Better together…

I was in the vicinity of this coffee shop as I wanted something and I remember I got it once from a shop there.

I remember an ex-student of mine from my English language tuition class posted a video of all the places she went to in Sibu and all the nice stuff that she had…

…and this coffee shop was included in her list! She had the kampua pian sip and captioned it as “simply the best“!

We did not have that when we went there so very long ago – my missus had something from the chu char (cook & fry) place at the back and she was not impressed. I had the nasi lemak from the Malay stall there which was all right but not good enough to get me to go back there for more.

Of course, I had to have the kampua mee this time around so I went straight to the stall…

Ing Choon Corner kampua mee stall

…and placed my orders.

I thought the kampua mee (RM3.00)…

Ing Choon Corner kampua mee

…was a bit on the dry side while the pian sip, dry (RM3.00)…

Ing Choon Corner pian sip, dry

…was just right. In the end, I decided to mix the two together in one bowl so the oil and other ingredients in the pian sip would rub on to the kampua mee and yes, that did the trick! It was nice after that. I did not have to resort to the chili sauce provided to save the day.

I certainly would give them a pat on the back for using ceramic bowls but no, I am not a fan of those paper-thin slices of boiled meat coloured red even though over the years, it has traditionally been what is served with the noodles. In my younger days, it was just 50 sen with meat, 30 sen if you chose to go without it.

The complimentary soup was quite tasteless. I remember we loved the ones we used to get from this guy named Ah Kow at Kiaw Siong Coffee Shop (across the road from the fire station, diagonally) and enjoyed it till the very last drop. He did mention in passing to my father that it would be all right to have that in the morning, very nice but they would add water to the bones and whatever and simmer all day long…and by night time, there would hardly be any taste left. Well, it was still morning so that made me wonder why it was so bland…and yes, it came in a PLASTIC bowl! I shall have to deduct some marks for that.

All in all, I would say it was good, pretty much as good as many of the rest here, there and everywhere. I’m afraid there is nothing that stands out and will get me rushing back for more. However, I would like to give a special shout out as to how the coffee shop looks clinically clean, all white, Italian tiles and all. I love it when people make an effort to make sure their place is spick and span…which is more than what I can say about a lot of places around town. Tsk! Tsk!

ING CHOON CORNER (2.32652,111.840234) is located directly opposite Mega Store Supermarket, off Lorong Sungai Merah 2.