Let down…

We were at my mum’s place that morning, spending some time with her and keeping her company and my girl was watching some American cooking show on tv and they had a guest chef, a Chinese named Jeremy, who probably was born and has lived there all his life, judging from his accent – he was cooking a Chinese beef dish. When we went for lunch that afternoon, my girl said that after seeing what she saw, she felt like having Chinese.

This place was closed – probably it was their off day so we went here instead, my late father’s favourite eating place…and promptly placed our orders for my girl’s favourites, the fried cangkuk manis/manicai with egg…

Y2K fried manicai with egg

…and the Foochow-style tofu with canned oysters soup…

Y2K Foochow tofu soup

We could remember the very nice fish we had here sometime ago so we asked for it. Unfortunately the lady boss said that they were running low on their stock of fish – it is usually like this around the end of the year during the rainy/stormy season plus the sellers would be hoarding what they have, keeping them for Chinese New Year when they can jack up their prices sky high.

In the end, we had the or chio/ikan bawal hitam/black pomfret (RM25.00)…

Y2K Fried ikan bawal hitam 1

My girl enjoyed the one we had here so very much so I was hoping she would love the one here as well. It sure looked good inside out…

Y2K fried ikan bawal hitam 2

…but it was not good. The texture of the fish was kind of mushy but thankfully, it did not have any unpleasant smell that one might encounter in stale seafood so it was obviously not because the fish was not fresh. Whatever the reason may be, I guess we would just have to stick to their lemon chicken that they do really well – theirs is our favourite in town.

I also ordered their fried beef (RM15.00)…

Y2K fried beef

…and since we’re staying away from soy sauce, I asked for it to be fried with ginger and dried chili and yes, it was very nice. My girl remarked that we could try cooking our own this way at home.

The total for the four dishes came up to RM60.00 and that was not cheap at all and it would not have been so bad if the fish had not been such a let down.

Y2K CAFE (2.294220, 111.825753) is located in the Tunku Osman area, round the corner from that block of shops where the branches of AmBank & RHB Bank are located. with its back entrance facing the side (right, not the main one) entrance/exit of Methodist Secondary School.

Author: suituapui

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

6 thoughts on “Let down…”

  1. Once at an eatery that has always served us fresh fish, we ordered 2 fish dishes and were served a fresh fish and a fish that has been frozen for too long until the meat is too soft and mushy. It was such a clear difference as they were both tilapia fish but cooked in different styles. So I understand what a disappointment it must have been to get fish that is not fresh.

    Had the experience once at a seafood place, a long drive from Kuching. The white pomfret/ikan bawal putih was so good, steamed just like that with hardly any ingredients. We enjoyed it so much, so very fresh and sweet, that we decided to order another one but it was so disappointing, not as fresh at all but thankfully, it was not mushy like the one we had here.

    Will never bother fish here ever again – used to order their sweet and sour fish fillet, our favourite in town but there’s tomato sauce, not gluten-free so we do not go for that anymore.

  2. Pity about the fish. Mushy fish is terrible. But I must say it looked very good.

    Yes, it did look good, got all our hopes up high and made it all the more disappointing. 😦

  3. Pity about the fish. It looked all nice and crispy. It is likely to be those frozen fish as I have bought some before from the supermarket. Somehow when defrosted, they are very very watery. So I stopped buying.

    The worst experience I had was at an outlet of a Kuching supermarket here. I bought two bawal hitam – after defrosting, I noticed that one had a smell so I threw it away. The other one disintegrated while I was deep frying it. So terrible. They closed down soon enough, no business and I am not in the least surprised.

  4. The first dish fried cangkuk manis/manicai with egg looking so good and I can wallop the whole plate.

    My girl’s favourite veg, very sweet.

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