Still here…

This coffee shop…

TOTO Cafe

…has been around for a long long time and is still going strong. The main attraction, I guess, is this stall in the extension to the left…

TOTO Cafe, stall

I’ve tried some of the things here and blogged about them here or here, for instance, and yes, they are all pretty good. I heard that the mee peria (bitter gourd noodles) is the crowd puller and there are people who insist that the mee sua in the traditional Foochow red wine chicken soup is among the best in town.

I was in the vicinity that morning and was looking around the shops around that area for something for brunch and I spotted this huge steamed pao

TOTO Cafe giant pao

…and I could not believe my ears when the boy told me that it was only RM2.00 each. Of course I wasted no time at all in ordering one to try but when I had a look inside, it dawned on me as to why it was so cheap…

TOTO Cafe giant pao, inside

– there wasn’t a lot of meat, lots of mangkuang/sengkuang (turnip) and whatever else but there was egg and it did taste all right, not bad at all but no, it did not sweep me off my feet, no way.

I ordered the lor mee (RM5.00)…

TOTO Cafe lor mee

…from the aforementioned stall and they probably ran out of kangkong that morning as I noticed that there wasn’t any in the bowl when it was served.

I liked how the yolk of the egg was a little bit moist, just a little bit…

TOTO Cafe lor mee, egg

…but on the whole, though it tasted good, there was only a slight hint of the five spice powder, so very very slight that it could have easily gone unnoticed and there was no sight nor taste of the taucheo (fermented beans) in the soup which, I’m afraid, was not thick/starchy at all.

My missus wanted to try the black and white (RM6.50)…

TOTO Cafe black & white

….which turned out to be half tom yam and half lor mee and the overpowering taste of the former was so excessively strong that one could hardly taste the latter at all.

Still, I would say both were all right, good enough if one happens to be around that part of town and would like to have something to eat but no, I would not go out of my way for these.

TOTO CAFE (2.311913, 111.846213) is among the shops right behind Delta Mall, Jalan Pedada – the block on your left if you are coming out of the mall via the back entrance, the second coffee shop in that block. This coffee shop with its very popular kampua noodles (now RM3.20 a bowl/plate) is in the same block, at the other end, opposite the Methodist church there.

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