Each and every day…

When I was teaching at the school right across the road, before I retired, I used to drop by here…

Wan Sen Corner

…each and every day or almost, at least. For one thing, it was the nearest and I did not have to go too far and for another, there was a stall selling nice kampua noodles and Sarawak laksa and another stall with a lady whose fried stuff I enjoyed a lot. They are no longer there, of course – that was a long time ago but this lady…

Wan Sen Corner old stall

…was around then and is still there. I never tried anything from her though as at the time she was selling kompia and fritters. It looked like she has taken over the frying so if you are into things like our Foochow-style fried noodles, you can order that from her.

The guy running the coffee shop was nowhere to be seen – a young boy was in charge, probably the son and the coffee…

Wan Sen Corner kopi o peng

…was pretty good. If I am not wrong, I think I heard that it was only RM1.40 here, cheaper than all the rest elsewhere.

For some reason or other, they have these bubu (fish traps)…

Wan Sen Corner bubu

…hanging from the ceiling. Perhaps that is good feng shui and would attract more customers to the shop.

What brought me there that morning as I was walking past was the fragrance of something nice from this stall…

Wan Sen Corner kampua mee stall

I went in and asked and was told that the guy was frying kampua mee

Wan Sen Corner fried kampua mee 1

…so of course, I ordered a plate and sat down to wait.

Everything looked rather faded so I reckoned these people must have been around for quite a while. Hey! I’ve retired for 10 years now though it seemed like just yesterday when I called it a day. Time sure flies!!!

Then I spotted this…

Wan Sen Corner RM2.00 kampua mee

Wait a minute!!! This must be the stall that they were talking about on Facebook, with one of the cheapest  kampua mee in town!

I did confirm with the guy running the car air conditioner repair shop, an ex-student of mine from another school, a stone’s throw away and yes, he said it was RM2.00 all right…with meat! He would buy to eat sometimes but he added that he would get more if he asked for the RM3.00 one. I guess I would have to go back there again and order that to see for myself but that morning, there were a lot of people eating that and the portion seemed quite a lot – maybe that was the RM3.00 one, I wouldn’t know.

The fried kampua mee (RM3.00)…

Wan Sen Corner fried kampua mee 2

…was very nice but obviously the word “presentation” does not exist in the guys’s vocabulary. He just fried everything and dished it out onto a plate and served. I had to dig out the meat from underneath all the noodles and “borrowed” the spring onions from the soup that I was having just to add a bit of colour and make it look a little nicer.

Yes, I also ordered their gu tor th’ng, the beef tripe soup (RM3.00)…

Wan Sen Corner gu tor th'ng

…to try. The gu tor was very nice, very nicely done, very soft and not at all rubbery or chewy like some that I have had elsewhere but I did not like the vinegar in it. It would have been perfect if they had just used the clear bone-stock soup on its own like how these stalls would serve their pian sip (meat dumplings/wantons), soup. I sure would ask them to hold the vinegar should I happen to drop by and order this again.

There was quite a crowd that morning – it was quite obvious that these people here are doing very well and that is good.

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Author: suituapui

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

16 thoughts on “Each and every day…”

  1. Worth saving the boat fare to Sibu for the food. Pity Easy Bus doesn’t get me there.

    Try rearing a pet crocodile. 😀 😀 😀

  2. Wow. thats really nice. having delicious kam put for RM2-3. That’s not something u can find else where.

    I know they are going for RM2.00 also at the hawker stalls above the Dewan Suarah market here but I’ve never been there. Have to climb up the stairs. 😀

  3. Haha, I like your presentation. At least add some colours to it. Business too good, no time for presentation & mostly they don’t mind.

    Probably that is the case.

  4. Where to find RM2 kampua here!! Haha. Used to have RM2 kolo mee but I am not sure still the same or slightly increase in price.

    They had RM2.00 kampua here too: https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/i-dont-wanna-fight-no-more/
    and business was so good, mostly from the students at the secondary and primary schools next door…but if I am not mistaken, they have increased the price already and everytime I drive past, it looks like business is not as good anymore. They have very nice RM2.00 kampua mee at the hawker stalls above the Dewan Suarah market too, dunno the Rejang Park one but I don’t go to such places. Have to climb up the stairs. Hehehehehe!!!!

  5. No canteen at the school at that time when you were still teaching?

    Canteen, cooking for so many, of course, not so nice lah…and besides, eating the same thing every day can be very boring.

  6. RM2 ?! That’s VERY cheap! We have one Wan Ton Mee stall over here too, selling one plate at RM 2 as well but vegetarian, no meat…

    It’s RM2 here too, without meat, at the regular stalls…if they have not jacked up the price again, was RM1.80…and only 30 sen in my younger days.

  7. Wow…kampua and coffee looks good! Will try that next time. Opposite your old school?
    Nice header, very chinese new year feel. hahha

    It’s in the block of shops behind Friends. Ahhhhh!!! You have not dropped by for a while, eh? I’ve had the header for quite sometime already.

  8. Hawker fare at old traditional coffee shops mostly have no presentation for their food because all their customers care about is the taste and the price. Good taste and low price, who cares how the food looks like but of course must look edible lah.

    Yes, that is usually the case but this one was real bad, the whole thing just dumped on the plate and served so much so that it did not look like it was going to be nice. Thankfully, it was pretty good.

  9. Goodness! RM2.00 for a plate is unbelievable. I don’t think we can buy anything over here for that price.

    I’m sure you can. I keep reading about nasi lemak bungkus from roadside mamak stalls, so much ingredients inside, just RM1.00.

  10. RM2 still existing? Sure opt for the kampua… I notice the kolo is RM3.20… maybe with minced pork and dumplings?

    Maybe…and I would not go for that here, anyway. Will end up…like kampua in disguise, not the same as authentic Kuching kolo mee. The taste, texture, everything is different.

  11. I’ve also seen those fish traps as part of the decor at Vietnamese restaurants … I guess there’s a rustic charm to them when they’re placed in eateries ….

    That would depend on the place as a whole in general. Here, in a coffee shop, they stick out like sore thumbs…but as long as they believe that will bring them some good, it’s up to them to do what they want. Faith can move mountains, they say.

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