Once again, here we are…

We were here once before and actually, we did not plan on dropping by again but as I was driving past, I saw that at that point in time, it was very shady in front of the building as the mid-morning sun was blocked by it plus there were vacant places available and parking in that area is free.

This was what I had…

Liza Cafe nasi campur

…for my brunch that morning, their nasi campur (mixed rice). No, no…it was not my intention to take so much but when I went to see what they had, everything looked so good I did not know where to start…nor where to stop.

I saw their fried eggs…

Liza Cafe fried eggs

…and how could I resist one of those beauties…

Liza Cafe fried egg

…fried to perfection the old school way with the golden frills all along the edges served with a squirt of chili sauce?

The salted egg…

Liza Cafe salted egg

…looked so perfect I just had to take it too and out of all the curries available, I chose the chicken…

Liza Cafe chicken curry

…and helped myself to one chicken wing and two chunks of potatoes. Theirs is the Malay-style curry, not as thick and rich as what I would usually cook. When I was with my Malay colleagues in the UK in 1994, one of them staying in the same house asked why my curry was like that and when one of them cooked some for one of our gatherings, he pointed out saying that usually, their curry would be like that, not so lemak and more watery. Maybe mine is more the nyonya kind of curry, I wouldn’t know, but all my life, that curry we had at home had always been a little drier but whatever it is, curry is curry and I do enjoy it whichever way it is cooked…and of course, I had to flood the rice with the gravy that morning. It sure beat eating plain white rice, that’s for sure.

For the vegetables, I chose the ladies fingers and the cangkuk manis

Liza Cafe cangkuk manis and ladies fingers

…while my missus picked the latter as well and the paku (wild jungle fern)…

Liza Cafe paku

…and for her meat, she picked the beef curry…

Liza Cafe beef curry

It could have been a little bit more tender but tastewise, I think the beef had a slight edge over the chicken.

I had my usual kopi-o-peng (and it was nice – usually, the ones at these Malays shops aren’t great) and my missus had one iced lemon drink. When the drinks came, I asked the lady how much everything was and she said, “Makan dolok!” (Eat first!) So, that was what we did, and when we had finished, I called for someone to collect the payment and a guy came. He asked what drinks we had and we told him and then, he told us the total for everything – RM13.00.

It was RM11.20 the last time but RM13.00 for all that we had was very cheap too. At the regular coffee shops, the drinks would add up to RM3.80 so what we ate probably cost around RM9.00 altogether then, take away RM3.50 for my missus’ one meat and two veg, that would leave RM5.50 for all that I had – 5 items and the rice.

For one thing, one could help oneself to the food, buffet style and one could easily pile up a lot of everything should one feel like it…and like in my case, when he came, I had licked the plate clean leaving only the chicken bones and the salted egg shell so that made me wonder how he could know what I had and how he came to that total. Never mind! Since it was very reasonable, rather cheap in my honest opinion and definitely cheaper than what we had here or here, I would not say a thing. Hehehehehe!!!!

While we were there, I noticed a not-very-young couple running a nasi lemak stall by the side. They were also selling rojak and what we call rojak tambi or Indian rojak here. No, ours is nothing like what everyone knows as Indian rojak or pasembur elsewhere – it is more like the Indonesian gado-gado whereby all the condiments…

Liza Cafe rojak tambi 1

…are served with the satay peanut sauce…

Rojak tambi peanut sauce

…poured all over it. We were already way too full after what we had so I ordered the rojak tambi special (RM5.00)…

Liza Cafe rojak tambi 2

…to take home so we could have it for dinner that day.