Do without…

I heard that the people responsible for this place have also opened a chicken rice shop somewhere opposite their supermarket so the other day, I drove over to have a look. It turned out to be something like just another coffee shop with the chicken rice stall on one side and a kampua noodle stall on the other but that place sure was so very congested and since I could not find a parking space close by, I decided to go elsewhere.

There is this coffee shop round the corner that I have been to a number of times before and I remember they had a very nice stall selling all those roast meat and stuff and I had had their noodles before – the big KL Hokkien mee kind tossed in what I felt was like the konlou mee in Sabah. However, when we got there, it appeared that the stall had been replaced by this one…

Sing Long roast meat chicken rice stall

…and they did not have noodles on their menu. Ah well, I thought, since we were already there, we might as well give it a try to see if it was any good.

I ordered this bowl of yong tau foo (RM9.00)…

Sing Long Cafe yong tau foo

…from the stall behind it for the soup mainly as usually at those chicken rice stalls, they will give you some very bland, quite tasteless, very diluted salted vegetable soup with the chicken claws inside and I am never fond of that.

I would say it is cheaper to order by the sets as one would get at least half a dozen fish balls, two lady’s fingers, two brinjal, two bitter gourd, one chili and one fried bean curd all stuffed with the very nice fish paste plus the tang hoon (glass noodles), seaweed and green vegetables. It certainly would cost a lot more to order the RM5.00 set, just the fish balls, tang hoon and seaweed and then, pick what you want from what is available…

Sing Long yong tau foo stall price list

However, as a matter of fact, we could have done jolly well without it as the complimentary soup…

Sing Long complimentary soup

…that came from the aforementioned stall was very very nice, their corn soup with a bit of it on the cob and pieces of white radish/daikon.

The steamed chicken…

Sing Long steamed chicken

…was very nice and the siew yoke (roast pork)…

Sing Long siew yoke

…as well. I liked it a lot and I would say it could have an edge over what had so far been my favourite in town and was definitely way better than the one here. I do not read Mandarin so perhaps somebody can check the prices on the menu in front of the stall (in the first photograph) and tell me how much they are selling this per kilo here?

I did not quite enjoy the char siew (barbecued meat)…

Sing Long char siew

…especially with that dark, thick and very sweet sauce all over it. It did not seem so bad with the chicken nor with the stewed eggs…

Sing Long stewed eggs

…that I also ordered but the next time I come here, I would definitely ask them not to pour it over everything. They can serve it in a saucer or a little bowl if they want and I can dip the stuff in it as and when I choose. I could jolly well do without any dips and sauces usually unless something does not taste nice and doing that would help make it a little bit more palatable.

The chicken rice served with all the above was very good too, nicer than many other places though not as nice as what I had here (and the same goes for the steamed chicken too) but this was very much cheaper – RM14.00 only for everything for two persons, inclusive of two plates of rice.

Well, if anyone is interested in checking this place out, it is at Sing Long Cafe (2.292604,111.836029) in the area of shops behind the Rejang Medical Centre, located directly opposite the nursing college (Kolej ITA). For some reason or other, the coffee shop people have seen it fitting to remove the shop signs outside so you would not see the name if you are driving past – there is a small sign above the entrance to the shop but I do not think it is visible from the road.