Take a back road…

I was out and about early on Monday morning, a public holiday here replacing Sunday (Wesak Day) and I strolled around the vicinity to see what I could have for breakfast.

As I was passing by this coffee shop…

Hock Lai Hong Cafe

…in one of the back lanes/roads, I spotted a friend whom I had not seen for a long long time. She was sitting there waiting for a friend and I decided to join her and chat.

In the meantime, I asked what they had at the food stall there and in the long list of things available was char bee lau too kah, pork trotters in herbal soup. If I remember correctly, my uncle/cousin did mention going for it here everytime they came to town at a shop behind the bookstore in that area but I did not feel like having it that morning, not in the hot weather that we are experiencing right now. They say that those char bee lau roots are “heaty”.

In the end, I decided to go for the kampua mee

Kampua mee

…but I must say that I was not all that fond of the plastic plate that was used to serve the noodles.

I also asked for pian sip (meat dumplings) soup, small…

Pian sip soup

…and that came in a stainless steel bowl. Of course, I was fine with that.

The two together was RM5.00 and my guess is that the mee was RM3.00 and the soup was RM2.00, pretty much the same as elsewhere and like many elsewhere, both the noodles and the soup were nice.

I may go back there again for the char bee lau too kha one of these days. We’ll see…

HOCK LAI HONG CAFE (2.292531, 111.827571) is located along Lorong Tuanku Osman 4, the first shop in the block right behind Rejang Bookstore (back to back) at Jalan Bindang.

Author: suituapui

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

3 thoughts on “Take a back road…”

  1. Like you, I also do not like to be served with plastic plates, but no choice, most of the food vendors use plastic… somehow the noodles taste better if served with ceramic ones? LOL…

    The oil does not stick to the plate so obviously as when on plastic plates and the sight of that can spoil one’s appetite.

  2. I think I would like the taste of this herbal soup as I like the taste of strong herb. Is it this smelly root mentioned by this url? https://sarawakianaii.blogspot.com/2017/10/sibu-tales-smelly-root-soup.html

    If yes, It is the root of litsea cubeba (mountain pepper).

    Aha!!! That’s my friend’s blog, true blue Foochow born and bred in Sibu now residing elsewhere, a long distance relative by marriage.

    Yes, those are the roots alright – my mum would cook chicken with it – meng ngee (dried cuttlefish) is a must – all my growing up years, nicer than with pork leg IMO…as my dad would not eat any of the other Chinese herbs, not even ginseng and no pek ting eyok (Eight Treasures) either.

    My friend, Nick, from Sg Petani, did not quite like it though. He said he was not into things herbal.

  3. Maybe I like the char bee lau too kah also as I love herbal soup. RM5 for your set is cheap. I also don’t like to be served in plastic plates and worst if the plates comes with all kinds of stain.

    Worse would be those floral melamine ones they use at the Malay stalls when the paint has come off. I am quite sure that is toxic! Maybe there is char bee lau in Kuching now, so many Foochows there. I’m sure there are places selling pek ting eyok, they get the packs of herbs from Sarikei – best with duck!

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