Before the sun rises…

I am up and about every morning way before the sun rises and on working days (weekdays), I would send my girl to work and come home at around 6.00 a.m. I bet a lot of folks would still be lost in dreamland at the time.

The problem is when one is up and about that early, there will not be a lot of things that he or she can stop to buy along the way for breakfast. Here, a few kampua mee stalls are open, just a few and one morning, I dropped by my neighbourhood fruit & vegetable sundry shop in the next lane. Yes, they were open but no, there was nothing available yet – usually, they would get some homecooked/made breakfast & teatime stuff delivered there for sale but no, they do not send them over that early…unfortunately.

On yet another morning, I decided to try my luck here…

…and yes, they were open and yes, I saw that they had some things laid out at the long table in front of the shop.

I asked about their curry puffs…

…and the young guy said it was chicken, only RM1.00 each. It sure looked like there was hardly any chicken in the filling, all potatoes but to give credit where credit is due, it was very much to my liking. The filling tasted great and the pastry was nice and crusty. I sure wouldn’t mind buying these again should I happen to drop by there next time.

On the other hand, the tee peang (Fuzhou oyster cake)…

…was, at best, quite all right – not the best in town and definitely not the worst either. For one thing, they were cold already – such things are usually nicer eaten piping hot from the wok. The ones with meat filling were really huge compared to all the others sold all over town.

They also had deep-fried stuffed kompia and from the look of it, they probably used that same filling for those too.

The kosong (empty) ones…

…were pretty much the same – I also thought the texture and the taste were all right, nice enough but not quite there.

I did not ask how much they cost but all in all, I paid RM6.00 for everything. Minus the RM2.00 for the curry puffs, they would leave RM4.00 for the tee peang. This probably means that they are only RM1.50 each for the ones with meat filling and 50 sen each for the kosong ones. Gee! That is so very cheap!!! To date, the cheapest I’ve encountered would be RM1.80 for the ones with meat filling and 70 sen for the kosong ones (and the latter are extremely small!)

The kampua mee stall at the coffee shop next door was still closed when I got there. As I was getting into my car, parked right in front, I saw the guy walking past. He had just arrived and was about to open his stall and start his business for the day. That was around 6.00 a.m. so I guess he would not be ready to roll till 6.30 a.m. at least, when the water has started boiling.

TOTO CAFE (2.311913, 111.846213) is among the shops right behind Delta Mall, Jalan Pedada – the block on your left if you are coming out of the mall via the back entrance, the second coffee shop in that block. This coffee shop with its very popular kampua noodles (now RM3.20 a bowl/plate) is in the same block, at the other end, opposite the Methodist church there.

Author: suituapui

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

7 thoughts on “Before the sun rises…”

  1. Wow, you send your daughter to school so early. I am one of those early bird too waking up around 4 something everyday. By 5.15 am, I will be heading out for my brisking walking at the neighbourhood park for 30 min. after which I will be joining my friends for another 45 min of exercise. Would reach home by 6.40am. before the traffic jam at my area starts. That is my daily routine without failed except raining…😊😊. The tee peang looks good though.

    6.40? So late? Here, after 6, the traffic starts getting heavy already…and there are many of those driving like hantu – don’t think they will be late. Maybe they want to go home and go back to sleep some more…or they want to stop somewhere for kampua. Best to go a little bit early to avoid the rush.
    Yes, the tee peang’s not bad but I think it needs better quality control – I had one, so mushy inside like uncooked. That is why I said “not quite there”.

  2. I am an early riser too and I find that I can get so much done before mid-day. I can’t eat too early in the morning – no appetite. So I have my first meal after 11:0oam.

    11.00 a.m.? Oh dear!!! If I were to wait till then, I would have starved to death already! LOL!!!

  3. We are usually up early and out of house for morning walk by 6:30am, sometimes later depending on how early we wake up. When we pass by the shops, we see the stalls opening and getting ready for business. By the time we finish our walk, they are all ready to serve their customers. RM1 for a curry puff is very, very cheap.

    I thought so too and it was very big, lots of filling inside….no air spaces.

  4. Perhaps the chicken has been mashed and mixed well with the potatoes? πŸ™‚

    Probably. If there was any, there was so little I could not feel any meat texture at all. For one thing, if there is no meat, I would go back and buy even on a Friday, our no-meat day. Now I must remember to avoid it on that day every week.

  5. I am an early riser too. 5am so I have time to exercise before I go to work. I am too tired by the end of the day.

    Same here, I’m more a morning person. After lunch, I would need a nap and I would just laze around the rest of the day – not into anything much.

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