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

Author: suituapui

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

7 thoughts on “Back to the 80’s…”

  1. wah, he remembers you and is so nice to waive the price. Did you go and have a long chat with him? The portion of kolo mee sure looks like a lot!

    Yes, we did get to chat quite a lot as when I went, it wasn’t a very busy hour.

    Regular noodle size here. I bet if you have that here, you would have enough for lunch and enough leftover for dinner.

  2. The oortion of kolo mee is good for me as i am a big eater lol. You are well liked by your students. So nice of your ex-student. These little gestures by our students make us feel that our teaching career is so satisfying and worthwhile. At least our efforts are being appreciated.

    Regular size here, just right for most of the locals.

    Indeed, it is nice when students take the trouble to acknowledge their teachers.

  3. Yes, a nice bowl of kolo mee. Looks more or less the same as Kuching kolo mee. In the first place when you placed your order, he didn’t acknowledge and you on the other hand, saw his familiar face also didn’t ask.

    He smiled at me like he knew me but he did not say anything. Most people most places don’t even bother to smile. I didn’t ask if I knew him some place before either.

  4. Wah. What a lovely surprise. Nice gesture.

    The kolo mee looked good.

    Yes, can give the ones I had on my recent trip to Kuching a run for the money!

  5. After drooling over your pick I would also order the kolo mee.

    Gotta go back one of these days, provided there is no lockdown. I wanna try the kampua…and also his ownmade fish balls with bihun.

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