Things are different now…

I did mention in my reply to a comment the other day (or maybe I made a comment in a friend’s blog) that on Chinese New Year’s Eve, I dropped by the coffee shop in my neighbourhood to buy some noodles as we would not be having lunch because my missus would be busy in the kitchen preparing and cooking the dishes for our reunion dinner that evening. Unfortunately, the guy said he had too many orders waiting in line so I could not possibly wait for him to cook mine. In the end, I had no choice but to go home empty-handed.

On the 2nd Day of the New Year, I drove past and much to my surprise, the coffee shop was open but I saw that there were a lot of customers there that morning so I did not bother to buy anything that day.

The next morning, I went over real early, as soon as the sun was up and yes, the coffee shop was open and yes, there were quite a lot of people there already. It did not matter as I always go through the backdoor and talk to the guy directly from there (no need to go in and walk through the coffee shop). I noticed that one of the shops was open – in the past, they would close for at least one week. According to the guy at the coffee shop, the other mini-supermarket there would open in a day or two. Things sure are different now!

I bought the char pek koi (fried white rice cake)…

– my girl’s favourite here and she specifically asked for it…

I wanted the tomato kway teow (flat rice noodles)…

…the one here is one of my favourites in town, but the guy said that the people making the kway teow had not resumed business yet so he only had bihun (rice vermicelli) but no, that did not tickle my fancy.

In the end, I asked for the Foochow fried noodles, the moon version…

…for both my missus and I. She loves this…

…that I know!

What I bought that day came up to RM15.00 altogether, RM5.00 each. I remember paying RM5.00 not too long ago for the pek koi and obviously, the prices for the other fried noodles dishes around here have gone up too. I do not mind, actually, as long as they maintain the quality – if you go and eat at some classy café, a plate of fried noodles (some here have mee mamak on their menu) will set you back by at least RM12.00 and you may even give the waiter/waitress a generous tip and will never complain.

I hurried home quickly and all of us sat down to enjoy what I had bought for breakfast that morning while everything was still nice and hot.

AH KAU CAFE (2.316346, 111.839861) is located along Jalan Ruby, off Jalan Lim Han Swee, in the same block as Kim Tak Mini Supermarket, to the extreme left.

Author: suituapui

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

6 thoughts on “Things are different now…”

  1. I have always been interested to try the Pek Koi dish, but I don’t think they have that in Kuching. So what is the difference with the Foochow noodles as “moon” or “not moon”? I have seen you mention it a few times but never asked. Also, you are making me miss home like crazy with the Tomato Kueh Teow (although my fave is the Crispy Mee version).

    “Moon” is the noodles fried kao-kao and then, the gravy follows. Just before serving, the noodles are put into the gravy to simmer for a while. Timing is important as our Sibu Foochow yellow noodles do not contain “kee” (alkaline) so it may turn too soft and soggy if over-cooked. The non-“moon” type is like how they fry other types of noodles elsewhere including Kuching’s crispy mee – the noodles are fried kao kao…and then the gravy, after which the gravy is poured over the noodles. This is better to tapao and eat at home as the noodles would have absorbed the gravy.
    Missing hime, eh? A Happy Year of the Tiger to you and all loved ones.

  2. All looks so good especially the Foochow fried noodles, moon version. Long time ago, I have try some very nice fried pek koi at a kopitiam Milan Square, opposite Viva City, the new shoplot. I don’t know whether it is still operating now or not as I have not been to that place for quite a long time and more recently, I heard that some of the stalls/kopitiam in that place are closed for good since the pandemic. Real sad.

    So far, I’ve only seen a few that have closed down but most are still going on strong. I guess when it comes to food, they should be able to survive.
    My girl loves pek koi – I will eat but personally, I’m not a fan, so jun-jun…I prefer kway teow.

  3. I miss the Foochow fried noodle so much. The last time I had the noodle was in Sitiawan and that was a long, long time ago. I had tried the char pek koi in one of the restaurant near my place. I quite like it but was very filling.

    I wonder if the Foochow fried noodles in Sitiawan are the same as the ones here or not. As far as I know, their kampua mee and kompia are very different from the ones here. Ahhh!!! So you have pek koi there too? I thought it’s a Foochow thing as well, not commonly found elsewhere.

  4. I would happily devour the noodles that you tapau. I have not had the opportunity to try char pek koi as yet.

    Not sure if there’s any place selling that in KL- never saw it anywhere. My girl loves it – I prefer kway teow.

  5. Whenever I share with my family from Australia the price of a dish of noodles here, they cannot believe how affordable it is.

    Yes, even without conversion, dollar to ringgit, things are generally very expensive over there…and in New Zealand too. I guess overheads are high, labour charges too. Ain’t too bad if one cooks one’s own at home.

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