Waste my time…

I saw this video clip on Facebook in which the guy was praising the Sarikei paos (steamed buns) to the skies and I noted that they would be available at a supermarket here. I made my way there the very next day but I saw the pathetic-looking steamer there by the side, EMPTY!

I asked the not-very-friendly young boy at the SOP counter and he grudgingly replied that they had not had any for the past few days already. I asked him when they would be available and he curtly replied, “Tak tahu!” (Dunno!) So kurang ajar! (No manners!)

That is why I hate these big(ger) supermarkets – the people are so impersonal, not amicable and cordial like the nice people I would encounter at my neighbourhood shops. Of course, I was already so put off by the fact that I had wasted my time going all the way for nothing and getting that kind of treatment from those useless buggers, I sure would not be all that keen to go back to that supermarket again.

Anyway, I thought that since I was there already, I might as well stroll over to this coffee shop round the corner to see what they had in store. No, for reasons unknown, they no longer sell pao(s); only their sio bee is still available. I used to love their giant toa pao (big bun) so much – too bad they do not make and sell those anymore.

I spotted these sandwiches (RM3.90)…

Loke Ming Yuen grilled chicken sandwich 1

…and I thought that thick piece of grilled chicken…

Loke Ming Yuen grilled chicken sandwich 2

…looked so enticing.

However, I must say I was rather disappointed when I ate it because I did not like the egg and mayo mash – it was kind of sweet, a somewhat peculiar taste. Perhaps it was the mayo they used, dunno what brand that was. If it had been just mashed hardboiled egg, maybe with a bit of butter and cheese, I would have loved it a lot! As it was, I thought it was, at best, quite all right but I could have gone for a plate of kampua mee and enjoyed it a whole lot more and still have change!

I did not ask how much the popiah was but the guy said it was very nice so I grabbed two to try and lived to regret it. The filling was different from mine – no sengkuang/mangkuang, just cabbage, carrot and long bean…

Loke Ming Yuen popiah

I could detect a hint of the kacang tumbuk (crushed peanut) and no, despite what the man said, it was not spicy at all.

I didn’t ask for the price of the curry puffs…

Loke Ming Yuen curry puffs

…either – I just grabbed all the three they had left as I thought they looked quite good. The filling was great, very nice but I thought the pastry needed a bit of work. It was quite nice but it could be improved.

I also bought these huat kuih (RM1.20 each)…

Loke Ming Yuen huat kuih

– they were probably 10 sen each in my childhood days and a whole lot bigger and nicer. I like to steam these and apply butter on them while piping hot and popping them into the mouth as the butter melts – that is so good! For one thing, I notice that the ones these days are way too fine, probably the result of the use of machines/appliances. Needless to say, the ones way back then were so much better.

They had a whole lot of other things for sale at this coffee shop but those would have to wait till the next time I pass by there again.

LOK MING YUEN CAFE (2.293215, 111.836281) is located along Lorong Chiew Siik Hiong 1 in the Fortune Commercial Centre, behind Rejang Medical Centre. Across the lane from its back entrance is Sushi Tie, the Japanese Restaurant.

Author: suituapui

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

11 thoughts on “Waste my time…”

  1. The popiah does look good but not the curry puffs. I agree RM3.90 for that sandwich it is better to have a nice plate of kampua instead, full and satisfied. I never like huat kuih, don’t know why.

    I’m ok with it – dunno why my girl loves it! Has that smell of yeast, right? I guess they add that to make it rise. I’m not into popiah with cabbage. Eyewwww!!!!

  2. The popiah looks good on the outside but like you have said the filling left much to be desired. And when it is not spicy then it is not nice. :p

    The sandwich is not cheap either huh. Guess you should have bought kampua then.

    It looked good and I thought my girl would love it – she loves sandwiches, anything ang moh, more than kampua. In the end, she did not eat and I ate both.

    My idea of good popiah filling is with sengkuang, not cabbage…plus not spicy, kosong markah for it!!! Fail big time!

  3. Used to love eating huat kueh when I was young. Curry puff. Long time did not have that.

    Kai Joo Lane ones, the best!!! The sio pao too. Dunno when I can ever get to go to Kuching again. Sobsss!!!

  4. The huat kueh is quite expensive, yeah, those days were super cheap.. never eaten this kueh for a long time! Maybe that is why I did not know the price is so steep already…. I bought 2 curry puffs yesterday, each cost RM1.50.. hahaha.. more expensive than the fatt kueh..

    RM1.50 is cheap…but I think they are cheaper at the Malay stalls, 50 each – smaller and deep fried but very nice. I will eat huat kuih but I usually buy because my girl enjoys them, not that I like it so much.

  5. Maybe they have kept the sandwich for a while that the mayo turns kind of bad.

    No, it wasn’t that it had turned bad – it was just the taste, dunno what they added to the mayo and egg. Heard some people add sugar!!! Not for me, thank you.

  6. Mangkuang is the soul of the popiah, how could they do without it. Long time nv eat popiah and huat kueh. I love to steam those huat kuah and dip with brown sugar and eat. Yums!

    Brown sugar? Never tried that, just butter…and sometimes, peanut butter.

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