Back to the 80’s…

There used to be an old guy here…

Hock Lok Hong Cafe Shop

…and at one time, many would declare that his kampua mee was the best in Sibu. I was never that impressed, nice but I would not go to the extent of declaring it as THE best in town. I did give it a try a couple of times when he moved to his present location but still, it did not change my mind.

Since the old guy left, if I am not wrong, at least two other people took over the stall here but they did not last very long. Eventually, they closed down the shop and reopened a few days later, nicely repainted and looking a lot nicer than it ever did before.

Not too long ago, a friend of mine, an ex-student, shared a photo of the kampua mee he had here. It looked good so I asked where he had that. He responded, telling me the place and added that the guy…

Hock Lok Hong, kampua guy

…used his own handmade noodles and he even suggested that I should go and try.

I had been wanting to do so but every time I drove past at the break of dawn, the shop would be open but it did not look like they were quite ready to start their business for the day just yet. Well, it so happened that I was close by that day and I decided to walk over there  to check the place out.

I ordered the kolo mee (RM4.00)…

Hock Lok Hong kolo mee 1

…and yes, it came with the typical kolo mee sliced fresh chili soaked in vinegar dip, not the bottled chili sauce. I certainly would give them a double thumbs up for using the nice ceramic bowl for the complimentary soup instead of those horrendously colourful plastic ones.

It…

Hock Lok Hong kolo mee 2

…was good and wasn’t anything like those at some places that come across like kampua mee in disguise. I sure would want to come back and check out the kampua mee (RM3.00) to see if it would be just as nice.

I had a shock that morning when I wanted to pay and the lady doing the serving said that it was on the house – the boss would like to give me a treat. Gee! I was completely baffled even though when I placed my order at the stall, I did think that the guy looked familiar. It turned out that he was my student, going all the way back to the 80’s, thank you so so much! I sure am glad that he still remembers me and acknowledges the fact that I was his teacher – many do not bother and would pretend they have never seen me before in their lives, much less give me a treat!

HOCK LOK HONG CAFE SHOP 福樂園茶室 (2.284690, 111.832669) is located at No. 1, Lorong Lanang 2 at the traffic lights where you turn in from Lanang Road heading toward the Sibu Rejang Esplanade and the Li Hua & Kingwood Hotels