef noodles 1

…from another stall at that same shop.

It was, at best, quite nice – what it lacked in the beef taste and fragrance in the soup, it made up for it with all the meat, tripe and tendon…

Aloha beef noodles 2

…in the bowl and I sure did enjoy those very much.

The week-long Hari Raya holidays were coming to an end – the very next day, we had to send my girl back to her school as she had extra classes from her Year 6 pupils that afternoon…and school would reopen the very nexy day. That, of course, meant that life would go back to the same old routine and I would not be going around here, there and everywhere eating this and that so much…except when my girl comes home for the weekends and I sure am looking forward to it each passing week.

Author: suituapui

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

21 thoughts on “She wants…”

  1. the beef noodle soup is ultra-tempting … filled with tender and gelatinous chunks of great beauty! πŸ™‚

    The soup was very light – like soy sauce soup, could hardly detect the beef flavour. Maybe that was already lunchtime – hawkers here tend to dilute their stock all morning…

  2. I know very well what porridge means here, but I embedded in my cultural heritage is sweet porridge for breakfast, so immediately when I hear “porridge for lunch” I’m thinking along the lines of cereal. Dishes do look yummy.

    Yes, here, porridge would usually mean rice porridge or what we call “moi” in Hokkien…or “chook” elsewhere. Traditionally, Chinese people would have it for breakfast to start off the day – very filling and cheap, with a bit of rice, you can cook a potful – people in the old days were not that rich and had to work very very hard. I heard the Taiwanese added sweet potatoes to theirs because rice was expensive – these days, sweet potatoes are worth their weight in gold. Now, people may have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper…whenever they like. In fact, they have it at McD here, chicken porridge, probably for their breakfast menu only – I wouldn’t know for sure as I do not frequent that place.

    Among the Malays, their term “bubur” is even more extensive – they call green bean soup bubur kacang hijau…and their bubur pedas to me is more a vegetable dish than a porridge. I guess these things will vary between cultures.

    When I was young, I used to have boiled oats with condensed milk added for breakfast – I guess that would be what you call sweet porridge…and I always imagined Goldilocks & the Three Bears having that as well. But oats is cereal too and rice is as well. You have cereal for lunch? I always thought abroad, it is a breakfast thing?

  3. The beef noodle is the most attractive here. Look colourful and generous.

    Looks can be deceptive! At best, I would say it was nice even with the lack of the taste of beef in the soup and it was cheap, looking at all the ingredients added.

  4. Aiming for Foochow fried noodles & beef noodles….looks so so good. Yes, I love plain porridge to eat with salted egg/fish (bay ka long). Slurpppp!!!!….

    Nice! Light, great on hot days or when one has been eating too much heavy stuff like during Chinese New Year. Long kiam hu is so expensive now though… 😦

  5. I don’t see much Foochow red wine dishes; haven’t been to the right places, I suppose.

    Not sure if they have it at the kampua place there – they’re from Sibu, I hear…and many there make their own.

  6. My mouth opening big big, wow, to the Foochow red wine chicken soup…

    Open also no use. You will have to come and then you can get to enjoy… Yum yummmmm!!!!

  7. i would like to try the foochow red wine chicken when i see one. The beef noodles in s’wak also that pricy ah? In kk it’s 9 bucks a bowl 😦

    So cheap, KK one? Kah Hiong? Lots of meat, tendons and all. I hear they use buffalo but it does not matter – so so so nice. The soup is absolutely heavenly. They have a branch in KL now, Puchong, I think.

    Sibu, can’t buy fresh beef…and the nicer imported ones from Australia or New Zealand are so expensive. Others like the ones from India – got smell and so tough, quite impossible to eat.

  8. Like you, I am also looking forward to weekends to see my girl… and enjoying good food with her. Just last night we went for Japanese food, her favourite!

    A welcome break from our daily routine and always nice to have her home – can take her out for some well-deserved special treats after a week in the jungle.

  9. The porridge is indeed good but I’ve stopped going to the roast pork at Mei Le. Portion is getting smaller… =(

    I tapao home, go around 3 or 4 when the boss is not around – the worker(s) is/are very “generous”. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  10. The beef noodle you had is packed with ingredients but too bad it was lacking in beefy taste.

    Yes, that was most disappointing. Otherwise, I certainly would want to go back for more. 😦

  11. Parents always happy when daughter and son is around, and the same way, they’re also happy when parents around…I can feel the happiness between you and your family!! =]

    Yes, happiness is when all in the family are together.

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