You’ve come back…

In my previous post, I mentioned that we had to stop by my parents’ resting place at the memorial park…

Rest in peace

…along the way to my girl’s school in the jungle as it was my mum’s 1st Anniversary and what I had in mind was to leave the house early, do what we would have to do and stop by this shop in Selangau for lunch like what we did a number of times before.

However, I noticed that my girl did not sound too keen on the idea so in the end, I decided to stop by here instead to tapao their chicken rice with one stewed egg…

Chicken drumstick rice & egg
*Archive photo*

…and some of their siew yoke (roast pork) as well, three packets altogether – one each for our lunch at my girl’s quarters.

Initially, I wanted to get something from here but I guess I was too early so the stall was not open yet. While I was there, I noticed that this guy…

Mei Le kampua guy

…had taken back the kampua mee stall – for a while, it was an outlet of this kampua mee chain and the son was doing it here while the aforementioned went and ran the drinks business at this coffee shop.

He certainly was very popular and yes, I did go and try and yes, I quite liked it before. That morning, I overheard that he had an order for 50 packets of kampua mee

Bulk order

…to be packed in a box and taken somewhere. That sure was nothing new as when he was running the stall before, I did see him getting bulk orders for his noodles as well.

I ordered his pian sip kampua, white (RM3.00)…

Piansip kampua 1

…which, of course, meant that I did not want those thin slices of boiled meat coloured red and that would be replaced by our version of wantons (meat dumplings) instead.

The dumplings were all right and yes, the noodles…

Piansip kampua 2

…had that strong garlicky taste like before. He was noted for using garlic oil instead of shallot oil like the rest and adding a bit of the fried chopped garlic as well and that was why his noodles stood out at the time.

I could not put my finger on it but that morning, I did not think that the noodles were all that great – maybe it was because I had nicer ones elsewhere since so his somehow paled in comparison…but seeing that there were quite a lot of people there that morning enjoying his noodles, maybe it was just me, I wouldn’t know.

Going back to the chicken rice that I tapaoed for our lunch, when we were eating it once we got to my girl’s quarters at around noon, I sure was glad to see her enjoying it to the max and finishing it in no time at all. She said she was hungry but sometimes, I would see her struggling through her food so I guess she must have enjoyed what I had bought to some extent. As always, when the girl is happy, the dad is too!

MEI LE CAFE (2.313147, 111.846968) is located along Jalan Gambir, a stone’s throw away from the Delta Mall, on your left as soon as you turn into that road from Jalan Pedada and CHOPSTICKS CHICKEN & RICE (2.312434, 111.845917) is located in the Delta Mall, Jalan Pedada area of shops, facing the church along Lorong Taman Seduan 8, off Jalan Gambir.

Author: suituapui

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

6 thoughts on “You’ve come back…”

  1. Wow, bulk order of 50 packets. Would it still taste good after being stacked up like that in the box?

    Some will tell you that it tastes even nicer as the ingredients have gone into the noodles. There is no sauce so the noodles would not turn soft and soggy and buying home is not too bad – still warm. I’ve bought for friends in KL though – no complaints. Maybe they microwaved to heat up – I do not think much of steaming or heating in a non-stick pan, the taste will not be the same anymore.

  2. Just few days ago, I saw my friend posted on FB that people buy bulk order of 30 packets of her kolo mee to bring over to KL. I also have the same question as above in mind to ask, i.e. will they taste the same and as good as freshly make and eaten at the spot?

    Have to press the pack to loosen the strands before emptying into a plate – more difficult to take out the lump, the noodles all stuck together, and try the get the strands apart. I sometimes buy home – still warm…and nice. Some say it is nicer as the ingredients have gone into the noodles.

    Dunno how to heat up if cold though (like having kept it overnight in the fridge) – steaming or heating slowly in a non-stick pan will render the noodles kind of different though may still taste nice. Perhaps, can microwave – never tried that.

  3. 50 packs of kampua! Wow. Maybe to send to shops with many workers to enjoy.

    Only Sibu pack their noodle that way. I remember my in-law bought packets of kampua for the kids to eat in express before. I found it weird at first but actually it was pretty convenient. No need cutlery to eat. Eat directly from the plastic wrap. Lol.

    Yes, I think that’s a dying trade. In the past, the express boats between Sibu and Kapit would stop at Kanowit and Song and the sellers, my students at the time included, would jump on board to sell their packets of kampua mee, hardboiled eggs, steamed buns, drinks…and when the boats started to leave, they would jump off. There had been stories of some falling into the water. That was so exciting. The boats do not stop by anymore so these people are seldom seen now.

  4. Sometimes I wonder too if it is just me or what when food that many rave about did not taste that that exceptional to me.

    Especially when I see so many customers going for it…and at places where I think the food is good, I do not see so many.

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