Familiar faces…

I was driving past this coffee shop…

(Klang) Claypot Bak Kut Teh

…in town (it was known by a different name before) the other morning when I caught a glimpse of a familiar face…

One of the stalls

…at one of the stalls there so after I had parked my car and done what I had to do, I walked over to have a closer look.

Yes, it was her all right together with the older-looking lady who has always been assisting her wherever she went. She was at this coffee shop, among the shops opposite the school where I was teaching before I retired and if my memory serves me right, she was at the coffee shop behind the KPJ Sibu Medical Centre earlier on and I used to drop by in the early morning for breakfast those times when my mum was admitted there and I remember her telling me that she knew my father from the time when she was at the coffee shop where the original Ngui Kee was, next to the then Cathay Cinema and later, the Star Cineplex. She certainly does get around, doesn’t she?

Well, she is here now, at this present location, but she said, when I commented that she had put on weight, that she had stopped for around a year because she had problems with her legs. I guess all that standing doing the cooking day in and day out was too much a strain on the legs, the knees in particular. She said that the son and the hubby are taking care of that stall in her former place now and she and her assistant are here.

I ordered the kopi-o-peng and it came without a straw…

No straw

…and that I must say is truly commendable. There is going to be a ruling on this soon – no more plastic straws by 2020 and it is good that the people here have given it a headstart. As for the coffee, let’s just say that it was not the best nor was it the worst either.

I decided to have the lor mee (RM5.00)…

Lor mee

…which was, at best, all right and all the while, I was quite pissed off that for reasons unknown, it did not have any kangkong (water spinach) and they added those khiew chai (curly vegetables) instead. I am quite sure it is very easy to get kangkong anywhere here anytime of year.

It sure was good to see the ladies again after quite a while. I wouldn’t know when I would stop by again though as the coffee shop is around a rather congested part of town and parking can be quite a pain – that is the main reason why I had not gone back for the very nice bak kut teh at another stall in that same shop.

(KLANG) CLAYPOT BAK KUT TEH (2.291262, 111.826307) is located along Jalan Sanyan, formerly Causeway, in the block of shops behind the Petronas station, formerly ESSO at Jalan Kpg Nyabor.