Break it to me gently…

I did say in an earlier post that I would drop by here…

Kiong Chuong Cafe

…again to check out the kampua mee stall…

Kiong Chuong Cafe kampua mee stall

…now run by a young guy, unlike before. It looks like the shop has a new sign now, no longer the old worn-out and faded one that they had before.

I ordered the dumpling soup (RM5.00)…

Kiong Chuong Cafe dumpling soup

…which turned out to be very much to my liking. I loved the very nice clear soup, no msg overload and I enjoyed the dumplings too which is actually saying a lot for someone who is not into those  睡觉 (shuijiao) or jiaozi (餃子) or whatever they are called.

I shared the photograph on Facebook and somebody instantly made a curt comment, “Too much meat!” Honestly, I really wonder why people want to do things like that – I see friends sharing photographs of food that do not appeal to me but I will never go and shoot them down like that. Usually I will not comment or I may just LIKE the photograph to give them a bit of encouragement especially if it is something they cooked themselves. Like what the old folks used to say, “If you have nothing nice to say, then it is time to keep quiet!”

I wonder what she meant by there being too much meat…

meat dumpling inside

Perhaps she did not even bother to look at the photograph properly and thought it was a bowl of piansip in which case there should not be too much meat as it is quintessentially a noodle dish to be enjoyed mainly for the skin but if she had taken a little bit of time to just look carefully, she would have realised that this was not piansip.

I enjoyed the dumplings with the Thai chili sauce that came with it…

Thai chili sauce

…and I would give the guy top marks for not using plastic or melamine plates and bowls, a practice that ought to be stopped at a lot of places around here as that may be hazardous to health. The chives lacked the much coveted fragrance though – it seems to be a problem these days whereby chives are not fragrant and quite tasteless, bitter gourd is not bitter, terung Dayak is not sour and chili is not spicy.

I also ordered a bowl of kampua mee, kosong (RM2.00)…

Kiong Chuong Cafe kampua mee kosong

…to go with the dumpling soup and here’s another bonus mark for the boy. Not only does he not use those horrible factory-produced fried shallots with the unpleasant smell, sold at the shops and supermarkets (they do that a lot at the Malay shops and stalls) but obviously, he slices them thinly manually, never mind that it can be quite tedious and time-consuming – many use a food processor these days so you will see unsightly bits of fried shallots all over your bowl of noodles, nothing like these whole slices in the one here. However, the mee was just so so – I could not detect any fragrance and taste of lard in it but it was all right and with the added chili sauce, I did enjoy it.

Going back to what I was ranting about, some people are really so full of themselves and more often than not, it is not what they say but how they say it. I just cannot understand why they cannot try and put their opinions across gently and in a much nicer way. Somehow or other, they do not seem to realise that they actually come across as snooty, high and mighty and somewhat offensive, not very pleasant at all and if I may quote this line from a favourite poem of mine, “Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit,” (Desiderata) so I just unfriended her – goodbye, bad rubbish. I do not need the likes of those lurking around my Facebook page just to find fault in everything I share and shoot me down, thank you very much. With friends like those, who needs enemies? Goodbye.

SYARIKAT KIONG CHUONG CAFE (2.291062, 111.827381) is located along Jalan Kampung Nyabor at the bend where one turns left or right when coming from Brooke Drive, a stone’s throw from Malaysia Hotel in the next block.

Author: suituapui

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

13 thoughts on “Break it to me gently…”

  1. The Kampua mee looks quite a big bowl, good for me a big eater hee hee. The dumplings make me drool

    You’re a big eater? Now, that’s a surprise. LOL!!!

  2. These days, it is hard to come by shallots done manually being used in food stall. Can’t blame too as it is quite time consuming and will be sheding tears all along when slicing them. That bowl of kampua looks quite a huge portion.

    If one wants to be a cut above the rest, one will have no choice but to go through the chore – it’s like using a blender or the batu lesung. Needless to say, one is better than the other. The kampua is the regular serving size here – I guess they give less in Kuching…and charge more?

  3. You are so right. The way one articulates make a big big difference. I had a client who queried me about me fees (which she has been paying year in year out) in such a rude manner that I told her to take a hike. I just blew up and I don’t need people like her in my life.

    At least she was your client – this was someone I knew a long long time ago, school days, now just a Facebook friend online, never bothered to go beyond that so no love lost!

  4. Someone must have annoyed you a lot. Don’t get angry. Getting angry is just punishing yourself due to other people’s mistake. Easier said than done though 🙂

    No worries! I’m old, not angry…just pissed off so I just got rid of her, problem solved.

  5. Dumpling, I like, can eat many of it…

    Cheap eh? RM5 for around 6 of them, around RM1 each. My cousin says they’re 3 pounds each in London!

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