Just as I am…

My friend, Yan, was home in Sibu for Chinese New Year and she posted this photograph on Facebook of the kampua mee

Photo credit: Phyllis Wong

…that she had at a shop at Rejang Park here.

Yes, she’s different from me – she likes her kampua mee black/dark, tossed in dark soy sauce. I prefer chio cheng/light soy sauce because I find that the taste and smell is not so overpowering so I would get to detect the faint fragrances of the lard and the shallot oil.

It sure looked good in the snapshot and yes, she said it was good but what got me to sit up and pay attention was what she said about this being ONLY RM3.00 a plate when everywhere else, it has shot up to RM3.50, RM3.80 or more at some other places.

Unfortunately, she could not remember the name of the shop and all she said was that the name was something like “masterchef” and it was the second shop in the block. I knew right away that it was this shop

…when I saw the name even though it isn’t the second shop. There is a sparkling new pharmacy on the extreme left, a vet and a mobile phone shop plus a car wash that sells a lot of Chinese New Year lanterns every year (formerly Guan Soon, the hardware shop) before this coffee shop.

Other than the steamed paos that I bought that last time I was here, there is only this stall…

…that is left, still standing and yes, it is stated very clearly at the stall that kampua mee is only RM3.00 a plate…

I saw that they had those noodles, plain (no meat) with meatballs soup (RM4.00)…

…and I felt like giving that a try so that was what I ordered.

Yes, I liked the noodles…

…not my favourite in town but it was decent enough – no complaint especially when it is cheaper than most of the rest.

The soup was great, very thick and rich unlike some of those very diluted ones at some places and I loved how they used fresh minced meat to make the meatballs…

I cannot stand those frozen factory -made ones with the QQ fish ball texture and some have a horrible smell that puts me off right away.

I saw at the stall that they also have kampua mee with stewed pork belly slices for RM4.00 and Sarawak laksa at only RM5.00, at least RM6.00 elsewhere, if they still have those prices! I had it…

…once a long time ago in 2013, RM3.80 a bowl only then, and I thought it wasn’t too bad.

Of course, at those prices, I sure wouldn’t mind coming back here again.

MASTER BAKERY CAFE (2.306820, 111.836234is located in the main block of shops facing the main road at No. 26, Jalan Teruntum among the shops at the Rejang Park Commercial Centre here.