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I was in the vicinity of this coffee shop…

Kian Hock Coffee Shop

…that day and despite the massive jam that reduced the traffic to a very slow crawl, by some stroke of good luck, I was able to find a parking space as it so happened that one car was reversing and leaving. Probably it was because of the number of people taking the express boats to go back to their homes upriver – the wharf/jetty is just about a hundred metres away.

I had no intention of joining all the cars moving at a snail’s pace so I decided to stop by the aforementioned coffee shop for the kampua noodles…

Kian Hock Coffee Shop kampua mee 1
*I so love that old-school bowl that they used!*

…that at one time, a friend on Facebook was praising to the skies, insisting that it was the best in town. I have not heard from him since so I wouldn’t know if he still feels the same about it.

I ordered the kopi-o-peng (iced coffee, black)…

Kian Hock Coffee Shop kopi-o-peng

…that many feel is really very good, RM1.80 a glass, but when I had it on my last visit, I thought it was just so-so. However, this time around, it was indeed very nice and I sure would not mind having that again. Maybe it is the person brewing the coffee – sometimes when it is not done by the right person, what one is served may turn out to be somewhat disappointing.

The complimentary soup…

Kian Hock Coffee Shop complimentary soup

…for reasons unknown, had a piece of tofu inside. It was rather watered down but it wasn’t too bad, much better than a lot of kampua mee places where what one get is nothing more than water with msg added. In the event of getting anything like that, I would not just leave it, almost untouched.

I had to wait quite a long time for the noodles – it seemed that it was past 11.30 a.m., almost noon and they would be busy catering to the customers dropping by for lunch so normally, they would not have it anymore by then. Luckily, they were nice enough to come out with a bowl so I could have a go at it…

Kian Hock Coffee Shop kampua mee 2

I was delighted to see that they used real char siew (barbecued meat) instead of those wannabes – boiled pork coloured red, and the char siew was really very nice! All this while, I had been grumbling that I could not get very nice char siew here, nothing like those in KL or elsewhere in the peninsula, but this one here wasn’t too bad. Now I know where I can go to should I happen to have a craving for it.

As for the noodles…

Kian Hock Coffee Shop kampua mee 3

…it tasted great with the lovely fragrance of lard and I was quite positive there was garlic in the oil used to toss the noodles and that made it taste different from the regular ones…but yes, I loved it!

Having said that, I was not all that fond of the texture of the noodles, not that it was overcooked till soft and soggy but it did not really feel like kampua mee, more like those in the packets of instant noodles . I wonder if that was because it was so late already and they were calling it a day as far as their kampua mee was concerned or perhaps, that is how their noodles are like. I guess, to answer my question, that will have to wait till the next time I drop by here for this.

KIAN HOCK COFFEE SHOP (2.284853, 111.831557) is located along Jalan Maju to the left of the River Park Hotel and across the road from The Ark and the Rejang Esplanade.