Next to me…

I think I did mention a while ago that this beef noodles shop has taken over the one right next to it…

Ah Sian Beef Noodle Cafe plus new extension

…and despite the fact that the ones before did not last very long, I hear that they are doing really well with lots of people dropping by, even at night.

I was out early that morning and I felt like having their beef noodles, our favourite in town, so I ordered the special (RM8.00)…

Ah Sian beef noodles special 1

…with all the tripe and tendons…

Ah Sian beef noodles special 2

…and the meat that all went so well with the chili dip that came with it.

We have not been here for a while now as the noodles…

Ah Sian beef noodles special 3

…are not gluten free. My girl is not keen on the idea of substituting it with kway teow (flat rice noodles) and besides, we are not sure if they add any soy sauce, light, if not dark, and that too would not be gluten free. Way back then, when we used to drop by here, normally, we would have the kampua mee kosong (plain noodles, dry, without meat) to go with a bowl of the lovely beef soup and kampua mee is not gluten-free either.

There is a chu-char (cook & fry) place at the back and according to a friend that I met there that morning, the stuff that they dish out is pretty good as well, the Foochow fried noodles and all the rest. Other than that, there is this dim sum stall…

Dim sum stall at Ah Sian New Cafe

…by the side in front but it was closed when I got there. The guy came a while later and started setting up his business for the day…

Ah Sian New Cafe dim sum, the steaming starts

According to him, they are open every day but for half the day only on Sundays and Mondays.

My girl loves these or nee (yam puffs)…

Ah Sian New Cafe yam puffs

…but the guy said that they did add a bit of wheat flour as the binding agent so I did not buy any in the end.

Then, the guy showed me these…

Ah Sian dim sum, Chinese pearls 1

…and said they were gluten-free, no wheat flour was used in the making and I decided to buy some to try.

They’re Chinese pearl meatballs with sticky rice (珍珠丸子)…

Ah Sian New Cafe dim sum, Chinese pearls 2

…selling at RM4.80 for 5 so that works out to less than a ringgit each. I thought they were quite nice, like sio bee/siew mai minus the non-gluten free skin and coated with glutinous rice instead…

Ah Sian New Cafe dim sum, Chinese pearls 3

…though I would not say that they swept me off my feet. It seems that this is something auspicious that people make for special occasions like Chinese New Year.

According to the guy, his wife is a China national so all that he has at his dim sum stall would be pretty authentic.  I certainly would love to drop by there again to try whatever else he has in store…but of course, parking in that area can be such a pain especially on working days  so I would not know when I would get down to doing that.

AH SIAN BEEF NOODLES (2.293063, 111.826106) is located along Jalan Tuanku Osman in the block of shops right in front of the Public Bank, Tuanku Osman branch, right before the tyre shop and below the Kasturi Restaurant at the other end.