Sad…

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.

Author: suituapui

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

6 thoughts on “Sad…”

  1. That bak changs look meaty, sad that there is no salted egg, I love the salted eggs on those

    I do love salted eggs but those are a lot more expensive and at times, you can hardly see it inside, can just taste a bit. Daylight robbery.

  2. I like bak chang with lots of meat but not with salted egg. So I think this one suits me. RM3. 50 is worth to buy as it looks bigger than the usual bak chang. This Covid 19 has turned everyone’s life upside down. Take care and stay safe.

    Yes, I saw some posts on Facebook about poor old folks or small kids going round selling things that they carry in a basket. They say just buy to help them even though you do not want those things – they need your help. These are hard times, so sad.

  3. Over here in Ipoh, no more Rm3.50 for a bah chang, even in market, I bought one for RM7.20, bigger yes, but I rather have a smaller one with a lesser price.

    OMG!!! SO EXPENSIVE!!! Must be very big with lots of meat inside!

  4. Some bak chang cost more than that. Green road one cost RM5!! Not that nice.

    I like some fat in the bak chang, not all lean meat.

  5. I like pork fat in my bak chang, but not really a fan of salted egg. So kind of you to take pity on the lady and gave her support. Her bak chang is cheap and tasty.

    I prefer nyonya but I don’t mind these Hokkien ones.

  6. Inconsistency is a killer for food vendors. One bad experience can scare customers away forever.

    Yes. Quality control is of utmost importance, otherwise, the customers will not bother to come back.

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