I’m here now…

I went back to the coffee shop hoping to buy some more of the nice bak chang to store in the fridge and heat up and eat as and when we feel like it but unfortunately, it was not open. I guess Monday is their off day and this coffee shop round the corner was closed as well, another one off on a Monday. 

This guy used to be here but since they took over the coffee shop and renamed it…

Soon Kien Wang Cafe

…as well, they have taken over his kampua mee stall…

Kampua mee stall

…too so those people are the ones here now. I like that “Yes, we’re open!” sign – I don’t remember seeing it at any other stall, shops yes…but not stalls like this one.

I also liked how, unlike at many other shops and stalls, one does not get to see all kinds of things stuffed here and there including boxes and tins and whatever on top of the cabinet, plastic bags of all colours and sizes hanging here and there, carton boxes of all sizes and huge tubs of soy sauce and chili sauce and at times, even gas tanks, on the floor all around the stall. Blame it on my OCD but I get quite put off to see a place so messy. After all, it only takes a little bit of effort to clear everything and put them away properly where they belong.

The moment the complimentary soup…

Complimentary soup

…was served, I knew straight away from the look of it that it would be a whole lot better than most of the rest – most of the time, what I got tasted like plain water with salt or light soy sauce added and a sprinkling of chopped spring onion. I would just leave it untouched.

The pian sip (RM3.00)…

Pian sip

…was good but the kampua mee (RM3.00)…

Kampua mee

…was a bit on the mild side. It could do with a bit more shallot oil/lard but they were very generous with the chili sauce – they gave one whole bottle of it unlike many places where they will give you a spoonful in one of those tiny saucers – so I could add all I wanted and I also tossed the pian sip with the mee and yes, I quite enjoyed it after that.

Yes, I do appreciate the fact that they do not use plastic plates and bowls and they do not bother to dye the boiled meat red in colour like what they do at a lot of places in a failed attempt to make it look like char siew, which it isn’t! Having said that, yes, I may stop by again for this if I happen to be in the vicinity but no, I would not go out of my way just to come here and eat. It is good like many of the rest but there is nothing that makes it stand out and will get me rushing back for more.

SOON KIEN WANG CAFE, formerly Wan Long Cafe (2.312977, 111.847257) is located past Delta Mall, if you are coming from town, at the corner among the shops at the junction of Jalan Gambir and Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai, formerly Jalan Pedada.

Author: suituapui

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

7 thoughts on “I’m here now…”

  1. Looks like a lot of noodles. Pian sip looks good though. Luckily they give you a whole bottle of chili so that means they know on its own, the noodle needs lots of chili to make it palatable, lolx!

    Yes, that was the impression I got when it was served- so much noodles! Could cut down on the quantity, work on the quality.

    I do think it is a good idea to give the chili sauce in those plastic bottle dispensers. Sometimes they give in the little saucers and people may just leave it untouched and they will just throw it away – that is such a waste.

  2. I need someone to share with me if I ever go for that plate of kampua. Portion is too huge. Did you manage to finish it off? Pian sip for me anytime, would love that.

    I did! And the piansip too. Was so so so full after that! Wanted to try both at one go, no need to go back again. Next time I will tapao home – one packet can share with my missus, more than enough to go round.

  3. I have had my fair share of soups that taste like hot plain water LOL!

    There too? Oh dear!!! Honestly, I wonder why they bother to give.

  4. Looks good to me though… especially after tossing in the piansip.. yumms.. I wish i had a plate of that too!

    Look for the stalls in Johore – they should have it there. As far as I know, a lot of Foochows from Sibu in Johore…or Singapore…or they commute daily.

  5. Gosh there are so many changes in the food and beverage industry – especially now.

    The previous people were there like forever. Dunno if it is because of the pandemic so the actual owners have fallen back on the coffee shop and decided to run the business here, given up on what they were doing before.

  6. The portion of the kampua mee looks really huge, even for a big eater like me, i dont think i can finish it.

    I just had bak chang last night yums! Some default soups just cannot make it, some even have a weird taste!

    Shops, you mean? I wonder what taste that would be.

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