So near and yet so far…

This coffee shop…

Nga Chuong Cafe

…is very near my house but I had never stopped by to check it out like it was so far away.

As a matter of fact, it is located in a block of around 3 shops, a car workshop at the other end, an electrical shop in the middle and this coffee shop is on the left. We would drive past everytime on our way home from town and I do go to the car wash place at the corner house at the junction of this lane, Jalan Au Yong Selatan, and Jalan Pahlawan, just a stone’s throw away, quite frequently.

It did look kind of quiet before but ever since somebody opened a tuition centre upstairs, business seemed to have picked up quite a bit and I often see quite a lot of people eating there. Being in the midst of all the residential houses in the area, it would have been quite a nice spot for people staying around there to gather for coffee and to chit chat but of course, these days, smoking is not permitted in coffee shops anymore. I wonder how much this ruling has affected their business, if at all.

The kopi-o-peng

Kopi-o-peng

…that I had was RM1.70 a glass, a little cheaper than most places around town  and it was all right, not the best but definitely, there are others a lot worse.

I did not quite know what to order as the menu…

Menu

…was completely in Mandarin and that’s Greek to me even though I am quite conversant in the language these days.

In the end, I just asked for a plate of kampua mee and when it was served, I was all for the stainless steel bowl that they used for the complimentary soup…

Soup

That, of course, is anytime better than plastic!

The kampua mee (RM3.00)…

Kampua mee

…was served in a melamine plate though – I did read somewhere that it isn’t much better than plastic using that to serve hot foods. I do prefer this pattern though, a whole lot nicer than those plastic ones in the horrendous gaudy colours, red, orange, green and what have you. As a matter of fact, many Chinese restaurants and chu-char (cook & fry) places here use this same collection of melamine plates, this same pattern, to serve the dishes.

The kampua mee was good though there wasn’t anything to make it stand out above the rest but the slices of meat were dry and hard so I dropped them into the soup and they were a little bit o.k. after that. I sure wouldn’t go out of my way for that, that’s for sure, but while I was there, somebody was frying something and it did smell good, the wok hei fragrance and when I had a glimpse behind the panel, I saw that there was a kampua mee stall and another section for the frying and cooking. Maybe I’ll try the fried stuff next time…

NGA CHUONG CAFE (2.312134, 111.837763) is located along Jalan Au Yong Selatan past Lorong Au Yong 4 on your left as you turn in from Jalan Pahlawan.