Hello like before…

I was in the vicinity behind the HSBC building here early one morning and I decided to drop by this coffee shop for the kueh chap that a blogger-friend once insisted was the best in town. Whatever its name was before, it is now called Leader Cafe and not too long ago, it was closed down for a while to get some renovations done to its premises. It certainly looks much nicer and cleaner now with the tiled floor and all and there is  a kampua noodle stall in front that appeared to be quite popular. At the back, there is this chap fan place that had moved here from its previous location – I’ve heard a lot of people singing its praises but no, I have never gone there to try.

The bak kut teh sure seemed to be doing very well still – even though I was there so early, there were a number of people having that with rice. Nope, I do not usually eat rice so early in the morning, not even chicken rice, except perhaps for the fried rice that I may dish out at home time and time again.

I ordered the kueh chap (RM5.50)…

Ah Ling kueh chap

…and it was served in no time at all. As a matter of fact, my missus and I did drop by a few weeks ago at around 11.00 a.m. but they were sold out. I guess as they say, it’s the early bird that catches the worm!

I was kind of disappointed though when I saw that they had kway teow in it…

In strips

…instead of the usual broadly-cut sheets. Well, they’re basically the same thing but I hear that you can get it uncut from the kway teow maker and do it yourself. Maybe it saves them the trouble, I wouldn’t know and I did notice this same thing the other day here as well.

As for the taste, I thought it was all right but that morning, I could get a hint of bitterness in it – perhaps they would need to do a better job in cleaning the intestines. Fortunately, there was no smell – they tell me that will be the case when one does not know how to clean the kidneys properly. As for the dip…

Dip

…it did not have that fragrance of belacan (dried prawn paste) that it had before but it was o.k., just not as nice as what I had when I had this previously.

I noticed that those people having the bak kut teh had the soup served in nice black claypots and I did wonder as to why they cannot serve the kueh chap in those as well instead of these not-all-that-presentable plastic bowls. I am always wary about hot food served in plastic and we would never use those at home.

Anyway, parking in this area can be such a pain so I guess I would not be coming back all that soon and incidentally, I noticed that they have this Singapore franchise here…

328 Katong laksa

…now. I do not know whether this is another outlet altogether or maybe it is the same one that is moving from its previous location. Personally, I am not a fan of that so it does not really matter to me whether they set up shop north, south, east or west…and given a choice, I would rather head to places where it is easy to find a place to park…and free.