Take your place…

I have lost count of the number of people who have taken over this stall after the lady, who was here for a very long time, dating way back to 2008 even, moved to Kuching.

I did like the bai gu mee (pork rib noodles) that I had there when another lady took her place but she did not last very long. After that, somebody else took over and perhaps there was another one, I’m not too sure, before this one…

New at Mei Le Cafe

It appeared to me that she has quite a lot on her menu…

Mei Le banner

…but of course, whether it is nice or not, that’s another story altogether.

I would give her the double thumbs up for her effort in putting up this banner on the other side of the big coffee shop, the seating area to the left so as to draw people’s attention to her stall in the section on the right hand side that is kind of secluded and quite hard to notice as not many would go that way.

I saw somebody having her lor mee but I did not feel like having that so I ordered the beef noodles (RM6.00)…

Mei Le beef noodles

…instead. I did not like it so I shall not deliberate further on it, period.

I also asked for one of her bak chang/meat dumplings (RM3.50)…

Bak chang

…to try and I was quite disappointed that it was served cold. I had expected her to heat it up before removing the wrapping (leaves) and serving it.

However, I found it to be really nice, with quite a lot of meat, all lean…

Meat filling

…with the pleasant hint of the taste and fragrance of hay bee/udang kering (dried prawns) and if you’re lucky, you may spot a few bits of shitake mushroom inside. I love how the lady adds a layer of fat in each dumpling so it is more oily, not so hard and dry like most. I would say it was nice enough for me to want to buy some home to store in the fridge and heat up to eat and enjoy whenever I feel like it.

Unfortunately, there were only two…

Two left

…left so I grabbed both of them. She did say that she would make them every day so I guess I can always come back another day to buy some more – after all, my house is just around the corner.

MEI LE CAFE (2.313147, 111.846968) is located along Jalan Gambir, a stone’s throw away from the Delta Mall, straight ahead from the first turning to your left as soon as you turn into that road from Jalan Pedada, now Jalan Datuk Wong Soon Kai.

Author: suituapui

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

9 thoughts on “Take your place…”

  1. Ah, this shop is so near your house so it is very convenient to buy the Bak Chang to keep. Oh, so this is the beef yellow noodles with strong kan sui taste that is off putting and tough beef. At least the Bak chang is nice. I am ok to eat room temperature Bak Chang, no need to heat it up.

    Hokkien chang, I prefer it warm. Nyonya chang, I like it at room temperature. Yes, I went back yesterday and bought a lot to keep and I also got some for my sister. Her first impression was, “They’re so big!”

  2. This is my kind of bak chang, with lean meat, hay bee and mushroom only, nothing else. Worst is those with salted egg yolk/or nee. I like how they use the thick string instead of nylon. For the extras you bought, did you freeze it or just put in the fridge?

    In the fridge, will be gone in a few days. It’s cooked, not raw so no need to freeze. I love the ones with salted egg yolk but they are very expensive, RM5.00 each, at least…and one salted egg is only 60 sen! Bay hak sui, kam guan mai ciak!

    1. At Stutong market, salted egg cost RM1.00 and some places 10 or 20 sen more.

      Oh? I think they’re 60 sen each here and I always buy 10. Will confirm the next time I drop by the shop.

  3. Can buy and heat up the bak chang at home. Not easy find good bak chang.

    I know there is a coffee shop/restaurant at Nanas Road that is very famous – they make a lot in a day! Can’t remember the name now – my cousin took me there.

  4. Sad for that bak chang, served cold that bad. It looks meaty though

    If it had been the nyonya version, I prefer it cold, room temperature, that is – not so nice if piping hot…but these Chinese/Hokkien ones are better steaming hot, straight from the steamer.

  5. At least she makes it fresh each day – now you’ll just have to stop by earlier in the morning!

    Yes, that would be best but with the coronavirus on the prowl, best to cut down on our movement at this point in time.

    Hi, David. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. I did hop over from Raymund’s to yours. Will be back to browse, hope you’ll do the same too. I’ve added your link to my list. Cheers!

  6. I wonder if it’s the location that is the cause of so many changes.

    The original lady who was here did not have a problem. I guess you need to be really good to draw the crowd.

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