As time passes by…

On our first morning in Kuching, I had gone out at the break of dawn for the kueh chap at Lao Ya Keng – I had blogged about that in yesterday’s post and when my girl was up around mid-morning, we walked all the way here…

Oriental Park Kuching

I was here once in 2011 and actually, my girl was with me at the time but it had completely slipped my mind.

Yes, the kolo mee stall was still around…

Oriental Park kolo mee stall

…enjoying really brisk business with a whole of of people stopping by for the noodles. It is a lot more expensive now though – the price had gone up from RM2.80 in 2011 to RM4.00 for a small bowl and RM5.00…

Oriental Park kolo mee

…for the large one.

I noticed that they served a complimentary bowl of clear soup now, something that they did not use to do before but I did not think it was all that nice this time around. The char siew was kind of dry and hard and though on the whole, it was quite all right with a very strong garlicky taste, it did not sweep me off my feet, unlike the first time we were here.

I asked my girl and she too felt that same way. I guess we shall not go through all that effort to make our way there anymore should we happen to hop over to Kuching again.

After we had had our fill, we walked back to India Street…

Inida Street, Kuching

…and browsed around the shops in the vicinity on our way back to the hotel.

I strolled over to my favourite pastry shop at Kai Joo Lane…

Chong Chon Biscuit Maker

…but I guess it was still early in the morning and they did not have everything in their list…

Chong Chon price list

I bought a few of their meat pastry or what they call siew pau

Chong Chon siew pau

…but no, sad to say, these too were not as nice as when the old folks were making them way back in the 70’s. Back then, the filling was a bit moist and one could see chunks of char siew and green peas but these days, it is all minced meat and rather dry but to give credit where credit is due, it still tasted quite good and the main draw, the pastry, is still as nice as I remember it to be.

The yam puffs…

Ching Chon yam puffs

…are more expensive by a ringgit but it is very much bigger and even though they do not seem to be able to make it like how people usually do it – with a nice fibrous exterior, I thought they were very nice, perhaps even nicer than the siew pau. I regretted not buying more – I only asked for three, one for each one of us, to eat in our hotel room.

ORIENTAL PARK CAFE 国泰东方古早味 (1.558891, 110.341900) is located at Market/Gertak Lane where the now-closed-down Cathay Cinema was and CHONG CHON BISCUIT MAKER (1.559214, 110.343394) is located at No. 6, Kai Joo Lane, off India Street, on the left in Kuching.

Author: suituapui

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

10 thoughts on “As time passes by…”

  1. Yes, I love the kolo mee at Oriental Park but it has been ages since I last had it. It looks good and they are quite generous with the minced toppings.

    Looked good, strong taste of garlic but I felt it was nicer when I went there many years ago, didn’t feel that same way about it this time around. Actually, I kept thinking all the while about how much more I would enjoy my favourite kampua mee in Sibu instead!

  2. That was quite a walk. I dont mind but not dragging my kids along. They would sure complaint of dustance and tiredness. Lol. City kids, dont get to walk much. ^^

    I have been to Oriental Park for its kolo mee once when my man used to work somewhere there.

    Yes, kids nowadays, over-pampered, over-spoilt, so very used to the good life. That wasn’t very far and India Street is covered these days…compared to my previous trip when I walked from Padungan to Open Air!

  3. Siew pau reminds me of the Philippine siopao, both delicious!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    I think that’s steamed. I had that too when I was in Kuching, bought some to eat in the hotel room, very nice but I did not take any snapshots.
    Blessed Christmas to you too and all your loved ones!

  4. 8 years is a long time and since then you’ve upgraded your taste buds 😛

    Not really, quality going down, sad to say…and in the meantime, other better ones have taken over.

  5. ooo, the entrance to india street looks very bright and colourful. i’d be attracted to walk in! 😀

    They’ve done up the place, all covered up…like Petaling Street but no, I’m not all that fond of it – I’d rather have the old India Street that I’ve known and loved all those years.

  6. The india street looks so vibrant and attractive! I love siew pau and yam puffs.

    It’s a major tourist attraction but I prefer it the way it was long ago…in the 70’s.

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