Better than none…

I guess the one here

…is still available and should be nice as well but I have not gone there for a long time. I’ve seen it in the list of places with positive cases so to me, at this point in time, it is best avoided. #staysafe #staywell

This one here

…was the best in town and it was served the old school way, how we had it in our growing up years. The special sauce/dip was served separately and we had to dip everything in it as we ate. Unfortunately, he was not there for long – eventually, I found the stall closed and there was no sign of him since. I did hear that he stopped doing his business at his previous place (before he opened his stall here) because of ill health.

I did drop by this stall…

…presently at the guy’s previous location at this coffee shop

…once but I found that it was all right, not as nice. That was why I never went back again after all these years. This is a popular coffee shop in town so it comes as no surprise at all that it has appeared in the dreaded list many times as well, the places with positive cases so I am not all that keen on going there at all.

Nonetheless, since I had not had it for so so so long, not since the outbreak of the pandemic, that’s for sure, I decided to throw caution to the wind and go there to tapao the jiew hu eng chai (sotong kangkong) home.

I told the nice young guy that I wanted to buy for 3 and he suggested buying RM15.00. That was fine by me and I made it a point to tell him to pack the kangkong separately as the moisture/steam would affect the crispiness of the fried ingredients and they would not be so nice anymore by the time I got home.

He also sells fruits rojak

…and looking at what he made and served, I thought it looked pretty good. Perhaps I should give his a try one of these days.

For his sotong kangkong, he has some fried vegetable fritters…

…some sweet potato fritters…

…and also some fried tofu.

Other than those, the sotong (cuttlefish)…

…and the kangkong (water spinach) are boiled prior to serving.

Of course, if you are eating it there, it will all go into one plate…

…not served separately.

This…

…will be served with its special sauce/dip and that is the thing that differentiates between the boys and the men. I found that the one here was kind of pale and even though it did have that old school taste that we loved so much when we ate this in our growing up years, it was kind of watered down.

Still, since we do not have much to choose from around here, I guess it is better than none. As they say, something is better than nothing!

YALIN COFFEE SHOP (2.290902, 111.827723) is located along Jalan Kampung Nyabor, to the right of the Sibu General Post Office – the first one in that block of shops there.