Somebody else…

My girl wanted the sambal bihun here

Jiali Cafe/101 Food court

…but I did not quite remember her eating that. However, she said that she did and it was nice. Ah well! Since that was what she wanted, we made our way there for lunch that day.

However, it looked like somebody else had taken over the stall…

Fried noodles stall

My girl said that they were not the same people that used to be there. We walked around but we did not see any sambal bihun on the menu on each of the stalls in that food court and the adjoining one at the back.

I told her to go and ask – they should have it, I said, and true enough they did so she ordered a plate with specific instructions not to add any soy sauce and when it was served, we all thought it looked pretty decent (RM4.50)…

Jiali Cafe sambal bihun 1

…and upon eating it, my girl said it was very nice.

Much to my surprise, she managed to finish the whole lot…

Jiali Cafe sambal bihun 2

…even though the serving was quite substantial and she is not a very big eater, not like the father. Hehehehehe!!!

I wanted the nasi lemak from this stall…

Closed every Wednesday

…at the adjoining food court as I had it once or twice before and I did enjoy it, especially with their chicken rendang. Unfortunately, it was a Wednesday so it was closed and I made my way to what-used-to-be the Malay stall in front…

Jiali Cafe formerly a Malay stall

The lady came to talk to me and to my surprise, she spoke Mandarin. Initially, I thought she was multi-lingual but when I looked around a bit more carefully, it appeared to me that the Malay stall had either closed down or moved some place else and somebody else had taken over too.

I ordered the nasi lemak, regular (RM3.50)…

Jiali Cafe nasi lemak biasa

…and the sambal was good, not spicy but good and though the rice was not all that lemak, there was a hint of the santan (coconut milk) in it and thankfully, it was not hard and dry like some that I had had the displeasure of eating.

The egg…

Jiali Cafe nasi lemak, fried egg

…however, was a disaster…or to me, at least – I do know of some people who would like their fried egg like that but actually, for nasi lemak, the egg should be hard-boiled, be it whole or just half of it, and not fried.

I think they will give you one fried chicken wing if you go for the special (RM5.00) but I did not want that. Instead, I ordered their chicken wings, masak merah (RM4.00 for two)…

Jiali Cafe chicken wings, masak merah

…and just like the sambal, it was very nice but was not spicy, not even a bit.

My missus went to order her favourite here, the Penang char kway teow and mee combo (RM5.00)…

101 Food Court Penang char kway teow & mee kahwin 1

…from the stall at the adjoining food court at the back. and needless to say, she enjoyed it…

101 Food Court Penang char kway teow & mee kahwin 2

…to the max.

Since the ladies did enjoy what they had, we certainly wouldn’t mind coming back here again whenever we feel like it.

JIALI CAFE (2.292140, 111.841524) is located among the shops behind Medan Mall, Jalan Wong King Huo, a few doors away to the right of Junction Cafe,  facing the road leading to the Medan Hotel there.

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