Somewhere down the lane…

My foodie friend shared some photographs on Facebook and Instagram of what he called a “typical old-school kampua that used to be at Tsingtao Kopitiam along Channel Road some twenty over years ago” and I thought what he had looked rather good so I clicked the link to see where it was. Unfortunately, it was a self-generated Facebook page and I could not see anything on my antique handphone, no address, no map…unless you go and check it out on your PC or maybe use a smartphone or notebook, I wouldn’t know.

Anyway, it so happened that I was walking along that lane the other morning and lo and behold, purely by chance, I stumbled upon the coffee shop…

Ah Chiong Cafe

Good grief! The shop sign must be very very old! That NK logo  was actually that of the Ngo Kian Aerated Water Company, Sibu’s No. 1 soft drink in my growing up years – I loved their ice cream soda and their sarsi and if you drink their cherry, your teeth would all turn red. OMG! The colouring…but we were o.k. with it or so it seemed. LOL!!!

I wasted no time at all in ordering the kampua mee (RM3.00)…

Ah Chiong Cafe kampua mee

…which I thought was just all right, nothing to get excited about. It was a bit too firm for my liking so I would not mind if the guy had cooked it just a little longer for a softer texture.

However, when it came to the pian sip/meat dumplings (RM3.00)…

Ah Chiong Cafe pian sip

…it was a different story altogether! I tried one and it was so good. It tasted quite different from all the rest in the town that I have had before and yes, there were some that I did enjoy but personally, I feel that this one is a cut above.

I sure would want to stop by again for this if I happen to be in the vicinity but I may want to try something from the other stall or from the coffee shop opposite which looked rather popular.

AH CHIONG CAFE (2.288140, 111.829220) is located along that lane at the back of the shops along Market Road and Channel Road. You can cross over from the shops in between KTS & Pansar along Workshop Road/Jalan Bengkel into that lane that leads to Jalan Lembangan. The coffee shop is on your left.