Wanna be a king…

This place (2.291491, 111.826133) at the corner, located right beside the hotel

Corner coffee shop

…across the road from the HSBC building…

HSBC Building

…has been around for as long as I can remember. Yes, that’s right! It is in the block of shops opposite Guna’s new place.

It was closed down for renovations for quite sometime and when it was good and ready, it reopened for business. I do not know if it is the same people running the coffee shop now and I can’t even remember the name before but this…

King Cafe

…is what it is presently known as.

There used to be a chap fan (mixed rice) place at the back and a long long time ago, I used to drop by to see what I could buy home for lunch or dinner. If I am not mistaken, the people there at the time have moved here or at least, the familiar-looking guy was there the last time I saw him. I also remember people telling me that the kampua noodles there were quite good but I never did stop by to try. I don’t know if these were the same people…

King Cafe kampua stall

…running the stall at the time but I was around that part of town very early in the morning on a Saturday so there were no parking woes, not yet and I thought I would go there and check things out.

The guy was cooking the chicken soup for the mee sua and yes, it did look very nice and the fragrance filled the whole shop. A lot of people were having that, I noticed, but I was not in the mood for it so I just had the kampua noodles (RM3.00)…

King Cafe kampua mee

…instead.

Yes, it was RM3.00 a bowl. It used to be RM2.80 only at most places before, cheaper at some here and there, but recently, I dropped by here to tapao two packets of the noodles home and I was shocked when I was asked to fork out RM6.00 for the two. I just paid and left thinking that it was only there that they had jacked up the prices. Perhaps there has been a common agreement among some the the kampua mee sellers in town, a conspiracy of some kind, to increase the prices, I wouldn’t know.

The saving grace was that the mee was all right, more or less as good as many around town, and they certainly were very generous with the noodles…

A lot of noodles

…and there was quite a lot of meat in the pian sip

Nice pian sip

…and I thought they tasted very good.

The kopi-o-peng (iced coffee, black) was all right, RM1.70 a glass – RM1.80 at a number of places elsewhere even though there are places that are cheaper, going for RM1.50 or RM1.60 a glass.

There is a chu-charΒ (cook & fry) place at the back so if you are more into fried noodles and the like, you can order from there. I wouldn’t know if they are any good or not though as I did not order anything from them to try and with the parking problem in that part of the town centre, I don’t think I will be back there again all that soon.

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Author: suituapui

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

18 thoughts on “Wanna be a king…”

  1. The kampua noodle is a bargain. Tasty, tasty, very, very tasty.

    Only 50 p eh? Brings to mind my growing up years when kampua mee was just 50 cents, with meat and 30 cents without. Dirt cheap!

  2. Good thing I am cooking supper, your photos are making me hungry. πŸ™‚

    Evening there, eh? It’s morning here – I gotta cook something for breakfast.

  3. The pian sip looks good and meaty. I guess prices are going up everywhere. You sure are up early answering comments. Do you take afternoon naps?

    Looks like this is the current trend, more meat in the pian sip. In the past, it would be all skin with a very very thin layer of the minced meat inside.

    Yes, I do go and lie down for a rest in the afternoon and I may doze off a but, 5-10 minutes and I would get up quite refreshed. Sometimes I would fall into a deep sleep for half an hour or longer and I would wake up groggy and would be in a foul mood for the rest of the day. I go to bed around 9-10 and wake up 4-5, should be enough sleep already with or without the afternoon nap.

  4. It is pretty much a headache when it comes to parking in the old congested part of the old town. Same over here. I seldom venture to that part.

    The kampua looked better with the pian sip. Big portion too.

    It’s not bad, good enough for people from out of town staying in that hotel and wanting a taste of authentic Sibu kampua. Most around there are Malay coffee shops and of course, their halal version of the kampua may not quite be the same. The mee sua should be good too.

    Yes, that is why I seldom venture into town unless I have something to do and it cannot be avoided. Then I would bump into people who have not seen me for such a long time and they would be so surprised that I am still alive. Tsk! Tsk!

  5. pian sip is my all time favourite, never get tired of eating it…

    You mean your wanton over there? Not quite the same, our pian sip – the texture and colour of the skin…and also the taste of the soup. To me, both nice.

  6. Oh.. chap fan means nasi campur. πŸ˜‰

    Yes, chap is mixed and fan is rice, chap chap is the soup with lots of things in it…and ngui chap is beef soup with meat, tendons, tripe…all campur.

  7. The pian sip looks plump and juicy!

    Yes, a lot more meat than the usual where they apply a very thin layer of the minced meat onto the skin like spreading butter on bread.

  8. The price is still reasonable… over here wanton noodles is at least RM3.50… unless the stalls are out of town, perhaps it is slightly cheaper.. otherwise very difficult to get a meal below RM3… oh, yesterday I took one roti telur RM2.20 and it lasted me till dinner time. πŸ™‚

    Wahhhhh!!! Must be so very rich, spending so little on your food. Hehehehehe!!!! Here, we do have RM2.50 at some places out of town.

  9. Can tell the pian sip is good with generous amount of minced meat that can be seen through the thin transparents skin. That’s the kind of pian sip I like.

    Maybe this is the trend – last time, pian sip used to be all skin, very very little of the minced meat inside.

  10. Now we need to find a Queen Cafe to complement this πŸ˜‰ the noodles look pretty appetizing … kudos to the kitchen and the photographer, hehe

    These days, the word “Queen” may take on a different meaning – we did have a lounge/pub by that name but I think it has closed down now. πŸ˜€

  11. For RM3.00 that’s a generous bowl of kampua noodles. Ahh…I feel like having wanton mee again πŸ˜€

    Bet you would not get any at this price over there? But you get a lot of the char siew and I love the wantons in the little bowl of soup.

  12. I actually laughed when I read that sentence about the conspiracy between kampua seller. Made me imagine of kampua vendors having a meeting of sorts and their president doing a PowerPoint presentation on how they can jack up the prices of their food. πŸ˜›

    Maybe they are not so technologically advanced but I do believe they have an association and they will come to an agreement when it comes to jacking up the prices – everyone will do the same except those not members of the association, they may fix their own prices. They have an association for a lot of things here – pork sellers, chicken sellers, coffee shop owners and so on.

  13. Rm 3 is a good deal, we hardly find noodles with Rm 3.50 now, mostly Rm 4 and above

    We do have those as well, RM4 or RM5 or more, supposedly more special though I would not say they would definitely be nicer, not necessarily.

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