Further in…

When I was here early one morning sometime ago, I noticed there was a stall further in…

Stall

…already open and and the lady was busy doing whatever she was doing. I did not go over to see what she was selling though so the other morning, I decided to stop by and do just that.

I was thinking of having the mee sua but the fragrance of the Sarawak laksa broth caught my attention. Normally, I would not go for anything spicy that early in the morning but I couldn’t resist ordering a bowl (RM5.00)…

Sarawak laksa 1

…to try.

I must say she was not all that generous with the belacan (dried prawn paste)…

Belacan

…but it did not matter all that much as it did not look like the Bintulu belacan that I would enjoy very much.

The laksa broth…

Sarawak laksa 2

…was nice, a bit on the mild side but I could detect a light hint of the ketumbar (coriander) in it and I liked that. Other than that, I was glad that it was not all santan, not overly lemak like some here and true Sarawak/Kuching laksa connoisseurs would frown at the sight of it and declare that it should not be like that as it is not supposed to be like…curry!

There was no shredded/pulled chicken meat though, just a few small shrimps and a few strips of sliced omelette and a bit of tofu puff. That is one thing you will not get to see in Sarawak laksa in Kuching but they seem to have that most everywhere here and I would add that too when I cook my own at home as for whatever reason, my girl loves it! There was also the absence of daun sup (Chinese celery) in the garnishing on top, just a sprinkling of chopped spring onion.

All in all, I would say that I quite enjoyed it but the next time around, I would want to try whatever else the lady has to offer at her stall. One thing I noticed was how very sad she looked – not a smile but no, she was not unfriendly or anything. I guess some people are like that.

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Author: suituapui

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

9 thoughts on “Further in…”

  1. I have an unsmiling face too when I am deep in thoughts though I am friendly so it is just the way some people are. Your bowl of laksa looks good.

    She wasn’t just not smiling, she looked real sad. She did come over to my table to tell me I might have to wait and I told her it was all right…and I paid her when she served me the laksa…but her expression never changed, so very sad. Dunno if she was naturally like that or she had a lot on her mind.

    Unsmiling…even angry and unfriendly, I know. I always buy things from that lady at the wet market. Some days, we would chat away while I pick what I want to buy even but her expression remains the same – she just looks like that, not that she is unfriendly.

  2. They call it the Resting Bitch Face (RBF) for that angry or unfriendly look when someone is deep in thoughts or not smiling but actually that person is not unfriendly or angry.

    That’s not a nice term to use. I know a lady like that – see my reply to zmun2’s comment but she’s actually a nice lady, she only looks like that…all the time, every day.

    My missus would not buy things from her because of her facial expression but I am not so keen on buying from another stall – the lady so friendly, always smiling, sweet-talking…but once, when I did not want to buy from her, I saw her face change, looking angry/unhappy the instant I turned and walked away!

  3. The broth doesn’t look like real laksa, fiery red. This one looks like curry broth. Yes some are born naturally with a sad and unfriendly looking face, some do have the smiling and friendly expression and so do have fierce looking face too. I remember someone once told me I look fierce and stern and ask me if I am one of the disciplinary teacher in one of the school, hahaha…

    Thankfully, it did not taste like curry and there is that pleasant fragrance of ketumbar – something you will not find in curry. Some laksa paste is very strong on it and I do not like it too strong either. Hmmmm…I’ve seen your photos, somewhat serious-looking. Come to think of it, I wonder what people think of how I look.

  4. After sending Melissa to school, drive further up to Lanang Road & after the Aman roundabout, try the flying kampua mee (if the lady is there early) at Best Harvest Cafe.

    Yes, I was there once, the place with a name like a church…
    https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2019/01/12/call-me-names/
    and that’s another place with not so very friendly people. I could recognise the old lady having seen her in videos that people shared on Facebook. I stood there right beside the stall for a long time and they simply ignored me like I was invisible – nobody bothered to ask me what I wanted to eat. I certainly have no intention of going back there again.

    1. I was there to tapao at 6.30am, service was fast. The lady wasnt there.

      Oh? Maybe I will drop by one of these days. Not many open so early.

  5. Make me want to have a nice bowl of Sarawak laksa now. I am actually planning to have that for breakfast but the stall isn’t open today. Maybe this weekend.

    Oh? You go for a particular one? There’s laksa everywhere in Kuching – generally, they should all be quite nice, not here. I’ve had some I did not enjoy but this one was o.k.

  6. Some people have that expression that may not exactly reflect their state of mind. I’ve been told that I look very fierce hee…hee…

    My size is enough to scare anybody off. LOL!!!

    1. ok, another clue. look for a fierce korean looking local lady wearing socks and a watch around uptown area and starling mall.

      Gee!!! I wouldn’t want to bump into anyone like that. LOL!!!

  7. It was fun reading your description of the “just right” laksa – I will keep those points in mind for future tastings.

    Did the one you had in Kuching pass the acid test? LOL!!!

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