Never as good as the first time…

I really enjoyed what I had here…


the first time I dropped by and I thought it was inexpensive too. That was why I dropped by again the other morning to see whether there was anything else that would be good and worth going out of my way for.

My missus had the Foochow fried noodles…

Foochow fried noodles

…from the chu-char (cook & fry) place at the back and I caught a glimpse of the person doing the cooking – it was the Indonesian helper and the Chinese guy I spotted in the kitchen the previous time was nowhere to be seen.

It was more expensive, RM5.00 a plate compared to RM4.00 elsewhere but there were a whole lot more ingredients added – the char siew (barbecued pork), slices of stewed pork, black fungus and all the green vegetables. You sure would not get half as much at the other shops and stalls. However, my missus said that as far as the taste went, it was just so-so, too much msg and rather strong on the five-spice powder, probably from the stewed pork and none of the coveted wok hei fragrance.

The pian sip (RM3.00)…

Pian sip

…that I had was all right, a little bland but at least the skin was not thick and chewy. I should have asked for the soup version to try and to share as we did not get any complimentary soup with our orders. Actually, I wanted the gu tor (beef tripe) soup but it was not available. The guy did say that they did have pork liver but I was not in the mood for that.

I thought the kolo mee

Kolo mee

…was cheap, RM4.00 only for the noodles and all those ingredients on top except that in a standard bowl of the noodles in Kuching, you would get just the minced meat and the char siew, no stewed egg and maybe a couple of sprigs of lightly blanched green vegetables. I do like the ones at some places in the city where they will give you a fish ball, not deep fried, and maybe a prawn as well plus a slice or two of liver and intestines. As a matter of fact, the guy here did not even get the chili dip right! What I got was something like Thai chili sauce but in Kuching, they will give you sliced chili, very often green or just slightly red, soaked in vinegar.

Other than being a failed attempt to make it look anything like Kuching kolo mee, I thought the taste was, at best, all right but it certainly was nowhere near as good as what I had the first time, the noodles with the stewed pork belly with a special request for one stewed egg to be thrown in for good measure.

That morning, I saw a lot of banners along the road advertising their chicken rice, RM3.00 only a plate – the stall is also in front beside the kampua mee stall but it was a bit too early for chicken rice so I did not try that. There is a dim sum stall behind the chicken rice stall – perhaps I will try that next time.

Come lunch time, they do have chap fan (mixed rice) here too – RM3.50 for one meat and two vegetables, dirt cheap at half the price of what we had here, RM4.00 for two meat and one vegetable and you can add to that – RM1.00 for an extra meat, 50 sen for a vegetable. I’m not really into Chinese chap fan plus the fried noodles that my missus had did not quite make the grade so I guess you will not see me going back there for that.

DON’T SAY BOJIO (2.312758,111.8549007) is located along Jalan Deshon, right across the road from SMK Rosli Dhoby and the technical/vocational college beside it.

Author: suituapui

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

8 thoughts on “Never as good as the first time…”

  1. i’m not sure i’ve ever had pian sip before – when you google pian sip, many of the hits come from your posts! 🙂

    It’s our local Sibu Foochow version of the wanton – not quite the same, the texture of the skin especially and the taste as a whole. Let’s just say they’re distant cousins. The ones in Kuching are the same – they call them “kiaw”.

  2. A total different version of kolo mee. Yes, you are right. We dont’t serve chilli sauce for kolo mee in Kuching. That would be for kampua mee. The char siew also doesn’t look like the real BBQ char siew. How was the taste of the char siew?

    It was like char siew, not boiled meat coloured red. Perhaps it was not char-red enough.

    Yes, I do know kolo mee well, eh? With the chili-vinegar dip, it is so different so they would need to prepare some of that and not just give you chili sauce. Like gu tor mee, kueh chap, chicken rice, they all have their special dips – any kind of chili sauces will not do!

  3. The minced meat in the kolo mee looks so little. Usually minced meat would be the one ingredient that they give more of. Very very good price for the chapfan. I wonder did they compromise on the quality in order to sell it at such a low price.

    It did not occur to me that way – more than enough of the minced meat, perhaps it was the angle of the photograph. One thing’s for sure, they did not scrimp on the ingredients just that they did not get it the way it should be and the taste was not quite there either.

    I do not know about compromising on the quality – looking at the fried mee, the chu char people at the back seemed generous with the ingredients too. Maybe it is the location – quite a distance out of town…or maybe they own the shop, no need to pay rent or the rent is low in these parts…or they have to lower the prices to get more customers to come their way – earn less and with the larger turnover, sell more …and make more profit.

  4. I wouldn’t enjoy my food with too much msg in it.

    Kolo mee is cheap. For that portion, it would definitely more than RM4 in Kuching.

    I thought so too, defintely more expensive in Kuching especially with all the ingredients. Too bad it fell short on the taste. Yes, some places are really generous with the msg – I would not like that, that’s for sure.

  5. Too bad the food wasn’t good the second time around. I’ve had such experience before and it’s disappointing.

    Indeed! I probably will not go back there again all that soon.

  6. I encountered many times when I tried something for the first time it tasted so good and that prompted us to return. However, the second or third or the next is always not as good as the first. Maybe because I have set an expectation in my mind hence when I eat it for the second time, I am not too impressed anymore. However when I bring friends over and they eat it for the first time, they rave about it like how I liked it the first time. Haha

    Yes, my sister and cousin took my brother there that day when he was in town and they had what I had the first time, the kampua with the pork belly and they said it was good. Kinda disappointed that the chu char place at the back did not seem any good.

  7. I was expecting some banana dishes with the first pic 😉

    LOL!!! I do hope they dust them regularly. I can imagine them getting dirty very fast, happens all the time this part of the world.

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