What I think…

What I think may not be the same as what you think and I am not obliged in any way to agree with what you think and vice versa. Many have been in disagreement over what he or she claims to be “the best” in town. That is why to play it safe, I would just say that something is my favourite which, of course, means that it may not be “the best“, by your terms!

For instance, if you ask the Kuching laksa connoisseurs in the state capital which they think the best one is, there will be a myriad of suggestions and frankly, it is the same with everything else – you will need to know where to go for the good ones and at the end of the day, I may not be all that fond of what you think is good…and there is no need whatsoever to get upset and start an argument over it.

Many will swear by the Sarawak/Kuching laksa here

Aloha Sarawak laksa

…but I have never been impressed by it and the last time we had it, the whole family, all of us agreed that it was not to our liking and we would prefer this one…

Thomson Corner Sarawak laksa

here. Of course, there are others here, there and everywhere that people will insist are “the best” – it can go on till the cows come home, I tell you, but there will never an end to this, really!

Well, I had this one…

Happy Hours Sarawak laksa 1

…the other day and I shared the photograph on Facebook with the caption, “Simply the best!” My bad! I liked it so much that it just slipped my mind that I should say it was my favourite, it was very good…anything but “the best“.

Actually, I was there one morning in July and I had the fat lady’s char kway teow. I did intend to go back for her mee sua in traditional Foochow red wine and ginger chicken soup and also the Sarawak laksa from the stall next to hers but I never did get down to it.

That day, I went to send something at the post office there and I decided to stop by the stall…

Happy Hours Sarawak laksa stall

…for a bite to eat. (Hey! That’s Uncle Roger’s favourite colour!!! LOL!!!) Actually, I had heard it through the grapevine that the Sarawak laksa was good and that was why I was looking forward to giving it a try.

I ordered the regular (RM6.00)…

Happy Hours Sarawak laksa, regular

…and the instant it was served, I thought it looked like the aforementioned favourite of ours. When I had a sip of the broth, it absolutely swept me off my feet. It was just as good, perhaps even a little bit better than the one we used to love so much.

Of course I was delighted as now I can always stop by here should I feel like having this – the other place is rather crowded even with the COVID-19 pandemic and the CMCO or whatever lockdown so of course, I have been avoiding it. Even if you go and tapao (take away), you will have to go through all that hassle of entering through the front, observing the SOP and making your way through the crowd to place your order and standing there waiting and I assure you, they do work at a snail’s pace sometimes. And no, you cannot whisper to the ladies through the back window either to get them to cook and pass to you without your having to actually enter the place. “Towkay cakap tak boleh!” they will tell you.

I did ask about the special (RM10.00) at this particular stall and she said it would be a bigger bowl and she would be using bigger prawns. However, I saw her taking out those frozen prawns sold in big packs at the supermarkets so of course, I did not want those, thank you very much.

HAPPY HOURS CAFE (2.307165, 111.837312) is located at one corner of the Rejang Park shops/commercial centre in that residential area, beside the volleyball stadium and the surau, facing the vast parking area there.

Author: suituapui

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

9 thoughts on “What I think…”

  1. Long time I didn’t eat Sarawak laksa. All your photos look so good and I feel like eating it but don’t know where to get since is cmco. Guess have to wait till mid next year since the cases are so high now.

    Yes, best to #staysafe #staywell #stayhome Not too bad yesterday, No. 3 after Negeri and Sabah. Quite a lot of places selling over there but same as here – some nice, some not so, some like the real thing…some local favourites with its own taste, not quite the same.

  2. All the laksa looks so good from the photos. Like I always say, it all depends on individual taste and the laksa broth. Some are so diluted. If it suits your taste then it is the best for you. So far, the laksa I like is from Fat Cat Stutong and not Foody Goody which most people declare it to be the best.

    There are the Chong Hui and the Chong Choon and the Marble Arch, so many favourites among the Kuching people. I’ve tried them all and also Fat Cat and Foody Goody.

    Over here, I don’t think there is any problem with it being over-diluted but many are so very very lemak so much so that it is more like curry, not laksa…and horror of horrors!!! These days, there seems to be a trend where they add liver, intestines all those innards. Sacrilege!!! I would never want to eat those. There is a time and a place for everything!!!

    I would not even want udang galah in my Sarawak laksa. I tried cooking it with those once – its taste was changed completely, the udang galah taste was so overpowering it absolutely ruined the laksa!

  3. The Laksa looks really good from your photos.

    You are right, everyone is entitled to their very own opinions.

    Yes, like I always say – to each his own. Cannot understand why some people would want to pick a fight over something they do not agree with, even over a bowl of laksa…and it’s not even their own business. One man’s meat is another man’s poison!

  4. The first and the last bowl of curry laksa looks good! Over here in Ipoh, laksa is assam laksa and curry is just curry… hahahaa…

    The first looks good, the favourite of many here but we did not like it. Actually, some other people were running that stall and they moved away. The ones who took over are riding on the coattails, enjoying the popularity of the previous people…and the last time, we had it, we were very disappointed.

    There is curry laksa too, nyonya curry laksa…not the same as curry mee – they have that, what they call Katong laksa in Singapore.

    By the way, I hear that assam laksa is not quite the same as Penang laksa – there is a little bit of difference. I’m not really crazy about those though. Give me our own Sarawak laksa, anytime!

  5. I just had laksa this morning. Planned to cook laksa this weekend as I still have few Sarawak laksa paste in my pantry.

    True, it is more towards your preference and like. Now even the well known laksa in Kuching no longer that nice compared to the older generation time.

    No one is right or wrong. Each has own standard and different tastebuds.

    No more that celebrated double swallow brand – the young ones took over, rebranded it, not the same anymore. What brand do you use? I use helang – nice but no, somehow I cannot get it to taste like authentic Kuching laksa, so sad. I’ve tried other brands too, worse.

  6. This is making me miss laksa sarawak, I should get my fix soon!

    Go! Go! I saw people going for Auntie Christina’s, not a problem going to eat, obviously.

  7. I always find those type of conversations humorous – there is not one thing in the world that can be claimed as the “best” only as the “best for you.”

    I dunno why people get so emotional over such things – not that they’re the one selling, laughing all the way to the bank.

All opinions expressed in my blog are solely my own, that is my prerogative - you may or may not agree, that is yours. To each his/her own. For food and other reviews, you may email me at sibutuapui@yahoo.com

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