On a Friday…

New Year’s Day, the first day of the year, fell on a Friday, usually our no-meat day and we decided we would not make it an exception that day.

That was why, the first thing in the morning, we had the traditional Foochow longevity noodles, the mee sua, with Bovril…

Bovril mee sua

…instead of having it in the usual Foochow red wine and ginger chicken soup plus some hard-boiled eggs by the side.

We thought of going here for lunch as they would have more non-meat choices on their menu but for reasons unknown, it was closed so we ended up at my late father’s favourite located right round the corner.

Of course we had their sweet and sour fish fillet…

Sweet & sour fish fillet

Theirs is our favourite in town – so far, we have yet to come across any that comes anywhere near the one here.

Other than that, there wasn’t much else without meat so we went for the vegetables, the fried cangkok manis with egg…

Cangkok manis with egg

…and the kangkong with belacan (dried prawn paste)…

Kangkok belacan

We thought both were really good, very much to our liking.

There was a breakdown in communication, most likely the lady boss made a mistake when jotting down our orders and instead of the Foochow tofu soup with canned oysters minus the bit of minced meat they would usually add, we got this bowl of tofu with salted vegetables…

Tofu salted vegetable soup

…instead. It did not matter much as the soup was great even though no meat was added in the process of cooking that.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’ll give them my double thumbs up for using those ceramic plates and bowls unlike so many places in town that stick recalcitrantly to those horrendously gaudily-coloured PLASTIC crockery, so NCAA (no class at all)!!! They used to use an assortment of sorts here before, ceramic too, not plastic but with all kinds of different designs. I do like the ones they use now a lot more.

The total for the food came up to RM50.00 and as you can see, I forgot to request for smaller servings for two (instead of three) but it did not matter as we did manage to finish everything,

Y2K CAFE (2.294220, 111.825753) is located in the Tunku Osman area, round the corner from that block of shops where the branches of AmBank & RHB Bank are located with its back entrance facing the side (right, not the main one) entrance/exit of Methodist Secondary School.

Author: suituapui

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

8 thoughts on “On a Friday…”

  1. For us noodles is a must on New Years! For longevity

    When I was in the UK, the Cantonese Hong Kong lady at the Asian shop gave me something like hung ngang, the bigger version of bihun/rice vermicelli and insisted that was longevity noodles. The one I had at a restaurant in Kota Kinabalu was also different.

    I think our Sibu Foochow mee sua is the most appropriate, very symbolic if you watch how they make them. They hand-pull and pull till it is very very long, cannot be broken. A must-eat for birthdays, new year and other auspicious occasions.

  2. I am intrigued by the kangkung with belacan. Still the dish does not seem to have a trace of belacan?

    Don’t you dilute it in your cooking? At least you fry it in the oil till the lumps are gone. I wouldn’t like it if I can see bits of belacan in the sauce. When I cook it, I would pound it first (with chili) and add the paste to the hot oil to cook. It is not the same as frying with sambal hay bee (udang kering).

  3. Nice lunch and affordable price with such huge portion especially the 2 vegetable dish…. “you pi you chi”…. 😊😊☺️. Looks like they didn’t tear the cangkuk manis into bits and pieces. I prefer tearing it.

    They did but not till very fine. Too much also not so nice – my missus would tear until beyond recognition. Have to tear, sweeter and easier to chew. I know the Malays do not, so not nice, their cangkok manis especially if the leaves are way too old!

  4. I am quite happy going meat-free. You can’t tell from my posts but I really do love my veg.

    I love veg too, must have veg but I wouldn’t want to go without meat completely.

  5. Sibu serving is mostly bigger. Last time when we were there, we usually requested for 2 to 3 persons serving depends on the place.

    Everything looked delicious.

    Yes, I usually would order for 2 only…but these days, I just don’t bother. Kesian them, business not so good with the pandemic!

  6. Oh your meat free means can eat fish, my meat free is totally without any meat. I like all the dishes here. The mee sua with bovril looks so tasty. I like tofu so I would enjoy that salted vegetables with tofu soup. The kangkong with belacan does not look very spicy. The sweet and sour fish fillets look so good.

    Yes, fish/seafood permissible. No, the kangkong belacan was not spicy – one thing you need not expect at most Chinese shops here. Sibu is a Chinese/Foochow town, not into things spicy.

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