It is good…

The first time I was here, I saw that the kampua mee was going for only RM2.70 only, between 30-60 sen cheaper than most, but I did not have that that morning.

The second time I went, I was a bit too early at around 6.45 a.m. and one of the two ladies there told me that the guy…

Emas Corner Baru kampua mee guy

…would only be there by 7.00 a.m. so in the end, I went to the coffee shop at the far end of that same block.

Well, I stopped by there again that day at around 11.30 a.m. so of course, I was able to get what I wanted…

Emas Corner Baru kampua mee 1

…and yes, the complimentary soup had taste! I guess if you do not go at the crack of dawn and the broth has had the chance to simmer the whole morning, it would be a lot tastier.

Now, if you go around town and ask which kampua mee is good, you will get a whole lot of conflicting answers. Everyone would declare his or her choice as the best in town and as a matter of fact, I’ve gone and tried them all. Suffice to say, some were o.k. while I could not see why some of the others are in some people’s favourite list when there are others a whole lot nicer.

Well, if it is the original kampua mee taste that you are looking for, the authentic old school flavour that we grew up enjoying, I would rank this one here (RM2.70)…

Emas Corner Baru kampua mee 2

…as among the best in town.

There was that very much coveted fragrant shallot oil (lard) and the generous garnishing of spring onion and fried shallots…

Emas Corner Baru kamoua mee 3

…sure contributed towards my enjoyment of the dish.

However, if we are looking for authenticity or originality, this one fell a little bit short when it came to the meat as it wasn’t the char-siew wannabe – boiled meat, coloured red and sliced extremely thinly. This one tasted a little bit sweet – I think it was stewed or braised pork which I enjoyed very much, of course!

My favourite is still this lady’s here, more or less the same as the one here but the die-hards will tell you those are not authentic and do not taste like the original, more a cross between Sibu kampua mee and Kuching kolo mee. Well, if that is what they prefer, I am pretty sure they will like this one.

EMAS CORNER CAFE BARU (2.292229, 111.838162) is located to the extreme right of the blocks of shops along Lorong Tong Sang 1B at the junction of Jalan Tong San and Lorong/Jalan Langsat.