Better now…

It was good but it is even better now.

I first stumbled upon it way back in 2009 and ever since then, I have always considered it to be my favourite in town – I’ve tried others but none pleased me as much and if there is any that is nicer than this here, I’m afraid I don’t know of it.

My girl tried it more recently and yes, she loved it too and the other morning, after the early service in church, she said she would like to have that here, all the way in Sungai Merah…and of course, what she wants, she gets (RM4.00)…

Choon Seng meat porridge 1

…and yes, as always, it was very good or even better this time around and there seemed to be a lot more meat and liver…

Choon Seng meat porridge 2

…but there wasn’t any egg nor intestines – they did have those before. My girl does not touch liver so I had to eat that for her to get it out of the way so she could literally lick the bowl clean. Yes,she did enjoy it that much.

The mum ordered the Foochow fried noodles (RM4.00)…

Choon Seng Foochow fried noodles

…from the chu char place at the back. I don’t know why she keeps going back there as I do recall that on our previous visits, she did not think much of what she had from there. Well, this time around is no exception – she complained that the noodles lacked the much coveted wok hei fragrance but generally, she said it was all right.

We enjoyed the fried kway teow from the Melanau/Muslim stall right next to the kampua mee stall in the coffee shop so I went and ordered the special (RM5.50)…

Choon Seng kway teow goreng special 1

…and for that, I got one fried egg and one chicken wing. Other than the fact that both of them seemed rather small, the egg wasn’t exactly fried the way I would like it but on the whole, it…

Choon Seng kway teow goreng special 2

…was all right.

I did not have any small change so I gave the lady RM6.00. She saw some coins on the table and asked for those – I told her that it was not enough, only 40 sen but she said, “Tak apa!” (Never mind!) She took the coins and RM5.00 from me happily and went back to her stall.

Now, that, of course, is a far cry from places where they would expect you to dig out that 10 sen coin like squeezing blood out of stone even though you tell them you do not have any. The old folks in the past would describe those as bay hiao cho seng lee (don’t know how to do business) – when people are so nice and there is this seller-customer goodwill, rest assured that people will always want to come back for more.

CHOON SENG COFFEE SHOP /春陞茶室 (2.324218, 111.838197) is located along Lorong Wong Ting Hock 1, off Jalan Wong Ting Hock, off Jalan Tun Abg Hj Openg at the Sungai Merah Bazaar here.

Author: suituapui

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

9 thoughts on “Better now…”

  1. Porridge with minced meat and century egg are my favourite. With innards or not, it doesn’t matter much. Your plate of fried kway teow look great too and I love them with lots of taugeh.

    It was nice but I think I remember it used to be better, the kway teow.

  2. I love that kind of porridge texture!
    yalo….some cincai seller wouldn’t mind the 10 20 sen.

    Yes, usually the older ones. Just came across one today – blog on that coming soon.

  3. still great after 10 years – here’s to the next decade of them being your reigning favourite then! 🙂

    I think it will last a very long time. The old guy looks kinda old now, a little slower but he has roped in his son to help him and his wife in running the stall. Looks like they’re here to stay.

  4. Pork porridge looked yummy. I like that. Used to enjoy the famous pork porridge at open air market but it has been such a long time since I had that.

    I had late night or should I say early morning porridge at Open Air, the other side of the bus terminal…after partying all night long at Jubilee Hall. Those were the days!!! Had so much fun then!

  5. Oh! Pork porridge with all the works! I love it but I haven’t found any place near me that sells that.

    So far, this one’s my favourite…and it is a little out of the way. Other that I have tried did not give me as much pleasure.

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