Same name…

When I was a little boy, my grandfather had a shop by this same name…

Hock Kee Corner

– a textile-haberdasher shop, if I remember correctly, occupying half of No. 8, Old Street, now Jalan Chew Geok Lin while my father was in the other half selling his outboard engines, lawn mowers and air conditioners.

This coffee shop is not located anywhere near there though – it is at the corner shop along this lane…

Lorong Wawasan 9C

…in the same row as the hotel in Unicity…

Li Hua Hotel Unicity

…directly opposite the Mr DIY outlet there. I did see a coffee shop named “Old Street” there too but no, I did not go and check it out – perhaps I shall do that another day.

The kopi-o-peng (RM1.80)…

Hock Kee Corner kopi-o-peng

…was so-so and there was a kampua mee stall, another one selling dim sum that looked like the one here or here and a fried kway teow stall that did not seem to enjoy much business while the people at the Muslim stall, right beside the kampua mee stall…

Hock Kee Corner Muslim stall

…seemed very busy so I decided to give it a try. I could tell from the language they were speaking that they were Melanaus – in fact, there seems to be quite a lot of them here in Sibu operating these halal food stalls all over town.

I asked for the nasi lemak special (RM6.00)…

Hock Kee Corner nasi lemak special with salted egg added

…and paid an extra ringgit, RM7.00 altogether for that one half of a salted egg. Yes, the last time I bought some salted eggs, they were already around RM1.30 each, uncooked.

The sambal was great…

Sambal

…though not spicy at all and they did give one salted fish alongside the few peanuts and two slices of cucumber and the egg…

Fried egg

…though a little overdone, was fried the way I would like it and the chicken wing…

Chicken wing

…was like chicken wing, nothing exceptional about it.

Sadly, the green-tinted rice was not lemak at all, none of the rich santan (coconut milk) taste and despite the colour, I could not detect any pandan fragrance in it either. I guess it is pretty obvious that should I happen to drop by here anytime in the near future, I would not be ordering this again.

Perhaps the next time around, I could try the pork chop or one of the items on the menu at this western food stall…

Hock Kee Corner Ting's Western

…right next to it. I did hear from a friend I met there that morning that the lor mee at the stall directly opposite wasn’t great and I did not see anything there that would tickle my fancy but more likely than not, I would go for this egg drop soup with liver and kidney added…

Egg drop soup with liver and kidney

…from the stall at the back. We would usually cook this soup with a nui pao (egg purse/poached egg) and lots of ginger and the traditional Foochow red wine and eat with mee sua but more often than not, minus the innards. The old lady at the stall said that this is the comfort food of ladies in confinement. LOL!!!

HOCK KEE CORNER is located at Lorong Wawasan 9C in the vicinity of Unicity (2.342337, 111.831781) off Jalan Wawasan, on your left if you are coming from Bulatan Teng Chin Hua in the vicinity of the University College of Technology, Sarawak, Kolej Laila Taib and Woodlands International School, heading towards the Batang Igan Bridge.

Author: suituapui

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

10 thoughts on “Same name…”

  1. How did you get the last photo if you didn’t order it this round? Why did your grandfather choose this Hock Kee name for his shop back then? The nasi lemak looks so good with all the ingredients for only RM7 but too bad the rice wasn’t up to your expectation.

    The photo was displayed at the stall so I took a photo of the photo.

    I guess the name in Chinese means good luck or something like that.

    Gosh! I would think RM6, minus the salted egg, is expensive. Just bought for RM3.50 at another place – blogpost on that coming up soon.

  2. The shop has a nice name meaning got luck in Hockkien. I like the fried egg and chicken wings in nasi lemak. Raw salted eggs are sold RM1 over here at the Stutong market.

    Yes, I bought not too long ago, freshly salted ones RM1.30 each. Used to be RM1 each or a little less. No GST also the same, things are not getting any cheaper.

  3. The rice was green from colouring I bet. Not the natural pandan at all. The chicken wing looked yummy. I like the nasi lemak. RM7 for that plate is reasonable.

    No idea. I know there is natural pandan juice sold in bottles for cakes, don’t think they used that – no fragrance. Price is similar to other shops, just that the rice was not lemak. What a letdown!

  4. When I saw the green nasi lemak, I was convinced it was going to be good. Sadly it turned out to be not so.

    Looks can be deceiving. Another one in my blogpost in a couple of days, also green!

  5. It’s really disappointing when nasi lemak isn’t lemak 😦

    Might as well serve plain rice. It’s tantamount to cheating actually to call it nasi lemak and then it is not lemak.

  6. Too bad the rice wasn’t lemak nor fragrant at all despite the lovely green hue. I wonder if they use pandan juice for it or simply food colouring.

    I don’t have the slightest clue, no pandan fragrance so probably colouring. I don;t mind it white, as long as it is lemak – this one was not, not at all.

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