Have you tried…

Have you tried the highly-acclaimed Taiwanese beef noodles in town? Everyone was talking about it and singing its praises. I, for one, did not get all excited as I prefer our clear soup version like the ones here or here or here even. It used to be here but word had it that it had moved here and since I was out that morning, I decided to drop by and check it out.

I was glad that there were not many customers at the time so I parked my car and went into the coffee shop and searched high and low for the beef noodles stall. Eventually, I asked the lady at the second stall and she told me that the guy was not there but in the shop next door, closed on Mondays and Thursdays – it was a Thursday that day.

In the end, since she was so nice to give me the information I wanted – most would just say they did not know – I ordered the kway chap

…from her stall (it looked very nice in the photograph)…

…and took my seat at a table outside and waited to be served.

I was a bit disappointed with it (RM6.50)…

…when it came because it looked like there was a whole of lean meat and pork belly, just a few bits of intestines and two pieces of the ear (I think that was it, the ones with the hard, white layer inside – I left the two untouched), no liver.

Thankfully, it was kway chap

…not kway teow. I get really pissed off at places where they serve this but when you dig into the bowl, you find kway teow (flat rice noodles) instead of those pieces of kway chap.

The broth was very nice, a bit on the mild side as far as the soy sauce, the salt and the msg were concerned but very strong on the spices – I could taste the cinnamon in it especially. The chili belacan (dried prawn paste) dip was so good and went so well with everything. I had to refrain from pouring all of it into the broth – I am sure that would being the taste to a whole new level.

All things considered, I would say I enjoyed it very much, not to the extent that you would find me back there again for more in no time at all but I sure would not mind ordering that if I happen to be around there some other day. I probably would want to try the lor mee (RM5.00) though – it also looked really good in the photograph.

Incidentally, I was somewhat amused when I saw this lady’s t-shirt…

– she was also seated outside, two tables away. It made me think of all those with their age-old outdated convictions. They would cringe in disgust and even come up in arms against it everytime I said that I added a pinch in my cooking. They should read this article as well as the many available online if they care to google for them.

Of course, there is no denying that it is sodium…and so is salt and don’t we all know that salt is bad for health. That is why if you have added salt to the food, you should not add msg anymore and vice versa or maybe you would want to compromise – just a little bit of each. Similarly, if you use soy sauce in your cooking, there IS salt and there IS msg in it and if you go and add some more, you may be in for a bit of trouble! The bottom line is, like what I always say, moderation is the key. Too much of a good thing may be bad for you!

COFFEE & TEA (2.325932, 111.841566) is located at the junction of Jalan Teng Chin Hua and Jalan Ulu Sg Merah in the blocks of shops to the right of the traffic lights junction turning left into Lorong Sg Merah 2. if you are coming from town. On the other hand, if you are heading towards town, the blocks of shops are after St Teresa’s Catholic Church and the SIB Church on that same side of the road.

Author: suituapui

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

10 thoughts on “Have you tried…”

  1. “moderation is the key. Too much of a good thing may be bad for you!”
    Yes, you can overdo good things also. It’s something I’ve taught my daughter. It looks great. I had an unexpected day off of work today. I did not realize I’d put in the day last year. I did end up working a few hours catching up on paperwork, but it was nice to log after that. Even nice that I work remotely so no need to be in traffic! I pray that you and your loved ones have a wonderful new year.

    Thank you and wishing the same to you and yours too.
    Yes, should be all right if we keep everything moderate…in what we eat, in what we do…

  2. I am not a beef person but sometimes for a change from the normal kolo mee/kway teow, I will go for it. I like the Taiwanese style beef noodles from a shop at China/Carpenter St. Last time I used to like Ah Mui beef noodles at Open Air Market but now I heard they are not as nice as the good old days. I never like pig ears in kway chap.

    I dunno how to eat those pig’s ears, the white cartilage layer in the middle is so hard. Ah Mui was my favourite in the 70’s, not anymore. Sad that the quality has not been maintained. I’m not a fan of the Taiwanese ones, will eat for a change sometimes but not crazy about it.

  3. He he… I don’t eat kway chap since I don’t eat offals.
    But we use small kway teow instead of square flat sheets (as shown in your photos above).

    I know I don’t eat offals, but I do like pig’s stomach soup.
    I just drink the soup and leave the stomach for others. He he…
    The soup has to be very peppery, oh yes, we all love white pepper from Sarawak.
    Top grade and so pungent.

    1. That is the kway chap I do not like, the ones with kway teow. Why call it kway chap when it is kway teow plus our kway teow is thicker, harder?
      I love that pig stomach in peppery clear soup too! Had it in KL, dunno of any place where they sell it here. None, I think!

  4. You forgot to mention the location.

    Oh! If you click the link at “it had moved here”, you will get this:
    “COFFEE & TEA (2.325932, 111.841566) is located at the junction of Jalan Teng Chin Hua and Jalan Ulu Sg Merah in the blocks of shops to the right of the traffic lights junction turning left into Lorong Sg Merah 2. if you are coming from town. On the other hand, if you are heading towards town, the blocks of shops are after St Teresa’s Catholic Church and the SIB Church on that same side of the road.”
    I’ve added it to the post now, thanks for the tip.

    1. I know and I did but usually you still will put the location at the end.

      Yes, I would do that, more convenient for people reading the post but I forgot. Getting old. LOL!!!

  5. I love beef soup but not kway chap. The bowl of kway chap has a lot of ingredients.

    I do not mind having it sometimes for a change. I enjoy the innards but this bowl did not have a lot, mostly meat.

  6. I would try it – at least for the tea 🙂

    Ya, it’s not for vegetarians. Wonder if one can cook up something nice and meat-free with those white rice noodle sheets/pieces. May go well with curry gravy, perhaps.

  7. I am picky with my noodles too hence most of the times I cook them at home so I wont be disappointed, can prepare it the way I wanted them to be

    We cook our own too but no, they’re not always better. Like everything else, there are others who may be better. That is why some places may be nicer than others. For one thing, we do not have the HUGE roaring fire at home – that makes a world of difference plus not all are equally blessed. My sister-in-law complained that she would use the same ingredients and cook under her late mother-in-law’s supervision…but everything she cooked never turned out as nice.

  8. I tried them in Taiwan but not here yet. They were really tasty.

    I like a few here but I have had the unpleasant experience once of eating at least one with a smell in Kuching. I think the innards were not well-cleaned but the people there insisted that without the smell, it would not be kway chap. No, thank you – they can have it all.

All opinions expressed in my blog are solely my own, that is my prerogative - you may or may not agree, that is yours. To each his/her own. For food and other reviews, you may email me at sibutuapui@yahoo.com

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