Unusually unusual…

This coffee shop in the next lane, round the corner from my house, is enjoying brisk business. I see a lot of people there every morning and if I am not wrong, it closes around noon and reopens in the evening but I hardly ever venture out once the sun has set and I have not passed by the place at night so I am not really sure.

I’ve been there a number of times and I like the fried stuff from the chu-char (cook & fry) place at the back and the kampua mee from the stall in front is pretty decent too. I was there not too long ago to tapao the Foochow fried noodles but the guy’s wife, a lady of ethnic descent, was doing the cooking. She said that the hubby was unwell and was at that point in time in hospital. Thankfully, when I went there again the other day, he was back in action, looking as fit as a fiddle.

I think the wife is Iban even though she is very fair and has the oriental look of those Kayan or Kenyah maidens. I heard the guy talking to the kids in Iban and Hokkien which I feel is a good thing. Many offsprings of such inter-marriages may end up speaking one language but not the other or worse, none of them, conversant only in Mandarin or English.

I ordered the fried kway teow (flat rice noodles), wet (with sauce/gravy), for a change and when it (RM4.00)…

Ah Kau Cafe fried kway teow 1

…was served, the first thing that crossed my mind was that it looked kind of pale which was unusually unusual, different from elsewhere where it would be a shade darker probably because of the amount of dark soy sauce added.

I tried it and was glad to find that it was very nice. It had that much coveted wok hei fragrance and the guy was very generous with the added ingredients…

Ah Kau Cafe fried kwayteow 2

…unlike elsewhere where you will get bits of meat and green vegetables hardly visible to the naked eye for that same amount of money.

Of course, I would be dropping by time and time again as I do like what they dish out here and it is so very convenient, so near my house.

AH KAU CAFE (2.316346, 111.839861) is located along Jalan Ruby, off Jalan Lim Han Swee, in the same block as Kim Tak Mini Supermarket, to the extreme left.

Author: suituapui

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

6 thoughts on “Unusually unusual…”

  1. To me this looks good enough. I don’t like it to be too dark.

    Like how people say that KL char kway teow is a shade lighter than Penang’s. I loved the one from an old lady at a stall at Jalan Alor a long time ago – she’s no longer there, unfortunately. The last time I was there, the stalls were run by Banglas and Myanmarese and quality had gone down the drain.

  2. With so much ingredients and only RM4 for that plate is a great deal. Usually my main concern for char kway or mee is the wok hei fragrance. Personally I prefer a darker shade, just a little from the above pix.

    Like how some people like dark kampua, they love the dark soy sauce taste, I guess. I’m fine without it.

  3. I love gravy koay teow! The ones that I have had are also on the pale side.

    I had some very pale kway teow and also bihun when I was in Kuching that day and surprisingly, they were very nice! I sure enjoyed them.

  4. The fried kway teow looks like those wat tan hor here. Was there any eggs in the gravy? I couldn’t tell from the photos.

    Yes, add egg to the gravy and it will be like wat tan hor. I would love that!

  5. for RM4, i wouldn’t even mind if there wasn’t wok hei – but having it is a great bonus! 😀

    Yes, the noodles at the Malay stalls here usually would not have that wok hei fragrance – I guess it is because they use a regular gas cooker, small fire but some of theirs taste really great, some with hardly much ingredients even.

  6. Good that the kway teow tastes good even though it is pale in colour.

    I guess it’s more in the cooking skill and ingredients, not so much the colour – after all, if it is darker it is just soy sauce – a lot of substitutes for that, nicer even!

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