Look who’s back…

Raphael, my ex-student residing in the US, was back in town for a few days after celebrating Chinese New Year with his mum and brothers in Kuching.

As always, that thoughtful and generous boy brought back some stuff all the way to give to me. I’m sure my girl would love these gluten-free cheese snacks…

From Raphael 1

…and I sure can’t wait to try these salad toppers…

From Raphael 2

I’ve seen sprinklings such as these on top of salads in blogs or elsewhere but I’ve never done that myself. Well, as they say, there’s always the first time!

We managed to go out for breakfast the other morning when he was here and we agreed on this place…

King Cafe
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…as another ex-student of mine, Eddie, Raphael’s classmate, said that he would love to join us if we were going some place in the vicinity of his office and this coffee shop is in the block of shops right next door.

Both of them tried the kampua mee (RM3.00)…

King Cafe kampua mee

that I had before and I thought it was pretty good. As far as I know, it has its following – people who think it is among the best in town but Raphael felt it could do with a little bit more of the lard fragrance in the shallot oil used to toss the noodles. Personally, I thought it looked very much nicer when I had it in October, 2016 – perhaps they were so busy trying to cope with the crowd that morning so the quality went out the window. Raphael also wanted their pian sip soup but it was not available – post-Chinese New Year blues, I guess.

I went and ordered what they call their nyonya laksa (RM5.50)…

King Cafe Sarawak laksa

…from the other stall in the shop…

King Cafe laksa stall
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…and no, it was, at best, just all right. It seemed a little sweet, not quite like our Sarawak/Kuching laksa and I was wondering if it was meant to be their version of the Singapore-style curry laksa even though it was not quite like it either. I did try that version at the outlets of the Katong 328 laksa franchise laksa here before but they have since closed down and personally, between the two, I think I would prefer this one as it was not overly lemak (rich with santan/coconut milk).

I saw that they also had fried kway teow with cockles (kerang) so I ordered that as well, only to be served this (RM6.00)…

King Cafe fried kwayteow with cockles

The guy said that they had run out of fresh cockles so they substituted those with the canned ones.  Of course, I was not too happy with that. They should at least have the decency to ask first if I would mind the switch.

To give credit where credit is due, I thought it tasted quite nice except that it was way too salty. I was very sure that it was due to the use of the canned cockles alongside the soy sauce – they would need to adjust the amount of the latter as the clams would be salty already but obviously, they did not.

It sure was nice seeing you again, Raphael and thanks for the things you brought. That was a great get-together, though a brief one, and it was good that Eddie was able to join us too that morning…and thank you both for picking up the tabs for our orders. Qong Xi Fa Cai to the two of you and your loved ones, God bless always in the Year of the Dog. Cheers!!!

KING CAFE (2.291589, 111.826200) is located right next to the RH Hotel, at the corner of the Jalan Kampung Nyabor and Jalan Sanyan/Causeway junction, across the road from the HSBC Building.

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Author: suituapui

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

10 thoughts on “Look who’s back…”

  1. It sure is heart warming to read about your former students being so thoughtful. Though the sarawak laksa is not quite there due to the little sweetness but the 3 prawns do look tasty and quite big too.

    I’ve just edited the post as I’m thinking perhaps it could be their version of the Singapore curry laksa but it wasn’t quite there either.

    Yes, I do have some very nice ex-students who would never fail to meet up with me everytime they come back but there are a lot more of those who don’t bother.

  2. That was very thoughtful of Raphael. Some people take for granted that they can substitute as they like. If using canned tin clams might as well go for the normal fried kway teow.

    Raphael paid the guy – I think he charged us RM6.50 for that, no reduction in price even though he did not use fresh cockles. 😦 The canned ones are very much cheaper, I’m sure. Yes, he’s a very good boy, that Raphael, even way back then when he was in school.

  3. A pity the pian sip soup not available…

    Probably the pian sip skin people have not got back into action, still on Chinese New Year holiday.

  4. Ah maybe they added too much of the brine from the canned cockles by accident.

    I guess so. When I fry bihun with canned clams, I would just use a bit of the sauce in the tin and not add any more soy sauce so it is not so dark and definitely, not so salty. 😦

  5. Bet you enjoy the goodies that he bought. He was very thoughtful.

    Hmm. I would prefer fresh clams to go with my kway teow. I agreed that they should tell you first-hand before add the canned ones.

    Exactly! So presumptuous to assume that I would not mind and just went ahead without asking. I cannot understand how these people can do business like that. I could have been mean and asked him to take it back, refused to eat it.

    Yes, Raphael is a good boy.

  6. That Salad Topper sounds interesting!

    I opened it when my girl was home for the weekend and we loved it! Very nice, all the pumpkin seeds and all kinds of seeds and dried cranberries. I filled a jam bottle for her to take to her school in the jungle – she’s making salad this week and no prize for guessing what she’ll sprinkle on top. 😀

  7. That Parmesan crisps looks so good with wine

    We’ve tried already and they’re very very nice. Keeping it and nibbling slowly – dunno when we will get anything like this again. 😀

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