Smaller than this…

I was here in November, 2020, over a year ago, one early morning after dropping my girl off at school. I had their stewed pork noodles and it turned out to be really good. I made up my mind there and then that I would go back there to check out what else the guy had on his menu but somehow or other, I never did.

Well, I happened to be in the vicinity the other day so I decided to stop by. Previously, the guy was assisted by one young boy but this time around, there were two ladies there with him, probably the wife and the daughter…

I asked for his kampua mee, white (RM3.50)…

…and yes, it turned out to be pretty good, nicer than some but no, there wasn’t anything to make it stand out a head above the rest. Yes, I wouldn’t mind having it…

…should I happen to be around this part of the woods but I wouldn’t go out of my way to come here for this.

I did not think I could finish the regular bowl of pian sip (meat dumplings)…

…so I asked the guy if he had something smaller. They do serve that at some places – just a few of those dumplings in the soup for say, RM2.00 or RM2.50. Unfortunately, he said that they only had one size (RM3.50), take it or leave it. I wanted to give it a try to see if it was any good so I went ahead and ordered that.

It turned out that it wasn’t all that big, quite manageable and I liked the clear soup a lot, very mild and refreshing. As far as the pain sip was concerned, I felt there was room for improvement – the skin was all right, not overcooked till too soft and limp but at some places, they would roll it one by one to make it really thin and nice. I prefer those a lot more. Other than that, there wasn’t a lot of (minced) meat in the dumplings or it needed a little bit more seasoning, just a little bit, as it was rather bland.

As I was eating it, I found two bits of these curly vegetables (khiew chai)…

…in the soup. Luckily, the taste had not been absorbed by the soup – I wouldn’t have liked it like that even though those vegetables in rich bone stock on their own do make very nice soup.

Of course I was delighted that the guy did not use any of those plastic bowls and plates – for that, I would give him my two thumbs up in approval.

e-CAFE (2.311913, 111.846213) is the first shop right behind Delta Mall, Jalan Pedada – the block a little to your left if you are coming out of the mall via the back entrance.

Author: suituapui

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

10 thoughts on “Smaller than this…”

  1. I probably can’t finish the kampua mee as the portion is huge and very fulfilling whereas for pian sip, there is not much in a bowl of RM3.50. Pian sip anytime for me, love it. I don’t mind the green in the pian sip.

    The kampua mee was typical Sibu Foochow size. As for the pian sip, I did not count how many there were – I guess they have a standard number in each bowl. Probably there was not so much soup so they used a smaller bowl and that was why the serving looked smaller.

  2. Wouldn’t have ordered from him…his mask is under his nose

    Oh? I did not notice that but I’ve seen people at other places that took their masks off completely…or leave them dangling from their ears. I do need to be more observant about these things and avoid such places. Thanks for the observation!

  3. Mostly pian sip over here costs RM4 a bowl for 10 pieces. At one place, there were 14 pieces for the same price!
    Good for lunch for small eaters which is not too filling.

    Yes, pian sip is lighter, not that heavy or filling unless for small eaters, mostly soup. Big eaters would need the noodles so as to have enough.

  4. You don’t like khiew chai in the pian sip soup?? I used not to like it but my man likes it so I learn to enjoy it. Usually stir fried with garlic is good enough.

    I love it!!! But not in pian sip soup! Its flavour will drown out the taste of the clear bone stock soup, not the same anymore after that. I like it in steamboat or cooked as a soup dish on its own. You can’t fry it! It will shrink so badly till there is nothing left.

  5. I believe the kampua mee portion will be just nice for me. 😀

    In Melaka….wan tan mee we can still get it around RM4 I believe…chicken rice…RM3.50. But it is quite rare.

    RM3.50 is cheap. Here, it’s RM4.50 for drumstick, dunno the prices for the other parts – I only order drumstick when I go for chicken rice.
    RM4.00 for your wanton mee is cheap – I believe they give a lot of char siew, not like here.

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