Surprise, surprise…

After our heavy lunch last Saturday afternoon, we decided to skip dinner and went for the evening sunset service at a church here and after it was over, we dropped by here, thinking that we could have something light for supper.

My girl wanted their bitter gourd bihun (RM4.50)…

Colourful Cafe bitter gourd bihun

…which I have never tried before for the simple reason that they have shredded chicken in theirs, this being a pork-free place, but I’ve had the same elsewhere with pork and it was good. I can’t remember who it was that told me but I did hear that the one here is pretty nice and worth a try. Well, my girl enjoyed it and she particularly liked the clear refreshing soup.

My missus stuck to her favourite from their night menu, their chicken chop (RM9.50)…

Colourful Cafe chicken chop

…which, in fact, is everyone’s favourite too.

I had their beef noodles once and no, I would not say it is the best in town – just all right but I was in the mood for something soupy that night so I ordered that (RM6.00)…

Colourful Cafe beef noodles

…and yes, I did like it especially with the very nice chili and ginger dip specially for beef noodles and surprisingly, the price for this has not gone up since that time when I had it way back in 2015!

The moment we arrived at the place, there seemed to be a whole lot of excitement going on and they told me that they had satay

Colourful Cafe satay on the charcoal grill

…that night! Now, that sure was a surprise and a very pleasant one at that.

Of course I wasted no time at all in ordering a few to try – they only had beef and chicken…

Colourful Cafe beef & chicken satay 1

…no lamb.

Yes, it was really very very nice…

Colourful Cafe beef & chicken satay 2

…and the peanut sauce was so good! I loved the beef (RM2.00 a stick) while my girl preferred the chicken (RM1.50 a stick).

Of course, it is much cheaper at the stalls but these were HUGE, anytime two or three times bigger than those and the beef was so juicy and tender – I never bother ordering beef at the stalls anymore as on those previous occasions when I did, it was always hard and dry like it had been cooked a long time ago and had been reheated again and again. Their lamb and chicken were always ok, just the beef. Those here were RM3.00 a stick, their chicken satay, but after these that we had that night, I don’t think I will ever go back for those ever again – the ones here sure win hands down. Unfortunately, these are only available on Saturday nights and maybe, on Sunday mornings too, not every day.

My! My! Our supper that night was far from light in the end but I sure am looking forward to going back there again for more of their most delightful satay. Yum yummm!!!

COLOURFUL CAFE (2.316673, 111.837539) is located in the Renew4U building at the junction of Brooke Drive and Lorong Kwong Ann 8, across the road from the Church of Jesus  Christ of the Latter Day Saints.

Author: suituapui

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15 thoughts on “Surprise, surprise…”

  1. Salivating reading about delicious and juicy satay. I love satay and sad to say not many makes it nicely these days. Some are just so burnt or hard or dry.. but when I do get some good ones, I can really eat a lot of them.

    What about the very famous Kajang satay? Seems to me that they have branches everywhere in KL now, no need to go all the way. I went all the way to Kajang a couple of times a long long time ago – it was so very nice.

    I do know of a few Malay stalls here that sell nice satay and the gravy is good too, just stay away from the beef. Like I said in the post, hard and dry like it has been reheated over and over again. They are cheaper but the sticks are smaller than the ones here.

    One sad thing is that nobody makes ketupat here anymore. If any, those would be the factory made ones sold in packs at the supermarkets. I love the original old school wrapped-in-leaves ones, much nicer.

  2. I have not yet grown a fondness for bitter gourd.

    The ones these days are not bitter at all which makes me wonder if it is still good for health or not. Medicine is always bitter. Without the bitterness, it has a very mild taste – will depend on how it is cooked to be nice and must not overcook till soft, best eaten nice and crunchy.

  3. The satay is a killer, very juicy looking. I try to avoid having satay as much as I can but sometimes temptation is too great so have to disobey & eat. All in all, I like the satay & bittergourd bihun in clear soup.

    We do have a couple of nice Malay stalls here where I would go for their satay but they’re not so terribly good that I would want to go back again and again. Just once in a while to appease the cravings but this one is a completely different story. You can be sure I would be going back for more real soon.

  4. Now I craving for satay, the other day I was at Haig Road (so call Malay Village), wanted to eat satay at the Food Centre, but the Food Centre was closed for repair works, sobsssss…

    Oh? 1973 in Singapore, it was The Satay Club that people would go to for satay, so very nice. Dunno if it is still around or not.

  5. That was a heavy supper. Haha. But I like what you guys had.

    Usually I had bitter gourd with fish fillet. Not so with pork or chicken. The chicken chop looked good.

    I can’t remember – I might have the one with fish before but usually they use dory, not my favourite.

  6. Seeing those satay reminds me that I have not been taking them from Ipoh for quite some time already. I love their sauce actually.. especially with lots of peanuts on them!

    Very nice with ketupat but they do not make them here anymore, the traditional ones wrapped in leaves. Not keen on those plastic-wrapped factory-made ones from the peninsula.

  7. I tried tea wrapped in a bitter gourd a while back and enjoyed the experience! Very unique!

    That’s an interesting way of eating bitter gourd. Word has it that it’s good for health.

  8. It’s not common to get lamb satay in KL too… sometimes they don’t even sell beef satay at chinese area but luckily the food court near my place has it! 😀

    No, I had those in Kajang – lamb satay, so very nice but that was many years ago.

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