She’s not there anymore…

Early that morning, two Sundays ago at around 7 something, I went and walked around the Rejang Park commercial centre.

Maybe I was a bit too early but during the pre-pandemic days, this area was to be avoided on weekends, Saturdays and Sundays. There would be, without fail, a massive traffic jam and parking would be virtually impossible. It was all right that morning, light traffic and ample parking spaces.

I walked to the wet market there. The crowd there was bearable, not overcrowded but I did not feel all that comfortable along the narrow aisles, trying to keep a safe distance from my fellow human beings. That was why I got out of there quickly.

I headed to this coffee shop – I particularly loved the mee sua from one fat lady who used to run her stall there. Her fried kway teow was pretty good too. Unfortunately, she was not there anymore…

…and neither was the sweet young thing whose Sarawak laksa I also enjoyed a lot.

I asked the coffee shop boss and he confirmed that they have called it quits. Right now, there is only the kampua mee stall…

…left. Somebody did tell me once that their kampua mee was quite good but I was not in the mood for it that morning.

In the end, I decided to give their pan mee (RM5.50)…

…a try.

I must say that when it came, I was kind of disappointed. It did not look like pan mee as I know it. There was no cangkok manis, torn into bits and they were not very generous with the deep fried ikan bilis (dried anchovies). The noodles did not look like they were handmade and one thing’s for sure, they were not hand torn. Cut into nice thin strips, they looked like kway teow (flat rice noodles) but thankfully, it did not taste the same.

I do not what sauce they tossed the noodles in but it was rather nice. Still, I did not think it was anything I would want to order again. Perhaps I’ll try their kampua mee next time.

Yes, this little corner shop…

…is still open but it did not look like they were frying their very popular tee peang (Foochow oyster cake)…

…or anything else for that matter anymore.

I did not ask but they looked rather busy opening up the shop to start cooking – there were a couple of customers there already seated at the tables probably waiting till they were ready to roll. I think I did try their fried kway teow once and yes, it was not too bad. Rose would be in a better position to give a more accurate opinion – her sister-in-law’s shop used to be towards the other end of that same block.

I did stop by my favourite kompia (Foochow bagel-like bread) shop to buy the kompia

…and the softer, smoother and sweeter chu nu miang.

Thankfully, they are still selling them at 2 pieces for RM1.00, their fixed price for quite sometime now – a little bit more expensive than elsewhere but theirs are a whole lot nicer. You buy a bagful, hot from the traditional stone oven and bring them into your car and the whole vehicle will be filled with the awesome fragrance of the freshly-baked bread. All the rest do not have that same effect. Their chu nu miang is 3 pieces for RM1.00, the same as everybody else.

Gosh!!! That skinny scrawny young boy baking the kompia there day in and day out has grown into a tall and handsome young man now. Gee!!! How long has it been since the last time I stopped by here?

HAPPY HOURS CAFE (2.307165, 111.837312) is located at one corner of the Rejang Park shops/commercial centre in that residential area, beside the volleyball stadium and the surau, facing the vast parking area there while SENG WAN BAKERY (2.307484, 111.836558), the kompia shop, is located at the Rejang Park shops/commercial centre facing the Rejang Park Market, back to back with Quality Cake & Bread Factory.

Author: suituapui

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

8 thoughts on “She’s not there anymore…”

  1. Real sad that this Covid 19 pandemic has caused lots of small stall holders to close down. I agree with you that the pan mee looks kind of disappointment, pale and bland in look. If you didn’t say it was pan mee, I would think it was kway teow too. They are generous to sprinkle quite a substantial amount of sesame seeds for those kompia.

    I think that is one of the attractions, very generous with the sesame seeds, so fragrant when hot from the oven or when toasted.
    Yes, thankfully, the pan mee tasted all right but no, I wouldn’t want to go back there for it again.
    I wonder if it is the same in Kuching, all these places closing down.

  2. The mee in your pan mee looks like our kway chap.
    Ha ha… but then again I don’t eat kway chap since it’s all pig’s intestines and stuff.

    Never seen kompia before. They look like doughnuts with sesames.
    What’s inside them?

    1. Nothing! You have to stuff your own filling – good enough to eat it plain like that. It is not anything like doughnuts – if at all, I would say they are more like bagels. They have kompia in Sitiawan, Perak but not the same – of course, I will say ours are a whole lot nicer.

  3. Reminiscing the time I spent in Rejang Park!! Haha. Short but sweet. Friendly, and quirky people in a small neighbourhood. But I did enjoyed some food there. However I rarely went to that 1st coffee shop. Mostly went to that oyster cake shop for its fried noodle and that corner shop at the front (facing main road). Same row of shop we went to on our first meet up. I forgot the name.

    We met at Master Bakery Cafe – come back tomorrow, it will be in my blogpost.
    I guess that corner coffee shop is probably this one, the first one in that block on the extreme right…

    https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/get-it-together/

  4. Not long ago I went back to one of the sarawak laksa places in KL and .. well, the original seller from Sarawak left and was replaced by someone else who actually didn’t know what they’re doing.. disappointing.

    Oh dear!!! That is so sad!

  5. Generous sprinkling of sesame seeds on the kompia. A friend came to visit from Sitiawan and he bought 10 pieces of kompia (with meat and onion filling) for us. Not easy to buy these kompia these days because they cater more for tourists. Even though I have to reheat them in the oven, they are nice enough to satisfy my craving for kompia.

    The Sibu ones are nicer, no meat or onion filling and not stone hard when cold. Lots here, Foochow town – just have to know where the good ones are, those baked in the traditional stone ovens.

  6. Sad to see so many businesses closing. I hope they find something they enjoy and can make money from.

    Yes, something they can fall back on now that they have lost their source of income.

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