Go there with you…

My missus and I managed to drop by here for lunch one day while my girl had gone off with her friend/ex-coursemate from Sabah/Miri and the hubby to Sarikei and we thought the food was really good. That was why all this while, I was thinking of going there again with her.

Well, last Saturday, we did manage to grab a parking space close by – more often than not, it is virtually impossible to find one in that very congested part of town – so I suggested that we went there. My girl did not seem all that keen initially but I managed to convince her that the food was really good and worth a try.

We had the fried black pomfret (ikan bawal hitam)…

Fried or chio

…garnished with fried shallots and garlic and it was really good, so very fresh and nice. Actually, I wanted it sweet and sour, the white version but the boy said they only had that with tomato sauce. I had that somewhere else a long time ago. Probably they used vinegar and sugar with a whole lot of chopped Bombay onions, chili, garlic and whatever else to cook the gravy/sauce.

I ordered the bitter gourd omelette…

Bitter gourd omelette

…that we had the last time and I thought theirs was my favourite in town. My girl tried and agreed wholeheartedly that it was very nicely done.

We also had their Foochow-style tofu with canned oysters soup…

Foochow tofu soup with canned oysters

…which turned out rather different from the regular. I don’t know what else they added – it did seem that there was the traditional Foochow red wine in it – but all in all, it was very nice, different but nice.

I asked for the siew yoke (roast pork)…

Siew yoke

…too and when it came, my girl said that she had her eyes on the slab hanging in the cabinet at the stall and was glad that I ordered it. I knew she would love that and she sure was happy I had picked this place for our lunch that day!

I noticed a rather peculiar arrangement here on our previous visit and I saw it again that day. The boss would sit at a table fiddling with his smartphone while the young boys would be busy preparing all the ingredients and everything at the stall. When all was ready, the boss would go over and cook the dishes ordered and once he was done, he would go back to the table and his smartphone. The boys would serve, collect the money – in fact, they would do everything except cook!

The fish that day was RM18.00 and the total for all the dishes and three plates of rice was RM49.00 so I reckoned the other three dishes would be around RM10.00 each, more or less.

Incidentally, I noticed that the kampua mee stall was completely empty and clean – it looked like the lady/ladies there had called it quits or moved some place else.

SYARIKAT KIONG CHUONG CAFE (2.291062, 111.827381) is located along Jalan Kampung Nyabor at the bend where one turns into Brooke Drive, a stone’s throw from Malaysia Hotel in the next block.

Author: suituapui

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

13 thoughts on “Go there with you…”

  1. Tasty food! The boss has trained the boys well so that he only has to cook and the boys do everything else.

    He most certainly has. They seem to know the dishes very well, all the ingredients, the ways of cooking and were able to make suggestions plus they are very friendly and very efficient too. My guess is there will be perfect quality control when the boss insists on his cooking everything himself – after all, it is his reputation he has to protect. I hear complaints about how one-time favourites at places like Jalan Alor and elsewhere, or places in Penang or even in countries like Singapore, are no longer nice, not even a bit, as the bosses left everything to their immigrant workers.

  2. All looks so good and this time the siew yoke is quite lean. All to my liking.

    Yes, my girl enjoyed it. In fact, she enjoyed everything. I am sure she would jump at it the next time I can find a place to park the car and suggest coming here.

  3. I’m yet to grow a liking for bitter gourd but I bet it’s okay in an omelette.

    The ones these days are not bitter at all, not even a little bit and when well-cooked, not overdone, it is crunchy with a very light taste of its own. Very nice. I would much sooner go for it than a lot of other vegetables…even if it’s bitter. Pesticide-free, they say – pests stay away from bitter vegetables and they’re good for health.

  4. Yup very interesting arrangement, hope the boss is not too bossy

    I don’t think so – not a word was spoken, or at least, not that I noticed. The boys seemed very happy to do everything, busy non-stop with this and that – I wonder when he trained them to do all that. Some employees are so hopeless – you tell them every day and they still cannot do it right. Wouldn’t do anything unless they are told to do so.

    I know one place here where the food is very nice but they will serve and conveniently disappear so if there is anything you want, there is nobody in sight…and you will have to get up and go to the kitchen yourself.

  5. See the roast pork, makes me wanna eat it, will go eat it one of the day…

    Lots in Singapore, really good ones, crusty crispy skin and all.

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