Time flies by so quickly! It felt like just yesterday when I went out to replenish my prescriptions and in the wink of an eye, a month had gone past so I had to make my way to the town centre once again and as always, I went real early so I would be the first customer the instant the boss opened his shop for the day, nobody else around. That way, I would be able to get everything that I needed and make my way out of there and head on home in a jiffy. #staysafe #staywell

My problem is I am always early for anything, never late and the boss of that shop is never punctual, at least 15 minutes late so he would never show up at 8.00 a.m. on the dot, 8.15 to the earliest. LOL!!!

Well, I was VERY early that morning and with a lot of time on my hands, I decided to walk around the vicinity and as I was walking past this coffee shop, I noticed that a new guy was running the kampua mee stall

I went closer to have a look and I saw him heating up some thick gravy in a saucepan. I asked him what that was and he said it was for his lor mee (RM6.00)…

I said I wanted that and I took my seat at a table, waiting to be served.

When it came, my first impression was that it looked really good and when I tried it, I must say that I was quite impressed. No, it did not taste like the lor mee we used to enjoy a long long time ago – it used to be a little on the sweet side with a bit of taucheo (fermented beans) in the egg gravy that had been thickened with cornflour. What I had that morning had a completely different taste of its own and it sure was very nice!

I already had my breakfast before I left the house that morning so I was quite full at the time and I was wishing that the guy had not given me so much noodles…

In the end, I finished everything in the bowl but I left quite a bit of the noodles behind.

While I was sitting there eating, I noticed that the chu-char (cook & fry) stall further in (not open at the time) looked very different from what it was like before…

As far as I know, the fat guy who used to sit there fiddling with his smartphone the whole time had given up but his young assistants had taken over the stall. I went and asked and yes, it was just as I thought – the young boys had called it a day too. They’re all gone now and somebody else is there instead.

I must say that I feel kind of sad as I quite liked the food from that stall, never mind if it was the boss cooking or whether the young boys were the ones doing it. As a matter of fact, I did drop by to eat there a number of times but not since the outbreak of the pandemic. Sighhh!!!!!

KIONG CHUONG CAFE (2.291062, 111.827381) is located along Jalan Kampung Nyabor at the bend where one turns left or right when coming from Brooke Drive, a stone’s throw from Malaysia Hotel in the next block to the right.

Author: suituapui

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

11 thoughts on “Gone…”

  1. So you are seeing a lot of turn over with employees and ownership, too, eh?

    Now that I’m going out and about a bit more, it sure looks like it. Been staying home and sticking around my neighbourhood all this while.

  2. Last time when I used to travel to KL to visit my daughter, she will surely bring me to eat lor mee and the very nice lor mai kai at one of the shop near her area. It has been 2 long years not flying to KL. So sad. I have never try our lor mee over here….☺️☺️. Your bowl of lor mee looks tempting.. 😋

    Yes, it seems that the lor mee here is now like the ones in West Malaysia. My friend took me to try one in Penang – I think he called it Hailam lor mee, if I remember correctly – very nice but not like what we had here before, dunno whether that was Hokkien or Foochow. Cannot find lor mee like that here anymore.

  3. Sometimes I am the complete opposite of you. I will be the latest. 😀

    LOL!!! Most young people these days are like you. Punctuality is a virtue, gotta make a habit out if it..

  4. Lor mee looks nice, we had our version of that in my hometown Batangas, we call it “lomi” same consistency with the sauce but the ingredients are all meat. The perks of owning your own pharmacy—you can open late, here I have to dash in the morning because I cannot be late 🙂

    Oh? So you’re a pharmacist? The one employed by the boss and the employees at the shop would be early…like me, just that the boss may not show up when the clock strikes 8, 15 minutes later, at least. Ah well!!! I guess that is why he is called THE BOSS!!! LOL!!!

    Our lor mee and your lomi should be pretty much the same. Names sound the same.

  5. I like to be early. Not fond of waiting. Yes, I like you, if cannot be first, them 2nd in line would do. Lol.

    We’re birds of the same feather then… LOL!!!

  6. Lor mee is also very popular in Singapore.
    Oddly, it’s rather rare in my little kampung.
    Despite Singapore is just opposite us, literally.

    It was not that popular here before either but lately, it seems to be gaining popularity. I do see more and more places selling it.

  7. That gravy looks satisfying

    Yes, it had its own taste, not quite like the others I had before and I liked it! Sure would not mind going back for more. That’s around NZ$2.00, believe it or not! LOL!!!

  8. The lor mee looks good and delicious. I like lor mee too but hubby is not a fan of lor mee. Here, the same stall selling prawn mee will also sell lor mee but lor mee is less common than prawn mee.

    I had at the O & S coffee shop at Paramount Garden, Petaling Jaya – they mixed the lor mee and the prawn mee, 2 in 1. It was very nice too that way. I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of lor mee but I will go for it sometimes for a change.

    Here before…

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