Coming over…

There seems to be quite a number of West Malaysians coming over and setting up their businesses here like this yong tau foo place, for instance, and a number of stalls here and there which makes me wonder – is it better here? More money to make…or perhaps, there is less competition so there is no need to fight tooth and claw and struggle to survive?

This chee cheong fan stall here

Jiali chee cheong fan stall

…is another one of them. The guy had a few immigrant workers running the whole show for him – I did not see him doing anything. In fact, I did not even notice he was there, sitting at a table by the side till one of the guys pointed him out to me. I wouldn’t mind that myself – just sit and watch everybody else so busy and see all the money rolling in. Hehehehehe!!!!

I ordered No. 3, the one with char siew (RM6.00)…

Jiali chee cheong fan

…and yes, the chee cheong fan itself was very nice, really fine and smooth, not chewy – I thought it was just perfect. I would prefer it if they had served the sauce separately though, for me to dip as and when I felt like it, and not drown everything in the plate like that…and the sambal was just so-so, didn’t get me all excited, I’m afraid. On the whole, however, I thought it was good enough and something I wouldn’t mind ordering and having should I happen to drop by this place again.

My missus went and ordered from this stall on the left…

Jiali sambal kway teow stall

– the one with the WELCOME sign, their sambal fried kway teow (RM5.00)…

Jiali sambal fried kway teow

…and yes, she thought it was good and enjoyed her pick. If I heard what my missus was saying correctly, you can add a ringgit more and have some prawns in it.

I also had something from this Muslim food stall…

Jiali Muslim food stall

…that seemed mighty popular – a lot of people were having things from that stall and the fried mee and the fried noodles that I saw them serving looked very good. Maybe I would try those another day.

I went for their nasi lemak special (RM6.00)…

Jiali nasi lemak special

…and for once, I could detect the nice santan richness in the rice. No, it was not as rich as I would have loved it to be but it was there, the taste and the fragrance and I quite liked that.

For the special, you have a choice between fried chicken or masak hitam beef…

Jiali masak hitam beef

…and I chose the latter…and I thought they were quite generous with it.

It wasn’t on a Saturday so the popiah stall was not open. In fact, I am not even sure if they are still around on Saturdays and Sundays. They have some new people at the fried noodle stall at the back, the one that we used to order from and my girl enjoyed their sambal bihun that looked like tang hoon or glass noodles to us…but never mind that they are no longer there, there are lots one can choose from the other stalls so needless to say, we would be back again should we happen to be in the vicinity.

Well, for the uninitiated, these stalls are located at Jiali Cafe (2.291776, 111.841426)…

Jiali Cafe
*Archive photo*

…among the shops behind Medan Mall along Jalan Wong King Huo.