Talking to the moon…

Not too long ago, I shared on Facebook a series of photos of the Foochow fried noodles that I ate here, there and everywhere and somebody asked me how to order that. Well, I would just order Hock Chiew char mee, tam or Foochow fried noodles, wet or in other words, with sauce or gravy.

However, what you will get may vary from place to place. There are places where the sauce or gravy is clear…

Foochow fried noodles, wet - clear gravy
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…even though it will also turn dark when you mix everything together. Still, I am not fond of that so needless to say, you will not catch me going back to that same place again.

I like it dark like this…

Foochow fried noodles, wet - dark
*Archive photo*

They will usually fry the noodles with garlic and soy sauce and whatever else, dry first and put it all in a plate. After that, they will go on to cook the gravy to pour all over the noodles.

There is another way of doing in whereby they will do the latter but instead of pouring the gravy onto the noodles, they put the noodles back into the wok and cover it to cook for a while before dishing it all out onto a plate. They tell me this way of cooking our Foochow fried noodles is called moon

Foochow fried noodles, moon
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…whatever that means.

Well, I was in the vicinity of this coffee shop the other morning and I did see somebody sharing a very nice photograph of their Foochow fried noodles on Facebook so I decided to stop by to give it a try.

Of course, I had to have their celebrated coffee, iced and black…

Kian Hock kopi-o-peng

…the way I would usually have it and yes, it was good.

And yes, as regulated by the authorities here, they did give the hot water for me to sterilise the chopsticks and spoon before use. In fact, the waitress tested it first and upon finding that it was not hot enough, she took it back and came out with something more to her satisfaction.

I must say also that I was impressed by the cleanliness of the place as a whole, so very clean especially for a coffee shop, much cleaner than some of the more upscale cafés and restaurants around here.

I ordered their fried noodles, moon and sat there and waited. Boy! For reasons unknown, it sure took a mighty long time like that time when I was there for the kampua mee and when it was served…

Kian Hock Foochow fried noodles, moon 1

…I must say that I was quite disappointed. It sure did not look all that enticing.

However, when I tried it, I thought it was quite good…

Kian Hock Foochow fried noodles, moon 2

…but for RM4.50 a plate, I sure wouldn’t mind a few thin slices of their char siew or roast meat. This place is famous for those or perhaps I was too early in the morning and they were not ready yet – the cabinet at the stall designated for those was still empty.

As it was, at that price and owing to the lack of ingredients, I probably would not be all that keen to go back there for that again.

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.

Author: suituapui

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8 thoughts on “Talking to the moon…”

  1. Mun / Moon means simmer or braised in Cantonese so the noodles would be softer I believe. So many different style of cooking this noodle dish but do they all use the same type of noodles? I think it must be too early so the meat is not ready yet.

    Yes, all use the local Sibu Foochow version of the yellow noodles, not so yellow as no alkaline water is added – we call it kee – so no offensive smell but it gets overcooked very quickly, will be too soggy, not nice. That is why care (and skill) must be taken when moon-ing, softer, nicer with the taste of the ingredients gone into the noodles but must not be over-soft or soggy.

    Too bad the char siew was not ready – I would have bought some for our meals later that day. Hardly any nice ones here, unlike in KL, but they do a good job of it at this place.

  2. I prefer much thicker and darker Foochow Mee.

    Didn’t go to this coffee shop. Seldom go and eat in those shops in that part of Sibu.

    Parking is such a pain here, near impossible unless it is still very early in the morning or one is very lucky.

  3. I prefer the darker vesion of char zhu noodles. I had a very good one at TJ Delight, stall run by a Foochow couple if I am not wrong. Yummy

    Me too. Kuching, I only know Mekong – tried it before, very nice. The kampua was sort of disappointing though.

  4. I prefer my noodles not to be on the dark side, preferably without any dark sauce but then the food will not be impressive, right? Coming to think of that, I do not have a bottle of thick sauce in my house… LOL..

    That would be something like Singapore Hokkien prawn mee – very pale but very nice. I love to tapao and they use the opir leaf, truly traditional. Still in Singapore – ever tried this before? So very nice!

  5. All looking savory. Right now though I’m starting to shift to veganism. Do you know any place or noodle recipe that is vegan friendly?

    I only know Payung has mushroom spaghetti, that should be suitable for vegans. Some places have fried noodles with just soy sauce…and egg and bean sprouts…and msg! They may use lard though…like our kampua mee.

  6. i don’t think i’ve had Hock Chiew char mee … or at least i’ve never used those words for ordering! 🙂

    I wonder if you have any Hock Chiew acquaintances there in your part of the woods. LOL!!!

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