Run to me…

There was an old couple here before but somewhere along the line, somebody told me that they were not a couple – they were not husband and wife, not married to each other. Anyway, I loved the old lady’s noodles and the special soup very much so of course, I went there a few times. I even brought my dad there a couple of times, when he was still with us, and at other times, I would tapao the noodles for him to enjoy at home.

One day, I saw the old lady at the restaurant a few doors away, buying something for lunch. They told me the old man had passed away and she had given up her business – at her age, her legs could no longer take it. A few people had taken over the coffee shop since but none of them lasted very long and this…

Marathon Cafe

…is the latest in line. I do not have the slightest idea why it is named thus – perhaps the owner is into marathons that appear to be the current trend these days. There seems to be some kind of run here almost every other weekend and many simply love to participate in these events and collect the medals.

I first got to know about this coffee shop when I saw friends sharing photographs of the prawn noodles…

Fried selections

…that they had here. It said on the notice in front of the shop that those were going for between RM13-25.00, probably depending on the size of the crustaceans and the ones with fish would cost a little less, RM10.00 only.

I had no intention of ordering any of those but I was thinking of trying one of the noodle dishes there. Unfortunately, I was extra early, before 6.30 a.m. and the chu char (cook & fry) guy at the back was not quite ready yet. In the end, I just ordered something from the kampua mee stall…

Kampua mee stall

…in front.

I had the kampua mee

Kampua mee kosong

…and liver soup set (RM4.50)…

Liver soup

…which I thought was rather cheap as most of these sets elsewhere would set one back by RM6.00 at least!

The noodles were a little on the mild/bland side which was good in a way, less msg and light soy sauce but I thought it was all right with the chili sauce that came with it, not anything to shout about nor was it anything to complain about either.

The liver soup was surprisingly very nice, very strong on the traditional Foochow red wine. I did not expect that as it was not red in colour but then again, the superior quality ones, very well filtered, will be lightly orange in colour, not red…so if you go for a bowl of mee sua here and everything, the soup and the chicken, is horrendously red in colour, then they have used the cheaper wine of poorer quality and probably a bit of the ang chao too, nothing to get excited about – it’s just a sales gimmick!

I suppose I will be back here again in the near future especially when it opens real early when most of the rest are still closed but I think I would like to try something from the guy at the back the next time around.

MARATHON CAFE is located in the same block of shops as the A-PLUS FOOD CENTRE/RESTAURANT (2.293355, 111.823653), somewhere in the middle, along Jalan Kampung Datu at the back of the block of shops (where Fair Price Supermarket is) near the traffic lights at its junction with Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg and Jalan Kampung Nyabor.

Author: suituapui

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

8 thoughts on “Run to me…”

  1. I’m so glad I get to taste kampua noodles in Aberdeen… Mary has some and my friend gave me 1 big packet that has 10 small ones inside individually packed!

    I wonder what brand that is – 10 packets in one pack? So far I’ve only seen 5 or 6. Only Daddy Mee has big family packs, 10 in one…but that is just made in Sibu instant noodles, not kampua mee.

  2. that is a really good price. we don’t get liver in yellow wine soup, so no need to look for liver if foochow red wine soup cos definitely not easy to find or impossible to find in eateries. here livers are served in normal pork broth. only kidneys are served in chinese wine soup with ginger to take away the kidney smell.

    Same with liver, lots of ginger but I do not think it is to get rid of the smell or taste – it’s just how it is cooked and everybody likes it that way.

    Kidney, if properly cleaned, should not have any smell…and beef tripe too. That was why I was quite put off by the beef tripe soup at one place – very light hint of the smell and that was enough to ruin the enjoyment of the soup. Kueh chap at some places may have that not-so-nice smell too.

    1. To get rid of the smell, after cleaning, some places blanched them in hot boiling water so it is a lot of work to let us enjoy eating tasty kidneys.

      Yes, it is. I will eat when I come across any but I will not go out out my way for it…and needless to say, you’ll never catch me cooking my own, not kidney, not intestines, not tripe.

  3. Good deal. This set (RM4.50) is way cheaper than the one you have the other day for RM6.00 per set. Looks pretty decent and nice. Over here, most kopitiam are using numbers instead of names for their eateries.

    Not here, thankfully. I am hopeless at numbers so I may get them all mixed up. LOL!!! Yes, I thought RM4.50 was much cheaper than a lot of places here.

  4. Very good price. I have tried red wine chicken mee sua before but not red wine liver soup.

    Shouldn’t be too different, same red wine and ginger soup.

  5. Marathons and runs seem to be a thing over this way too! I bet you could do one just about every weekend if you wanted to.

    It sure looks like it and there are people flying here and there to participate. The mere thought of doing that and I am exhausted already. LOL!!!

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