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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Author: suituapui

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

8 thoughts on “Still here…”

  1. Oh you all have black and white which is tom yum and lor mee. In penang they have cham lor which is prawn mee and lor mee. The prawn mee is spicy and the lor mee just contribute some sweetness to the spiciness. I guess it is the same case for the black and white.

    Oh? Didn’t know they have that. Sure would love to try. This one isn’t really an appropriate combination – the tom yam is too overpowering, can’t taste the lor mee…so might as well not bother and just order the tom yam, cheaper.

  2. Lor mee looks good but I think the black & white would taste weird.

    You wouldn’t know unless you try…and we’ve tried so now we know.

  3. Your missus’ dish is interesting. Sweet, sour and spicy at same time. Hmm. Not sure I would enjoy it.

    I guess if you like tom yam, you will like this. Can’t taste the lor mee in it.

    1. I do enjoy tom yum but not too spicy. Must be balanced. Haha.

      Sibu, Foochow town – don’t expect anything to be “too spicy”. Hehehehehe!!!!

  4. I haven’t heard of anything like the black and white your wife had. Can’t imagine how it would go!

    First time seeing anything like it too but if that is what it is, can give it a miss – nothing to get excited about.

  5. Tom Yam + Lor Mee, this kind of combination I never try before. Nice? I must try when i can find tom yam and lor mee in one store.

    It tasted completely of tom yam, no hint of the lor mee. Not anything to shout about, I would say.

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