Follow the crowd…

People say that if a place is crowded, the food is bound to be good. Well, we’ve been to this place…

Kong Ma Ma

…a number of times before and there have been hits and misses but for one thing, most of the time, in the morning, there will be a lot of people here, especially on Sundays.

I was there again last Sunday but this time around, I noticed that things weren’t exactly the same as before. The fat guy at the chu-char (cook & fry) place at the back was nowhere to be seen and they have set up a brick counter/bar there and are using that area to make the drinks. Other than the Malay lady, I am not sure whether the people at the other stalls are the same ones or not. I did not order anything from her but instead, I ordered this minced pork and fish bihun (RM5.00)…

Minced pork & fish bihun

…from the second stall, the one behind the kampua noodle stall. It was all right – I did not think it was really great and the soup was rather murky, not as clear as I would like it to be.

My missus ordered their Foochow fried noodles (RM3.80)…

Foochow fried noodles

…that came drowning in the sauce/gravy. They could have just poured in an adequate amount and thrown away the rest.

My girl wanted the fried pek koi or rice cakes (RM4.00)…

Char pek koi

…that looked very different when she had it before that time when the fat chef was still around. Well, both of them said what they ordered were nice so I guess that was all that mattered.

I did try a bit of the pek koi but I thought there was way too much msg in it for my liking. It took a long time coming and in the meantime, I had finished my bihun…and I felt like going to answer nature’s call so I made my way to the washroom. It was not exactly clean, kind of wet and there was a lot of paper in the toilet bowl. When I was done, I flushed and the water came up like it was not going to stop…and I quickly made a run for it. I did not stay to see whether it overflowed or not. Then, I noticed that the guy doing the cooking was stationed in the area right in front of the toilets – he did not look like he was Chinese, kind of dark in complexion but that was perfectly all right by me as long as he could cook well. What put me off was that he had a cigarette in his mouth the whole time he was cooking…and I made up my mind there and then that I would never go back there again or if ever I do so, I would not order anything from that particular stall.

For dinner that evening, I decided to cook two of the boxes of goodies

Goodies from the US

…that I got from my ex-student, Raphael, when he was home from the US.

I followed the instructions faithfully and when it was done, the potatoes looked like this…

Potatoes 1

…but it was still creamy inside…

Potatoes 2

We thought it tasted very nice but it was rather salty.

Personally, albeit it being over-salty, I liked the taste of the sauce more than what was in the pasta…

Pasta

…but my girl loved the pasta so very much. In fact, by the time we all had our fill, there was only a little left so I said that we would just throw it away but she would not hear of it. She kept all of what was left, microwaved it the next morning and had it for breakfast. She said that the taste, the smell, everything reminded her of what she used to have in Wellington, New Zealand and she misses everything there so much. Perhaps one of these days, we can go there again on a holiday…

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Author: suituapui

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

13 thoughts on “Follow the crowd…”

  1. I truly understand how Melissa feels, missing New Zealand and holding dear to the things or food that smells and reminded her of anything NZ. It is a great idea to go back there for a holiday some time. I have never been to NZ but would love to go there one of these days πŸ™‚

    Any plans? Come, let’s go. We can help you babysit while you and William go romancing. Wink! Wink! πŸ˜€

  2. Nice to see you get Kraft products there! There is a Kraft factory right here in Montreal! πŸ™‚

    This came all the way from the US but yes, we have Kraft products here like the cheese – probably made locally or some, imported from Australia.

  3. Too bad the food is no longer nice. Can understand why you are not going back. I am not familiar with the potato dish from the box. Is it supposed to be creamy (liquid) inside?

    Yes, it said on the box that it should be left for 5 minutes to cool. The gravy would probably thicken a bit by then, not so watery, like another brand that we had tried before but we did not wait. Preferred to eat it while it was hot – straight from the oven.

  4. Oh dear, a cigarette in his mouth while cooking, for sure I am not going to order anything from him even the food looks good. I like the bihun though the broth looks murky.

    It tasted all right but there are nicer ones at other places in town.

  5. haha, rapidly rising water in the toilet bowl always throws me into a big panic, especially if it happens at home or worse, in a friend’s house!

    Shows that there is a blockage or the sewage tank is full, time to call the plumber or the sewage people.

  6. There is something about a crowded restaurant that inspires confidence.

    This one is crowded most probably because of the convenience and by virtue of its location, only one in that area, and when the congregation from the church nearby comes over after the Sunday service, it would be packed…plus there is ample parking and it is free some more. Can’t say there’s anything there that I would keep going back for.

  7. ooo, i guess it might be salty since the american palate has a higher tolerance for sodium, especially when it comes to processed fare? the pasta looks great though … i love how creamy it seems πŸ™‚

    It was nice but for me, between the two, I prefer the creamy cheesey sauce in the potatoes just that it was way too salty. The pasta was a little salty too but tolerable. And their cakes and desserts are all so sweet, they will send my blood sugar level shooting through my head. Not to my liking.

  8. The young really loves pasta! My three kids too!! But sadly, their mom still doesn’t know how to enjoy these creamy spaghetti and pasta and macaronis… hahahaa…

    No choice, papa sayang, don’t like also must like and must eat. πŸ˜€ The mum is not into these things either and she would eat just a little bit only usually, just about shows how little she likes these things.

  9. Oh goosshh.. your experience reminded me of our first super long queue at Malacca for their famous satay celup.. i swear i will never go back for any satay celup anymore !!! T___T

    and your last photo made me super hungryyyyyy… i want to go back have my dinner now T___T

    I would never go for the satay celup, much less go and queue for it – so ridiculous. I prefer clear boiling water for the cooking and individual bowls of the peanut/satay sauce dip. The way they do it, anyone who has not finished his stick and would want more sauce would just dip into the pot – saliva and all! And the boiling sauce reminds me of the mud pools in Roturua…or something else. Not a pleasant sight.

  10. The minced pork and fish bihun looks good and so does the pasta. I have not tried these packaged food though I love to browse the frozen food section at the supermarket. Quite pricey these things 😦

    Indeed. We do have some here too, but choices are quite limited, of course…nothing less than RM10. I would just look…and walk away. At those prices, might as well cook from scratch.

  11. Lucky you have some Velveeta products there, I love their quick melting cheese

    Not cheap though. Easy pouring, not like some salad cream…so hard to shake it out of the bottle.

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