After so long…

Well, the MOC/COVID-19 partial lockdown has eased somewhat but there are still a lot of restrictions and precautions that one would need to follow, not that I’m complaining though. It’s all for one’s own good. No, I did not rush out right away – I would only do so when there is something I will have to do and it cannot be avoided so I do not have a choice.

I did not have the intention to stop by this coffee shop that day, not at all, but I was on my way to the supermarket – the one that stocks up on all the imported stuff as we were out of butter. I could not find any at most, if not all, of the places in town. It was the same here too when my missus dropped by not too long ago but my good friend, Robert, commented on my Facebook post on this. He said that it was available there so I just had to make my way there the next morning but I was way too early.

That was why I ended up here – the supermarket is around 100 metres round the corner….

Ah Sian, COVID-19

The coffee shop was so quiet, so very few customers…a far cry from the way it used to be before COVID-19, even when it was so very early in the morning.

Yes, there was social distancing and a hands-free thermometer and a hands-sanitiser were provided and a book to record your name and contact number on a table in front but you would have to do it yourself, nobody to do all that for you. I think the workers had not arrived yet – I noticed a few trickling in while I was eating so they were kind of short-handed at that point in time.

This coffee shop not very far away (across the road from the supermarket) used to have customers spilling over onto the road but it…

Aloha, COVID-19

…looked so pathetically quiet that morning. I don’t think things will ever be the same again after this. Sad, isn’t it?

I ordered my usual kampua kosong (no meat) with beef soup, special (RM12.00 for the set)…

Ah Sian kampua and beef soup

…and what I was served caught me by surprise. The servings were so huge, unlike what I used to get here before.

The kampua mee was in a bigger bowl and the soup…

Ah Sian beef soup, special

…came in an even bigger one, not the usual aluminium bowl that was somewhat small. I sure enjoyed both the noodles and the thick and rich soup with a whole lot of meat, beef tripe and beef tendon in it.

After so long, the first bite…

Kampua mee, after so long

…made me feel somewhat emotional and so very thankful that I was still around, still able to enjoy all the blessings, praise the Lord!

When I was done, I went round the corner to the supermarket – it was just around 8.00 a.m. and even though the sign said that it would open at 8.30, they were all ready to roll. The security guard checked my temperature, 33.1°C. WHAT? Gee!!! Either the guy did not do it correctly or I was suffering from mild hypothermia…or I had just stepped out of the car, the cold air from the air-conditioning blasting onto my face. I had my temperature checked at two places the day before, 36.6 and 36.1 – no problem at all!

Yes, I did manage to get my butter, Golden Churn, blocks, no less but they were out of mozarella and parmesan cheese, just cheddar (slices) and cream cheese. I guess we will just have to do without those for the time being.

AH SIAN BEEF NOODLE CAFE (2.293063, 111.826106) is located along Jalan Tuanku Osman in the block of shops right in front of the Public Bank, Tuanku Osman branch, right before the tyre shop and below the Kasturi Restaurant at the other end. TA KIONG EMPORIUM is right around the corner.

Author: suituapui

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

8 thoughts on “After so long…”

  1. From your photos, it looks like people are still ok to dine in at the coffee shop. Here coffee shops are still not allowing dine in although the government says that it is ok for dine in. Guess they just want to be careful. Good that you got your golden churn butter.

    I think they have to disinfect, clean and sanitise the whole place first before they could open for dining in. Payung did that and now it is back in full swing…and they have to sanitise the tables every time the customers leave.

    However, if I have to DIY, I think I shall give it a miss…unless I use the sanitiser to sanitise the gun, the pen, the book everything first. There are people eating out now but very very few, dunno how the shops can last if they do not own the premises themselves.

    Not many buy takeaways either, I think, unlike when the lockdown first started. Long queues everywhere. The novelty has worn off.

  2. After the partial lockdown has been eased, the first 2 things I had is kolo mee and laksa which I have been craving for. Though dine in is allowed, I still prefer to take away and eat at the comfort of my own home. The beef soup you had looks good.

    Yes, my favourite in town, definitely nicer than Ah Mui…and no taugeh! I don’t like bean sprouts in beef soup, the smell affects the taste.

  3. I can only imagine how you felt when eating your kampua mee outside for the first time after a long time. So many things we have taken for granted! I miss some of the food I used to enjoy like fish noodles, pork noodles, Japanese bento, sushi etc!

    Now after seeing your post today, I am craving for NASI KERABU!!!! Sobssss!!!!!

  4. Yes thank god that everyone we know including ourself is still safe and sound and healthy. Must learn to count our blessings. You must hv missed that kampua noodles so much.

    Indeed! We do miss a lot of things but at times like this, we just learn to live without.

  5. Same here i would rather hv the staff take my temp and scan my id, than using the pen to write down my particulars, so many people have touched the pen.

    Can sanitise it yourself since they also provide that! Such things will only succeed if everyone cooperates and does as told.

  6. We’re still trying to avoid the supermarkets altogether and having most things delivered.

    I’m fine with the small sundry shops in my neighbourhood, hardly anybody and people go there to buy and leave. Can’t stand those browsing around at the supermarts, enjoying the air conditioning, instead of grabbing what they want and leaving as fast as they can.

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