I was here in October, 2019, way before the COVID-19 pandemic and even then, I would not say that the lady was enjoying bustling business at her stall. I did not like the noodles I had but even though she did not bother to warm up the bak chang before serving it, I liked it so much that I grabbed the two she had left and took them home to enjoy.

I did go back again once to grab some more and I even gave some to my sister to try but it was quite horrible that second time around – the taste was not quite the same and it was super salty. That was why I never went back since.

Well, it so happened that I was walking past that day and I spotted the lady in the corner, about to dose off to sleep. I could imagine how boring it must be sitting there, hoping and praying for customers and how few there would be in our current situation. My neighbour told me the other day that the people at the kampua mee stall near our houses said that they’d be lucky if they could make RM50.00 a day! I wonder how much this lady would make seeing that this place seems quite deserted most of the time.

Anyway, I decided to help her a bit and buy some of her bak changs home. Hopefully, they would not be so bad. They are RM3.50 each, still…

Mei Le bak chang

…more expensive but much bigger than such regular ones (no salted egg inside) elsewhere. We all had one each for lunch that day and it was filling enough – it was that big!

The rice…

Mei Le bak chang, unwrapped

…was perfect, not hard like some, not too soft and soggy like others but I was quite sure there was a lot more meat…

Mei Le bak chang, inside

…inside before. Yes, there was that piece of pork fat still and I loved that!

No, I don’t think that would get me rushing back there for more but yes, I don’t mind grabbing a few if I happen to pass by the stall again in the hope that it may help ease her burden a bit during these sad times.

MEI LE CAFE (2.313147, 111.846968) is located along Jalan Gambir, a stone’s throw away from the Delta Mall, straight ahead from the first turning to your left as soon as you turn into that road from Jalan Pedada, now Jalan Datuk Wong Soon Kai.