Down the road…

This was two Sundays ago, Easter Sunday.

After the early morning service, we dropped by here with the intention of enjoying their Sarawak/Kuching laksa, our favourite in town but unfortunately, the place was packed and there wasn’t a single table available. In the end, we had no choice but to go down the road to have our brunch here, located to the left in that same block of shops, three doors from the end.

I had the Foochow fried noodles (RM3.80)…

Friends' Kopitian Foochow fried noodles

…but I was kind of disappointed. I did not think it was as nice as it used to be – at one time, I would rank it as one of the best in town but now, I am having second thoughts about it. Other than the taste, I did not like the use of the rather worn out melamine plate – that and also anything plastic should be avoided when serving hot food.

My missus had the mee mamak (RM4.30)…

Friends' Kopitian mee mamak

…and I did not hear her complain so I guess she was all right with it.

I ordered the fried pek koi (white rice cakes) for my girl with specific instructions NOT to add any soy sauce but what we got in the end had a dark shade of brown. I took it back to the stall and said that I would like to tapao that home – I could eat it later myself as I am not gluten-intolerant and ordered a new plate for my girl (RM4.80)…

Friends' Kopitian fried pek koi

It looked like they used the fresh local-made pek koi instead of the dried ones from China, hence, the narrow strips. I don’t know if my girl enjoyed it very much but she sure took a long time to finish – for one thing, she is kind of slow when it comes to eating, slowly savouring and enjoying each bite.

They were gracious enough to dish out a fresh plate and insisted that I did not have to tapao the earlier one home and pay for it but no, that kind and generous gesture on their part did not change my mind about the melamine and plastic plates used. I am adamant in my convictions. Period.

It looked like the same people were running the kampua stall in front but the handsome hunky guy was no longer there and in his place was this one…

Friends' Kopitian kampua stall

…who looked a bit similar, probably his younger brother.

I remember the kampua mee wasn’t anything to shout about but the pian sip was good so I ordered a bowl…

Friends' Kopitian pian sip

…to share. The soup was good, no msg overload but no, the dumplings were an absolute disaster, so hard and chewy around where the meat filling was.

Thankfully, the chai kueh (50 sen each)…

Friends' Kopitian chai kueh

…that I also ordered from them were good. The skin was good and the filling was nice, just that I was wishing they could be a little more generous with it and there was no hint of any hay bee/udang kering (dried prawns) used in the making so I would not say they were anything to make me go out of my way to come back here again for these.

While waiting for my girl to finish, I went back to the aforementioned Sarawak/Kuching laksa place and ordered three packs…

Thomson Corner Sarawak laksa

…to take home for our dinner. Call me superstitious if you want but I did elaborate on this poonek thing among the Malay and ethnic communities in this post and since we would be going on a long drive the very next day, sending my girl back to her school in the jungle, I was not taking any chances. LOL!!!

FRIENDS’ KOPITIAN (2.296353, 111.840831) and SIBU THOMSON CORNER (2.296517, 111.840710) are located at Pusat Tanahwang, opposite Sacred Heart Secondary School, Oya Road, to the right of the SHELL petrol station along that road.