Everything is not what it seems…

That day, I had to go to the bank on the other side of town to settle some matters. I guess I could have gone to one of the branches in the town centre to get them to do what I wanted them to do but I don’t mind the car ride once in a long while (the last time I went there was in January and there were a few times when I chose not to go because of the lockdown) and I get to see what is going on in that part of the woods.

I’ve been to this coffee shop…

J.U. Cafe

…before a long time ago, many times but I never took note of the name. I am not sure whether it was thus called or it had a different name in the past. I’ve had their kampua mee and whatever and I remember I quite liked what I had everytime.

I noticed that morning that they have done up the place nicely, Italian-tiled floor and what not and they have moved the kampua mee stall…

J.U. Cafe kampua mee stall

…to the other side, against the wall, where I used to sit before. There was a young girl running the stall and a young helper but I did see an old lady around – if I am not wrong, there used to be some elderly people here and definitely not somebody this young. That got me wondering – perhaps I should have gone some place else but I had already placed my orders so I decided I would just stick around and hope for the best.

The pain sip/meat dumplings (RM2.80)…

J.U. Cafe pian sip

…looked really good but when I tried, I thought it was all right, nice and that was it. It was kind of generic, something we can get at a lot of places elsewhere, more or less, and I sure would not want to come all the way here just for this.

Having said that, it was a completely different story altogether with the kampua mee (RM2.80)…

J.U. Cafe kampua mee

I thought it looked kind of overcooked and was quite sure it would not be nice and firm and to my liking but contrary to what I was thinking, it was absolutely perfect. I sure enjoyed it and I loved the very delicious stewed pork except that there were only five miserable pieces altogether. I sure would not mind it one bit if they could add a few more pieces and charge RM3.00 instead. After all, that is what you will have to fork out, sometimes even more, if you go and eat kampua mee elsewhere in town and some are not even nice!

I saw some people having the Sarawak laksa and it looked quite good. Other than that, there are only the usual stuff you can get at such stalls, nothing much else.

The young guys at the stall in this coffee shop to the right of the bank are no longer there – there is a young girl running the kampua mee stall there now but she does not seem to be getting much business. There was a Muslim stall before that seemed quite popular but no, it is no longer there now either. There are two coffee shops close by that seemed rather popular – there were a lot of people and most of them were having the fried stuff from the chu char (cook and fry) stalls there. Of course I did not check them out – whenever I see so many people at a place, I would just leave and go somewhere else.

The one I went to was all right – there were customers but not that many and I liked how it was open on one side and tables were spaced out, some placed outside so it was not so cramped and I did not mind one bit, eating there.

J.U. CAFE is located at the junction of Lorong Upper Lanang 12 and Lorong Upper Lanang 12B, across the road from Horisen Furniture, in the far end to the left of the block where the Hong Leong Bank Berhad branch is. 

Author: suituapui

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

7 thoughts on “Everything is not what it seems…”

  1. We will be lucky if there are meat for noodles with a price of RM2.80 but then I don’t think we can get noodles at that price here.

    Only a few places here – mostly, RM3.00 but there are a few where the price goes up to RM3.20 or more.

  2. I hate things like this when it happens, travelling far for a food then it under delivers

    Thankfully, what I had was very much to my satisfaction…plus it was cheaper than at most places.

  3. Count yr blessings if you can get 5 pieces of stewed meat in your kampua for RM2. 80. So far, the place I used to have my regular kolo mee with 3-4pcs char siu and some minced meat cost a whopping price of RM4.

    LOL!!! Kuching city mah! City people so progressive, very rich. Sibu, small town – cannot charge too high!

  4. RM2.80 and there was still meat? Guess you are lucky. 😀 We don’t have such privilege over here.

    The price you pay for progress – like overseas, you’d think twice about eating out, not so bad if you cook your own at home.. We are still all right here, things are on the whole quite affordable.

  5. Hard to find such food at such price over here. Haha.

    Impossible, of that, I’m sure! All more expensive…and not as nice, same in Miri.

  6. first thing that came to mind when i saw J.U cafe is the word “ju on”.. from that japanese horror movie.

    sometimes looks does not reflect how the dish actually tastes. Great to read that the kampua mee is nice!

    When I was working, I was a J.U. – jurulatih utama or master trainer, going round conducting courses for teachers. That was why i got to travel so much over the years.

    Yes, some dishes may look good but are rather disappointing. Same thing with people, eh?

  7. I imagine the taste of the pain sip/meat dumplings would be better with a little drop of chilli oil on top.

    You sound like my missus…and a little bit is definitely not in her vocabulary. She drowns everything in chili. LOL!!!

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