One in a row…

I did mention in my previous posts that in this little square of shops around the market, almost every other shop is a coffee shop and this is one in the row…

Yih Jiin Cafe

…where only the 2nd shop (closed) is not a coffee shop and there are so many people in each and every one of them.

I was in the vicinity again that morning and went walking around to see if there was anything I would like to buy and I saw my missus’ ex-colleague and her daughter enjoying the kampua mee from this old lady’s stall…

Kampua mee stall

…at that corner coffee shop.

She said it was good and yes, it was not their first time there. Upon hearing that, I could not resist giving it a try so I placed my order and sat at a table to wait.

The kopi-o (black coffee, no ice)…


…was decent and only RM1.60 a glass unlike the RM2.00 one that I had here.

The noodles that I ordered came soon enough…

Kampua mee & soup

…with the complimentary soup which was rather diluted, not anything that I would want to finish till the last drop.

The kampua mee (RM3.00)…

Kampua mee

…on the other hand, was all right, nice enough even though I felt it tasted a little different from many of the rest but being so far from the town centre, I had expected it to be a little cheaper.

As a matter of fact, I found that things here are generally more expensive – I bought some bananas from the market at RM5.00 a kg and I just bought the same from the central market in town for only RM4.00 a kg. I guess for the people staying around here, it is quite all right as it will save them the petrol to make their way all the way to town, the parking fee and what not but for us, perhaps I should stick to my regular places and not buy anything that is available elsewhere here.

YII JIIN CAFE (2.298387, 111.894177) is located along Jalan Permai Barat 1, the first turning to the left if you are coming from the Sibu General Hospital, the first shop in the row of shops on your right, going towards the Permai Market.

Author: suituapui

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

5 thoughts on “One in a row…”

  1. I think the old school kampua usually comes with thinly sliced white meat and not char siu. Char siu are mostly used in kolo mee.

    It’s not char siew – it’s boiled meat, coloured red. I don’t know why they bother because it tastes like boiled meat, makes no difference whether it’s white or red. Maybe it’s just to add a bit of colour, make it look a bit nicer.

    Traditionally, it was sort of orange, not so red and never white, way back in my younger days – then it was banned, the colouring used…and it was all white after that but these days, the red colour has come back. Hopefully, they use char siew sauce…not some colouring like before.

  2. Luckily the kampua mee was nice enough or else it would have been disappointing since it is not as cheap as you expected.

    The location of this coffee shop is not as great as the rest further down the block so I noticed they did not get as many customers. If they can lower the price to RM2.80 or better still, RM2.50, I am very sure everybody will flock here! Not sure if the kampua mee at the other shops is RM3.00 as well or not, did not check.

  3. that kopi-o looks like it would keep me awake for 12 hours! 😀

    It was ok – there are others a lot nicer, super kao kao kao! Will keep you awake for a few days. LOL!!!

  4. that looks so simple and inviting, the texture of the noodle does look different from what we have here

    Yes, different, thicker, white not translucent and not as fine as your kway teow or hor fun. Personally, I love yours over at your side but some people prefer the ones here. To each his own, I guess.

  5. Wow. That coffee looks so intense! I can almost feel my heart racing just looking at it. 😉
    PS. Have been offline for a while as my dad had a stroke. Raced back home to be with him.

    Oh dear!!! I hope he’s ok. Been there, done that, not a good time for anyone, that’s for sure.

    The coffee was all right – there are better ones around town and there are worse.

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