Tell me…

Pray, do tell me what the name means…

Hao Ke Lai Cafe & Rest

…for all I know is hao means good and lai means come and somebody told me that ke means guest or customer so the literal translation of the name in Mandarin would be good customer come. Well, if it actually means something else, then I stand corrected.

This coffee shop has been around for a long long time and business has always been very good. The fact that it is located beside one of the private medical centres in town and in the vicinity of all the doctors’ private clinics sure helps a great deal in bringing in the crowd, I guess but yes, there are some who would drop by here for the sole purpose of looking for something to eat, not that they are visiting anybody or need some medical attention.

I had the kampua noodles from this stall…

Hao Ke Lai Cafe & Rest Noal's Noodle

…in this coffee shop once and yes, it was good.

However, the other day, I decided to try something else and ordered the pork rib noodles (RM6.50)…

Noal's Noodle pork rib noodles 1

The dish comprised some stewed pork ribs served with mee pok (the flat noodles)…

Noal's Noodle prok rib noodles 2

…tossed in the sauce or gravy from the stew.

That sure looked like a whole lot of meat on top but upon eating, I found that some of them were in fact pieces of  tauhu pok (tofu puffs). Nonetheless, I thought it was nice, a welcome change from the usual stuff, and I rather enjoyed it…

Noal's Noodle pork rib noodles 3

…but for RM6.50 a bowl, I guess I would not be in a hurry to come back for more of the same. Perhaps I will try something else on their menu instead.

HAO KE LAI CAFE & REST (2.292095, 111.836698) is located along Lorong Mahsuri 1B, off Jalan Pedada, in the block of shops to the left of the Rejang Medical Centre, main building.

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