There’s quite a difference…

This place…

Market Cafe

…has been around for quite sometime now and I did drive past a number of times. Each time, I would notice a lot of people eating there, especially in the morning and that made me wonder what was it that attracted the crowd. Some friends of mine had been there too and they did share some photographs on Facebook but I did not see anything out of the ordinary, pretty much the same things that one would be able to find elsewhere.

Well, if you’re wondering where this is, it is in that solitary building on the right of the road that leads to the Sungai Merah traffic lights…

Sg Merah traffic lights

…about 100 metres from the RHB Bank, Sungai Merah Branch in that area of shops with the big supermarket and also this place and this one and this one…and this one too, as well as this one that faces the workshop where I take my car to all the time as and when the need arises…and this Malay coffee shop is the one with the green pillars to the left in the above photograph.

Anyway, it so happened that the other day, I decided to drop by to check this place out and I had my usual kopi-o-peng (iced coffee, black)…

Market Cafe kopi-o-peng

…and yes, it was good, as good as those at the better places in town and I ordered the pian sip mee (kampua noodles with wantons/meat dumplings)…

Market Cafe pian sip mee

…from this stall there…

Market Cafe kampau mee stall

…and it was all right too, as good as most other places around town. I added the chili sauce that they gave…

Market Cafe pian sip mee with chili sauce

…and I thought it sure helped enhance the taste and I did like it quite a lot more.

But what impressed me most of all was that they only charged RM2.50 a plate. I went back to this place, one of our favourites in town plus it is round the corner from my house, just a couple of days earlier and they asked for RM3.20. Good grief!!! I did drop by not too long ago and they had raised the price to RM3.00 and they have raised it again.

If you look at it this way, it does make quite a lot of difference. For a family of five, you and your wife and three children, you will have to order 5 plates altogether and eating here, you would have saved RM3.50, enough for another plate with RM1.00 change. I certainly would want to come here instead. As the Malay saying goes, “Sikit sikit jadi bukit!” A little bit can contribute towards quite a lot eventually.

There is a stall at the back dishing out all the fried stuff but I did not try anything from there. Perhaps I will drop by here again one of these days to see if there is anything good.

MARKET CAFE (2.327140, 111.839997) is located along Lorong Sg Merah 2 in the building on the right where Moh Hin Hardware is located.

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