Calling it quits…

The stall in the middle here

Grand Wonderful Food Court stalls

…is wrapping up its business and will close down by the end of the month. I did order a few things from there on our previous visit and of course, there wasn’t anything that would get us rushing back for more – that was why we had not been there since.

Well, it so happened that we heard of a place in the middle of that same block of shops where the jiew hu eng chai (sotong kangkong) was very nice so we dropped by to check it out. Unfortunately, it was a Wednesday and that was their off day. In the end, we decided to just hop over to this food court a few doors away to see if there were any new stalls.

The Muslim stall was still around but we did not like what we had the first time we were here and this time around, I did not see the chap fan (mixed rice) stall in front anymore – maybe they had stopped doing it but there was a chu char stall  in the midst of some of the other stalls. The roast meat stall to the right of the kampua mee stall in the above photograph was not open either – I don’t know if they had called it quits as well or it was their off day that day.

I decided I would order the noodles…

Grand Wonderful Food Court RM18 noodles

…from the aforementioned stall just to give them a little bit of support since they were about to close down. The lady did try to explain what it was actually but I could not make head or tail of what she was saying – I did hear Szechuan being mentioned…and I could understand that it would be spicy.

It turned out to be something like those Korean noodles, very spicy and a little sourish with a whole lot of things inside – two fish balls, fish cake, bits of cauliflower and a few sprigs of kangkong, intestines, pickled radish/white carrot, seaweed, a couple of pieces of chicken or was it pork, I wasn’t entirely sure…and two small prawns…

Grand Wonderful Food Court two small prawns

The two in the photograph at the stall were at least four or five times the size…and I grumbled that if they did not have the big ones, they should at least give more of those small ones. After all, that bowl of noodles and all they had in it did not come cheap, a whooping RM18.00, mind you!

It wasn’t too bad that it was so very expensive and it did not taste that great but it took so very long that I was running out of patience by the time it was served. No, I did not say a thing – after all, they were going to close down for good, no point hitting someone who is already down but no love lost! Good riddance!

My missus went and ordered the chao chai hung ngang with fresh own-made fish balls, bay kar/ikan tengirri (mackerel) no less…

Grand Wonderful Food Court chao chai hung ngang

…from the stall from which I ordered the fish sio bee (dumplings) that last time we were here and though they were quite good, they were far from being overwhelming, nothing that I can’t do without.

My missus enjoyed her order – I could detect the fragrance of the chao chai (preserved vegetables) the moment it was served but I thought RM10.00 was a bit on the steep side. Perhaps they could reduce the number of fish balls and lower the price to say, RM8.00 to make it a little more affordable. I could think of a lot more things that I could enjoy a whole lot more for RM10.00…or even RM8.00, for that matter.

GRAND WONDERFUL FOOD COURT (2.309601, 111.845163) is located along Jalan Pipit, off Jalan Pedada or Jalan Pahlawan, on your left just before the Petronas petrol station a short distance from Delta Mall. You can also go in via Lorong Pipit 4, turning left into the lane at the junction where Starbucks Sibu is located and go straight ahead from there.

Author: suituapui

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

5 thoughts on “Calling it quits…”

  1. I notice that the stalls have LED signs on top of the stalls to let customers know whether they are open or not. Is that necessary? If the stall is not open it would be quite obvious to the customers, right? RM18 for a bowl of noodles like that is quite costly. Maybe that is why they are calling it quits – not many customers would be willing to pay that price after trying it out once.

    Maybe that’s the work of the owner of the place, those LED lights at every stall – nothing of any significance, just a gimmick…and they don’t even look nice.

    It’s not the price that is the cause – the lady has her own business elsewhere and she is helping her son to run the stall – no sign of him anywhere all the times we were there so she finds it too taxing, too tiring. Having said that, I do feel that there are too many items at her stall – she should just focus on a few crowd pullers instead of all those that are not anything to shout about. I hear her black vinegar pork leg is very nice but no, she is not selling that, unfortunately.

  2. Did I hear it right? RM18 for that bowl of noodles. That’s way too expensive. I am never a fan of chai chao hung ngang eversince my first try.

    Foochow delight, my missus loves it! Will order if she sees any but of course, just like everything else, must know where to go for the good ones. RM18, can order some very nice dish at Payung and enjoy it to the max and that’s an upscale cafe – this one is just an ordinary no-class-at-all coffee shop, want to charge that kind of price.

  3. Wow. Not cheap at all. The reason for closing down? No customers due to high price?

    The lady said she could not cope, too tiring. Frankly, it’s a wonder it has lasted this long, nothing really nice…and that RM18 bowl of noodles is really not worth it. The stall next to it has something priced at RM18 too but with those big freshwater prawns, bigger ones with legs and claws, RM35…but this one with those two tiny prawns is really a rip-off!

  4. Initially I saw the prawns on that bowl of noodles, I thought okay wat…not too small like some noodle stalls over here. Then you mentioned RM18 for that bowl of noodle…then I would say, the prawn size or amount is too little for that price.

    I thought that was kind of shocking, RM18 and two tiny prawns, smaller than my little finger.

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