Out of the way…

You wouldn’t believe what had happened! I deleted all the photographs I took before I had the chance to use them. Now, I only have this one…

Chang Lok Chiu kolo mee special

…that I shared on Facebook and actually, it was the one that I liked the least among all that I had taken.

This coffee shop is so out of the way for me on the other side of town. I did try to drop by a few times when I happened to be in those parts of the woods but it was always so crowded and even in those pre-COVID-19 days, I did not quite fancy any place where there were too many people.

Well, early that morning, I had some business to see to at the car workshop across the road so I made my way there a little early to go and check this place out. I couldn’t for the life of me remember what it was that was so good here and everyone was sharing the photographs on Facebook.

I noticed that they had placed the tables at least two metres (6 feet) apart so there was ample space to observe physical distancing. Even at around 8.00  a.m. in the morning, it was full – all the tables were occupied, that is but there were always people leaving so I did not see anybody standing around, waiting.

In the food section on one side (the drinks section and most of the tables were on the other side plus some more all along the corridor outside), there was a stall inside serving all the fried noodles and stuff and next to it was a fried kway teow stall. I saw a photo of a plate with see ham/kerang (cockles) so I asked the guy but he said there was none so I went to the next stall. I think that one was selling pan mee which did not tickle my fancy and directly opposite it was that Sibu franchise selling those chu nu miang (those softer and a little bit sweet version of kompia) burgers. Right in front was a stall selling kampua and kolo mee and whatever else.

I decided to go for what you can see in the above photograph – the kolo mee special (RM7.00). This guy in his Youtube video clip…

…was praising it to the skies. You can click the link and watch but it is all in Mandarin (and a bit of Foochow), no English subtitles.

Yes, I would say that I did enjoy it but no, it was nothing like any kolo mee that I had had before in Kuching or anywhere else. Like what the guy in the video clip said, it was suan suan tian tian (sour sour sweet sweet). I might have eaten kolo mee that was sweet because of the red char siew sauce added but it would not be sour unless I poured in the vinegar in the pickled chili. I loved the fried pian sip (dumplings) and there was REAL char siew and of course, I enjoyed the innards in the special.

I sure would not mind going for it again but only if I happen to be around there. No, I have no intention of going all the way to the other side of town just for this.

CHANG LOK CHIU CAFE (2.277376, 111.850765) is located along Jalan Bukit Lima, just before the Bukit Lima roundabout, right across the road from the Proton Service Centre (NGU’S MOTOR SERVICE SDN BHD – PROTON 4S DEALER).

Author: suituapui

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

6 thoughts on “Out of the way…”

  1. The kolo mee special looks great. My thinking is also the same as you when that guy say suan suan tian tian. As for me, I eat the chilli only and left the vinegar behind. Never pour everything into the kolo mee.

    I would pour everything into the bowl and toss with the noodles. That very slight hint of the vinegar (and the chili) will bring the taste of the kolo mee to a whole new level, I love it like that. I guess there isn’t much vinegar in the little saucer – this one, probably the guy added too much so there was no mistaking that sourish taste, a bit too much for my liking, to be frank.

  2. Sweet and sour? Like the Bishopgate vinegar noodle?? Hmm. I just had my share of kolo mee this morning after a week. Enough of Kampua for time being. Lol.

    I’m not sure if I’ve tasted that. Not the one that has moved to Padungan, the Noodle Descendants? Don’t recall there being any vinegar in theirs.

  3. Guess sometimes you need to backup your photos to cloud storage? 🙂

    Well at least you have this last one from FB. Ha 😀

    Me so clever – auto-delete in camera after downloading to PC, did not want to do that later manually one by one. Usually I would upload the downloaded photos from My Pictures to Flickr and delete the former after I have written the post. Those in Flickr would all be there. I forgot I had not uploaded to Flickr that day and went deleting away…only to realise it when it was too late. (My OCD! I can’t stand clutter in my PC, will delete EVERYTHING after use!!!)

  4. Lucky you still hv this one photo so that you can post and share with us. I like it that kolo mee comes with fried wontons.

    Looked good, tasted good…just not like authentic Kuching kolo mee.

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