2 places…

I am going to blog about 2 places in this post – the first one was once my favourite kampua mee place in town but you can say that I have fallen out of love with theirs even though it is still very popular and the place is always crowded at any time of day.

At one time, I really liked the Foochow fried noodles from the chu char stall at the back of the coffee shop. Why, when my West Malaysian blogger friends came to town in 2012, I took them here not just for the kampua mee and everything from the stall in front but also for the aforementioned fried noodles.

I cannot remember the last time I had anything from that stall…

Soon Hock chu char place at the back

…but that morning, I decided I would go back there to see if it was still as good. It looked pretty much the same like before and I was wishing that after all these years, someone would do something to spruce up the place and make it more presentable. One look at the surroundings would be quite enough to put one off from ordering something from there to eat.

There was a lady there assisted by some young boy and girl, probably the children – I think there was a guy there before so I reckoned these were not the same people anymore and the ones I saw there had taken over at this point in time.

The Foochow fried noodles (RM4.00)…

Soon Hock Foochow fried noodles

…was served in a stainless plate, not in those hideously colourful plastic plates – I certainly would give them a bonus mark for that and I also liked how they seemed quite generous with the vegetables. There were bits of meat as well, not much and nothing else.

It tasted all right but I would not rank it among my favourites in town. I know of one other place not too far away where the Foochow fried noodles is very nice but if we confine ourselves to this commercial square of shops, as far as I know, the one here was not bad and here too though I am not sure if the latter opens that early. Perhaps one of these days, I’ll go and try the rest and see which I would rank at the top.

The 2nd place that I am going to blog about is this one…

Wang Wang Lai

…located at the right end of the block of shops where this one is located. As a matter of fact, I went back to the latter as I wanted to try the RM2.70 kampua mee (no, I had no intention of going for the lor mee again) but one of the ladies there said that the guy in charge would only get there by 7.00 a.m. so they were not quite ready to start their business for the day yet. In the end, I decided to go to this other coffee shop, right next to this one that I went to not too long ago.

I placed my order at the stall…

Kampua stall

…the only one open, for their kampua special (RM5.00) and got this plate of kampua mee kosong (no meat)…

Kampua mee kosong

…and yes, it was good, not the best but good.

The chap-chap (mixed) soup…

Mixed soup

…that came with it was very good too. I could detect a hint of the liver in it but the three bits of intestine in it were quite a chore to chew. That did not matter all that much to me just that the whole time, I was wishing that they would give their own-made chili dip with a bit of belacan (dried prawn paste) like the ones they will give at other places when one orders this soup instead of the bottled chili sauce.

Yes, and here too, I would most certainly give them a pat on the back for not using plastic.

SOON HOCK CAFE & RESTAURANT (2.312181, 111.845824) is located among the Delta Mall/Jalan Pedada area of shops, facing the Methodist church along Lorong Taman Seduan 8, off Jalan Gambir and WANG WANG LAI SEAFOOD is located beside LIFESTYLE CAFE (2.289728, 111.835320) which is located right below Lifestyle Gym, among the blocks of shops beside the Jalan Tong Sang/Lorong Langsat junction.