This is what they told me…

I was here (2.291904, 111.834897)…

Kuching Cafe

…for the kolo mee a long time ago but my friend/ex-classmate, Robert, told me that they had moved to another place not too far away and asked me to drop by and try but I have yet to do that. I did notice that this one was closed for a while and just a few days later, it reopened and has been going full swing since then. I don’t know if it is the same people as before but they still have those western dishes

Western

…that they used to sell starting at 3.00 p.m. and I did ask the guy at the back who dishes out all the fried stuff – the fried mee and what not, and he said it would be available from around noon onwards now.

Well, when my Kuching cousins came to town, they went here for the dianpianngu and they were disappointed as they were using the frozen fish balls and they did say something about the soup too, I can’t remember what now. I had the original one in town once and I did not like it so I never went back there again. I would think the people in Sibu will have to pull up there socks as from what many have told me, with the influx of the Foochows to Kuching, there are a few places in the city that sell very nice dianpianngu. What a shame it would be if one can’t find any good one here anymore, this Sibu Foochow delight since time immemorial!

Then, there was Robert’s cousin, my friend on Facebook, who always shares a lot of photographs of all the nice things that he goes around eating…and I saw that they have dianpianngu at this shop (RM4.00)…

Kuching Cafe dianpianngu 1

…and that was why I decided to drop by to check it out.

My missus ordered the kolo mee (RM3.50)…

Kuching Cafe kolo mee

…and asked for chili sauce to be added. I don’t know if that was why it was so very red or that would be its usual colour and when I asked her, she said it was all right and added that it tasted just like kampua noodles. I guess this would be another one of those that we have around town then – looks the same, but not quite the same.

As usual, I ordered a glass of kopi-o-peng (iced black coffee) and I got this…

Kuching Cafe kopi peng

…but I just let it be. Sometimes one has to take things as they come, no need to sweat the small stuff.

I overheard the lady at the noodles stall talking to a guy at another table, grumbling about how expensive things have become these days – a packet of sambal laksa is over RM10.00 now, and coffee powder is RM20.00 a kilo, the one she gets from here. Hmmmm….I got the RM35.00 a kilo one from here for the popiah lunch that I had at my house – I’ve tried the RM45.00 a kilo one from Brazil but I did not like it as to me, it was not all that great, none of the much coveted coffee fragrance plus it was way too expensive.

I must say, though, that the coffee I had here was good, albeit the milk substitute – no, they do not have condensed milk around here anymore and they are using what is called sweetened creamer and it is all palm oil.

Going back to the dianpianngu

Kuching Cafe dianpianngu 2

…it was actually very nice except that they too were using those frozen fish balls as well. What I particularly liked about it was that the soup had the meng ngee (dried cuttlefish)…

Meng ngee

…fragrance and sweetness and that sure pushed it up a head above the rest. These dried ones are very expensive these days and the last I saw any in a bowl of dianpianngu, they were using the fresh cuttlefish and no, those would not be the same, far from it!

I was thinking that perhaps they could give customers an option – to pay more for a bowl with their own freshly-made fish balls, bay kar (tenggiri/mackerel) no less, or settle for the frozen supermarket ones at RM4.00 a bowl. I sure would not mind forking out a bit more for the former.

I saw that they had lor mee (RM5.00)…

Kuching Cafe lor mee 1

…here too and it had been a long time since I had one like those I used to enjoy a long time ago so I decided to order a bowl to try…but no, it wasn’t anything like lor mee as I know it to be but with the chili dip…

Chili dip

…that came with it (even though it looks more or less like bottled chili sauce in the photo), I would say that it…

Kuching Cafe lor mee 2

…was very nice. I had most of the dianpianngu so I was already quite full when this was served. That was why I only managed to finish around half of it but I did eat up all that came with the noodles – the whole egg, slices of char siew and some minced meat and the kangkong…and yes, I would not mind dropping by to have this again should I happen to be in the vicinity but now that I know better, I would not be expecting something tasting like the lor mee I had eaten and loved before.

They also sell Sarawak laksa here and I would love to try the fried noodles and stuff from the chu-char guy at the back to see if they are any good. That would have to wait till the next time we’re around that area then.

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Author: suituapui

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

14 thoughts on “This is what they told me…”

  1. For me, the most important ingredient in the dianpianngu is the noodle sheets. The fish balls come 2nd.

    The noodles sheets were how they should be, all’s good just that the true blue dianpianngu lovers would not settle for anything less than freshly-made fish balls…and the bones, heads and all must be used as stock for the soup. I am sure if they do it this way, no shortcuts, and charge more for it, there will be many who would want to fork out the money to go for it, the real thing!

  2. I just had Kolo Mee few days back! I prefer red sauce over the usual ones, like the extra sweet touch πŸ˜€

    I don’t mind it red with the char siew sauce but yes, that would make it a little sweet. I know some people do not like that.

  3. I prefer fresh fish in dianpinghu. My mum would like to give this a try.

    Remember this cafe. The kolo mee doesnt taste like kolo mee, I remember.

    Yes, different lady now – the one we tried has moved elsewhere. This one, my missus said, is also not like kolo mee, like kampua but it was ok, quite nice.

    Your mum true-blue Foochow, likes dianpianngu? I am not really a fan but if really nice, I don’t mind eating sometimes for a change.

  4. The mee in the lor mee looks different from what i had here…

    Different? How? Singapore yellow mee like the ones in the peninsula, smaller, firmer, more yellow and has a strong alkaline smell? Ours here bigger, not so yellow, no smell…but it will expand if soaked in soup, no alkaline to prevent that. Must eat quickly – too soft and soggy, not so nice anymore.

  5. Anything cooked with prawns & cuttlefish definitely gives a superb taste. For me, I like the original kolo mee, without chilli sauce or cha sio yu.

    My missus sure cannot do without chili sauce one – she is not that fond of the char siew oil like you but no choice, they did not ask that day – just added. I will have both – tukar-tukar sometimes for a change but yes, I too will prefer it white.

  6. I really like the bright red facade!

    No rice for you today! But that dianpianngu thing is made from rice flour mixed with water – soft, so should be easily digested. You can click the link in my reply to Claire’s comment to see how they make it.

  7. Good thing that you enjoyed what you eat here even though some people have negative comments about this restaurant.

    No, they had negative comments about this same dish that they had elsewhere, not here. What I had, I thought, were quite good.

  8. I know I will definitely love the cuttlefish. My boys are huge fans of fishballs and we are quite particular with the freshness of those balls. I dont mind paying extra for fresh homemade fishballs.

    My girl is strangely fond of the frozen supermarket ones – the made-in-Singapore ones aren’t too bad. We make our own, she will not eat. Maybe she does not like the fishy smell…and strangely, she loves those stuff at the yong tofu places. 😦 I would go for the freshly made ones anytime!

  9. Thirteen years in Malaysia and this is the first I’ve heard of dianpianngu – thank you for opening my eyes to even more local wonders. πŸ™‚

    It’s a Foochow thing and I hear one can find it in China, not sure which province but it is a fishing place – this is actually a fish dish. I hear they even have it at some Chinese restaurant(s) in the US! Small world, eh?

  10. Hmmm, on the western food menu, no. 15, I wonder if they mean beef daube instead of daude. Daube is a type of French stew – it’s actually not commonly found in Malaysian restaurants, so it’s pretty interesting! πŸ˜‰

    Oh? I haven’t the slightest idea – maybe I should drop by one day to order that and try. So far, I’ve only bought two of the choices home and of course, when eating it upon reaching home, we were not all that impressed. I know they have their followers though – some seem to enjoy what they dish out a lot.

    Talking about typos and errors in menus, my cousins in Kuching were at a Chinese restaurant there and they were so tickled last night by “steamed mussie” and shared the photograph on Facebook – I said luckily, there was no “s” and thank goodness it was an “m” and not a “p”. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  11. I need these to be among my breakfast options.

    These are the usual breakfast selections here – most stalls would close by noon, no more the rest of the day but some open in the evening for people looking for these for supper.

    1. Eh, can already lah! hee..hee…

      OK, comment proper. The dianpianngu looks pretty good to me. Lots of ingredients in there. But frozen fishballs is a no no to me too.

      Yaaaaaa!!!! Welcome back! πŸ˜€

      Yes, it was very good except for the frozen fish balls but people like my girl would love that! True blue fish lovers would never settle for anything less than those freshly made ones.

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